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Jeremy Lin: Jason Terry Does Not Give Knicks Point Guard Respect He Deserves

Alex KayCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks drives against Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on February 19, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Lin put on a fantastic show at Madison Square Garden.

He eviscerated the defending champion Dallas Mavericks during a nationally-televised game but still isn't getting the credit he is due. 

Count Jason Terry as one of his detractors.

The JET's team lost last night, 104-97, largely in part due to Lin's performance. He put up 28 points, dished out 14 assists and had five steals. 

However, that did not impress the former Sixth Man of the Year. 

He believes that most of the credit should go to Mike D'Antoni and the offensive system he has installed in the Big Apple.

When asked about Lin's success and how much of it should go to the coach, Terry told Yahoo! Sports "To me, it's 100 percent what it is."

He somewhat backed off that statement after saying it was "95 percent" a product of the system. 

The JET also believes anyone could do what Lin is doing given his minutes.

“If you play 46 minutes (a game) in this league, you have an opportunity to put up some nice numbers,” Terry said. “Again, it is what it is. He’ll have to maintain this pace. It’s going to be tough. Ask anybody: Give them an opportunity, ball in their hands, 20-plus shots and you better do something.”

Terry is just plain wrong about Lin and is underestimating the emerging point guard.

It takes a ton of skill to put up Jeremy's numbers, and it's not like anyone could come off the street and facilitate the Knicks offense the way he has.

Terry needs to respect Lin's accomplishments
Terry needs to respect Lin's accomplishmentsRonald Martinez/Getty Images

Before Linsanity began, the Knicks struggled with ball movement and had awful overall play from the point guard position.

He's legitimized his status as New York's PG and is the No. 1 reason why this team has been so dominant lately.

Players like Terry can keep hating and trying to bring Lin down, but the bottom line is the guy can play—and play well—and won't be going away anytime soon.