Interesting Jeremy Lin Stats after All-Star Break in 3 Seasons

After 52 games, the Hornets will have 9 day of rest before their next game. This will allow JLin to rest his injured ankle to be ready for the final 30 games.

  • Jeremy Lin fans generally know that he performed better after All-Star break but is it true? Will his stats support this assertion?

Pre-All-Star and Post-All-Star stats The following chart shows the breakdown of Pre-All-Star and Post-All-Star stats in several categories (Points, Assists, Minutes, Usage Rate USG% and +/-) per game in the past 3 seasons as a Houston Rockets and LA Lakers player Which Statistical Category Changed after the All-Star Break in the past 3 seasons?

  1. USG% and +/- consistently improved

It is very interesting to note that the Usage Rate and the +/- have consistent improvement no matter if Lin was in Houston or Rockets. Lin might have had enough rest and familiarity with the system and teammates to be more aggressive to contribute significantly in the FGA/FTA/TO/Possesions (used in the USG% or Usage Rate formula). And it’s great to know that the +/- improved which usually translates more wins.

2. Points/Game improved in 2 out of 3 seasons (except for 13-14 Rockets season)

With the exception of HOU 2nd season 13-14, JLin improved his Points/Game production by 2.3 and 3.4 in his first HOU and LAL season. HOU 2nd season might’ve been affected by his back injury causing his shooting slump.

Let’s hope JLin’s trend stays true in the last 30 games of the Hornets season to help them reach the playoff. If JLin performs well in the playoff, his market value will increase and he may have more starting PG offers in the off-season.

  • leeda harun

    hello 🙂

  • DX

    2rd

  • Dorothy

    Hi

  • Maknusia

    Howdy!

  • blubell

    Eleventy? lol

  • anddan

    3rd… even though All Stars coming to Toronto… not excited at all…

  • CJSHYY
  • leeda harun

    Poor guy.It is a sad news. The coaching staffs should know better not to rushed him back to play..smh.

  • Rick Johnson

    Maybe they’ll want him to rehab so he can play towards end of season and playoffs then have surgery in the off season. Probably better for him long term though to just have the surgery.

  • CJSHYY

    I think they will do just like what you said… But it’s the best for MKG to have surgery asap.

  • Rick Johnson

    I think Dwight Howard had a torn labrum when he was on the Lakers. He opted out of surgery and played through the season.

  • Alain Gervais

    he was not the same player since that moment

  • Maknusia

    its not gonna be an easy comeback again for him…thats for sure

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Unless JLin is in all stars, don’t even bother to watch it or pay attention to this at all.

  • Rick Johnson
  • leeda harun

    Yup..home sweet home

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    The Rockets came back to beat the Clippers because Harden was benched.

  • NONONO

    I still not sure Hornets could make the playoffs, because Clifford would not change his rotations and playtime allocations. It could work only if Clifford cut Kemba’s time to max 30 mins, otherwise he risked Kemba to have injury which will hurt their playoff bets. Give Lin 25-30 mins (25 pg, 0-5 sg) and Kemba 30 mins (20 pg, 10 sg) would work. Batum should only shares pg with Kemba. It would not happen, so I do not expect Hornets make to the playoff . Worse, they might be okey with no playoff because they already talk about the excuse – no MKG.

  • NONONO

    McHale spoiled Harden. Harden might have hard time to find a star player to play with him.

  • leeda harun

    Les,Morey, Mchale responsible for the ugly culture.

  • NONONO

    Lin needs some rest. No tv for me nex 10 days. Rest too.

  • Harden & Morey are getting the heat now.

    Harden + 4 guys watching him on offense will never work in this teamball era.
    Dwight is at lowest usage rate since his rookie year? Definitely not his fault.

  • NONONO

    I bet Morey would go (be fired) soon. What a mess.

  • NONONO

    “I’m excited to partner with you. I want to just help take some pressure off of you,” Lin texted Walker when he joined the team in the summer, via The Charlotte Observer.

    Lin would never ever said ” I’m excited to back up for you”.

  • Nets will narrow down GM list to 2 or 3 this weekend.
    Bryan Colangelo is the frontrunner. Yess!

    Masai Ujiri’s shoutout that Raptors training facility was Colangelo’s vision should help his candidacy.
    https://twitter.com/Chris_Broussard/status/697942842598100994
    https://twitter.com/michaelgrange/status/697460686117588992
    https://twitter.com/TimBontemps/status/697271562676862976

  • That might be a factor in getting McHale fired in early season.
    Morey has created 1 monster diva in Harden. He should start to worry about his job now

  • LinMad

    who is Colangelo and does he like Jeremy Lin/MDA?

  • LinMad

    I think he might of said it. That doesn’t mean he was saying I want to be a backup. It could also mean playing side by side in the starting lineup.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Awesome finding. I doubt lin would ever sign up as backup.

  • leeda harun

    Jerry the father,bryan the son. They knew MDA.Will they like lin. ?.we will find out soon

  • MDA had great things to say about Bryan Colangelo recently.
    Check out his quote about reshaping teams

    Asked before the Knicks – 76ers game what he thought was Colangelo’s best attribute is, Mike D’Antoni wouldn’t or couldn’t narrow it to one.

    “A lot of them. Bryan’s great,’’ said D’Antoni, who was 253-136 in four-plus seasons in Phoenix from 2003-08. “I hope he gets back in the league somewhere quick. But he reshaped, when I was there with the Suns unbelievable. He reshaped Toronto. He does a terrific job. He’s one of the best minds I’ve worked with.’’

    http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/1/19/10788846/demar-derozan-endorses-bryan-colangelo-for-nets-job

  • LinMad

    looking forward to this happening. Lin, MDA and Coangelo.

  • let’s hope so.
    We need the 2nd Divine Lintervention in NY for the stars to be aligned soon

  • Linzen

    It’s happening!!!

  • Rick Johnson

    Wonder if Morey will try to make a big trade at the deadline to save his job. If they are out of the playoffs at the end of the season I think Les has run out of patience and Morey may not get another season to try to rebuild.

  • sport

    Yup Lin thought he’d be playing along side Walker.

  • sport

    Glad the fake star is finally exposed.

  • yellowshadow

    both dwight and james are fool’s gold. dwight is on a rapid decline and isnt even top 5 center anymore. did he even play 50 games from last season to this season? he is not defending or scoring when he’s on the bench injured! and james harden. sigh… remember when rockets first signed him, entire world was excited. is jeremy lin and james haden the most exciting backcourt in the league? i remember they used to ask. then james went superstar diva mode and treated all players like chess pieces instead of brothers in arms.

    if you ask me, rockets were at their most fun when james shared the ball, asik was playing like a top 5 center, chandler parson was the swiss army knife do it all guy, and jeremy leading the charge with exciting team ball. if morey really wanted that championship, his best bet was to let these guys gel as they brought more talent piece by piece.

    all they had to do is get some 3 and d guys and a competent bench. that’s ALL! but they just floundered it in a star’s ego trip and misguided statistics ball.

  • Rick Johnson

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    https://twitter.com/sport_google/status/698028715138093056

    But mounting evidence suggests that the real problem isn’t Howard or any of Houston’s role players. Instead, it’s the one player the Rockets presumably wouldn’t consider trading: superstar shooting guard James Harden.

    As preposterous as it sounds, trading Harden might be the only way to fix a broken team.

  • yellowshadow

    with lin bailing out the hornets every time they get in a bind, i think hornets will make the playoffs. lin should be getting 30-35 minutes as PG, kemba as SG, and batum as a second facilitator. batum lets jeremy run plays 50% of the time, so i have no qualms with both of them on the floor. its when all three of them are on the floor that jeremy’s role become compromised. sad to see because it was not like this in the preseason/first 10 games in the season.

  • zxcvb

    1) The Colangelos (Jerry and Bryan) are very close with MDA. They really know him and trust him, which is why MDA was brought on board to advise Philly, and why MDA was interviewed about Bryan re: Brooklyn.

    2) Bryan was one of the few NBA GMs who was interested in Lin BEFORE Linsanity. He didn’t sign him, so I won’t go too crazy with this point, but it’s noteworthy.

    3) Bryan is a 2X NBA Executive of the Year. Very strong credentials.

  • zxcvb

    In 11 games as starter (10 @ SG; 1 @ PG), Lin has averaged 18p/5a/4r on 46/42/82 shooting splits. Outstanding.

    And we all saw what he did in that 1 game as starter — beat Lebron’s super-team by 9 while putting up elite stats in just 32mpg. That’s something Kemba has never done in his career. Lin is ready to beast as an elite starting PG.

    But will he ever get a chance? Livin’ on a prayer till then…

  • zxcvb

    He’s done great as a starting SG, even with Kemba hogging. He’s obviously 10X better as starting PG, but he can play SG if given proper minutes and touches.

  • yellowshadow

    its quite unfortunate lin got so much attention when he was really brand new to the league. linsanity brought him fame, but when situation resulted in him not being able to replicate linsanity every day, people mislabeled him and that mislabeling in regards to his defense, turnovers, and left hand liability has followed him until now even though he has fixed all of these problems.

    if lin developed like a normal player in the league, i have no doubts he would be touted as a TOP player in the league and teams will be scrambling to arrange meetings for lin when he went shopping for teams as a free agent.

    race also had a part in this… but lin is so painfully underrated in the league it hurts.

  • yellowshadow

    you’re right bro. lin is so much better PG than kemba. i have never see kemba throw a creative pass that opens up the opportunity for others and get the fans excited.

    lin’s passes are showtime passes.

  • sport

    Without Linsanity Lin would not even be in the league anymore! The reason why Lin’s suppressed is cause of the racism and scrutiny people got for missing out on an elite player because of his race. Also this is a black man’s league of course they are jealous and don’t want the Asian kid to shine.

  • yellowshadow

    linsanity allowed lin to stay in the league; however, if lin was not asian he would have been a first round pick in the draft and he would have had a normal development. that is truly a shame.

    lin’s always fighting uphill battle as a pioneer asian american basketball player. a fight no normal nba players have to fight through.

  • sport

    Morey only saw his players as chess pieces for trading and that’s not good for a team. Parsons and Lin were lucky to get out of there.

  • Briiick

    Yeah. A tanking team would be a desired destiny of Harden.

  • Lefon Jang

    Lakers???

  • sport

    Actually it was like this 1st 10 games where Lin’s minutes were limited even more. Lin only got to showcase and start 1 game along side Batum and Walker during 2 preseason games in China.

  • yellowshadow

    lakers offering a max contract to derozan, who is also a shooting guard. lakers should be focusing on getting a good center… hibbert just not cutting it. if i was lakers i’d be asking around for hortford right about now.

  • yellowshadow

    aye, parson did the right thing. cuban is a guy you hate on the other side, but love when he’s on your side. i kind of wish deandre jordan never backed out of coming to dallas and lin signing with dallas as well, that would have made dallas a championship contender.

  • yellowshadow

    haha, lin would never say “im excited to back up for you,” to a guy he always outplays. didnt lin have a perfect record against charlotte before coming?

  • Lefon Jang

    I didn’t know Derozan is a max contract guy!

  • yellowshadow

    lots of guys will be getting a fat contract this year and next year due to the salary cap going up in 2017 even if they probably dont deserve it.

    this is why lin and his agent drafted their contract with the hornets 😉

  • Lefon Jang

    Lin will get a big pay cheque too

  • sport

    Not really, look at how Hornets have limited studs yet Lin is still marginalized. At Mavs it doubtful with Nowitzki, Parsons, and Jordan featured it’s going to be even tougher for Lin to get minutes.

  • yellowshadow

    you think so? lin would’ve been starter pg for sure since he’s much better than felton and barea. he would be pnr with deandre all day every day since all he can do is dunk… and then on the wing, pick and pop with dirk who is having a revival year. parson would be cutting and sneaking in the backside for the alley oop like he used to do with lin back in houston days. i think it would’ve been awesome. they are all fun loving guys, so they would win and have a blast.

    rick carlisle is also top 3 coach in the league too.

  • sport

    Only if MDA and Colangelo gets hired together. Well so long as Colangelo gets hired, pretty sure MDA will automatically get the gig which means Linsanity awakening!

  • Lefon Jang

    Lin and MDA’s Run & Gun offense. Gotta love that!

  • JoeTeam

    I don’t agree with the jealousy thing, but I do agree with Linsanity being the crux of Lin’s success. That was just great for him foreva!

  • JoeTeam

    anybody know if they can do surgery after rehab?

  • JoeTeam

    pretty freaky play … now many times do people fall on your extended arm. Maybe MKG fell like that 2x. Not sure what he could have done, maybe just roll his arm under.

  • Maknusia

    you mean…perform rehab first, and then evaluate if surgery is needed, then go for it, if needed? answer is yes

  • kauaiblue

    Heh heh… harden and morey exposed… theyre just now seeing this?

  • Dorothy

    I remember there was a game when Clifford benched Kemba the whole 4th quarter and Lin played. Which game was it?

  • John Focker

    Knicks game, Wednesday November 11, 2015. Kemba actually played the last 28 seconds of 4th quarter.

    Then in the next game vs. Bulls Lin was benched in 4th quarter, and IIRC he didn’t close the game for the first time since joining the Hornets.

  • adele

    Without Linsanity, we wouldn’t even be here😊

  • Acbc

    Sorry IMO, his numbers went down because of Melo. It was Melo that forced MDA out of knicks. The political battle between Melo and MDA forced MDA to resign and CAA hand picked Woodson to be the hatchet man to cut Lin’s game down to run offence through Melo.

    What’s disturbing is that even Lin fans have had their memoirs rewritten by the mass media brain washing. Lin didn’t come back to reality, he was forced out by a ball hog. Melo, harden, Kobe, and now Kemba all limit Lin’s ability to shine. Just as the numbers show in the 11 games when Lin gets a half a chance to play his game, he produces elite numbers.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Hey, can you pin point the 11 games Lin started for the Hornets..and also the stats for each game.

    That one Toronto game where he scored 35 point probably boosted these stats.

  • adele

    They will. If Cliff will give Lin a free reign after the all star.

  • adele

    Love it!

  • Barry Allen

    But if Linsanity didn’t happen, Lin may have been out of the league.

    No doubt if Lin were given the opportunities players like Wall have been, he would have flourished and become an All-Star.

  • Barry Allen

    The funny thing is we all knew this already when Lin was on the team.

  • CJSHYY
  • David Kim

    NBC Sports ✔@NBCSports
    Report: Some @Warriors executives believe Golden State will sign Kevin Durant.

    If that happens, Warriors will be much better team.

  • CJSHYY

    What? KD?

  • Barry Allen

    Hmm, that depends what they will have to give up. They are 48-4. Maybe they should not mess with near perfection.

  • David Kim

    After he become free agent

  • CJSHYY

    If so then no other team can beat them. Plus who will be #1 in the team? Curry or KD?

  • David Kim

    May be its like shaq and Kobe

  • cdblue10

    1 hour ago – via Yahoo! Sports

    The team with the players and picks to get a deal done without touching the core would be the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have a treasure chest of draft picks and expiring contracts, something that would benefit the Rockets in the long run.

    Trade, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets

    Dwight moving to Celts????

  • Acbc

    Makes no sense. It’s counter to everything they’ve done to build this great team.

  • CJSHYY

    I really doubt why Celtics needs to give up the picks just for 2 months? They are doing well w/o D12. In fact, they don’t even want to keep David Lee why needs to get D12? Morey can’t use connection w 76 anymore so Celtics is the only place to go.

  • David Kim

    Klay Thompson‘s dad, Mychal Thompson, said last spring the Warriors would pursue Durant. Perhaps, that alone has driven the speculation Durant could sign with Golden State. Or maybe the executives Broussard cites have additional information.

    Either way, it certainly seems possible.

    The Warriors have eight players under contract for next season: Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut,Andre Iguodala,Stephen Curry,Jason Thompson,Shaun Livingston andKevon Looney. Add a first-round pick (which we’ll pencil in at No. 30) and roster charges, and that’s a team salary of $84,501,199.

    With a projected salary cap of about $90 million and Durant’s max starting salary around $30 million, that won’t cut it.

    Livingston ($3 million guaranteed) and Jason Thompson ($2.65 million guaranteed) have partially guaranteed contracts. But waiving those two would still leave significant outlays on the books. Golden State would probably need to trade those two and Bogut to clear enough cap space to sign Durant outright.

    If they trade Bogut, Livingston, Jason Thompson and their first-round pick without taking any salary in return and renounce all their free agents, the Warriors would likely have about enough cap room to offer Durant the max (though it’s close enough that it depends exactly where the cap lands).

    That’d leave a stripped-down roster of Durant, Curry, Green, Klay Thompson and Iguodala, but that’d be an incredible lineup. Golden State would happily start there and figure out the depth and center questions later.

    The Warriors could also try swapping Barnes for Durant in a dual sign-and-trade. That’d trigger a hard cap, but that’s the least of the complications. Durant, Barnes and the Thunder would all have to agree. But at least that route could allow Golden State to re-sign Festus Ezeli.

    If the Warriors want to keep Barnes while adding Durant, they could ask Oklahoma City how many draft picks they’d have to attach to a sign-and-trade package of Bogut, Jason Thompson and Livingston. Again, that’d leave Golden State hard-capped, but it’d at least be possible – depending on the exact luxury-tax line – to re-sign Barnes.

  • CJSHYY

    I still think KD wants his own team not just part of big three or four. Of course GSW will try to get him just like every team in NBA.

  • David Kim

    If he really wants to win multiple championships like Kobe or Duncan, that’s the team he should go.

  • CJSHYY

    We will see this summer.

  • heart

    Good memory John!

  • CJSHYY

    Kobe & Duncan is #1 in their team but w Curry, no one can replace his #1 guy in the team.

  • Dorothy

    Thanks.
    What is IIRC?

  • David Kim

    If it’s melo or harden, there is no way to break up the team. If it’s Durant, I think it’s worth if you can still keep curry, green, Thompson and iguodala.

  • heart

    IIRC=If I Remember Correctly

  • TTNN

    don’t forget you still need to pay Curry max too. I’m not sure why Warrior want to break up the chemistry to do that though, if they repeat this year, they are pretty good without Durant already. This team had a young core, they don’t really need to get a different star and change their playing style.

    For Durant, if he come and win a championship, nobody would think that’s his anyway, so why?

  • heart

    IMO, jealousy, losing face, vindictiveness, etc. from various players and coaches who wanted to shut Lin down after seeing him rose to fame and surprised them w/his ‘Linsanity’ level production. Since then they have tried to impede Lin’s every step to suppress Lin’s production. It’s NOT that Lin was not able to “replicate linsanity”. It’s lack of OPPORTUNITY and SUPPORT, IMO.

  • yellowshadow

    and take shots away from curry? curry’s a better offensive machine than durant right now 😀

    durant must not be looking for a max if he plans on going to gsw

  • cdblue10

    With the way that the team was coached,they can actually insert any player and they can still be a very good team and with additional of Durant they will be more very versatile but I doubt Durant will join them because as a proud athlete he would love to compete against the best of the best.

  • Jim

    Durant is still better than Curry
    He can score in more ways than Curry
    The one thing Curry is better at than Durant is 3p shooting

  • Jim

    Kemba never sat out another 4th q after that game…

  • cdblue10

    It’s up to the Celtic coach and GM to decide on that matter,if they think that Howard is a good fit to their team then by all means they will get and acquire Howard,he is still a very good center compare to the other centers in the league,more over his talent wasn’t maximize in Houston due to Harden ball hogging tendecies.With Brad Stevens as a coach you will see a very active Howard at the post.

  • 22cents

    Ha Ha. Try to insert Harden with them. It will be very interesting…………….

  • cdblue10

    lol…my bad,I totally forgot that

  • CJSHYY

    It’s true all up to Celtics’ GM but right now I think this is more like Rox push hard to convince Celtics to take D12…. This rumor had been on for a while if Celtics really wants D12 … it’s done deal already. Today is 2/12… hard to see it will happen.

  • yellowshadow

    i hope durant has the balls to be his own man instead of hopping teams for ring bandwagon. he will never get the respect in all time great lists if he does jump ships, kind of like lebron.

    OKC has the tools to become champions, just not the coaching/chemistry.

  • Acbc

    3 is better than 2. Do the math. Curry is now at 44% 3s, that’s better than most players 2s average. Durant is also injury prone. Curry is a much better play maker, has much better handles. GSW has built chemistry through building the team up. No way the FO is dumb like Morey to trade chips for no other reason than numbers.

    This just feeder buzz put out by KD’s agent to bump up his value. Curry is underpaid and needs his cut of salary cap.

  • David Kim

    Lebron did it with wade and bosh.. Original plan was with melo and wade though.

  • Dorothy

    HaHa, I thought some bball term that I was not aware of.

  • Rick Johnson

    Houston’s fate was sealed when they acquired James Harden, gave him the keys to the team and filled his ego to dramatic proportions

    Fansided: The Time Has Come To Blow Up The Houston Rockets
    http://hoopshabit.com/2016/02/12/time-come-blow-houston-rockets/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • cdblue10

    Trading players,talents and money are very complicated and both GM’s can’t just decide right away if there’s an offer made on the table.Howard is still a hot commodity even with his present situation in Houston and Morey also knows his value in the market but of course Celtics will also gauge if they’re willing to gamble for Howard since next year is his opt out season

  • yellowshadow

    durant is not offensively better than curry.

    he’s not even #1 option in OKC, he defers to westbrook all the time.

  • Acbc

    The 3 star system is why Morey kept trying to get another star. Truth is, the game has moved on from ISO 3 star system. It just can’t beat 12 players willing to share the ball. Spurs showed the way, GSW followed. They are creating a new dynamics of team play.

    Under the present salary cap system, 3 stars system leaves too many holes to fill on bench to make a strong second unit.

  • Jim

    because westbrook is a ball hog he holds durant back
    also, durant is a better defender

  • Jim

    Durants FG% over 50% almost 40% from 3P and averaging 28-4.5-8 while not even being the first option
    he only got injured last year not any more injury prone than Curry is
    and he has always scored more than curry until this year and its pretty close

  • yellowshadow

    after recovering from his injury, durant has routinely deferred to westbrook. how many games has he taken over in 4th quarter this season in contrast to pre-injury durant?

    please dont make it sound like durant is some defensive juggernaut in the league :b

    in the end, curry is on the path to becoming the greatest shooter the game has ever seen, breaks down the defense and penetrates the lane at will with finesse and handles. durant is a distant second (if he still is even #2 anymore).

    not worth breaking up the potentially historic GOAT team for durant.

    durant needs to be a man and stay at OKC, where he has westbrook, ibaka, enes kanter… just need a do it all guy like draymond or boris diaw and couple more upgrades to the bench. durant has no excuses to jump ships.

  • Acbc

    Team chemistry is very hard to build. GSW just won the title, why would they add a piece that makes very little immediate impact. Add pieces for the possibility of improvement can disrupt flow the way the Rondo trade killed the Mavs last year.

    None of this makes any sense. It’s wishful think for the fantasy NBA people. A team is built on player chemistry and togetherness. Houston on the other hand is built on fear and distrust. Players are constantly looking over their should for fear of being traded. That’s why GSW won’t blow up a well oiled machine by throwing in an extra piston.

  • CJSHYY
  • More articles came out with the pressure to trade Harden as the real culprit.
    This article said Harden tried harder in defense last season but stopped trying this season.

    The Rockets should trade Harden. Here are four trades that work
    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/rockets-trade-harden-trades-work/story?id=36881518

  • CJSHYY

    If Hornets can beat Cav in playoff…. haha!

    https://twitter.com/NBAcom/status/698153615865856000

  • Nate wanted to ask what Doc thinks about the shooting form, how much injury played a part in the new shooting form.
    It should be a good piece when it comes out

  • Rick Johnson

    With loss of MKG and if Cliff reverts to PJ with starters and iso-Kemba ball Hornets won’t be in the playoff picture at the end of the season.

  • CJSHYY

    MKG did good job on reb hope PJ or bigs can do the same…. I think Kemba will not play that many ISO now since no more ASG for him this season. I think they maybe have good chance to make it.

  • Doc had a lot to say about Kemba. Plus thoughts on Frank/Lamb?
    Nate sure got good teaser =)
    https://twitter.com/zukovka/status/698209356643438592

  • CJSHYY

    Haha! Nathan writes novel….. LOL!

  • Rick Johnson

    Season might be lost if they wan’t to feature Kemba. They don’t want to go with JLin because he will likely opt out this summer. Maybe they should just call it a lost season and trade Lin to get some draft picks. Perhaps trade Lin to 76ers. 76ers have plenty of draft picks they could trade to the Hornets. MDA reunited with Lin on the 76ers could draw some excitement to their games and drive ticket sales.

  • Rick Johnson

    Hope he doesn’t say anything that could cause a rift between JLin and his teammates.

  • CJSHYY

    I don’t like Rox & Harden so I hope they tie together forever. Don’t want Harden go to the team Lin will be in the future.

  • DX

    There will be big surprise if Hornets make the playoff and win 1 or 2 games.

  • golfhacker

    A leopard can’t change his spots.

  • Sesshie

    To trade Harden means that Morey had to admit that he failed as a GM. Getting Harden to come to the Rockets was supposed to be his ultimate achievement, the one player, the all-star that was supposed to bring multiple finals appearances if not championships for the team. Morey chose Harden and made him an all-star at the cost of teamwork and chemistry. Morey would be fired before Harden gets traded.

  • CJSHYY

    I am more optimistic on this…. I think they will.

  • grover chang

    Upset in the making!

  • Rick Johnson

    Wonder who lasts longer Morey or Harden or they both self destruct simultaneously when Les fires them both.

  • grover chang

    Mychal Thompson also said Lin would be a perfect addition to the warriors last year. I think Lin has a better chance joining the warriors then Durant. I can’t see warriors being able to afford all these players.

  • grover chang

    Would never happen. But okc big criticism is no bench and no defense. Lin fixes both categories if he joined the thunder.

  • Rick Johnson

    Lin fans saw this a mile away when Harden first joined the Rockets. People labeled Lin fans delusional. Many Rockets fans still sticking with Harden. Blind.

  • yellowshadow

    there’s another article floating around and celts have said they are neither interested in howard nor hortford.

  • yellowshadow

    wish we could go against chicago… they are easy target without butler!

  • Rick Johnson

    Kemba hadn’t beaten the Cav’s his entire career. Only if they give JLin the ball at starting PG do they have a chance against the Cav’s. Don’t see that happening, sweep out of the first round in 4 games.

  • Rick Johnson

    Nathan Gottlieb ‏@zukovka 5m5 minutes ago New York, USA

    Michael Dunlap, senior content director of Fansided just told me he’ll post the interview with Doc on Monday.

    https://twitter.com/zukovka/status/698216192599814144

  • Good to know Lin will work with Doc over the break on 3pt shot and mechanics
    https://twitter.com/zukovka/status/698215276005998592

  • Dorothy

    LOL, exactly

  • Rick Johnson

    Hope the NBA learns a lesson. Feeding the ego of a star player and not holding him accountable and treating all other players as “pieces” is a recipe in disaster. Knicks – Melo, Lakers – Kobe, Houston – Harden. Lin has had a string of bad luck in the team’s he’s been on.

  • I certainly hope so.

  • yellowshadow

    morey’s already made an ultimate failure on dwight howard. he is an utter disappointment to the rockets, who brought him over thinking that he was the dwight howard of orlando magic with a lot left in the tank… turns out he only had 1 year left in the tank and now he’s sputtering along, barely squeezing playing handful of games and having no real impact, getting blocked by opposing center, etc.

  • yellowshadow

    i hope he tells us the truth 🙂

  • yellowshadow

    whenever you mention broussard as the reporter making the claim, take it with a grain of salt. he has so many missed speculation that it is hard to take him as an authentic journalist.

  • there will be some truth there, I can tell you that =)

  • Dorothy

    May we add Hornets – Kemba? 🙂

  • Dorothy

    Hope Lin got to read it before hand…

  • I think so too.
    It will be another Melo-drama like in NY

    The diva gets the priority but they’ll be losing for years to come.
    I guess it’s not bad to have that consequence =)

  • yellowshadow

    haha, so lin can use his harvard education to use and do some grammar checks? joke joke xD

  • rookie75094

    Harden could be traded to the Shang Hai sharks for a Chinese player to be named later…hehe

  • I’m sure Lin talks to Doc about it since he’s in Palo Alto now

  • Acbc

    His elbow still flares out a bit but not nearly as bad as before. It’s amazing how a little change in the angle of less than 5 degree can cause a miriate of problems. A good coach with a good eye can recognize that deviation very quickly and put the player back on course.

    Doc will do wonders for Lin’s confidence becuase he’ll be repeating positive reenforcemnent to Lin everyday as they work. That alone would be great for Lin since he gets none of that from the Hornets.

  • CJSHYY

    Don’t worry. It will be more PR talk than the real story. Lin is still in Hornets.

  • LAJane

    hahahaha

  • BobbyH

    The case of failure to launch – a lavish quantitative design that ignores intangibility and quality

    ——
    Sitting motionlessly before a panel of 16 large LED TVs after the game vs Blazers, GM M glared at those numbers on these large screens, pondering what went wrong? His all-star player performed flawlessly, 10-20 with 34 points, one rebound shy of triple-double. It was supposed to lead to a win.

    He recently cut loose his puppet coach just to save his job as this team falls from a former WCF contender to a sub team that constantly flirting 0.500 mark up and down since the beginning of the season. After this game, the team fell off #8 seed in WC and is under 0.500 again.

    3 other staff sitting next to the GM, just finishing compiling the game results to be prepared to feed into the advanced quantitative model, the infamous GM M’s analytical invention.

    Mark, the chief quantitative analyst, who holds a MIT Math PHD degree and lured by GM M when he graduated, broke the silence in the war room, their nickname for the heavy data collecting and analysis room: “I think we need to revisit the design of the model.”

    John, the senor analyst, holding a Economics PHD from U. Penn, concurred: “Yes, I think something is missing. A robust model should continue to evolve and change according to external contexts and factors”.

    GM M: “What are your suggestions?”, said in a repugnant tone.

    John: “With all due respect, the design of the model is perfect and ingenious. But Darwin rules. We need to make some fundamental changes to our assumptions in the model”

    Mark: “This I agree. But if you look at the model, all the mathematical inferences and algorithms are exhausted to their best. Nothing can be done other than we redesign the model from scratch.”

    GM M: “Are you s**tting me? Do you know how much time and efforts we are talking about to revamp the model? We might have money. But We don’t have time. You and the team can be let go the minute I am gone.”

    John: “As an economist, I understand the human behavior better than you math guru. The best flaw in the model is that we lack an sounding input that measures closely to the impact of the human aspect of factors. Basketball game is a 5 vs 5 team sports with a collective synergy of a team. It is not a simple sum of talents and performance of individual players. If we can add these factors to the model, it would take less time to implement and make the game results more in line with what model projects.”

    GM M: “What do you think, Stacy?.”

    Stacy, a junior analyst from NYU Computer Science background with Chemistry minor who graduated on 2012 when the team signed their superstar, replied: ” I agree with John. But the solution is quite simple”

    GM M: “Educate me”

    Stacy: “I think we forgot a very important factor in the model, a K factor.”

    Mark: “K-Theory? That’s brilliant. We can design a ring of player movement vector bundles and applies them to the model. Great thought!”

    Stacy: “No, not that.”

    John: “K? Capital? What more capital can we use? We are already over the cap.”

    GM M: “Yes, that’s not possible. The team is already hard-caped. The boss can pay more luxury tax only if I guarantee championship. Besides, there is not much talent on the market or on the trading radar.”

    Stacy: “No, we don’t need to spend more money or need more talent. All we need are connections and maneuvers”

    GM M: “What?”

    Stacy: “The curse. We need to either get rid off or somehow neutralize it.”

    Mark: “LiB Curse? It is already in the past. And correct me if I am wrong, It is a L factor.”

    Stacy: “Guys, you are hopeless. I thought you are all social media savvy. It is the Kardaxxxan factor.”

    John: “I thought they already split-up. it no longer matters now.”

    Stacy: “It matters more. The curse is still lingering and lingering strong. It is like Potassium Hydride, the inorganic compound KH. You know we have two H and one K before. It wasn’t good. KH together could be very violent and reactive. Now that one K is gone, Two H is fighting for missing K. It is even worse for the team.”

    GM M: “Quit all these nonsense. The model won’t change. Let’s try some new pieces. Input all active players game data since year 1 and see if you can find the optimum match. Exclude the Asian guy.”

    Minutes later when the room was filled with nothing but air, lifeless equipment and him, GM M picked up the phone: “Joane, I want you to do something for me real quick.”

    Joane, the head of Human Resource, responded: “Anything.”

    GM M: “Fire Stacy and find a replacement.”

    Joane: “Of course. Pieces are easy to locate and dispense.”

    GM M: “Also when you hire the replacement, make sure the name starts with a K. It would be ideal if it is Khloe”

    Minutes later, GM M picked up the phone again. This time he called his assistant manager, Tom. “Come up with some trading plans. We want to trade H”.

    Tom: “Holy cow. You finally come to sense. You got guts.”

    GM M: “What are you talking about? The other H.”

    Tom: “Oh, ok, working on it now ….”
    ——————–

    Disclaimer: All depictions above are purely fictional. The perdition to the Rockets failure, if is true, is purely coincidental and only for entertainment purpose.

  • yellowshadow
  • CJSHYY

    What happened?

  • Rick Johnson

    What does that mean?

  • yellowshadow

    hard to say for sure, but might just be reinforcing the idea that houston is about to blow it all up… houston we have a problem LOL

  • Rick Johnson

    Is there an Ish on the Rockets? Or is he referring to Ish Smith on the 76ers?

  • yellowshadow

    ish is a slang term for sh*t

  • Acbc

    The H factor is neither Harden or Howard, it’s the human factor. 1+1+1 stars doesn’t make a championship. The math they are using is wrong. The human factor is that 1+1= 1. 16 players of ones must add up to 1. There is no math for this equation. There is only a culture of sharing that makes it happen.

    It’s organic like companion planting organic farming. Living entities working and sharing together to grow and prosper. Unlike the Monsanto monolithic farming system of artificial force fed plants that require massive herbicides to snuff out anything else that tries to coexist. It’s unsustainable and destroys the soil that sustains life.

  • Rick Johnson

    Yes could be that. Wonder if Morey going to get fired. Les was pretty upset prompting Morey to fire McHale and get Josh Smith back. Nothing has improved. I bet trading Dwight isn’t going to help either because we all know Harden is the root cause of the problem. He’s no leader, selfish, self absorbed and lazy on defense, kills team chemistry.

  • Rick Johnson

    Ha ha, reminds me of this video. Substitute Nathan at the computer

    https://youtu.be/voj7Slnfzso

  • Acbc

    BS is hitting the fan now. I’m sure Lawson is anxious for Harden and Morey to get there just deserts.

  • Perhaps like us, Ty might’ve heard all the articles about Harden being the real problem.

    I doubt he has any insider knowledge on trade scenarios at this point of time.

  • DX

    Hope so too, but only Cliff starts making the correct change.

  • KHuang

    Ugh, that means another prolonged shooting slump from Lin.

  • Rick Johnson

    I’ve lost confidence in Cliff. Guy seem so rigid, keeps doing the same thing over again when it hasn’t worked.

  • Rick Johnson

    Maybe he can overhear and the shouting and swearing from Les Alexander coming out of Morey’s office. LOL

  • Briiick

    H is fighting H.

  • grover chang

    Reboot 3 years ago. Alexander should finish his vision of linsanity. Harden for Lin, Lamb, Williams, and hansbrough. Cornerstone in Houston is rotten so the whole foundation is rotten. Rebuild with Lin as the cornerstone.

  • Briiick

    Morey tried to outsmart his boss with his personal preference above his boss’s, now fails.

  • grover chang

    After reviewing shooting forms I don’t like docs form either. However Lin did shoot better after the break last season after seeing doc again. I guess if it is repeatable then it’s fine. But the square up form doc uses is physically unnatural.

  • Linzen

    Personally, I think the most possible destination for Howard is Cavs. They are in the win now mode in order to please Lebron. So, they don’t really mind the possibility of Howard opting out. Trade rumors on Kevin Love have been flying around all the time. I think him and Mozgov (expiring contract) can make a nice package for trade.

    Just my 2 cents. What do you think? Boston, Charlotte, Orlando (hahaha)?

  • grover chang

    I know money is no object fit the cavs and they are in a different conference. sounds good.

  • Rick Johnson

    Max of Max and Marcellous was saying the Cav’s should trade Kyre for CP3 to maximize Cav’s chances of getting a championship with LeBron’s window of opportunity and the Clips will have a younger PG to build a future on.

  • Rick Johnson

    And fire Morey while he’s at it.

  • Rick Johnson

    James Herbert ‏@outsidethenba 34m34 minutes ago

    Pop talking about Brad Stevens is always good

    https://twitter.com/outsidethenba/status/698243728763330560

  • Whitman Lam

    PJ will get exposed as the poor shooter, bad ball handler, terrible court vision player that he is. There’s not enough practice time left in the season to change that.

  • Rick Johnson

    Hurry and clear out the Lin gear before he’s traded:

    Charlotte HornetsVerified account

    ‏@hornets

    Free Shipping on all orders over $50! Use Code: FebFree50

    https://twitter.com/hornets/status/698253629069750272

  • Rick Johnson

    LOL, that’s actually how he plays defense:

    theScoreVerified account

    ‏@theScore

    VIDEO: #JamesHarden ‘teaches’ defense to kids.

    https://twitter.com/theScore/status/698252393155158016

  • John Focker

    They were giving away Lil Kemba away…for FREE!

    Wish they did the same with real Kemba too.

  • lleepar
  • Linzen

    That should work too. I think both Kyrie and CP3 are on their last year of contract, right?
    But, with LeBron virtually running point, why pay premium for a point guard. Just go with a PBev type will do. lol

  • Linzen

    But sadly, LeBron, Kyrie and Howard would mean bad news for Hornets in playoff.

  • John Focker

    Yes he did…twice.

    January 27 vs. Jazz and January 29 vs. Blazers.

    Also only played 3.5 minutes in 4th and didn’t close January 31 vs. Lakers.

  • John Focker

    If I remember correctly.

  • John Focker

    I remember very well how p/o’d I was after the Bulls game.

    Yes, I hold serious grudges when it comes to injustice towards Lin.

  • Acbc

    Costs money to haul trash away, don’t you know? Lol

  • Spot

    I think this just may be a sign of where I’m at. Like, personally, just being able to enjoy everything a little more. I think when I was younger, I probably wouldn’t have been so free or loose with my hair, or whatever it might be. I think at this point I’m just really in a place where I feel like I’m… I’m… [pauses] I’m able to enjoy and appreciate God’s blessing in putting me here in the NBA, versus in years past [when I wasn’t] really able to enjoy that ’cause I was so fixated on what I needed to do or accomplish. So I think the whole hair thing is just an example of that.

  • LOL video of Shaq roasting people (Rick Barry, Yao Ming, D*** Bevetta, etc.)
    SHAQ’S EPIC HALL OF FAME FINALIST SPEECH TURNED INTO A COMEDY ROAST
    It wasn’t as X-rated as Shaq’s roast of Justin Bieber last year but the big man’s Hall of Fame finalist speech on Friday was just as funny. Shaq targeted everybody from Rick Barry (free throws) to Yao Ming (travels) to referee D*** Bavetta (ejectetions). He also told an amusing story about his first encounter with the great Spencer Haywood.

    https://twitter.com/Ballislife/status/698258396265500672

  • Spot

    That’s the part I prefer. Now I think I know what he’s meaning cause I’m feeling the same right now.

  • So are you also sporting the Mohawk now? LOL

  • Spot

    Telling the truth, I thought about it! LOL

    Jokes apart, I was too obsessed with my goals and things I want to achieve that I forgot to enjoy life as it is.

    I am more calm and relaxed now and more sure of myself.

    It started in church couple of weeks ago. I really must thank God for everything.

  • Jeremy, if you happen to read this tweet.
    Take this tweet to heart and ask your agent about which GM likes your team-ball game as a starting PG next season 🙂

    @QCHblog I can promise you one thing, Kemba Walker will have a huge chip on his shoulder next season, to be an All-Star in Charlotte…

    I have no doubt Kemba will do whatever it takes to be an All-Star in Charlotte next year
    25 min being a non-PG role shouldn’t be something that you do when you peak at 28 years old.
    Pack your bag + hair gel and run!

    https://twitter.com/QCHblog/status/698278708369555456

  • yeah, maybe he got ears on the wall LOL

  • hehe .. you don’t like Doc that much, do you :]
    maybe JLin can come back with his preseason shooting accuracy

  • yeah, hoping for his preseason form in shooting accuracy

  • Rick Johnson

    Oh great, so even worse ball hog iso hero ball? I hope JLin is out of there. Please.

  • kauaiblue

    Well, theyll keep losing…

  • kauaiblue

    No houston… terrible fans…

  • cdblue10

    Can’t be an all star if you can’t beat Lebron’s and Curry’s team.

  • kauaiblue

    Yeah, dont like that elbow… he also needs to spread his fingers more… too much palm results in less feel and instability… the fingertips are nore sensitive…

  • CJSHYY

    Of course Hornets will have AS player next season bc they will host the game. Just don’t know Kemba will get it or Batum?

  • DX
  • lleepar

    That tweet may contain a message for Batum as well as for Jeremy. Kemba could end up doing for the Hornets what Harden as done to the Rockets. The teams pay the price for a “star’s” personal push to glory.

  • heart

    And I pray that Lin will also be Starter PG and All-Star next year leading his new team defeating KW’s Hornets team!

  • Dorothy

    yep, can I have Lin free shipped to my house? LOL

  • Barry Allen

    Is shipping free to Kansas.

    Well,…… there is no place like home.

  • BobbyH

    Kudo to Harden to boost the kid’s confidence. The kid might think , “wow, that’s easy”

  • heart

    I was upset too. Cliff seems to pattern his treatment similar to McHale/BS– i.e., we can anticipate that benching/suppressed minutes would usually follow after an outstanding game from Lin.

  • I refuse to retweet it.

    There were 2 tweets on JLin by @hornets to sell March 1 game tickets & his jersey
    But there is 1 tweet on Kemba and Batum stats as the “featured stars”

    They can’t have it both ways, use JLin ONLY for marketing and insurance and not utilize JLin’s strength, and still expect Lin fans to buy their products.

  • BobbyH

    LOL, that translates into 25 to 30 shots a game.

    He will have 2 chips on his shoulder 1 years from now.

  • Dorothy

    This

  • heart

    KW’s next year goal is to produce over 20pts per game regardless number of attempts, and Cliff would comply bc Charlotte will host All-Star next year!

  • Even worse, all bigs, guards will be asked to screen for Kemba plus defend for him.

    Kemba is groomed to be Harden, really. Scary!
    Halloween comes early

  • heart

    Yep, KW=Harden; Cho=Morey; Cliff=McHale. Scary thought!!!

  • yellowshadow

    *wistfully looks at his jlin’s gsw jersey, knicks jersey, rockets jersey, lakers jersey, and soon to be out of date hornets jersey*

  • DX

    I wonder how many Lin’s jersey has been sold.

  • Dorothy

    Yep, we never thought of that. Lin thought he was joining a team with a lessor PG, well inferior for sure, but ego is even bigger…

  • Rick Johnson

    NBA teams intent on manufacturing stars. Rockets, NYK have shown that this doesn’t work. Why do these other teams try to copy. Especially these small town markets with little media attention. They can chirp all they want, nobody is listening. They’ve snubbed Kemba for the All Star game how many times? I’ve lost count of all the substitutes they’ve had to put in always ignoring Kemba. The rest of the country won’t pay attention to them until they WIN. Like San Antonio or OKC. And feeding Kemba all the shots isn’t winning basketball.

  • It’s a LOT.

    I talked to JLin Garden fans and they said his jersey was SOLD OUT in Charlotte gift shop in the arena.
    I don’t have the heart to tell them we should wait until next year before buying much Lin Hornets products because they already bought them

  • Someone in the FO clearly is focused on the short-term goal that Kemba being an All-Star is the greatest thing to happen. But they don’t see how he can’t play defense as hard and he doesn’t make his teammates better.

    They don’t realize they’re creating their own Harden nightmare if they don’t use Kemba properly.

  • DX

    I see, that’s why they use Lin to prompt the sale not their super star.

  • I want to say that personality-wise Kemba ego is better than Kobe and Harden but his on-court style is ISO-heavy to get his own numbers first at the expense of freezing his teammates.

    We can attribute it to the coach and FO decision to allow that to happen.
    So Charlotte is definitely not home for JLin with teamball style.

  • John Focker

    Not sure which one’s bigger, Kemba’s ego or insecurity.

  • heart

    For now, I believe it’s Insecurity. Once he’s achieved All-Star, it will become Ego!

  • yellowshadow

    kemba, you have been in the league for 5 years as a starting point guard for the hornets and no one thinks you’re even close to being an all star. stop focusing on meaningless titles and win the ones that matter, one that the fans can cheer about >_>

  • leeda harun

    actually I love the black jersey too..LOL

  • leeda harun

    Well Cho likes to play ping pong with Morey

  • Arsenium12 .

    In an interview (Jan. 14, 2016) Craig Sager asked Tony Parker about the upcoming All-Star Game and whether it would be an “injustice” if only one Spur (Kawhi Leonard) was on the All Star team.

    Parker responded, “I don’t really care about that, I just want to win championships.” It’s a revealing perspective.

  • leeda harun

    Do you watch the highlights..?

  • leeda harun

    Well to be an all star is consider an achievement. Look at yao ming. He got 8 times all star and soon to be a hall famer

  • Rick Johnson

    Spencer Percy ‏@QCHspencer
    QCH Source: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist definitely having surgery after tearing his right labrum. He’s done for the year. Surgery date not set.
    https://twitter.com/QCHspencer/status/698316674039226368

  • Uh-Oh
  • Rick Johnson

    Spencer Percy ‏@QCHspencer 32s32 seconds ago
    Concerning Dwight Howard-#Hornets rumor, @QCHblog source tells me: “the team is definitely serious about Dwight.”
    https://twitter.com/QCHspencer/status/698319584395468801

  • Rick Johnson

    Despite losing MKG looks like Cho still going for a deep playoff run. Good for Lin to show off his PnR skills with a good PnR big. Hopefully he can convince Dwight he needs to play that way and give up the post up stuff.

  • leeda harun

    Serious to let him stayor to trade him

  • Barry Allen

    If Dwight goes back to paying PnR with Lin, that would be great. That’s a big IF though.

  • leeda harun

    Dwight going to bring headache tothe new team.

  • Briiick

    Then he should take 30 shots per game instead of 20, and play 47 minutes surrounded by shoot-less defenders. And don’t forget to tank.

  • Uh-Oh

    You should retweet this and add the rest what you just said with it.

  • Yascar

    QCH blog is a Hornets site. I think it means the Hornets are serious about getting Dwight.

  • leeda harun

    Cho is a good friend to Morey.

  • cdblue10

    Here you go…Kemba and Zeller and everybody will be happy!!!!

  • leeda harun

    Dont like it a bit.

  • cdblue10

    From a basketball stand point that’s the only reality that is a big possibilty for both teams to come into the table and say let’s do it

  • John Focker

    Kemba + PJ for Dwight, get it done!!!

    It’s perfect, Kemba will learn what it feels like to be ISO’d on by own teammate. Poetic justice!

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    I was only wondering last night.

  • leeda harun

    Other teams not interested and why is hrnets wantto helprocket

  • cdblue10

    They are not helping rockets,if Hornets is really interested that’s the only best way to do it.

  • leeda harun

    Kemba is not going anywhere.possiblity that marvin and others on a trading block

  • John Focker

    Unfortunately that’s a disappearing attitude. Most players are about ego and glamour, and chase after fat contracts and fancy (night)lifestyle that comes with it. Championships take TOO MUCH work and does not guarantee fat contracts. Just look at them Spurs and GSW! Even Dragic, who’s never won jack, makes much more money than many (if not most) of them.

  • cdblue10

    Dallas don’t have asset to trade and Dallas owner won’t do that even if they have asset to trade because he hate Morey to the bones.

  • leeda harun

    Dwight is declining..nextyear he is going to ask for max contract. Dwight should go to Atlanta

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    They are rival, they won’t help each other.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Lin is very high possibility in trade talk.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Morey shows his finger back.

  • cdblue10

    I don’t know about declining,I think he can still play a solid basketball for the next 3 years.He just didn’t have the just chance to play his game in Lakers and Houston because of Harden and Kobe.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    That’s why he’s being shopping around but NOT with Cuban.

  • Yascar

    If the Hornets are serious, I hope they don’t decide to throw Lin back to Houston. Jeremy back in a Rockets uniform is my worst nightmare ever. I know it’s unlikely but the thought of it is just giving me the gag reflex.

  • Rick Johnson

    To Rockets? I don’t think so. His contract too small to make numbers work. Rockets going to blow it up and if really want Lin would pick him up in the summer. Don’t have to give up assets for him now. To make numbers work they would have to trade Jefferson. ESPN trade machine says you’d need to trade Jefferson and Williams but that site doesn’t work right because they trade picks and offshore rights and stuff to make the numbers work. Like Lin trade to Lakers would never work with the ESPN trade machine but obliviously they found a way to make it work.

  • CJSHYY

    Wow! That sure surprised me….

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Houston will demand to add Lin in the package as he only makes $2 mil. Hornets will not trade Kemba or even Batum.

  • cdblue10

    That’s a low blow for Lin if Hornets even consider him on the package if they will get into the table.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Morey will not help Cuban by trading Howard to Dallas.

  • Rick Johnson

    Morey has too much ego to let go of Lin twice and have to give up assets to get him back. Only way is if Les fires Morey and demands replacement get Lin back.

  • leeda harun

    Cuban is luckyto have Carlisle

  • leeda harun

    Cuban is lucky to have carlisle

  • Rick Johnson

    This article is good. Goes through all the teams and who would most likely be candidates for Dwight. Top two are Celtics and Hornets.

    Here’s what the trade market for Dwight Howard looks like
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/here-s-what-the-trade-market-for-dwight-howard-looks-like-011422278.html

    In Dallas, the Mavericks’ Zaza Pachulia has been one of the most improved players this season. Why trade for a player like Howard when the Mavericks can sign him outright this summer. Utah has Rudy Gobert anchoring down low. Trading for a player like Howard does not fit the rebuild the Jazz have gone through the past few years. The Trail Blazers have been the feel-good story this season with their young core of players. Like the Jazz, adding Howard to the mix goes against how the Trail Blazers have rebuilt their team.

  • cdblue10

    Dwight Lin,Batum,Williams and Brewer that’s a very solid line up.Get it done Hornets.

  • yellowshadow

    celtics execs have already come on record saying they do not want to trade away their asset for rentals who arent even in their prime :>

  • yellowshadow

    i hate morey but when it comes to number crunching, he’s decent. no way he’d let dwight go for assets that’s going to walk out of his hands in 2017

  • Rick Johnson

    Cho is under gun to save his job. He might go for it to try to save the season and willing to part with a future first rounder because if it doesn’t work he won’t have a job and won’t care about the future first rounder. Wonder if Cho getting heat from MJ for signing extension on Cliff so early and then team immediately goes on losing streak. With loss of MKG he has to do something to shore up team by the trade deadline. Their biggest hole is defense and rim protection and they need rebounds.

  • spiderman

    Dwight is fools gold.

    They already have a winning treasure. If only they weren’t so blind (by politics or whatever)

  • leeda harun

    Maybe Morey will include Lawson too

  • yellowshadow

    yes, carlisle is one of best coach in the league along with pop, stevens, budenholzer, and kerr.

  • yellowshadow

    you lost me at brewer :b

  • cdblue10

    Jefferson won’t be able to get traded due to his injury same as MKG.The best possible way since they need a PG they will go for Kemba.Kemba PJ and Hawes for Dwight,Brewer and DMO

  • Rick Johnson

    That’s why Morey would want picks. They will take Jefferson to make numbers work since his contract expires at end of this year. They don’t want any contracts that they may have to carry forward unless it’s someone they really like and can see in their future. Celtics would try to do the same with David Lee.

  • Rick Johnson

    Jefferson is just to make the numbers work and they don’t have to keep him after this summer. Rockets don’t actually want him they want the draft picks. Question is do the Hornets give up draft picks for a player that will likely walk away this summer? They only do it if they are in “win now mode”

  • cdblue10

    Hahaha,that’s too lucky for Morey to pitch that idea…lol

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    They had a tribute video to Lin in his first return.

  • wandertheglobe

    Sounds like Al, Kaminsky and 1st for Howard. Cliff has history with DH in Orlando. I don’t think Rox are looking for a PG.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Lin is a rental too.

  • cdblue10

    Brewer is a good player,he can defend,shoot 3’s and most thing is he can run.

  • Rick Johnson

    That’s too much for Hornets to give up for a 4-5 month rental. I wouldn’t give up Kaminsky.

  • cdblue10

    They’re only on 9th place,they still have the chance to make the playoff but if they want to tank then Jefferson is the best route to do it

  • Rick Johnson

    Stefan Bondy
    ‏@SBondyNYDN
    Isola: There have been preliminary discussions about sending Carmelo to Cleveland in a three-team deal http://nydn.us/1RxEr5T
    https://twitter.com/SBondyNYDN/status/698330964079091713

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    He would never veto. He has now final chance to win ring.

  • cdblue10

    Trade talks are really crazy….lol but I’ll tip my hat to the people that creating this esp. for Dwight and Melo because that’s the only way they can resurrect their careers.

  • cdblue10

    Hornets……Rockets are desperate,take DMO to the table.

  • wandertheglobe

    Atlanta is a good possibility swapping Al Horford

  • yellowshadow

    at this point, melo is just chasing after money. he knew what to expect when he stayed in the knicks, he knew he would never get a ring… but he stayed for that dollar.

  • yellowshadow

    hopefully both sides are stupid enough to want kemba + zeller or something for dwight.

  • Briiick

    Agreed. Morey is desperate to save his job. Lin has proved to be capable of bringing Rox to the playoff despite Harden.

  • leeda harun

    Look on the bright side he can team up wth lebron to get a ring.

  • leeda harun

    i think they want to get rid of tj

  • Rick Johnson

    Melo has a contract. He’s still getting paid. But with the Cav’s he gets to go for a ring too. Melo might even have a trade kicker in there too so he makes even more money.

  • cdblue10

    Wow …then they’re really blowing up the team.The best assets that Hornets have are Dwight,Jones and DMO

  • John Focker

    HoopsHype: 2010 NBA re-draft – the way it should have been (Jeremy Lin at 12th)

    DeMarcus Cousins at 1st, John Wall at 3rd.

    http://hoopshype.com/2016/02/11/2010-nba-re-draft-the-way-it-should-have-been/#slideIdslide-29

  • cdblue10

    That’s going to be a battle of isolations between team mates….lol

  • Rick Johnson

    NBA Central
    ‏@TheNBACentral

    There have preliminary discussions about a three team deal that would send Melo to the Cavs and Kevin Love to Boston. (Via NYDN)

    https://twitter.com/TheNBACentral/status/698333572747231232

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Who goes to NY?

  • Rick Johnson

    Picks, Mosgov?

  • leeda harun

    wow; Boston is going to make a lot of noise in the playoff

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Yes they’re getting better, no doubt. Love would be better fit there.

  • Rick Johnson
  • leeda harun

    Unfortunately nba is trying to manufacture a iso superstars more than ever.

  • Briiick

    On a good team there are no stat padders. ……..

  • yellowshadow

    spurs have known this secret for a decade 🙂

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! I want to know what NYK can get?

  • Yascar

    Around #12 is what I’ve read in another blog as well but I’m surprised Stephenson, Turner and Booker are ahead of Jeremy here. If that were to be corrected, Jeremy would be in the Top 10 of that year’s draft.

  • CJSHYY
  • sport

    Because there’s a drought of legit superstars! I can only think of 3 Stephen Curry, Lebron James, and Kevin Durant. All the others are shot chuckers including Westbrick!

  • Jim

    were those garbage time?

  • Jim

    GSW is a better team
    but im talking about Durant vs Curry on individual skill level
    durant can do more things than curry

  • BobbyH

    If Hornets is seriously interested in Howard, what Rockers would want in return to help the playoff bid?

    Al? Batum? Lin? Kemba?

    I don’t think Lin will be included since the history with Morey. He would rather ask for Kemba or first round pick.

    Possible scenario salary wise:

    Howard Al + Kemba
    Howard Al + Nic
    Howard + Lawson Al +Kemba + Nic

  • sport

    At this point I think Melo don’t even care about playing second fiddle to Lebron since he already got paid. With Cavs at least he’s playing with his buddy and a chance at finals appearance and ring! Cavs are horrible with Irving and Love not doing much on offense to help Lebron. Also with Lebron there, no doubt Melo would end up as option no.2 over Irving and Love! It’d be a huge blessing for Knicks fans and Phil Jackson would be ecstatic to finally build a legit contending team with the fake star out of the way!

  • Jim

    Durant is still a great player
    a great shooter he can break down the defense and penetrate at will as well even now

  • Jim

    Brewer? and kemba wont be gone

  • Jim

    They wont send Kemba away for DH12
    prolly Lin + Al Jeff or Zeller
    Lin has very high value right now due to his contract and Hou knows what he will bring to the table

  • sport

    Rocketes are not dumb Al is retiring and already injured, not going to help much. For sure they want to get rid of Howard but will need a new younger big (Hansbrough or Hawes?) and maybe PG in return. Depending on how much MJ is high on Howard, he might be willing to part with Kemba. Seriously Dwight Howard is still rated much higher than Kemba no matter what who is actually a legit all-star! Howard x Lin would do wonders!

  • BobbyH

    Do you think Harden will agree?

  • sport

    Not with Harden the diva there!

  • Yascar
  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Rick Bonnell is more legit than Spencer Percy but who knows?

  • leeda harun

    I have a feelinghoward and lin going to end up in Atlanta

  • Yascar

    Yeah but neither is really known for their accuracy with these things, I think. I remember when Jeremy signed, Hornets were laughing at Rick for “breaking” the news several hours after Jeremy himself announced it. So you’ll never know.

  • Jim

    Yes, he knows he’s still the man anyways

  • Jim

    They can coexist now

  • Barry Allen

    I doubt Harden can coexist with any PG unless all they do is defend and pass the ball to him.

  • Jim

    no wonder rick doesnt like Lin

  • leeda harun

    How do you know?

  • Jim

    Which Lin can do and Lin will be the man when harden is out

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Wow, I didn’t know that.

  • Barry Allen

    All that ring talk was just smoke and mirrors because it was what he was ‘expected’ to say. The guy was always about the big bucks and lifestyle.

  • sport

    Rockets isn’t going anywhere so long as Morey the snake is there. There’s no reason for Hornets to trade Lin at such cheap salary while helping so much forget it. Also doubt Rockets wants Lin unless Harden said so which I doubt! Morey has created a Monster Diva and is in the hot seat like he should be!

  • leeda harun

    So funny that you have more trust on that organization. For me once is enough.

  • cdblue10

    As long as Lin will not get affected with these trades I’m down with it.

  • BobbyH

    Nah. He is losing the locker room. If Lin goes there and carry the team into playoff, it is Lin’s team in spirit.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Sometimes Morey demanded too much for the deal to happen.

  • sport

    Nah, Lin will end up whereever MDA will be.

  • cdblue10

    He’s not on the driver seat at this time,but with his cunning ways of trading players,Cho needs to watch out.

  • TTNN

    I don’t think Rick likes Hornets.

  • leeda harun

    That is a dream. Need a miracle to happen.

  • cdblue10

    I have a feeling he likes Lin more than Kemba.

  • CJSHYY

    So, it’s no trade then….

  • cdblue10

    It’s means one of those 2 will go to Hornets,just kidding

  • sport

    Morey isn’t going to let that happen and Rockets are a lying organization that can’t be trusted. Rockets are extremely toxic with their lying organization and racist fans!

  • BobbyH

    This I agree and I don’t think the Lin trade will happen, at least not to Rocket.

  • sport

    Colangelo is top 2 candidate to be hired for Nets. Since he already got MDA to help him with 76ers, no doubt Colangelo will hire MDA again as head coach when he goes to Nets and does a complete overhaul!

  • sport

    You must have short term memory, Harden was far worst than all 3 of those! Kobe was mostly injured, Kemba doesn’t flop and draws boring fouls for all his points like Harden, Batum actually passes to Lin when Kemba is off the court.

  • leeda harun

    Will his dad let MDA walk away. Sixers need MDA too.i think bryan going to get thibs

  • TTNN

    I don’t think they like TJ, he is clueless in defense.

  • sport

    Pretty sure dad will let his son have what he wants. Not like Sixers is a long term gig, MDA wants to be head coach more than associate head coach.

  • your son’s voltaire

    Howard Al + Kemba

  • Jim

    He said they dont need Lin back

  • BobbyH

    That will get rid of Jeff Schwartz’s influence once for all if they add Lamb too.

  • John Focker

    And we all know who’s the one with the potential to be a superstar yet sacrifices to make a team good. Unfortunately he belongs in a rare and dying breed.

  • sport

    Not a dying breed but his race is definitely Lin’s biggest disadvantage. GSW, Hawks, Spurs all play teamball and more teams will follow the trend to have a chance at championship. Lin doesn’t have the teamball luxury when the designated stars constantly ices him out for stat padding and jealousy! Unless his coach is MDA again there’s really no way Lin can play his style of PnR teamball as the leading PG of the team!

  • grover chang

    Howard is a true star. Walker name is barely recognizable around the country. Why not Howard for walker?

  • grover chang

    Ok trade is definitely going to happen now!

  • cdblue10

    Houston will not always win every deals you know

  • cdblue10

    that’s not the exact word he said…link????

  • kittyhead

    I dont think beat writers will know all the inside info. Let’s wait and see!

  • heart

    We need an article from Chris Baldwin@CultureMap in Houston to give us his take on Rox status on Harden/Howard/Morey… He might not know exactly the ins and outs but his writings will give us a good read…

  • wandertheglobe

    Teams are always talking. No one knows until it happened. It’s fun to speculate.

  • Rick Johnson

    Well this probably deflated a bunch of Hornet’s fans dreams:

    IC316
    ‏@IC316

    Steph Curry tried to sell his house (in Chrlotte) at All-Star Game Media Day

    https://twitter.com/IC316/status/698376658638622720

  • Rick Johnson

    I think that CyberX on Clutchfans is a good inside source but haven’t seen any postings. Actually don’t like going there much as it is a very toxic place. Wish there was a way to just search for CyberX posts.

  • heart

    Yep. They’re toxic. They still think Harden is not the problem & everyone else is a role player around Harden.

  • Rick Johnson

    Spencer Percy does have some kind of inside connections. He was first to report on MKG’s MRI results. Rick Bonnell probably has some more official connections and gets information that the Hornets want to get out when they want it out.

    Maybe Spencer Percy knows the janitor or a secretary and Bonnell gets information from Cho.

  • yellowshadow

    haha, hopefully there wasnt any fans delusional enough to think curry would ditch his championship winning team to come to charlotte just because he likes his hometown.

  • NONONO

    Trade idea – swap Lin + Marvin with Harden. Harden =2x Kemba , Hornets would love it.

  • Jim

    hornets wont trade kemba

  • Jim

    howard is getting old kemba is having the best season of his career

  • NONONO

    Harden is the problem to Rockets, not DW. Lin + DW could back to the top 4 in the west. Harden can help Hornets make the playoffs. Win win for both teams.

  • cdblue10

    uhmnnnn,needs to trade gm’s too.Bickerstaff like Lin,interesting….

  • cdblue10

    So Herden, morey and Lin .Zeller and Cho,nice trades

  • yellowshadow

    i thought this place was no trolling allowed *rolls eyes*

  • yellowshadow

    everyone’s talking about dwight howard and trade scenarios that will allow him to come to hornets with lin and im like, “i wonder what it’ll take to get blake.”

  • NONONO

    Lin will leave Hornets no matter how big contract MJ might offer. Because he knows Kemba is un replaceable (pg), Which means Hornets has no chance to win big games and best they can do is reach the first round of playoffs. Playing pg, starting game and winning big games are three major factors making Lin wants to play NBA more than making more $$$. He cannot get any of it, so I believe he will leave as soon as he has a chance.

  • wandertheglobe
  • Yascar

    I have waded into the cesspool of hate for the Lin fandom. This appears to be the last of what Cyberx hinted. Next pic is someone called Codman who appears to be another insider. Bottomline: Rockets are working hard to move Howard, but looking unlikely.

    Ps I’m never going back there ever again.

  • Rick Johnson

    Dwight really must be full of himself. He hasn’t done anything to show he’s worth the max. Guy can’t even stay consistently healthy. Wonder if Cuban is just trolling Morey making him think he’ll give him the max. But then I didn’t think Parsons was worth the max either and he was just trolling Morey then too. There will be a lot of money floating around next year though and I’m sure many players that don’t deserve the max will get it.

  • NONONO

    Morey is desprated and will be fired soon. McHale did not like Lin even before Lin started to play for Rockets. BS will be fired soon. Let’s hope Lin will find home next season if not next week.

  • Briiick

    H and H are fighting, other teams are watching and laughing.

  • Rick Johnson

    Thanks

  • Rick Johnson

    Does Dallas have the cap space to offer Dwight the max? Parsons is a player option too next year as does Nowitzki and Deron Williams. They going to give them all max or going to want them to take a cut like Nowitzki did to get Dwight? Fegan represents both Parsons and Dwight, that might be a nightmare scenario for Cuban.

  • I wonder if Al/Kam/1st pick would satisfy Morey
    I guess it’s more assets to pursue big FA names in the off-season

    But Hornets might not want declining Howard that much because he can leave Charlotte soon. Besides they like Frank’s potential. If it were Blake Griffin, they might do it.

    I agree Rox is not looking for a PG, although they might Lin’s marketing revenue back. I hope not. Lin back in HOU is the last thing I want to see.

  • NONONO

    2016 Free agency / pg
    http://hoopshype.com/2016/01/16/nba-free-agency-2016-point-guards/

    Any question who is the best one?

  • But Rockets doesn’t need Kemba with Harden being there.
    They also need big men so Morey would certainly ask for Frank

  • Rick Johnson

    JLin just needs like a run of 6 games as starting PG to show his stuff. Or maybe a great playoff showing.

  • That’s interesting if Cho feeling the pressure to save the season.
    I thought Cho and Clifford might be safe since they have the injury excuse

    I don’t even know if Hornets want to make a move.
    They seem to like the Frank/Cody/Kemba + wooing Batum to stay as the core piece.

    I don’t think they believe they can persuade Dwight to sign long-term after this season.

  • yeah, that’s also my #1 wish

    No more HOU for JLin. That’s one toxic locker room now

  • Rick Johnson

    If they thought they were in the playoff hunt they wouldn’t be looking to trade Howard now. At the trade deadline teams have got to decide where they are going for the rest of the season. If shooting for playoffs they try to trade for missing pieces, improve their teams to go for the playoffs. If they don’t think they are going for the playoffs they trade away players to playoff bound teams and try to get players that improve them going forward without using up much of their cap and try to acquire draft picks to improve their team the next few years and tank to get a high draft pick. In that Rockets are looking to trade Howard it appears they have chosen the non-playoff route.

    Interesting is where do the Hornets see themselves. Before MKG got injured they were definitely playoff bound and would look for some players to improve their playoff showing like perhaps Dwight even if he’s likely to leave in the summer. Now with MKG out it is a toss up where they see themselves.

    If the Hornets don’t see themselves as playoff bound they may actually trade JLin who is likely to leave this summer anyways to a playoff team looking for a solid backup PG or insurance in case their PG goes down.

  • your son’s voltaire

    i like the idea of Lin playing without those two ???????? (can’t think of a term to accurately describe them without getting deleted) but i don’t exactly like the idea of Lin returning to that racist town and racist fans

  • JLin is ranked #6
    But his 17.8pts/4.7asts/4reb starter stats in 11 games would be Top 1 or 2.

    I wonder how many GMs will do their research and capitalize on Lin’s full potential

  • Whitman Lam

    Probably David Lee and/or Jonas Jerebko.

  • Whitman Lam

    No need. Boston has much better shooting big men in Sullinger and Olynyk.

  • leeda harun

    if GM do their research,i am sure nba has less problems. .. Lol

  • KHuang

    NO general managers actually do research.

  • KHuang

    And right now Jordan’s “organization” is mucking up Lin’s career.

  • JoeTeam

    6MOY chances?

  • leeda harun

    And a lot of teams are waiting…who is going to win

  • leeda harun

    Blake griffin has anger problem..

  • JoeTeam

    Last fall, news here reported Steph bought a $3m-ish house in Walnut Creek, CA. That’s about 30 mins no traffic from ORCL. Around here, that’s not too fancy, but it’s high end. Walnut Creek is about 1.2 hrs form the SV action, so nobody in the $ hunt commutes from there. Hence, he’s getting good house for that, but def not as much house as in a smaller town. So, pretty humble house given his stature and earnings. Yet another reason to love the guy. He’s probably just hanging there until they move to SF. I’m guessing by the time he has to move to SF, his next house will be way more because that’s right in the middle of the startup housing crunch.

  • Linzen

    Great! He’s trending up! I remember him listed after Mario Chalmer at the beginning of the season. Go Lin Go! Kill it after ASB!

  • Acbc

    Doc teaches the same technique as used by Curry. It’s not square at all. That’s how Lin used to do it. Now his body is turned 45 degrees and this allows his elbow to turn in underneath, pointing directly down to the ground.

    Watch how much quicker Lin’s release is now as compared to before and has a lower release now. These are many of the changes Lin’s been making to improve his stroke. I don’t agree with Khuang at all on this subject. We’ve been at loggerheads on this subject since Lin started working with Doc. He thinks it’s a girlie form because Doc coaches girls. The fundamentals he teaches is very modern and used by the best shooters. The one piece form and the hop step all adds to effiecency and quickness. Since Lin’s been working with Doc, his 3 percentages has improved each year from Linsnaity at 32% to last year’s 36.5%. I expect that Lin will be at 38-38.5% at the end of the season.

  • sport

    Yet MJ’s bad management is the reason why Hornets has been such a bad team for many years. Instead of cutting their losses and admitting Kemba was the wrong pick they let him chuck up 30 shots and play 40+ minutes to pad his stats copying exactly what Rockets did! And now look at what’s happening to Rockets?

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    This list of free agent PG looks a bit weak, but I’m still concern that too many GMS views Lin as simply a back-up.

    The strongest guys on this list is Rando and Conley..Both of them should re-sign with their respective team…If not, these teams becomes available to a PG like Lin to go to.

    A guy like Brandon Jennings will probably get more offer than Lin simply because he was playing well before he got injured and than lost his job when Detroit traded for Jackson…Knicks may have some interest.

    Who are the teams that will be on the look-out for a starting PG??…That could give us an idea of whether Lin would have a good chance to go to one of these teams IF there are many available.

    1.Knicks – Calderon is not good enough..Neither is their rookie Grant or Galloway

    2.Nets – Jarret Jack suffered season ending injury..He wasn’t playing that well when he was healthy anyway..

    3.Sixers -They traded for Ish who’s doing alright but not shooting well. With MDA still there, Lin could be a possibility.

    4.Bulls – D.Rose is no longer a star but is still getting paid like one..Bulls might change all that and trade him.

    5.Spurs – Parker may retire after this year and that could open up the PG spot..Pop might stick with P.Mills.

    6.Dallas -Deron has done reasonably well, but he’s 31 with injury problem..He could also opt out for more cash.

    7.Houston – They arent winning and Beverly is not scoring enough or creating enough..Possibility for a Lin comeback.

    8.Memphis – Conley could leave via free agency..so spot could open up..they were interested in Lin this past summer.

    9.Bucks – Kidd is probably regretting trading for MCW who is not doing well..MCW may be traded by summer.

    10.Kings – If Rando leaves, that could be a destination for Lin..Lin has played well against them in 2 games this year.

    Which teams among this list of 10 are more realistic or may realistically chase Lin?

  • sport

    Don’t feel sorry for Howard at all. He could’ve spoken up about Lin being PG but nope! He got what he was asking for with Harden being the “fake star”.

  • sport

    If Morey goes with Harden he might as well be fired right now because no team with Harden as the franchise player is going anywhere! Harden is a 6th man glorified to be a fake star by chucking shots and FTs rigged by refs.

  • TK Wong

    hope what you say comes true… see Jeremy come back with a vengeance. KW take 10 games off to rest up and have JL play PG.

  • CaliUSMC

    1.)h*** no
    2.)no
    3.)yes
    4.)yes
    5.)yes
    6)no
    7,)h*** h*** no
    8.)no
    9.)no
    10.)no

  • John Focker

    Not really saying much for a guy who’s shot sub-.400 and led the team to 18 and 23 consecutive losses. Nowhere else to go but up.

  • John Focker

    Rox don’t need Kemba there just as they didn’t need Lawson there. 🙂

  • sport

    4. No just No (even if D Rose is traded his die hard fans from his MVP days will hate Lin just like Rockets fans! Bulls was the origin of Michael Jordan, you seriously think they’ll let an Asian guy run the show?! Forget it!)
    8. Why no to Memphis? They have Marc Gasol a star Center that could work well with Lin? And Marc Gasol can actually space the floor unlike other centers!

  • John Focker

    Not personally, but they have a staff who are SUPPOSED to do it. smh

  • leeda harun

    1 to 10 view lin as a,supersub or solid back up.

  • John Focker

    Then they’re not only toxic, but also blind, dumb, and slower than a brachiosaurus.

  • sport

    What has Kemba done to merit starting over Lin besides chucking 28/30shots+ and barely make 1/4 of them with low efficiency and playing 40+ almost every game?

  • leeda harun

    I leave it to lin to decide what is best.lets enjoy his game.

  • leeda harun

    Ha ha.. I think CF is more like a T-REX…lol

  • sport

    Doing this will be Morey admitting he was wrong and he will not do that after promoting Harden as the franchise player for 4 years at the expense of Dwight.

  • yellowshadow

    how can i take this article seriously when they have jordan clarkson listed as a point guard and above lin? probably should’ve put his assist, not rebound since he’s a point guard…. but i guess it wouldnt sound good to have a PG average 2.5 assists. terrible.

  • your son’s voltaire

    Bosh pulls out of All-Chuckers game with calf injury; Al Horford to replace. LOL @ Hornets
    http://nba.nbcsports.com/2016/02/12/report-chris-bosh-pulls-out-of-all-star-game-with-calf-injury-al-horford-to-replace/

  • yellowshadow

    bosh gotta stay fresh for the playoff run :b

  • sport

    anyone could average 20PPG if they got those kind of minutes and took close to 30 FGA per game! Not to mention Kemba is not respected and defense are more focused on Lin and Batum then him this season which explains is so called “improved” shooting. There is a reason why Kemba isn’t well known nor considered a star! The league knows he’s just a a very low efficiency volume shooter just by looking at his FGM and FGA! Heck I didn’t even know who he was until Lin came to Hornets!

  • sport

    Anyone but Kemba. Well deserved since Hawks are championship contenders lol

  • yellowshadow

    morey didnt value lin as much as he should’ve, but i dont think he disliked jeremy. back in 2013 he said:

    “It is amazing to me that all the time I encounter people feeling negative about Jeremy’s season with us. I have chalked this up to:

    — he started off slow, mostly due to getting 100% back from injury

    — very high, unrealistic expectations after his time in New York

    — had a rough ending in the playoffs, again due to injury

    — people generally remember starts & ends more than anything else

    — people generally compare things to their expectations when forming opinions versus look at the big picture

    Last year was Jeremy’s 1st full year in the league. Essentially his rookie year. If last season would have been his rookie year and he never would have played in New York, right now people would be appropriately talking about him incessantly as one of the top young rookie stars in the league. He was the starting point guard on a playoff team in West at age 24!!! Don’t get me started on this. Too late …”

  • Barry Allen

    I think that list may be in random order?

  • yellowshadow

    i dont know, flash. i think there’s a reason why conley is listed first on it.

  • yellowshadow


    ahahaha, OMG im dying. at 3:37 reporter asks clarkson and DLO how it feels to be unleashed at the rising star game. clarkson gives a good politically correct answer. before DLO is about to answer at 4:12, you can hear clarkson whispering to DLO without moving his mouth, “dont say anything crazy”

    they both despise byron scott LOL mad ventriloquist skill by clarkson.

  • Dorothy

    If GMs did their research, Lin would not need to back up Kemba this year

  • Dorothy

    Huh, forget about Linsanity already? Lin could definitely do much better than Kemba and Lin’s own Linsanity time stats if he were given the same “chucking” opportunities Kemba is.

  • Dorothy

    No, Morey HATES Lin because Lin made him looked stupid (still does lol) otherwise Lin would not be so ill treated by his organization, media and owner of fan clubs. No one does that to someone he likes.

  • Dorothy

    yep, good ears.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    In fact Lin has fought toe to toe against Kyrie Erving when Jeremy was the starting PG.
    Clearly Jeremy has outplayed all of them on the court this season.

  • Dorothy

    Say if Howard does come to Hornets (I don’t think it is going to happen). My question is knowing Cliff does not have the guts to tell Kemba stop iso-ball, will he dare to ask Howard to play pnr? No Way.

  • K. P. Chan

    Lin may get that chance and build up a new resume of stellar play in a 30-game stretch after the AS break, if Cliffy doesn’t start P.J. in MKG’s absence, and starts Lin instead.

    Starting P.J ostensibly to insulate Batum from “the need to defend the opponents’ best offensive player” seems totally asinine to me. It’s at best contradictory and confusing, since Batum has been touted by Cliff as a great perimeter defender. If that’s done to preserve Batum’s energy so he can only focus on offense, it then tells me that Batum is an one-way player, much like Kemba.

    In any event, people tend to still choose to ignore the fact that Lin is one the greatest defenders on the team! And he is not afraid to exert energy at both ends of the court.

  • Spot

    If Howard joins Hornets (99% impossible), Howard asks, Howard get. Expiring contract, don’t forget.

  • Spot

    Dallas don’t have asset to trade for Howard.

  • Dorothy

    exactly

  • sport

    lol that’s funny, pretty sure the entire team hates BS.

  • sport

    Whether was the last time you saw Cliff run actual PnR? The only thing I see is a big setting a quick screen and then Kemba going iso just like Rockets! If Howard does get traded to Hornets no doubt he’s be the main priority over the likes of Batum and Kemba! If Howard was smart he’d say I want Lin as starting PG, bye bye Kemba! Pretty sure Howard doesn’t want to play with a worst version of Harden chucking 30 shots per game.

  • Brewkowski

    No way lala will live in Cleveland.

  • grover chang

    I guess I was wrong. I thought it was the other way around. He sometimes square up and sometimes turns 45 degree. If doc is advocating 45 degree then I prefer that one for a more natural motion.

    Update on my son. I tried to show him the 45 degree turn but at age 3 he is too small to understand. He squares up, used two hands, bends knees, brings ball up from his chest upward in one motion with a hop and is able to make buckets. He is the smallest guy on court and first two practices couldn’t even teach the rim. Most important he is having a lot of fun.

  • golfhacker

    That is awesome! Need to mass distribute that.

  • Dorothy

    I give credit to Clarkson though, he was trying to prevent DLO got into another trouble which is what a good teammate should do.

  • David Kim

    Other team executives around the league believe Colangelo is the front-runner for the job, with Karnisovas – who speaks Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s native tongue – a close second, according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck.

  • Whitman Lam

    Clarkson is very young and has “upside”. I do believe Lin should be above Deron Williams at this point in his career, and Brandon Jennings hasn’t played much.

  • Jim

    still 20-5-4 and team is in the playoffs thats something
    Everyone is saying Kemba deserves to be in the all star game this year

  • Jim

    Howard no longer has a say in the matter anymore

  • Jim

    Clarkson showing some leadership and maturity and hes playing really well this year now definitely a good player
    D’Angelo is doing very well too for a rookie
    Hope they get to play for someone who at least tries to win next year

  • Jim

    Not really
    Warriors, Spurs, OKC, Cavs and Raptors and maybe the Clippers if Griffin makes it in time

  • kauaiblue

    lol

  • John Focker

    Playing in garbage time when team’s up by 20 = stat padding, repeated failures during clutch time, often digs big holes only for BF1 to rescue the game.

    Team is in the playoffs because of Batum and Lin, Kemba’s already PROVEN to be unable to carry the team. Kemba this year is like a mini Harden (No D + high volume shooting) who’s not as good at flopping.

    By the way, KWalkerPortal.com called and said they would be honored by your presence.

  • John Focker

    I doubt you even watch the Hornets games. And if you do, you clearly fail to understand them very well.

    Lin is an excellent overall player, whose versatility had him play at three different positions, least of which is his natural position at PG, because Kemba’s occupies that spot.

    However, Kemba’s early hole-digging combined with late game hero ISOs this season have cost the Hornets at least 15 winnable games. The 7L streak after Hornets made it to 2nd seed in the EC is STRICTLY on Kemba’s “heroics”. Kemba has NEVER beat LeBron’s team despite the team coddling him, while Lin beat LeBron’s team the FIRST time he got to play starting PG this season.

    The recent loss to Miami was Kemba’s fault with not one, but TWO clutch TOs that gave away the lead in the final minutes. And they would’ve lost the Wizards game too if Lin didn’t convert the clutch five points after Kemba, the starting PG, chickened out.

    Oh, and while on the subject of Irving, the Cavs under Kyrie (prior to LeBron’s return) fared just as badly (21-45, 24-58, 33-49) as Kemba’s Hornets during the same years (7-59, 21-61, 43-39). While Jeremy, while being marginalized, always helped the team get better, including the tanking Lakers, whom he led to beat that year’s NBA champion: GSW, when he was given full rein at PG.

  • NONONO

    If you compare the player stats between Lin and Kemba, I wouldn’t say Lin’s stats is better (because he has not been given the minutes and role to prove it). But few people would doubt that Lin’s abilities to create scoring chances are much better than Kemba’s. Lin does not need to be starter to approve he is better to make the team win as long as he has some dependable shooters and one big guy who can do PnR. Few people would argue than Lin’s defense is much better than Kamba, not just the talent , skills, also the motivation to play meaningful defense.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lin is a two way player. He works well at both ends of the court.
    Why don’t those guys quit talking about the trades regarding Hornets. Nothing is gonna happen. The team simply builds on their draft and this is not gonna change. Kemba will be in Hornets for years. Lin will only be a Hornets player for one year.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Lin in not an untouchable player, plus what else to talk about in this all-star and trade deadline week?

  • GoJLin!

    Exactly, even with hornets weird back up whatever “G” position, whenever they let him play >30 minutes games (13 out of 53), JLIN average with 18.2 Pts & 4.7 Asts (average only took 13.5 shots with a 47% FGM-A). With his team-ball handling skills and good “D” ability, If he ever get the starter’s treatment, he will definitely out shine KW!

  • joyce ward

    Is it still Chinese New Year? Every add that Charlotte Hornet have been posting has Lin pictures up like he is representing the Hornets.

  • aras

    bah stop giving Kemba all the blame for the hornets record..Lamb has been awful lately, batum has started to get going again, injuries galore to this team this season. And This is the best team kemba has had ever as a player in the nba. and im not even a fan of kemba but i dont blame it all on him.

  • Jim

    why so salty? the guys playing well he deserves some credit
    he doesnt play that much garbage time to begin with

  • GoJLin!

    Chinese New Year Day is Feb 8th this year; when I was a kid, we celebrated 15 days until Lantern Day. But at America, people normally dining together at the weekend before or after to wish everyone good fortune!

  • joyce ward

    OK, just wandering because Charlotte is going overboard with the pictures of Lin on their website advertising the next home game, the sale that they are having. it make me go…hmmm.

  • CJSHYY

    In Asia, started from Friday back to work….

  • heart

    Isn’t this move similar to McHale/Morey using Bev to cover for Harden’s lack of defense? Hornets are following Rox model in this regard by puffing up NB and KW as stars, w/o realizing that they are instilling a selfish culture and training up KW to be Harden, Jr. at the same time? Clifford is rigid and will revert to what he knows. IMO, he lacks creativity in designing offense schemes. So don’t be surprised that PJ will be starting again in place of MKG. Unless Hornets keep losing or someone is injured, and Cliff’s desperate to retain playoffs stand, then maybe he’d allow Lin to start some games. We’ll see soon after ASG.

  • Dorothy

    Really? Link please. Just went to their site did not see any Lin’s picture except the one that we can get for free shipping

  • wandertheglobe

    Interesting hearing from the master.

    D’Antoni Explains the Knicks “Unguardable” Pick and Roll

  • spiderman

    So Kobe even elbows popovich — what an all-star!
    http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2016/2/13/10985314/kobe-popovich-all-star-game

  • Rick Johnson

    Learned from seeing Swaggy get put in the dog house, DNP-CD for things he’s said.

  • joyce ward

    I was taliking about my twitter feeds

  • Rick Johnson

    Anybody know when Rich Cho’s contract ends?

    Interesting article from before Lin joined the Hornets. Kind of see why they want to make Kemba out as some superstar. Look at all the players they passed up to get him. Getting him in the All Star would at lease partly validate him drafting Kemba. But to trade him away for nothing would look really bad.

    Fansided: Charlotte Hornets: Is Rich Cho The Problem?
    http://swarmandsting.com/2015/04/22/charlotte-hornets-is-rich-cho-the-problem/

    “Worse, look at some of the players the Hornets and Cho passed up to grab Walker. Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kenneth Faried, Isaiah Thomas, and Chandler Parsons are all arguably better players than Walker or Biyombo”

    “While we love what the guy brings to the court every night, you have to remember that to take Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte passed on Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Terrence Jones, and Draymond Green.”

  • Rick Johnson

    My nightclub days are long gone. But curious as to whether it would be unusual to be wearing a hoodie to a night club these days? Looks a little like Darth Sidious there.

    https://twitter.com/linfinity88/status/698451985167622145/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  • Briiick

    I think MJ had more input in drafting the players, after all, what’s the fun for being an owner ? But Cho is paid to be the scapegoat so I have no problem with it. Owning an NBA team is not much different from being a farmer, you reap what you sow.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Lin went to a night club?…is that a night club?…Maybe he’s finally looking for a lady…I’m not sure a good Christian woman would be at the club clubbing.

  • Rick Johnson
  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Would be nice to hear about Lin at this night club..was he dancing..chatting up the ladies?

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    wow..kind of surprised about some of the players that were passed over to pick Kemba and MKG.

  • LAJane

    The interesting thing about this is that though there are guys positioned in each corner as possible open options, in two out of three examples the choice tended towards the paint. The first pass looked a little risky, the second one was nice and open, then the third ended up in the corner. Jeremy seems to often find himself “waiting” in the corner for shots we bemoan never seem to come. There is no doubt there is a jealous impulse to keep him from shining, but it strikes me that in the multiple-option effort that there’s an instinctive bias towards the key even when it’s less open. It’s like no matter how big and inviting your living room or patio, everybody somehow wants to clump up in the kitchen. ‘Cause it’s really the heart of the house. Of course, this is a silly small sample, but I wonder if this strategy is always working a little uphill against human nature.

  • Rick Johnson

    Houston may be stuck with him and he will walk this summer and they get nothing in return.

    CBS Sports NBAVerified account
    ‏@CBSSportsNBA
    Report: Celtics likely won’t look to acquire Dwight Howard, Al Horford

    https://twitter.com/CBSSportsNBA/status/698267231939997696

  • Briiick

    LOL

  • LAJane

    He’s wearing the hoodie because the pattern in the background shows this pic was taken outside the club at the entrance.

  • Rick Johnson

    Fansided: Charlotte Hornets: Trade for Dwight Howard?
    http://oldnorthbanter.com/2016/02/12/charlotte-hornets-trade-for-dwight-howard/

  • sport

    True everyone knows Dwight Howard is not happy and will leave. Why give up anything when you can just sign him next season? Question is will Lin try to team up with Dwight? But then Dwight doesn’t like MDA so probably not.

  • Rick Johnson

    Would be for teams trying to make or do well in the playoffs this season.

  • Rick Johnson

    The Spratt Report: Dear Charlotte… Sincerely, Dwight Howard

    http://www.sprattreport.com/2016/01/07/dear-charlotte-sincerely-dwight-howard/

    Dear Charlotte,

    Hello, my name is Dwight Howard and I’m sure you’ve all heard of me and have an opinion on me. Let me guess, y’all think I’m selfish, don’t care about my team, impossible to work with, can never be happy, blah, blah, blah. Trust me- I’ve heard it all, and guess what, I’m unhappy again and want to move on to my next team, I’ve done a lot of thinking and have decided that Charlotte is the place I wanna go. I know what you all are thinking, I’ll be the next Lance Stephenson, I’ll screw up the chemistry, I’m old, I’ve lost a step or I’m way to expensive. Well I hope in this letter I can put all of these Issues to bed.

    First, lets talk about the trade that it would take to land me in Charlotte. I won’t sugar coat it, y’all would have to give up some significant pieces, but it probably isn’t as bad as you think. First Al Jefferson would have to go, the only way this trade work is to get his contract off the book and let’s face it, he’s old, breaking down and it seem the faster paced offense has kind of left Al in the dust, in addition he’s a free agent this season and it’s highly unlikely the Hornets will spend the big bucks to keep him around. However, my cap hit is still too much, so y’all would have to give up the expiring contract of Marvin Williams, I know Marvin has been a surprisingly good role player, but that’s what he is, a role player, and he isn’t going to separate y’all from contending to pretending. Next y’all would need to give up 2 first round picks, I would first try to only give one first round pick, but if Houston pushes it just surrender the second pick, this may seem like a lot but keep in mind the draft has always been a struggle for y’all, so maybe it’s best to just sit it out and trade the picks. The two first round picks are the only long-term pieces Charlotte loses, Marvin and Al are not players that are apart of the long term plan.

    So Houston receives two expiring contracts, which one of them is a really good center who could help them contend still, (even though we all know they have no chance). In addition, they receive one or two first round picks, which helps them get some pieces that mesh better with James Harden, and Charlotte receives me, Dwight Howard.

    Let’s start with coaching issues, I know I’ve had a bit of a history with some of my former head coaches, and in my defense it was completely their fault because they were complete assholes. But this time will be different, I promise. Trust me, Steve Clifford and I already know each other. He was with me in Orlando and Los Angles, he actually was the buffer between me and D’Antoni and one of the reasons I left LA is because Clifford and Chuck Person left the coaching staff. Also think about the coaches I’ve dealt with, Stan Van Gundy, Mike D’Antoni and Kevin McHale, while having to deal with Kobe Bryant and James Harden, I can get pissed off just thinking about it. The Hornets “superstar” is Batum who loves passing the ball into the post and the coach is Steve Clifford who would love a defensive center he can feed the rock to. Charlotte could be a match made in heaven.

    So how do I fit into the system? Well first defensively and rebounding wise I’m on another planet compared to Al. Steve Clifford has also called me the best screener in NBA history and I love running at a much faster pace than Al. So you can expect a lot better of a pick and roll with Kemba than what has currently been going on. Basically what I’m getting at is I’m a huge upgrade over Al Jefferson.

    In the short term this trade all but sets up a date with Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals. The east is wide open and with the current roster Charlotte could potentially make a run, but adding me to the team almost guarantees it. Think about it, by playoff time the starting line up could be Kemba, Batum, MKG, Frank (if he continues to develop) and me, Dwight Howard, with Lamb, Lin, Hawes and Cody coming off the bench. In the long term, the plans really don’t change, you keep the young core you already have because everyone is locked up long term, and I opt out of my contract, Batum is a free agent and you keep the roughly 40 million dollars in cap flexibility to do whatever you want.

    But y’all need to face facts a team of Batum, Kemba, MKG and Jeremy Lamb will never contend for a title, you need a super star and it is highly unlikely y’all draft one and I doubt the young pieces are enough to convince someone to jump to Charlotte and the only superstar with a Charlotte connection is Steph Curry and while I’m sure he would love to play in Charlotte one day, I doubt he wants to play in Charlotte while he’s in his prime and has Klay and Draymond playing at elite levels. The only chance a superstar can come to Charlotte is through a trade, and I may not be your first choice or your second choice, but I’m the only option. Maybe you think I’ve lost a step in my game and maybe you think I’m overrated and don’t produce at the level I should, well when landing a franchise player, there are going to be risk and to paraphrase Bill Simmons, there are some moves you have to do and you know it may be the reason you get fired but it also may be the reason you win a championship, I am that move.

    So y’all bitches wanna do this or what?

    Sincerely,

    Dwight D. Howard

    P.S.

    I just saw y’all lost to Phoenix last night… maybe a little shake up is what y’all need.

  • Rick Johnson

    Oh, good eye. You could be on CSI.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Acbc

    This is why I’ve been saying only Cho gets something out of promoting Kemba, Al or MKG. These are his guys, just as Harden is Morey’s guy. They need to be made to look good in order to make themselves look good.

    When it was obvious that Lin was going to make Kemba look bad. Cho stepped in to buy out Clifford and make him a “company” man. Clifford then has a reason to make Cho look good too becuase his contract also belongs to Cho.

    A new GM may take a closer look and clean house. Yeah, we’ve seen it all before. It’s nothing “personal”, it’s just business. Lin as always gets to be stepped on.

  • Harden just needs 2 Beverleys + 2 fresh Dwight Howard lol

  • Dorothy

    wow, this business surely is complicated

  • Dorothy

    Lesson learned. Lin should never go to a team which the GM/coach’s reputation relying on the drafted/signed PG.

  • Dorothy

    On another note, Cho has been with Hornets since 2011 and how many times have they made to the play-offs??? His job is not that secure if they don’t make play-off again this year, but I guess he can use excuse that MKG is injured.

  • Acbc

    What is the truth is not the fact that getting shot in the paint makes it a higher percentage shot. What is the truth is that the culture of the clubs like the Knicks and Hornets is based upon “getting yours” and self promotion.

    No matter what kind of great. System you run, if people will stop the ball when it gets to them, there is never going to be team play.

    This contrasts to how Lin like to pass first. In the end, when Lin took over MDA’s system, he made it work. Players started to understand that the natural leader on the court was going to find you IF you start moving to get into good positions and avail yourself to open shots. Lin was a turn over machine because he was leading guys to those spots.

    I saw Pop’s bench out play the Raptors starters with such great passing a few years back and it blew my mind. They must have passed up at least 4-5 very good shots to look for a great shot. Passes were flying in and out from cutting guys till finally the defence was must have had whip lash watching the ball zip by them. After at least 10 passes the ball finally went to a wide open corner 3.

    This type of scenario cannot happen with Knicks, Hornets and especially Rockets. GSW has announced publicly that they aim to have at least 300 passes each night they play. There were a few games recently when they had consecutive games with over 30 assists. You need real team culture to make this happen and guys have to buy in or it won’t work.

  • LOL have u tried this?
    @JLinPortal Which dog personality do u have?
    Check out what-dog.net says about @JLin7 #whatDogRobot
    Is it accurate?

    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/698642214981734400

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    He could have redeemed himself when he signed Lin but……

  • Rick Johnson

    He passed up on all those real All Stars to get Kemba. He’s going to manufacture Kemba into an All Star to cover his behind and he wants to make it to the playoffs but with Kemba leading it.

  • I wonder which Marvel superhero will suit JLin?
    https://twitter.com/HoopsHabit/status/698583947563761664

  • Dorothy

    This makes perfect sense for why Lin is treated the way he is, poor Lin, does all the dirty work and Kemba gets all the credit.

  • Dorothy

    I think what you said is totally correct. So, Lin’s life will not be easier after All-Star, because Cho wants to make sure Kemba gets the credit but Lin does the dirty work.

  • Dorothy

    Guys, I just have a feeling that Lin will still not be allowed to shine after All-Star. Rick Johnson posted that Cho by-pass a slur of good players to draft Kemba. Acbc also pointed out some politics around that. Looks like the rest of the season is not going to be better for Lin.
    Scroll down to read Rick Johnson’s post about whom Cho past in order to draft Kemba.

  • heart

    And Lin made Cho look good by giving probably the biggest discount he or Hornets ever had. In turn, Cho basically uses Lin for KW’s insurance and to build up KW’s stats. In fact, Cho was the first one announced to the public to make it clear to fans and Lin that Lin’s signing was a ‘backup’ to KW!

    Again, this is a scary thought! –> KW=Harden; Cho=Morey; Clifford=McHale.

  • Whitman Lam

    The Hornets making the playoffs (And winning playoff games) is important to lure a big free agent in the offseason.

  • Jim

    Cho isnt a bad CEO
    You really dont know what they will be
    MJ was 3rd overal pick
    Nash was like 14 or something

  • Whitman Lam

    We don’t know if drafting Walker and MKG were Jordan’s idea or Cho’s. And most of these “better players” also required several years to develop within a system under one coach. I don’t think the Hornets are good at developing young talent …. they didn’t even have their own D-League team until this season.

  • Rick Johnson

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  • Whitman Lam

    Most coaches would agree that a pass into the paint, even though it’s more risky, yields a higher %percentage shot near the rim or free throws. I think the only team that goes against this logic is the Warriors, because they have so many good shooters, the 3-ball is their high % go to weapon.

  • blubell

    Who is that Sixers’ player?

  • KHuang

    Marvel Comics?

    Obviously the choice would be SHANG CHI, Master of Kung Fu!

  • KHuang

    Wait, Jar Jar is wearing a hoodie?

  • KHuang

    Of course Lin will not be allowed to shine.

    Of course IT WILL NOT MATTER because Lin will SHINE ANYWAY!

  • Dorothy

    But last year, at least after All-Star Lin was allowed to have good stats

  • The way I see it, there are 2 scenarios after MKG is out:

    1. Things stay the same
    Kemba plays 37-40+ min, too much hero-ball/losses
    He’ll eventually break down and JLin can contribute more.
    Most likely they’ll miss playoff due lack of rebounding/defense/hero-ball
    But the best case scenario is Hornets reach the playoff as #7-#8 seed then Lin shines to help Hornets play teamball in the playoff

    2. More balanced teamwork with MKG out
    Kemba/Batum/Lin will have more balanced offense.
    More PnR with Hansbrough.
    Hornets reaches the playoff as #4-#5 seed
    Lin shines to help the Hornets to advance to round 2.

  • webattorney

    I agree that Kemba is actually a short SG who has an excellent handle. It’s just that he’s not a PG. I think KHuang said that Kemba was a SG trapped in a PG body. I would agree. I also agree that Kemba almost always is able to get off decent shots due to his excellent handle. After all, Kemba used to be a dancer, so he does move like a dancer on the court.

  • Briiick

    I think it will be bouncing between 1. and 2., similar to the first season when Lin was with Rox.

  • Good choice!
    SHANG CHI looks very good

  • Dorothy

    #4 on Sixers is Nerlens Noel

  • Briiick

    I can’t imagine that a BB legend like MJ would hold himself back from drafting, even the old Buss (who had no pro BB experience) participated in it and made himself famous.

  • blubell

    Thanks!

  • sport

    Lin off the bench? He’s gone after this season but with Dwight they have a legit chance at playoffs birth. Not sure whether Dwight would think Batum’s the focus of the them but for sure Kemba is more of the designated leader of the team than Batum. Seriously doubt Dwight would go to Hornets to play with another ball hog and shot chucker like Kemba. What Dwight needs to do is team up with Lin on another team and be willing to play some PnR!

  • you’re probably right.

    My only hope is the Hornets can get to the playoff because it will help Lin’s values.
    1 or 2 great games vs the Cavs will make him a hot commodity like Danny Green did with the Spurs (all the way to the championship in his case)

  • Dorothy

    Not sure, remember Hornets was in a loosing streak before MKG came back? I am afraid it may go back to the old ways and they will miss the play-off.
    I don’t want Hornets make to the play-off because of the way they treat Lin, but for Lin’s next contract sake, making into play-off is important.

  • Spot

    They know Jeremy won’t extend. Everything can happen. We just have to wait and see.

    Hopefully the ankle will be fine.

    In terms of way of playing, nothing will change. If it didn’t after the Cavs’ game it’ll never happen.

  • Spot

    My only hope is Colangelo to the Nets, MDA there and trade for Lin.

  • Dorothy

    No, MDA must have contrat with 76ers to finish at least this season, plus Nets already said they will not hire new coach until season ends.

  • Spot

    Nets have nothing to lose. They don’t have picks. Anyway it’s their choice, we just have to wait and see.

  • yes, the losing streak is very likely to happen if they revert to Kemba/Batum ISO-ball.
    Hope they learn from their mistakes.

    Playoff with Lin this year then missing playoff w/o Lin next year is also not a bad scenario

  • That would be the best case scenario for JLin’s off-season!

  • Check out the excellent JLin illustration by @BradThomas
    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/698659576124567552

  • Dorothy

    lol, I see thanks

  • Dorothy

    I want to believe it, but Kemba has been on Hornets for how long and what is their record?

  • Yascar

    The team clearly wants to get to the playoffs. If they think they can do so with Kembaball they will continue to play that way. But my hope is, at least for a little while, they play team ball to win. Although that doesn’t nevessarily mean Lin will be at centerstage but I think they will turn to him more.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Happy Valentine Day from DU!!!!!

    This isn’t the best day of my day as my mom passed away 18 years ago. It still seems like just happening at times after all these years!

    For the past few days I was hunger for a dish that mom only cooked in Chinese festivals. This made me miss my mom even more. My family had CNY dinner last night. My younger sis cooked the dish and I was so grateful.

  • kauaiblue

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Rick Johnson

    It was like a 7 game losing streak featuring Kemba shooting and iso-ing. Didn’t stop until MKG came back. I’m afraid they will revert to the same thing. Cliff seems pretty rigid and not apt to change.

  • golfhacker

    If Hornets make the playoffs, credit will go to Kemba and Batum, no one else.

  • cdblue10

    Don’t forget about Lamb and Kaminsky those are their favorite players

  • KHuang

    Lin forced the issue.

    Byron Scott didn’t want to play Lin, but the Lakers bench was so competitive with Lin that Scott had no choice.

    Plus, Ronnie Price and Nick Young going down meant that Lin couldn’t be benched.

  • KHuang

    That’s not what Shang
    Chi looked like in the 1970s for the bulk of his comic career.

  • sport

    Lamb not so much from the amount of minutes they’ve been giving him. I have no clue why they gave Lamb such a big contract only to play few minutes of backup. Even Lin gets more minutes than Lamb nowadays and he’s only 1 year rental. Kaminsky for sure is being cuddled. MJ wouldn’t even trade him with so many 1st draft picks offered. Obviously they see Kaminsky as potential all-star player.

  • Acbc

    And it will be just like how Rockets lose with Harden choke job. Lin will come in to try to save the day and get them close but they’ll blame Lin for the loss. I don’t have any faith that getting the Hornets to the playoff will help Lin at all. What I fear is Lin will get pushed to hard and injure himself in the process and the media will say Lin is soft for missing the playoff again.

  • JoeTeam

    MKG out they will start losing again. Those Rebs he snagged were important.

    Something has to change else this 2nd half will be less than 500 ball and we will all be pretty frustrated, from Lin to our best fan in China and Australia. I think it’ll just be a video tape 2nd half. Let Lin’s team negotiate a good deal, and dang it, avoid those injuries!

  • sport

    Not too worried about injuries since Lin’s built like a tank. For sure he won’t get any credit even if he goes off during playoffs but those experience are very important for him. When Lin is finally reunited with MDA next year leading his own team he will have more playoff experience to know what to expect!

  • sport

    Lin and MDA back to NY but on the other team will definitely give Dolan a kick!

  • Zach Lavine won the 2nd dunk contest but this Aaron Gordon “Sit On The Air” dunk was simply the best one
    https://twitter.com/HPbasketball/status/698714178077356034
    https://twitter.com/lecrae/status/698715510125375489

  • grover chang

    Best Dunk of the night. If they could score over 50, he wins.

  • Briiick

    I guess Cho is in his contract year, and thus rushed things he thought could help his extension, like giving an extension to Cliff so early.

  • absolutely, many shared the same thoughts .. this should be rewarded more than 50pts
    Lavine’s dunks had athleticism but lacked creativity

  • Whitman Lam

    Yeah, that’s why I made sure to learn how to cook my own favorite dishes. Or at least learn the recipe so I can tell my future wife how to cook it.

  • yellowshadow

    i think zeller and batum being out was also a product of that though. with those guys, they could’ve won half of those games imho.

    would’ve won them all if kemba didn’t iso hero mode.

  • yellowshadow

    cho is just not a good GM imho. he traded away tobias harris, who has been great for magic. for biyombo and kemba, he passed up klay thompson, kawhi leonard, jimmy butler, and chandler parson. i love MKG, but cho picked him over draymond green, bradley beal, and andre drummond. under him, the hornets have won 33% of their games.

    there’s a reason why hornets have been so bad for so long.

  • yellowshadow

    who seriously wrote this? lol.

  • Briiick

    I suspect the decision maker for drafting key players is MJ, but Cho won’t be able to clean himself out when looking for a manager job in another team. Therefore his best strategy is to make MJ happy and get an extension.

  • Acbc

    I believe Lakers passed on Zack Lavine.

  • yellowshadow

    he’s all like o(o*-*o)

  • your son’s voltaire

    lol. notice the details! they got all of Lin’s hair styles.. from mohawk to slick top

  • Arsenium12 .

    For those romantically inclined, here’s a Valentine’s Day tribute to Jeremy. It dates from his first year with the Rockets but it’s quite well done, so I thought I’d upload it. The background music is “Valentine” by Martina McBride.
    _________

  • sport

    When Batum was out with Lin playing they were actually winning. Losing streak was when Batum came back without MKG and Lin was benched again.

  • sport

    Don’t forget that MJ is also the one calling most of the shots! How much power does Cho really have as a GM? If the boss says he wants certain players there’s really nothing he can do.

  • Uh-Oh

    this is really good! Thumbs up for whoever made this. Sure can tell with fond heart and effort in it.

  • blubell

    ? lol

  • LinMad

    i felt that Gordon won for sure. That last voting was like they just wanted it to end. I also didn’t think Lavine’s last dunk was that original/skillful. I’ve seen that dunk many times.

  • LinMad

    tryna stay low

  • LinMad

    isn’t Lin Cho’s guy too?

  • sport

    Saw all the dunks, Aaron Gordon should’ve won! Zach Lavine’s dunks were quite boring.

  • sport

    Hopefully Steph Curry’s success will be able to change that stereotype especially when 3 point shots have become so important in modern basketball.

  • blubell

  • yellowshadow

    lavine’s definitely got the athleticism… but his iq for the game still remains to be seen.

    ill probably get a lot of flame for this, but i think DLO has a higher ceiling.

  • yellowshadow

    “According to Cyber (insider on clutchfans) Dwight’s willing to scoop as low as going back to LA/Orlando or even Dallas if any of them offered him a big contract.”

    for a guy who has proven nothing this season, riddled with injury, and just got on the wrong side of 30, i am a bit taken back at this man. would much rather taken whiteside than this softy.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    I doubt the Nets would trade for Lin now…Next year is more likely, specially if Colangelo and MDA are in charge.

  • John Focker

    Apologies, but it’s extremely tough NOT to be salty when you consider the Hornets could’ve stayed in the EC top 3 if Kemba was less toxic and heroISO-centric at the expense the gameS. Instead they’re dangling at the 8th seed.

    Playing well? Clutch time TOs costing games over and over eclipses everything else.

  • adele

    I was upset he didn’t win. I’m not watching all star😳

  • adele

    Yes but as usual these nba people are political and unfair and plays favoritism

  • adele

    Probably but they might want to lure Lin to stay. Let’s wait and see how they advance in the play offs.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    D12 and Harden are cancer to team basketball. Mind you. They haven’t won anything for the team. They have won lots other things for themselves. If this is the type of basketball that people want. I despise them.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    NBA is full of fakement.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    They only need to sign Lin for the next season when Jeremy opts out.

  • wu kong

    hmm… rockets fan?? here on this site? I am shocked absolutely shocked I tell ya!

  • Rick Johnson

    Guy has proved nothing and can’t stay healthy. I hope teams aren’t stupid enough to pay him big money. Teams were dumb enough to sign Andrew Bynum though so you never know.

  • Dorothy

    Talked to my doc friend about MKG’s shoulder injury. He said shoulder is a very difficult area and re-injured may very possible be his career ending injury… He is not a surgeon though.
    Lin, please run away from this organization.

  • yellowshadow

    i visit myriads of other teams’ forums because a lot of them have insider posters >_>;;

  • Acbc

    You mean the Lakers have done so well with all their other great players they’ve signed instead of him?

    They wouldn’t know if a great talent landed on their laps. Oh wait…that happened last year and they chased Lin out of town. Lol

  • Acbc

    Lin was lured to Hornets by Clifford by lies. Cho just had Lin land on his lap. Cho also passed on Lin as well like all the other GMs. Kemba played against Lin when Lin dropped 28 on UConn. Of course they all ignored that as a fluke, just like Linsanity or the 11 games Lin lead the team as starter this year.

  • kauaiblue

    They were cornerstones though!

  • Dorothy

    LOL

  • Dorothy

    Wu Kong, you are gooooood…

  • KHuang

    Nah, Dwight Howard is still productive.

    He’s hauling in a ton of rebounds and shooting like 60% from the field.

    Dwight Howard is the modern Shawn Kemp – a crazily athletic guy who doesn’t have great feel or skills but is so physically overpowering that it doesn’t matter that he’s unskilled.

  • KHuang

    I do not consider Dwight Howard the problem on Houston.

    The only problem the Houston Rockets have is the same problem the Charlotte Hornets have:

    a single perimeter ballhogging guard who utilizes only one teammate and doesn’t let anybody else touch the ball.

    In today’s NBA, it’s important to spread the ball among teammates and include them
    offensively. Otherwise opponents can relax defensively and save their energy for offense.

    Coah JB Bickerstaff constantly wrestles with James Harden about ball control. When the Rockets run Bickerstaff’s sets, they’re a very good team because of all of their quality veterans. But when Harden does his 80s hogging thing, it causes the Rockets to lose. Bickerstaff tries to battle Harden’s selfishness in the media, but Bickerstaff is losing the fight because no coach dares hold Harden accountable.

  • KHuang

    Jeremy Lin is actually ELITE in athleticism.

    To my jaded eyes, Lin looks like a big strong brute who moves at a blur and bashes opponents around physically.

    Every game, I see Lin shrugging off hits while opponents struggle to battle him physically. Usually they lose the physical battle. Opponents can be taller but slower than Lin, shorter but weaker than Lin, and shorter and weaker and slower than Lin.

    I see Lin as a physically dominating player.

  • KHuang

    Oh, that’s OK here if they’re not flaming Lin or Lin fans.

  • CJSHYY

    I think D12 wants to go back to Lakers bc he likes LA.

  • Sophie Paris

    I’m so bored guys. We still have to wait until Friday for the next game with Jlin. Ahlala ^^

  • Sophie Paris

    Good. Just missing Lin’s dunk hihi

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Well said. Funny, when Lin was there Bickerstaff was very closely coaching Lin just like assistant coach Silas this season.

  • JoeTeam

    Happy Valentine’s Day … what do we love?

    Maybe:
    – excellence
    – commitment
    – fidelity and integrity
    – work ethic
    – grace
    – to see a right way through hardship, and the freedom to try it our way
    – the expression of agape, kindness, compassion, community, support
    – people in our own lives

    I guess it goes beyond bball when it comes to JLin. Happy V Day!

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Not possible to be bored in Paris.

  • Sophie Paris

    Haha. Sure but I need my jlin time 😉

  • Rick Johnson

    Pretty obvious. They should fire him if Bozo the Clown wanted the job.

    https://twitter.com/kc1nyk/status/698956594269306880

  • John Focker

    If so he should’ve stayed in LA to tough it out. Kobe’s an a$$h*l* but two years for an additional 30M sure helps soothe the pain. Now still going nowhere with Harden, seriously devalued, and 30M down.

  • DX

    Charlotte Hornets Trade Rumors 2016: Dwight Howard to Charlotte?

    http://swarmandsting.com/?p=39819

  • DX

    So long 🙂

  • Acbc

    Love that is eternal, hope that drives us, faith that delivers us, that’s what we all strive for. Parents, siblings, friends, all help us prepare for a career to find a soul mate. Somewhere along the way, the career start to define us much more than it should and we forget how we began and where we wanted to go.

    Love defines us from birth to death AND BEYOND. When my mom died living 1000s of miles away from where I lived, it was strange how peaceful my heart was. Sure I cried for a while but then I was filled with a presence of her spirit and I nolonger miss her. In a way, her spirit has been released and is now forever with me.

    Eternal love is our salvation. I wish for you all to be able to find that love.

  • JoeTeam

    acbc, I wish for you continued touch and feelings with your mom. Yes, we Love.

    ps, by work ethic, not career or money chase, I mean people who just do things, because if you don’t do things and work on improvement, the whole love system breaks down. We all see it … people in our lives who need help, and after years of not doing the good things, they are no longer who they were when they started. So, that’s why work ethic is so important, to keep on top of life’s curve balls and be who we believe we are inside.

  • Dorothy

    I believe another team also said that. Forgot which team. Walton surely is popular

  • Rick Johnson

    This is the crux of the deal:

    “If the Hornets would have to give up a future first round pick to get Howard for maybe only half a season, I don’t think that the team would make a deal. They would be bargaining a future, young player for an aging veteran that may not stay with the team long-term.”

    Is Cho desperate enough to make the playoffs this season, perhaps to save his job to sacrifice a future draft pick?

  • DX

    Maybe.

  • Acbc

    Thanks JT, but you know, it’s not a conscious thing. It’s not even thoughts or signs. The best way to describe it is a feeling of comfort like knowing the sun will come up each day; like knowing my feet will touch the ground because of gravity. Do we ever feel gravity? But I know it’s there for me to take the next step forward. I guess you can say, she is the wind beneath my wings and the stable foundation that I build my life.

  • kauaiblue

    I know! I was thinking the same thing.

  • JoeTeam

    I need to feel gravity, sir 🙂

    I will reflect on my own father who passed away when I was younger. I want to feel those memories, to be with him sometimes, like gravity.

  • NONONO

    D12 would only work for Hornets if Lin played pg and PNR with him. D12 cannot play with ball hog like Walker, Kobe and Harden. Send Kemba to the bench or Rockets (would be benched too for sure). With the good chemistry between these two former teammates, Hormets would take top 4 seed and might have a shot at the conference champion.

  • Would the Hornets pursue Whiteside more than Dwight?

    https://twitter.com/hoopshype/status/698927958455672833

  • NONONO

    Not sure Miami would let him go. Unless they send Dragic with it to dump the big contact and get Lin. Lin was in a talk with Heat before Lakers until Gragic signed the big contract , wasn’t he? He has much better than Gragic.

  • NONONO

    I like to see Lin plays with Bosh and DW. No ball hog in team all oriented Miami.

  • NONONO

    It would be an exciting AS break if Lin made a move or Hormets gave him a meaningful pg role and play time.

  • Miami wants to get rid of Whiteside because they don’t want to pay him + volatile personality issues.

    Heat probably doesn’t want Lin; they might want Frank back if Hornets is interested in Whiteside.
    They said the Heat likes Ryan Anderson so they’re looking for stretch 4 players

  • GameWatcher

    Why isn’t DH’s bird right consider a factor? The next team he plays for would be able to pay him the most.

  • blubell
  • yellowshadow

    jlin’s top speed is comparable to d.rose before he was injured. the only thing that separates him his vertical, which jlin has also admitted to in one of youtube video where he is playing nba2k with his friend and they look at his stats in the game.

  • yellowshadow

    better whiteside than a washed up, oft-injured center who has an ego of a nba champion without a ring :v

    whiteside will play more game in one season than dwight will in two seasons.

  • yellowshadow

    if dwight wont pick and roll with STEVE NASH, two time MVP who played PG under MDA with PNR being his bread and butter, what makes you think dwight will start PNR now?

  • yellowshadow

    lakers showtime mafia inexplicably ruined a chance at making lakers great again by endorsing byron scott, who had a career losing record and chasing out MDA. for a man who keeps preaching defense and playing hard, the cavaliers had bottom 5 worst defense in the league when he was coaching them. they keep letting nostalgia fog their judgement and that’s why the lakers are where they are right now. the dude should’ve been fired last season!

  • sport

    Heat’s teamball is mainly because they have a great coach in Erik Spoelstra! Remember how dumb Melo was when he said it was his first time practicing “passing” with teammates during all-star game when Spoelstra was coach?

  • yellowshadow

    thanks huang, i am always scouting the web for trade rumors that may indirectly impact jeremy’s future decision and posting here to discuss them because a lot of jlin fans dont know the small details in contracts, teams’ past history, etc etc.

    i have kept up with NBA closely since 1995 so i hope my inputs and researches are of use to fellow jlin fans.

  • yellowshadow

    spoelstra has come long ways and you can see he feels “free” to coach without coach lebron around 🙂

  • yellowshadow

    top 5 moment in nba in the last decade.

  • Rick Johnson
  • Rick Johnson
  • Rick Johnson

    Seems like GSW would put the breaks on most trades. Teams trade draft picks to get players short term for a shot to make a deep run out a Championship if they think they’re close. I think a lot of teams know they are nowhere close to GSW and would be futile to trade their future for rentals now except perhaps Cav’s. Trading picks to get Dwight or Whiteside isn’t going to win Charlotte a championship. Maybe make playoffs though but not sure how important that is to them.

  • John Focker

    Jimmy Buss’ order to tank, no one else’s fault. BS was not hired to coach, he was hired as a nanny to babysit and calm Kobe during the tank.

  • Acbc

    I agree

  • TTNN

    Well, if Hornets is willing to pay DH big enough money, and DH is willing to stay, then it might happen. Clifford was assistant coach in Magic with DH, and he might want to rebuild a team like that team. He already had Batum to play like Hedo Turkoglu, wouldn’t be surprise he will try to get DH though……

  • Yascar
  • MEL LIN

    I was there

  • GameWatcher

    I am surprise it took so long. Rubio and Rondo are same type of player

  • LAJane

    This young man gets a lot of love. Proof that you get what you give. ♡

  • LAJane

    what was that? 😀

  • MorlockO

    Nah don’t think so… Lavine is quite deserving to win…. problem is gordon ran out of dunk ideas… and Lavine had one more 50 point dunk… so he won…

    nothing about politics lol

  • Yascar

    So they’re going to run with Lavine at point? Not sure who else they have on the roster. Or perhaps trade for another PG.

  • Acbc

    I remember announcers were saying it was like a home game for the Knicks. It must have been quite the spectacle.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The Timberwolves has made a low quality decision. When Rubio is gone, the Wolves will sink to the bottom of the league.
    The problem of the team is their coaching not Rubio.

    Rubio has been the cornerstone for the team.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Hornets has nothing to offer Heat except Batum which is obviously out of the question.
    The salary doesn’t even match. Whiteside’s contract is a bargain and the only bargain player that Hornets can match is Jeremy Lin but Heat won’t have play time for Lin with Goran Dragic and Wade there.

    Hornets won’t be able to acquire Whiteside. Perhaps they can give Zeller for Whiteside and Tyler Johnson. This trade will be almost entirely in Hornets’ favour.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Kaminsky for Whiteside seems to be a workable solution but this season Kaminsky costs much higher and next season Whiteside seems to be higher. This is touchy.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Cornerstones of a losing team which is getting out of the playoff picture now.
    Portland and Utah are currently having more success and I don’t think Harden and Howard is enough to overcome that.
    Modern basketball has beaten tradition basketball soundly. Look at the changes in the league. The traditional basketball, the old school teams are sinking fast.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lin’s only weakness is in his vertical jump which is inferior to most NBA basketball players but this is not necessarily a must for successes in NBA.

  • bolero

    MJ said that the game has evolve and it’s not about one player anymore.
    I think KW didn’t get the message. lol
    from ASG interview..

  • CJSHYY

    When did MJ say so? Today?

  • but yet .. Kemba’s hero-ball was allowed to thrive in early season. Things that make you go hmm

    Did you watch the ASG? I tried but I couldn’t bring myself to watch.
    Jimmy Fallon’s Valentine show is much more entertaining for me.

  • bolero

    Yup. At the ASG a few minutes ago.

  • Yeah, it depends how much the Hornets value Whiteside.
    He can be selfish and create locker room issues

  • CJSHYY

    Thanks. I think they will play team ball from now on bc they want to make it to playoff & hope not just first round.

  • I think you’re right. Dwight and Whiteside might help for teams who want to win now.

    Hornets probably want to build a long-term plan with Kaminsky, MKG, Kemba + Batum as the foundation; which actually doesn’t make sense since they don’t have a true PG but settle with Kemba

  • the only question mark is if Hornets want keep Whiteside for the long-term
    I read up to $17M/year
    He has some personality issues so it can be a headache too

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Hassan Whiteside will get a big contract next season. There is no way the Heat can keep him with their cap size spent mostly on Dragic, Bosh and Wade. Not a chance they can keep him with the big 3’s salary.

    Whiteside will be worth more than Asik is getting. The Heat without Whiteside can’t go far in the playoff.

  • I actually skipped the ASG tonight & watched the 3pt and slam dunk ones which were more entertaining 🙂

  • yup, same thought. Many in twitter think Aaron should’ve won
    Endless retweet of his slow-mo dunk

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lin’s pick and roll brilliance is a nice counterbalance to Walker’s isolation heavy attack.
    http://hoopshabit.com/2016/01/24/jeremy-lin-sparks-huge-win-knicks/

    The only inconsistency in Lin’s performance is due to his ever changing roles in the team. He becomes the SG, the first time in his career and sometimes becomes the small forward. He becomes a locked down defender in some games dedicating mostly in defense and takes less than half a dozen shots. He is made to do jobs which isn’t his best and yet his consummate professionalism and high character has never wavered.

    Jeremy Lin has become an all round player in NBA this season. He has improved so much in his games without the ball that amazes lots of people. He can score 35 points as a SG. He can also lead the team to overwhelm the best team in the conference as a PG. He can defend and he can score. All he needs is a coach to use him as the leading PG in the team. It will be up and coming in the following season.

    He’s the type of scorer that can change the game when he gets hot and the type of passer that makes the game easier for his teammates. He’s the best combo guard in the league. He’s a team player and his dribbling and penetration has also made him an excellent one on one basketball player at times this season. Once he gets his ankle healed completely, his 3 points shots will come back to him. There’s no stopping for him if he makes this happen after ASG break.

  • Briiick

    Winning is not about one player anymore, but they don’t care about winning more than stud fabricating.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    But he’s such a rim protector and shot blocker that is rare to find. I’m afraid he will get almost close to a max contract. The Heat is just testing water for his next contract. No way will any team giving up on a center like this. Bosh is getting old and his sickness seems to bother him a bit too. If they want to trade away, they should consider Bosh rather than Whiteside.

  • rookie75094

    You should marry him…then you will have Jlin time all the time….hehe

  • kauaiblue

    ha! suk it morey!

  • kauaiblue

    Click!

  • heart

    FYI, this writer, Andrew Snyder, changed his tune on Lin in his recent article. Even though he admitted that Lin is in a “constantly changing role”, yet he said Lin lacks “CONSISTENCY” in his performance comparing between Lin and KW. IMO, once they saw MKG returned and was playing well for 3 games, Cliff/Hornets media immediately started casting Lin aside. Cliff diminished Lin’s minutes drastically even after defeating Lebron James. However, things are turning out differently to everyone’s surprise. MKG is out for the season again, so Cliff may return to his rigid way and start PJ in place of MKG again, who knows…. With only 30 games left and Hornets are at 8th spot in the playoff standing, Lin is more needed than ever before. We’ll see if there will be any changes after ASG. Judge for yourself: http://hoopshabit.com/2016/02/10/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lins-constantly-changing-role/6/

  • cdblue10

    Lin needs to go back to NY that’s his home.With all the talks and BS, Lin needs to go back to where it all began,not necessarily to NYK but to the city that once loved him as a player.

  • Lefon Jang

    Why 17? JLin All-Star next year?

  • Whitman Lam

    Wolves have gone through several coaches. None seem to be able to get the team into the playoffs with Rubio leading the team.

  • bolero

    2017

  • I looked at these great athleticism (i.e. Russell Westbrook) that seems unreal.
    It makes me wonder how many NBA players could be using PED?

    A Deadspin writer tweeted about it in 2015
    https://twitter.com/greghoward88/status/573677424073793536

  • Arsenium12 .

    Rick Bonnell said that the Hornets “will regroup in Charlotte for practice Wednesday afternoon.” Their next game is Feb. 19 on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    So, I would imagine Lin will be back in town on Tuesday. He’ll notice the change in temperature :

    Palo Alto (Tues.) : High 77 F, mostly sunny —— > Charlotte (Tues.) : High 58 F, light rain in the morning.

    but it won’t be anything like having to go back to some place like Toronto (high of 35 F and rain/snow).

  • kauaiblue

    I highly doubt that they even know what teamball is… lol

  • grover chang

    foreshadowing.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Snyder wavers but still his first article are more convincing than the latest one. I like the first article based on the argument and not on the reputation of the writer. However there is one thing in common between two articles written by him, Lin has a big role in this team. This team can’t do well without Lin.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    He has been posted up against either bigger sg or sf as opponent used screen and switched. About spot up shooter, it’s usually not even his guy. Lin has been a hardest working human being and more than any NBA player we know, please stop suggesting like he does not know what he’s doing.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    It was a bunch of pathetic young and refused to accept old players trying to show their arrogant side. Wasted our time.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Perhaps none of the coaches was right for the team.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    One thing that Clifford hasn’t been doing well is his last minute plays. They never worked out because and Kemba always missed the final shots. In the game against the Wizards, Lin wouldn’t stand a chance taking the 3 pointer which proved to be the game winner if Clifford could call a time out. Batum simply made the decision by himself, a darn good decision

  • james brown

    rubio can’t elevate the wolves to the next level..he need another star that is better than him to at least make the team more promising..or wolves needs to change a franchise player to lead them.

  • your son’s voltaire

    i didn’t catch the game, what did MJ say before holding up that jersey?

  • Rick Johnson

    I don’t think Houston thinks he’s worth the max which would go up to $30 mil next year They are willing to keep him at his current $22 mil though.

  • yellowshadow

    lin is usually guarding other SGs, which he is capable of guarding, but not optimal to guard due to size difference (hence post ups).

    he also sometimes tends to overhelp one pass away because our interior defense is so weak without al jeff… especially during that terrible stretch in january where the roster was wiped with injuries.

  • yellowshadow

    you didnt miss much for ASG. it was just watching people practice their jumpers, dunks, and layups. i know the point is to showcase and not get injured, but that nonexistent defense was pathetic and not fun to watch AT ALL.

  • yellowshadow

    he’s in a league where even the point guard needs to be able to score to draw attention and free up their other players. his and rondo’s play style is not consistent with the latest trend in the league.

    minnesota also happens to have one of the worst coach in the league too. tough.

  • yellowshadow

    lavine played PG when rubio was out in 2014, so i would not be surprised. if they get a good coach, they will be champion-calibre team in 2 years.

  • yellowshadow

    hornets have al jeff and his expiring contract which may tempt heats for freeing up their salary for 2017 salary cap raise.

  • yellowshadow

    this is true. hortford is the best center to go for imho.

    i dont think hornets will make any trades by the deadline.

  • yellowshadow

    russell is a player i would be extremely worried about getting injured due to his explosiveness.

    you look at derrick rose, who was once an unstoppable force of nature, but series of injury starting from ACL completely robbed his athleticism and explosiveness to make him a very average PG. same thing with rondo, who was not only known as a passing savant, but a defense stopper…now just an afterthought after tearing his ACL.

  • yellowshadow

    the nba league is suppose to start testing for PED this year too, if i remember correctly. if so, they need to check russell westbrook, deandre jordan, blake griffin, gianis antetopotato, zach lavine, lebron james, gerald green to start.

  • yellowshadow

    brooklyn if MDA is going to be there… other good places would be pelicans to replace jrue holiday as the starting PG and playing with anthony davis and asik… 69ers to replace ish smith now that they will start getting serious about being competitive… mavs to replace deron williams if dallas can get a legit center… memphis if conley doesnt sign with them again and gasol can stay healthy…

  • adele

    No doubt the Hornets organization will let Kemba have his stats next season. The all star will be held in Charlotte. They need an all star and they invested a lot on him already. Their billboards, ads, announcers, any kind of media. Lin will always be a second or third fiddle in this organization. At the start of this season, I was so vocal about Lin being a back up and not a starter. Most people here said that Lin is aware of that when he chose this team. But not all people are aware that he was promised to play alongside Kemba and will play a significant role. Not until MKG was injured at the beginning of this season. I was really looking forward to have his chance of starting. I said to myself, this is really the team for him. But then they announced PJ to start? That’s when my hopes crashed for this team to be Lins home. NO! Politics even if it’s everywhere in this NBA world, I still believe that there are few people out there that can make a difference. And can bring a spark of hope for us Lin fans. Like MDA, Steve Nash, and maybe some new European coach like the assistant coach of the Spurs. Few teams that might go for a smart PG and teamball instead of catering for an all star or “all stat” mentality. A lot of challenges for our Jlin and for us Lin fans. But you know what? This makes his journey and our journey with him more meaningful and worth following for. With God as our point, we are in the right path. ✌️

  • yellowshadow

    haha, desperate lakers fans made a song about them tanking the season so they can sign the projected #1 draft pick, ben simmons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZK1gwLy4oc

  • yellowshadow

    MDA is the only way! make it happen brooklyn!

  • yellowshadow

    MJ’s a politician and a seasoned marketer. he knows the right things to say to the media, how to promote and sell his brand… doesnt mean he practices them…

  • TTNN

    yes, I agree. Lin played much less time than Kemba and Batum, but challenged proportionally larger number of possessions of spot up shots there……..

  • fire9flyer

    The doctor said this is my mon’s last CNY. This is the lunch box she packed for me from the left over reunion dinner.
    I am enjoying everyday with her. Actually, I am quite thankful to know the date.

  • rookie75094

    I watched the walking dead.

  • KL

    I wonder if Lin actually got any offers to be a starting PG. Based on his comments, it appears that Dallas showed interest but never really made an offer. Memphis only offered him a backup spot.

    Maybe Charlotte was the best choice because obviously Kemba needed help, being the loser (both literally and figuratively) that he is.

    If any teams offered Lin a starting spot I am really curious to find out which teams.

  • adele

    I still believe there’s a team out there who needs him.

  • Acbc

    At least these fans aren’t as delusional as the ones thinking KD, Westbrook or any stars are dying to join the Lakers.

  • heart

    “This team can’t do well w/o Lin.”–> we all know that, and they probably know it too, but don’t want to admit. What I don’t like is that we can immediately detect Hornets media’s hypocrisy casting Lin aside once they saw their preferred guy (MKG) rejoined the team on court. However, MKG comeback was short-lived, Snyder might again view Lin more favorably in his future articles. I just wanted to alert Lin fans his ‘changing view’. Again, articles are written based on writer’s prerogative on how he shapes his arguments. We as readers also have to make wise distinctions on how he concludes his arguments. Don’t fall for a fair-weather friend, that’s all I’m saying…

  • John Focker

    Sorry about the bad news, hope the doc’s wrong and she lasts well beyond the estimated date. Thank you for sharing something so personal with us. Can’t imagine how tough it is.

  • MEL LIN

    because next year is 2017 lol

  • Arsenium12 .

    Doc Scheppler’s new interview about Jeremy : http://hoopshabit.com/2016/02/15/doc-scheppler-interview-talking-jeremy-lin-kemba-walker-and-more/

    “When I see Jeremy during the All-Star Break I’m going to try to get him to believe in his shot more,” … .
    “Technically I want to help him get the arc on his shot right, get his balance nice and solid, and check out his ball alignment. …
    I also want [to] work on the efficiency of how he shoots and get his form tight and compact.”

    “Jeremy shoots better when he has the ball in his hands more and is moving. He hasn’t been able to do that much at shooting guard. It’s like he has to go stand in the corner of the class.”

    Scheppler is quite outspoken in some of his other comments. He raises concerns about Kemba that have been covered on this site. He “made a point to say his opinions were his only and did not come from Lin.”

  • Lefon Jang

    Haha it never occurred to me! The 17 just jumped up at me and I was thinking doesn’t the host team get to choose a player to the All Star? Linsanity!

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Even worse, Lin was the last in first out bench player and average 16-18 mpg. Clifford’s excuse was he needs 20 games to see and make change.

  • Lefon Jang

    I didn’t watch the game also. It was a small clip of MJ holding up the jersey that I saw.

  • DX

    Jeremy Lin Isn’t Getting Traded; Charlotte Hornets Can’t Afford to Lose Him

    http://sportige.com/charlotte-hornets-jeremy-lin-steve-clifford-no-trade-92113/

  • Sophie Paris

    Obviously… MKG down they need him…

  • Sophie Paris

    Yes please : (

  • gasparthe2nd

    Yes! pardon me… a little late in my response, but Yes! Lin in NY would be cherished; and for many of us, a dream come true… we would have a POINT GUARD again.

  • Weifang

    even with the whole team being healthy, they still cannot afford to lose Lin.On this team, Lin is like the backup engine on the air plane. Even the primary engine works perfectly, you still need let the backup engine run as the hot standby. Otherwise… they can crash badly whenever a glitch kicks in to the primary engine.. sorry for the geeky analogy. lol.

  • Whitman Lam

    That’s not a good excuse. Rubio was their #2 draft pick, and the offense catered to him with many pick n’ rolls.

  • travis

    hes shot below 40% every season hes played, and hasnt improved at all in any category all while having the keys to the offense

  • DX

    Agreed, Hornets is eager to be playoff. They will be screwed if other opponent teams get Lin.

  • CJSHYY
  • CJSHYY
  • takemeback2reaganyears

    The hard truth about his comment:

    Two players Scheppler seemed to feel do not have that connectivity are shooting guard Jeremy Lamb and rookie forward Frank Kaminsky. “Kaminsky, wow. It’s like he doesn’t know how to play basketball. And he’s from Wisconsin! Lamb is another one. He has no clue how to play basketball. He’s not fun to play with at all.”

  • kauaiblue

    Kaminsky plays soft and hardly passes to jlin…

  • Sophie Paris

    Lmao

  • Rick Johnson

    Shumpert is a good defensive player. With MKG down and maybe injury prone, perhaps the Hornets should look into getting Shumpert:

    https://twitter.com/RealGM/status/699353882728640512

  • Acbc

    “Doc will do wonders for Lin’s confidence becuase he’ll be repeating positive reenforcemnent to Lin everyday as they work. That alone would be great for Lin since he gets none of that from the Hornets.”

    I said this 3 days ago. Lin’s form is obviously very close to where they want it. I’ve been saying about how Lin’s shot looks a lot more efficient, compact and tight. These technical changes must constantly be refined. I really feel Lin’s on the final leg of his long journey to change his shot form. Now it’s just maintenance and constant refinements as well as having Lin finally believe in his stoke.

  • cdblue10

    Yep

  • zxcvb

    There’s really nothing wrong with his jumper. He’ll never be Steph Curry, but when he gets regular touches, he shoots extremely well. Like I keep saying, even playing SG, he’s shooting 46/42/82 this year in 11 starts. And his 3pt% has improved every season regardless.

    I love Doc calling Kemba out. Spot on analysis:

    “Another big difference between Kemba and Jeremy is Jeremy makes sure he gives players easy shots. He creates those shots in penetration. Kemba doesn’t work at doing that. If a guy is open, Kemba will throw it to them. But he doesn’t work to get them open.”.

  • yellowshadow

    amen. kemba will never be an all star PG with the way he’s playing the game.

  • zxcvb

    They let him statpad like crazy, 3 guys dropped out and he still didn’t get in. And Reggie Jackson deserved it more than him anyway (similar stats in fewer minutes w/ similar W-L).

    They better hope Lin and MDA don’t reunite next season with the AS Game in Charlotte…

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • zxcvb

    Go Bryan. I don’t see any of the other GMs hiring MDA. Not that MDA is necessarily the favorite if Colangelo is hired, but he definitely becomes a legit possibility.

  • NONONO

    Kemba usually throws (not pass) the ball few secs before the clock expires. The way shoot first and pass second creates more open shots for himrself and make his teammates to clean his mess if you change your mind when the clock is running out. I guess that is one of the privileges which some franchise players have and they take the full advantages of it at the risk of losing games.

  • grover chang

    Yes. Shump and delladova for Lin and hansbrough.

  • CJSHYY

    Shumpert? I thought Cav likes him…. guess not.

  • grover chang

    My dream scenario. Howard to hornets. Then Howard, Lin, and Daniels start destroying teams and go deep in the playoffs. The winning would be awesome but knowing it was three exrockets that Morey didn’t want anymore makes it sweeter.

  • yellowshadow

    i wish they would, so i can laugh at how bad they burn

  • Arsenium12 .

    Thanks, Acbc. I trust Lin will come back from his days off refreshed and with renewed confidence.

    I appreciate your contributions to this site.

  • BobbyH

    Obviously Chris follows Lin closely. Just waiting for another great article from him.

  • Rick Johnson

    And the Knicks weren’t even interested in JLin over the summer. Serves them right.

    https://twitter.com/kc1nyk/status/699374077044244481

  • rookie75094

    Wow Jlin is so much taller than kemba

  • rookie75094

    I am envisioning dolan crying in his milk…hahaha

  • Rick Johnson

    deleted, fake twitter

  • rookie75094

    There goes your Shumpert theory…lol….sorry I got Shumpert and Daniels mix up…your theory is still alive…yay!!

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    You would have been 2nd to 5th seed had you signed Lin and put him in Jose starting position…..and you could have increased your ticket price too……and your boy Fisher would still be your coach today.

  • TTNN

    why Daniels not Lamb? Lamb is ex-Rockets too.

  • grover chang

    Yes both guys. Morey trades his players so frequently. You follow any team long enough there is an ex- rocket. Starting to lose track who was an ex rocket, find out recently batum was drafted by the rockets!!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Cav has to keep at least Shump or Delladova; most likely Delladova because of cap space.Both Lin and Hansbrough will stay in Charlotte because they seem to have fun there this season and there isn’t much the team could gain through trading them away but disrupting team chemistry. Trade like this would be resented by local fans.

  • yellowshadow

    he’s one of lebron’s boy but that didnt stop mike miller from being shipped out even though lebron brought mike with him from heat.

    shump’s defense is good but his offense game has plateaued long ago

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Among PGs like IT, Lowry, and Wall, Kemba makes the least assists per game.

  • CJSHYY

    This is not Adrian Wojarowski’s real tweet account.

  • yellowshadow

    why would anyone want calderon? love the dude but he’s got a 7.7 mil contract and he’s 34 years old…

    knick fans were salivating at lin during knicks vs hornets… lol.

  • yellowshadow

    frank’s still a rook so i give him a pass. i think he’s going to be a good role player with his ceiling being ryan anderson from the pelicans at best. lamb has flashes of good basketball… but i remember when he got yelled at during cav vs hornets where he tried to turn an easy layup in to a fancy double pump layup and missed it…

  • @Chris_Broussard Source: Nets decision on new GM likely by the end of this week. Bryan Colangelo, Arturas Karnisovas, Sean Marks the finalists.

    https://twitter.com/Chris_Broussard/status/699361080422825984

  • Rick Johnson

    Derek Bodner

    ‏@DerekBodnerNBA

    Jahlil Okafor has had his shot blocked 67 times, the third most in the league, behind Cousins (82) and Kemba Walker (71).

    https://twitter.com/DerekBodnerNBA/status/697466469479800832

  • yellowshadow

    a point guard should never be on a top 10 on THAT list. damn, kemba.

  • Rick Johnson

    A short point guard that shoots too much and iso’s too much.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    WOW! Didn’t know he had that many. Any idea how many JLin has been blocked???

  • Maknusia

    @psalm234:disqus could you check the timer for the next game against Bucks. It seems had stalled

  • I see 3 days 21 hours left but I refreshed the cache.
    Does it work for you after you refresh?

  • Acbc

    Dolan is on a soother.

  • wandertheglobe

    Rumor Cavs in discussion with ATL for Shum & Korver.

  • Acbc

    Thank you as well. Always enjoy your posts too.

  • Maknusia

    perfect!…thanks

  • Brewkowski

    Few good coaches out there that have better “reputation” than MDA.

  • Acbc

    But these guys never saw linsanity firsthand

  • NONONO

    Kincks, Lakers, Rockets are all in big mess. Although I do not believe God, I feel I have to believe God for what looks like an coincidence on this one.

  • Trade Rumor: Magic tries to get Jeff Teague for Oladipo and/or Tobias Harris
    https://twitter.com/RealGM/status/699413980465356800

  • Maknusia

    And why is that so?

  • Maknusia

    If the Coaching methodology is right, they could easily ask KW not to be the volume shooter he is, in order to qualify for next ASG. SInce its held in CHA, they have the automatic player qualifier

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Doc is competent. He’s a real coach.
    NBA coaches aren’t always coaches. They could be ex-players. Some strive to learn coaching like Carlisle of Dallas. Some like Byron Scott who is without a clue preaching nothing but toughness; a dismal coach with the worst record right now. Teams have started hiring college coaches who could teach and run the team; for example, the coach of Celtics, Bulls and Thunder all belong to this category.
    Coach are supposed to specialize in the knowledge of the game. Ex-players aren’t always good coaches. Good coaches aren’t always good NBA players.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Kaminsky is still learning about the game. He has missed lots of layups. Now he seems to improve on that. It just takes time for him to acquire what needs to be done on the court. Lamb is in the same situation but he hasn’t been learning much in the past. But I’m pretty sure Lin is helping him to be a better player.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lakers is all history. They won’t be competitive in foreseeable future. I have better hope for 76ers than the Lakers.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lin would leave after this season. In this team with so many injuries, Lin has had lots of opportunities to learn to be a better player, the one who knows how to play many positions of the game. It definitely will help him be a better PG in the future.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Maybe the Nets; they could use a better PG. Philadelphia is the next on the list. Milwaukee could be another team that could use Lin but I would rather Lin not play for Jason Kidd. Utah Jazz needs a better PG but they aren’t so willing to change their play style; so, it’s not an option. After this season, Lin could be the most sought after PG on the list because he has led teams to beat all other PGs in the free agent list on the court.
    The next team that I could think of is NO Pelicans because Holiday seems to be hurt all the time. The team could use Lin.
    There are 3 teams that Lin could start for them.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Writers always change their conclusion but sometimes for the wrong reasons. They were misled and sidetracked by many reasons other than basketball.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Coaching is more than PnR.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Al Jefferson’s contract this season is huge, the Heat has no player that want to trade to match that. The Heat simply wouldn’t be able to get big Al without paying a penalty.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Tiger Mom would be hard on Lin.

  • Rick Johnson

    @JLin7 (FB) Glad to get back on the court today to get ready for the second half of the season!! #livingthedream

    https://twitter.com/jt894/status/699445695544098816?s=09

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    He would be a goner soon if Rockets starts sinking fast.

  • Rick Johnson
  • kauaiblue

    He does something wierd with that left hand… almost as if he uses both his rt and left hands/arms to shoot… the left hand and arm should should be to set the ball… the rt hand and arm to launch it…

  • blubell
  • yellowshadow

    huh… that’s actually pretty good trade for both teams.

  • Whitman Lam

    But the Hawks already have Thabo Sefalosha as their defender.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Mmmmh Not a good news on Bosh. Maybe another blood clot???!!!! Just have to wait and see.
    One speculation: If Bosh is going to miss the rest of season, possibility of Miami Heats drop out of playoffs??? Currently Heats is #5 with 29 W and 24 L while Hornets is #8 with 27 W and 26 L.
    https://twitter.com/Manny_Navarro/status/699444818704003072

  • John Focker

    After the ASG break, Bulls return with b2b vs. Cavs and Raptors, likely to lose both. Pacers play Thunder and Hornets play Bucks. Chances are that Hornets will tie for sixth unless Kemba’s still around after the trade deadline and botches it up like he did against the Heat.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Well unless Clifford thinks taking lin out is the solution for Middleton.

  • Maknusia

    oh my!…..pity him he had so much heart

  • zxcvb

    That’s likely a career-ending condition if true. Bosh is a great player, great teammate. He can hold his head up high. Played a decade of elite hoops, made a mountain of money and won two championships…that’s a dream life!

  • zxcvb

    He’ll have to succeed with no help from teammates and coaches and near-impossible odds. In other words, an average day for Jeremy Lin.

  • zxcvb

    With MKG injured again, Kemba will hog like he did before (shooting lower %s every month) and no one can cover for Kemba when he plays with the starters. Could get ugly unless Clifford is forced to use Lin more than usual.

    I think Hornets will sneak into the 8th seed and get thrashed by the Cavs — with Kemba leading the blowout losses. People will say that “Kemba needs more help,” forgetting that Lin as starting PG beat them by 9 on a bum ankle.

  • KHuang

    With Walker hogging the ball, the Hornets can lose any given night.

  • KHuang

    Chris Bosh is a good player, sorta like a poor man’s Tim Duncan.

    I haven’t heard of this blood clot thing before in a young athlete like him.

    If he has clots in his legs,
    there is some sort of vascular issue going on. Could it be that his venous return valves are ruined from years of brutal NBA games and training?

  • KHuang

    If Atlanta got those two players for Teague, it would be as insurance from losing Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore in free agency.

  • KHuang

    Plus Lamb is WAY BETTER than Daniels.

  • KHuang

    Shumpert is a $10 million player, the numbers don’t match.

  • KHuang

    Faster and stronger and just flat out BETTER.

  • KHuang

    Totally untrue.

    Those two STUDS are super productive.

    You’re just angry because you think they take shots away from Lin.

  • NONONO

    Simple simple stats for Clifford and MJ to keep in mind – Lin started 11 games and 7-4. 7 wins includes two games against top EC teams – beating Cavs without Kemba and beating Raptors without Batum. I believe Hornets lost all games without Lin so far.

  • KHuang

    Much is made of how Michael Kidd Gilchrist’s “defense” will be sorely missed.

    Yet my theory of why MKG is so helpful defensively is completely unlike anybody else’s.

    People laud MKG as being some sort of freakishly athletic defender who locks down everybody even though they consistently have no trouble scoring on him. I see MKG as a clueless defender who can’t get stops and wasn’t in shape, which is why he keeps getting injured. So why the defensive numbers?

    I’ve always made the point that the key to a good defense is a good offense.

    Kemba Walker actually passes to MKG, as MKG is one of the “cornerstones” of the Hornets. With Walker and Batum and MKG all aggressively handling the ball, that puts far more pressure on defense to guard all three of them instead of just Walker and Batum.

    So because opponents actually have to exert energy to guard MKG,
    it reduces their energy to score on offense.

    This is how MKG being included offensively helps the Hornets defensively, even if MKG himself rarely gets stops.

  • KHuang

    No Lin, no win.

    Lin’s starter winning percentage in Charlotte matches that of his 2nd Houston season when Lin was starting there.

  • KHuang

    Yes, I’m aware.

    But WHY is Bosh getting the DVT’s?

    The first thing that came to my mind was PEDs, honestly.

  • grover chang

    He likely has a genetic defect where he has an excess or deficient clotting protein. These individuals are more prone to developing blood clots. If his blood test show he has a “hypercoagulable” condition, unfortunately that would be career ending.

  • sport

    Actually Hornets won 1 game without playing Lin or benching him for most of the game. That was the one where Batum made the clutch shot went to the bench and had that awkward look at Lin with the low five.

  • sport

    Yes it’s obvious Hornets planned on making Batum, MKG, and Kemba their big 3. Lin is not in the future plans.

  • yellowshadow

    sigh… its such a poor man’s big 3 =_=

  • sport

    Don’t care since Lin is only there for 1 season. Sad how every NBA team Lin’s been on has politics designating people who don’t deserve to be starters nor treated like stars.

  • yellowshadow

    i know man… but i mean, walker and mkg couldnt make it to the playoffs on their own.

    batum had LA, top 3 PF in the league, damian lillard, an infinitely superior scorer and passer to kemba, and wesley matthews who was at the time one of the best 3 and D player… but could barely make it past first round.

    what made the front office think that this “big 3” was capable of making noise in the playoffs is really beyond me.

    lin on the other hand was the catalyst who propelled knicks to get back in playoff contention when all seemed lost and brought houston rockets first play off in three years. lakers were obviously tanking so that one doesnt count.

  • Briiick

    Maybe they will offer Batum the max and get the 9th spot next season, LMAO !

  • yellowshadow

    what a shame. no one sacrificed more for the heat’s success than bosh did during the big 3 era. this man hustles and is a professional & a consummate teammate. i hope he can recover.

  • your son’s voltaire

    you’re talking about PJ right? cus for such an awesome defender such as PJ whose lock-down defense shuts down opposing team’s best players to just shy of their career highs

  • Acbc

    MKG isn’t that bad in my books. He makes the extra efforts, gets the rebounds that is so sorely needed on this team and was working well with Lin during that game against the Cavs.

    IMO, Lin would help MKG come closer to his athletic potential by co-actively coaching him as he was doing on the bench during that Cavs game. Being “clueless” is not and should not be set in stone. A player or any human can evolve if shown how to and guided with care by good coaches. Some people just takes longer to learn. It’s a reflection of bad coaching by Clifford than the players that they remain ” clueless”.

  • @linfinity88
    So Lin got a customized clay figurine of Naruto? It looks pretty cool 🙂

    https://twitter.com/linfinity88/status/699492535371051008

  • sport

    Doesn’t really look like him.

  • John Focker

    The figurine bears a closer resemblance to the guy holding it than it does Jeremy.

    And it’s a bit cross-eyed.

  • John Focker

    Maxxis Tires based in Taiwan has been long-term supporter of Jeremy, and they put their money wherever he’s at: NYK, HOU, LAL, and now CHA. From what I’ve learned, they put up over 100M New Taiwan Dollars (3M+ USD) each year to sponsor Jeremy’s team (http://sports.ettoday.net/news/27594), and many Lin fans in Taiwan have switched their tire of choice to Maxxis exclusively.

    My question is: are Maxxis tires available in the U.S. (I assume that they are) and if so, does anyone here have experience with the quality of the tires?

  • Rick Johnson

    @JLin7 (LINE): very happy back home to celebrate my dad’s birthday! So happy to be back home and celebrate my dad’s birthday!
    https://twitter.com/Loveforlife0323/status/699495409178136576

  • cdblue10

    Ignorance can kill,ped’s does not cause dvt’s, give the person a break,he has a fatal condition and yet you associate him with false theories.Basketball players travel a lot and sit in longer hours and that’s the number 1 factor in developing dvt’s.

  • John Focker

    I can’t possibly imagine how proud this dude is of his son!!! If Kemba gets traded and Jeremy gets the reins to the Hornets, it’d be the BEST birthday present since the original Linsanity. 🙂

  • Lefon Jang

    I wish they’d portray Jlin as tougher. Those Valentine vids are just awful. People don’t understand there’s a certain culture in the NBA…they stare down each other…just gotta be tough!

  • Rick Johnson

    I think they can:

    MLB players’ use of performance enhancing drugs comes with serious health risks
    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/08/06/mlb-players-use-performance-enhancing-drugs-comes-with-serious-health-risks.html

    “Some of the better known but less serious side effects include impotence in men, the worsening of acne, balding and steroid rage. When taken by adolescents, PEDs can also stunt growth.

    But there are also far worse consequences of PED use – including heart damage, liver damage and an increased risk for blood clots.”

  • zxcvb

    I don’t think he’s a great defender, but he at least shows effort on the perimeter. Opposing players at least have to work to score on him. Kemba is happy to sit back and let guys shoot with a 6ft buffer zone.

    Without MKG, there’s only Lin willing to do the defensive dirty work while Kemba and Batum “save energy” for offense. Kemba has always been a lazy one-way player, but Batum has really gone selfish in his contract year.

  • your son’s voltaire

    yup. MKG is more than just alright in my books also. he’s a good defender and a great rebounder. and best of all, he doesn’t chuck the ball so i don’t know why khuang would have a problem with MKG. actually, khuang have been hating on MKG from the very start as i remember arguing with him about MKG. the players he should have a problem with should be Lamb, Tank, Kemba, and to an extent, Batum

  • yellowshadow

    ahaha, ive been to that restaurant when i went to california for my sister’s wedding 🙂

  • cdblue10
  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Not sure how true it’s. No way Jose to see JLin back to Rockets! 3 more days for any trade. Doubt that JLin will be traded. Best guess he will find the right team in offseason.

    不會吧 林書豪重回火箭?
    http://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20160216002961-260403

    美國媒體報導,本季戰績不佳的火箭,有可能在季中交易截止日前,向黃蜂探詢交易林書豪的可能。

    火箭目前戰績27勝28敗暫居西區第9,總經理莫雷正苦思如何補強戰力,頭號目標鎖定黃蜂的替補後衛林書豪。其實去年夏天林書豪恢復自由之身的時候,火箭有意簽回他,但豪哥最終選擇了黃蜂,而火箭退而求其次找來金塊勞森。可惜事與願違,勞森沒有達到火箭的要求。

    林書豪至今平均上場時間26.9分鐘,場均12.1分、3.3籃板、3.3助攻,投籃命中率42%,三分球命中率32.7%,林書豪倘若回歸休士頓,將可提升火箭的輪替戰鬥力,更何況,豪哥對於豐田中心球場也頗為熟悉,有助於他更快融入球隊。

    不過,追求林書豪的球隊可不只火箭,外傳小牛和老鷹都是潛在的買家,如果黃蜂打算把林書豪放上交易台,這些球隊就有可能拿出籌碼交換。

  • Rick Johnson

    I don’t know, it cites US media reports when no US media I’m aware of has mentioned any trade rumors involving Lin. Only thing was the Yibada article that was more speculation based on prior interest than any reported sources.

    NBA Trade Rumors: Hornets PG Jeremy Lin expected to draw trade interest from Rockets, Mavs, Hawks

    Read more: http://en.yibada.com/articles/104397/20160215/nba-trade-rumors-hornets-pg-jeremy-lin-expected-to-draw-trade-interest-from-rockets-mavs-hawks.htm#ixzz40KNJ9Mk1
    http://en.yibada.com/articles/104397/20160215/nba-trade-rumors-hornets-pg-jeremy-lin-expected-to-draw-trade-interest-from-rockets-mavs-hawks.htm

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Saw numbers of Chinese articles that have similar rumor about this. No idea. Just found this was interesting but I doubt JLin would be traded.

  • Rick Johnson

    American sites or from Chinese sites?

  • Rick Johnson

    Which restaurant is that? I’ve seen so many restaurants that look similar.

  • Dorothy

    Looks like Nets head coach candidates do not include MDA…
    From Wojnarowski: https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/nba-trade-deadline-buzz–suns-want-more-than-pick-for-markieff-morris-042451898.html

    “The Brooklyn Nets are moving toward second interviews in the GM process this week, and several candidates have distinguished themselves in the process, league sources said.

    Candidates talking further with Nets ownership and management include Denver assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks, league sources said. Other candidates – including Bryan Colangelo and Houston vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas – may still be in the search process, sources said.

    One thing that has become apparent: The next GM will not have unilateral control in hiring the Nets’ next coach, sources said. The organization plans to pursue a coach through the elaborate committee that it has assembled to interview GM candidates. The GM will have input, but the Nets want to hire a significant presence as head coach – among a pool of candidates that they hope includes Van Gundy, Thibodeau and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina.”

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Chinese sites. Didn’t click those articles. Believe they might derive from the same “source.” Just found it very interesting. Doubt there is any “solid” info. Personally I have no desire to read any rumor regarding JLin from all sites. This was the only one I have read thus far. So, I have no knowledge where this rumor is from.

  • Rick Johnson

    Interesting. But as with many issues you can find several studies on both sides and do suggest they increase thrombotic events. In fact FDA requires warning labels to warn of such:

    Testosterone products: FDA requires beefed up labeling to include risk of VTE, including DVT, PE
    http://formularyjournal.modernmedicine.com/formulary-journal/content/tags/dvt/testosterone-products-fda-requires-beefed-labeling-include-risk-v

    Also may not necessarily be anabolic steroids, could be erythropoeitin:

    https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Anemia/hic_erythropoietin-stimulating_agents

    “ESAs increase the risk of venous thromboembolism (blood clots in the veins). A blood clot can break away from one location and travel to the lung (pulmonary embolism), where it can block circulation. Symptoms of blood clots include chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in the legs, and sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg”

    Or it could be other factors that increase their risk such as frequent long plane trips, repeated leg injuries, maybe even their long legs presumably have long veins and more prone to clot formation.

    Basketball Players Face Higher Lung Clot Risks
    http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Diet-And-Fitness/basket-ball-blood-clot/2015/11/01/id/700024/

  • Spot

    My gut feeling is that Jeremy and Embiid have same personality in different bodies.

    Hope they end up together. I’m sure they could be the next Stockton and Malone.

    Obviously Embiid should be fit to play too.

  • Great stats, I’m hopeful that Lin will play even better than he has done in the second part of the season. He has had a very good season so far and it could get even better. One thing I would like to see improve is his shot and I’m sure he is working diligently over the break to correct it.

    I have just finished writing up a new article on Jeremy Lin.
    Jeremy Lin season so far with the Hornets. Hope you all enjoy and thanks for the support as always.
    http://jhaposts.com/2016/02/16/jeremy-lin-season-so-far-with-the-charlotte-hornets-2/

  • Brent Yen

    Nice write up…thanks

  • Brent Yen

    I do use maxxis……before lin start to play NCAA tho….lol

  • Maknusia

    You had recapped well the season progress. Thanks

  • Maknusia

    39

  • Maknusia

    @disqus_dVLDET9zJ7:disqus and @disqus_Qw9GaYTag0:disqus this is another site to get advance stats….just in case if its not in your list

    http://www.nbaminer.com/nasty-stats/

    The above is where….number of player shots blocked stat came from

  • rookie75094

    Lol…Osama bin Laden figurine is in the back ground along with Yao ‘s

  • Interesting rumor on Bogdanovic for JLin from earlier in the season but for now the speculation was denied

    Hornets is still interested in Bojan Bogdanovic according to a source
    https://twitter.com/paxer89/status/699539403023249408

    Then Tuesday, Orazio Cauchi of Sportando, the Italian based pro basketball site, followed up with a report that the Hornets remain interested.

    [T]he Charlotte Hornets are still interested in trading for Bojan Bogdanovic, a source told Sportando … Hornets are looking to add a wing, the source added, especially after the new injury of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

    There had been reports earlier in the season about Hornets interest in Bogdanovic, with speculation that the Nets could be interested in Jeremy Lin. But just like now, that speculation was denied.

    Link:http://www.netsdaily.com/2016/2/16/11015288/european-bloggers-bogdanovic-to-be-traded

  • excellent summary! Hope Lin will make a strong push for the playoff

  • KHuang

    If Bogdanovic is to be traded, I’m sure that Lin would have to be included.

  • KHuang

    Hansbrough has more than enough game to be Lin’s Malone.

  • KHuang

    PJ Haiston is terrible, but he has been far better and healthier player than MKG.

  • KHuang

    No NBA team wants Lin in trade because they all think Lin’s $2 million player option next season is too high for a player of his oncourt statistical achievement.

  • No chance for playoff as a Nets but Lin can play as PG (competing with Donald Sloan & Shane Larkin)
    There’s no sense of direction in the Nets this season so idk if it’s good idea.

    Bogdanovic himself is not a good defender so I don’t think Hornets can afford losing JLin.
    I think it’s a very small chance Hornets will give up JLin if they still want to reach playoff

  • lol ..NBA teams think $2M is too low to qualify as a starting PG
    JLin needs to demand at least $7M. No discount!

    Teams love the revenue from sponsorship but will try to take advantage of his salary

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Hornets are interested does not mean the Nets are but I am sure they listen. Bojan is cheap why would they want to trade him (unless for pick in 2016)? If they want Lin they will wait until summer for a chance to sign him. Getting Lin now is just useless as their season is already finish.

  • heart

    MKG’s status:

  • DX

    ???

  • heart

    Just saw Wojnarowski article on MKG’s status. He’s confirmed to be out for the rest of the season.

  • Arsenium12 .

    Given his recent birthday, I thought I’d mention that Jeremy’s dad is 63. He seems a calm and youthful person.
    _______

  • Thanks for the kind words Maknusia.

  • First trade is on the way: Tobias Harris from Magic to Pistons for Brandon Jennings & Ilyasova
    https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/status/699684648503238657

  • Linzen
  • TTNN

    Thank you, very interesting site

  • cdblue10

    who is the one?it excites me now.memphis has been eyeing for lin since last year

  • wow, BRoberts, Hairston + 2nd round-pick
    So with Hairston gone, 6’5″ Lee will start at SF while 6’8″ Batum stays at SG?
    This doesn’t make sense.

    Who’ll be in the starting lineup?
    @WojVerticalNBA
    Sources: As part of Lee deal, Charlotte sending Brian Roberts, PJ Hairston and two 2nds to Memphis.

    https://twitter.com/WojVerticalNBA/status/699689944038690816

  • NONONO

    I hope Lin’s agent is working 24/7 these days. I cannot trust Clifford and Hornets.

  • DX

    Lee can play SG as well.

  • Sunny Sullenberger

    Del

  • yes, but will it end Hornets experiment for Batum at SG?
    I want to hear more about the reasoning

  • Sunny Sullenberger

    Dup

  • NONONO

    I am waiting some news for Lin …

  • DX

    Maybe Hornets won’t give Batum max or Batum won’t stay.

  • TTNN

    there goes my hope Lin start as SG in playoff.

  • Arsenium12 .

    Courtney Lee’s trade history. He just missed Jeremy in Houston …

    Orlando Magic : Lee was drafted 22nd overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2008 NBA draft.
    New Jersey Nets : Traded on June 25, 2009 to the New Jersey Nets.
    Houston Rockets : Traded on August 11, 2010 to the Houston Rockets.
    Boston Celtics : Traded on July 20, 2012 to Boston Celtics.
    Memphis Grizzlies : Traded on January 7, 2014 to Memphis.
    Charlotte Hornets : Traded February 16, 2016.

  • They might decide to put Batum at his natural SF position.
    And try Courtney Lee as SG

    They might try hard to reach playoff this way

  • DX

    Agreed, hope Lin can back to PG. But behind Kemba, there is no enough PT.

  • cdblue10

    What the F Hornets,this is just a plain disrespect for Lin.

  • JustSayNo2HardensIso

    I don’t think getting Courtney Lee makes them better.

  • NONONO

    I am waitting Bulls/Nets/Mavs/Hawks/76ers/Rockets making moves on pg.

  • wandertheglobe

    Salaries are slightly off, Brian and PJ = $2.8 and $1.2M, Lee’s $5.6M. All players are on the final year of their contracts. I guess Lee is a filler for MKG so Charlotte can make the Playoffs push.

  • true.. a trade to the right team might be favorable due to lack of PT as a backup PG

  • I think Hornets think Kemba/Lin backcourt doesn’t work out so they give up

  • DX

    Can’t wait.

  • wandertheglobe

    Interesting PGs situation in Charlotte. They will need to sign a 3rd PG to backup Walker/Lin. Jimmer Ferdette?

  • NONONO

    I hope they swap Lin with two PGs from Nets.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    No Nets.

  • wandertheglobe

    I’m pretty sure that Hornets are going to keep their key players intact so they can push for the playoffs. I doubt they will trade Lin for Sloan and Larkin.

  • cdblue10

    Hornets will not trade Lin and he will suffer on this Lee acquisition

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    This trade is not a good news for Lin in term of playing time.

  • DX

    Hope so.

  • DX

    Actually, usually agent only can do a little help.

  • NONONO

    They do not have PnR big guy to play with Lin.

  • wu kong

    interesting take… nothing to back it up… https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/status/699690709020839936

  • DX

    The Charlotte Hornets Trade P.J. and Roberts For Courtney Lee in Three Team Deal

    http://swarmandsting.com/?p=39882

  • donsmacau

    With Courtney Lee and Lamb at SG and between Batum and Kemba playing PG with 2nd team, JLIN goes back to MKG minutes which means JLIN plays approximately 7 minutes at backup PG and another 7 mins. as what I would call auxiliary SG.

    No surprises both parties understand JLIN is a one year rental.

  • donsmacau

    Need to sign a backup PG to Kemba when soon JLIN and Broberts gone; cannot depend on Batum to be true backup PG

  • I am The Jason

    This Courtney Lee trade is weird. Who will be playing the PF position with the starters. What will Lin’s role be

  • Linzen

    Lee will probably be injected into the starting lineup. And, Lin will be THE PG for the BF1.
    Now, with the playoff push in mind, let’s hope coach Cliff can better manage PT for the entire team (Kemba I mean… hahaha). Personally, I like that Lin’s role is more solidified with this trade. He doesn’t need to play both SG and PG whenever the team needs it.

    Go BF1!!!

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    That’s horrible.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Lin will be a full time backup PG.

  • donsmacau

    Marv PF
    Batum SF
    Lee SG
    Kemba PG
    Al C

    Lin gets MKG playing minutes 7min PG backup/7min stand corner guard

  • NONONO

    with max 15mins playtime.

  • Some think Hornets might not be done with trade.
    Let’s see if there will be more trades today

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    That’s what I was hoping for.

  • TTNN

    it will be three team trade, so it is not as simple.

  • TTNN

    Kemba average 35.8 min, so Lin will have only 12 min left.

  • TTNN

    you have Kaminsky, Marvin, Cody all could play PF.

  • Linzen

    Let’s hope one of them involves either Walker or Lin. 🙂

  • NONONO

    Could Lin just buyout himself and move to any playoff hopeful team which he would have more pg role and pt?

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    2 thumbs up for you psalm.

  • Linzen
  • donsmacau

    Hornets will not allow a buyout, they think they are making a playoff run. Thus they feel need JLIN.

  • Ben Johnson

    Kemba, Al and a first rounder?

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Can’t. Cho and MJ are not stupid.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Lin is their best insurance policy even if Kemba goes down.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Morey might demand to add Lin in the trade also.

  • your son’s voltaire

    if they start some guy they just traded for who is inferior to Lin in every way then we know clifford is worst than both mchale and byron

  • Linzen

    Leave him alone, Morey!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • CJSHYY

    I believe that’s what he wants…. don’t like Lin back to Rox.

  • NONONO

    Good deal.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    They just gave up 2 players and 2 2nds, they will start him due to his natural position.

  • your son’s voltaire

    i wouldn’t mind Lin playing for that organization but not for that racist fan base and city

  • JustSayNo2HardensIso

    I have a feeling Rockets would like Lin back.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Morey would had never traded Lin if he knew Bosh backed out. Even with $15 mil payroll.

  • wandertheglobe

    Rumor: Rox discussing Ty Lawson for MCW with Milwaukee.

    I’ll bet Hornets tried to offer Al and something else for Howard. But that something else wasn’t enough for the Rox. Houston has Howard’s replacement in Capela, plenty of PFs, SGs are Harden/Ariza, so they’ll just need a PG that can create for the 2nd unit. Wonder who’s that on the Hornets that fits the requirement? But Hornets are not willing to give that player up. 🙂

  • heart

    Yep! Saw that coming when they started PJ instead of Lin. Remember, the model “Anyone But Lin= ABL” started from Rox.

  • NONONO

    I wish MJ had finally realized Kemba just cannot win big games, which means no EC champion or NBA champion for next 4 years.

  • your son’s voltaire

    they gave up 2 3rd stringers and 2 irrelevant 2nds

  • donsmacau

    Important deal that sends Clear Signals that JLIN will not obtain Meaningful Minutes on Hornets.

    Should provide impetus for JLIN and his Agents to earnestly prepare for next seasons team.

    With the Lee trade, JLIN no longer shares minutes at SG. Plus, don’t expect that Kemba or Batum will relinquish their Point Guard duties on the 2nd team either – so any minutes played will be subservient to the franchise players.

  • Spot

    Courtney Lee is a SG. Maybe they could trade both Jeremys for Bogdanovich and Sloan or Larkin to the Nets.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    No Nets this season.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    It cost them nothing to sign Lin.

  • your son’s voltaire

    yup. Lin won’t play a lot of minutes. but the only good thing is he will play mostly PG. then again, there really aren’t any good pnr bigs on the hornets roster. sigh

  • your son’s voltaire

    but they know his worth..

  • Spot

    I was just wondering 🙂

  • That would send shock to the whole NBA for sure.
    I have no idea how Harden and Kemba would play together though LOL

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    It’s the past about his worth.

  • Briiick

    They won’t make it to the playoff unless KW misses the rest of the season.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    We want to see Lin beyond regular season.

  • heart

    but won’t admit and will continue suppressing his worth to sign him cheap again.

  • Linzen

    I know the team is horrible. But, he will play at least 30 minutes/game PNR with B. Lopez.

  • NONONO

    When MJ was watching Lin outplayed Lebron and Kyrie without Kemba, what was he thinking?

  • BobbyH

    That’s is the 2M dollar question.

  • your son’s voltaire

    pretty much what the rockets tried to do to Lin. but the hornets will fail because Lin is a smart guy who also knows his worth

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    …and then stay home when playoff comes?

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    lol

  • Briiick

    He might think to let him rest a bit more in the following games. I think it happened this way.

  • heart

    My speculation–His thought: Oh wow, we got a steal for the season. Won’t let anyone get him until he agrees to sign cheap again!

  • cdblue10

    As much as I don’t want Lin to go back in Houston,I better choose to see him play more than playing10-15 minutes a game.No Way and thats BULL!!!!!!

  • NONONO

    “how can i convince Lin to wear my shoes?”

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    With Batum and Kemba healthy, Lin is still a backup guard. Now with C Lee? Man, this is not good for our man, Lin.

  • heart

    My specs: Hornets don’t want to upset the apple cart. They’re still reserving all their designated core starters’ positions ‘as is’ for the next season. Courtney Lee will also be a place holder for MKG. Unless MKG re-injures again (hope not), then they will trade him in the future.

  • CJSHYY

    C Lee is SG so he maybe will cut Lamb’s playing time not Lin?

  • Linzen

    There is no guarantee Hornets can get to playoff. Plus, I would be pretty mad if Lin plays ONLY 12-15 mins a game in playoff.

    Yes, I would prefer Lin averaging 18/8 with 30mins a game and get a nice team/contract next year. But, that’s just me.

  • your son’s voltaire

    if the hornets front office are smart then i can only assume that Lee is just a piece to where theyre actually trying to get.. Howard / Marvin / Batum / Lee / Lin. remember, Lee and Howard were teammates in Orlando where clifford used to be an assistant coach under SVG

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Lin has been playing SG 80% so far this season. Those were Lin’s minutes.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    6’5 SG will not be in MKG’s place, I am afraid.

  • donsmacau

    Let’s see if Lee lives up to Clifford’s expectations — remember how quickly Lamb (another SG) went into the doghouse however unlikely since, Courtney Lee is primarily for Defense to placate Clifford from loss of MKG’s defense.

    Lee’s offense appears to be an afterthought, though he can shoot, his raw stats aren’t special on a PER basis.

    Clifford is a flaky coach who plays games with his players though.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Respect it’s just you.

  • donsmacau

    Probably rotating Batum to SF at 6’8″ and decent defender if he wants to be

  • heart

    Let’s see if there will be any more trades. This is really odd when they already have Lamb (SG), Daniels (SG) NB (SG), and Lin as sub (SG) ….

  • Briiick

    2/3 of the team are having expiring contracts or player options.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    It’s never easy to play with a ball dominated PG.

  • Spot

    I just want to see Jeremy happy 🙂

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    then don’t send him to a hopeless playoff-run team.

  • your son’s voltaire

    clifford has this crazy plan of starting Batum at the SG position and having a ‘defensive’ player help him out. and he’s stubborn as heck. so Lee takes PJ’s role but will play normal starter’s minutes which will knock Lin right out of the SG role. Lin will primarily back up Kemba who plays tons of minutes

  • heart

    That’s what I suspect. They have lots of SGs on the books as of now. NB (SG), Lamb (SG), Daniels (SG), Lin combo (SG/PG), recent trade- Lee (SG)…

  • Feb 16, 4pm ET Trade update
    1. Hornets acquire Courtney Lee as part of 3-team deal with Grizzlies (Hairston + picks) & Heat (Brian Roberts)
    2. ESPN sources say Hornets and Rockets have discussed a potential Dwight Howard-to-Charlotte trade but have not managed to find workable deal

    https://twitter.com/TheVertical/status/699704040637095936
    https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/699699177471606784

  • Spot

    I don’t see that way. With a PG and a SG they could become pretty good.

    Anyway Sixers are my first choice.

  • wandertheglobe

    Lamb is a bench player that can provide instant offense. He’s not a starter material when he doesn’t play D.

  • Linzen

    I don’t think the $ work. But, interesting…
    https://twitter.com/kc1nyk/status/699705530055528448

  • Briiick

    Because he has MJ’s pick KW as an untouchable shoot first PG.

  • your son’s voltaire

    this is clearly something clifford was pushing, not what the FO actually wanted. Howard and Lee use to be teammates in Orlando where clifford coached under SVG when they went to the finals

  • Spot

    Not enough. But they can use them in trade this summer.

  • travis

    if they get lee, wouldnt that next trade involve either kemba/lin/lamb???

  • Linzen

    Cho to Morey, “no Cody and Frank, but how about a little guy name Walker?”

  • Briiick

    Don’t even think about KW in this. Both Morey and MJ would object.

  • cdblue10

    Trade Kemba,take Howard and Hornets will be a good place to watch a lot of basketball games this season and seasons to come.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    You want to see lin on the boat fishing while the real playoff action going on?

  • Spot

    He’s the face of the franchise. They will never trade him.

  • Here’s an interesting Clifford & Howard background from Magic and Lakers period

    Clifford was an assistant coach under Stan Van Gundy during Howard’s time in Orlando and also served on the Lakers’ coaching staff during Howard’s only year in L.A.

  • Linzen

    Yes, sadly you’re right.

  • your son’s voltaire

    if the Howard trade goes through, we can can only assume that it involves Kemba. i’d pay full price for League Pass to watch just half a season

  • Spot

    Yes, Howard and Clifford go along pretty well. But they will not trade Kemba away and Jeremy won’t have ball in his hands so it’s useless to build castles in the sky.

  • Briiick

    Morey could lose his job if Rox don’t get to the playoff. He needs a center and/or Lin desperately if DH12 is gone.

  • travis

    agreee, they could easily make a run at the 3 seed

  • travis

    i agree, but im kinda skeptical about walker to houston tho, why would they want to pair a defensive liability ball dominant guy with harden

  • takemeback2reaganyears
  • your son’s voltaire

    they need a PG to replace Lawson. and i don’t think Morey does much thinking

  • wandertheglobe

    I’m speculating….Morey asking price for Howard is prolly Al, Kaminsky or Zeller or 1st rd and Lin. Hornets only want to give up Al and Zeller or Kaminsky or 1st rd, not Lin.

  • CJSHYY

    No PJ so Batum maybe back to SF & Lee for SG….

  • travis

    wow will i be sad if lin is moved to a team not named brooklyn nets… lol i have tickets to the hornets vs nets game this sunday!

  • Spot

    Hornets don’t have assets. They should trade Kaminski and several future first rounders.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    The article only mentioned at least 1 first rounder.

  • CJSHYY

    No Lin I think. But I am so surprised to see Frank on the list.

  • Spot

    Not happening. Morey wouldn’t take back Lin, apart is if Les wants him back.

  • cdblue10

    If they are smart(Hornets)they will create a lot fans and business next year if that happens.

  • Spot

    I had a look. Something we already could imagine.

    Anyway if Dwight goes to Charlotte they will pair him with Kemba, not Jeremy. So we really don’t care.

  • wandertheglobe

    The way I’m looking at it, Rox need a playmaker for the 2nd unit. Lawson is not cutting it. So, I can see why they’d want Lin back. Besides, if they knew Bosh wasn’t going to sign, they would not have moved Lin to create cap space.

  • Briiick

    Agreed. That’s why the trade has not been realized. Hornets could give either Lin or Kaminsky but not both, I guess.

  • Alain Gervais

    So courtney Lee will start now. Is he even a good defender. His shooting is decent. Seem like a complementary player who needs a good pg. Ive never heard of his defense.

  • Spot

    Adele and Rose feel the same right now.

  • CJSHYY

    I agree they want Lin but I don’t think Hornets is giving Lin back to Rox.

  • travis

    i can really picture lin getting sent to houston in a howard trade… jb bickerstaff is apparently a big fan of lin, and harden has shown to be compatible with lin too. hmmmm

  • Alain Gervais

    Courtney Lee Trade: What The Boston Celtics Are Getting In Lee – SB Nation Boston

    Strengths: Terrific athlete, can finish in transition with ease. Great three-point shooter, especially in the corners — he led the league in corner threes (either the overall volume or just percentage, can’t remember which) last season and shoots 40% overall from deep. Very effective pull-up jumper off one dribble. He’s a great teammate and never ran into any problems as a Rocket in the locker room or off the court. He’s also a top-tier wing defender and can give smaller forwards and guards tons of problems.

    Weaknesses: Doesn’t have a great handle and is not effective in isolation. He can get bullied on defense by bigger players in the post. He’s aggressive when he needs to be, but he’s not someone who will give you anything more than a solid lift – you shouldn’t depend on him to carry anything.

  • NONONO

    Please let Lin and Nets know your situation. It is not too late.

  • wandertheglobe

    Yep, Lin is too valuable to give up. Especially, at $2M for the Hornets.

  • Whitman Lam

    Morey hates Lin. Won’t happen.

  • travis

    mchale fired and beverly/lawson combo not working out either, and jeremy has improved his defense

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lin would be very upset if he got traded. Charlotte would be totally unethical trading Lin and the Charlotte fans would be very unhappy too.

  • travis

    idk if he “hates” lin but he definitely knows lin can help them win games

  • Spot

    At least Batum comes back as SF.

    But Lee is undersized. This trade will affect one of the Jeremy. Or both.

    Lee is a good spot up shooter.

  • your son’s voltaire

    Alexader Loves Lin though

  • Briiick

    Agreed. Lin has proved to be able to work with Harden to carry them to the playoff. Considering Morey is blamed for spending a lot Les’ money in Lawson’s failure, he can’t afford to take another risk.

  • wandertheglobe

    Personally, I don’t think Lin wants to be traded either. I think he likes Charlotte and his teammates.

  • Spot

    It hasn’t worked out 2 times, why try the 3rd?

  • NONONO

    Morey would be fired if he cannot not move DH and make the playoffs.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The only asset Hornets would give up for D12 is Big Al + Brian Roberts. Morey would have to suck this up and Rockets shall sink whether he makes the trade or not.

  • Alain Gervais

    It would be very foolish given lee barely started in memphis. Now all of a sudden he is a starter. He is slightly better then pj

  • Alain Gervais

    What i will say is this may give hornets more reason to trade Lin

  • Briiick

    Morey is having more trouble than he could afford to hate now.

  • Spot

    Possibly.

  • travis

    they made the playoffs both years with lin, and this time no mchale, what do you mean hasnt worked out?

  • Spot

    Big Al has an expiring contract. Just like Dwight. Morey would never trade for him in place of Dwight. Unless he can get tons of first rounders.

  • travis

    then again lin is the only point guard on the roster other than kemba, so they might need him as insurance

  • Spot

    First time, cut on Christmas.
    Second time, face of the franchise and stuffs like that and ended up on being a sixth man as best and they gave up picks to unload him.

    So as long as Morey is there, no Houston please.

  • travis

    if houston wants lin they probably want to let go of lawson as well, but probably hard to match salaries given that lawson and howard both get paid high

  • Lefon Jang

    This is definitely a good trade for the Hornets in terms of playoff run. Obviously Hornets has never intended for Lin to be a starter. Let’s hope something good comes out of this. There’s a good chance that Lee will be playing with Lin instead of Kemba or Batum to strengthen the defense for the second unit. Lee is also a better offensive player than MKG. I hope the Hornets make it to the playoff and Lin gets his sixth man award.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lee isn’t a good SG but Brian Roberts isn’t a good PG so I think it’s fair. Lin may have to switch back to PG more playing about 16 minutes per game until Lee is exposed.

  • Spot

    Yep. They probably will decrease his playing time and let Lee finish games.

  • wandertheglobe

    Not only he’s the only backup, but he has proven to be a successful stater. Name a comparable PG at $2M in the NBA? Hornets will not give him up for a trade just to be trading. It will take a “too good to be true” deal for them to bite.

  • Spot

    Houston don’t want Lin. Don’t make up our minds. No one wrote about it.

  • NONONO

    DH + lawson for Kemba + AL + 1st round pick?

  • Alain Gervais

    lee averages less then MKG so idk about a better offensive play. Better shooter yes but he needs a pg to pass it to him. Idk if you remember but Lin is the only pg left

  • travis

    im js houston as a half year rental for lin to help them make playoffs increase his value, so he can go out and get a starting gig

  • Briiick

    Lee playing with KW could be iced out just as Lamb.

  • Linzen

    And I can’t stand listening to the 3 stooges.

  • travis

    thats the dream trade, but im trying to look at with no kemba involved lol

  • Alain Gervais

    yup. He cant dribble so he will early see the ball

  • Spot

    They will keep Dwight cause no one will offer something good after what Howard did to the Lakers.

  • travis

    hey guys would you rather lin compete with kemba for minutes or beverly?

  • Alain Gervais

    depends on what team

  • NONONO

    Lin’s D is as good as Bev if not better.

  • Spot

    Lin and Beverly worked cause Jeremy was the PG.

    No one has ever did something good with Kemba as backcourt partner.

  • travis

    agree

  • your son’s voltaire

    neither. Lin shouldn’t have to compete with scrubs

  • Linzen

    The sad part is that Lin will probably back up Lawson (we all know the politics/race history). So, just DH will do. No lawson please.

  • CJSHYY

    I think so.

  • Lefon Jang

    I think he’s perfect for Lin’s drive and kick. That’s pretty much Hornets offense.

  • xeroid

    Brian Roberts is already gone on the Lee trade.

  • donsmacau

    Absolutely.

    None of the above will be the correct answer.

  • Briiick

    Actually I think this is Morey’s intention: pretending to trade DH12 to calm him down to finish this season just as he used to deal with Asik.

  • Alain Gervais

    most of his minutes will not be with lin

  • travis

    howard basically got run out of town by kobe tho lol

  • Alain Gervais

    Lin vs bev on the rox is a loss and Lin vs Kemba on hornets is a loss unfortunately

  • wandertheglobe

    Lessen of a chance of Lin being dealt to Houston. I got the feeling Charlotte was only willing to give up Al and 1st, but Houston was asking for Lin.

    Sources: Charlotte's shown no interest in cashing assets for Dwight Howard. Clifford loved coaching Howard in Orlando, but no path to deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 16, 2016

  • Spot

    As I thought. They will chase him in offseason.

  • Briiick

    As I suspect, Morey puts up a show to have DH12 finish the season.

  • Linzen

    Hopefully, Morey is REALLY desparate this time and take whatever that’s on the table. He may lose his job if Rockets miss playoff. There is no more rebuilding with Morey.

  • NONONO

    Morey is done.

  • NONONO

    Detroit is looking for PG. Lin?

  • Spot

    He’s trying to create a market but no one’s buying it.

  • xeroid

    yes

  • Spot

    I doubt.

  • Spot

    LIN is a Coach and GM KILLA

  • heart

    FYI– See Cliff’s past connections: NYK, Rox, Orlando…
    Cifford’s NBA coaching experience- credit to- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Clifford: “Clifford became an NBA assistant coach with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets under Jeff Van Gundy and quickly developed a reputation as a defensive expert. He then was an assistant for Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic.[2] He considers both the Van Gundy brothers as mentors.[6] He reached the NBA Playoffs in each of his five seasons with Orlando, appearing in the NBA Finals in 2009. Clifford then joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012–13 as an assistant.”

  • travis

    lee will probably start, lin and lamb will share pg/sg/sf minutes off the bench. i’d expect lin to get at least 25 min/game

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Charlotte is still a small market with limited cash to spend.

  • Dwight will exercise his player option at the end of season so this 2-month rental is very expensive to give 1st round pick.

    Morey is a lame duck here

  • Alain Gervais

    reggie jackson

  • Lefon Jang

    Maybe not but if he can take away some of Kemba’s minutes with Lin that’s a big bonus.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Whatever is no deal does not mean it’s dead.

  • CJSHYY

    So no trade for D12 w Hornets…. not surprise bc why needs to get him now if he will option out this summer?

  • donsmacau

    Far fewer JLIN minutes, Lee will be playing MKG minutes not PJ minutes.

  • Briiick

    Morey would rather DH12 stay to help them get in the playoff so that he won’t get fired now.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • Spot

    Only hope is Howard clearly asking Charlotte to pnr with Jeremy.

    But right now we have 1% Howard goes to Charlotte and 1% Lin and Howard could play together and do pnr.

  • donsmacau

    Overall Negative trade for JLIN and his desire for meaningful playing time.

    However a tiny silver lining might be Brian Roberts traded means that if :
    1) Harrison is now 3rd string backup (horrible season’s play-should have stayed college degree)
    2) If Kemba “knee-man” and/or Batum “toe-man” goes down then Clifford must rely extremely heavily for JLIN as POINT GUARD since he can no longer slip Brob in.

    Never wishing for injury on any player but if Knee-man or BaToe-man go down – our boy sees real action.

  • Briiick

    Well said.

  • Alain Gervais

    he won’t

  • Spot

    Yep. Maybe Charlotte gave Houston their offer, Houston rejected and now they’re walking away knowing time is on their side.

    If this happen I wonder if Dwight will ask Jeremy as PG, not Kemba.

  • Spot

    Right now they can’t trade Jeremy away cause they haven’t got another PG.

    Kemba is the problem. Batum and Lin can coexist and can work well.

  • donsmacau

    As long as Hornets FO believed they had a sliver of a chance to make playoffs, I don’t believe it’s realistic to think they would trade JLIN – they need JLIN if they go playooffs.

  • Spot

    Oh yes. And not only him.

    One thing we can hope is Charlotte doing a 3 team trade with Hornets sending Kemba to Bucks Monroe Kaminsky to Houston Howard Bayless to Charlotte.

  • heart

    Hornets think they have enough play makers to use as a community of pgs: KW, NB, Hawes, Lamb, Lin… There’s really no true PGs on Hornets. KW is shoot first PG, etc.

  • Linzen

    Agree!
    Also, two years ago, Clifford played Al and Kemba heavy minutes in order to get to the playoff. Big Al got hurt at the beginning of their series with Heat, and eventually got swept. So, I hope that Clifford learned his lesson and better manage minute for everybody this year.

    Limit Kemba’s to low 30’s and give around 20-25 to Lin?

  • Linzen

    I think he will. Playing with Kemba is just like playing with Harden.
    JLin on the other hand, will make him look like superman again.

  • Lefon Jang

    I didn’t know you can foul someone on the free-throw line!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Morey is going to lose his job this summer anyway.

  • Spot

    This is the dream scenario and everybody are happy =)

    Put this trade all over twitter, you never know 🙂

  • Spot

    My hope too. Imagine Kobe’s face if they win the title LOL!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    So Hornets don’t have asset to trade with.

  • Spot

    I put Spencer just to make the deal work but I think it can work witout or with Cody Zeller after the Courtney Lee’s trade.

  • Linzen

    Well at least we have 3 hours of exciting discussion during this boring ASB. Back at work. :))

  • It’s funny that all teams will lose with -X wins with this trade 😀
    But I like the scenario although the chance might be 1%

    I’m really curious what Hornets is willing to give up for Howard’s 2-3 month rental

  • yellowshadow

    lin and bev actually had a good chemistry together on the floor, even mchale liked them both on the floor. kemba and lin is just an eyesore to watch.

  • wandertheglobe

    Vertical Analysis: The Courtney Lee deal. Looks like Hornets did well on this deal. Miami gave up two 2nd and Anderson for Roberts. Grizz blow up team.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/vertical-analysis–the-courtney-lee-deal-222136906.html

  • Spot

    It’s Hornets’ chance to have their star.

    In this way they can show Howard they can be a good team and pay him with a super contract.

    My only concern is for Jeremy cause even if that deal happens I wonder if he can play with Dwight.

    Houston for sure will ask for Kaminski. Hornets can give him. The rest depends on how many first rounders (protected or not) will ask Morey.

  • The analysis really questioned why Memphis wanted to do this deal to give up a reliable player in Courtney Lee for 37-year old injured Birdman.

  • If no other trades happen after Hairston and Brian Roberts are traded away, would JLin be expected to be a backup PG/backup SF now?

  • I see the Hornets will play it tough to drag it to trade deadline on Feb 18 since they know there is little market for Howard for being a rental.

    Who will blink first? 😄

  • Joe what do you know

    Backup SF!? At 6’3″? I’m worried…

  • Weifang

    wow, is this guy a PG??? so Lin is going to play behind him or he is going to play behind Lin? I smell less minutes for Lin.

  • Briiick

    Why worry ? Lin has been playing SF for half of the season now.

  • Alain Gervais

    courtney lee was badly a starter on Memphis.

  • Linzen

    Do you mean SG? SF (Small Forward) at 6’3″ is really undersize.

  • heart

    Howard doesn’t speak up for anybody but himself. He had a chance in Houston to play PnR w/ Lin and speak up for Lin to remain starter, but he allowed Rox to demote Lin to the bench and promoted Bev. So no, coming into a new org, Dwight will not make his demands. He’ll just be happy to flee Rox Nation.

  • your son’s voltaire

    tell that to clifford, he’s been making Lin play SG and SF position all season long

  • your son’s voltaire

    well, there you have it guys! the coach has spoken. no worries

  • heart

    You have more faith in Hornets than we do….Explain why Hornets started PJ when MKG went down. Now, explain why Hornets went out and got Lee (SG) after MKG went down again. Lin has been waiting in wing all this time and they kept by-passing him and making him play backup SG since the beginning of the season?

  • Linzen

    Sorry, I really don’t recall Lin playing much SF other than switching at D. May be I missed something…

  • your son’s voltaire

    Raptors game, he started at SF and guarded Terrance Ross the whole time. Heats games, he’s always guarding Gerald Green. that’s just to name a few

  • Linzen

    Thank you!
    Wow! And they are both 6′ 7″. Good stuff!

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    MKG is definitely out for the season as he opts for another shoulder surgery.
    https://twitter.com/rick_bonnell/status/699745266438635522

  • your son’s voltaire

    it’s a huge disadvantage but in the Raptors game he got the best of Ross. i think he scored 30+ point in that game. but a lot of times, guys like Green, Middleton, Butler (SG/SF), and Hayward are simply over matched. but Lin didn’t guard Hayward all that much, thank god!

  • cdblue10

    if this is a player that he is backing up at SG I’ll will puke to death…lol

  • cdblue10

    Sac vs. Hornets

  • cdblue10

    So the line up would be… kemba,batum,zeller,william and lee….good luck with the playoff chase.

  • Linzen

    Yeah most of these guys have 4″ and 20lbs+ on JLin. The fact that our boy can compete against them is just pure amazing.

  • Linzen

    Found this on the Taiwan fan site. Sorry if it is already posted since it is from the Cavs game… again boring ASB…
    They are really HIGH on JLin. Enjoy!
    https://youtu.be/vZlDG7P5TFw

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Exactly….Lin is better player than PJ, so expect him to get close to 30 once he get a grip of the offense.

    Bad situation for Lin…This is why he should only shouldn’t stay in Charlotte beyond this year.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    wishful thinking…He’s not going to publicly demand that Lin plays more than Kemba so he can run PnR….He didn’t do it fopr Lin in Houston, what makes you think he would do it now when he just got there.

  • CJSHYY
  • Rich Cho declined to address whether he’s in discussions with the Houston Rockets concerning Dwight Howard.
    https://twitter.com/rick_bonnell/status/699762684393295872

  • Combined with his silence on the Rockets discussion on Howard, I think they’re still trying to haggle until Feb 18 trade deadline.

  • CJSHYY

    They do need a good C… so …. can’t wait for 18 to come…LOL!

  • heart

    Which means he is in discussion w/ Rox in trades for Howard in exchange for….???

  • CJSHYY

    From Yahoo news early… it’s Cody & Frank… I guess Cody will be traded sooner or later but Frank? Not sure about him ….

  • I also think Hornets is very high on Frank, declining 4 draft picks to draft him.
    So possibly Al expiring contract/Cody+2nd round pick?

    Hornets won’t give 1st round pick since Dwight might not stay past 3 months

  • @NathanConley
    Rich Cho on if Courtney Lee will be inserted into the starting lineup: That’s a decision that Clifford will need to make. #Hornets

    https://twitter.com/NathanConley/status/699761792952725504

  • CJSHYY

    Don’t think Rox wants Al… he can’t really play for them even he’s coming back now.

  • CJSHYY
  • CJSHYY

    I think so. They need Lin to be in charge for 2nd unit… right now only 2 PGs.

  • heart

    So now he lets Cliff makes the decision about starting Lee. But when it was Lin, Cho immediately spoke up to make clear that Lin’s signing was to ‘backup’ KW!!!!

  • your son’s voltaire

    BF1 ain’t nothing if Kemba is always on the floor with them

  • For Al, it should be just for expiring contract so they can pursue big FA name in the off-season

  • LinMad

    Al Jefferson?

  • CJSHYY

    Lee didn’t play well this season so…

  • And that’s because Cho knew Kemba could be threatened by Lin’s presence 🙂
    Courtney Lee really just replaced Hairston with better offense.

  • Linzen

    Of course I know it is wishful thinking.
    But consider this… Dwight is now 30 years old. He is on his contract year (player option) and his stock is at its all time low. Maybe, just maybe, he learned from playing with ISO Harden and see the disadvantage of playing with another ISO player.
    In terms of NBA stardom, Harden and Walker are in two different leagues. At Houston, Rockets has always been Harden’s team. However, if DH was traded to Hornets, I believe the team is his instantly. Plus, we all know DH can be a diva too. lol

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Exactly what we expected. Lin is now full time from the bench.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    If cliff started pj, what makes him wouldn’t start lee?

  • LinMad

    If Hornets does get Howard, I bet you Cliff will start Howard with Kemba instead of running with Lin off the bench.

  • Briiick

    Cho was so sensitive about KW which hinted that he is MJ’s untouchable boy.

  • Pete Guelli just informed Zach Lowe about the existence of Bench Force 1 (BF1)
    https://twitter.com/PeteGuelli/status/699765429389099008

  • Linzen

    No, Lin will start with DH…

    in my dream… lol

  • CJSHYY

    Not sure about Lee is really upgrade for Hornets to replace PJ… he’s up & down… PJ did shoot 3P well sometimes… LOL!

  • LinMad

    i think when they try to get a rebound from a missed free throw shot. The players on the side jumping on each other.

  • LinMad

    Do we really need another guard though? When this coach is playing anyone at the point even though they are not qualified rather than empowering Lin at the point?

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Will need to make = He’s better.

  • someone should share with Zach Lowe that BF1 was the best bench in the league before it got broken up and didn’t get consistent playing time together… i feel like it was a long time ago.

  • LinMad

    and then when they brought BF1 back it looked like we broke .500 again.

  • Whitman Lam

    PJ was a foul magnet too, this gave Lin plenty of minutes off the bench. LOL.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    When cliff and kemba decided to play kemba or batum with their bench.

  • Whitman Lam

    Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker. Take back Dwight, Ty Lawson, maybe even Montiejunas.

  • John Focker

    No Ty Lawson please. Rather have Calderon (as Lin’s backup) + Robin Lopez (since NYK is high on Porzingis) for Kemba+Al.

  • Whitman Lam

    I think any big trade for Dwight would have to include Marvin Williams. Maybe Hornets can take back T. Jones who is also a good defender at PF, but doesn’t have the 3 point range.

  • LinMad

    imo, these trades that are going to happen before the deadline are just insurance for Hornets so if they do lose Lin, it won’t hurt as bad (even though it will). It’s also a way to try to keep Lin/resign him. if Howard signs, there is no way Lin is leaving the team.

  • bolero

    Les probably wants Lin back..

  • sport

    Howard trade/signing doesn’t mean Lin won’t be forced to be backup! Lin will leave for a starting role next season! Also last time I checked, Howard doesn’t like playing PnR! Even Steve Nash and MDA couldn’t get him to play PnR, let alone Lin!

  • John Focker

    He can have Lin back if he fires Morey’s rear, hires D’Antoni as HC, offers 80M/5-yr contract to Jeremy, and hires Ed Davis from Portland.

  • Dorothy

    What made you think Lin will stay for Howard? Did Howard treat Lin nice or play PnR with Lin in Houston? NOOOOOOOOOO

  • heart

    Rick Bonnell ‏@rick_bonnell 40minutes ago Charlotte, NC
    Cho indicated it’s likely @hornets would use open roster spot to sign a third point guard from the D-League.
    13 retweets 9 likes

  • I am The Jason

    All this is meaningless with Harden still there dominating the ball.

  • LinMad

    insurance, they are preparing for Lin to leave after this season?

  • wandertheglobe

    Jimmer Ferdette probably.

  • LinMad

    well its up to Lin, but Howard is an incentive to stay since they both liked each other and they can connect on the court over and over.

  • John Focker

    The Lee trade is only the appetizer, and it didn’t cost CHA any 1st-round picks. Main course coming right up.

  • LinMad

    i hope its Nets with MDA

  • sport

    duh! Unless Howard demands Lin at PG in order for him to sign on for next season! This trade will only be temporary before Howard opt-out of his contract for another team.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    So Cho and Cliff have permanently shut down Lin’s plan as starter to play along side with Kemba.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    2 2nds.

  • heart

    Looks like it from Day 1.

  • sport

    Did we see Lin and Howard connect in Houston? Nope cause Howard insisted on playing his post moves and hates PnR. Of course one can hope he’s learned his lesson and will help look out for a good guy like Lin after playing with 2 ball hogs and shot chuckers (Kobe & Harden) and now 3 (Kemba).

  • Dorothy

    You see, they never want Lin to start. Anyone BUT Lin.

  • John Focker

    D’Antoni would make them complement each other, if used properly the Harden/Lin duo is second only to Stephen/Klay. Their first two games together (never played together before) combined for 49pts/20asts and 66pts/9asts.

  • Linzen

    If MDA is the coach, he will put the ball in JLin’s hands and stand Harden’s ars in the corner. hahaha

  • LinMad

    but then is it even a good idea to play side by side with a ball hog?

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    They treated PJ like a piece of nothing today but still a starter over Lin.

  • bolero

    and DH can do the nae nae . lol

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Like game vs Toronto.

  • Dorothy

    No, Howard preferred Beverly over Lin. He pushed for Beverly.

  • heart

    And the drivels that they spouted in order to sign Lin. That’s why Lin believed them and repeated to the press. And that’s how we, Lin fans, had high hopes… But we all can see how it has turned out….

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    At least with Houston and LA, Lin got screwed but he still got his money.

  • LinMad

    i think ever since the Cavs game, Kemba and Lin are having friction on the court. I think Kemba wants to take the big shots but Lin is taking them cause Cliff is drawing the big plays for Lin.

  • John Focker

    Thanks for the reminder, corrected. (didn’t cost 1st-round picks)

  • John Focker

    I wouldn’t say such a thing, at the very least not ’till the dust settles and five games are played after the break.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Cliff will show his loyalty to Cho by starting Lee.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    If the season started today, yes I would agree with you. We’ve seen how they work long enough.

  • remember when Lin and Howard had that 3-day retreat together in colorado (or somewhere?) in the summer, where Hakeem Olajuwon said their pick n’ roll was “deadly”…

    too bad nothing came of that. maybe it will? the two of them always seemed to get along…

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    They do.

  • Dorothy

    If he could start PJ over Lin, there is no one he can not start over Lin.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    lol. so true.

  • BobbyH

    IN the name of hero-ball.

  • wandertheglobe

    On whether Courtney Lee will be in the starting lineup:

    “That’s a question for Cliff [Head Coach Steve Clifford]. I do think he will get a lot of minutes and, like I said, I think he’ll help us on both ends of the floor.”

    On filling the new empty roster spot:

    “I think we will look to fill that spot, possibly look for a third point guard. We’ll probably be looking in the D-League [to fill that spot].”

    On if the team is done making trades:

    “I wouldn’t say we’re necessarily done. Anything can happen up until the deadline, but we are happy with this move and we’re always keeping our eyes and ears open.”

    On the rumor of a Dwight Howard trade to the Hornets:

    “My policy is not to comment on trade rumors so I would like to just leave it at that.”

    http://www.nba.com/hornets/gm-rich-cho-transcript-courtney-lee-trade

  • heart

    That was one of the biggest faux pas that Hornets had done to Lin. Rox used Bev to start over Lin. Lakers used Price to start over Lin. Karma will catch up or is catching to all of them one day soon…

  • John Focker

    The Lee trade is only the appetizer, and it didn’t cost CHA any 1st-round picks. Main course coming right up.

  • Rick Johnson

    Dwight must know his market value is low now and not likely to get near max. He can revive his value by playing PnR with JLin. Hope he’s smart enough to see that.

  • Dorothy

    No, Kemba is not going to Houston. I don’t think Morey is as smart as he is portrayed, but he is not that dumb either.

  • LinMad

    Would be funny if the Howard deal isn’t working cause Rockets are asking for Jeremy Lin.

    I know that would be a pretty dumb trade for the Rockets. Lin would leave right after.

  • Dorothy

    That’s what I was thinking.

  • heart

    Here you go. Cho has spoken up for Lee to get more minutes. Cliff will oblige….

  • Maknusia

    Lol…so which is which..dumb or smart?

  • Rick Johnson

    Couldn’t they just sign him in free agency? They aren’t going very deep this year.

  • Dorothy

    average IQ in my book, but maybe very low EQ lol

  • TTNN

    it cost 2 second round there, what do you mean didn’t cost CHA any picks?

  • LinMad

    ya I meant a trade that involves Lin, like someone + Lin for Howard

  • bolero

    M Rich Cho Transcript on Courtney Lee Trade

    Posted: Feb 16, 2016

    Press Release | Lee Photo Gallery | Lee Highlights

    Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced on Feb. 16, 2016 that the team has acquired guard Courtney Lee and cash considerations from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade. The following is the transcript from Cho’s conference call with the media after the trade.

    Opening Statement

    “Good evening. We are really excited to add Courtney Lee to our roster. He brings a lot of experience. He’s a vet that is a true pro. He brings shooting, he plays defense and he’s a guy that we are really excited about. Also I want to thank Brian Roberts and PJ Hairston for all their hard work on and off the court.”

    On Courtney Lee’s defense and his fit in Hornets system:

    “Cliff [Hornets head coach Steve Clifford] has coached Courtney [Lee] before in Orlando, so he’s very familiar with him. He’s one of the guy’s in the league that can be called a 3 and D guy. He can shoot three-pointers and play good defense. There’s not a ton of those guys around so we are really excited to have him. He’s a guy that plays both ends of the floor which we are always looking floor.”

    On whether Courtney Lee will be in the starting lineup:

    “That’s a question for Cliff [Head Coach Steve Clifford]. I do think he will get a lot of minutes and, like I said, I think he’ll help us on both ends of the floor.”

    On whether the trade was predicated on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s season-ending surgery:

    “That was definitely a factor, losing MKG [Michael Kidd-Gilchrist]. It’s a big loss for us, but when we scanned all the rosters throughout the league, we were looking for three and D [defense] guys and feel like Courtney will be a big help to us.”

    On filling the new empty roster spot:

    “I think we will look to fill that spot, possibly look for a third point guard. We’ll probably be looking in the D-League [to fill that spot].”

    On if the team is done making trades:

    “I wouldn’t say we’re necessarily done. Anything can happen up until the deadline, but we are happy with this move and we’re always keeping our eyes and ears open.”

    On Courtney Lee’s veteran presence:

    “I think he’ll add a lot to our locker room. He’s involved, in the background work that we’ve done on him over the years, has been very positive. I also know he’s also got a high basketball IQ. He’s a good person and, like I said, Cliff [Head Coach Steve Clifford] has had him in the past and he really liked him as well.”

    On him being surprised a player of Courtney Lee’s experience and skill set being available at the trade deadline:

    “Yea a little bit, I think when we looked at all the rosters and at guys that might be available, he was on the list as a maybe but you never know until something happens, we were excited that he was available and we’re happy to get the deal done.”

    On the rumor of a Dwight Howard trade to the Hornets:

    “My policy is not to comment on trade rumors so I would like to just leave it at that.”

    On the leadership qualities the Hornets expect Courtney Lee to bring to this team:

    “I think he will add a lot to our locker room. All the back ground work we have done on him over the years has been very positive and I know he also has a high basketball I.Q.. He’s a good person and Cliff [Steve Clifford] had had him [on his teams] in the past, and he really like him as well.”

  • LinMad

    i don’t know Morey seems to like ball hoggers

  • wandertheglobe

    This trade doesn’t change much from Lin’s perspective. MKG was going to get lots of minutes anyway. Lee has been averaging almost 30 mins with Memphis and he’ll probably going to get the same with Charlotte. Lin will get about the same as he’s currently, around 25-30 minutes.

  • LinMad

    This trade is either going to be a good thing or a really bad thing. I feel like the Hornets already have a lot of depth and when they add more to their roster, especially in their guard positions, they can actually hurt the team more than benefit the team.

    In the worse scenario, I can see Lin playing less minutes. In the best scenario, I can see Kemba getting trading in the next day and Lin moving into the PG position and Howard comes over too.

  • John Focker

    Sorry, Disqus lag caused double post. Already edited the other one but didn’t realize it came through twice.

    Meant to say no 1st-round picks.

  • Dorothy

    I hope what you said will happen, but you think Morey will acquire another ball hog when he knows even Lawson did not work out with Harden?

  • John Focker

    I haven’t mentioned HOU and don’t think it’s a realistic option either.

  • Rick Johnson

    Hornets need a rim protecting, PnR big. Anybody available? Howard cost may be too high. Monroe? Whiteside? Anybody else available?

  • Dorothy

    I see, so you think it is a 3-way trade involving Howard and Kemba.

  • Rick Johnson

    That would be great but with Howard and JLin both with player options this summer it puts the Hornet’s in a bad situation for next year if they both opt out. Unless they’ve already talked to Lin about an extension.

  • heart

    Nope. MKG was eating into Lin’s minutes when he came back to the team. If it weren’t for MKG having re-conditioning issue after a long absence and re-injury in Pacers game, Cliff would have continued to play him even more. Don’t forget Lin went from defeating the Cavs w/one bad ankle and sat the entire 3rd quarter in the next MIA game which they lost.

  • GameWatcher

    Whiteside won’t be cheap either unless you expect him to be a temporary rental.

  • wandertheglobe

    Hornets #5 is taken by Batum. Lee will wear #1

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    There are just too many temporary rental in this league. Even Wade is, granted he got paid.
    However, Lin is among the best player for the money. Whiteside belongs to the same category.
    Heat is going to offer a big contract to Whiteside, that is why they want to get rid of the Birdman. I figure Miami will draft a center next season and Whiteside might have to play heavy minutes. Wade might not be resigned. Miami is not going to be a championship team anymore with Dragic and Whiteside.

  • sport

    From Lin’s videos on youtube it does seem like they still keep in contact and get along. But like Parsons, being friends and playing basketball are really 2 different things.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The trade of Lee is to cover the loss of Lin next season. For the time being, Lin will switch back to backup PG for the bench until further notice. Lee would get the nod to start soon after he gets used to his new teammates. The rest is up to the team record.

  • sport

    I doubt Cho has that much power. Cliff is showing loyalty to MJ who designed Kemba, MKG, and Batum as the big 3.

  • Briiick

    Frankly, I doubt there is any more significant trade left for Hornets. Roberts is gone which means Lin and KW have to stay. Hans has been sitting on the bench for almost half of the season. Either Cliff has no clue how to use a Big rebounder/defender or they are low-balling him on his expiring contract.

  • sport

    Really don’t get why Hornets insist on benching Lin. They never attempted to treat him as a full time starter to convince him to stay! Seems more like bias then anything else. Because last time I checked Batum was also a 1 year rental if he doesn’t sign.

  • Briiick

    KW is MJ’s hand-picked PG. Even Cho was very careful talking about Lin’s role when Lin just signed with Hornets in order not to give MJ an impression that they were going against his boy.

  • wandertheglobe

    Lee is also a FA next year. The Hornets added Lee to replace MKG in trying to make the playoffs. He’s actually a better 3-point shooter than MKG and a decent defender. It’s a no brainer trade for them especially they didn’t give up much. From Lin’s POV, I don’t think he minds the trade. Plus, I think he’s good friends with Lee.

  • sport

    Just cause KW was hand picked doesn’t mean Lin can’t start as SG along with Batum. The only other reason I can think of is so Lin won’t outshine KW. A good management and boss will start his best players and not play politics!

  • Briiick

    You have answered your own question. MJ won’t be happy if Lin outshines KW. The few times he did, his PT was immediately reduced to 20 mins in the following games.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The Hornets has no plan for Lin’s future. They need to find a replacement of Lin who has played a very significant role in the team, close to be irreplaceable. This is a dilemma. The better Lin plays, the more the team worries about next season without him. The more likely Lin will get less minutes per game.

    However the team will do anything to get to the playoff. So it’s up to Courtney Lee to show that he could take the team to playoff. If not, he will be gone next season too. As to Lin, he won’t stay in Charlotte for more than 1 season because he’s too good to be there.

  • JLin Fan from Australia
  • sport

    In other words Hornets is another micro managed team by the owner and MJ is no different from Dolan who insist on keeping his volume shot chucker.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    I trust Brian Roberts and PJ will have a better season with other teams. At least they will play in their natural position a lot and be given more minutes.

  • NONONO

    Lin’s pts is only 3 fewer than Kemba as a starter and with only 10% of Kemba’s ball handling time. Clifford, MJ and Hornets have whatever reasons to keep Kemba as the starting pg and bench Lin. But it would be insane to say defenseless Kemba is a better starter or pg than Lin.

  • CJSHYY

    I am not sure about Roberts bc he will be 3rd PG again in Heat.

  • donsmacau

    JLIN won’t ever publicly complain about anything.

    Let’s see going from 28-30 min. to 14-17 min. and probably not closing games – sure no player would mind that.
    NBA is a business first before any friendships.

  • Briiick

    True. They don’t care about winning more than stud fabricating as long as they earn some money from NBA.

  • donsmacau

    Lin’s points as a starting POINT GUARD is 4 points HIGHER than Kemba.

  • LinMad

    and Kemba doesn’t have to play with Lin when he’s starting. Lin only had 1 starting game where he didn’t have to start with Kemba and that was the Cavs game.

  • Briiick

    I don’t think Cliff can afford marginalizing Lin this much and still get to the playoff this season. Lee isn’t that good.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    With Courtney Lee, Batum may have to play the point forward. He is not LeBron but he will be made to fill the position.

  • NONONO

    Lin created much more scoring chances for teammates than Kemba did which is PG supposed to focus.

  • CJSHYY

    I think so. BTW, I don’t remember Lee’s D is good?

  • LinMad

    and then on bench, he’ll revert back so Lin doesn’t get to touch ball anymore

  • donsmacau

    I have always maintained that if the Hornets/Clifford can win against a beatable team, they will try to prove to the world that they can do it without JLIN.

    Tough teams, Clifford will ask for JLIN’s help – sometimes the deficit hole will be too large or he will call JLIN too late to make a difference.

    I don’t believe this changes.

  • sport

    Lin’s starter stats are limited because he had to play off the ball while Kemba chucked shots or force feed Batum and MKG. Even with the only game where he was main starting PG against Cavs he had to force feed Batum and MKG for half the game but still got 25 points! If Lin was playing true PG like with the Knicks he’d be getting 30+ points almost every game!

  • heart
  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Let the team record tell the sequel of this trade. Courtney Lee will be a pure SG. Batum will have to play 3 to make room for him. My prediction is Walker and Batum’s shooting % will go down and TO will go up because the opposition will key on them more.

  • yellowshadow

    maybe hornets got lee just to trade him right away to houston as part of trade for dwight D:

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Not that he won’t try.

  • CJSHYY

    Lee is not tall enough to be SF, Batum will back to play his position. Maybe that’s their staring lineup for next season.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Here is my prediction:

    Starter: Kemba, Lee, Batum, Williams, Zeller.

    Bench and regular rotation: Lin, Lamb, Kaminsky and Hawes.

    Lin will play more with Batum as 2 while Kemba and Lee on the bench.

  • Seahawk

    The Brooklyn Nets have offered the job of general manager to San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Sean Marks, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 17, 2016

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Good now we don’t have to hear about it anymore.

  • Pete Roces

    No more nets for Lin then…

  • CJSHYY

    Rox traded Lee 4 years ago to Celtics… don’t think they want to take Lee back.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lee is a one trick pony. He is not a play maker. He is a pure SG. A very undersized SF. He’s never been known as a good rebounder nor play maker. He’s already 30 and a border line starter.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Lin outplayed Kemba whenever they met.

  • yellowshadow

    rox tries to get former players they traded away all the time… dragic, lowry, kevin martin, even lin last season, the list keeps on giving

  • yellowshadow

    fark. you had one job to restart your franchise, brook.

  • CJSHYY

    These players are doing well but not Lee…He’s up & down.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The trade for D12 will never work out. D12 is a showcase and he would never go to a small town like Charlotte for long.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    It costs them 2nd round pick and one of them is from Brooklyn.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Hairston started not because of his offense.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    It makes great sense but GM won’t listen and give a chance to Lin.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Pounds for pounds, money for money, Lin is the best.

  • Briiick

    Morey needs him to get to the playoff. It’s just a show to D12.

  • Briiick

    Nets have no picks, no good players and no future LOL.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Lin would probably be the security blanket. They start Courtney Lee for sure.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Kemba.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Rockets won’t make it to the playoff because the Trailblazers is hot!

  • Joe what do you know

    Really? SF? Not SG?

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    None of the SGs seems to work well with Kemba’s style of basketball. What makes us think that Lee will be different. It would be quite a scene if they start Lin again with all those SGs on the bench.

  • MorlockO

    Not too sure… Lin is a Spur type of player… seeing that lin has been compared to parker so many times… I don’t see any other parker type PG in the league… so we need to see…

  • Briiick

    Backup PG, SG, SF and C, LOL.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Hornets is temporarily back in the playoff race with lots of good teams standing by for the 8th position. This team has no room for mistake. One bad game, the team will be out of the playoff picture. Tow bad games, it will be out in the playoff race. Detroit Pistons is only half a game behind the Hornets and they have beaten many stronger teams.

    Whether Lee can help them in this new team playing a new game of basketball, completely different than that of Memphis, is still hard to predict. Lee will give his best effort in his contract year but that is the end of it. There is no guarantee that any player can work out in a new team. He doesn’t have lots of room to get used to. There are only about 30 games left. Clifford has to play him though.

    Lin can concentrate working as PG on the 2nd team with Lamb, Hawes and Kaminsky.

  • grover chang

    What Cho says sounds pretty good. If he is smart, unselfish, and works hard on both ends of the floor I don’t have too many complaints. If he is as a good a vet as Williams then a very good trade.

  • grover chang

    well, supposedly Morey is all about math and doesn’t care about chemistry. In that case Kemba looks good.

  • The Hornets is desperate to make the playoff.
    They still remember the losing streak when they lost Al and MKG.
    They need rebounding and defense and know Zeller/Hawes are not the answer.

    It will be interesting to see if they have a backup plan to get a center if Morey asks too much for Howard.
    If they’re smart, they will work their phone on other center(s) to force Morey to come down on his price.

  • LOL at CP3 piggyback on Howard
    @sportingnews Piggyback rides are now flagrant fouls.
    https://twitter.com/sportingnews/status/699807250853003264

  • grover chang

    CBS sports list the best player on each team in the NBA. I’ll give you the easy ones. Curry is the best Warrior and Lebron is the best Cavalier. Who is the best Laker? Who is the best Hornet?

    http://www.cbssports.com/nba/photos/the-best-player-on-every-nba-team/26

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    good for the league.

  • Trade to HOU would be a nightmare for Lin fans, even for 3 months 🙁

  • yeah, I hate politics 🙁

  • yup, he’s gonna follow the same recipe

  • Steppen03

    Totally! Linsanity have to happened. And now we are all waiting for Linsanity Prime. Honestly, I can’t say I would change a thing for Lin if there’s a time machine to go back. It’s the journey that shapes a man, a winner; Not an easy road to glory. I have to thank NYK for JL7’s $25M. I have to thank M&M for JL7’s extra motivation. I have to thank LA for freeing JL7. I have to thank CHL for giving JL7 a chance to prove doubters wrong.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Morey has never been known to be easy on trade negotiation. Within a few days, we can tell that D12 will stay in Houston. Hornets really has nothing to offer for D12. Hornets may offer a couple of big man; Big Al and Hawes or perhaps a first round draft choice but that won’t help Rockets in their playoff race; however slim the hope it will be.
    Unless the trade is bundled with Jeremy Lin who could help the Rockets instantly in their playoff race.

    The question will then be with Roberts gone, who is going to back up Kemba and run the 2nd team. So Hornets has nothing to attract the Rockets to make the deal.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    This kind of basketball stinks!

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Tell you the truth, he has more chance of getting minutes competing against Beverley…Beverley will not play 35+ minutes every night.

  • Whatever happens.. just don’t let it be JLin to the Rockets.
    I don’t want to relive that nightmare, even for 3 months 🙁

  • John Focker

    Maximum tolerance of average Lin fan to Houston toxicity: 3 hours. It’s a medical fact. 🙂

  • james brown

    sharing this will make you a stronger person and knowing that will act positively on the eventualities. show your Mom what you can do to her as i did when my mom was still with us. We show love not to the dead for they don’t know nothing anymore but we NEED to show it to those whose still living!

  • ICYMI a good read on the reasons why the Hornets will OR will not be able to trade for Dwight Howard. 50% chance
    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/699813092012613632

  • james brown

    jealousy is aS REAL as our LIFE…for most its been part of everyone without even knowing its there because it is masked by their own selfish motives.

  • yellowshadow

    does anyone wonder what happened to the linsanity crew, and what they’re doing now?

    jared jeffries – retired and is now pro scout for toronto raptors
    landry fields – no longer in the league after injury to shooting arm and labral hip tear
    steve novak – on OKC averaging 2.4pts in 3.4 min for the season
    tyson chandler – on top 3 worst team in the league (suns) averaging 5.9pts/0.6block/8.5reb in 28.5 min for the season
    amare stoudemire – on heats averaging 5.4pts/4.5reb/0.8blocks in 14.2 min for the season

    holy h***, lin led THAT team with pure teamwork and chemistry and gave all those guys a career year except amare. he outplays kemba in efficiency literally every game, but NBA is still not convinced he is a starter caliber PG ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • John Focker

    Don’t forget Shumper, Billy (now Henry) Walker, Josh Harrellson, Baron Davis and Mike Bibby.

  • I must be above average.. I couldn’t last 3 min listening to HOU broadcasters without having a physical reaction LOL. Drexler voice brought back a lot of traumatic memories!

  • yellowshadow

    i didnt include bibby and davis because they were about to retire anyways (and competing position ie davis vs lin starter argument). bibby is a legend in sacramanto. harrellson didnt really play much minutes/games during linsanity games… i did forget about billy walker, who’s playing somewhere in south america i believe.

    we all know where shumpert, isometric melo, and jr chuck-smith is, so i didnt go the extra mile on those guys xb

  • Steppen03

    Very interesting =)
    JL7 will outlast all his NYK teammates. Dont like it but so true. Gosh, missed those guys playing with JL7 – except Melo. Well, can’t dwell in the past for me – hope JL7 finds a “real coach,” soon – one with more balls.

  • yellowshadow

    one wonders if either colangelo or MDA wanted their respective job, especially MDA after all the abuse and scrutiny he received while coaching the hateful fans of knicks and lakers, all franchises who are doing far worst than when he was the head coach there.

  • Steppen03

    Trust me, it’s all changed now that things went south with Bev and Lawson. I don’t think they can be so low and stupid in regards to JL7. However, I don’t like JL7 to hang with selfish Harden.

  • John Focker

    Next up on the agenda, smacking players’ faces and drawing blood is being considered for qualifying as flagrant.

  • Briiick

    Let me guess. Morey has to pretend to work hard on DH’s trade to make DH happy. But if Rox don’t make it to the playoff, Les could fire him for all the mess he has brought. If DH stays, Rox still have a fair chance to make it. If DH is gone, which Hornets’ players can help Rox reach the playoff ? The answer is obvious.

  • yellowshadow

    i personally miss jared jeffries the most, who was the staunchest supporter of linsanity. i am surprised at fields, who, if anything, was athletic and would’ve been a decent bench player. if steve novak could work on his defense, he would be a premiere 3 and D type,… but yes, i miss those times too 🙁

    tyson chandler not so much, because as much as he benefitted from linsanity, he joined the lin hate bandwagon and said, “lin lacked control of the game” after lin left to play for houston.

  • Steppen03

    This is darn funny!!! Small CP3 jumping all over Big DH.

  • Interestingly, all of them were drafted except for JLin.

    Lin is simply a survivor!

  • Arsenium12 .

    At least, Courtney Lee likes Chipotle …
    __________
    https://twitter.com/CourtneyLee2211/status/608021082944106496

  • John Focker

    Goes to show you how “professional” the teams’ scouts really are. I’d say @TTNN, @Acbc, @KHuang and many others here would do better than most of them dumb scouts.

  • I can see Morey tries to pull a trick of not interested in JLin but ask in the last second.
    JLin’s ability to play next to Harden and his marketing revenue are so valuable for the Rockets

  • Arsenium12 .

    Jeremy Lin congratulates Phil Yu, creator of the Angry Asian Man blog, who won a “Justice in Action” Award from the “Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund” (AALDEF).

    The award was given at the AALDEF lunar new year gala on Feb. 16, 2016 in New York City. For more info, go here : http://aaldef.org/2016-aaldef-justice-in-action-awards-and-lunar-new-year-gala—feb-16-2016.html
    __________

  • yellowshadow

    remember the good times!

  • I thought they’re happy with Bev as a perfect partner for Harden?

    Oh let it not be so. Never go back to the same boss who tossed him aside so easily.
    He’d end up being the scape-goat again

  • CJSHYY

    Maybe he’s w Lin…LOL!

  • KHuang

    Not just us.

    Most Lin fans would do better.

  • Rick Bonnel’s article seems to confirm that Lee will start to replace Hairston/MKG to free up Batum from constantly guarding top perimeter scorer.
    https://twitter.com/rick_bonnell/status/699820432036384769

  • KHuang

    NOT hard to predict.

    Courtney Lee will not help the Hornets.

    He likely will score around 10 ppg because Walker will pass him the ball more than Walker would to Lin. But Lee is not going to put pressure on opponents and will not be able to make creative dribble drive plays. And the Hornets starters will still fall behind with Lee on the court when Lin’s not playing.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    So, seem like what Chinese articles said Rockets wanted JLin in trade held some truth. My guess is Rockets wanted JLin associated in the trade with DH12 but Hornets…… So it’s interesting to see what will happen in the next couple days.

  • KHuang

    Won’t matter.

    Courtney Lee will not help the Hornets win.

  • CJSHYY

    I agree. In fact, I really don’t think Lee can shoot that well or play any good D.

  • John Focker

    Not to mention being tossed aside TWICE. The first time on Xmas Eve.

  • yup, and we don’t expect the Hornets will realize any time soon that Kemba inefficient hero-ball is the #1 main issue.

    The same way the Rockets would never admit Harden’s hero-ball becomes the cancer

  • John Focker

    At the very least he won’t HURT the Hornets the way Kemba does.

    Yes, not asking for much here.

  • CJSHYY

    I do believe Rox wants Lin back but I don’t think Hornets will give Lin back to Rox.

  • John Focker

    I suspect that the Hornets have realized the error of their ways.

    The bad news is, however, that the rest of the league have also come to the same realization.

  • Maknusia

    lol…will be in mute

  • sport

    No they haven’t if not Lin would be starting as PG and Walker would be benched or pushed to SG. The fact they’ve been padding Walker’s stats to push him as a star says they haven’t realized their errors. In fact Cliff and Hornets have copied Rocket’s handbook and how they’ve treated Lin, constantly relegating him to the corner and not allowing him to play PG which is his natural position!

  • MorlockO

    What I like about this is that it show that the Hornets might have given up playing batum as a SG. I’ve been watching lee play this season and he does not demand the ball and just plays within the system and plays defense.

  • John Focker

    Well, Cho himself said there’s more coming, for whatever it’s worth. It takes two to tango, though.

  • sport

    not “real coach” just the “same coach” who brought us Linsanity! Colangelo and MDA needs to make this possible!

  • I guess it really depends if Kemba will not break team offense repeatedly post ASB.
    If showcasing him didn’t work, then it’s time to reign him in to reach the playoff.

    I still have my doubt =)

  • Briiick

    They know, but they have sunk their big money in it and think most clueless fans will buy the stat padding anyway.

  • KHuang

    Lee is a player who will get decent stats but will not impact the game positively.

    Lee is a passive player, not an active creative one.

  • 2 best & worst case trade scenario of CHA & HOU =D
    Worst: JLin in HOU jersey
    Best: Kemba in HOU jersey

  • John Focker

    Fair enough, but from Clifford’s post-game interviews and facial expressions, guy’s tired of Kemba’s antics. The high usage is definitely from F/O agenda and not Clifford himself.

  • oh, let’s hope so ..

  • John Focker

    In a world of ball-hogging egomaniacs, passive almost sounds like a compliment these days. *sigh*

  • sport

    Short term memory? Nothing is going to change those racist haters who still believe Harden is NOT the problem. They deserve to miss the playoffs with their fake star Harden.

  • John Focker

    Bestest, Kobe + Harden + Kemba. They’ll have to add a second AND a third ball to go around. LOL

  • I’m always amazed to see casual fans reaction of “stars don’t need to play D, let’s surround them with better talent”

    Even after Spurs and GSW won the rings with team defense, we still have this typical reaction. It’s mind-boggling

  • sport

    Yet they couldn’t slide NB back to his SF position for Lin? But they can do that for Courtney Lee? BS!

  • KHuang

    Not THIS kind of passive.

    The Hornets need a dribble driving creative athlete next to Kemba, not a standstill slow limited nondribbler like Lee.

  • I would actually watch this game =)
    hahaha…

  • sport

    With Courtney Lee acquired I can see Lin’s minutes going down. This will not help Hornets and they will not realize how Lin’s the only real star on the team that can bring them to playoffs until it’s too late.

  • Rick Johnson

    Should be, can mess up someones back and have chronic problems.

  • John Focker

    I’m not, many of these fans can only manage addition, meaning they only understanding scoring. The fact that they fail to understand subtraction means that being scored (defense) on is beyond them, and by the same token division and shooting percentage (efficiency).

  • Acbc

    If Morey wants Lin back, it’s probably to because Lin is the only way for him to keep his job. Everything Morey has done is coming unravelled all becuase he hated the fact Lin disproved his genius analytics. Morey was so set on protecting his pride that he created a uncoachable egotistical monster named Harden.

    The only reason Houston became something was becuase of Lin and Harden played so well together and made the playoffs surpassing all expectations. Losing Howard would leave a team doomed for failure. Getting Lin back could create the best backcourt again that made the team a contender. Les gets Linsnaity again and Morey can claim that his analytitics was right. Morey may actually keep his job if he can somehow get Lin back and turn the Rox into a contender again.

  • JoeTeam

    not really together, right, just on the court at the same time and different times. Like, they were on the same team ha ha.

  • Briiick

    That is what I have speculated too. Don’t think Morey has any leisure to think futher. He needs to get in the playoff or possibly gets fired.

  • JoeTeam

    Great share.

    FIFhim

    “Although Jeremy is not in the same [shooting] class as Klay (Thompson), he (Klay) can be like that, too.”

    JLin is in a higher glass as far as generating offense through his teammates and with/for himself. Klay … he’s hot or cold. I would say Klay is the better Novak or JR Smith. And Splash Brothers is a better name than Linsanity because it’s just more fun to be a bro.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    A chance? They’re in the playoff, just need to stay there

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Morey would not trade lin had he known he couldn’t get C Bosh.

  • Acbc

    The first part of the year, they were the most exciting tandem. Lin made Harden even more deadly by forcing opponents choose the lesser of 2 evils. The Lin express or Harden’s 3s.

    Morey and Mchale slowly changed the dynamics to push Lin out and make him a fluke and bench player.

  • your son’s voltaire

    mostly agreed, but no thanks! Lin doesn’t need to cover for no chucking zero-defense ball hog

  • CJSHYY

    Don’t want Lin go back to Rox for Harden & Morey. I think Hornets will not do it either.

  • your son’s voltaire

    especially if getting Lee meant reduced minutes for Lin

  • your son’s voltaire

    if piggy back rides are now flagrants, so should clotheslines

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    I don’t think they will trade lin either but $2m lin going back to Houston would have a good end of the stick. They’re a struggle team now.

  • Acbc

    Purely speculation on why Morey may want Lin back. IMO, I hope Morey gets his just reward and gets the axe at the no of this year.

    As for Lin’s current situation, I’m already mentally shut down for any hope for remainder of this year and fixed my eyes on Lin joining Sixers and MDA next year. That’s my hope. I want Lin to save himself for the next team, next year. Hornets can flush themselves down the toilet for all I care.

  • your son’s voltaire

    there’s still hope pending new trades. Cho said he’s not done

  • yellowshadow

    i hope lin does not go to houston, do not want to interact with that clutchfan toxicity.

    the reason players and fan base abhor houston rockets so much is because they are pretty much the worst fan base in the league, not to mention floppy bird harden, greedy pirate howard, and lowball haggler morey.

    they will cheer for you when you’re doing good, but no other fan base turns on their players faster than clutchfans. they must be indoctrinated on this behavior since their pieces get swapped like cards in a poker game.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    That’s good.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    It’s not about us and klutchfans, it’s all about lin’s career.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    Agree. Hornets needs JLin whatever they think. Hence, they won’t let JLin go on midseason. Glad that JLin has an out after this season. He can choose where he will go for a longer contract.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    Been watching those jlin’s game highlights. Not once Clifford clapped or cheered for Lin great play. All cold reaction.

  • yellowshadow

    it impacts lin because we all know how it is going to go down. any time lin performs sub par, the media and its toxic fan base will be writing negative press on how he doesnt fit the system with harden. he will be scapegoat for every game lost as he used to be. sooner or later lin will hear or read about it, which will affect his confidence and general happiness (one of the reason why he went to low market team like hornets).

    fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me.

    lin must NOT go to houston rockets. if he goes to rockets now and they still dont make playoffs, guess who they will say is at fault? our jeremy lin.

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    LOLOL I watched the game in mute or very soft to almost mute most of the time anyway except some Hornets games:-)

  • John Focker

    You sure missed Clifford “jumping in joy” during Kemba’s 52pt “breakout”. Oh and his “ecstatic response” during the post-game interview.

    Didn’t exactly lavish Kemba with praises, suffice to say.

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    We shouldn’t care for Internet bullies. People go to the games have respect for lin.

  • John Focker

    I have colleagues from Houston, they still blame Lin. “He cost us the playoffs”. This is how these ingrates treat the guy who was responsible for both of the playoff wins, by blaming him for the starters’ fault. Daniels nailed the three because JEREMY got the ball back from Harden’s TO. And Rox would’ve had their third win if McFAIL (sorry Mods, but this calls for it) didn’t sub Jeremy out for ZERO POINT NINE SECONDS.

    Nah, he shouldn’t go back. Many of the fans are either malicious, or ignorant…or both.

  • yellowshadow

    exactly! those haters still hate on lin for the houston/portland series even when lin single-handedly saved two games while harden couldnt sell any of his flop and chucked shots and missed. absolutely unbelievable.

    and we’re still hoping lin will go to houston for a better opportunity? wake up people!!!

  • Rick Johnson

    I want to see some of this. Would make the rest of the season’s games so much more fun:

    https://youtu.be/qoBKouwqrSo

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    So biases

  • takemeback2reaganyears

    If trade he has no choice.

  • Arsenium12 .

    The AALDEF supported Jeremy in 2012 …
    __________

    AALDEF Statement to ESPN On Racism in Jeremy Lin Coverage

    Saturday, Feb 18, 2012

    ESPN’s use of the derogatory headline “C**** in the Armor,” describing Jeremy Lin’s turnovers as costing the Knicks its seven-game winning streak on Friday is racist and inexcusable. Although ESPN issued a statement apologizing for its lapse in editorial judgment, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) asks that this apology be aired prominently on ESPN’s television programs, so that it is clear to all viewers that this racist language is unacceptable.

    AALDEF in turn extends an offer to meet with the editorial and production staff of ESPN to educate and assist in establishing procedures to prevent racism or stereotyping of Asian Americans in any future coverage.

    This ESPN headline followed one day after MSG, owner of the Knicks, aired a racist image of Jeremy Lin popping out of a fortune cookie, and after Fox Sports Columnist Jason Whitlock apologized for his offensive tweet about Jeremy Lin. It appeared three days after an ESPN anchor used the exact same phrase “C**** in the Armor” on air in an interview about Jeremy Lin.

    The time for apologies is over. The media and the general public must understand that racist language and stereotypes used to describe Jeremy Lin are an insult to all Asian Americans, and no one should tolerate their use.

  • yellowshadow

    morey will be wanting something ludicrous for dwight like lin+frank+marvin+lamb because he is a lowball haggler. this is why he’s never known for making big trades by the trade deadline, but signs big names during free agency.

  • rookie75094

    And have clutch grovel and beg for Jlin forgiveness and have the rockettes revokes it’s press pass

  • John Focker

    Dear Mods, I have a message stuck, please help. Thanks!

  • yellowshadow

    lets not forget the carmelo in jeremy lin’s jersey number bs he pulled off. he was set on moving lin, didnt like that poison pill he swallowed.

  • John Focker

    Charlotte would have to be pretty darn stupid to trade him.

  • John Focker

    Morey’s pulling the same trick he did with a discontent Asik: pretend to trade and asking for the Moon + Venus in return, and of course no one bites.

  • yellowshadow

    that’s exactly what i thought of when i saw houston allegedly putting howard on the trading block. we know how morey works, lol.

    ahh.. asik… remember when he was playing with lin, he was a top 5 center in the league? how time flies.

  • JoeTeam

    true but how long was that, 5 games?

  • yellowshadow

    they did it for most of the first season. any time harden felt cold, he became a facilitator for jlin. one of them were bound to be hot for the night. once harden let the super stardom get to his head did it all fall apart.

  • JoeTeam

    my bad … I can only remember JLin coming back off ASG 2nd season with amazing shootings stats, and struggling through that back injury. The bike …

  • Time to have a dedicated thread for Hornets Trade News & Rumors for the next 2 days.
    May the Holy Force be with JLin
    http://www.jlinportal.com/hornets-trade-news-and-rumors/

    With 2 days left before the Feb 18 trading deadline, Charlotte Hornets have been active to trade players in order to reach playoff in the competitive Eastern Conference this year.

    Feb 16
    1. MKG 2nd injury on torn labrum pushed the Hornets to make moves because the Hornets will miss his defensive presence and rebounding ability. The Hornets upgraded in SG/SF position by trading for Courtney Lee from Memphis Grizzlies in a 3-team trade that sent PJ Hairston and two 2nd-round picks to Memphis and Brian Roberts to Miami Heat. Rich Cho commented this as fulfilling the need in “3 and defense”. The 3rd string PG vacancy would be filled from the D-League.

    2. The Hornets are also in trade talks with Houston Rockets to assess what it takes to bring Dwight Howard in to provide defensive presence at the center position. Charlotte clearly does not think Cody Zeller and Spencer Hawes are able to provide consistent rebounding and defensive presence necessary to reach the playoff. It remains unknown if the Hornets are willing to give up valuable assets including 1st round pic

    Summary: The Hornets are willing to make moves to reach the playoff. The desired need is for wing presence (Courtney Lee) who can play defense and shoot 3s and center (potentially Dwight Howard) to provide rebounding and defense. But the Hornets are not willing to give up many assets or 1st round picks. These players have expiring contract in 2016 so they are potentially only 3-month rentals. Jeremy Lin seems to be assigned role as backup PG/SG/SF for the time being with the loss of 3rd-string PG in Brian Roberts

  • Martin Chong

    What Alex did to sopport lin while lin been marginalized in Houston? Nothing.

  • Acbc

    This is a good reminder to all fans that wants Lin to get into playoff with Hornets. They will use Lin as an excuse just as Houston did. They’ll try to win without Lin and fail, then insert him to take the blame.

  • GameWatcher

    Don’t think the chemistry will be the same going forward. What is it that they say about fool someone 3 times?

  • John Focker

    I’d give the Hornets fans a bit more credit. On average they’ve been both more savvy and classy than Houston fans.

  • Good analogy =)
    If they only understand basic addition, it would be very hard to understand the concept of “addition by subtraction” lol

  • adele

    And they are.