Prior to the Knicks/Mavericks showdown at MSG yesterday, Jason Terry let it be known that he wasn’t in awe of Linsanity — saying Jeremy Lin is a product of Mike D’Antoni’s system, and a media-created star — and then went out and got handed a loss (behind 28 points and 14 assists from the Knicks’ point guard sensation.) Per the Star-Telegram: “I’ve been a point guard in this league and (45 turnovers in seven games) would have gotten me on the bench real fast,’ Terry said. ‘Terry believes Lin has benefited handsomely from Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s uptempo system. ‘He’s in D’Antoni’s system, and any player that plays a guard position in D’Antoni’s system has opportunities to be able to put up good numbers, and I think that’s what he’s been able to do,’ Terry said. ‘The ball’s in your hands a lot and you’re going to have turnovers.’ Terry also said that a lot of what Lin has accomplished is media-driven. ‘I think it’s a lot of hype right now,’ Terry said. ‘Is he going to be a good player in the future? If he continues to work, he will. But given the opportunity, he’s taken advantage of it. But everybody’s making a lot out of just the seven games he’s played.’ And what about those seven games? ‘I’ve been in the league 13 years, and seven games don’t necessarily make a career, but he does have great buzz right now,’ Terry said. ‘But we’ll see when he face the (world) champs tonight.'”
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