Lin excited for Tebow's arrival

PHILADELPHIA -- New York Jets fans might be split on the team's decision to trade for Tim Tebow.

But Tebow has one big supporter inside the New York Knicks locker room.

Point guard Jeremy Lin called the Jets' decision to deal for Tebow "awesome."

"I'm just excited for him and to see what he does and see what happens next year. ... I'm excited he's going to be in New York," Lin said after the Knicks' 82-79 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Lin, who is deeply religious, has said in the past the he's been inspired by Tebow, who is also religious and not shy about public displays of faith.

Lin has only spoken to Tebow once. He said he did not communicate with him on Wednesday, when the Jets ended a day filled with drama by acquiring Tebow from the Denver Broncos in a trade.

But Lin said he'd love to go to Jets games this season if the opportunity arose.

"He’s a great guy from everything I hear and the conversation I had with him was great as well," Lin said.

Lin's rise from end-of-the-bench afterthought to starting NBA point guard drew worldwide attention from the media earlier this season. Lin's postgame news conferences in New York are routinely attended by several dozen reporters.

Surely, Tebow will face similar attention and scrutiny in New York.

So Lin was asked on Wednesday night if he had any advice for the Big Apple-bound quarterback.

"Everyone gave me some advice," Lin said with a smile. "They said make sure not to read the papers. But I don't want to say that to offend you [reporters]. That's what I've been told, so I don't really read anything. And I think it helps me."