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.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.