Mike Woodson always considered Jeremy Lin to be more of a backup point guard than a starter, according to a person close to him.

Woodson prefers a pure playmaking point guard and though Lin shot too much.

Woodson apparently also believed the same thing during the Knicks' seven-game winning streak during the height of Lin's rise to prominence.

Lin started seven games under Woodson and played fewer than 26 minutes in four of them. Lin had averaged 35 minutes per start under Mike D'Antoni.

“We went out, we fielded guys like (Jason) Kidd and Raymond (Felton) and Pablo (Prigioni), guys we felt can help us and they’ve been great for us,” said Woodson. “. . . The Jeremy Lin thing is behind us and we’ve moved on in another direction. We wish Jeremy nothing but the best here in Houston — until he plays us.”

“We’re happy with the three guys we brought in, without a doubt,” Woodson said. “Absolutely. Very happy. I am.”