Carmelo Anthony happy but surprised to see Jeremy Lin be a 'franchise player' of Brooklyn Nets
Carmelo Anthony was surprised to see Jeremy Lin be one of Brooklyn's franchise players. AP

BELIEVE it ot not, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony considers Jeremy Lin as one of the stars of the Brooklyn Nets, in what could be described as a backhanded compliment of a former teammate. 

“He is the face of their franchise – believe it or not. He came up, they paid him. Now the ball is in his hands,” the nine-time NBA All-Star told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Nets gave the Taiwanese-American guard a $38.3 million contract for three years to return to New York.

“Now he’s one of the franchise players over there. I don’t know what you want me to say about that. I’m happy for him, excited for him to see how it’s going to turn out over there,” said Anthony.

The Knicks will face their cross-town rivals on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time). Lin and Anthony were Knicks teammates in 2012 during the time New York was stricken with 'Linsanity.'

According to some players, the global attention an overachieving Lin received as a relatively unknown point guard who upped his game was not well received by all of the Knicks, which could have included Anthony. The discord may have influenced by the Knicks’ decision not to match a three-year, $25 million offer from the Houston Rockets, which Lin accepted.

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