Jeremy Lin credits Carmelo Anthony with giving him his shot

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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."