Singleton's arrival not in time for Bulls clash

CHICAGO – Inside help is on its way for the New York Knicks, but didn’t arrive in time for Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

Despite a reported deal for 6-foot-8 forward James Singleton, the Knicks put their 13-game win streak on the line with a depleted roster.

“I can’t really discuss that as we speak right now,” head coach Mike Woodson said. “There is nothing really going on with that. The name is dangling, but that’s kind of in-house matters right now. I can’t really discuss that right now.”

With Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin not even in Chicago, the Knicks went with the 6-8 Chris Copeland at center.

Woodson was asked for the ideal talent to provide reinforcement.

“Somebody like Kenyon, defensive-minded that can rebound; a hustle-type player” Woodson said. “We need somebody that can guard 4s and 5s. When we switch he can keep some of the quicker guards in front of him.”