Cant forget about his defense which is superior to negative stats
We would also be able to bench the old dusty Atari
I'd try to trade Lin before the deadline while firing MDA. As a shrewd GM, don't think Lin's stock will be any higher and his stock rose mainly behind D'antoni's offense and without him, doubt Lin will survive either. So at least get some picks or something while the iron is still hot imo.
He has had so little time and he has been on this crazy roller coaster and he has shown signs he is everything you could want from a PG
-great court vision
-incredibly fast acceleration
-Always looks to attack and drive at the basket.. Always puts pressure on defense
-keeps a low dribble
He just needs to take better care of the ball, and that is pretty much it. Every other part of Lins game says "future star"
There is no reason at all to trade Lin. And trading away all our good young players for nothing and tying up all our cap space in overpaying star players that don't produce is exactly why we have been flat out awful for almost a decade.
He blew up our team to get here.. He could have just left as a free agent and came here for nothing, we would have had the cap room to do it. Now he wants out. Hilarious.
God if we could trade him for Gasol, or somebody, I'd be ecstatic. I don't want D12.. He seems like Melo all over again. So if we get him and we don't win the Championship the first year is he going to want out too?
They're are a lot of hints in that article
How Melo doesn't like Glen "The Interim GM" and gets along better with Houston who will eventually take the job over.
Then the more disturbing fact Glen and D'antoni get along and are like a "couple". And then you hear some players are fed up with D'antoni and others aren't and well its officially a mess.
Also the TD trade rumors and these articles sound to me like if A GM was to officially call about TD that Glen would be willing to talk about Melo. However its insane that the knicks would trade Melo in a shortened season to appease a coach they have yet to even give an extension too?
It sounds to me like the locker room is split guys like Lin, Amare, Jefferies, and Novak I could see loving D'antoni because he everyone shoots to leave the middle open for PnR system works for them. Guys like Melo, Baron, JR, I can definitely see being against the chaos since they can all create shots for themselves.
I wonder where Tyson, Shump, Fields, and the rest stand.
Also D'antoni is probably going to be here until the end of the season because Dolan wouldn't want to pay him to leave. I could really see Dolan being against that after all the other coaches who had shortened terms here.
This team will continue to fail as long as there is such controversy between all parties involved.
Trade melo, trade stat, trade dantoni, trade dolan, trade someone! This is borderline mutiny and it's a swift downwards spiral. I don't want to wait for next season, we've been waiting for next season half our lives. We can turn it around, but we need some major change to do it.
Wins change everything. They win 5 in a row and all this negative nonsense - rumor mill, dramatizations in the media - go away.
We are really talking about a few rebounds and 5-10% more defensive hustle and rebounding by Melo and Amare.
And Melo shutting up and sitting in huddles and LISTENING to the play and to teammates.