Woodson on Lin: "He is our starting point guard"
New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, who was recently given a multiyear extension, says that Jeremy Lin is the starting point guard on the team heading into next season, via the New York Post.
"Right now, he is our starting point guard, without a doubt," Woodson told ESPN Radio.
Lin was forced to miss a large part of the second half of the season after he suffered a torn meniscus in March. His status with the team moving forward has been a question mark, as the 23-year-old is an unsigned restricted free agent heading into next season.
"I've always believed this: When a starter goes down he doesn't lose his job because of an injury," Woodson said.
Woodson started his Knicks head coaching job with an impressive 18-6 record. Despite losing 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat, Woodson plans on building on the team's success. The goal for Woodson is to get Lin signed to a contract so they can focus on getting better.
"That's what we're going to do when we get Lin signed," Woodson said. "We'll get him back in uniform and get him ready for practice and camp and throw the ball in his hands."
The Knicks posted a 15-10 record this season in games where Lin was the starting point guard.