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Baron Davis could eventually replace Jeremy Lin as Knicks starting point guard

Mar 3, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

As the media were allowed into Knicks practice on Friday, they saw something unexpected: Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis playing on the floor together, on the same team, with the rest of the starting unit during a scrimmage.

It’s certainly an interesting idea, and one that would be even more interesting to see in a real game situation. Beyond that, all it does is fire up the rumor mill, as Marc Berman of the New York Post explains:

D’Antoni has called Lin and Davis a potential “two-headed monster,’’ but his experimenting yesterday raised eyebrows, especially amid rumblings Davis could supplant Lin as starting point guard in April.

The Knicks front office probably would not want to see Lin lose his starting job because he has become a marketing cash cow for the organization on the sale of Linsanity shirts alone.

If Davis, who has played just four games after sitting out nearly two months because of a herniated disk, progresses to a very high level, the two-time All-Star could squeeze into the starting lineup at the expense of shooting guard Landry Fields with Lin playing off the ball.

Now, before Knicks fans head to the ledge of their nearest tall building, this isn’t implying that Davis would replace Lin in the starting lineup, or even gobble up any of Lin’s minutes. It’s just speculation that Davis, who plays at a slower pace and theoretically has more experience running an NBA offense, might have the ball in his hands more, with Lin being asked to score a little more and play (at times) without the ball to begin possessions.

The part about the Knicks front office not wanting to see Lin play with the reserves because of marketing and financial reasons is, frankly, just plain false. Whether Lin starts or comes off the bench isn’t relevant; his presence on this team has been cemented with his consistently stellar play. And, winning games and getting back to the playoffs will bring more money and positive attention to the franchise than the feel-good Lin story — which has already calmed down quite a bit, by the way — ever could.

Besides, that’s not even what we’re talking about.

D’Antoni is simply experimenting with adjusting Lin’s role, while trying to allow Davis to get more minutes alongside the team’s top talent — in practice, mind you, which is the place do such things. He’s going to try every combination possible to get the most from his roster, and rumors and speculation about what that might mean for Lin isn’t going to change that.

  1. lucidsportsfan - Mar 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I agree 100%. In fact, I think it’s likely Lin loses the PG job. He’s a very suspect ball handler. http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_02_19_archive.html#9214125874874199933 Let’s see what happens tomorrow in Boston vs the pressure defense of Rajon Rondo and hopefully Avery Bradley (sprained ankle).

    • bknowledge - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      If you look at this article, you’ll see that in Steve Nash’s MVP seasons, he averaged 17 and 20% turnover rate…which is just about what Lin has been averaging.

      Lin is essentially a rookie. He is playing great. Knicks/D’Antoni had 6 pg’s b4 Lin. None of them won or had stats like Lin. Lin deserves a chance to prove it is no fluke. If the Knicks falter, they should sit their stars and play the team that Lin led, and played great for twelve games. That is what fans want. We’ll be chanting “sit the stars; save the team”.

      Its just like society- all these over-priced “financial stars” being paid gazillions to destroy our economy, whilst working joes get short shrift…

      • thraiderskin - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        You mean the hard-working full tax paying joes right? not the 43% of Americans that pay (very)little to no taxes and collect a refund?

      • bknowledge - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        ooops…above, I left off the link with the stats on Nash’s turnover rate:

        http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/20/jason-terry-is-not-a-member-of-the-jeremy-lin-fan-club/

      • david0303 - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        How is lin essentially a rookie? hes already been on an NBA team for a full year and got to learn from steph curry and monta ellis two very good guards

  2. kinggw - Mar 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Still laughing at the line about Lin being consistently spectacular when he’s started all of 12 games mostly against inferior competition. That being said, this shouldn’t be a problem for Knicks fans, if they want to win. Lin’s been good, but he still hasnt been challenged that much. Unlike the Lakers and Mavs, the playoff teams in the East dont feature geriatric point guards that Lin can run past with ease. Davis has been battle tested and when healthy is probably the best option for the Knicks at the point. Besides, I think Lin would be more effective come playoff time as the first guy off the bench. He provides instant energy and seems to play better with the 2nd unit featuring Fields, Novak and Jeffries.

    • ss3walkman - Mar 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      Baron can not keep up with the guards of the east at this point of his career any better than Lin. Your trippin

    • aigraiders - Mar 4, 2012 at 3:22 AM

      @Kinggw,

      wth are you smoking when you say that he hasn’t played anything but inferior competition? You do realize this is the NBA with the world’s best bball players in its league right. I’ll give you an example. During their 7 game win streak, they had an interview with the old Knicks coach Van Gundy the morning they were playing the Hornets. Van Gundy said the Hornets will humble the Knicks real fast if they take them for granted. Sure enough that happened. I’m a Warriors fan and my team has beaten Chi, Mia, and Clippers. That just shows you the caliber of the NBA and any team will beat you if you make a mistake. The inferior team thing is an effin myth. A win is a win. It took the best team in the world to make Lin look lousy. Lin should use that as a badge of honor. He outplayed former #1 picks in Wall and Irving. Lin is essentially a rookie right now.

  3. MightyMoonWorm - Mar 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    So what you’re saying is that this comment does not imply that Davis would replace Lin as starter, only that he could replace Lin as starter?

  4. glink123 - Mar 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    garbage journalism.

  5. thetruth113 - Mar 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Agree. The headline is completely misleading. To suggest something so outrageous and unlikely on the basis of “rumblings heard” by a NY Post reporter, GIVE ME A BREAK

  6. isujames - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    its called speculate,thats what all these sports journalists do, a$$ holes.

  7. losangelasbasketball - Mar 3, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Apology accepted…

  8. frankvzappa - Mar 3, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Somebody wake me up when Lin gets benched.

    I think they have benches in China…that comment must have been racist.

  9. marcusfitzhugh - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    The article is entitled “Baron Davis could eventually replace Jeremy Lin as Knicks starting point guard”.

    Later, the writer states, “this isn’t implying that Davis would replace Lin in the starting lineup, or even gobble up any of Lin’s minutes.”

    How about a little consistency regarding the point of the article?

  10. dysraw1 - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    if you hit a switch and the lights come on that means its working, therefore you dont have to fix it.

  11. cinnalocks - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Damn this page is getting to a point where it is not worth reading to any longer. It is all hype and speculation. There is NO NEWS here just points of view and crap. How did this come to be under the name of NBC SPORTS?

  12. cinnalocks - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Kobe started being great as a teen…………..he has five rings…….Bird has 3, Magic has 5 and Jordan has 6, so who are the greats greater than he? And if they are indeed so great why does he have so many rings. Most people comment before they really think it out or let emotions get the better of them.

    • cinnalocks - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Dammit I was trying to post this on another page and another article/blog article is too kind. How the hell did this end up here I was not even on this page?

      • broncobeta - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:52 AM

        You must have gone linsane and forgot which page you were on.

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