Not only are the Knicks matching Jeremy Lin's offer sheet, but they are starting him next season, too.

Coach Mike Woodson boldly stated Wednesday night Lin begins training camp as first string point guard over newcomer Jason Kidd.

"I won't do that,'' Woodson said of benching Lin. "You can't lose your starting job based on injuries. Jeremy was our starter before he got hurt. Unfortunately he went down with an injury. He's not going to be punished for that. He's got work to do this summer. But when he comes back to veterans camp, he'll have the first nod. He'll be our starter and Jason will back him up in terms of helping developing this young man into a great point guard.

"Jeremy Lin has always been a big part of what we are trying to do moving forward.''