I'm not sold on Lin either, and it's shocking, I'm asian. What does that have to do with anything? ALOT.
Back to the topic... Im not sold, he is a very skilled player, and hell he can play, but his inability to use both hands, liability defensively, and inability to take care of the ball is actually key in a point guard. Those things can be hidden from a very good defensive team, and other ball handlers. Unfortunately, Lin doesn't have another guy like a Lebron or Wade who can take it up the court every second position, because when Carmelo does it, it leads to a horrific offensive position or quick shot. New York has improved defensively because of Chandler, but systematically they just aren't a good defensive team at all, ability to use two hands as a point guard in the NBA is just a need. Im a point guard in high school, and hell if you don't have both hands you're done, how about the NBA.
I think his number will have a major drop, but not enough to put his ass back on the bench, because remember he is a high IQ player i.e he's from Harvard. He will probably average like 10 points, 5 assists, and 4 turnovers.
How does Lin play BADLY in the rising stars game? Is that even possible?
To be a good player you need basketball ability (which Lin has shown he can play at this level) but you also need mental stability. We have only seen Jeremy Lin on his hot-streak. He was brewing with confidence and him, like many other players, played well with that confidence. We had yet to see him in a bit of a drought. My question is not "Can Lin keep up these numbers?" because he clearly can not (not to say he will not be a decent player), but "How will Lin react to a slump?"
All those who were cheering for him are gonna doubt him, players are going to want to beat him, and he is going to lose his confidence if this mini slump continues. We have yet to see this and I think it makes the "Linsanity" conversation very interesting.
Will he shake out of it or will he decline as an overall player? If he does decline, will he be able to bring that momentum back?
In a system with Mike D'antoni's offense, you're going to produce offensively because everything is ran around the point guard.
Raymond Felton is now moved to a defensive team and look at his numbers compared to when he was on the Knicks. They've got Jamal Crawford starting at the point guard, he's been playing well recently there, but honestly, you go from Felton to Crawford, who is just a very good ball-handling shooting guard.
Nothing personal here about Lin but just because one graduates from Harvard does not necessarily make you any more intelligent or dummier than someone having done so from Stanford, McGill or Ryerson etc. It is no doubt an institution of renown but this hype (mostly by breathless espn yokels) of "Harvard graduate" somehow makes Lin a superior on-court thinker is really laughable. George Bush got an MBA from Harvard and graduated in the bottom 10% of his class. Enough said. Rant over.
They're 2-3 in their last five and Lin has averaged close on to 6 TO/game over that time(and that's an improvement).
I've had a chance to watch some of Lin's games here and there and if a guy like DeRozan was getting calls like Lin gets he wouldn't be under the bus right now. Seriously, the officials are not treating him like a guy who just came out of D-league. DeRozan is a high profile former lottery pick, Lin was nobody until a month ago. In games Lin gets the benefit of the doubt while DeRozan gets treated like Andre Barret--- I know, right, "who?!" Exactly.
2. Yes, but being able to get into Harvard without being a legacy (like Bush) or booster is definitely a testament to your hard work. I'm also willing to bet that the average IQ at Harvard is much much higher compared to, say, Ryerson.
3. It's ESPN, man. When did ESPN not sensationalize anything?
Lin was a SG before he came to the NBA.
Last edited by Prime; Tue Feb 28th, 2012 at 12:59 AM.
Well right now he's the starting PG of a professional team and I don't think Knicks fans or their media are going to give a crap about what position he played at Harvard when he's coughing the ball up 6-8 times per game during the playoffs. Defenses tighten up in the playoffs and who knows maybe they expose him so badly at that level that he's riding the pine to make way for Baron Davis like I've predicted... And he doesn't have an opportunity to post a double double: 20 points, 10 turnovers.
2. Didnt he get in on an athletic scholarship
My point was only that there are other brilliant point guards in the NBA who didnt go to Harvard. Lin does not have this grasp and vision of great pg play because he did. This is not about Lin but rather the breathless/unprovable twinning of his on court capabilities with having attended an iconic institution. Wonder what happens if he has a string of bad games?
Apparently Harvard also doesn't teach guards how to protect the ball or read defenses.
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