ESPN reports that former NY Knick head coach Mike D’Antoni spilled the beans during an interview with The Vertical.
Lin rose to fame in 2012 when the two superstars on the New York Knicks were out with injuries. He fell back down to earth when the two superstars returned.
“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,” D’Antoni said in the interview. “Amare, Melo, whatever, kind of 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 [power forward], which he really didn’t want to, and Amare came to back up Tyson [Chandler at center], which he didn’t want to. So now it’s like, what are we going to do? We could see how to go, and I didn’t know how to get there, and with losing again and you’re trying to prod them and you’re trying to tell them to play harder and all the coach’s speak, and communication just like deteriorated.”
It’s interesting that D’Antoni called out Stoudemire. Earlier this year, Stoudemire called out Anthony implying he was not ready to accept that Lin was a new star on the team.
Lin didn’t stay in New York long. In the off season, he signed a three year contract with the Rockets and has since played for the Lakers, the Hornets and now just signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
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