More than likely the New York Knicks will make sure guard Jeremy Lin will be back in Gotham City to electrify the crowds and hope “Lin-sanity” takes over the NBA yet again.
But for as much as Lin can definitely “wow” the crowds, he still needs to work on his overall game and the Knicks can definitely use some guard help with Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis both suffering knee injuries in the postseason.
To address this, New York signed future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd but if you think Kidd and his stellar NBA resume will bump Lin from being the team’s starting point guard, think again.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodsen made it clear, Lin is the starter and Kidd will back him up.
“I’ve said this from day one, you can’t lose your starting job based on injuries,” Woodson said, referring to Lin being sidelined since late March with a knee injury. “Jeremy was our starter before he got hurt. Unfortunately he went down with the injury and he’s not going to be punished for that. He has a lot to do this summer. But when he comes back to veterans, he’ll have the first nod. He’ll be our starter, and Jason will back him up in terms of helping him develop and developing this young man into a great point guard.”
There is no doubt Lin is a player on the rise, so what better guard to help mold him into a better player than Kidd.
Kidd has done it all. Countless All-Star appearances, been to the NBA Finals with the Nets, can still pass on a dime, and be a triple-double threat in any game. However, Kidd isn’t the young player he once was. He will be turning 40 soon and coming off the bench, backing up Lin, is the best position he can be in late in his NBA career.
It isn’t a slight towards Kidd. Not in the least. He cannot be expected to play lots of minutes and his role will primarily be to groom Lin and provide leadership off the bench for an otherwise young New York team.
Moreover, Woodson’s comments also implies New York will match Houston’s offer to Lin which should bring a sigh of relief to many Knicks fans.
And with bigs such as Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, and newly acquired Marcus Camby, having Lin and Kidd as a one-two punch to help set up the Knicks’ bigs, could prove to be quite in the favor of the team should they make another push towards the playoffs.