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Carmelo Anthony is not All-Star starter

Injury, Lin's success give Knicks forward a chance to reassess his game

Updated: February 10, 2012, 3:57 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

I hate to drape a cold, wet blanket on the warm and fuzzy hoop story that is Jeremy Lin, but the reality is the New York Knicks are not better than they were a week ago. And despite the emergence of Lin and two superstars sucking up a lot of cap space, Spike Lee and the rest of the New York faithful should not lose sight of this: If the playoffs were to start today, the Knicks would not be there.

In fact, the team is closer to the 1990 Minnesota Vikings than they are the playoffs. ...

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