The Brooklyn Nets made Jeremy Lin “one of the franchise players” this summer, something that seemed to take Carmelo Anthony by surprise.

Melo says that Lin must now prove the Nets right.

Lin and his former Knicks teammate squared off in a preseason tilt this past weekend.

Per the NY Post:

“He is the face of their franchise – believe it or not,” Anthony said after Friday’s practice. “He came up, they paid him. Now the ball is in his hands. Now he’s one of the franchise players over there. I don’t know what you want me to say about that. I’m happy for him, excited for him to see how it’s going to turn out over there.”

 

It’s no secret the chemistry between Anthony and Lin during “Linsanity” in 2012 left a lot to be desired, and the dynamic came up again last month when former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said on a Vertical podcast Anthony didn’t “adapt” well to Lin’s rise.

 

“That was five, six years ago, bro,” Anthony said. “I forgot about that.”

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