New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is expected to return to the lineup later this week, possibly as early as Friday night against New Orleans.
Anthony has been out since last Monday due to an injured right groin.
Mike D'Antoni said Anthony ran on Wednesday. He didn't rule out the possibility of Anthony returning on Friday but had no specific date in mind.
The Knicks have won four straight since Anthony went down.
In his absence, Jeremy Lin has emerged as the Knicks starting point guard and a national sensation.
Lin is the first player in league history to have at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his five career starts. The Harvard grad has scored 136 points in his first five career starts, the most by any player since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976. In his last six games -- all Knicks wins -- the 23-year-old is averaging 26.8 points and 8.5 assists.
Many people have wondered over the past week how Anthony will fit into the Knicks' offense under Lin.
Anthony traditionally thrives in isolation situations. So far under Lin, the Knicks' offense has been predicated on ball movement. So some have questioned whether Anthony can adjust to things under Lin.
Anthony has seen the speculation on television and the Internet. And he thinks it's pretty amusing, calling Lin's recent ascension "a dream come true" for the Knicks (14-15).
"When I'm reading the stuff, it's more funny than anything because at the end of the day I know what I bring to the game, I know what I bring to this team," Anthony said on Monday. "My teammates know that. But to say, 'How can I fit in?' It's easy; give him the ball and space out. I get back to doing what I know how to do best. So we'll see."
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