Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
Jeremy Lin hopes to end slump against Knicks
The Knicks aren’t practicing today, but the Rockets had a quick session at their facility in Houston, where Jeremy Lin said all the right things.
You would expect that because Lin handled himself as well as if not better than anyone could in front of cameras, microphones and tape recorders during everything he experienced last season.
Things are different now. There’s less hoopla - much less. And it likely will stay that way aside from tomorrow’s game against the Knicks and his Dec. 17 trip to the Garden.
Lin is not playing well and the Rockets don’t appear to be headed for a playoff berth.
Lin is just trying to work through some struggles this early season, and says he’s not focused on who he’s facing tomorrow.
“I have enough motivation already to try to get out of the little slump that I’m in,” Lin said. “Just got to keep playing and get through this tough stretch.”
Lin discussed a variety of things, including his inconsistent/subpar play, his health, how well the Knicks are playing, his on-court relationship with Carmelo Anthony and whether he was bothered by the things that were said about the $25.1 million contract Houston gave him.
He said he wasn’t bothered and he believed he and Anthony eventually would have clicked.
As far his lack of explosiveness, Lin, who had his knee scoped late last season and missed the playoffs, said “I’ve felt better before. It’s just a process. It’s just a process right now. We understand that we’ve played a lot of games in a lot of days. We get three days after this next game. There’s a lot of things I’m going to do for my legs, my knee, just explosive stuff. But that’ll come eventually.”