It's not all about me.
That was the message Jeremy Lin tried to deliver over All-Star weekend.
During a news conference in Orlando, Lin expressed hope that people would move on from "Linsanity" and focus on other Knicks-related topics in the coming days and weeks.
One issue he'd like to hear discussed more frequently? The depth of the team.
"We're unbelievably talented," Lin said on Tuesday. "You look at the headlines and you look on ESPN and you see 'Lin this, Lin that.' But, we may be the deepest team in the NBA. So I think we should start talking about that as well."
The Knicks held practice on Tuesday for the first time since the All Star break. They had enough for a five-on-five scrimmage with two subs thanks to the return of Iman Shumpert and Josh Harrellson.
That kind of depth is a blessing, particularly in a shortened season. But it also brings a challenge for Mike D'Antoni, who has to find a way to divide minutes among all of the healthy players on his roster.
The coach hinted on Tuesday that he'd go with a 10-man rotation.
"It's not humanly possible to play 12 guys in a normal rotation. Ten probably. Eleven maybe," he said. "That's how we have to do it. We'll see how injuries go, who’s playing well. The idea is you got to be ready because [the player] who doesn't play today might play tomorrow.
"It might be 10-man rotation for back-to-backs, but it might not my the same 10. You might have another guy come in. Instead of the 10th guy ... the 11 guy comes in. Something like that."
D'Antoni has to find minutes for Shumpert, Harrellson, Baron Davis, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak and Jared Jeffries.
And he should have plenty of practice time this week to figure things out.
Including Tuesday's practice, the Knicks have an opportunity to have four practices this week (the team could not practice Monday because it had played Thursday, according to a spokesman.) They are looking at this stretch as a mini camp of sorts to get all of their new pieces acclimated.
"It's much needed for myself," said Davis, who made his Knicks debut last week after sitting out the first eight weeks of the season with a back injury. "I think [it's needed] for us collectively as a team be able to play this game, play hard and know that we got a couple days rest to clean up some things and guys can get their rhythm."
If all of the new players are healthy and they make the necessary sacrifices to fit together, you can make a strong argument that the Knicks (17-18) have the deepest team in the league.
"We understand that we have a chance if we can get this thing right, if we can start building chemistry and go on a winning streak, we could be very dangerous," Lin said.
After taking part in All-Star weekend, Lin took a brief break from basketball.
He went on a fishing trip to Cocoa Beach -- outside of Orlando on the east coast of Florida -- with his family. The Lin's went out to an estuary and caught some redfish, trout and catfish for dinner.
"It was good for me to just get away, clear my mind, spend time with family and kind of decompress," Lin said. "And now we’re going to hit the ground running hopefully."
NO ILL WILL FOR BARON: Baron Davis says he has no hard feelings about facing the Cavs, his ex-team, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Cleveland cut Davis via the amnesty clause in the offseason before the Knicks signed him to a veteran's minimum contract.
"It's no hard feelings against the Cleveland Cavaliers," Davis said on Tuesday. "We pretty much knew what was going to happen and they treated me well while I was there so nothing but love for them."
Davis returned to the court last week after missing the first eight weeks of the season. He's shown rust in his first three games, averaging 1.3 points, 2.3 turnovers and 3.3 assists per game in 12.3 minutes.
He said he hasn't reached the point where he can play without thinking about his injury.
"I wish I was at that point but it'll come. It'll come," Davis said. "I just have to be patient with myself. This will be my fourth game and this is my second practice so I just gotta keep working hard and keep working at it. I'm still in the rehab process. I can't forget about that and try to over-extend myself."
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