Howard Beck says Knicks shouldn’t play Lin; Phil Jackson won’t come to New York

New York Times’ Howard Beck joined the show to talk about the Knicks-Heat series. Here are some of his takes.

— Beck doesn’t think the Knicks should play Jeremy Lin in Game 5.

“Even if he’s medically cleared, even if he’s sound … he won’t be in game shape,” Beck said. “I don’t know if he’ll have that much of an effect.”

— Beck said don’t read too much into the Knicks’ win over the Heat on Sunday.

“They were at home. They were desperate,” Beck said. “I don’t think Miami has to draw any conclusions from this game. They know how to beat this game.”

— Beck weighed in on Phil Jackson coaching in New York next season: “I think if Phil jackson is available and interested, I don’t care who’s coaching, that’s an easy call.

But Beck doesn’t think that Jackson is coming to coach in New York. And he doesn’t think it’s a great fit. Jackson is too outspoken for the Dolan family, who owns the Knicks. “He would be clashing with their policies within 30 seconds of being hired,” Beck said.

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