Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.
Today's Burning Question: Are you, as a Knicks fan, now ready to move on from all things Jeremy Lin?
Lin showed the NBA world on Monday night that he can play, disregarding his low season averages. Against the Knicks, he went off for 22 points and eight assists, and he'll continue to put up numbers like that every now and then this season. Eventually, he'll likely be putting up consistent numbers like that. That's fact.
But the Knicks have Raymond Felton and a strong supporting cast that will get even stronger when Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert return soon. That's fact, too. So Knicks fans should be, at this point, finally closing the door on Lin for at least this season -- a season that could put the Knicks right up against the Heat in a playoff series.
Excitement is back in the Garden in new ways. A winning team, a defensive culture (even through its recent struggles), seasoned point guards, ideal role players, a star in Carmelo Anthony and enough 3-point shooters to put away any team on any night.
Before the Rockets game, Mike Woodson finally spoke at length about Lin -- which he hardly does about any topic -- appearing to want to put Linsanity to bed.
"We wanted Jeremy back and I made that publicly back in the summer," he started off. "We were going through the recruitment process, but things changed from a business standpoint. And Jeremy decided to take the Houston deal. He has every right to do that. I think as an organization, we've moved on.
"I mean, we were able to go out and field guys like Kidd, Pablo and Raymond, and we're excited about those three guys that we fielded, because they've come in here and they put us in this position in terms of our (18-6) record, and sitting at the top of our division. It's no knock against Jeremy; he did what he had to do making his decision and we've done what we had to do, and we wish him nothing but the best until he plays the Knicks. And that's it."
With a response like that, that should make many Knicks fans feel the same way.
But do you? Leave us your comments below.
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