Houston used the word "cautious" five times yesterday after he made an appearance at PS 28 in Harlem, conducting a basketball clinic for Community League of the Heights with state Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat.
"I can probably play now," Houston said after doing jumping jacks with the kids. "I felt worse like this and played. If this were the playoffs, 100 percent I'd be out there. But I don't want to go through what I went through. I want to be very cautious."
The Knicks may not be able to wait for Houston, whose last game was six months ago, March 26 against Toronto when his knees became too sore. Jamal Crawford was Isiah Thomas' marquee offseason addition and he'll be ready for day one, ready to take Houston's starting shooting guard slot.
Asked if he's worried about losing his starting job, Houston said, "Not at all. I believe once I get healthy, it doesn't matter what they decide to do. Because I'm going to be strong and healthy."
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