Jeremy Lin's electric performance on Monday night at Madison Square Garden reminded people of the theatrics he performed when he was with the New York Knicks last season.
In the Houston Rockets' 109-96 victory, Lin posted 22 points, eight assists, four rebounds and two steals while going 9-of-15 from the floor.
It was enough to bring back memories of the dynamic point guard, and the pain caused when the Knicks let him walk in the offseason.
But while Lin outshined Raymond Felton on Monday night, this isn't about who the better player is. It's about who fits better with Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony got a lot of heat last season when he had trouble meshing with Lin. People called him stubborn and selfish.
Well, without anyone to take away his thunder this season, Anthony has flourished. Headed into Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, Anthony was averaging 27.9 points (second in the NBA) while shooting 47 percent from the field and 46 percent from downtown.
All of a sudden, no one is complaining about Anthony because the Knicks are winning, in large part due to the 28-year-old Brooklyn native. They headed into Wednesday's game with an 18-6 record, the best mark in the Eastern Conference.
Anthony is having one of the most successful seasons, if not the most successful season of his career this season. More importantly, the Knicks are winning ballgames. A large part of that has to do with the fact that the Knicks found more complementary players in Felton and Jason Kidd while letting Lin walk.
When the Knicks first gave Lin the cold shoulder and let him go to Houston, the outcry was tremendous, and for good reason. They were letting a dynamic young player slip through their fingers when they were just beginning to look like they were on the rebound.
But it's becoming more clear in New York that Anthony is the most important player on the Knicks, and if you surround him with the right players, he has no trouble carrying the team. It was no mistake that the Knicks lost to the Rockets on Monday without Anthony.
You add the fact that Felton is a better three-point shooter than Lin and has added to the Knicks' advantage on the perimeter this season and there's no question that the Knicks are better off without Lin.
Don't focus on the past, Knicks fans. The present is better.
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