The Knicks play the Rockets Friday night, and the matchup will mark the first time that Jeremy Lin will face his former team after making a name for himself in New York during the incredible but brief “Linsanity” run last season.
When the Knicks didn’t match Houston’s free agent offer to Lin, and ended up with Raymond Felton as a replacement, there were plenty of questions as to how the organization could possibly let that happen.
But now, 10 games into the season, and with the Knicks off to a better-than-expected 8-2 start, the regret over that decision has essentially disappeared.
Still, as the Knicks prepare to face Lin for the first time, the comparisons between his game and that of Felton’s continue. And Felton seems to be tiring of it.
Felton is 28, four years older than Lin, but more significantly has a greater body of work in the N.B.A. In his eighth season, he has played in 544 regular-season games to Lin’s 76, and he took note of that disparity when he was asked about Lin on Wednesday night.
“I don’t see how anybody can compare us,” he said. “I’ve been in this league much longer. He had a great run last year, one of the best I’ve ever seen. I’m glad he got his money. But to compare me and him is wrong.”
To drive home the point, Felton said he could “care less” about how Lin was playing in Houston. “I don’t even follow what he does,” he said.
Felton is flourishing in New York this season, while Lin has been struggling to make it work in Houston. He was benched down the stretch of the Rockets come-from-behind win over the Bulls on Wednesday, and is shooting just over 33 percent from the field on the season.
Linsanity appears to be a thing of the past, and that’s clearly where Felton would like it to stay. Of course, all it will take is for Lin to go off against the Knicks for the hype machine to get fired up to maximum levels once again.