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Woodson says Lin is Knicks starting point guard. For now.

Jun 5, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

Jeremy Lin, Mike Woodson AP

Coaches or general managers talking about their team’s roster right now should come with an asterisk. Rosters are going to undergo shifts this summer, from minor to major, and what is true today could be wrong by July 15.

So put an asterisk on what Knicks coach Mike Woodson is saying about Jeremy Lin right now. Woodson was on ESPN Radio in New York, as transcribed by the New York Post.

“Right now, he is our starting point guard, without a doubt,” Woodson said. “I’ve always believed this: When a starter goes down he doesn’t lose his job because of an injury. You welcome him back with open arms when he gets healthy and you keep it moving…

“That’s what we’re going to do when we get [Lin] signed,” Woodson said of the unsigned restricted free agent. “We’ll get him back in uniform … and get him ready for practice and camp and throw the ball in his hands and say, ‘Let’s go.’ ”

Right now Lin is the starting point guard. But if Steve Nash were to decide to come to New York, it changes. There are a number of free agent point guards who could change the starting status there. The Knicks need depth at that position and will look to bring in someone.

Lin will be part of the Knicks, they will use their midlevel exception to keep him (unless the union wins a long shot arbitration case and can use Bird rights to keep him). He’s going to get a lot of run next year.

Starter? The Magic 8 Ball says ask again later.

  1. knightrider1755 - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    The idea is to get Lin signed before he is snatched up by another team. If the Knicks can convince Lin that he will be a starter, he will be more inclined to stick around. Moreover, the Knicks are aware that there are other NBA teams, like Toronto for instance, who would gladly use Lin as a starter. Hopefully, Lin’s agent, Montgomery, will see through the tape and do what’s best for his client. Needless to say, the Knicks are still looking to add a top name point guard, who will in fact be a starter if he decides to come with the Knicks. Nash is still in the running and so is Ramon Sessions. Woodson is saying the right thing, the company line, but he is aware that Lin will be coming off the bench if the Knicks land a good point guard.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      The Knicks control his rights, even if they lose the arbritration case. He would still be a RFA and can only earn 5 million for 1st 2 years, and more after that (cause he was waived). The Knicks can match any offer, and will. They can come out and say “Lin will be our 3rd string PG” and still keep him. They woudnt, because Lin can be really really good, but the Knicks arent trying to “suck up” to him or anything.

    • duane888 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      … and off the bench is where he should enter each game.

  2. mungman69 - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    It would be interesting to see if Lin can play a full, good season at the point when every team knows about him now. I wish him luck. I think that he will need it.

  3. blue18hutthutt - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I don’t understand why the Knicks wouldn’t make him the starting PG – what other player has ever done what he did to start off their career? He’s shown more than enough to show that he deserves a chance

    Sure his D needs work, he also needs to keep his turnovers in check and play more consistently on the left side and he’s probably more a top 15 player than a top 10 player but he’s shown far more in his first season as a starter than almost any other player has – why shouldn’t he get the chance to have a full off-season to develop as a starter?

    • duane888 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      He’s playing at the pro level now. You don’t need an entire year to figure out a person’s skill level. Not saying he can’t get better, but off the bench is where he needs to be based on what we’ve seen so far.

  4. blue18hutthutt - Jun 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I don’t understand why the Knicks wouldn’t make him the starting PG – what other player has ever done what he did to start off their career? He’s shown more than enough to show that he deserves a chance and is the Knicks future at the position

    Sure his D needs work, he also needs to keep his turnovers in check and play more consistently on the left side and he’s probably more a top 15 player than a top 10 player but he’s shown far more in his first season as a starter than almost any other player has – why shouldn’t he get the chance to have a full off-season to develop as a starter?

    • sellahh - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      I must be missing something cause what ‘top’ are you talking of exactly?
      i dont even-

      • sellahh - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        and another thing, how does being a starter matter in the offseason?
        i don’t even

    • youngyankee - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      a top 15 player?? the Linsanity hoopla is over bud

      Lin’s a good player, but the sample size is too small. And it doesn’t matter how well he did w/o Melo because he needs to learn how to be a PG on Melo’s team going forward, so throw the 30+pts, 10+ast and whatever out the window.

      He has a lot to work on in the offseason and worrying about whether he’ll be starting or not should not be his concern.

  5. dysraw1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Jeremy Lin was dynamite this season what he did could never be taken away, however im incline to believe that he does have a lot of developing to before he should be handed the keys, but we all know in a pinch he can take those keys.

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