End Of Linsanity? New Coach, New System For Knicks

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mike D’Antoni resigned as Knicks coach Wednesday, taking with him the high-octane style of play that never really caught on in New York.

Except for a few weeks in February, that is.

And because of D’Antoni’s exit, the official end of Linsanity could be just around the corner.

Interim head coach Mike Woodson said Thursday that point guard Jeremy Lin is in a “learning stage.” According to the New York Daily News, veteran Baron Davis “could replace Lin” in the starting five “within two weeks.”

Even if Lin keeps his role, Woodson made it clear that he’s going to lean on proven stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.

“When I put a guy in the game, he’s got a shot,” said Woodson. “I want him to feel comfortable about making that shot. But I want everybody to know, when it comes to nut-cutting time and I’ve got a big shot, I’m going to Melo and Amar’e and guys that have done it.”

Stoudemire and Anthony struggled this season under D’Antoni. They got back into the groove for Woodson’s debut Wednesday, a 121-79 pasting of Portland.

“I just think he’s just going to utilize his leading scorers,” Stoudemire said. “With myself and Carmelo, he’s going to utilize us to make sure that we take advantage of our every opportunity out there on the court. We’ve been profound scorers all our career, so we’re going to make sure we take advantage of it.”

Yet with just 23 games left, would it be wise to move away from a Lin-led offense?

The Harvard product has a 10-9 record in the Knicks’ starting lineup, and was the lone bright spot — a blinding one, at that — in an otherwise disappointing 19-24 season.

“It’s going to be a different style, a different rhythm,” said Lin. “But we still need to figure it out because we don’t all have it figured out just yet right now.”

Do you think benching Lin would be… well, Linsane? Sound off in the comments below…

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  1. Harrier says:

    It will be great for both Lin and Baron to be able to spell each other off during games. Give Woodson a little slack before you judge his coaching talents. Mike D. tried to be a coach who had a plan for this team but he just couldn’t through to “Melo and say what you’d like about Anthony, with a little motivation, he’s one of the best of the best in the league. So I think Mike D. did the right thing. Hey, I don’t know about youse, but I’m having fun watching this team again!

  2. Tim says:

    Dolan knows how to ruin everything, Just waiting for him to announce Isaiah Thomas as the head Coach again.

  3. New Knick Fan says:

    If they benched LIn and starts Davis, kiss Knick playoff hope GOODBYE!

    I hope Lin will be a free agent next year and join D’Antoni in a new team and show Knicks management what a big mistakes they made.

    1. blue7053 says:

      I don’t care who he plays for.

  4. Don 2g says:

    Lets be real!!! Baron Davis dribbles way to much!!!! Tries to make passes like he is one of the globe trotters… It would be best to keep Lin in the starting line up. This team will go no where until they have a true leader. Say what you want about Kobe he is a proven leader. Kobe cannot stand his coach but he gives 100% effort every night.. Amare and Carmelo do not have these qualities. Carmelo is a spoiled brat. He’s like the kid at the basketball court that takes his ball home if you do not play his way..

  5. Baron better with some, Lin better with others... says:

    Lin played awesome with the second team plus Chandler. I think that is who he should stick with for the most part, and come off the bench. Baron Davis, as he comes back to health, speaks the language a little better with Melo and Stat. He knows how to distribute and create better than Lin at this point, especially with the bigs on the floor (bigs as in stars). Lin did some amazing things, and he will continue to do so, but I think Baron is the point guard to start the game with Melo and Stat. This will be an improvement. And Lin will still get a ton of playing time b/c Baron can only play 25-28 per game.

    Melo, Stat, Chandler, Baron Davis, Shumbert/Fields – thats a pretty damn strong lineup I’d put up against anyone. Then kill the oppoenent with the second unit off the bench. I’m confident, actually…

    1. blic says:

      you mean like when davis dribbles around incessantly then puts up an ill-advised shot?

      i’m not confident.

      1. Baron better with some, Lin better with others... says:

        Or when lin dribbles into the paint and falls down? i cringe when i see that, and it kind of happens a lot…

        1. blic says:

          yes exactly he IS a rookie.

          i would rather pay to see lin develop than davis unravel.

  6. blic says:

    y’know i gotta admit i got fooled by all this.
    the knicks once again prove visionless.

    lin will be reunited with d’antoni at the next team.

  7. bogo says:

    I believe Lin will leave next year.
    He’ll bring money to his new team thru tv rights and merchandise sales around the world.

    The Knicks is just a terrible organization. You can only blame DOLAN.

  8. Pete says:

    Last year we had Gallinari and the team was doing pretty good a vast improvement over last year. It was fun to watch and hopeful. Then as usual the Knicks got greedy, we are doing good and now if we can get Carmello, we will make the playoffs and who knows a championship. Lets get rid of these new and exciting guys and get the superstar. Well we know how that worked out. This year the Knicks were again mediocre and we find this new guy Lin, and all of a sudden it is exciting again. The team is hustling, playing defense and winning again. Fans are talking championship again. Then Carmello comes back, the team stinks and the coach quits. So is it better to have the superstar and not make the playoffs, or a hustling fun team that will make the playoffs. I haven’t watched the Knicks since they traded Camby, when the team hustled and was fun to watch, started to watch again last year to watch Galinari, then stopped once again. Started to watch for a week with Lin, but that lasted a week. Always have been a KNICKS fan, but they are unwatchable!

  9. alkoyfman@gmail.com says:

    It is true that Lin does not have a proven record. Yet at this point the Knicks chance for the playoffs are slim if not none. This is the time where you throw your rookie players into the fray and have them develop, while they can, this is the time to experiment. You can always throw your veterans to test out your system, but someone with an electrifying potential like Lin, you should give him his shot.
    Once he develops he will be able to play the Heat, Celtics, Chicago.

    1. MIKE says:

      EXACTLY!!! BUT LIKE YOU SAID HE HAS TO DEVELOP! I AGREE WITH WOODSON BECAUSE NOW LIN CAN COME OFF THE BENCH AND LEARN AND WATCH THE THINGS HE HAS TO IMPROVE ON. LEAVE IT TO THE VETERANS IF THEY WANT TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, THATS A LOT OF PRESSURE FOR A YOUNG ROOKIE. THE VETERANS HAVE A PROVEN RECORD IN GOING TO THE BIG DANCE. LIN PLAYED SIX FRIGGIN GAMES!! AND WON, NOW HE’S A STARTER TO MAKE A RUN FOR THE PLAYOFFS?? INSANE! TOO MUCH PRESSURE.

      1. blic says:

        and just who is lin supposed to watch, davis!? please have him close his eyes.
        face it, carm-EGO has destroyed a TEAM on the rise for his SELF-ishness.

      2. Red says:

        Exactly who other than Chandler has ever been to THE BIG DANCE?
        Davis is awful whether you have Lin or not. He is AWFUL!!!!

  10. Red says:

    It’s not Lin vs Melo and Amare. It’s Lin vs Davis or Bibby. You think those old broken down point guards give us a better chance of winning? Davis dibbles around and shoots without a single pass being thrown. Why doesn’t Melo and Amare set HIM straight?

  11. Marc Weiss says:

    Woodson knows this is his last shot at a head coach job, so he’s putting all his rotten eggs into one basket and hoping the so called superstars can win for him. One can’t blame him for not trusting a rookie. With that said, this team won a lot of games w/out those two big names in the lineup.

    1. MIKE says:

      CMON MARC!! THEY PLAYED SUBPAR TEAMS! LOOK WHAT THE HEAT DID TO HIM…LOOK WHAT THE CELTICS DID TO HIM. LIN DOES NOT HAVE A PROVEN RECORD…SIX FRIGGIN GAMES??? YOU KIDDIN ME?? THIS IS THE NBA NOT COLLEGE, THESE GUYS ARE BIGGER STRONGER THAN LIN, LIN HASN’T PLAYED A FULL 82 GAMES TO SEE WHAT HE’S MADE OF AND YOU CANNOT MAKE HIM A STARTER AFTER SIX GAMES PLAYING SUBPAR TEAMS!

      1. Dave says:

        Stop screaming (all caps); it doesn’t make you look smarter.
        Lakers are subpar? Did you see him get past Gasol and use the net to reverse lay-up him?
        Yes, he a lot to learn, but that’s why he needs to play more. The problem with always going to the superstars is that ball movement ends and you end up with one on ones that become double teams. With Melo back in the lineup all the movement and team play took a dive. Melo is unquestionably more talented than Lin, but Lin in the game everyone played better. Maybe the question to be answered isn’t if Lin or Baron start, but if trading Melo would be good for the team. Too late now.

  12. MIKE says:

    PEOPLE….THIS IS A GOOD MOVE FOR ALL OF YOU WHO NEVER PLAYED BASKETBALL AND DONT UNDERSTAND THE GAME. LIN IS A ROOKIE! YES HE PLAYED SIX GAMES AND WON BUT WE CAN SEE HE’S TURN OVER PRONE AND HE STILL IN HIS LEARNING STAGE. LIN IS A GOOD PLAYER BUT HE HAS A LOT TO LEARN.

    1. Chris says:

      Well if winning 6 games is not a big deal, how about Carmelo winning 6 games with Lin, like Lin did without Carmelo?

      1. James W says:

        uh, don’t look now, but we are 1/2 way there Chris!

  13. bm says:

    They couldn’t win before Lin, how do they win by going backwards to the two “Marque” players…………because you spent the money?

  14. ant1 says:

    This is why Mike woodsen will lose his job and go back to being a assisitant Linsanity was not just about the system it was about five forgotten players that brought the city of ny back to the knicks side carmelo anthony will never win a NBA championsship GET RID OF HIM / AND JAMES DOLAN Call in DR Phil Jackson for the fix

  15. Vidia says:

    The Knicks are an interesting team. The team should thrive if Lin plays more like Charlie Ward in the sense of pushing the fast break off of the carom and setting up the half court offense, forcing the double team in the paint and on the baseline. This sets up either a cut to the basket or the open outside shot which Lin has proven he can hit. The Knicks should focus on forcing turnovers defensively and to draw fouls using a motion offense when there’s a mismatch w/Knicks running first team players against opponent second team players.

  16. Knicks omg we stink says:

    If it was not for Lin the seats would be empty at MSG .With only 23 games left might as well make the money.No matter what anyone says he is avg 16 points a game not too bad.

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