Knicks get lucky after other teams miss on Lin

By BRIAN MAHONEY | February 16, 2012 | 6:55 PM EST

New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin (17) drives past Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in New York. Lin had 10 points and 13 assists as the Knicks won the game 100-85. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — Before Jeremy Lin became a star in New York, he was cut by Golden State.

And Houston.

Nobody wanted him in the draft, either.

Keith Smart, who coached Lin with the Warriors last season, praised the former Harvard guard but says nobody could have predicted what he's done in New York. The Warriors, like the Rockets, had too many guards to give Lin the playing time he needed to develop.

The Knicks had a need after none of their point guards could run coach Mike D'Antoni's offense. Still, D'Antoni hesitated to use him, and knows the Knicks were lucky to even get him in the first place.

D'Antoni says evaluating players is "like winning the lottery. You buy a ticket, you hope, but there's no guarantee it's going to happen."