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"All Men fall. It is but time and method, that defer." Stormwolf~
“Linsanity” should come as no surprise to anyone. After all, this is America, the land of the free and home of the brave, where underdogs defy odds and slay Goliath, break barriers, ditch rags for riches, get the girl and walk off into the sunset with the world’s cutest beagle in tow.
So when Mr. Lin emerged from nowhere and led the distressed Knicks to seven consecutive victories with his impressive play, it was only fitting we treated the experience as the Second Coming.
The seven-game win streak marked the 34th time in the franchise’s 66-year history the Knicks had won at least so many games in a row. Lin, the undrafted, Asian-American guard out of Harvard, was the main catalyst of the streak, pulling a 1980 Playoff Magic Johnson, all but 42 days after getting cut by the Houston Rockets.
Between February 4th and 15th, “I've never seen anything like this,” unofficially supplanted “I Love This Game” as the NBA’s new tag-line.
During the win streak, here are the ridiculous per-game averages Lin posted:
- 37.4 minutes
- 24.4 points
- 9.1 assists
- 4.0 rebounds
- 1.6 steals
- 51.2 percent FG shooting
Toss in a 38-point performance against the Lake Show, 23-and-10 against John Wall, and 27-and-11 in Toronto (including the game-winner), and it’s no surprise Lin was named Player of the Week.
The performance doesn't just have the world upside down—it has it break-dancing on its axis. The kid is Superman. He doesn't just defy odds—he crushes stereotypes, and leaps tall buildings in a single bound.
He’s not just any player, he’s Michael Jordan in disguise. Say anything to the contrary and you’re just a hater. Just hint at doubting he’s a superstar in the making and you’ll have quotes from current and past superstars thrown in your face.
“Players don’t usually come out of nowhere. If you can go back and take a look, his skill level was probably there from the beginning, but no one ever noticed.” – Kobe Bryant "Rumor is Kobe's soon to be Ex is dating a Re-run look alike."
“Lin is the real deal. He’s the true point guard the Knicks haven’t had in years. He’s the guy the Knicks have needed all along.” – Bernard King
" Note Bernard King had the displeasure of Rory Sparrow as his PG" Not only is Lin an Upgrade, but any local YMCA's PG that stayed on the court 2 games would be a sufficient upgrade to Rory Sparrow!
“My God, he’s a tremendous player.” – Jerry West... A sad explanation?
West, 70, was in Washington attending a conference for atrial fibrillation, a condition he has that can cause a racing heart, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression.
And a second line, amplifying the first.
The condition, diagnosed at age 42, forced him to leave the front office of the Lakers and then the Grizzlies in 2007. After a couple of decades of reporters noting and wondering in print about West’s “odd” detachment from the Lakers at moments of crisis — often choosing not to watch games in person, sometimes not even being in the arena as games were going on, often retreating into reclusiveness, seeming to take little or no observable pleasure from his considerable accomplishments — and talking constantly about stepping down before he, in fact, did … well, now we know why.
“Jeremy Lin reminds me so much of Walt Frazier. It’s how Jeremy controls the game, gets the ball to the right people for easy baskets, the lobs he’s throwing to Tyson Chandler — it all reminds me of Clyde.” – Willis Reed
Unbelievable. Tman ran with these words of his championship Captain, while denouncing JR Smith as Volatile. Only to have Peaceman provide proof Reed was less stable than Ron Artest!
No, seriously, unbelievable: “too improbable for belief.”
Of course all of this “Linsanity” is too good to be true. Willis Reed just compared Lin to Walt Frazier after seeing him play just seven games. Obviously, Reed’s emotions in the moment got the best of him. All of our emotions got the best of us here, much like when Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to six-straight wins in dramatic fashion.
We loved the story. We loved “Rocky,” we cried watching “Rudy,” and now we want Hollywood endings to these stories.
Unfortunately, this is all just too good to be true.
This is the real world, not Hollywood, and undrafted, Asian-American guards from Harvard do not just appear like Hollow Man and become superstars overnight. For starters, there has only been one successful Asian NBA player and he was 7’6″ and 310 pounds.
Secondly, Lin is only the fourth guy from Harvard to play in the NBA—the other three guys played prior to 1954 and each only played one season. The best pro basketball career to have originated from the Ivy League?
Bill Bradley, hands down. After him? Probably Chris Dudley. Talk about a drop-off.
What about undrafted players who went on to have exceptional NBA careers? After Ben Wallace—a freak physical specimen who won four Defensive Player of the Year awards—and Brad Miller—a two-time All-Star—both centers, every other undrafted player in league history can best be categorized as “quality role player.”
David Wesley, Bruce Bowen, and John Starks probably round out the top five.
But this information isn’t enough to even get you to start thinking about thinking about questioning if Lin is for real or not. You don’t care that not one but two NBA teams cut him this season. Right? It’s all about winning.
Never mind the fact five of those seven wins came against the worst teams in the league:
- New Jersey Nets: 9-23 and tied for last place in the Atlantic Division.
- Washington Wizards: 7-24 and tied for the second-worst record in the league.
- Minnesota Timberwolves: 15-16 and tied for last place in the Northwest Division.
- Toronto Raptors: 9-23 and tied for last place with the Nets in the Atlantic Division.
- Sacramento Kings: 10-20 and tied for the third-worst record in the league.
The Knicks were at full strength (with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire) for the Nets game and just pulled it out in the fourth quarter. They beat the Wolves by two points after Kevin Love missed a three at the buzzer. The win over the Raptors came on a last-second shot by Lin.
The win over the Lakers came following a day off for the Knicks; the Lakers played a grueling overtime game the night before in Boston against the Celtics. Fatigued, the Lakers shot just 37.5 percent against the Knicks and committed 17 turnovers.
The win over Utah was no shock, considering the Jazz has just three road wins on the season.
A win is a win you say, and I reluctantly agree. But it should be noted the “Linning” didn’t exactly come against the likes of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but rather the league’s weaker foes.
On a more worrisome note for you overly optimistic and hopeful Knicks fans, it should also be noted Lin apparently protects the ball like Casey Anthony does children. In the eight games this season Lin has played at least 25 minutes, he has committed 46 turnovers. That’s an average of 5.8 turnovers per game.
Lin Lovers will counter by pointing to his 69 assists (8.6 per game) and completely fail to acknowledge an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.5 to 1.0 is simply lousy.
Among qualified players, only six guards in the entire league have a worse ratio than Lin right now.
Among players with at least 100 minutes played this season, Lin has the worst turnovers-per-36 minutes value (5.4 per game). Through 46 career games, Lin has a turnover percentage of 20.4, which for the past decade ranks him neck and neck with such distinguished company: Rick Brunson, Milt Palacio, Jamaal Tinsley, Earl Watson, Johnny Flynn and Greivis Vasquez.
These are not awful players, but clearly not your ideal starting point guard.
Lin Lovers will then argue the turnover issue is correctable: Lin is young and will learn to protect the ball. This is just untrue.
The turnover percentages (an estimate of turnovers per 100 plays) for Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Mark Jackson and John Stockton all remained steady or increased as their careers progressed.
As a rookie in 2006, Chris Paul’s turnover percentage was 13.7. Last year, his sixth season in the league, Paul posted 13.9.
Historically speaking, guys have either been tight or loose with the ball, with little fluctuation in between. Russell Westbrook isn’t going to start walking the ball up the court anytime soon. Don’t expect Jose Calderon to run a break every chance he gets.
A player’s style is his style. The last coach arrogant enough to try to change his player’s natural style was Larry Brown. Brown sucked the life out of Stephon Marbury, was completely ignored by Allen Iverson and erroneously received credit for “fixing” Chauncey Billups (who actually shot the ball more under Brown).
Lin’s style of play is his own. His assist-to-turnover ratio at Harvard was even worse (1.2 to 1.0). In 20 games with the D-League’s Reno Bighorns last year, Lin’s ratio was 1.6 to 1.0. The guy has never been a point guard until now, and that’s because the alternatives are a rookie shooting guard (Iman Shumpert), a limited talent who’s about to be out of the league (Toney Douglas) and a guy who should have retired three years ago (Mike Bibby).
Another area of concern is Lin’s free-throw shooting. Among the 34 point guards in the NBA this season who have played at least 15 games and averaged at least one free throw attempt per game, only Jeff Teague, Goran Dragic, Devin Harris and Rajon Rondo have a worse clip than Lin’s 75.3 percent.
And Harris is a career 80 percent shooter who doesn't appear to be healthy this year.
Rondo, the exception to the rule, gets away with the poor shooting because his assist-to-turnover ratio is excellent (three to one for his career). He’s elite defensively, and he’s surrounded by scorers who keep the pressure off of him.
In comparison, Lin’s turnover ratio is awful, his defense is unremarkable and on a thin Knicks squad he’s going to be targeted by opposing defenses.
One last issue I have with Lin pertains to his minutes and how he attacks the rim and draws contact. In San Antonio, Coach Popovich has always kept Manu Ginobili’s minutes around 30 per game in effort to keep the Argentine pinball healthy.
Lin plays with a Ginobili-like reckless abandon and, if he’s going to hold up physically, Coach D’Antoni can’t keep playing him close to 40 minutes every night. Lin will need to learn to pace himself and pick his spots.
He has already taken a bunch of brutal hits; at this rate, he’s bound to have an injury any day now.
All of the hype placed on Lin is unfair to him and completely typical of the Knicks, an organization that puts tourism first and basketball second. And unfortunately, the fanbase laps it all up like a dog that hasn’t eaten in days.
In 54 games with the Knicks, Raymond Felton averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 assists per game and fans were screaming he should have made the All-Star team. Now that Ray Felton s out of the New York City media limelight, does anyone even know if he’s alive?
The same will happen to Jeremy Lin. He’s ideal for scoring punch off the bench, but not a starting point guard role. The turnovers will continue. D’Antoni will keep running him into the ground.
And all it’s going to take for the rest of the world to start saying what I’m saying now is a few losses. Just wait and see. He’s good, but he’s not Hollywood good.
Smart people at Harvard may agree!
Donald Sterling has no moral character. He gave one of his off the books executives a house in exchange for sex, management advice, decorating tips and a head job, then he tried to take the house back. Oh he forgot to tell his wife about the compensation and wasn't sure whether he made a mistake by not telling her.
Sterling, under oath in his 2003 case, said Castro was “a prostitute ... she was a total freak and a piece of trash ... It was purely sex for money, money for sex, sex for money, money for sex. The girl was providing sex for money. ... I probably didn’t tell my wife ... maybe I did something morally wrong.”
Excellent article Stormwolf.
My two favorite lines of this thread are:
"On a more worrisome note for you overly optimistic and hopeful Knicks fans, it should also be noted Lin apparently protects the ball like Casey Anthony does children."
"All of the hype placed on Lin is unfair to him and completely typical of the Knicks, an organization that puts tourism first and basketball second. And unfortunately, the fanbase laps it all up like a dog that hasn’t eaten in days."
Glad to have another original person rocking the blog.
Hmmm. Lin's good. Work ethic could make him very good. I've been watching CP3 and Nash play. Lin's not that. He doesn't orchestrate like them. I think MODI said it best, that Lin could either be a Devin Harris type point guard or a Tony Parker if he reaches his cieling. His turnovers continue to worry, he had as many turnovers against the Celtics as he had assists.
Another legend checks in on Mr Lin.Yeah he's 82 and a Celtic, so according to our medical professional he should have Alzheimer's, but his golf game seems sound so maybe he's cogent.Enjoy someone who sees a ballplayer rather than a cause for petty meanness.Go get'em today Jeremy,LGK
Who is JR Smith today? Not sure this piece answers the question because it is hard to tell how much he has grown up. I am sure he must have more remorse about Bell's death than this article reveals.
Tman, do you know this Lenny Cooke dude? Interesting and sad.
@LINJLNY you didn't know Jeremy Lin this time last month but can figure out his future in a month? He's basically a rookie. Give him time
@LINJLNY only in America do we put limits on a person. Let Lin make his own history. I disagree with your post!!!
I also don't understand the headline "Deep Cover . . . Star Bench?" Are you, like Peaceman suggesting that JR is going to be the Knicks best player sometime in the future?
I also imagine that some folks wouldn't be so upset that the Knicks are winning if it was solely because of Melo and certain other stars. I guess JLin is not as deferential as Gallo, who was totally overblown in the D'antoni system. There may be a reason to hate on the media, but why allow them to manipulate you to hate on someone who is playing hard, consistently and leading the team to wins?
I don't know how good BD will be, but it is legend (according to teammates and opponents) that he can be very good or very nonchalant and disengaged. I'm guessing, by the way he was hop-skipping to the roar of the crowd, that New York gets his juices pumping and he will be engaged.
J.R.? Personally, he looks like he will be a great addition to the squad giving us even more versatility and speed. He will also be a great on-court model for Shump. That is very exciting, but JR has been in the league for 7 years. How close to a chip has his star shone? I'm betting that JR has matured because he was certainly a horses-ass a couple of year's ago before and immediately after the fatal accident (yes, I know that for a fact more than you know about West's medical condidtion). But he seems to have grown both on and off the court, so I am rooting for him too. He's a Knicks not.
Co-sign what Modi said 100%.
Delshay, I am very, very, very happy that you graced us with such a dynamic piece. I am glad one of the other Admin's know you well enough to get you to do something like this for us. Great stuff.
Like Modi, I think you make a couple of excellent observations, however, the piece goes far overboard in an effort to prove speculative points at best. Your personal asides on some of the greatest ballers ever, people who were actually on the court, does nothing to add to your arguments, unless you are Oscar Robertson with insight as to how those personal issues affect their ability to judge a good baller. In fact those comments detract significantly from your credibility and seem to contradict one of your earlier great comments about spirituality and how you treat people on a daily basis. ( Your medical reference to West could not possibly be a diagnosis unless you are a medical professional with access to his files. I imagine him attending a conference does not prove he was depressed or delusional when he commented on Li. Unnecessary. Even an idiot from Harvard would agree.)
As for your long game by game explanatory attempt to diminish Lin's accomplishment, I dig it, since it is the same rationale I use often when the false wages of wins are spent to support weak arguments. However, in this case what Lin and the Knicks did is counterbalanced by some pretty wieghty proof that he is worthy of praise, (No one is ever worthy of all the praise or all the condemnation heaped on them by the New York press or by the press because something happens in New York. Anything that happens in New York is always overblown anyway. Lin would not have been treated so royally if this had happened in Chicago or Milwaukee). In this case though, Lin led a disjointed, poorly coached team of subs without practice and without the opportunity to develop chemistry with his teammates in what is still a professional league of ballers where on any night, effort, skill and some luck can win anybody a ballgame. Almost everyone on both benches is a professional who should be hungry enough to present their best and play their best. Lin led his scrubs ( a group including Steve Novak, Jared Jeffries, Bill Walker, a rookie named Shump and Mike Bibby) to beat the scrubs of John Wall, Ricky Rubio, Deron Williams, Kobe Bryant and Tyreke Evans . And you dare suggest that is not a notable accomplishment that suggests he can be a starting point in this league.
You, Modi and everyone else is right. Lin's turnovers are crazy. Crazy. But that mean's nothing if he wins. Nothing. If he loses because of his turnovers, you are absolutely correct. So what are we left with? A race to see who is able to adjust the best. Perhaps you are right in your clairvoyant declaration that he will never overcome his propensity to turn the ball over. I don't know so I can't disagree with your insight. Perhaps the teams will adjust and become as good as Miami has in two years in playing the P&R and pressuring the ball for 38 minutes.
I am not sure JLin cna overcome that problem. What I am 100% sure of is that schemes, plays and strategies can be devised to reduce the problem while Lin is on the floor. I am also 100% sure that Lin can do a much better job of protecting the ball. My problem with Lin is that he is a slow starter too often. He without question ramps his game up later in the game when the pressure is the greatest. He has been doing that his whole career which I am not sure is a positive. He was fortunate that his window of opportunity expanded with the Knicks; it allowed him to demonstrate why his game is classic point guard play. The best point guards, those who win but are not necessarily the most talented (Dennis Johnson is my best example), control the pace of the game because they have certain core skills: 1) they dribble with purpose; 2) they have excellent court vision; 3) they understand passing angles and can execute; 4) they use penetration as a central weapon, creating additional possibilities to control the pace of the game via the penalty situation; and 5) they have a will and desire to do the small things that allow them to rebound, make steals, set picks, take charges and make other players better thereby creating a winning situation and possibilities. this game is about far more than passing and shooting although they are core competencies. This game is also about will, heart, passion and the ability to make decisions on the fly. JLin has all these in abundance. Will it overcome his turnover problem -- I don't know. Unlike you though, since he is our guy I will root for him to do so,
What I will agree on is the possibility that he will not be our starter with Melo and Amare in the future. It will be a tough decision for D'Antoni and Dolan. You are so right about tourism and marketing being top priorities for Knick management. However, their is a tension in the Knicks marketing objectives that may be matched by the comparative quality of play between BD and JLin.
On one hand, Amare and Melo must perform well. Unless they are traded, this is their team. They are the stars and ultimately they are the reasons the Knicks will win the Championship. There should be little doubt that JLin will be able to play with Melo and Chandler. Melo can offensively play with anyone. He has the most versatile game in the NBA, with the possible exception of an aging Kobe. The problem is how to get our other big investment, Amare, into the best position to perform or look good.
Amare looks horrible for some reason, maybe associated with his back problems, but he has shown little strength, lift and lateral movement. He is not anywhere near as imposing as he was last season before Melo joined him. It is highly probable that JLIn cannot make Amare look good in the short period of time we have left before the playoffs. If Baron Davis continues to improve, he might be the one, with his superior NBA experience and skills, to work the first unit and maximize Amare. Maybe, because Lin has already shown that he can run the second unit.
The marketing tension between JLin and his international fan base versus the cost of the Knicks superstars makes the choice a tough one unless winning is the only thing. If winning is the only thing then Stat sees the bench more often so that JORTS and Jeffries get more playing time and the Knicks gets more defense.
I have gone on far too long, but it is simply in appreciation of your comments although I disagree with them. Good stuff. Thanks.
Delshay, a hat tip to a very good post , and I can respect this.
Before I get to the most compelling issue, let me say what doesn't move me which are words like "Harvard" and "undrafted". If you believe that the only reasons those two events occurred in the first place is because he was racially stereotyped, then they become meaningless facts. I suspect if he had the same exact game, but looked like Toney Douglass, then Stanford would have scooped him up from Palo Alto, and he would have been an easy 1st rounder.
As for the common Tebow comparisons, they never held for me because well, Lin can actually pass the ball. Great points on the "winning streak" which was smoke and mirrors for Tebow for sure. However, my Lin opinion would not have changed if they played .500 ball. He has legitimate skills, a legitimate first step, legitimate court sense, and great balance after contact. And he is also big for a PG at 6'3" and now 214 (not 200). He will have some trouble against long-armed guards like Rondo though...
So let's get straight to your very best point and, BTW, your very best line!
"On a more worrisome note for you overly optimistic and hopeful Knicks fans, it should also be noted Lin apparently protects the ball like Casey Anthony does children."
Nice. Very nice.
His turnovers are by far and away his greatest weaknes and area for concern, and 6 turnovers a game will not get it done. However, 4 might for someone who always has the ball in his hands in an MDA offense. (BTW, Magic averaged about 4). So can he cut them down by 33%. I believe he can.
His turnovers have been inflated by fatigue, and having new teamates and no training camp. I suspect that these two reasons account for about one turnover per game.If correct, the question is, can Jeremy improve enough to knock off 1 to 1.5 turnovers per game byimprovement in the off-season. I believe so based on some of the other big improvements his game has made, some of which were recently profiled in a Howard beck article in the NYTimes.
Now, I'm not suggesting Lin will be Isiah thomas, but more likely somewhere between Devin Harris at the low end and Tony Parker at the high end. And if either of those things happen, the Knicks got their best PG since Mark Jackson and I will take it.
Finally, all "penetration" PGs improve at least 20% in D'Antoni's system, so Lin's stats are certainly inflated as Nash and Felton's were, however, the stats are also real in the games and system he plays in. It is the perfect fit. I look forward to enjoying the ride, and appreciated your critical analysis.
@Orange_and_Blue The c's escaped, but that is not the most important part.The c's played teir best, Rondo equaled an all time Kidd record...and they barely won.We played like who we are, a young confused team still trying to find our identity, especially a defensive one.Woodson is a Bobby Knight guy, he teaches man to man and switching.That's a great starting place but it can be taken advantage of like any d.Switches create mismatches which is what the c's wanted all night.D'ant needs d-flexibility.Fight the mismatch by going over the top and a little zone wouldn't hurt as long as you shade Allen and Pierce, particularly when either is off the floor.defensive adjustments, didn't see that.Again we have a future, the c's have a past.Have patience.It is amusing to see how teams are changing their d to concentrate on a kid that has 20 NBA games under his belt.That is unprecedented except for the top tier of pros.I have yet to hear a retired or current pro say JLin is a bust.The worst is wait and see, and most say he is a talent with a huge up side.It is interesting to see so called fans turn so viciously on their own newbie.Maybe part of the definition of fanatic is one who eats his own heart and soul.Maybe the disappointment of losing one game is too much to bear ?Hope not because we are going to lose a lot before we win a lot.That's cool with me as long as I see us getting better.Screaming for BD, an older guy with a bad back to play more minutes is self defeating.BD can help us but like it or not Lin is a major part of our future.He needs to make his mistakes and get better.He looks like he beats himself up more than any msm article could.Can't take the pressure?Change the channel.b-a-r-f (remember him?) and enjoy being part of something positive
@Tman Seems like Rondo proved those ESPN guys Ian O'Connor and Ian Begley wrong. He should have been called the bus driver, schooled the Knicks. Tore Lin a new Q(_*$_#@! Davis played better at the point. Lin leaves his feet when he's flushed inside and the Celtics jumped those passing lanes to strip him time and again. Second Coming????? Like I'll be saying from now on, either Devin Harris or at the higher end Tony Parker. Still that's quite a find from the waiver wire.
Bob Cousy was the first Basketball biography I ever read. I respect the hell out of the" Houdini of the hardwood" However, please don't misconstrue my opinion of Lin being granted HOF status before he earns it. I want him to have a great game today against the Celtics. I am unwilling to go against the law of physics.. which is: Matter that burns brightest the quickest... burns out the same way!
Lin just needs to be a good PG.. not the hype that no mortal can live up to! This team is now deeper than it has been my entire lifetime.
This team will not live or die from one person's play. That includes Melo , Amare, BD and Chandler. We have a Team, we are not the gimmick of Linsantiy! Nor will we fold in wake of him having a bad game! No one will ever forget what he has done the Month of February 2012. However, it's time to get back to the team. LGK
@Lives Who is JR Smith today?
It is undeniable Smith has brought most of this on himself. He is the one who has failed to live up to his talent. He is the one who has made mistakes on, and most tragically, off the court. He is the one who has chosen to storm off the court and remove himself from his team.
Despite all of this, I, for one, still hold out hope that Smith, 26, can prove his detractors wrong.
Smith burst onto the scene sharing Most Valuable Player honors with another young phenom named Dwight Howard in the 2004 McDonald’s all-American game, which included other young talents like Josh Smith, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay, Marvin Williams and LaMarcus Aldridge. That night, J.R. Smith drained five 3-pointers and threw down a slew of nasty dunks. After the game, he claimed he was inspired by the presence of a young N.B.A. star sitting courtside named Carmelo Anthony. That night ignited his N.B.A. career.
Despite his tremendous abilities, after his second season in the league, he saw two teams give up on him in less than a week. He was traded from New Orleans to Chicago after two years of clashing with Hornets Coach Byron Scott. Chicago shipped him to Denver six days later in exchange for Howard Eisley’s nonguaranteed contract and two conditional second-round picks. It was a trade John Hollinger claimed would become known as the most one-sided trade of all time.
The Nuggets had been desperate for a shooting guard who could actually shoot since the days of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Denver was also searching for a second scorer who could take some of the weight off Anthony’s shoulders. Smith seemed to be the answer on both counts.
Five seasons later, here we are. The book on Smith’s career has already been closed. He is the shooter without a conscience, the player who never fulfilled his boundless promise.
I have watched Smith closely ever since he took the McDonald’s game by storm, and I believe the book needs to be reopened. For all the limitations that are thought to be part of Smith’s game, the truth is there is nothing he cannot do on the basketball court.
The long-range bombs and dynamic dunks are just a small part of Smith’s repertory. Most fans are unaware of his fantastic passing skills, his ability to drive and finish with either hand, his rebounding acumen and his defensive abilities. There were times in Denver when he even played point guard and did it quite well.
I have seen Smith run an underutilized and deadly pick and roll with Nene enough to know that he can help Amar’e Stoudemire get more easy looks at the rim. I have seen Smith take over games, not with his long-range shot, but with his ability to drive and finish at the rim. I have seen Smith take the responsibility of covering Kobe Bryant and not get embarrassed in doing so. And of course I have seen Smith drain 3-pointer after 3-pointer as the crowd explodes in adoration.
I cannot guarantee Smith will do all of those things, especially not all in the same game. It is certainly possible that his time as The Man in China, where he averaged a league-leading 34.4 points per game, has only served to solidify his bad habits.
What happens from here depends largely on whether Smith can heed instruction. He earned the tag of not responding to guidance through his early conflict with Scott and through Karl’s open frustration. However, there are many fans in Denver who believe Karl was the wrong coach for Smith. With a team full of headaches over the years in players like Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin and even Anthony, Smith was lost in the shuffle. In fact, on one occasion when pressed with why he did not do what Karl would ask of him, Smith responded that he would go long stretches without Karl even talking to him.
Now Smith will be under the tutelage of a more player-friendly coach in Mike D’Antoni. There is no system more tailor-made for Smith’s talents than D’Antoni’s up-and-down style. Smith very well could play the role of Joe Johnson to Jeremy Lin’s Steve Nash. Smith will be unstoppable taking advantage of his catch and shoot opportunities set up by Lin, the possibilities in transition and his ability to devastate an unprepared defense with his penetration.
By signing with the Knicks, Earl Smith III is in position to recreate the narrative that has hung around his neck like a millstone since his days in New Orleans. My sincere hope is that both he and Knicks fans embrace that opportunity. I believe that is who Earl Smith III is today!
@Lives Yeah, Lenny was a big deal in BK, the next coming.The article says it all.This kid matured early, he was a man playing with boys.Between bad choices, nah, it was straight up bad choices.If Lenny had stayed with the family in NJ he'd be in the NBA today.But that's life.
@MannersNYC I actually wrote n favor of picking Lin up a couple years ago win I saw him play Wall in Summer League. #JLin #Knicks #Linsanity
@MannersNYC Thanks for checking it out, but not my work. I print opposing perspectives on the blog. #Knicks #JLin
@Lives Delshay has a remarkable resemblance to another defamatory scribbler here.In fact if I had to bet it would be......
@Lives 1 and 4 in your assesment of point guard capabilities seem alike. There is a tension between Lin as starter and his play in maximizing Amar'e. Then again, I agree that STAT looks slower, less explosive and more importantly engaged this year. But STAT cooks when fed some dimes. I like the following lines:
"I am not sure JLin cna overcome that problem. What I am 100% sure of is that schemes, plays and strategies can be devised to reduce the problem while Lin is on the floor. I am also 100% sure that Lin can do a much better job of protecting the ball."
Stormwolf makes a great point that if stats on other point guards looked at show that thier first year and recnt year turnover percentages are very much the same then that doesn't bode well for Lin. I see the games and he is working to protect his dribble more. But I also saw today's game v. the Celtics where Lin often left his feet deep in penetration and kicked out and how the Celtics flooded those passing lanes once Lin left his feet in the paint. Obviously the C's saw some flaw in Lin their that they exploited in todays game. I have also seen CP3 and Nash orchestrated and they are far superior orchestrators of thier respective clubs. Lin's far better than who we had running the point (prior to Davis's return) and has a humility and grounded work ethic that does bode well for his career as a pro. Good can become very good because of that characteristic of Lin. Yeah I don't like the hype but kudos to the kid for cashing in on it when his work allowed him to exploit his opportunity. No hating that. While I'm a knicks fan I will root for Lin but not for Linsanity. It elevates a marketing ploy above the team. Don't like it.
For reasons you mention, I don't think that BD can ever start, but I do see a very nice two-headed PG monster down the line as BD gets healthier. Miami and Boston play D like no one else, so you might see more BD versus them
@Lives A worthy LAP LINJ.
It is much too early to judge Lin's overall performance and ultimate contribution to the Knicks. In many ways this is JLin's "rookie" season in which he has played a total of 13 games, 12 as a starter. The Knicks are 10 and 3 in that time span and Lin's production was instrumental in all 10 wins. If the Knicks had drafted him -- say somewhere in the late second round, all of us would be saying he was the steal of the draft. That he fell into the Knick's lap without having to give up a player or draft choice, makes his arrival that much more pleasing and gratifying,
Lin is quite conscious of his faults and limitations, studies films of his games, is quite coachable, and knows what he must do to improve in tandem with his teammates. I am betting that his work ethic, intelligence, competitive spirit, and team-first consciousness will take himself and the Knicks to a new level of achievement. LGK
(Your medical reference to West could not possibly be a diagnosis unless you are a medical professional with access to his files. I imagine him attending a conference does not prove he was depressed or delusional when he commented on Li. Unnecessary. Even an idiot from Harvard would agree.)
Atrial fibrillation is a Cardiac abnormally that results in decreased blood flow to the periphery, including the brain, which in the past has led to misdiagnoses as mental illness. Symptoms include depression and delusion. My point was not to demean Jerry West, who was diagnosed with A-fib at age 42, but to provide insight that quotes from Legends are open to scrutiny ( in this case to invoke such response as yours.) Uh oh, it appears that the cranky monster has temporarily inhabited my body of nice guy Joe, what can we do to free him”?
@MODI Lin had three days of practice and non game rest prior to playing the celtics today, still had as many assists as turnovers. What does that say of the below theory you posit:
"His turnovers have been inflated by fatigue, and having new teamates and no training camp. I suspect that these two reasons account for about one turnover per game."
@MODI To: Our Resident Scholar and Blog Geek. Thank you for representing the KFB familia with this spirited and reasoned response to this witty, 'everyone's got one', entertaining post. Thanks for sharing Delshay.
"This team will not live or die from one person's play. That includes Melo , Amare, BD and Chandler. We have a Team, we are not the gimmick of Linsantiy! Nor will we fold in wake of him having a bad game! No one will ever forget what he has done the Month of February 2012. However, it's time to get back to the team."
@Peaceman You still owe the man an apology
@LINJLNY I thought so as well. Saw him play a few games at Harvard and thought he could ball. I rweeted about him after his Houston release
Don't cut my brothers down. If they dumb stuff call it out. Cool. Live's is right the MSM plays on tickling to the polar opposites of passion, Linsanity is doing that to us fans. I personally don't care for it but hat tip to Lin to profit off his hard work. But I wonder if all the hype is putting a bigger bulls eye on the kid. I suppose as the saying goes "i it don't kill you . . ." @Tman @Lives
@Post_up_Prince I agree with Lin's character qualities spelling the difference between novelty and likely star to very good starting point guard.
@Delshay LOL. @ "nice guy Joe" and "my point was not to demean Jerry West." ROFLMAO. To make the casual, if not causal, relationship between "quotes from a legend" to a condition which is akin to mental illness and results in depression and delusion is about as close as you can get to demeaning a person and question their credibility. Now that was really funny.
I think think "Nice Guy Joe" will tell you that amongst the many excellent points you made, that one was an airball. We're all open to scrutiny but not just because we have an illness. Hell my back hurts and it could alter my judgment too. Maybe make me a little cranky too. In fact I know it does, but it will never impact my ability to judge a point guard. LOL!!
@Orange_and_BlueO&B, putting in comment work! I suspect it says this: a) it is one game; 2) his conditioning acclimation will not happen in three off-days, but in the off-season; 3) his ball handling improvement will not happen overnight either but in offseason; and 4) Boston, like Miami, plays superb defense.
But here is what is important: Lin does not go into a shell after an embarassing turnover or an embarassing shot. He comes right back like he did in the 4th quarter. That is a quality that comes with perseverance and improvement. That doesn't mean his flaws aren't real.
But in the long run, Linsanity coming down to earth is a good thing for the Knicks and Jeremy. Lets deflate this thing a little and just play some ball.
@Tman Wait a Minute!
The "Yellow Devils" are a predominantly Asian W4Th Summer team with a tude! Sounds like you haven't been to the cage for while? Frankly I could give a shit if that term offends anyone. And I truly don't see the defamation in it! Man I wish I had a Ben & Jerry's Linsantiny flavor Ice Cream with fortune cookies in it.. but they pulled it! This whole thing is overblown!
@Tman @Peaceman The best I can say is the kid's good, his work ethic and his station, humble and having worked to get some respect (forget Linsanity) and his continuous work ethic and self reflection will make him very good. That's star level likely. But that don't matter so long as he helps my favorite team win. The marketers can do their thing, Lin is still a player and person distinct from that angle.
@Peaceman Feb. 29 Cleveland Vs.Ny LBE at 8:40 PM you refered to J. Linn as a, "f-------g y----w D---l.The f-ing part is no biggie, that's just guys shooting shyte. The other part is nasty BS and it can't pass for a multitude of reasons, some personal, some societal.We all need, including myself, we need to work on being better people.If I slipped and said that, and we all have said some sad shyte like that's buried inside us, I hope I would man up and apologize to the party I offended.I don't need your apology.Its not about me at all.It's about a fellowship based on respect for all.I'm sure we're all different kinds of people in our physical beings,but we're still all the same in our spirit. If we can't respect each other and our guys what kind of men are we?You owe jlin respect as a man, as a baller is a different thing.Getting older doesn't entitle you to much, medicare and a discount at the movies.It does give you a little perspective on what's important.I'm done preaching.The rest is on you.
@LINJLNY Thanks. You have a great Sunday as well. I think i will definetely be commenting on posts from here on out. #Knicks
@MannersNYC Thanks. Very glad you read it. Hope you get a chance to comment too. Have a great Sunday. #Knicks #JLin
" To make the casual, if not causal, relationship between "quotes from a legend" to a condition which is akin to mental illness and results in depression and delusion is about as close as you can get to demeaning a person and question their credibility.
That would be one way of looking at it, but have you considered If that's what you thought was my point, then I didn't explain myself as well as I would like. It is interesting you see it that way. I guess no one is immune from the occasional "Airball." LOL