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Woodson: Lin will start at point, Kidd will come off bench

Jul 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Knicks guard Lin celebrates after his long pass hit Knicks forward Stoudemire for a layup against the Cavaliers in New York Reuters

Jeremy Lin, the job is yours to lose.

When the Knicks inked a deal with soon-to-be 40 Jason Kidd, it was assumed by many that he would play the same role he did in Dallas — Kidd would start, play key stretches of the game, but have limited minutes.

That’s not what New York coach Mike Woodson has in mind, Woodson told the Daily News.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson confirmed on Wednesday that Lin, who has just 25 career starts under his belt, will start ahead of Kidd, the future Hall of Fame point guard.

“Jason’s a veteran guy that brings leadership, and I thought it would be a perfect fit for Jeremy Lin in terms of being able to tutor him as he grows as a point guard for our franchise,” Woodson said before the Knicks’ summer-league practice in Vegas. “Jason can still play and run a ballclub.”

Yes, this confirms that the Knicks will match the four-year, $29 million offer sheet the Rockets are about to sign Lin to. That was never in question. Ever.

But the roles of the two Knicks point guards were. Now we have an answer to who starts.

The bigger question is who will finish games for the Knicks? My money is still on the old guy.

  1. stoutfiles - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Lin brings in the money, but when it’s time to win games, I’d rather have the ball in Kidd’s hands. Hopefully Lin learns a thing or two from him.

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      I think we will see both of them out there to close games, with Kidd playing SG. Lin can drive and create while Kidd can provide spacing and knock down open 3’s. Kidd can play some D too. Dallas used Kidd to guard a lot of 2 guard, like Kobe, for stretches in late games (doesnt have energy to guard SGs whole game) and he did pretty well. Its better than having JR Smith out there late in games, he is always a second away form taking a horrible shot or giving a stupid reach-in foul for no reason.

    • blue18hutthutt - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      In Lin’s admittedly brief time he’s shown an uncanny ability to come up big in the 4th quarter and hit a game winner already and turned it on in the 4th several other times – again small sample set, but very encouraging signs.

      Not sure what the basis is for wanting the ball in Kidd’s hands at this point in his career especially coming off the season he had last year

      Lin is overrated by Knicks fans but underrated by everyone else

  2. truthhurtstoo - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Nicks will still struggle to keep up. Melo’s iso game doesn’t help either.

  3. Ringside Rants - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    There were people that assumed Kidd would start?

  4. BigBeachBall - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    kidd on the bench? wonder how long that will last…

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I absolutely L-O-V-E this move. Great move. Savvy move. Shows vision. Shows courage. Indicative of future success. Great job everybody involved.

    • dysraw1 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      folks don’t care 4 u to much but u alright wit me because 1972 was a great year 4 b-ball

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        (shhhh……between me and you, I’m only posting positive comments about everything today because people think I only say positive things about the Heat and rip every other teams’ moves)
        Look at the Knicks!!!!!!

        PG- Jeremy Lin Jason Kidd
        SG- Iman Shumpert J.R. Smith
        SF- Carmelo Anthony Steve Novak
        PF- Amare Stoudemire
        C- Tyson Chandler Marcus Camby

        They look good, have to admit.

  6. deeballer - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Lin is essentially a rookie still with a big upside. He’s fearless and can knock down the shot. He has a lot of problem with turnovers, but that’s normal for most rookies. I’m sure with Kidd’s tuteladge of how to play the point he’ll come out of this just fine. His high screen pick and roll with Amare and Chandler is pretty effective. He just needs to cut down on the turnovers and play defense a little better. Again, Kidd can help with that too.

  7. dysraw1 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Woody is the boss if that’s what he wants heyyy. but we still need that dynamic two guard seeing as shump may or may not get right although i hear hes doing ok

  8. finsfan71 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Whoa! Could the Knicks, dare I say, get the 6th seed.

    • dysraw1 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      yeah but we are just two guard away from being better than 6th seed doesn’t have to be OJ. Mayo but we could use someone who stretch the d a little, someone who could make the other 2s pay attention

  9. passerby23 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Smart move to start Lin. Things can change anyway and they may both end up finishing the game on the floor together.

  10. Mr. Jones - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

  11. atahualpaoxford - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Pablo Prigioni, the starting pg for the argentinian basketball team going to the Olimpics, was also signed by the Knicks.
    He’s 35 and has been playing in Europe for quite a while. He signed a 1 yr. deal and took less money just for the chance to play in the NBA.

  12. soflasfinest - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Knicks suck. Period

  13. mshinson - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    “Yes, this confirms that the Knicks will match the four-year, $29 million offer sheet the Rockets are about to sign Lin to. That was never in question. Ever.”

    Looks like it was in question.

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