Knicks’ Jeremy Lin On WFAN: Melo Selfish? He Vouched For Me!

NEW YORK (WFAN) — It’s been a long, strange trip for Knicks phenomenon Jeremy Lin.

On Feb. 3, Lin was a relative unknown in the NBA. Already given up on by Golden State and Houston, the second-year guard was just another Ivy League basketball product buried on the bench. That night, he famously crashed on teammate Landry Fields’ sofa.

The following day Lin exploded for 25 points against the New Jersey Nets  — and “Linsanity” was born.

“It’s unbelievable,” Lin told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Thursday morning. “I don’t really have words right now to explain it.”

LISTEN: Jeremy Lin with Boomer & Carton

Lin has gained more than 315,000 followers on Twitter since taking the world — and the “Linternet” — by storm.

And — surprise! — it might all be because of Carmelo Anthony.

Lin insisted any notion that Anthony is “selfish” and unable to share the spotlight should be thrown out the window. In fact, it was Anthony who convinced coach Mike D’Antoni to insert Lin against the Nets.

“I’m just confused, because he’s the one who vouched for me in the first place,” said Lin. “We want to play together and we want to work together and we’re buying into that. You know, some people are calling Melo selfish and (saying) ‘He doesn’t buy into the team.’ I mean, that’s just tough for anyone to hear. Especially when we don’t think it’s true.”

The question is whether the Knicks will continue to have success with Anthony in the mix. D’Antoni said Wednesday that the superstar, out since Feb. 7 with a strained groin, could return as early as Friday.

Lin said there won’t be any issues sharing the court.

“I don’t want to come out here and shoot 20 shots a game,” he said. “But if that’s what the defense gives me, on those nights that’s what I’m gonna have to do.”

There’s no doubt that Lin, like Anthony, has serious star power.

Tribute videos are all over YouTube. One former classmate was trying to sell an “authentic” Lin-signed yearbook for $4,800 on eBay. The catch? It was from seventh grade. The auction has since been ended by the seller.

“To live it and to be a part of it and for it to become real is definitely beyond my wildest dreams,” said Lin.

The sensation has spawned countless Lin-isms: “Lincredible.” “Lin your face!” “Va-LIN-tine’s Day.” While we’re on the subject, Thursday’s appearance was his first radio “Linterview.”

Heck, even President Barack Obama is engrossed in “Linsanity.”

“There’s been times of doubt when there’s been a rough game or a rough stretch,” said Lin. “I knew I could play at this level, but I didn’t think it would happen like this, this fast.”

It’s no wonder some are hailing Lin as the new Tim Tebow. But his sudden success and unwavering Christian faith are just a small part of the story.

For starters, Lin has been proving his doubters wrong multiple times per week, not just on Sundays.

“I respect him a lot, I’m a fan of his,” Lin said. “I think our stories are very different. People see similarities because we talk about our faith or whatnot, but I think our stories are still very different.”

The peak of Lin-mania perhaps came Tuesday night in Toronto, when he drained a dramatic game-winning three pointer to stun the Raptors. And how about this stat: Lin scored 136 points in his first five starts. That’s not just good. It set a post-merger NBA record.

“It was crazy,” Lin said of Tuesday’s away game. “Half the crowd would go crazy when we scored, half the crowd would go crazy when they scored.”

On Wednesday, Lin led the Knicks to their seventh straight victory. He had only 10 points on six shots, but dished out a career-high 13 assists.

From sharp-shooter to floor general? That could prove to be the winning formula for New York.

“I look up to Melo,” said Lin. “He’s a leader on this team, he’s a captain. We need him out there and we’re excited to have him back. ”

Consider the rest of the NBA on notice.

“There will be an adjustment process, but we’re committed and we’re gonna make this thing happen. We’re gonna find a way to become even more explosive offensively and I think that’s gonna be the exciting part.”

Are you “Linsane” for the Knicks sensation? Sound off below!

  • Luis B. Cabasis

    There’s no reason to argue over Jeremy Lin. But there’s plenty of reasons to enjoy his games. Let’s just enjoy watching him play.

  • Genetic

    That’d make sense if the Knicks were beating these sub .500 teams – but they weren’t. It’d also make sense if they were fully healthy and beating these sub .500 teams, but they weren’t.

    Utah, Lakers and Minnesota were real tests. The Knicks won – WITHOUT their superstars. There’s zero reason to believe it’ll somehow “come crashing down”.

  • Pig

    Hank sounds real jealous;)
    It’s very true that knicks haven’t play too many teams with a pulse in the last 7 games. However, it also sounds like you didn’t watch the games and based your jealous rant on the box scores. I’m not a very intelligent person. After all, I’m a pig.
    But I can tell how the team gels when he is in the game and how he is able to run this offense better and better every game. The last game against the reeling kings was his best performance.
    On the other hand, I look forward to the day that his plays no longer generate a media buzz. You sir, will get your wish. That’s the day when everyone 4realize, he is just another good NBA player, this is his “day” job and he is just doing what he is paid to do.
    He is in the league to stay. Knicks might lose him next year, but that’s not going to be because he can’t hack it.

  • franklinpbailey

    Lin is the best thing to happen to the Knicks in the last 15 years. I believe over time he will prove himself to be an outstanding player. He has most of the tools now.

  • Hank

    This whole Lin-sanity movement is ridiculous. The combined record of the teams the Knicks beat over this stretch is 77-125! The only team they played with a winning record, are the Lakers (17-12) who were playing their fifth game of a brutal 6 game road trip.
    This whole thing is gonna crash as quickly as it started, believe it.

    • Jim

      You could choose to be a hater or enjoy it, embrace it and be a fan while it’s NOT crashing. This is stuff of what dreams are made of.

  • Dan

    It’s the NBA. They don’t pay you to suck.

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