Jul 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT
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.
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- James Harden scores 42 points to lead Rockets to Game 3 win, 3-0 series lead over Mavericks 17