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'Lin our starting point guard': Knicks head coach

2012/06/05 22:11:26

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said Monday that Jeremy Lin will remain the team's starting point guard, despite Lin's absence from the team for the remainder of the last season due to a knee injury.

"Right now, he is our starting point guard, without a doubt," Woodson said on ESPN's Michael Kay Show when asked if Lin would be the starting point guard.

Lin shot to international fame by helping the Knicks win seven straight games earlier this year. But in late March, he tore the meniscus in his left knee and missed the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.

After undergoing surgery on April 2 and going through a rehab period of several weeks, the 23-year-old Harvard graduate said on his Facebook page Sunday that his knee had fully recovered.

"I've always believed this: When a starter goes down he doesn't lose his job because of an injury. You welcome him back with open arms when he gets healthy and you keep it moving," Woodson said. "We'll get him back into uniform and get him ready for practice and throw the ball in his hands and say, 'Let's go."

Woodson was named the team's head coach in late May after helping it finish the regular season 18-6.

(By Lung Bo-an and Scully Hsiao)