"Drinking the Kool-Aid" is a metaphor commonly used in the United States and Canada that refers to a person or group's unquestioning belief in an ideology, argument, or philosophy without critical examination. The phrase typically carries a negative connotation when applied to an individual or group. The basis of the term is a reference to the November 1978 Jonestown Massacre, where members of the Peoples Temple were said to have committed suicide by drinking a "Kool-Aid"-like drink laced with cyanide. Winki~
Now lets examine Flavor. The Flavor of this Kool-Aid is Jeremy Lin. It seems many of the long suffering Knick fans are Gulping down the Flavor of Jeremy Lin.
It is certainly understandable why. However, for every Two "Gulpers" there are Two sippers and ONE not drinking at all. I will go on record as being a "sipper."
I am not ashame of being a sipper and I refuse to join in when I feel reserved.. just to be one of the guys! However, I am still a drinker, even though I am Just sipping. Lets look at other sippers, Gulpers and Not drinkers views.
'Not drinker' from a GSW Blog:
theyve got Steph Curry and Monta 48 Ellis…i woulda let Lin go also…he’s only played 3 games…
'Drinker' from GSW Blog:
^ btw, he has killed 3 games, not just played in them.
"Not Drinker, Not Sipper, Not Gulper:
Well, its true. 1) They let Lin go to try and make a run at DeAndre. 2) Lin wasn’t going to get the same oppurtunity he has in New York playing behind Ellis and Curry.
Mark Jackson: Warriors Don’t Regret Giving Up on Jeremy Lin.
Can't decide. Is the guy next a Sipper or not drinker?
Hell, I’d still do it now, no question. Nate’s been putting up numbers for awhile in this league and with several teams/several systems.
Lin, who I’m a fan of, has given three good games on a horrible team. Even Mike James (who?!) put up big numbers on an inept Raptors team. Basically, anyone can put up big numbers on a sub-par team.
Gulper: nicedawg2 days ago
Not Drinker: uprite
Not Drinker: jbird350z
Covering Azz: “It’s a stretch, it’s a stretch,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of those comparing Lin to Robinson. “The fact is Jeremy Lin was let go so we could clear money to get DeAndre Jordan. So, it’s not fair to say ‘Why did you go get Nate?’ That had nothing to do with Jeremy Lin. Jeremy Lin is playing great.
Not Drinking: Matt Steinmetz, Warriors Talk: But don’t confuse Jackson’s well-wishes for regret. He’s certainly not there yet. Nor should he be. Lin wasn’t perfect, after all, committing eight turnovers against the Jazz.
None of the above, just a true fan: orddct
I also think Lin should thank the warriors for being waived. As well as the Rockets, if Lin were to stay on the Warriors they probably would not have ran the pick-n-roll as much as it's being done in NY. And I feel half the success is due to the NY bigs.
If Lin can maintain this for a full NBA season then I would have said Lacob was a genius in believing in his talent but falls flat because the front office did not follow along with Lacob's belief in him. But like most said it's only 3 games he may be on a hot streak, and wait till teams actually game plan for him. If Lin can get out of the half court traps and full court traps as well as finish consistently to the left and ensuring he hits the open J's Lin will be a starter his rest of the career barring injury. It'll be interesting to see how the next few games go. This has actually gotten me tempted in buying league pass so I can just watch his games but holding off to see what happens in the coming games.
But I still think it's early for him, one more year of working at his craft and fixing his flaws will only make him better. And actually getting game experience will help.
For now I hope Linsanity last for awhile. Need to cheer for the homegrown local Taiwanese/Chinese american boy!
In the mean time... I'll be Sipping. If I feel ill I can stop and surivive. However, for you Gulpers.... if there is any Cyanide in your kool-Aid, RIP~
Hey Guys, when Lin becomes who we think he will be, should we allow Peace to root for him? Or should we remind him from every game until eternity that wouldn't take a stand? Should we remind him that he was a fence-straddin', no-spine-having, backbone-missing, finger-in-the-air-holding, wind-testing, no-sack swinging fair-weather bystander? :-)
I say "yes"! What do others think?
Don't Jinx the Kid Modi.. among the Kool-Aid that has already poisoned such promising futures:
No one will ever forget what LIN has did the past four games. It has sealed his future as an NBA starter. However, Knicks fans are fickle.
You can walk on water one day and they boo the hell out of you after a few bad games! And Lin will have a few bad games, but the Kid is a real Cinderella story. A Harvard Grad undrafted by the' NBA, cut from the GSW and Rockets, sleeping on his brother's couch... the first Asian American to play in the NBA. You cannot make this shit up in the best of Fiction.
Last night was a great win by. the Knicks. However, LIN will not be chucking 23 FG attempts while only having 2 assists in the second half when Amare and Melo come back. If LIN embraces his role of PG and doesn't try to live up to the Hype... Tman is right.
We have a GREAT CHANCE OF GOING TO THE FINALS. LIN is the Knicks PG. MY PG. We will not win many more games if we expect LIN to have 38 points a night with Jeffries and Shump the next highest scorers with with 12 & 11 respectively. That is a future recipe for disaster if you use last night as a measure.
I enjoyed the win last night, albeit cautious as Hell!
Linsanity Koolaid avatar for Peaceman.
Peace, firstly I do like that you brought the alternative viewpoints.Secondly, you might be a sipper now, but just last week you were a "mocker". Thirdly, TMan is speaking for me.
It is not about the "wins" as we were lucky to face three bad teams, its not about the novelty of an Asian-American player, and it is not about Knick fans being starving since Patrick... Okay, maybe a little the last one! :-)
What is is about is that the kid knows how to play the position. Defenses may scheme better and there will surely be bumps ahead but his quick first step is not going to change, his court sense and court vision is not going to change, his ability to penetrate is not going to change, and his willingness to create easy buckets wont change. At minimum, the kid is an NBA starting point guard.
he will have to improve two area: his jumper and his turnovers. These might be the easiest two areas to improve with practice. Rondo still cant shoot but can dominate. Some of Lin's turnovers are surely from not playing with teammates and fatigue from heavy minutes.
Finally, any penetrating point guard becomes 20% better in D'Antoni's system, and any non-penetrating PG becomes 20% worse. That MDA didn't recognize what he had is a statement on MDA.
Now poor me another tall cool glass of Linsanity!
@MODI Pour me another glass of exactly what he said!
I love it that Peaceman brings the alternative (not totally since he clearly likes Lin) viewpoint, but I am compelled to remind him that I already gagged (Jim Jones in Guyana style) on the rumors of Chris Paul being here instead of Lin and Baron Davis' back not being a real problem and him on the court in January. So I'm enjoying the Koolaid that I can see real well. I'm sipping it with some Championship champagne for practice.
JVG seems to have sipped the Kool Ade too
Jeff Van Gundy Former Coach of the Knicks and the Rockets
“His game makes sense. You see a lot of guards in today’s game who shoot when they should pass and pass when they should shoot; their games don’t make sense. They may be athletically gifted, but the game is hard for them with decision-making. Lin is deceptively athletic, and he knows when to pass and when to shoot. That seems simple enough, but it’s not.”
Who is JLin?Great Puff-piece on Lin and his background.Check it out.
@Tman Love the puff.
Tman..this is what you get tonight with Lin..LOL
“There's got to be a buck in here for D$La(i)n.
Linsanity” has gone global.
Thanks to the incredible rise of the Knicks point guard, the NBA announced Thursday its Asian broadcast partners have added Knicks games to their television schedules in order to allow viewers there to watch Lin, the first Chinese-American NBA player.
Tonight’s game against the Lakers will be shown on Sina in China, while Taiwanese stations will televise games against Toronto, Sacramento, New Orleans, Atlanta and the Nets.
Over the course of their first 22 games on the MSG Network this season, the Knicks have averaged a 1.88 Nielsen household rating. But since Lin was inserted into the Knicks’ starting lineup Monday, viewership has skyrocketed.
Monday’s win scored a 2.68 rating, while Wednesday’s 107-93 win in Washington over the Wizards earned in a 2.41 rating. The averaged rating of 2.55 is a 36 percent jump over the season average.
The increased viewership for the network has come despite it’s bitter dispute with Time Warner Cable since New Year’s Day, leaving many viewers in the city and the surrounding regions unable to watch Knicks, Rangers, Islanders and Devils broadcasts on MSG and its subsidiary networks
I think we may have a shot at the Lakers....If Chandler doesn't get into foul trouble and Fields can do a reasonable job on Kobe.These LA LA guys are an 85 point team now without Odem.Strangly they don't put on great defensive pressure, except for Kobe.(I might use him against Lin, cut off the head of the snake strat).If we can sit Bynum with a few foolish fouls Gasol is poor on D, especially if he has to come out for Novak.Their guards are nothing special on D.They won in overtime in beantown so they should be tired.It's a big if... but an interesting one.We have a shot if we execute on O and stay solid on D.We stay out of foul trouble and get Bynum to sit down and it could happen.World B Free, oops, Metta World Peace always a wild card.Should be fun.
Lives, I'm ready to put my visage where my ass is.Can you give me the Peaceman little Kool Aid guy as my Red Tail Fanatics insignia in honor of JLin?It feels right.
just callin them the way I see them.sometimes i amaze myself.then again it could also be the early onset of alzheimers.i have to check with peace.
"I think we may have a shot at the Lakers.."
Tman, I thought you didn't smoke trees anymore?
Tonight I'm in a win-win situation. I can laugh as Kobe
schools this Kid or cheer a Knick Victory!
Ah, the advantages of sitting on the fence.
@Peaceman It's bushes, not trees.I'd never give up on a good thing.That's why I'm a Fanatic.And I need my therapy.As for fences, you can't smoke 'em and they're easy to fall off of.
@Tman It would be an absolute pleasure. Give me a couple of days. I think I cna have it by Tuesday.
@Tman I misunderstood. I can do it ASAP. I can do it by Tuesday if you want me to doctor it up with a picture of Lin on the hand-held pitcher. I can give you the Koolaid guy today. Send me your password for LiveFyre. (You can change it and send me the new password and then change it back after I put the image on for you).
Peace, no disrespect, but you're trippin'.I've been around the game for a long time, played it, coached it, watched it, loved it and I'm telling you this kid is so fundamentally sound the people questioning him after seeing his game are exposing themselves.Sure the system is perfect for him, but you still have to run it with skills.Years ago there was a great passing guard from Providence, Ernie D (DiGregorio.He was an incredible passer, but he was short and slow in a tougher NBA.Lin is 6'3", athletic and a tough defender in a defensively weaker NBA.The only question I have about Linn is how good will he be, very good or great.There is no question about him being good.You can argue about him in another system, maybe that's why M.Jackson passed, he played a different system, was loaded at guard and needed to free up money.Who knows the truth?His mistake is our good fortune.This kid is an embryonic Steve Nash which is good for D'Antoni since Nash made him a genius.I watch this kid and see what every youth coach wants to see from their young points, leadership, toughness, team first sacrifice and skills>If you call that drinking the KoolAid then march me to the front of the lin(e).I'm thirsty.I'm seeing the best ballin' the Knicks have dished out since the decline of Patrick Ewing.Sure he has a lot to prove, but so does every young player.Quarterback is the toughest position on a football team, pg should be on a b-ball squad.John Wall is, very sadly, an embarrassment.He can get better if he applies himself to learning the fundamentals of his position.He doesn't make others better and so he is a loser when his overwhelming talent should be a headstart to greatness.Lin may end up being a role player, but he will be a very good one.If you want to caracterize Clyde and Earl as role players so be it.All the great players had to learn that ultimately you have to fulfill a role on a team before you can exert your greatness.Amare understands that, hopefully Melo will too.I think we are playoff bound now that we have Lin.He will make it work.That sad frustrating mess we have been watching is going to become something beautiful.Because of JLin.My basketball bones says its so.So put some ice in my Kool Aid.That's the way I like it.
@Tman None taken Tman, However, many people are divided.
At work, the subway, everyone and everybody are voicing their opinions. Some think he's the Savior. Some keep saying " the Nets, Jazz and Wiz?" "Talk to me when we beat the Bulls, Thunder and Lakers back to back."
As for me the Game vs the Nets,,I laughed. The Jazz, I said WTF? The Wiz..... I feel like I've just read all 5 numbers of The Power Ball and then look at the Power ball number included on my ticket!
I'm afraid that my eyes are playing tricks with my mind. I'm afraid someone is going to Jack my ticket before I cash it in. Such things don't happen to my team. Do they?????
@Peaceman twt=time will tell.
obviously, we will have to be at full strength and get a little practice time in to really judge, probably after the All Star break.Games without the Big Two don't guarantee anything.I am very hopeful and confident.The Lakers are fighting it out with the C's.Maybe they'll be beat to shyte.Those are tuff matchups without A&M.Still the Lakers have had trouble putting points on the board.If Lin has us scoring we have a shot.Interesting.
" In may seem strange or bizarre, but the lineup of Chandler, Fields, Novak, Shumpert and Lin strikes me as the most cohesive and productive Knick offensive unit I have seen in the entire D'Antoni era."
All do respect PUP... even I would never have thought this ...but you have to add JEFFRIES play to that unit.
Even more cohesive on the defensive end.
@Tman@Peaceman Perhaps I have been down so long that I am ready to drink the Kool Aid. I agree with TMan that we won't get a complete picture until the team is back at full strength and competes against one or more ot the elite teams. Nevertheless, Lin's talent is real, even if his emergence is surreal, and he has provided point guard leadership and purposeful motion/penetration along with ball sharing previously absent this season.
In may seem strange or bizarre, but the lineup of Chandler, Fields, Novak, Shumpert and Lin strikes me as the most cohesive and productive Knick offensive unit I have seen in the entire D'Antoni era. I believe that it is Melo and Stat who must ultimately buy in and adapt to Lin's offensive direction, and if that happens, the entire team will be better off and can work coherently toward that coveted ring.