- Posted: 4:17 PM, March 23, 2012
Lin on Friday was back at the scene of his greatest shot, where he beat the Raptors with a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on Valentine’s Day.
In Philadelphia on Wednesday, Lin shook off a lousy first three quarters when he shot 1 of 11 and notched 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' latest win.
“He’s a smart young man,’’ Woodson said before the Knicks faced the Raptors. “He knows how to play. He’s not scared. That’s a big part of it. When you play sports, you can’t be scared to fail.’’
Feb. 14, Knicks brass was happy to promote Linsanity as Lin held a press conference before the morning shootaround for the large contingent of Asian media. Lin was on the cover of all the Toronto newspapers.
It's died down somewhat but Woodson wants things totally back to normal apparently. Toronto’s population is 11 percent Chinese.
In a bait-and-switch, most of the 15 or so Asian reporters this morning missed out on Lin because the Knicks had Woodson talk first while Lin met with a very small group of reporters in the locker room. By the time Woodson finished, Lin was off into the trainer’s room.
Lin said “The Shot’’ in Canada is one he’ll never forget.
“It’s right there at the top,’’ Lin said. “I was thankful to God for that and thankful for my teammates for keeping it close. I got the last shot but a lot of things happened before that.’’
Woodson is trying to make the Knicks not all about Linsanity.
“It comes with the territory playing New York,’’ Woodson said of the media attention. “As long as it doesn’t get to his head and he stays focused and steady about what the team is about. ... We've got to be a team first. It’s not just about Jeremy or [Carmelo Anthony] or Amar’e (Stoudemire). It’s the New York Knicks. That’s how I look at it. It’s not about Mike Woodson.’’