There was a brief time when the trio of Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin and Amar’e Stoudemire looked like a can’t-miss group ready to give the Eastern Conference a serious run.
Folks know how it turned out, but not why.
Perhaps until now. Stoudemire’s Miami Heat took on Anthony’s New York Knicks over the weekend and before the game, the former seemed to hint that his old teammate wasn’t too pleased with how Lin took the spotlight and became a global star. Marc Berman of the New York Post provided the quote:
If [Lin] stayed, it would’ve been cool. But everyone wasn’t a fan of him being a new star. So he didn’t stay long. Jeremy was a great, great guy, great with teammates, worked hard. He put the work in. We were proud of him having his moment. A lot of times you got to enjoy somebody else’s success. That wasn’t the case for us during that stretch. You got to enjoy that and let that player enjoy himself and cherish those moments. He was becoming a star and I didn’t think everyone was pleased with that.
As Berman goes on to note, it seems pretty obvious as to who Stoudemire spoke about. While his name wasn’t said, the lone person with a major pull who would have been, let’s call it envious, would have likely been Anthony.
Not that anyone should have expected otherwise, Anthony defended himself after the game and brought up a good point about his current relationship with the booming Kristaps Porzingis:
Wasn’t that five years ago? I don’t know. I have no comment on that. If [Lin] was becoming a star, we should embrace that. We didn’t embrace that? If that was the case, I’d be upset with KP [Kristaps Porzingis] right now. But I doubt he’s talking about me. I highly doubt that.
It’s a fair point considering Porzingis himself is something of a global sensation while he averages 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Anthony hasn’t been anything short of supportive and a great teammate during what has been an eye-opening ride for the franchise’s future. Then again, as Anthony pointed out, the so-called “Linsanity” was quite a long time ago and people grow and mature in such a passage of time.
Lin, now a member of the Charlotte Hornets, averaged career-highs of 14.6 points and 6.2 assists with the Knicks over 35 games in 2011-12 while selling out arenas and landing the league more global attention than usual.
Oddly enough, point guard is now the biggest need for the Knicks and one they seem ready to address with a big splash in free agency this summer. No matter how the Knicks act, it’s always interesting to hear about the inner workings of a franchise and why an approach did or didn’t pan out.
Stoudemire seems to have opened a window into the Knicks here, for better or worse.