Carmelo Anthony Says He’s ‘Been One of the True Supporters of Jeremy Lin’ Despite Criticism From Knicks Fans


Carmelo Anthony Says He's 'Been One of the True Supporters of Jeremy Lin' Despite Criticism From Knicks FansJust because Carmelo Anthony said the Houston Rockets' three-year, $25 million offer to Jeremy Lin was "ridiculous" doesn't mean Anthony disapproves of Lin. Or so he says.

Anthony has been criticized for being unwelcoming to Lin ever since the former Harvard star made his name in the Knicks organization last winter.

Lin started his sudden ascent at point guard while Anthony was out with injury, and the Knicks had trouble meshing the two players' styles when Anthony returned. Then, this offseason, Anthony seemed less than pleased with the idea that the Knicks would shell out a lot to get Lin back, going so far as to call Lin's offer "ridiculous."

But now Anthony says any appearance of him not wanting Lin to return was a misconception.

"Believe it or not, I've been one of the true supporters of Jeremy Lin," he said Friday from London, where he's playing with Team USA in the Summer Olympics, according to the New York Daily News. "… It's not something I brag about or broadcast, but I've been one of his supporters along the way. After he signed with Houston, I talked to him. He texted me. I'll keep that disclosed what we talked about it. But it was a great text. What he sent me really meant a lot."

Anthony also said he understands the criticism that's come his way since Lin left.

"It is what it is," Anthony said. "Anything that happens in New York, they blame me. I accept that. I don't really worry about it, to be honest with you."

Anthony steered clear of any talk that he or the Knicks didn't want Lin back, saying Houston's offer was what made the difference.

"Money talks at the end of the day," Anthony said. "I said this in Vegas — Houston threw something out there that he couldn't refuse."

So, the contract was ridiculous, and Lin just left for the money…? Maybe Anthony should just avoid commenting further if he wants to prove his support.

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