Jeremy Lin played for the New York Knicks years ago but his effect on former teammates and the current New York team has not died down after Amare Stoudemire commented that some people were not happy with “Linsanity” happening with the Knicks franchise.
Current Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony fired back on Monday denying Stoudemire’s claims and said that he would have embraced Lin and his ability to become an NBA star if it happened in New York.
“If [Jeremy Lin] was becoming a star, then we should have embraced that. S—, If that were the case, then I’d be upset right now with [Porzingis]. If he’s talking about me. I doubt he’s talking about me. I doubt that. Highly doubt that,” Anthony said to SI.com about Stoudemire’s comments that some people did not want Lin to become a star in New York.
Despite “Linsanity” exploding in New York, speculations then were about Carmelo wanting the Knicks to be his team and not Jeremy Lin’s. Lin enjoyed career-high numbers of 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists and the Knicks did not get re-sign Lin to a contract. The Asian-American guard has since played for the Houston Rockets (2012 to 2014) and Los Angeles Lakers (2014-2015).
“If [Lin] stayed it would’ve been cool. But everyone wasn’t a fan of him being the new star. So he didn’t stay long. But Jeremy was a great, great guy. Great teammate. He put the work in and we’re proud of him to have his moment. A lot of times you gotta enjoy someone’s success. And that wasn’t the case for us during that stretch,” Stoudemire said about Lin’s stint in New York in a previous interview.
Stoudemire, who played with Anthony in New York from 2011 to 2015, insinuation is that Anthony cannot co-exist with another star player. The statement could be a shot against the star forward, who is now playing with current rookie star Kristaps Porzingis, who is seen as a long-term franchise player for the Knicks.
Jeremy Lin is currently a member of the Charlotte Hornets, where he is having a good season with averages of 11.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
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