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Jeremy Lin credits Carmelo Anthony with giving him his shot

New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin said Thursday on ESPN Radio that he wouldn't have seen the floor in his NBA debut if not for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony -- the very player expected to disturb the team's chemistry.

During New York's Feb. 4 game with the New Jersey Nets -- in which Lin debuted with 25 points -- Anthony reportedly told Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to give Lin a chance. Lin predicted that he and the New York star will not have any trouble co-existing.

"That's why I think it's funny right now," Lin said, according to the report. "Some people are talking about, 'Oh, can Melo adjust into the system?' I mean, Melo wants to adjust to the system, and he doesn't want to shoot 30 shots a game. The fact that he vouched for me shows a lot about him."