In an attempt to make up for the short term loss of Iman Shumpert, the Knicks have picked up point guard Jeremy Lin.
The Harvard grad, who showed he can definitely ball during the lockout this year, was released by both his hometown Warriors and the Houston Rockets this off-season.
For the time being, the Knicks can survive with Lin in the rotation until Iman returns, but in the long term he should strictly be in for depth. He had very little playing time in Golden State in his first season after going undrafted but from the little I've seen from him he is relatively fast and he can hit the three. A good comparison on the current roster would be with Toney Douglas, as they have a very similar skill set and body type.
Given a chance, there is a possibilty that Lin could be a solid NBA player but he hasn't really been valued early on. He had no scholarship offers out of high school and, again, went undrafted but this video definitely shows that there is something there:
Jeremy Lin during the Lockout
Norris Cole, wtf!How come this kid wasn't on our gaydar?I don't watch the college game much, except March, but all our EXPERTS do.This kid can play the point.Miami is a big man away from devastating the east.Very nice player, lots of composure and knows his position.That's what 4 yrs at the point in skool will do for you.I noticed him right away in the game vs. Dallas, but last night was ridonkulus.We're gonna have to deal with this young man and hopefully he is not as good as he looks.
I like TD, but he looks like he needs a brain transplant.We got Igor at the point.He needs to step up his pg skills.There is a very small market for 6'2? shooting guards, Nate, the Smalla Balla just found that out.I don't think Lin is the answer, if he was he wouldn't be available.Barea is the prototype for a pickup.He played his way to the top.Someone opened up the door and he kicked it in.Hopefully Lin is similar.But Norris Cole is the real deal.Nice.
Breaking News: Stern blocks Lin pickup. Stern says that Lin can only play in Houston due to their loss of Yao Ming!
This is an excellent pick-up, a better one for "this team" than Nate Robinson. The releases and subsequent activity concerning Robinson and Lin show that the NBA is as much about politics as it is talent. Robinson has worn out his welcome because of his reputation as being immature and a distraction to the lockerroom, despite many reports from players that he is a good teammate and a good guy. He is simply not a coaches dream and such a novelty that he is work for an organization to determine how to best use him. He is a two in a small running backs body, who would rather chug than dish. His greatest asset is as a scoring game changer.
He is a talent conundrum that no organization wants to figure out at this time. D'Antoni has already figured out all he wants to know; he and Robinson do not get along. Plus, I'm betting the Knicks aren't willing to pay Robinson what he wants for one year, any way.
Lin is another novelty who seems to have suffered by being on teams that don't need point guards. It is nice that he is from Harvard and notable that he is of "Asian-American" heritage which is not the same as growing up as an "Asian" baller. Lin has demonstrated throughout his career that he has heart and that he can hang in the American b-ball culture even with his emphasis on academics.
Lin's greatest assets are his handle and speed. What will be most important to us is his decision-making abilities which can only develop fully with playing time in game conditions. He needs time.
Like D'Antoni, I haven't really seen him play in a couple of years, but the boy can ball. I would be concerned about his size on D and his inexperience, but given time, he would be preferable as a point to Bibby. Bibby's advantages are shooting ability and experience -- based on those factors Lin will stay behind Bibby on the depth chart until we realize how badly we need a 1 while Baron is on the sidelines.
This is a good chance for Lin to show he can really stick iin this league.
Just saw this on Knicks Now:
The website itself isn't much use to those not at the opening day game but it does show the pre-game intro video which I believe fans at home didn't get to see. It's pretty good.
Marc Stein of ESPN has the Jeremy Lin signing:
Knicks evidently passed on N8 Robinson -- never a D'Antoni favorite. N8 is contemplating playing in Turkey if he can't sign with another NBA team--apparently inludenced by Derron Williams' postive experience during the lockout.
O & B recommended Lin before Barron Davis became available. Someone at the Knicks front office may be reading us. Lin provides bench insurance until BD and or Shumpert return. Hopefully, he will get a chance to play and perhaps impress. N8 would have wanted his old No. 4 uniform if he returned, but the number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese culture. Single digit lucky numbers for the Chinese are 2 (Fields), 3 (available), 5 (Walker) 6 (Chandler) 7 (Melo) and 9 (Jeffries). I bet he chooses number 3.
Lin is clearly bright and should pick up D'Antoni system relatively quickly. I recall that he is he is athletic and can penetrate. If he can work a pic & roll with Stat or Chandler, he could be an improvement over Douglas at the point. Confucius once said: "when a student is ready to learn, a teacher will come." B. Davis and M. Bibby are quite experienced and can be effective teachers, Lin must be a ready student. The Knicks need for a back-up point guard is great and all of New York and perhaps much of Asia is watching. Welcome aboard Jeremy and Good Luck. LGK
@Lives You mean if he can stick to the bench tighter than Andy Rautins
Good luck Jeremy! Spoke in class today! @Post_up_Prince
First PG that can run a P&G more than once a game gets to stay. I wish that was a joke.@Post_up_Prince
@Post_up_Prince He wore number 4 at Harvard and 7 at Golden State. I think he was going to wear 17 in Houston when his 7 was taken [by Lowry].
Maybe he'll start in the All Star game if he gets all of China behind him like Yao did.
Peaceman is such a meany. @Peaceman
You sound like we have Chris Paul at the top of our depth chart at point. @Peaceman
Whoops, P&R!!!Sorry about that. @Post_up_Prince
@CiaranKF Good observation and on top of your game with the lead post. Perhaps Lin should not have worn No. 4 at Harvard. I am still betting he takes on No. 3 but will not bet my Mah Jong set on it. Lin making the All Star game is equivalent to him rebuilding the "Great Wall" of China all over again--neither of which is likely in your's, mine or Lin's lifetime. If he stays beyond the trade deadline, he will have achieved a milestone worth a small fortune "cookie"--the NBA minimum contract and perhaps some playoff bonus money. Hope he makes it.
@Lives I have never seen Lin play..however, I don't think he'll get much burn. DAntoni will burn out TD before giving Lin a chance! Look for BD to be back after the west coast trip!