Jeremy Lin's role to be reduced under Mike Woodson
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- You know that crazy three-point shot that Jeremy Lin made to beat the Raptors last month? Well, don't expect to see anything like that again now that Mike Woodson is the Knicks' interim coach.
Lin, and the Knicks' other young players, stand to be the biggest losers in the transition from Mike D'Antoni's offense to Woodson's. After his first full practice in charge Thursday, Woodson made it clear that it is going to be the veterans, primarily Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, whom he is going to look for at the end of games.
When asked if the Knicks now are Anthony's ballclub, Woodson said, "It's everybody's ballclub. I want everybody to feel comfortable. When I put a guy in the game and he's got a shot, I want him to feel comfortable about making that shot.
"But I want everyone to know that when it comes to [crunch time] and I have to get a big shot, I'm going to go to Melo and Amar'e and guys who have done it. Not these guys who are young and are still trying to feel their way out."
Woodson was promoted Wednesday after D'Antoni suddenly resigned before a 121-79 win over the Trail Blazers ended a six-game losing streak.
Lin, who became a starter Feb. 6 and flourished in D'Antoni's pick-and-roll, run-and-gun system, certainly will not play the same kind of starring role in Woodson's defensive-minded game. On Wednesday, Lin had six points and six assists -- among his lowest totals since he joined the rotation -- and six turnovers.
After Thursday's's practice, Lin acknowledged that his role has changed.
"It will be a different style and a different system," Lin said. "We still have to figure it out, because we don't have it all figured out . . . I just have to be aggressive. But it's going to be different ways. Different ways to initiate offense. Different ways to score and create. It's definitely going to be a change."
It was D'Antoni who gave Lin his first big break, and he responded by helping to lead the Knicks to seven straight wins, five of which Anthony did not play in because of a groin injury. Lin said he texted back and forth with D'Antoni Thursday and made it clear he will miss playing for him.
"I love D'Antoni's system,'' Lin said. "It was perfect for me. But I never had been in D'Antoni's system before this year. So it's like going back to what I was doing before and stuff like that."