Jeremy Lin on Carmelo Anthony: ‘I Look Up to Him’

by February 16, 2012

Ever since “Linsanity” took over the New York Knicks and the NBA, there’s been a fear by some fans and media that when Carmelo Anthony returns to the lineup, the magic will fade away. Both ‘Melo and Jeremy Lin have pooh-poohed the theory (as have most reasonable observers.) Here’s the latest, via the NY Post: “Lin, who has sparked the Knicks’ current seven-game winning streak and is the talk of the town, also credited Anthony for telling coach Mike D’Antoni to give the undrafted Harvard guard a chance. ‘I’ve been hearing reports ‘Can Jeremy coexist with ‘Melo?’ and this and that, and I’m just confused because he’s the one who vouched for me in the first place,’ Lin said on WFAN’s ‘Boomer and Carton Show’ this morning. ‘You know we want to play together, and we want to work together and we’re buying into that. Some people are calling ‘Melo selfish and [saying that] he doesn’t buy into the team, and that’s just tough for anyone to hear, especially when we don’t think it’s true.” […] Lin went further to debunk the speculation surrounding the team’s chemistry and the potential pitfalls that may arise when Anthony returns from injuries. The All-Star forward is expected back either Friday against the Hornets or Sunday against the Mavericks. ‘The guy gives me advice all the time. I look up to him. He’s a leader on this team, a captain, we need him out there, and we’re excited to have him back,’ Lin said. ‘Melo has been saying the same thing to me too and telling me, ‘When I come back, you’ve got to be aggressive; we’re going to play off each other.’ We’re committed and we’re going to make this thing happen; we’re going to find a way to become even more explosive offensively.'”