Report: Knicks’ D’Antoni Doesn’t Remember Anthony Vouching For Lin
NEW YORK (WFAN) — Should Carmelo Anthony be credited for launching Linsanity?
Last week with WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, Jeremy Lin said Anthony “vouched” for him to get a shot in the starting lineup two weeks ago.
On the other end of that talk with Anthony was reportedly Mike D’Antoni. Only the Knicks coach can’t recall it, according to the New York Post.
“I don’t remember the conversation,” D’Antoni told the paper. “Maybe he did. I don’t remember.”
Anthony made his return to the Knicks’ lineup Monday night. The All-Star forward recorded 11 points in the 100-92 loss to New Jersey, not nearly enough to quiet the critics who wonder how he’ll fit in with Lin.
Lin said last week any notion that Anthony is “selfish” and unable to share the spotlight should be put aside.
“I’m just confused, because he’s the one who vouched for me in the first place,” Lin told Boomer and Carton. “We want to play together and we want to work together and we’re buying into that.”
Anthony was noticeably rusty in his first start since leaving early against Utah on Feb. 6, shooting just 4 for 11 from the floor.
“I want Jeremy to have the ball. Hands down,” said Anthony. “I want him to create for me. I want him to create for Amar’e (Stoudamire). I want him to create for everybody and still be as aggressive as he’s been over the past two weeks. I want that.”
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