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Lin returns to Oakland, but as a member of the Knicks

 

When Palo Alto's Jeremy Lin was released by the NBA's Golden State Warriors a few weeks ago, he probably thought he'd seen the last of Oracle Arena in Oakland for quite sometime.

Well, surprise. Lin will be back in Oakland on Wednesday night when his newest team, the New York Knicks, take on the Warriors at 7:30 p.m.

The Knicks (1-0) claimed Lin off waivers on Tuesday after he was released by the Houston Rockets on Sunday so the Rockets could sign guard Samuel Dalembert.

Houston had claimed Lin off waivers after the Palo Alto High and Harvard grad was released by Golden State. The Warriors needed to create salary cap space in an attempt to sign DeAndre Jordan for a reported $43 million. That offer sheet was matched by the Los Angeles Clippers and the Warriors ended up empty handed before signing Kwame Brown.

Lin played in 29 games last season as a rookie with the Warriors, becoming the NBA's first Asian-American player since 1947.

The Knicks did claim guard Steve Novak off waivers last week but lost rookie guard Iman Shumpert to a knee injury in a season-opening win over Boston on Christmas Day. The Knicks also are waiting for recently signed Baron Davis to recover from a back injury, thus the need to sign Lin in what appears to be a temporary move.

Lin will join the Knicks in the Bay Area on Wednesday prior to their game against the Warriors. Lin will serve as the Knicks' third point guard if reserve Mike Bibby returns from a back injury he suffered against Boston. Toney Douglas is team's starting point guard.

Since Lin's contract isn't guaranteed, the Knicks can waive him at any time prior to Feb. 10, otherwise they would have to pay the remainder of his contract. When Shumpert returns, that could signal the end of Lin's stay in New York.

"Jeremy's just looking for an opportunity to show what he can do," Lin's agent, Roger Montgomery, told Marc Stein of ESPN.com on Tuesday. "And, what better place to do so, than on the biggest stage in basketball?"

Lin will be a teammate of former Stanford standout Landry Fields, who began his second season in the league with seven points, three assists and two rebounds in 34 minutes during the Knicks' 106-104 win over the Celtics.

Fields is one of five former Stanford players currently on NBA rosters. Robin Lopez opened his third season with 21 points and seven rebounds for the Phoenix Suns on Monday in an 85-84 loss to New Orelans. His twin brother, Brook, is currently injured after averaging 15 points a game for the Nets in two preseason outings. Josh Childress is in his fifth season, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds for the Suns on Monday, and Jarron Collins is in his 10th season while currently playing for Atlanta.

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online

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