Carmelo Anthony calls Jeremy Lin face of the Nets, ‘believe it or not’
Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin have, by most accounts, always had a checkered relationship.
So when Anthony was asked about Lin and his new team, the Brooklyn Nets, he was rather hesitant to respond. Still, Anthony wished his former teammate luck, even if he sounded a bit surprised that it was Lin who the Nets are hitching their franchise to.
“He is the face of that franchise — believe it or not,” Anthony said Friday, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “He came up, they paid him and now the ball is in his hands. So now he’s one of the franchise players over there. What do you want me to say about that? I’m happy for him, excited for him to see how it’s going to work out, turn out over there.”
Anthony was also dismissive of reports that he was unwilling to share the spotlight with Lin back when Linsanity ruled, including comments by former coach Mike D’Antoni.
“That was five, six years ago, bro. I forgot about that,” Anthony said.
D’Antoni isn’t the only one associated with those Knicks teams who basically publicly accused Anthony of resenting Lin’s success. No wonder Carmelo hates when the topic comes up.