After Carmelo Anthony expressed surprise that the Nets had made Jeremy Lin the face of their franchise, Lin said he doesn’t care what his former Knicks teammate said.

Lin didn’t play Saturday night when the Nets lost, 116-98, to the Knicks at the Garden, but Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson insisted the point guard sitting had nothing to do with where the game was being held. Either way, Lin was indifferent about Anthony’s words.

“I didn’t hear anything about it [Friday], nobody texted me about it [Friday], so I don’t think it’s a big deal, to be honest. I don’t really know what he said. Again, five years ago, I’m not really too worried about anything,’’ said Lin, who said Anthony has always been cordial, at least face to face. “When I see him I’ll say what’s up. I said this literally since Day 1: Every time I’ve run into him or had personal interaction with him, he’d been really nice to me and really cordial to me.

“I’ve never had any personal issues with him. We’ve never gotten into a fight or argument or anything, in person or through text or anything. I’ve never had anything remotely hostile with him. So whatever he says, I don’t know. … You guys can ask him. In terms of my personal interaction with him, we’ve never bumped heads or anything.”

After Friday’s practice, Anthony had said: “He is the face of their franchise – believe it or not. He came up, they paid him. Now the ball is in his hands. Now he’s one of the franchise players over there.”

That was perceived by some as a slight, given the persistent rumors that Anthony was irritated by Lin when the then-unheralded guard became on overnight sensation, deemed Linsanity, back in 2012. He eventually called the $25 million deal Lin got from Houston “ridiculous.”

Amar’e Stoudemire admitted in February that “everyone wasn’t a fan of [Lin] being the new star. So he didn’t stay long. … He was becoming a star and I don’t think everybody was pleased with that.”

Asked about Anthony’s resentment of Lin on a Vertical podcast last month, Mike D’Antoni said: “It was there. It’s real.”