Carmelo Anthony has yet to prove that he can successfully co-exist with Amar’e Stoudemire. Now, Melo has to prove he can co-exist with Jeremy Lin.
There is a growing fear that the only one who can stop Lin is Anthony, who prefers to play with the ball in his hands and is most effective in isolation plays. In the two games since Anthony went down with a groin injury in the first quarter of Monday’s win over the Utah Jazz, Lin has transformed the’ Knicks offense into the Phoenix Suns East.
There is better ball movement and spacing as Lin, in his second year out of Harvard, has emerged as the pick-and-roll point guard Mike D’Antoni has been yearning for since Raymond Felton was included in the Anthony trade last season.