Maybe in the end the question wasn't whether Carmelo Anthony could have coexisted with Jeremy Lin, but whether Mike Woodson could have accepted Lin as his starting point guard.

According to a person close to the Knicks' head coach, Woodson always thought of Lin as more of a backup than a starter. The thinking was that Woodson, who prefers a pure playmaking point guard, felt Lin shot too much.

In fact, that was Woodson's belief as far back in February at the height of "Linsanity," when the Knicks were winning seven straight games with Lin running the offense and Mike D'Antoni coaching the team.

Woodson eventually replaced D'Antoni, and it is unclear whether the new head coach would have ultimately benched Lin, who suffered a knee injury in late March and missed the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.