The departure this week of New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni was bad news for Carmelo Anthony, as it brought endless speculation of “coach-killing” upon the star scorer. But apparently it’s even worse for Jeremy Lin, as interim coach Mike Woodson will do things a little differently in the Big Apple. As Howard Beck writes in today’s New York Times:
He prefers veterans to rookies. He wants the offense to run through his stars. He will run most of his plays for Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. None of this bodes well for Lin.
“Woody’s inclination would not be to play him,” said a person who has worked with Woodson.
Lin is known for emphasizing isolation plays over pick-and-rolls, which fits directly in Anthony’s wheelhouse. Lin initially excelled running the pick-and-roll while quarterbacking the Knicks’ offense — first with Tyson Chandler, then later on with Stoudemire — but now it appears the Knicks’ sophomore sensation will play a much smaller role.
Lin is averaging 14.7 points, 6.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game for the Knicks this season. The Knicks are 11-9 since they began giving him heavy minutes on Feb. 4, including seven straight wins to start.