Mike D’Antoni Comments on Knicks Locker Room During Jeremy Lin Era

July 13th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

According to former New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni, not every member of the team's locker room was caught up in Linsanity during the 2011-12 season.

On Tuesday's edition of Adrian Wojnarowski's The Vertical Podcast with Woj, D'Antoni discussed how Jeremy Lin's rapid rise caused issues of resentment within the team, namely Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire (via SB Nation's Nets Daily):

It was there, it's real. The problem that we had was that for Jeremy to be really good, which he was, he had to play a certain way. It was hard for him to adapt.

Amare, Melo, whatever, had to play a certain way too to be really, really good. So there was that inherent conflict of what's better for the team, what isn't. Can they co-exist? Can they not? And again, they could have co-existed if Melo went to the 4, which he really didn't want to and Amare came to the back up 5, like with Tyson [Chandler], which he really didn't want though.

Lin was among the biggest stories in the league in February 2012, when he averaged 20.9 points and 8.4 assists a game, per Basketball-Reference.com. The peak of Linsanity arguably c ...

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