Amare vs Melo Feud; Insinuated Melo Not a Fan of Lin Becoming a Star
Out of the blue, Amare confirmed what many NY fans suspected that Carmelo Anthony was not a fan of Jeremy Lin becoming a star in New York in 2012.
Stoudemire played four and a half seasons with the Knicks, and his time overlapped with former fan favorite Lin. Although he did not mention any names, Stoudemire said not every Knick was thrilled with Lin’s exploding popularity back then. “If he stayed, it would’ve been cool,” Stoudemire said of Lin, who played one season in New York from 2011-12.
“But everyone wasn’t a fan of him being the new star, so he didn’t stay long. But Jeremy was a great, great guy. Great teammate. He worked hard. He put the work in, and we’re proud of him to have his moment. “I truly bought into it. I thought it was great. Maybe three-fourths of the team thought it was great. But if you don’t have a full team that buys into a system, it’s never going to pan out.” Amar’e Stoudemire on Knicks’ triangle offense
“A lot of times, you gotta enjoy someone’s success,” he continued. “And that wasn’t the case for us during that stretch. … You got to enjoy that. You got to let that player enjoy himself and cherish those moments. He was becoming a star, and I don’t think everybody was pleased with that.”
Carmelo Anthony tweets about 'petty feelings of others' a day after Amar'e says not all Knicks were fans of Lin: https://t.co/WuuuJVjZOj
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 29, 2016
A day later, Carmelo Anthony tweets about ‘petty feelings of others’ a day after Amar’e says not all Knicks were fans of Lin. What’s interesting from Melo’s response was he did not explicitly say he was happy for Jeremy Lin for becoming a star in 2012, which would reject the assertion that he drove Lin out of NY. It further confirmed NBA fans suspicion that Melo was the reason that Lin didn’t stay long in NY.