The countdown to Jeremy Lin has begun.

It starts with Jason Kidd saying that the Knicks won't be "looking to embarrass" the Rockets point guard on Friday but instead will be focused on beating Houston.

The Knicks face Lin for the first time since the club's controversial decision not to match the three-year, $25 million offer the guard received from Houston last July. At the time, Carmelo Anthony called the offer "ridiculous," and J.R. Smith later surmised that had the Knicks matched the offer, it would have created tension in the locker room.

Clearly, there are hard feelings on both sides, and that has fueled speculation that some Knicks, who might have resented Lin's popularity last season, will enter Friday's game intent on making life miserable for the Rockets' new point guard.

"We're not looking to embarrass or lock anybody down," Kidd said. "We're looking to win on the road. Whatever we have to do to make it tough for Houston, that's what we have to do. But individually, you win and lose as a team. There's no individual here. We're an older team so we're not going to fall into that trap."

Of course, Kidd had two memorable run-ins with Lin last season during the height of "Linsanity" when Kidd was the Mavericks' point guard. In their first meeting, Lin had 28 points and 14 assists in a nationally televised victory at the Garden.

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