Jeremy Lin became a breakout star for the New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony on the bench last season, and now his highly anticipated return to Madison Square Garden will come under a similar set of circumstances.
Anthony will miss Monday night's game against Lin and the Houston Rockets with a sprained left ankle, the star forward's second straight game on the bench after landing awkwardly on the ankle in the second half of Thursday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Anthony will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Chris Copeland, and the rest of the lineup will be the same, with Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, Ronnie Brewer and Tyson Chandler taking the floor against Houston in Lin's only visit to the Garden this season.
"If he could play I'm sure he would have been in uniform tonight," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said of Anthony. "But he couldn't go, and we've just got to move on and Cope's got to come in and play."