D’Antoni May Pair Lin, Davis on Court
Knicks point guards Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis are forming a tight bond. So tight that coach Mike D’Antoni had them sharing the backcourt together with the first unit during yesterday’s scrimmages.
D’Antoni has called Lin and Davis a potential “two-headed monster,’’ but his experimenting yesterday raised eyebrows, especially amid rumblings Davis could supplant Lin as starting point guard in April.
The Knicks front office probably would not want to see Lin lose his starting job because he has become a marketing cash cow for the organization on the sale of Linsanity shirts alone.
If Davis, who has played just four games after sitting out nearly two months because of a herniated disk, progresses to a very high level, the two-time All-Star could squeeze into the starting lineup at the expense of shooting guard Landry Fields with Lin playing off the ball.
For now, D’Antoni said he could pair Lin and Davis for set minutes or even close a game that way.
“You have more playmaking — we’ll see if that’s good or not,’’ D’Antoni said. “They can play together because Baron can guard bigger guards. But somebody’s not playing. You have to be really good together.’’