HOUSTON NOW EYES NEXT YEAR
With 31/2 weeks left, Allan Houston is now focused on being ready for October's training camp, not returning by season's end. Houston all but made his concession speech yesterday.
Houston: I'm not to blameWhen asked if he'll be 100 percent for training camp in October, Houston said, "I feel very confident of that." Houston laughed off a question about retiring — a subject Knick President Isiah Thomas has raised.
Houston, who has appeared in a career-low 20 games and is not expected to play again this season, said yesterday that his presence in the lineup would have helped. But the veteran guard also seemed annoyed by the suggestion that his absence undermined the Knicks' chances of reaching the playoffs.
"What's important to me is getting 100% healthy," said Houston, who will earn $40 million over the next two seasons. "That's what is important to me."