Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin said his former Knicks teammates Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire could work together and were ready to forget about their egos, reports the NY Post’s Marc Berman:
After practice, Lin said, “I honestly I think it can work because they’re so talented. It’s their approach to the game and they’re both really ready to buy in and do whatever it takes to throw all that other stuff out the window. You guys got to give them time.”
The Knicks lead the Eastern Conference with a 8-2 record, and Stoudemire has yet to play in a game. The 30-year-old forward has been recovering from knee surgery and is expected to return in December. But there has been speculation about where Stoudemire will fit in once he’s healthy. The Knicks have a losing record when both Anthony and Stoudemire are in the lineup, and the two have struggled to develop an effective chemistry.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson declined to answer the question when asked about whether Stoudemire would return as a starter:
“I’m going to address that when we get to that point,” Woodson said. “Right now I’m just taking it a day at a time and work the guys we have in uniform.”
Lin played with the two forwards under Woodson last season and will reunite with his former team when the Rockets take on the Knicks on Friday night in Houston. The second-year point guard is coming off a five-turnover performance against the Bulls on Wednesday but told the NY Post that he is ready to “play his heart out” against the Knicks.
“I’m just going to keep playing – it’s a blessing,” Lin said after Wednesday’s game. “It’s ironic that Thanksgiving is around the corner because it’s a good reminder to be thankful for everything I have. I’m going to go out there on Friday and just play my heart out and just try to approach it the same, just play my heart out and be OK with the results, whatever they may be, trusting in God.”