Douglas: Six-year playoff drought over

Right now, it feels like the Knicks are getting a little beat up. Kelenna Azubuike is still going through rehab (New York Post), Andy Rautins is battling a knee injury, Eddy Curry is a summer no-show and the Nuggets, whether or not they actually trade Carmelo Anthony, favor the Knicks' cross-river rival, the Nets, as a trade candidate. But, at least the Knicks have a special power-up heading into training camp: their one-two punch at point guard. Not only is Raymond Felton a huge upgrade from Chris Duhon, his back-up, Toney Douglas, has been working harder than anyone on the team, according to the team's coaching staff (New York Post). The second-year man, who basically single-handedly led Florida State to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, has already been spending two-a-days at the Knicks' Westchester facility since the start of May. And he believes the Knicks will make the playoffs.

Knicks notes:

  • Speaking of Anthony, ESPN's Marc Stein says he "isn’t even on the market."

  • When Walt Frazier had this to say about LeBron James, "I think he just didn't want the pressure, man," referring to him not coming to the Knicks, maybe he had a point about the shock of being in the New York spotlight. Word is, Amare Stoudemire is not used to his new life, and that's probably why he was scrimmaging with some Suns' players yesterday -- and even wearing the team's shorts (The Arizona Republic).

  • When former Knick John Starks played, his mission was to get in players' heads. Now, he wants to get in their feet. Starks is promoting the new launch of Ektio Shoes, which are clinically-tested to reduce sprained ankles -- the No. 1 orthopedic injury -- by incorporating anti-sprain technology. Starks hopes to push the product within NBA circles and beyond (PR Newswire).

  • After Danilo Gallinari arrives back from his summer in Italy, perhaps he'll have a welcome back party at his favorite New York City restaurant, Uva (YouTube).

  • Allan Houston was never known to space out on the court, but somehow he made ESPN's All-Space Team -- well, that's only because of his name.

  • Hopefully the excitement from The Garden lately rubs off on the Knicks this season. Last night, WNBA MVP candidate Cappie Pondexter led the Liberty past the Fever and on to the Eastern Conference Finals (ESPN.com).

Jared Zwerling is a senior researcher for ESPN The Magazine and a regular contributor to ESPN RISE. You can follow him on Twitter: @jaredzwerling