Jeremy Lin has led the New York Knicks to a 9-3 record since taking over at point guard this month and said his team has the talent to win the National Basketball Association championship.
“Everyone’s goal is to win a championship,” Lin, who participated in the Rising Stars Challenge during the NBA’s All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida, told the New York Post. “It’s a very tough thing to do. I think we have the talent to do it. I know we have the talent to do it.”
Lin, a Harvard University graduate who was cut by two other teams before joining the Knicks, has averaged 23 points and 8.6 assists since getting his first shot at extended playing time on Feb. 4. He came off the bench in that win and has started the past 11 games at point guard.
New York enters the second half of the regular season with a 17-18 record and is in second place behind the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division. The Knicks, who were 8-15 before Lin sparked the recent run, are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, where the top eight teams will make the postseason.
“This is a long process,” Lin said. “I need to make sure I’m not getting complacent and that our team continues to climb. And we want to be able to get into the top half of the East and make a push in the playoffs.”
The Knicks start the season’s second half with a Feb. 29 home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers and then play road games in Boston, Dallas, San Antonio and Milwaukee.