D'Antoni calls the talk "ludicrous," chalking it up the same doubters who refused to believe that Lin was the real thing after his first couple of starts.
"That's normal. You've got to say something. 'Let's wait and see.' That's part of sports," D'Antoni said. "But again, we talked about he's not getting any slower, he's not getting any dumber, and I think he'll only get better."
Actually, the Knicks expect Lin's numbers to drop once the regulars are back. But they have a chance to keep the wins going, with three straight games against sub-.500 teams this week.
Stoudemire felt things were turning in the first game Lin got meaningful minutes, when plays were getting made that weren't for the first month and three point guards of the season. So it's no wonder Lin is just as popular inside the locker room as he seems to be everywhere else.
"I think because we were all looking for answers from the point guard position so far this season and we tried every point guard that we had," Stoudemire said. "And we saved the best for last I guess."
AP freelance writer Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla. contributed to this report.
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