Let him walk
Resign him and keep him long term
Resign him and trade him January 2013 with Amare
Article on Lin when he visited the Garden last year with GSW:
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Jeremy Lin's three meaningful minutes
November, 11, 2010
By Matt Wong
I won't lie. The main reason I went to the Garden Wednesday night wasn't to check out my beloved Knicks, or welcome back one of my all-time faves, David Lee. It was to see the Warriors' Jeremy Lin in action.
And I wasn’t alone. At the 9:26 mark in the second quarter, Lin checked into the game to loud applause, presumably from the many Asian-Americans in attendance.
And in the second half, I know I wasn’t the only one who would have been just fine if the Knicks, down 17 with 3:15 left in the third, mailed it in to ensure some garbage-time minutes for Lin.
But, alas, the Knicks made it a game, only to lose anyway, and Lin rode the pine the rest of the night.
Still, it was a night to remember.
Asked about the ovation he received from the crowd, he responded as humbly as one possibly could:
“Thank you. That’s all I have to say, ‘Thank you to everyone who’s cheering for me.’”
Let’s get this straight: This isn’t like watching Yao or Yi -- two giants who were imported from China. Asian-Americans can more easily relate to the path Lin had to take to get to the NBA. When watching him on the layup lines, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that I knew him, that I must’ve played ball with him before … or that, wait a minute … he was me -- the first Asian-American to make the NBA (with all apologies to Wat Misaka)!
This was a whole new basketball experience. One that I can only hope is here to stay.
In the meantime, Lin is taking every opportunity to keep learning the NBA game and figuring out how to transition from playing the 2 in college to handling the 1 in the pros -- two of his hardest adjustments so far, he says.
“There’s a lot of learning on my end to be done. Controlling tempo, which play calls to make, when to attack ...
“It’s just the very beginning and I understand that.”
Still, despite playing only three minutes on this night, his impact on the game was deeper than he might realize: He has captured the imagination of many Asian-American fans around the country. Including mine.
And all I have to say to that is: Thank you, Jeremy Lin.
Oh the marketing departments in the NBA and Knicks offices have to be salivating and rooting for this guy to pick up the Asian fan base after Yao's retirement!!!
Of course, I'm enjoying every second of this underdog story!!!
The kid is tough. Took a shot on the chin and got right up, took a charge right out onto the floor.
He's got court savvy too; dropped 8 dimes before the half. Knows where to get players the ball and hustles. How a pg like Shump, TD or any other doesn't know the art of passing is beyond me.
Anyway, D'antoni fans, you got your PG. We got defense to go along, and a bench in the works. What do we need now?
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Moving forward, with vet mins, the 2.5 exception, and our full MLE in the off-season:
An eventual upgrade of Jeffries -- a la a Kenyon Martin type -- to round out our bench of bigs including Harrelson and Novak.
A pure SG with sniper 3pt range -- a la a JR Smith.
edit -- if Lin isn't there to run a championship team right now, at his young age, go balls to the wall for Steve Nash for the MLE, and have Lin be groomed under him for a couple years as a bigtime backup PG, still getting quality minutes each night, and letting Nash rest to stay primed for the playoffs...kind of like what the Spurs have done with Duncan of late, as they assembled quality young frontcourt players to take away minutes.
If Lin isn't completely fluking it right now and we stay reasonably healthy?
With MDA as coach -- note, I have *higher* expectations for the team because of MDA being our coach, which I likewise hold the success/fail of our season to -- we should fight tooth and nail vs the best in the NBA if we must face them,
And should handle the weaker and middle class of the playoff hierarchy.
I don't think we "should" necessarily be "expected" to beat MIA or OKC or Chicago this year, but we should play them about as competitively and tough as we did the Celtics last year (prior to injuries rendering things a joke).
Personally, I've already been loading up on future bets on the Knicks when it became obvious Dolan wasn't going to just ****can MDA this season.
I have a feeling we are going to see a movie made about the Jeremy Lin story in the future...
When STAT comes back will be seeing the one from last year, not the slow old looking one so far.
Lin has me believing. Have had so much fun watching these past 3 games.