Jeremy Lin’s Impressive FA Value; Nets Super-Important PG

In the past 2 weeks, there have been more impressive stats showing Jeremy Lin’s hidden values as a Free Agent steal and fascinating interview with Kenny Atkinson as the newest the Brooklyn Nets’ Head Coach regarding the ‘super-importance’ of the Point Guard position which will bode well to Lin or any point guards in the NBA.

  1. Jeremy Lin appears in 2 out of the Top 10 effective 5-man lineups for 2015-16 regular season. (per fivethirtyeight.com)

Impressively, Lin and Marvin Williams were the only 2 Hornets who appeared in both lineups emphasizing their impact. This truly shows JLin’s ability to make his teammates better no matter if they are starters or reserves.

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2. Jeremy Lin 13-game starter stats have 4 great companies (per listicled.com)

A quick look at players who can match those numbers (17 pts/4 reb/4 ast/.580 TS): Curry, Durant, LeBron James/James Harden. Despite the small size of 13 games, Lin showed a great value in stepping up big time to beat strong teams such as the Cavs in these games.

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3. Nets Point Guard is Super-Important

Kenny Atkinson on Nets need for a PG: “It’s like the NFL quarterback. It’s the Drew Brees, it’s the Aaron Rogers. It’s super important. It’s a big decision for us, which way we go there. Obviously, we can’t talk about it but there are some exciting names out there. Hopefully we get lucky”

Knowing the history how Kenny Atkinson helped Jeremy Lin to create Linsanity as the most exciting NBA story in 2012, it is probably safe to consider Kenny would love to recruit Jeremy Lin in his first head-coach position. There is no guarantee but it is very encouraging to consider their ties.

NY Times also published a well-written article “Rookie Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson Was Shaped by a Globe-Trotting Career” to chronicle the journey of Kenny Atkinson. It’s interesting to note that both Kenny Atkinson and Jeremy Lin shared the strong work ethics and perseverance throughout their career to start from the bottom to climb to the top.

  • takeme2cruz

    Not me again?

  • lleepar

    > which has an event coming up on May 30 in the Harpa Center in Reykjavik. If he’s going to the event, he’s there a couple weeks early. But he’s an avid fisherman, and the Iceland is a haven for anglers. (Does Jared Jeffries still have that fishing show?)
    > which has an event coming up on May 30 in the Harpa Center in Reykjavik. If he’s going to the event, he’s there a couple weeks early. But he’s an avid fisherman, and the Iceland is a haven for anglers. (Does Jared Jeffries still have that fishing show?)https://startupiceland.com/tag/jeremy-lin/”>[link] which has an event coming up on May 30 in the Harpa Center in Reykjavik. If he’s going to the event, he’s there a couple weeks early. But he’s an avid fisherman, and the Iceland is a haven for anglers. (Does Jared Jeffries still have that fishing show?)

  • psalm234

    Very interesting. I asked @HollyisYourStar who’s an expert in Iceland if she invited Lin to Iceland
    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/732657465108520960

  • psalm234

    @BrooklynNets
    Did you tune in? Catch up on key points from Coach Atkinson’s @WFAN660 Interview:

    Coming off Monday’s press conference when he was introduced at the Nets new Head Coach at HSS Training Center in Brooklyn, Kenny Atkinson jumped on the line with Joe & Evan on WFAN for a radio interview to talk Nets: his first impressions, his players and his vision for the future.

    “I was blown away by the infrastructure here, a D-League team 45 minutes away. That’s the way this league is going. Listen, I’m from New York and grew up on Long Island. For me, this is a high-priority job if I ever had the chance to compete for it.”

    “I think we can build something. It’s not going to happen overnight. I want to see steady improvement on a daily basis. I think we can find some players for the way we want to play.

    “I’m excited, I think we can get it done and I’m ready to get to work.”

    “It’s going to be a grind every day — that I can promise the Brooklyn fans. We’re going to have a great culture here and bring in high-character players. We can turn this thing around.”

    The first thing we have to sell is the change in culture. They have to feel that. A bunch of our players yesterday were saying, ‘we want to be a part of this.’ We have to put it into action now.”

    “At the end of the day, it’s New York. It’s a great market and there’s tons of potential here.”

    [On the NBA Draft Lottery] “I think we have to focus on our future and think of the different ways we can get players here. We’re not focused on that. Past is the past, and we’re trying to be really creative.”

    “We have to be able to play small, play big and rebound — height, strength, versatility and skill.

    “Brook is an excellent starting center in this league and Thaddeus’ resume speaks for itself. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, man there’s your draft pick. He’s an athletic guy and can defend the position. Why can’t he be a darn-good starting three-man in this league?”

    “I’m optimistic we can find the pieces. Sean Kilpatrick, White Plains, he’s driving into the workouts at the practice center and he’s hungry. He’s ready and has got a chip on his shoulder.”

    “It’s tough to win in this league, our mentality is that we’re going to improve and be a competitive group in this league.”

    https://twitter.com/BrooklynNets/status/732651999326535680

  • lleepar
  • 7Jeremiah17

    “You have a great facility, the Barclays Center, which I was blown away the first time I went there. Great arena, a great, diverse fan base.”

    I know a way to make the crowd become 95% Asian.

  • After listening to Atkinson’s press conference yesterday, I’m even more ecstatic about the prospect of Lin joining the Nets next season. Nets remain my #1 pick for Lin by far for a number of reasons. Atkinson and Marks seem like genuine guys who are all about doing the right thing, who value substance over flare and who are looking to develop a team of high-character, unselfish players. I can’t think of a more PERFECT coach/GM for Lin.

    I have the utmost confidence in Atkinson/Marks to create a Spurs-like culture and Lin can be in on the ground floor and help develop this culture. Nets is a better option for Lin than Spurs, because he gets the benefits of a Spurs culture AND he’ll have the freedom to play his game. I know a lot of Lin fans are excited about Spurs, but I don’t think Lin will be able to play his game with Spurs, because Aldridge is a post-up player and Kawhi acts sort of like a Point Forward. There’s a quote by Parker that says with Aldridge and Kawhi, he knows he’s only going to get about five shots a night, so he’ll have to make every shot count. Lin is a scoring and passing PG, but with Spurs, he won’t have very many opportunities to score and very few PnR opportunities. So I know this may not be popular, but I really don’t like the Spurs for Lin, even if Lin gets to start there.

    I think right now, it’s more important for Lin to establish himself as a star PG than to win rings. And I actually think Lin can make the Nets a playoff team next season, as long as he gets to start and play PG. I have felt that Lin is destined to join the Nets, since there are a lot of interesting coincidences/signs that connect Lin/Linsanity to the Nets. I lay them all out here for those interested: http://www.jeremylintel.com/2016/05/16/i-feels-like-jeremy-lin-is-destined-to-join-the-nets-next-season/

  • lleepar

    In the last thread, I posted a picture of JLin posing under a net.
    I want his next selfie from Iceland showing him posing under a rock.

  • takeme2cruz

    Yes most of us are seeing Brooklyn would be best suited for Lin (vice versa) but we should not put all eggs in it. We need to prepare just in case Lin ends up to sign with another team like we all have been wrong before.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    You mean you want Lin to sign with the Rockets again???

  • lleepar

    He’d have to have rocks in his head, not over his head, to do that. I just want him under a rock that Kenny Atkinson is looking under.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    LOL. Oh, now I get it.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Another reason to like the Nets is they don’t have any draft picks for the next few seasons. So they have absolutely no incentive to tank.

  • David Kim

    my first choice is Nets not spurs…

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    They desperately need to win games right away to start the season on the right foot. They need players of great work ethics.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Brook – Lin
    I’ve got to hand it to U.
    Who else?
    How many ex-teammates Nets have for Lin?

  • JLin Fan from Australia

    JLin’s schedule that we know:
    10-17 June Taiwan
    22 June Opt out of his contract and become a free agent
    1 July FA begins

    Exciting time to wait:
    22 days (3 weeks) to Taiwan
    35 days (5 weeks) to become FA
    44 days (6 weeks) to FA

    Not far to go now:-) Hopefully we will know a little more of what JLin is thinking about his coming FA when he arrives in Taiwan.

    My prayer for JLin: Go to a team/an organization really wants him to be THE PG with a totally trust him to be THE PG head coach with at least 12 millions+ payment (Preferably 15+) per year. Meanwhile, enjoy his time with family and summer break.

  • Lin Dunn

    Latest Inquisitir is advocating the Pacers to sign Lin as their starting PG, and move Ellis to 6th man.

  • Spot

    Nets will not go after Jeremy and there’s no signal Atkinson and Jeremy have been close these years.

    Instead we have MDA and Lin who had dinner together, who text each other after games and so on.

    Forget the Nets: they’re a mess, without a pick and they have already ruined a GM carreer and some coaches’ too.

    Sixers will not tank anymore. Got plenty of young players who are great.

  • Arsenium12 .

    An article in the publication “Focus Taiwan” says that Jeremy will be heading to China AFTER being in Taiwan. Here is an excerpt :

    Jeremy Lin (林書豪) will visit Taiwan June 10-17 as part of his annual Asia tour, his agency said Tuesday. During his stay in Taiwan, the Charlotte Hornets point guard will coach at a basketball camp in Kaohsiung June 11-12. While in Kaohsiung on June 11, Lin will also attend a Christian gathering to share his life experience.

    He will be in Taipei June 13-16, when he will take part in a series of activities, including a charity event, a seminar, a fan meet-and-greet, and two promotional events, before heading to China June 17.

    See : http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeas/201605170026.aspx

  • Spot

    Sixers pitch to Jeremy:

    -your favourite coach
    -next Steve Nash. Keys of the team.
    -starter
    -menthor to young players
    -pnr after pnr
    -run and gun

    Nets pitch

    -new York
    -Asian community
    -starter
    -coach who helped you a lot years ago

  • CJSHYY

    What about George Hill?

  • Arsenium12 .

    More from Iceland …

    vivitee913 (IG) — When you casually run into Jeremy Lin at Reykjavik! Guess I’m never washing my BC sweatshirt again
    __________

  • Lin Dunn

    They recommend to move him to SG

  • Lin Dunn

    Looks like his little brother is in the background

  • Nets is a COMPLETELY different organization now that they’ve hired Marks and Atkinson. The change is palpable. they used to be a mess. Not anymore. They used to be the wrong place for Lin, not anymore. I know it may not be a popular opinion, but Atkinson is a better coach than MDA. I actually don’t think MDA is that good of a coach in general. Also Sixers organization is more of a mess to me, because you have the GM who has a relationship with MDA and then you have coach Brown who will be looking over his shoulder to see when they will promote MDA. I think there’s going to be a lot of politics in Sixers that will get in the way of developing good chemistry, cause it’s hard to buy into a coach who you feel might be gone at any moment.

  • Rick Johnson

    Think that’s his older brother. Younger bother has samurai hair like JLin but with a rat tail.

  • Glad to hear it. I think a lot of Lin fans get excited about Spurs, because Spurs is a great organization with a GOAT coach. But when you examine the situation closely, it’s not a good situation for Lin. This article gives an idea of the limited role Lin can expect if he joins Spurs, even as a starter: http://www.caller.com/sports/professional/nba/defying-the-decline-spurs-parker-adjusting-again-25de89ed-b410-4b9b-e053-0100007f5296-359734541.html

  • Lin Dunn

    But older brother is busy being a new father? Oh well, I think that is younger brother b/c of the shape his ears

  • I’d be pretty surprised if the Nets don’t go after Lin, given the dearth of good FA point guards. I see Lin as being the only viable free agent PG for the Nets. Lin is lucky that there aren’t very many good free agent PGs this off season. I go into more detail in my article. Of course, Nets can get PG via trade or overseas. But if you’re talking free agency, then Lin is really the only one that fits, cause I Conley is too costly and I doubt Conley would even be interested in joining Nets.

  • sws94

    Spurs would be a risk. It’s hard to predict how much Lin would play. Even if he didn’t initially, injuries can always lead the way for more. IMO, there’s a huge need for Lin on the Spurs. There’s chance of high reward in that risk.

    Nets to me is the 2nd house on the market I know of (say Sixers were the first). It’s a possibility. But the realtor says more houses are going to be available in 3 weeks. So, I want to check those houses out as well before making my choice.

    I think D’Antoni is a fantastic coach if he has the right type of players. If not, he doesn’t seem to tweak his system enough for his players’ talents.

  • real-dsb

    you guys are stalkers if you can identify Jeremy’s brothers by the back of their ears! =p

  • sws94

    Dellavadova, Jennings, Rondo if they are crazy enough to consider are some. Chalmers certainly can play point, Foye isn’t bad, DJ Augistin isn’t bad. Conley of course but probably will be most expensive.

  • Arsenium12 .

    Joe Lin posted this to Instagram a couple of hours ago …
    __________

  • Spot

    Nets were interested in Conley since November. He is their priority.

    Players go where money are. Even Marks didn’t wanna go in Brooklyn. Then money make him change his mind.

  • donsmacau

    Not sure how you can conclude Atkinson is a better coach than MDA at this stage.

    MDA has a body of work that includes 4 years atop the Western Conference second only to the Spurs at the time; then for various different reasons did not achieve success at other places.

    Atkinson has never been a head coach, so until we can attribute what he has done to a record or responsibility, we don’t know how Atkinson will be judged.

  • Spot

    Not at all. Atkinson is just a temporary coach. When they will attract stars, stars will rule like every other NBA team, including these new Spurs.

  • occupatio

    i think youre right about the limited opportunities on the spurs.

  • real-dsb

    how did you know the June 22 opt out date?

  • donsmacau

    If Conley wants the money and goes to the Nets then that means the Nets in all likelihood enticed Conley in other ways as well as the money; e.g. big market, getting other players he wants etc.. – because we know Memphis said they will pay max.

  • real-dsb

    who are they? Jeremy, brother, mother?

  • Cycloben

    Yes, but which front office is more trustworthy? I do not want another James Harden surprise even before a single game has been played.

    As we can see from past history, the front office controls the coaches, so I am just wondering which one is more reputable and not prone to sudden star chasing and fake star creation.

  • I’m sure Nets are interested in Conley, but at what price? Sean Marks was hired in Feb, so whatever happened before Feb doesn’t really factor anymore. I think Marks is too smart of a GM to overpay for Conley.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    That’ why I hope this time Lin makes a point of meeting with EVERYONE before signing: coach, GM and owner to make sure everyone is on the same page. Michael Jordan was not down with all the promises Cliff made by phone.

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  • Cycloben

    Exactly. Clifford probably threw game 7 after the front office put the kibosh on him to showcase Kemba and Batum.

  • real-dsb

    NBA forced Dikembe to tweet this followup to keep their conspiracy under wraps.

    https://twitter.com/officialmutombo/status/732681253091201028

  • Yep. I hear you. I knew someone would make this obvious point. It’s just my opinion that Atkinson is a better coach than MDA. I’ve laid out reasons for MDA not being a very good coach in the past in my articles. Of course, only time will tell. If you’re interested, I talk about MDA’s shortcomings some in this article: http://www.jeremylintel.com/2016/04/17/who-cares-about-the-playoffs-lets-talk-about-atkinson-joining-the-nets-as-head-coach-linsanity-2-0/

  • Cycloben

    Yeah. Sixers seem fishy to me because there are so many variable
    agendas the front office can pursue, MDA notwithstanding. Even he has
    to accept his marching orders, otherwise he would get fired, again.

    The front office is king.

  • Glad you see it, too. I think a lot of Lin fans and probably Lin will be blinded by the thought of joining such a venerable organization and not really see that Lin’s role will be limited. A situation like Spurs is good for Lin to go to when he’s already established himself as a start PG. It’s not the right time for him to join a situation like the Spurs.

  • donsmacau

    I’ll reserve judgement on whether an incoming new Head coach is better than a Coach of the Year winner and 2 time Western Conference Finalist until after I see a few games.

  • Rick Johnson
  • sws94

    I have an argument to that point. What if I say you never know when you get the chance to get a ring and if you can get a significant role in getting that ring, it may be your only chance in your career?

  • donsmacau

    There are hundreds of lower skill players who have won rings doing very little from the bench and COMPLETELY forgettable – that is the fact.

    Now JLIN will never wish to encounter another situation like he experienced in Games 1,2,6 & 7 marginalized on a playoff team.

    JLIN will be a starter leading his own team from now until he decides to stop – despite what his detractors want for him

  • John Focker

    It was asked on Twitter, and I think it was Woj who answered it.

  • John Focker

    So Lin either becomes a Spur (Nets) under Marks/Atkinson, or a Sun (Sixers) under Colangelo/D’Antoni(?). I prefer Sixers because of Lin’s playing style is more akin Nash (under the caveat of D’Antoni becoming the coach), but would be happy with Lin starting as PG for either team.

  • sws94

    I read your points on MDA. I agree with most of them.

  • CJSHYY

    Got this from the other side…. from 6:35 started to talk about Lin….

    Kenny Atkinson On WFAN– http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/05/17/nets-coach-kenny-atkinson-free-agency/

  • BobbyH

    The reaction from the report bringing up Lin’s name about a perfect marriage, Kenny with a joyful laugh. That’s is a good sign.

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! I think he sure did talk to Lin…. LOL!

  • sws94

    Not talking about Lin, moved it to others when host Evan Roberts asked about him. That’s fine, doesn’t mean Nets aren’t interested, just not showing who they may be favoring (if any at this point).

  • zxcvb

    “Will there be a mutual interest between you, the Nets and Jeremy Lin?”

    Atkinson starts laughing knowingly and immediately says, “You guys know I can’t talk about any free agents…”

    Pretty clear that there’s already “motion” there, if only on the Nets’ side. An offer is coming. We’ll see what it is.

  • DrewBear2

    The opportunity (if it arrives) to play for the Spurs as heir-apparent to Parker is unlikely to appear again next time Jeremy is a free agent. I also think there is disagreement on “limited role”. But even if we agree that Jeremy’s role would be limited, the opportunity to increase his role during the course of next season is very high.

  • real-dsb

    He’s not allowed to talk about other teams’ players or free agents.

  • alain gervais

    why they doing this to me? why the teasing? Its driving me insane

  • alain gervais

    Wait What?

  • sws94

    When asked about Lin he said he couldn’t talk about free agents but said there were many on the list that were good players. When asked about developing Lin, he didn’t say much and went on and talked about how the player does most of his own development and coaches act as guides.

  • alain gervais

    Wooooooooooooooo lol Its happening.

  • real-dsb

    The host tried to ask Atkinson about Lin joining the Nets. Of course Atkinson gave no comment. Then host tried to ask Atkinson about Lin with the Knicks since that was in the past and not directly regarding free agency. Atkinson still only talked generally and not about any player directly. So the host moved on to asking Atkinson about his own players, which he could answer.

  • sws94

    For me, as expected, inconclusive. Too early.

  • occupatio

    im not sure if youve discussed this yet, but the new nets GM sean marks is basically a spurs guy. hes a pop protege, and is all about bringing the right culture and team guys to the organization. his hiring of atkinson also speaks well of what Marks.

    in other words, nets could be thought of as a nascent san antonio. its a totally different look compared to the billy king era.

  • alain gervais

    At the end of the day Its Lins choice

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    Lin/Lopez will be the next Lin/Chandler. Double L’s of Death. i’m aLLin!

  • zxcvb

    Lopez is way more talented than Chandler offensively. He’ll get lots of easy dimes on pick and pops and post-feeds. Lopez is supremely skilled; his big problem is rebounding and injuries.

  • real-dsb

    I think the Wizards got a lottery pick

  • real-dsb

    darn, Lakers kept their top 3

  • CJSHYY

    Besides Lopes who can do the Reb?

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i actually liked Chandler because he wasn’t so talented offensively but he did all the right things as a pnr Big man like set picks, roll at the right moment, and dunk!

  • Rick Johnson

    So Sixer’s get the top draft pick. If they go with Ben Simmons. It could be Embiid / Simmons / Lin. Maybe they get Barnes , Parsons, Williams or Batum at SF?. Beal at SG?

  • zxcvb

    Young averaged 9 boards on a slow-paced team which is good. They’ll need the entire team to contribute. Lopez can at least box out and let others grab the boards. Lin has always been an underutilized rebounder, IMO.

  • sws94

    How did Motumbo know? That’s the $50,000 question.

  • zxcvb

    He was an elite finisher for sure. His lack of jumper and post-up game limited him, though. If Lin’s jumper wasn’t on, then there’s not much they could do.

  • Rick Johnson

    So perhaps a week in China then return June 25th? Should be home for when FA starts.

  • real-dsb

    LOL, Dikembe was right! The conspiracy lives on!

  • zxcvb

    Math 101. Sixers had the highest probability.

  • sws94

    Indeed!

  • Arsenium12 .

    (via ESPN) NBA Draft Lottery Top 10 :

    1. 76ers
    2. Lakers
    3. Celtics
    4. Suns
    5. Wolves
    6. Pelicans
    7. Nuggets
    8. Kings
    9. Raptors
    10. Bucks

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    if it’s rigged then the league must really want Sixers to win next season. they’ve been getting their hands dirty with the Sixers all year long. may be a good idea for Lin to go there. FT freebies. LOL

  • real-dsb

    The entire draft corresponded exactly to the odds. #rigged

    #sarcasm

  • alain gervais

    And the sixers get younger

  • zxcvb

    People can really be silly.

  • real-dsb

    Well, if there’s good news from the draft lottery is that the Sixers got the #1 pick, so they most likely won’t take PG Kris Dunn (unless they trade down).

    They’ll take a center instead. LOL

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    again?

  • zxcvb

    It was a joke.

  • zxcvb

    Yeah, the Sixers remain in play since they “only” got the #1 pick and not another Top 5 (since the Lakers landed #2).

    Without MDA as head coach though, I’m still leaning towards Brooklyn. Not sure what Bryan is doing. Seems like he’s deviating from Dad’s plan.

  • alain gervais

    Its hilarious

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    well, you never know LOL. but then again, new GM. i’d guess they’ll go for a SF Ben Simmons

  • Rick Johnson
  • alain gervais

    They will lose and lose a lot

  • Jamie

    They still need a backcourt
    also cant see Simmons and Okafor get along both have huge egos
    Ingram is better for now

  • Rick Johnson

    Not if Lin on the team. Think of what he could do with that assortment of bigs. If he could make Asiik and Jefferson look good, just think.

  • Jamie

    for who lol

  • alain gervais

    Yes they will. a group of kid who want to prove themselves. Just shoot and cure less about defense. That team is a no go zone.

  • alain gervais

    IF the lakers didn’t teach you about bad teams. IDK what will. They pick the wrong coach. Have the wrong type and mix of players. Lin won’t win on that team

  • donsmacau

    Hornets without JLIN would do much worse than Sixers with JLIN – you don’t know much about Colangelos.

  • Jamie

    The Lakers are gonna be so good with Russell, Clarkson, Randle and possibly Ingram if they are luck, under Luke walton
    They just need to sign a capable centre like Biyombo they will be unstoppable in a few years.

    The 76ers still need a backcourt with Ingram at 3 they can be really, really good because they have really good bigs

  • alain gervais

    No they won’t.Thats not how basketball works

  • Jamie

    If they draft Simmons. Lin should really avoid going there
    they will lose a lot and he wont get many touches

  • alain gervais

    Lakers need much more then that. They will lose a lot again. Regardless who they draft. even if those rookies are good

  • donsmacau

    If you studied JLIN’s history and you still doubt his capability with young, athletic no-name players, there’s not much left for you.

  • donsmacau

    There is zero chance Simmons starts at PG under Colangelos and most likely he’ll be a SF or SG.

  • alain gervais

    Lakers was a good mix of veterans and unselfish hardworking players. With a great offensive mind. Lin is not god. Lakers was the only bad team Lin has played with. Every other teams was pretty good.

  • donsmacau

    Have you been right about much with your prognostications this season?

  • Rick Johnson

    I don’t know much about him. I thought he’s a PF not a PG? What’s wrong with him? They still need a PG.

  • donsmacau

    You mean the Lankers? under BScott tank commander?

  • real-dsb

    As a reminder, Nets could have had #3 pick, but they traded it to the Celtics. They traded for Garnett, Pierce, Jason Terry and Celtics got 2014, 2016, 2018 1st round picks, and the right to swap 2017 1st round pick.

    http://www.nba.com/nets/news/nets-acquire-nba-champions-kevin-garnett-paul-pierce-and-jason-terry

  • Jamie

    Thats why i said in a few years the youngsters need to grow up but they will get there LA can always attract FAs
    but the raw talent is there just need good management Lakers have the upper hand there

  • donsmacau

    No leadership/low character on the Lakers team, both Clarkson and Russell think they should run the show. Walton has his work cut out for him.

  • alain gervais

    Thats exactly how bad teams are bad. They make those choices. Look you can believe what you will Teams that make bad choices always make bad choices. Teams that come out of nowhere have a good mix. Sixers don’t have a good mix. They are too young. Dantoni isn’t the coach. Nets are further along then them. In development. Anyways I’m done debating

  • Jamie

    Yes a SF like Lebron and handles the ball a lot so Lin wont get many touches

  • alain gervais

    Nice insult.

  • Jamie

    Yes hes a SF but like Lebron he handles the ball a lot like point forward

  • alain gervais

    same thing for the sixers

  • donsmacau

    JLIN is the point guard on a MDA offense, in what universe does that mean he doesn’t touch the ball. lol ridiculous.

  • donsmacau

    Just a question, I regret you feel hurt.

  • joy

    Trust me. He’ll be asked the same question again. Haha~

  • Rick Johnson

    Well maybe if he can handle the ball, and pass he could be like Dramond Green.

  • Jamie

    Walton is their leader. Clarkson has also matured a lot he can put russel in his place

  • alain gervais

    Yea you’ve said that before

  • donsmacau

    If you knew anything of how the Colangelo’s bring along a young player much less a rookie, you’d speak with more persuasiveness.

  • donsmacau

    And I mean it every time.

  • sport

    Reporters knows what’s up! Atkinson isn’t going to let someone he trained “before the fame” go. Atkinson believed in Lin even before MDA so there’s A LOT of trust there.

  • Jamie

    Well he plays like LeBron so yah he will get touches

  • Jamie

    He’s not even the head coach yet, its all just wishful thinking
    and this is still a players league so simmons will get his
    thats the reality LOL

  • John Focker

    Statistically speaking, it is highly unlikely that the ENTIRE draft corresponds EXACTLY to the odds.

    Then there’s that Mutumbo tweet that slipped, was rescinded, and then proven correct.

    Just saying.

  • Jamie

    If you knew how this league works, you’d know its a players league
    and if you knew anything about SImmons he handles the ball so yah there you go

  • sport

    I doubt he would say anything about Lin, don’t want to get fined. Also don’t want other teams competing for Lin’s service.

  • donsmacau

    65% chance Sixers & 35% chance Nets that’s also the reality

  • grover chang

    #1 hinkie is a genius and colangelo enjoys the spoils.

  • alain gervais

    For those Saying sixers will be good with Lin and fight for the playoffs. Ill just ask. Out of the last 20 years in the NBA. Name one team who has so many young players and went from winning 11 games to fighting for a playoff spot?????? Teams like the hornets last year or the Blazers both the last 2 years. The rockets with Harden and Lin the first year surprised people by making the playoffs. All these teams had a good mix of players. Young and old. You notice when a team is making good choices. Picking the right mix of player. For the rockets it didn’t last. Still teams don’t have that many young players and Win a lot.

  • Jamie

    what reality LOL thats ur wishful thinking not based on any facts whatsoever

  • donsmacau

    Hinkie engineered a 10 win season and that makes Hinkie a genius?

  • alain gervais

    Bye

  • John Focker

    You forgot the #sarcasm tag…

  • donsmacau

    Let’s meet back in 44 days when JLIN is playing on either the Sixers or Nets and then again when Simmons gets a few minutes a game and rarely handles the ball.

  • Rick Johnson

    Alex Kennedy ✔ ‎@AlexKennedyNBA
    I’m happy for 76ers fans. They obviously had no say in tanking, but had to endure those losses. Now, they get top pick and future is bright.
    https://twitter.com/AlexKennedyNBA/status/732733662953897986

  • Jamie

    A bunch of rookies aint gonna win you games
    They are still rookies no matter how great they are
    even MJ used to lose

  • sws94

    MDA has 2nd interview with Houston.

  • alain gervais

    If they trade some of those players. Add some veterans. A yea r or two of maturing goes by. We will see. Simmon was taught as the next lebron. So we will see.

  • donsmacau

    Anyone who doubts JLIN’s ability get make a team of scrubs who are motivated, enthusiastic, athletic and want to learn to play like a TEAM doesn’t know ANYTHING about JLIN.

  • Jamie

    lol again wishful thinking

  • John Focker

    2004-05 Suns went from previous year’s 29-53 to 62-20 winning WCF with the only significant addition being Nash.

    Lin’s the second coming of Nash.

    Also, Lin led the sorry Lakers to beat fully-staffed GSW last year.

  • real-dsb

    Yes, the odds of the entire draft corresponding exactly to odds is not high. It’s 7.3% (.250 x .188 x .156)

    But it’s still the most likely single permutation.

  • Rick Johnson

    But they have ton’s of cap space to get veteran free agents too. They got too many bigs already anyway and can trade Okafor to get a good vet.

  • CJSHYY

    Really? That’s really surprised to me.

  • cdblue10

    What ???they want Lin back…No way!!!

  • Rick Johnson

    Why would MDA be interested in that? Harden is worse than Melo.

  • zxcvb

    Biggest problem with the Sixers is that they have too many trade assets. I can see Bryan Colangelo doing something silly like trading an All-Star caliber center like Okafor for Dennis Schroder.

    Lin and his agents should use the Sixers as leverage, but Brooklyn is the clear front runner now. Even if there’s a last minute coup d’etat and MDA is installed as head coach, I’m still leaning towards the Nets. They need Lin for so many reasons (including $$$ and media attention).

  • donsmacau

    Zero chance MDA goes to Rockets even if he’s offered the job.

  • alain gervais

    Thats not how the nba works.

  • donsmacau

    What makes you think Bryan Colangelo would trade Okafor for Schroeder?
    Is there something in BC’s history that makes you think he might trade a recent top pick for a backup point guard?

  • zxcvb

    Sounds like more PR pressure from his camp. It’s always good to get a coach’s name out there to make him look desirable. Kenny Smith won’t be hired either, but he did a good job making himself look like a viable coaching candidate in the future. Gotta play the PR game.

  • donsmacau

    lol

  • real-dsb

    it wasn’t easy beating out the Lakers

  • Jamie

    Okafor is too talented to be traded but if you do, better go for a really good player
    Their bigs are all rookies
    Hard to win when ur bigs are young kids

  • alain gervais

    joe johnson 3 years experience , shawn marion 5 years experience, amare stroudermire 2 years experience, richardson 4 years experience, and steve nash 8th year in the nba. No rookie was a big part of the offense

  • HVJoy

    “The plot thickens”, as Joyce always says. Lol.

    I too am as surprised by MDA’s move, but anything can happen. Let us just sit back and get entertained by this off season NBA activities about Lin and anything/anyone Lin-related.

  • sws94
  • alain gervais

    I feel like you wish for a lot of thing. I didn’t say you cant wish. We all can dream. Don’t make it true. I wish i had a purple dragon.

  • zxcvb

    1) Major logjam at center — someone has to go.
    2) Sixers rumored interest in Schroder.
    3) Not promoting MDA.
    4) BC was brought in to make trades.

  • sws94

    really? ha!

  • alain gervais

    I like watching game of thrones

  • sws94

    I don’t think he is. He is a very good player but his shooting is poor. Ingram shoots well and may be the better defender.

  • Jamie

    Yep, buch of rookies with big egos can be very hard to work with

  • sws94

    Ah.

  • donsmacau

    There’s no chance Okafor would be traded for Schroeder straight up – zero.
    Might they trade Okafor absolutely, he doesnt fit into the Sixers/MDA offense, but they will demand someone much better than Schroeder.
    MDA will be Head Coach early in the season.
    BC will make trades but not silly trades.

  • Jamie

    That didn’t really happen with Rockets, Lakers and Charlotte. Guys went for theirs

  • alain gervais

    Its just odd debating some one with facts then they say a dream of theirs. When i said i like purple dragons. Would you still debate Lin should go to philly? I get some which for this. Still please say you are bias. Or atleast its a wish of your. I cant debate dreams.

  • Jamie

    and all the insults

  • zxcvb

    You’re taking my words so literally. Maybe Atlanta throws in another asset/pick. Maybe it’s a 3-team trade. Maybe it’s another PG entirely. Doesn’t matter. The point is that BC is a wheeler and dealer and Sixers have lots of assets to acquire a PG who isn’t Asian.

    Without MDA at the helm, I have little to no confidence in Philly. Lin has been swindled before by two-faced GMs and coaches.

  • donsmacau

    It’s a shame you know so little of JLIN or appreciate how he makes just about every teammate he’s played with better (proven statistically).

    That says alot about those of you who think this way. smh

  • Glad to hear it! I think we’re in the minority of the Lin fan base in not being that high on MDA. 🙂

  • donsmacau

    Where you coming from Jamie, since you’re relatively new here amongst true JLIN fans.

  • alain gervais

    Wheres the insult?

  • real-dsb

    No need to insult others’ opinions.

  • donsmacau

    JLIN won’t allow himself to be swndled again, whoever he chooses Nets/Sixers you can bet that will be the best choice and we will all support his choice.

  • kittyhead

    If he takes the job, his career will be over forever, sad to say. D’Antoni, wake up!! JH, Morey, and those clutchfans are so poisonous!!

  • alain gervais

    Opinions are opinions. Debating them is futile

  • Jamie

    I didnt say he didnt make people better but he didnt make them play teamball thats a fact
    you need a reality check
    the hornets played iso so did the rockets

  • Rick Johnson

    Be nice if they could get Ed Davis to show the rookies how it’s done. I think he’s too small to be a starting center but would be a good bench center, instant chemistry with Lin and a veteran presence.

  • Jamie

    not you specifiacally but people get insulted here for their unpopular opinions

  • Yes, I’m aware that Marks came from Spurs and is a Spurs guy. It’s why I have been so high on him and after hearing him speak at Atkinson’s press conference, he appears to be the real deal. So that’s why I’m really optimistic about the future of the Nets. I do see them as a nascent Spurs as I mention in my article. I think it’s a great opportunity for Lin to get in on the ground floor and help develop that Spurs culture. Lin is the perfect man for the job. I just hope the Nets and Lin both realize this.

  • alain gervais

    Raptors getting blown out. Cavs had it so easy this year 50-32

  • kittyhead

    darn, Lakers didnt lose their pick…= =

  • sws94

    Well, so far no losses. See if Toronto can change that.

  • Ha ha. Spurs (Nets) or Suns (Sixers). Right on! I

  • Jamie

    Yah hes a good bench player for sure some vets can definitely help them

  • alain gervais

    Yea i notice that. They do it in smart rule abiding ways. so do it back to them. lol

  • sws94

    No one can. like you said, it’s all opinion. Or it is wishes and dreams.

  • donsmacau

    Factually wrong, JLIN as a playmaker (when he was afforded the opportunity) had his squads play teamball better than any POINT GUARD on the Hornets and pretty much every team he’s been on since Harvard.

  • alain gervais

    And the funny thing is i wish all they were saying was true. H*** id prefer what they are saying. If it was real

  • donsmacau

    That was not an insult.

  • takeme2cruz

    Why you think that? He went for 2nd interview?

  • sws94

    Yes, I think so.

    I have a question for you. Remember the either audio or article you did on Lin as Harden’s ballboy? That sometimes happens with Lin even when he starts. Do you know why and how it can be avoided in the future?

  • Jamie

    Again that only happened when harden/Kemba was out
    Look, I agree Lin can lead good teamball but he needs to be trusted by his coach completely not with clifford or mchale

  • real-dsb

    These are condescending insults:

    “It’s a shame you know so little of JLIN or appreciate how he makes
    just about every teammate he’s played with better (proven
    statistically).”

    “That says alot about those of you who think this way. smh”

  • alain gervais

    Im sure it will stay reasonably close but not really. Its a non embarrassing blowing out lol

  • real-dsb

    “Yea i notice that. They do it in smart rule abiding ways. so do it back to them. lol”

    Please don’t, it only encourages everyone do imitate that behavior.

  • takeme2cruz

    If MDA gets the job in Houston, don’t rule out they will offer Lin a contract. Morey has history of going after his former PGs. Remember, to them business always comes first.

  • zxcvb

    They’d have to offer a HUGE contract. Way more than the Nets (who have less cap space). At least 4yr/60M to even consider. That’s what Demarre Carroll got last year, so that’s the minimum from Philly.

  • donsmacau

    That could be your interpretation.
    This JLIN fansite is for the purpose of exchanging positivity about our favorite player. There should be leeway to defend JLIN’s verbally stated dreams against brand new posters and others who have shown a pattern of NOT supporting JLIN’s stated goals.
    Rather, there seems to be a moderation focus on defending the “doubters” of JLIN.

  • Cycloben

    Houston is basically free money. As long as he caters to Harden, he will have cash in the bank.

  • real-dsb

    good, I would be glad if Houston offers Lin a contract. Give him more leverage for other teams. (Like Chris Bosh LOL)

  • takeme2cruz

    Absolutely.

  • donsmacau

    It’s a ploy in conjunction with the Colangelos to show that MDA is desired as a head coach and the he must be kept on the Sixers team at all costs.

  • Cycloben

    Lol, yeah. Houston is good trade bait.

  • I think I remember which video you’re talking about. Lin has had some of the worst situations a player could ever have in the NBA after Linsanity. So I think it’s all uphill from Lin’s days in Houston and LA. I think the situation of being a glorified ball boy can be avoided if Lin doesn’t play alongside a ball-dominant “superstar”. That’s first and foremost. And secondly, but just as important, Lin needs a coach who actually understands his game and gives him the freedom and trust to run the offense. I’m hoping that the Nets will be that situation for Lin and Lin can FINALLY start at PG and run the offense for an entire season. Only then can people fairly judge Lin’s real potential.

  • sport

    When was the last time MDA was willing to “cater” to a star? why do you think he quit Knicks and Lakers?

  • sport

    I hope you’re right, if MDA doesn’t get hired as head coach ASAP they will have zero chance at Lin. But seriously Nets are the obvious front runners.

  • Cycloben

    Too much politics on the Sixers. I get a bad feeling about that team.

  • sws94

    Regarding MDA and Houston, maybe MDA looks at them and sees they could be fast paced and suitable for his system.

  • Cycloben

    Exactly. Maybe he has learned his lessons, lol.

  • sport

    Doesn’t hurt to have leverage!

  • sport

    LOL I don’t think so.

  • donsmacau

    Fool me once, shame on you; fool-me twice shame on me.

    JLIN will not be shamed again by that organization.

  • sport

    But he would have to deal with another diva volume shooter, not sure if he would like that. Might just be PR talk to get Sixers moving.

  • Briiick

    Ever since Les watched a few Run-N-Gun games led by Lin during his first year in Rox, he has demanded that playing style for Rox. I feel Les is enforcing it just as he used to order Morey to get Lin. There are only 2 seasons left in H’s contract so they may feel differently than in the beginning of his contract.

  • sws94

    Thanks. So I think that rules out Chicago if Rose leaves and they become interested in him. I can see Butler being a ball hog. The one danger always is Lin signs, everything looks good, then a trade or signing is made for that ball hog (Houston and Harden scenario). But, maybe Lin’s fortunes will move in a better direction.

  • Cycloben

    Lol, the only thing houston is good for is to be a trade bait.

  • takeme2cruz

    Last I check, Lin was Harvard grad Eco degree. He will not rule out anything. This is why coach Atkinson refuses to comment about Lin when asked. All he said was hope for good luck.

  • Cycloben

    If so he needs to clean away some dead wood first, starting with the gm.

  • sws94

    Well, yes, but he interviewed and apparently may again. So he has to be aware of that. I don’t think it is PR personally, I think MDA is trying to get a head coaching job and has applied for 2 that we know of.

  • real-dsb

    Yes, that is my interpretation of what is considered an “insult”.

    Also, I consider the “If you think [this opinion of Lin], then you are [condescending insult]” to be Labeling (#5) and an Insult (#8).

  • donsmacau

    Yes, the NBA is a business and JLIN is the most intelligent NBA player.

    Two things, first MDA won’t coach that team with Harden as the star (a simple review of the prima donnas who MDA has coached to bad outcomes make that clear) ; Second, JLIN is smart thats why he never goes back as long as Morey is there.

  • real-dsb

    Honestly, I think MDA is just looking for any head coaching job. He probably hasn’t gotten any offers yet, so you have to take whatever interviews you can get.

  • real-dsb

    Or he can bring it back to Sixers and pressure them.

  • sws94

    He can do both. But if he’s interviewing, there’s a possibility he could land an HC job. And HC is bigger than Associate HC.

  • Briiick

    It may be different this time if MDA is his hire, recalling that McHale and Harden were Morey’s hires.

  • takeme2cruz

    MDA wouldn’t go back 2nd times to Houston if he has no interest to coach there. In this world there’re only 30 NBA head coach jobs, you don’t say no to one unless you’re the legend with multiple champs. Mike has nothing to lose especially his reputation has been destroyed after the Lakers.

    Lin? Multiple options on table, nobody knows.

  • Cycloben

    Well, this is the nba after all. Fake superstars are the rules de rigeur. That is why I am so bored with the nba.

  • donsmacau

    Well if the “If you think… then you …” is automatically an insult then where was the Mod comment on these?
    “If you knew how this league works, you’d know its a players league and if you knew anything about SImmons he handles the ball so yah there you go” Jamie
    “IF the lakers didn’t teach you about bad teams. IDK what will.” alain gervais

    Are these not insulting enough for you.

  • CJSHYY

    But can he deal w Harden? I don’t think Harden will let PG to in charge the ball.

  • real-dsb

    do you prefer college ball instead with less superstardom?

  • freemind

    If Colangelos really want MDA to be head coach I thought he would have done that once season ended. Other teams got rid of perfectly functioning coaches, sixers easily could ride on a tanking team excuse to let go of Brown. Leading me to think that it was never the plan to have MDA as head coach.

  • donsmacau

    The whole going back for a 2nd interview is a political act- you just don’t see it that way.

  • sws94

    I think Harden would still be the PG.

  • Cycloben

    Houston will end Jeremy’s career, the same way they almost ended Jeremy’s career by progressively easing him onto the bench, and then trading him to the tanking lakers.

    There is a reason I hate them with a passion.

  • PPP

    normally, how much an associate hc gets paid?

  • cdblue10

    MDA coaching style fits the NBA games perfectly On this era.If he will get a job and landed on a team that gives him the reign to really coach his style he will be successful.

  • donsmacau

    Brown has
    1. the only relationship to Dario Saric currently
    2. Close relationship to Joel Embiid
    3. sentimental and political sensitivities lingering from Hinkie which might be exacerbated at this time
    4. Brown is likable and appears to follow the Colangelos orders

    Brown also has 200 losses in 3 seasons, that is a record and worse than any of the 13 coaches fired thsi year; MDA will be the new coach (an agreement that MDA and Jerry Colangelo made back in December) and the change will be early in the season.

  • PPP

    to be fair, Rockets actually a team that can run MDA’s offensive scheme. Only problem is Harden’s defense will get even worse. Or he needs to hire a defensive associate head coach to help him.

  • DrewBear2

    I doubt MDA can change the inevitable lack of synergy with another Harden/Lin pairing. I know there have been rumors of Morey getting fired. Any whispers of a Harden trade?

  • alain gervais

    fair point

  • donsmacau

    Yeah Harden is the only player that can hold a light to Kobe and Carmelo.

    How well did the experience of Kobe & Carmelo go for D’Antoni (hint: both guys got MDA fired)
    So I’m sure MDA is looking forward to coaching Harden.

  • real-dsb
  • takeme2cruz

    I see it what it is, he wants the coaching job. Pressuring 76ers to fire the head-coach so he can get promoted is not who MDA is.

  • takeme2cruz

    Me too but it is what it is.

  • donsmacau

    The Colangelos and MDA are setting the stage to keep MDA and position him for promotion and that is exactly what the Colangelos and MDA are doing.

  • takeme2cruz

    If there’s such rumor, why wait?

  • hchao

    In the previous thread, someone mentioned in NY radio interview after the presss conference, Atkins said that they are chasing ”undervalued” players. With Nets new coach, cap salary and injury problems, Conley is not even remotely close to that criteria. I doubt very much Nets is still interested in Conley.

  • takeme2cruz

    Seem that way but it’s not happening.

  • takeme2cruz

    Colangelo says don’t blackmail me after I’ve done for you. Just go.

  • donsmacau

    There only remains about 3 open head coaching jobs in the NBA – every single rumor that MDA would take the job Nets, Suns, Pacers, Kings, Wolves… all fell flat.

    What is your theory if he does not get a Head Coach job at Houston?

    That means MDA is then just a terrible coach or terrible interviewer, correct?

  • real-dsb

    What if Colangelo calls MDA’s bluff, and MDA turns down the Rockets HC offer to remain as associate coach for Sixers? That would be hilarious

  • donsmacau

    Colangelo Sr. and Colangelo Jr are on-the-same-side with MDA

  • takeme2cruz

    You don’t get to be invited to the 2nd interview had you been a terrible coach terrible interviewer. Team has it’s own agendas, is he fit or not would be their number 1 mandatory.

    I don’t have any theory, many fit to coach but few are chosen.

  • takeme2cruz

    Lol.

  • donsmacau

    I do have a theory and it’s the same one I’ve had since December with few modifications.

    You might be right that MDA gets offered to be the Houston coach (but honestly it’s a slim chance)

    I still like my theory until it’s proven right or wrong – as all theories are eventually.

  • takeme2cruz

    Yes until then.

  • Brewkowski

    The only bright spot on the sorry Lakers team last year was the bench that was led by Lin – one of the better ones in the league.

    This year with Charlotte was bench force one until Clifford felt it was getting too much attention over the starters and mixed up the rotation.

  • Acbc

    How many players have there been named Lin? How many have the record for most points as a rookie pg?

    I have no doubt that he can turn the Sixers around in 2-3 years. The same amount of time for Nash to turn the Mavs around till he became Nash the MVP at 30 for Suns?

  • Acbc

    What do you dream for? Let’s hear your reality based opinion.

  • alain gervais

    What??

  • alain gervais

    wishful thinking

  • cdblue10

    I can’t even understand your sarcasm,I think your barking at the wrong tree but to satisfy your ego,I don’t believe MDA will accept a coaching job from Houston.

  • cdblue10

    Houston is not really a good fit for MDA because of their style of play,he needs a young team that can propel his 7 seconds offense.

  • John Focker

    2 and 3 years, though not rookies, are still green. Nash’s on 8th and Lin’s on 6th.

    But basketball is not all number lines, there have been plenty of rookies who played beyond their predicted capability (and vice versa, i.e. Kwame). The key is to HAVE FAITH in Jeremy’s leadership, ability to structure effective offense, and set role model on D.

    Remember Linsanity happened with rooks (Shumps, Fields) and D-Leaguers (Billy Walker, Steve Novak, Jerome Jordan), not even NBA rooks. Toney Douglas was only a sophomore. Except for Tyson and an old-injured Stat, that team was way worse than the current Sixers, who now has the top draft.

  • psalm234

    @howardmegdal Trying REALLY hard not to get ahead of myself on the @JLin7/@BrooklynNets front, though @FredKatz, others know I’ve been touting for YEARS.
    https://twitter.com/howardmegdal/status/732611033211281408

  • wandertheglobe

    May be false alarm? It seems weird that Stein would jump the gun on the original report.

    ESPN reported on Tuesday that former Suns, Knicks and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has been “summoned” to have a second interview with the Rockets and particularly with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. But according to two individuals involved in the process, an additional formal interview is not scheduled with D’Antoni.

    http://m.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/The-Rockets-follow-up-with-candidates-as-the-7562173.php?cmpid=twitter-mobile

  • John Focker

    Something to be said about beating the Tank Commander Supreme. LOL

  • alain gervais

    He may sign there because of harden. He is a PNR guard

  • Briiick

    I think Les likes MDA. Les has been dreaming to have a Run-N-Gun team ever since Lin put on a show in his first year there. But Morey has him bet and tied on the wrong player.

  • Acbc

    The lakers taught us about what tanking is all about. Make every move to make sure Lin doesn’t shine and promote the worst scrubs on the team to lead.

    That’s Hinkies teams. The reason the NBA stepped in was to make the owners stop following the forever tanking madness. They installed Jerry Colangelo to do that. The culture must always filter from the top. Everyone follows that lead.

    It’s very easy to look backwards and see what’s wrong. It’s takes vision and bravery to meet the challenge. That’s Lin!

    What you see as negative is exactly why Lin is so right for the Sixers. Fans there are so fed up with losing that just about anyone that Candice them wins will be hailed as saviour. Lin has the opportunity it’s ti take a totally loser team to be a contender.

    I betting on Lin’s talents What are you betting on?

  • real-dsb

    Sounds like semantics. Maybe they invited MDA for another informal chat but not an official second interview.

  • Rick Johnson

    Twice? If he goes back it would be his 3rd time with the Rockets. But I guess the first time was picked up on waivers so didn’t get a choice.

  • John Focker

    Rockets: Morey set out to discredit Lin to prove himself “correct” for cutting him the first time. Revenge for having the phone slammed on him by Les.

    Lakers: KoBS, need I say more?

    Hornets: Vested interest Kemba, team politics, but Lin DID motivate Al, Cody, Kam, Daniels, etc. and Lin’s value DID go up as a result.

  • spiderman

    MDA would be unwise to choose Les, Morey, and Harden. He should have learned from Melo

  • donsmacau

    So what happens if MDA does NOT get the Houston job? So many fans would have loved to see MDA coach Harden.

    What a disaster then – perhaps MDA will get kicked out of Philly, he’s obviously unwanted by Nets, Suns, Wolves, Pacers, and just about every team that said he was on their list and interviewed him.

    Well laid plans … oh well – maybe MDA sticks around in Philly as a towel boy or something.

  • JoeTeam

    bummer to lose a JLin style coach to the hegemony.

  • Briiick

    MDA is a wise man, LOL.

  • spiderman

    But would not be wise if he chose dysfunctional Rickets

  • John Focker

    Why do people even hang out here if they don’t believe in Lin as a game-changer?

    Don’t they have anything better to do than to spends hours and hours here, typing up hundreds of posts trying to say “Lin can’t do this” and “Lin can’t do that”? If I wanted to hear people discount Lin ad nauseum, I have Twitter to turn to, and know my way to Clutchfans.

    I don’t go to LeBron fan sites to discount LeBron. The decency.

  • Acbc

    So true, lol

  • donsmacau

    I can only speculate on the motives.
    a) Of course it could be the same feelings that permeate the Clutchfans that drive these posters to spend thousands of posts here.
    b) More likely is the idea they are Hornets fans desperate to keep JLIN as “Linsurance” backup for Kemba and included in that plan is get JLIN’s fans comfortable with the idea of “bench” player then furth convince JLIN fans to embrace staying with his new friends on the CHA team which he “adores playing with” – surreptitiously.

  • Acbc

    That’s some forceful opinion up you have. Care to elaborate and debate it?

  • Briiick

    Les could build up a good relationship with MDA by paying him to visit and chat with him, telling him to wait until the house cleaning is done.

  • sws94

    Opinions vary. People hang out here because they share an interest in Lin’s game and I think everyone here wishes Lin well and take different approaches on viewing his game.

  • Acbc

    And yet it took Nash and MDA together to turn a lottery team around. How’s that possible? Those bets were doing as great as a bunch of rookies weren’t they?

  • donsmacau

    Yes opinions do vary, but I can promise one thing – anyone who does NOT believe that JLIN is one of the best and most elite game-changers in the NBA should expect to encounter vigorous debate when they espouse their views on a JLIN fansite – and assuredly so.

  • Acbc

    You keep being the nay sayer. Let’s hear you put forth your reality based opinions on who Lin should play for. Tells us why you think that is a good move.

    It’s so easy being a fence sitter putting others ideas down. Let’s hear your great ideas on who you think is a good team for Lin next year. After all it’s all opinions we have here. We put ourselves on the line by putting forth our own opinions for the likes of you to put down, but yet you keep saying nothing but no to this and no to that.

    Say what you want for Lin and we can maybe take a turn at tearing up your great ideas.

  • sws94

    There are all sorts of variables and dynamics that will make something work. IMO, Nash didn’t turn things around. A team of Nash, Stoudemire and other good players meshed and maybe Nash led and his team game led in a system, but he didn’t do it by himself. Then others things had to come into play such as the competition with other teams, schedules, and so forth.

    We can’t predict what will happen with Lin on any team. We can’t predict chemistry. Lin had little with bigs like Sacre and Hill and even Boozer yet had incredible chemistry with Davis. So, he goes somewhere, we can’t predict how all will mesh or the time period. We can guess, and that’s all we can do. We can give our opinions and hopes, and that’s all we can do. But some of us will take a more modest estimate and others will have their faith. Whatever. It all boils down to opinion. All fans have them because fans are people, and people have opinions.

  • sws94

    Whose site is this? Who founded it and administers it?

  • donsmacau

    JLIN fans I suspect.

    And I would hope that they consistently and always remind themselves of why they originally started this site and what drove them away from other JLIN sites when the actions of a few on those sites made said sites intolerable to TRUE JLIN fans.

  • sws94

    Who administers the site?

  • donsmacau

    Hornets led by Clifford and KemBatum in 2016-17
    1) Lose to every .500 + team
    2) 33-49 record
    3) Miss playoffs

    Rinse and repeat for the next four season.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    True vs. treacherous Lin fans:

    True Lin fans see the Nets and Sixers as great opportunities for Lin to regain his starter status and show what a game-changer he is.

    Treacherous Lin fans call the Nets and Sixers horrible teams with a losing culture.

    True Lin fans are horrified by teams with ball hogs like Kobe, Melo, Harden, or Kemba.

    Treacherous Lin fans see those teams as an opportunity to join a winning team.

    See the difference? 😉

  • Maknusia

    fans are fans…lets not start labeling them as treacherous or any other things

  • 7Jeremiah17

    That was a totally over the top, tongue-in-cheek, humorous post. This site needs to lighten up a bit. 🙂

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Do you want me to delete it anyway? Despite it’s great comedic value?

  • Kirk

    Disagree re. Lakers. Lin had a good pick-and-pop thing going on with Boozer, and JHill. If I recall, Byron Scott kind of tried to separate JLin and Ed Davis, and Lin still played really well in lineup of Boozer, Jordan Hill, Nick Young, and Ellington.

    Yes, it did not look like NYK Linsanity with Lin throwing lobs to Tyson, but this lineup still was one of the NBA’s best benches.

    More often than not JLin makes it work.

    The biggest problem for JLin in LA was one they put him back in the starting lineup and Clarkson iced him out.

  • Rick Johnson
  • Phoenix Rising

    😛

  • Kirk

    I don’t know, man, sometimes I get the impression that people want to “work on us” and disavow some ‘misconceptions’ we have as myopic Jlin fans.

    What they don’t get is that as fans of the game of basketball, we love what JLin can bring and think he should be allowed to show it more. My 2cents.

  • Brent Yen

    He wishes..

  • Phoenix Rising

    Well said! I think maybe you hit the nail on the head.

  • Brent Yen

    Well, if they can tov a ball within 7 seconds. Does that count? lol

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Yes and this is what a treacherous Lin fan looks like.

  • Phoenix Rising

    Oh…

  • Phoenix Rising

    Better still…

  • real-dsb

    I have even better proposed lineup:
    Lin-George-Durant-Horford-Whiteside

    LOL

  • CJSHYY

    For 76?

  • joy

    Looks like what? Can’t take the humorous?

  • real-dsb

    I came to this site to get quality Lin news, info, analysis, have community with Lin fans, and cheer him on.

    I came to this site to get away from the rudeness, disrespectfulness, antagonization, labeling, name-calling, and insulting that is pervasive on most internet boards. It’s hard to find actual quality content if the majority of the posts are just personal attacks between individuals.

  • Phoenix Rising

    For my dreams. 😀

  • Rick Johnson

    Gotta say, he’s good at the job they hired him for:

    https://twitter.com/Bballforeverfb/status/732795477947777024

  • Steppen03

    Definitely Not the Sixers for JL7 unless they trade for some good veterans. But who’s good would go to the Sixers ? I will take Nets, Bulls, Grizzlies, Pelicans, and …. Not crazy high on all rookies-team Sixers…

  • cdblue10

    Harden alone can do that even in less than 7 sec…lol

  • John Focker

    The line between difference in opinion and nay-saying a fine one is.

    Disclaimer: the text below not referring to you in particular.

    Discounting Lin’s ability is hardly “an interest in Lin’s game”, and saying Lin’s isn’t strong enough to lead a green team to success, and needs to be surrounded/cuddled by superstars in order to succeed is not genuinely “wishing him well”.

    Lin fans have seen way too many underhanded compliments being used as façade for lack of faith.

  • takeme2cruz

    Two unnamed individuals? Maybe they don’t even know the meeting took place because it’s with the owner?

  • Rick Johnson

    Maybe they get Brandon Ingram instead. He’d be a good shooting wing since they already have Embiid and Noel. Leave the playmaking to JLin:

    https://twitter.com/PompeyOnSixers/status/732773267115773952

  • Rick Johnson

    May be factor on whether Lin goes to the Sixers and how he’s used.

    Alex KennedyVerified account ‏@AlexKennedyNBA 5h5 hours ago
    It’ll be interesting to see if the Sixers select Brandon Ingram (more of a scorer) or Ben Simmons (point forward and more of a facilitator).https://twitter.com/AlexKennedyNBA/status/732730416235487233

  • Spot

    Sixers will pick Ingram for sure.

    So it’s Lin Stauskas Ingram Noel/Okafor Embiid

  • Maknusia

    lol….it was your opinion…..and you have the right to pen it out……

  • Rick Johnson

    Then perhaps a good veteran SG. Who’s available? OJ Mayo, Bradley Beal, Cortney Lee, Dion Waiters, Kent Bazemore, Barbosa

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Agreed with B) a lot….Many Hornets fan are shocked by how many Lin fan do not wish Lin to remain in Charlotte to simply be a back-up to Kemba…They think Lin should be happy at the chance of making it in the playoff and should gladly accept his limited role.

    Now, the next step for these Hornets fan is to try to get his supporters to be glad and accept such a role for Lin and not try to convince Lin he can do better.

  • Rick Johnson

    Nate Jones ‏@JonesOnTheNBA 41m41 minutes ago

    Going out on a limb early. 76ers will battle for a playoff spot next season. That regime is gonna put a competitive team on the floor.

    https://twitter.com/JonesOnTheNBA/status/732805092445945857

  • 7Jeremiah17

    This is what a loyal Lin fan looks like. He waited more than 4 years for the return of Linsanity but just couldn’t hold out any longer.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    This is a treacherous Lin fan when Lin misses a free throw.

  • Spot

    Right. Could be. I expect David Lee to go there

  • Briiick

    Is there any spot left for Hornets ?

  • Wonder

    It’s impressive.. Crack me up.

  • Briiick

    He gets paid for tanking.

  • Brent Yen

    He says this based on?

  • sport

    LOL Harden PnR? He plays exactly like Kemba and iso all day long just passes here and there.

  • Rick Johnson

    Passes with 3 seconds left when he can’t create a shot.

  • Barry Allen

    Lots of spots in the lottery.

  • TTNN

    his limb?

  • Rick Johnson

    From Iceland back to New York already?

    infinity88 ‏@linfinity88 10m10 minutes ago

    Fan ran into Jeremy Lin & his brothers at @byGraceStreet, New York.

    https://twitter.com/linfinity88/status/732828714405351425

  • spiderman

    Definitely a head-scratcher…

  • spiderman

    There is a certain arrogance of those who think they are more objective by being critical

  • spiderman

    There are too many wanna-be Simon Cowells when it comes to Lin.

    When it comes to other players or designated “superstars”, there seems to be an eagerness toward effusive praise.

  • John Focker

    Agreed, akin to Thunder fans wanting Harden to stay as the perennial 6th man, except Lin’s not even considered the 6th man in Charlotte. The subliminal Asian discount is deeply rooted in the minds of the average NBA fan who has not following Lin every step through the thick and thins. To ask Lin to back up Kemba, IMHO, is not different than to ask CP3 to back up Austin Rivers.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Man, that’s a lot of players that can’t shoot from the outside…Ingram is not really an outside shooter…Than Noel + Okafor/Embiid…..

    I think Sixers have to trade either Okafor or Embiid for either a good stretch-4 or a small fordward that can shoot from the outside.

  • John Focker

    A great majority still use personal scoring as the main metric for gauging player performance.

    Melo was a great scorer in his peak (he’s passing/past it now), indisputably better than Kemba, but even then he couldn’t take the Knicks anywhere. I fail to understand the “fervor” about any and every PG in front of Lin (including Ronnie Price), seems like every un-praised PG suddenly becomes “max player” when having Lin inserted behind them.

    The funny thing is, one sees the same trend in both English and Chinese/Taiwan forums. 100% sure that before Lin joined the Hornets 99% of NBA fans in Taiwan didn’t even know who Kemba was, but once Lin signed up Kemba became Kobe’s second coming in their eyes. It’s really hilarious, anything (no matter how absurd) to undermine Lin. Once Lin leaves Charlotte, no one will ever speak of Kemba again.

  • John Focker

    The NBA should have a statue of him outside the newly inaugurated Scott Memorial Basketball Hall of Shame.

  • John Focker

    Shortest non-stop flight is six hours.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    what was Lin doing in Iceland?

  • Brent Yen

    Sounds NOT reliable at all..LOL

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    At this point, MDA simply wants to get back to being a coach and would jump at any chance to get back at it.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    The smart move would be to simply let Harden be the full PG and sign a shooting guard to play beside him…Someone better than Beverley that can play off the ball.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Was he really asked about Lin? I missed that.

  • Spot

    Embiid can shoot from outside. Ingram too. They can improve anyway.

    Okafor is the one I don’t trust, cause in my eyes he’s selfish.

    Noel is a good pnr guy.

  • jhae

    i don’t know… after hearing atkinson express himself, he sounds like a guy who’s really happy (and surprised) to be head coach and may be over his head in deep waters…

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    His badmouthing his players was phenomenal.

  • CJSHYY

    NY?

  • jhae

    i really think lin is considering not opting out if he doesn’t get an ideal offer. he’s reluctant to opt out right away, because his camp knows that charlotte is not a bad situation. people talk behind the scenes and likely the lin camp is waiting to see an offer that’s worth opting out for.
    people look down on cliff and charlotte, but for the reality of the situation there… jeremy got a fair shake.

    what’s best of all is that if nothing swet comes his way, jeremy can wait out another year, see how much farther charlotte can go and seek out bigger pastures in next year’s free agency!

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    What Brooklyn should recruit this coming season: Courtney Lee, Jeremy Lin, Marvin Williams.
    All unrestricted free agents.

  • CJSHYY

    Eric said he has to wait until 6/22??? Plus if you read what he said in his FB…. that didn’t sound like he will not option out.

  • CJSHYY

    I think MW will stay w Hornets bc right now they seem to promote him & Al a lot in their web….

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Perhaps you should hit Morey, Byron Scott, Kevin McHale on the head too.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Just trade the Beard.

  • wu kong

    The question remains was he actually trying to win and is just so clueless that he has no idea how horrible he is at coaching or is he totally aware of how horribly he treats the players and runs the team into the ground and does not care because he is well paid to do it? Which person is he really deep down in his soul : a clueless cotton headed ninny muggins or an evil motherless male dog?

  • alain gervais

    7Jeremiah17 • 9 hours ago

    True vs. treacherous Lin fans:

    True Lin fans see the Nets and Sixers as great opportunities for Lin to regain his starter status and show what a game-changer he is.

    Treacherous Lin fans call the Nets and Sixers horrible teams with a losing culture.

    True Lin fans are horrified by teams with ball hogs like Kobe, Melo, Harden, or Kemba.

    Treacherous Lin fans see those teams as an opportunity to join a winning team.

    See the difference? 😉

    can you imagine if sws wrote that, how quickly it would be deleted? The unfairness is out of this world,. Rule says no name calling yet if you do it with the right point of view its ok. I thought rules was rules.

    7Jeremiah17 Maknusia • 9 hours ago

    Do you want me to delete it anyway? Despite it’s great comedic value?

    He knows he broke the rules yet the mod or his friends says

    Maknusia mod 7Jeremiah17 • 8 hours ago

    lol….it was your opinion…..and you have the right to pen it out……

    Yup thats the reaction i would get for calling some fans peter pan fans. Thats the exact reaction i would get yup. Its all fair over here. No friendship and letting things slide.

    Anyways i know its unfair here. I really don’t care but you should see it for yourself

  • occupatio

    What happens to selfish randle if Lakers get Simmons ?

  • zxcvb

    I think Lin and Bazemore should be targets #1 and #2. Lee isn’t worth signing. Marvin is nice, but on the wrong side of 30 and won’t help with rebounding. Add a Euroleague backup PG and a scrappy D-Leaguer C/PF to bolster the bench. They already have some solid backup wings, so not a big need there.

  • wu kong

    @jlin7 is coming off what Cliff considered “ in many ways the best year of his career.”

    http://on.nba.com/1YBWhWd

    https://twitter.com/hornets/status/732929592059650048

  • CJSHYY

    I don’t think Lakers like Randle or Russell. They will try to trade them both. They only like JC.

  • sws94

    I think Maknusia is a really fair mod.

    FWIW, I think there are disruptive, in my opinion, overly protective fans here that try to form cliques. I hope the mods deal with that accordingly. There’s a difference between forming a supportive opinion of Lin that is not in the majority vs. making it a deal to go after other posters on personal frustration and then deeming yourself a superior fan because your ideas, that a few support, are popular here. Doesn’t make them better or right, you’re just in a “neighborhood” where they are.

    It’s not a competition here for who are the “true Lin fans”, it should be as DSB described, without the usual ugliness we find on internet forums. So those that constantly have “critiques” of other posters or are confrontational should have it pointed out to them when they are. Some of that happened I think last night.

    I wish more posters like you posted, and I miss some that post but usually don’t post here when not much is going on because the more and varied views we share, the better, IMO.

  • real-dsb

    lin has a quick first step

  • sws94

    I pass this place a lot. wow.

  • HVJoy

    It’s a fair summary of Lin’s year with Hornets, though more credit could have been given for his performance in the Playoffs.

  • Maknusia

    Sorry if you felt that my moderation was unfair….as the poster mentioned..I took it as, pun intended…..unless he had further proceed with the same tone and others jumping in…then I would have deleted the post.

    I do understand where you are coming from…..as I mentioned, we here dont different fans as loyal fans, true fans, senior fans….whatever way one wants to fan it…lol….to us fans are fans and they come with various perceptions and views.

    As long as the members post within the rules and show respect, I’m fine with it…

    We may not be up to some member’s standards, but we do try to keep the moderation as moderate as possible.

    cheers mate

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    The passing between Lee and Lin in the Spurs game really amazes me. Lee is a good defender and a good SG; a true team player.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    I don’t think so. 76ers would select Simmons.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Considering the way that Lin had been used. He was really playing out of his natural position.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Thanks to Lin, else Walker won’t be listed anywhere among the top 10 effective 5-man lineups for 2015-16 regular season.

  • jhae

    he played well.
    except game 6, where he didn’t show… leadership.
    of course he should’ve gotten more minutes but he should’ve also had more heart from quarter 1!
    we as real lin fans should recognize that. and i hope he learns from that exp.

    but most importantly is how the refs affect his success. his game is predicated on getting calls going to the basket. whether we see games 3 and 4 as him getting the calls that he deserves or him just getting calls, the refs were not stopping him from succeeding. so we should recognize that the nba is ultimately not about meritocracy but something else… $

  • takeme2cruz

    Wait a minute, lin didn’t show leadership? Can’t show anything if you’re sitting on the bench when the game was on the line.

  • wu kong

    leadership from the bench? I’m confused… can you attempt to clarify please?

  • sws94

    I’ll agree that game 6 he didn’t have the same stuff he had in the others, but to me, he gets a pass. Games 1-2, he was aggressive and strong, 3-4, best Hornet, 5, winning with assists and still able to command the defense. Game 7, inexplicably didn’t get to play enough minutes to make a difference but played well when he did.

    The NBA IMO is about promoting stars and more and more about show-biz. I don’t know if it ever was about meritocracy, we’d have to go back a long time but I always remember some element of star promotion in the NBA dating back from the late 1960s.

  • jhae

    chicken or the egg. he would’na been on the bench if he played sharper from the start. go watch the game. he deserved more minutes based on how he played the three games before but not based on the quarters 1 and 2.

  • takeme2cruz

    Too late, this frachise had so many chances to keep Lin but they blew it by the coach.

  • real-dsb

    Lin’s not going to opt out until near the deadline, which is supposedly June 22. There’s no advantage in doing so.

    Even if Lin didn’t have any better teams he wanted to join, he would still opt out of his contract and re-sign with Hornets for higher contract.

  • sws94

    You’re right. Lin was much more hesitant, picked up the dribble too much, etc. When he didn’t get calls he got more hesitant. 2nd half he got a bit reckless, had the two offensive fouls, just never played on the same level as the rest of the games. I think it was his only substandard game. The other games, he was solid to great.

  • takeme2cruz

    Dumb question. Is that how you trusted the one player who has brought you back on top after down 0-2?

  • HVJoy

    I agree with the last sentence. I disagree with what you said about leadership or heart.

    Lin can fully release his skill and leadership only when he is not shakled by his coaches — being on the court with reasonable PT!

  • freemind

    I see this as Hornet’s PR lame back peddling attempt . Not surprised if NB state his signing consideration dependent of select teammates returning. Any surprise the last two Hornets tweets were for MW and Lin best season? Lin…please please please no more going back there.

  • takeme2cruz

    He didn’t have good start like game 3,4,5 so he got benched? This is anot her reason he should not go back to Charlotte

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Just take Williams with you to go to the Nets.

  • jhae

    what i meant by leadership, is he really needed to play like he did in that cavaliers game. i know he didnt have the reigns of the team but he needed to find a way to have an impact and jolt the team. but he was… scared. i said it. i love him but that’s what i saw!

  • donsmacau

    jhae-mie appears to be a brand new poster with handful of posts a compedium below:

    jhae- “crazy idea: what about jeremy not opting out and instead playing out 1 more year to see how far charlotte can go…”

    jhae-“is it just me or hearing atkinson talk makes me think he’s not the brightest bulb?”

    jhae-“i really think lin is considering not opting out if he doesn’t get an ideal offer”

    Note to Moderators – these comments from this new poster contravene words spoken by our own JLIN in recent comments.

  • freemind

    What tick me off about Hornets is how they always downplay Lin’s importance and fail to appropriately credit him.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    I think Rockets would hire MDA and fire Morey.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    They just try winning with Walker at all cost. Frankly the Hornets couldn’t.

  • takeme2cruz

    So you say the nba is about $ but somehow you suggested lin shouldn’t optout?

  • freemind

    not surprise if they are also thinking of getting Lin back. After all like MJ, Les must be thinking about China preseason games and Lin’s impact , guess only way to Lin’s heart is through MDA LOL. Plausible ? Will Lin return if Morey is fired?

  • sws94

    I think he just didn’t play well, it’s the playoffs, so this particular game, and only this particular game, he got less minutes. Overall, and I’ve said this before, I think Lin had a superb playoffs but game 6 was his one bad game.

  • sws94

    I don’t think Lin should have received less minutes in game 7 however. He played well in game 7 the 19 minutes he played and that was wrong for him to get such few minutes.

  • HVJoy

    Lin may have been nervous, but not “scared”, I believe. We all love and support this inspiring athelete, semantics does not matter much to me. Besides, G6 is water under the bridge.

    What team do you hope to see him join for next season?

  • wu kong

    he was sitting on the bench!

  • sws94

    I don’t know if he was scared but I think he realized that the Hornets could advance with a win in game 6, he was home, and he wanted to really get it going and have a big game. But, when he got on the court, he may have played too conscious of that situation rather than just being the aggressive player he was in games 1-5.

  • freemind

    propagandizing and falsifying data LOL

  • wu kong

    cf must be a boring place these days.

  • sws94

    You’re saying this poster came from CF!!??

  • takeme2cruz

    So was game 1,2 and 7 where he also got less mins. All those games had 1 thing in common, loss.

    My point was you don’t excuse to bench your best player best hope because he had 1 bad start.

  • jhae

    i meant the organization, the purpose of the “association” is about maximzing profit for the owners and the gambling houses. lin shouldn’t opt out because he’s above that. besides if money is his concern he can get more from sponsorship -not salary. but by opting in he can sacrifice 1 year of earnings for the possibily of greater basketball success. of course if his agent team sees the opportunity for greater success elsewhere he should opt out but the nets and sixers do not offer the same opportunity for team success as charlotte. the two teams may offer jeremy starter minutes…

  • wu kong

    many posters come from there… just sayin’ they still have a Lin thread going and there is still an amazing amount of vitriol for JLin and his fans. Also posters there have said multiple times how they troll Lin fan sites and articles so if the shoe fits…

  • sws94

    They’re overly courting Batum but it is Lin that was instrumental to the wins in the playoffs. I honestly think they appreciate Lin but they’d rather have Batum and feel they can let Lin go. Perhaps they are realizing that Lin was a huge part of their success last season.

  • real-dsb

    Not if Harden is there

  • takeme2cruz

    So while MJ is still making his hundreds of mil, lin should sacrifice to stay for league minimum? Lin is not greedy but he no dumb to allow himself getting advantage.

  • donsmacau

    Lets face facts in Game 6 of the Playoffs

    Hornets Fans/Coach/Organization are using the excuse that JLIN’s play was a cause of the loss – this couldn’t be further from the truth:

    1) You don’t blame a bench player with 23 minutes for a loss.
    2) Kemba perhaps had 20+ games where he started 1-8 but Kemba never gets yanked & kept shooting.until the end
    3) JLIN won Games 3, 4, 5 and had ONLY 5 fouls not 6 fouls
    4) JLIN is clutch in Q4 but was not allowed 1 second of time in last 6 min
    5) Ultimately Clifford relied on Kemba who delivered another playoff loss to Heat.

    JLIN would have helped generate a TEAM WIN that iso-Kemba ultimately failed and cost JLIN the series.

  • sws94

    Whether the shoe fits is the question then.

  • donsmacau

    Great and perceptive observation.

  • Jamie

    Yep, Ingram is better

  • freemind

    he should eat some humble pie while watching his defenseless video roundup.

  • sws94

    Only game 7 did he get a very small amount of minutes. I don’t think Lin made a case for big minutes in game 6 and only game 6. He was out of sync. In all other games, I thought Lin was strong, best Hornet or one of the best Hornets on the floor. I think he had the strongest playoffs of all Hornets.

  • Jamie

    But they still played iso for the majority.
    None of these teams played teamball,
    its not really up to Lin
    Its up to the coach whether they play teamball or not

  • jhae

    why compare mj’s and lin’s monetary gain as a measure of fairness? mj may want money but the jeremy that i love wants a ring (or at least to get closer to that goal). taking less money to get closer to his goal is not a sacrifice, being dumb, or being taken adavantage of. it’s him following his dream.

  • takeme2cruz

    If lin cares for his sponsorship, Charlotte would be the last market he should play for.

  • freemind

    at the hive just posted an article on KW.. what caught my attention

    “With or without Batum, Walker is an extremely talented scorer that can do a lot of good things on the offensive end.” hmmm

  • Jamie

    “Hornets Fans/Coach/Organization are using the excuse that JLIN’s play was a cause of the loss”
    That’s just not true. Nobody blamed Lin for the loss. He just didnt play well himself

  • jhae

    sigh. where was this allegation of blame ever made?

  • donsmacau

    He played as well as Kemba did for 20+ games – is that what the Hornets fans say?

  • takeme2cruz

    Lol ring in Charlotte? It’s not about fairness, it’s about the double standard you have for Lin. He should also pursue for more money just like everyone else and he’s doing just that by opting out.

    One year is more than enough for underpaid, under appreciated.

  • donsmacau

    Imagine this:
    If I had pointed out on a HORNETS team fansite that Kemba MISSED the MOST shots in the playoffs when he lost the series to Miami – I would have been banned almost immediately from that team board.

    Consider yourself lucky that you are posting on a board that tolerates what the Hornets team boards would NOT tolerate.

  • CJSHYY

    Maybe Batum will not stay….LOL! Well if Batum stays he will be like D12 in Rox even gets pay more but this still will be Kemba’s team.

  • jhae

    so if he can’t get what he wants in charlotte he shoud sacrifice his standards?

  • takeme2cruz

    No it wasn’t. He was on the bench watching starters getting double digit behind then eventually blown out.

  • takeme2cruz

    His standard or yours? Don’t confuse yourself.

  • sws94

    What are his standards? Does anyone really know. Win with a smaller role or win less with a bigger role? I don’t think we know the answer.

  • sws94

    But you set standards for him as well. I think all of us do. As long as we know this and that the choice is up to Jeremy, we’ll accept wherever he goes. Including back to Charlotte if he so chooses.

  • Jamie

    That’s the thing some people really don’t like “varied views” if you are not with them, if you are a hater lol
    I don’t think that will ever change. Those people are very narrow minded they don’t realize they are not much better than those clutch fans they despise so much with all these personal attacks when someone doesnt say what they want them to say

  • wu kong

    and kemba deserved more minutes based on what? Games 1-7 net rtgs:

  • sws94

    That doesn’t make sense don. You would get banned for making all conversations about Lin on a team board. That was the major infraction of some Lin fans on team boards. Team boards have to think of all of their players. And any repeated amount of posts that tend to be on one player and elevating the other got “derail” type of warnings and then bans.

    On a Lin fan site, the focus is Lin. I think we should be open to different ways of viewing him, but he is the main focus and not the team he’s on.

  • jhae

    what i’ve taken from his own words: team ball, team success, championship, finding his full potential. not necessarily in that order of importance but those were the things he has mentioned as important.

  • wu kong

    give JLin the time on the floor. give him the chance to get into a rhythm and more often than not he will get the win for the team over and over and over again. Scoring the most points is not a win for your team. Go ask Harden about how that worked out for him.

  • freemind

    exactly why they are back peddling on MW and Lin now that the situation is unfolding. Remember your video Lin – don’t be the last pick be the first. You are worth so much more and there are others who value you wholeheartedly and will feel extremely “lucky” if they get you.

  • sws94

    The vague part is how. Find his full potential on a winning or losing team, in what position? Maybe Lin leaves all of this open. But his own words can take him in different directions, sometimes opposite directions. And there is no timetable on trying to get that championship.

  • Jamie

    except he’s not the leader of that team.
    its not his job to show leadership
    It’s Kemba’s Clilfford loves him

  • DrewBear2

    “…by opting in he can sacrifice 1 year of earnings for the possibily of greater basketball success.”

    He can opt out and still negotiate with the Hornets. There’s a huge difference between sacrificing several hundred thousand dollars vs several million.

    Team success in the NBA is often difficult to predict. Most people thought Charlotte would win ~30 games this season, yet they won 48. Who knows what the Nets or 76ers will accomplish IF they allow Jeremy to lead the team?

  • takeme2cruz

    An opinion is not setting a standard.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Alain, Alain, Alain! You are one of my all-time favorite Lin fans. This post was intended to amuse with its hyperbole. Surely you must know my sense of humor by now. I am so shocked and hurt by your post. Besides, the mods have deleted my comments and banned me more times than Lin has been flagrantly fouled. I’m…at a loss for words!

  • jhae

    by opting in, charlotte may keep both him and marvin. that’s huge for charlotte success in the future.

  • donsmacau

    Hornets next season
    1) 33-49 record
    2) missing playoffs
    3) losing to every elite team they face under the leadership of KemBatum

    I will point out again that you have dozens of times said that you will ignore my posts – that is FACTUAL if any moderators are watching.

  • donsmacau

    Despite how desperate Hornets fans are to keep JLIN as your “Linsurance” backup for Kemba it’s already over – that ship has sailed .

    And you will NEVER convince or even come close to convincing JLIN’s fans to be comfortable with the idea of “bench” player for our beloved JLIN and most certainly not persuade JLIN fans to be comfortable with JLIN staying on this Hornets team.

    JLIN has spoken – Game over.

  • DrewBear2

    I agree. Fire Morey and trade Harden. 🙂 Les can follow his initial instincts and build the team around Jeremy.

  • freemind

    How is it no one blame the to be 25mil max player for no show at playoff yet conveniently scrap goat an off the bench 2 mil player? that is why Lin should never consider returning. It will be the same old same old all over again.

  • takeme2cruz

    The full potential alone is no finding in Charlotte.

  • Briiick

    except winning.

  • jhae

    i’m sure him and his team is weighing all this out, which is why it’s not so simple as just joining mda or atkinson.

  • sws94

    You get the two forums mixed up. This is not the other forum and you should keep what happens there, there per the rules here. If you make basketball points, I’ll sometimes discuss things with you. If you get into some personal stuff, then I feel it goes nowhere then I feel it is best to ignore you. You post quite a lot here as do I and sometimes we’ll be in the same discussions.

    I’m not in any trouble with moderators and I don’t wish to be argumentative or confrontational. I’d rather just discuss Lin, agree or disagree with others, but always respectfully.

  • Jamie

    nope Lin just didnt play well but nobody blames him for the loss

  • Jamie

    in his mind because no one blamed him

  • DrewBear2

    I think Jeremy is open to ALL contract offers, including whatever the Hornets might present. There are too many unknowns to close any doors at this point. Predictions of any sort might be fun fan speculation, but are essentially futile.

  • jhae

    real leadership is felt not stated as a rank by others. when jeremy hit that three pointer and the look on the other players faces and the crowd was at… leadership.

  • donsmacau

    When and if there are posts which require a response – you will receive one from me – you can be assured of that.

    When anyone denigrates JLIN (it may or may not be any particular poster) then you can bet your bottom dollar that I will DEFEND JLIN in a vigorous manner.

  • sws94

    The only reason I would like for Lin to stay in Charlotte is because he said he feels great and has fun playing there. Because he has a bond with his teammates. There are concerns. Playing time is the biggest one.

  • Jamie

    That was just a good play
    Anyone else who hit that 3 would have the same thing

  • DrewBear2

    If Charlotte truly believes both Jeremy & Marvin are important for their future success, why not ask them both to “sacrifice” something. In fact, why not ask Nic to do the same? All 3 players are going to get offers from multiple sources.

  • Briiick

    Hornets would rather lose than let Lin take the spotlight and win for them, why should Lin sacrifice himself for such an organization ?

  • donsmacau

    And they all crawl out of the woodwork – great.

  • sws94

    I don’t think it is that simple, either. And I think it is all too early to really sink one’s teeth into any team yet.

  • jhae

    i can neither deny nor support this idea. but i think there are much more convincing reasons why lin has not had the success that he deserves in the nba.

  • sws94

    Normal range of minutes except game 7. His minutes were only outrageously lacking game 7, and in game 6, he was out of sync so you can make a case to not play him or play him down the stretch. It’s debatable. I would have played him but I can’t say he played well in game 6.

  • freemind

    I can’t believe what I just read here. you said Lin should “Opt in and sacrifice earnings” What a load of bull crap. Why should he sacrifice his earning? Sacrifice for who? so Hornets can paid max $25mil to another player. This is baloney!

  • DrewBear2

    Not only do we not know Jeremy’s list of priorities, I don’t think even he can know them until he hears the offers and presentations from the various organizations. What is their vision (with details)? Which specific players will they gather around him? Just like last year, he’ll want to talk with the GM & head coach. There is so much that even Jeremy does not know.

  • Barry Allen

    Lin has shown time and again he can lead a team to victory as the starting main PG. When Kemba was out, Lin led the Hornets to a victory versus the Cavs (something Kemba could never do as main PG).

    Let Lin play his position, give him a chance, and he will blow everyone away.

  • Briiick

    Well said. Lin is better than the rest of Hornets.

  • sws94

    Exactly. If asking just Lin to do so after he gave what he gave them this season, that’s unacceptable and insulting IMO. Ask all 3, including “golden boy” Batum, who I think came up small in big games too much to be heralded so much even if he has strong skills for his position.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Last year there were fans who were not only open to Lin staying with the Lakers, they were absolutely convinced he would re-sign with Kobe and Byron.

    “He’s a Cali boy, he likes to stay close to his family, he doesn’t want to be a journeyman, he’s happy to just be a role player and collect his salary, he’s tired of the struggle, blah blah bla.”

    Some of us knew there was NFW. And during the summer Lin revealed how much he hated playing for BS. So it’s not surprising that this year fans are convinced he’ll be staying with Cliff and Kemba. Some of us just know better and will not try to convince the misguided.

  • jhae

    they are both unrestricted at the end of their contracts, but jeremy as an option. for better or worse he is in a different situation. if all three were in option years we can quesiton fairness and equality of sacrifice.

  • 22cents

    Agree. However, among these teams, Hornet may have minimal chance compared to the other teams.

    KW is their cornerstone. Lin is going to be a 6th man unless things dramatically changed.

    This is does not fit into Lin’s statement ” the best player that I can be”.

    Still minimal chance is not zero. So, let’s wait and see.

  • Jamie

    LOL sure stay with Cliff and Kemba, play <20mpg <5shots a game when he could be starting or coming off the bench as 6th man playing 30mpg with 10+shots

  • jhae

    all leaders had a good play.

  • sws94

    That’s exactly what I mean by over-defensive stance.

    “When anyone denigrates JLIN (it may or may not be any particular poster) then you can bet your bottom dollar that I will DEFEND JLIN in a vigorous manner.”

    You are not Lin’s keeper, you are not his voice, you are not the representative of all Lin fans. You are a regular poster here, that’s what you are. That’s what I am. That’s what other posters are.

    I asked you who founded and administers this site. The correct answer is psalm234. He sets the tone and advises moderators how to keep some semblance of adhering to the spirit and rules of the site here. No poster on here has any function in policing other posters. We can point out when the rules are broken politely to other posters, but it is out of line for any of us to “play moderator”.

    Now, I will stop because it is you and me and I consider this selfish and boring to the rest of the board. We are here to discuss Lin, not snipe at each other and anyway, I’m going to do some field work in an hour or so and will be back tonight. I hope to find good, fun, wonderful exchanges when I get back 🙂

  • Briiick

    There is a reason for Bobcats to be the laughstock of the league. Let me guess, they love to spend a lot on a few stat padders but become extremely tight toward unselfish winners.

  • 22cents

    I still remembered the 3 dynamite games when Lin and Harden first playing together in Houston.

    Boy, are they good duo!

    Had Harden had any desire to win a “team” game, these two would have been be in the NBA final already.

  • donsmacau

    “I’m thinking of leaving Lin forums.” – sws94 – 11 days ago

  • DrewBear2

    Let’s break this down just a bit. An organization consists of people, right? At the top is MJ. I’d be willing to bet lots of money that MJ would NOT “rather lose than let Lin take the spotlight”. MJ doesn’t want to lose at all. He might feel like he has a lot invested in Kemba, but not to the point where he’d rather see his team lose in order to funnel all the light on Kemba.

    Next up is Cho, a Burmese-American immigrant. Why in the world would anyone think he would begrudge Jeremy the spotlight? His job performance is based on team wins regardless which player makes the highlight reels.

    Same goes for Clifford, except that maybe he has a handful of players that he trusts implicitly. That might taint his decisions in critical times during a game, but that doesn’t affect his ultimate motivation: win games.

  • DrewBear2

    I agree right back. Hornets chances are further reduced because they are trying to retain a few critical free agents, all of whom are going to receive multiple competitive offers. They will realistically be able to retain probably only 2 of 5 FAs.

  • Briiick

    Lin is very smart. When he has a choice, the chances are he is going to make the best one. After finishing with LAL Lin made the right choice to play for Hornets. Lin earned his precious chances to shine by playing top defense of the team and doing the dirty work for those who got a license to pad their stats. Hornets also break their no-win playoff record to win 3 games in the playoff—thanks to Lin. So it is a win-win situation for both, no one owes the other !

  • DrewBear2

    My personal impression is that Nic would not be willing to make any financial sacrifice, but Marvin is a different type of person. The real question is what kind of competing offers Charlotte will face to retain these guys. It might not even be within the realm of possibility regardless of any reasonable “sacrifices”.

  • adele

    True. Are these people ever watch the games?

  • DrewBear2

    Seriously? I didn’t know about this forum this time last year, but I don’t recall any Jeremy fans in other forums supporting a return to the Lakers for Kobe’s swan song season.

  • Maknusia

    its still a fan site reporting…

  • Briiick

    “I’d be willing to bet lots of money that MJ would NOT “rather lose than let Lin take the spotlight””
    Agreed. It should be
    MJ would rather lose than see KW get out of the spotlight.

  • 22cents

    I do not think he is referring to Lin’s fan sites. There are a lot of fans do not participate these forum. Some fan might have over interpreted Lin’s PR exit speech. You know Lin. He never bad mouthed to anyone and showed characteristic moves when asking difficult question such as “will you return? Do you like Lakers….”

  • DrewBear2

    We’ll just have to disagree on “MJ would rather lose than…” That guy is such a competitor that I think he would give his left nu…. to win a championship. Kemba? He’d sacrifice Kemba on a burning pyre in a heartbeat to win another ring.

  • alain gervais

    I understand. Its not really your comment. Its was playful. Its just rules are rules. Just want some consistency. Fairness is all we want.

  • alain gervais

    thats fair

  • alain gervais

    Idk how Maknusia is usually. Just want consistency. If i say something like that but against the popular ideas. Would i be deleted. I would think so. all I’m saying consistency. Rules are rules. Unless we are going by the superstar calls in the nba. Then i guess ill accept it.

  • donsmacau

    sws94 posted, “I think Maknusia is a really fair mod.” as he will do with ALL moderators.

    but you just want consistency? ” does that mean you don’t believe Maknusia is a really fair mod?

  • sws94

    Totally agree.

  • alain gervais

    Interesting question. Oddly enough all of Lins former teams except golden state needs a PG. Which one would you be least against Lin going to??? Knicks, Rox, or Lakers??? Is it not weird all of Lins former teams need him yet decided to let him go. Is that not amazing. Very telling of what Lin had to go through. At the very least Lin was an average starter 3 years ago. Rox i get it sold there soul to win a chip. The lakers are just a bad team so i get it. They let go of Ed davis and Lin who both ended up in the playoffs. The Knicks are the most infuriating team of them all. Lin was theres. He blew up with them. The fact they abandon him it shows you why they have not won the chip since 1973. Like i said yesterday bad teams make bad choices. Anyways Which of those teams would you guys be the least against Lin Returning to????????

  • alain gervais

    I honestly don’t know. There are a number of mods so i cant tell who makes what choices. If one cop is bad we usually blame them all. Not saying he is. Just saying it doesn’t matter. The rules so be done equally.

  • DrewBear2

    Got it. I don’t really visit team fan sites, so never saw such posts.

  • sws94

    Rox due to Harden/Morey.

  • donsmacau

    “I honestly don’t know.” so you honestly don’t know whether Maknusia is a fair mod – wow.

    Maknusia, what do you think of that, and what are the rules on personal ad hominem attacks on decisions of moderators in this show. That might in and of itself break a rule.

  • alain gervais

    The Least against?

  • Rick Johnson

    I’d say Lakers. Kobe and Byron Scott gone now. Downside is their young players seem to have an ego, attitude problem but no team is perfect. Still has great media exposure although I’d like all the Scott cronies out of Time Warner such as Coach Dave Miller. Asia exposure. Team in need of star power.

  • Rick Johnson

    Vacation with family

  • DrewBear2

    Lakers no longer have Bryant or Scott, so they are the least of three evils. But I don’t think any of those organizations will be anywhere near the top half of teams Jeremy would choose to consider…unless some major changes were made (trade Harden or Melo).

    This is a huge generality (lots of holes), but you can split the NBA into two major camps. Warriors & Spurs represent team basketball with players willing to share on both ends of the court. Cavs and Thunder represent superstar b-ball with players who demand minutes, touches & stats, while also insisting that supporting players bear the brunt on the defensive end. (again, generalities…I know Lebron & Westbrook can pass & play D)

    Rox, Knicks & Lakers fall into the latter category. Obviously the Lakers no longer have a superstar, but it’s not clear if management has changed the broader team philosophy. I just don’t think Jeremy is interested in playing for that kind of organization.

  • DrewBear2

    Man, I think Harden is just too selfish offensively and scatterbrained defensively to be a good teammate for Jeremy.

  • psalm234

    JLin is back in NY from Iceland so soon?
    https://twitter.com/Loveforlife0323/status/732836721226833920

  • real-dsb

    Don’t you know he has a very quick first step?

  • real-dsb

    Not to Rockets while Harden is there. Not to Knicks while Melo is there.

    Lakers don’t need a PG. You might not consider D’Angelo a viable PG, but they drafted D’Angelo #2 overall, so they’re sticking with him for now. But if the Lakers were to trade away D’Angelo, then Lakers. Luke Walton believes in team ball.

  • sws94

    OK, read it wrong. I’m most against the Rox. Least against the Knicks.

  • sws94

    Read it wrong, I’m most against the Rox.

  • Rick Johnson

    Actually it may be that he stopped over in NY on way to Iceland. Person may have not posted the picture right away. Seems like would be too short a time in Iceland after traveling so far to get there.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Now that Kobe and Byron are gone, the Lakers are a fine team.
    Knicks are out of the question unless they trade Melo. But PJ’s insistence on the triangle is also a problem
    Now that McHale is gone, Rox are less toxic, but Harden is still a huge problem.

    So I am least against the Lakers but…

    I am most against going back to the Hornets. That would be suicidal for Lin and his fanbase!

  • psalm234

    Good one 🙂
    I wonder if JLin goes to NY to add some excitement to his fans there.
    Hope the quick first step leads to “accidentally” bump into Kenny Atkinson at a dim-sum restaurant

  • psalm234

    that makes more sense

  • wu kong

    interesting…. http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Mike-D-Antoni-emerges-as-front-runner-for-7648456.php?cmpid=twitter-desktop

    Mike D’Antoni emerges as front-runner for Rockets’ job

    By Jonathan Feigen Updated 12:24 pm, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    “Former Suns, Knicks and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has emerged as the front-runner for the Rockets’ coaching position though several steps have to still fall in place for him to land the job, a person with knowledge of the process said Wednesday.

    The individual, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the process, said that talks have been ongoing and that there are two other coaches that can be considered finalists for the position.”

    more at link

  • alain gervais

    Two quick question. Would dantoni leaving Cancerl the idea of Lin to Philly??/
    Would dantoni to Rox open up Roxland lol ?????????

  • alain gervais

    I understand

  • CJSHYY

    Maybe Alex wants MDA but Morey don’t….??

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Absolutely there were! There were many on this site as well as JeremyLin.net. One fan, who shall remain nameless, used to predict so often that Lin would stay with the Lakers that I threatened to tar and feather him with purple and gold feathers if he predicted it one more time.

    (Later I felt bad about that when I learned that he was actually a she.)

  • real-dsb

    good detective work. I saw more Iceland pics, so most likely the NY one was delay posted from before the trip.

  • DrewBear2

    Just some good natured ribbing here: if enough people “read it wrong”, does it really mean “wrote it wrong”? 😉

  • Illbe

    How about a little humor? It may be off topic, but is it?? NBA players are this generation…MILLENNIALS!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLpE1Pa8vvI

  • Rick Johnson

    Hopefully fires Morey and trades Harden.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Brett Brown seems to be pro-Lin and might be a very good coach for him. If Lin is convinced that the tanking is over and they offer him >$10M to be starting PG, I think it’s still a good option.

    Rox plus MDA? Lin would have to somehow become convinced that Harden will play ball.

  • takeme2cruz

    There’s a treasure buried in my backyard, need your help to find it Rick.

  • alain gervais

    Sixers would have to offer Lin atleast 13 million

  • CJSHYY

    I believe Alex still likes Lin & wants him back… it’s true Harden is not good for Rox. He will not get the ring for them. If Alex is smart enough he should trade Harden. As for Morey, Too bad Alex likes him too.

  • alain gervais

    Whats odd is Harden is like Walker in that a player Like Lin helps him a lot. Take the ball handling away from him. Also takes pressing away from him. Michale would PNR them two Lin would get easy drives off it. Ohhh well i guess its too late now. They paid Lin 15 mill and still benched him so idk what kind of rust i would have there. With dantoni it would be interesting

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Yeah the more the better. Money shows that they’re serious. But in terms of Lin getting paid, if he could have another Linsanity season, he would get literally 100s of $millions in endorsements.

  • takeme2cruz

    MDA would not choose Houston if he had more than one coaching job offers. When I was unemployed, I’d take almost any job. NBA coach? It’s crazy if MDA would say no to this opportunity.

  • Briiick

    Only if Rox offer a contract which is bigger than and also outlasts Harden’s…

  • psalm234

    Looks like JLin is still chilling in Iceland

    https://twitter.com/linfinity88/status/732989114966908928

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Hmm. I think that is possible. Harden only makes like $13M/year.

  • Briiick

    more like $15M/year.

  • real-dsb

    So he went from Iceland to NY back to Iceland in 1 day? Man, he really is fast. 😉

  • takeme2cruz

    Yeah he forgot his fishing pole in JFK airport.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    You’re right. Would Rox pay Lin that much?

  • Briiick

    I think Lin knows that he has to get a dominant contract in the back court in order to have the coach cater to his game. I predicted that Lin is going to get paid more than Harden, we will see.

  • DrewBear2
  • takeme2cruz

    “Grizzlies assistant Jeff Bzdelik is among the coaches the Rockets would consider for that, but they have not interviewed Bzdelik or yet received permission from the Grizzlies to meet with him, a person with knowledge of the process said. Bzdelik will be considered for the Grizzlies head coaching position, according to the individual familiar with the process”.

    So that means the 76ers aka Colangelo gave the Rockets permission to talk with MDA about the new coaching position? No flopping there.

  • psalm234

    Do Lin’s former teams really need a PG?
    Unfortunately it’s only true on paper.

    We all know JLin needs a ball-handling PG role and plenty of PT to thrive in his career.
    Knicks triangle O and Harden’s ball-dominating role simply rule this out as an ideal place.
    Lakers future bet on DRussel needs him to play a lot so Lin will only be seen as a backup role

    So yeah, I’m against Lin returning to all teams who don’t fit Lin’s strength and need for PT 🙂
    It’s like asking which former boss who hates you is the least evil.
    I’d rather find a new boss who believes in me … haha

  • Rick Johnson

    Then he has a $200 mil contract with Adidas. He played this past year like he didn’t care about basketball nor the team. He got his money just wants to do whatever he wants. Shows up to training camp overweight and out of shape.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Yeah but I cant see Les letting Lin be traded away for nothing (in fact adding draft picks for Lakers to take him) and then turning around and giving him >$16M/year now. And it would take Les intervention over Morey.

  • takeme2cruz

    Amazingly, this process has no say or involvement of Harden.

  • psalm234

    It sounds like MDA gave this serious consideration by meeting with Les Alexander who likes the fast-pace offense while Morey wanted JVG to add defensive impact in another article.

    This is either a power play by MDA to see if 76ers will offer a HC job or he knows Brett Brown will be given another chance as a HC

  • Briiick

    If Les thinks firing Morey won’t cost the organization too much in the short term, he may pull the trigger. Now if Les gets the coach and the franchise star he wants, and the team functions well, the condition may just be right for doing that, or at least shifting a lot of decision making from him to the HC.

  • takeme2cruz

    76ers would not give Houston permission to speak with MDA if they wanted to promote him.

  • real-dsb

    if the Sixers wanted to promote MDA, why haven’t they done it already?

  • takeme2cruz

    Because they thought they were so sure to get Bosh on board.

  • takeme2cruz

    Brown just had his contract extension, cost them millions if he’s fired.

  • Rick Johnson

    Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojVerticalNBA 22s23 seconds ago
    Sources: Jeff Van Gundy is no longer a candidate for the Rockets job. Though JVG had interest in reunion, two sides never sat down to talk.
    https://twitter.com/WojVerticalNBA/status/733001172785762304

  • real-dsb

    so when would they promote MDA? next year?

  • CJSHYY

    Morey lose this time. LOL! So MDA is really the front runner?

  • Briiick

    Les overruled Morey’s dream of hyping Harden forever.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Les would have to be convinced that Harden is a hopeless case: impossible to get him motivated again or to play well with his teammates. That would be a real bombshell. I wonder if there is any precedent of a team trading away a young player who is considered a superstar and face of the franchise.

  • wandertheglobe

    With JVG out of the way. It looks pretty convincing that MDA will be the next Rox HC. Hmm….

  • real-dsb

    yes, for now.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Still it would mean that their valuation of Lin had changed 180 degrees.

  • wandertheglobe

    For NBA teams, millions means nothing. It’s a nice parting gift to Brown for endure the tanking job created by Hinkie.

  • freemind

    I have asked this many times. Can’t trust a FO playing political games. Imagine MDA’s disappointment of promises not fulfilled? Don’t want that to happen to Lin

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Cupcake recently said that neither Russel nor Clarkson are true PGs. I bet he would trade either one or both in a heartbeat for a better PG.

  • takeme2cruz

    Morey should be considered lucky that he’s still has a job.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Maybe they first made a promise to Brown: Tank for a few seasons to get picks and then we promise you’ll get to coach the rebuilt team. Firing Brown now would be extremely unfair to him.

  • CJSHYY
  • takeme2cruz

    He deserves to see through the process according to the new GM.

  • takeme2cruz

    Possibly but only if Brown is not showing anything this season.

  • CJSHYY

    Alex likes him. Morey will stay… smh!

  • spiderman

    May be wishful thinking from Houston… I don’t believe most news that come from the chronicle

  • takeme2cruz

    Morey also just got his contract extension a year ago I think.

  • Briiick

    Since the HC is not Morey’s body this time, Morey will lose a lot of saying in personals.

  • Rick Johnson

    Hopefully Colangelo steps up and hires MDA to be head coach soon before he goes to the Rockets.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Harden is definitely not a Nash-like PG. Nor is he willing to cooperate with one.

  • CJSHYY

    I don’t think so…. Colangelo already said MDA may leave….

  • takeme2cruz

    Feigen is their number one reporter. Chron is their biggest PR machine. They would not say anything unless FO told them what to report.

  • CJSHYY

    It’s from Jonathan I believe the news.

  • takeme2cruz

    They did since the trade for Harden.

  • Briiick

    MDA’s system depends on the talent of the floor general, and Harden’s ability in this area is less than average in NBA.

  • takeme2cruz

    At this time I believe MDA and the Rockets are considered a done deal.

  • CJSHYY

    Really? Why? What about Vogel?

  • takeme2cruz

    Based on Feigen’s report. It must be from the insider. They always send out test water news before the actual confirmation one.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Either MDA is desperate to be a HC again, or he will take the offer back to Philly and say, promote me or I’m taking this job. Then it will be the Sixers call.

  • David Kim

    If its true, no more sixers for lin?

  • spiderman

    Harden’s very talented as a defensive matador

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! Jonathan do have inside infor….

  • takeme2cruz

    We only trust Lin and wait. He has good team standing behind him, his family.

  • HVJoy

    I hope you are correct, 7J!

    Really hate to have Lin and MDA miss each other again!

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Well we still have Atkinson. Who knows? Maybe Lin even prefers Atkinson over MDA?

  • spiderman

    Les, Morey and Houston do not deserve a coach who does what’s right

  • David Kim

    What if MDA becomes head coach for rockets and try to bring lin as a starting PG with agreement from owner? Still No to Rockets?????

    I will still prefer Nets…

  • spiderman

    definitely no to rockets ever again…
    what’s that saying? “fool me once…

  • 22cents

    Harden is more like a SG. If Lin can be the PG and Harden the SG. AND Harden is willing to play team ball. The Rocket will be dangerous.

    Honestly, I think Harden is too spoiled to be a team player.

  • CaliUSMC

    NO!@#!@#!@#@

  • HVJoy

    Positive thinking ! Thank you.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    The only remaining problem would be Harden. If the owner could somehow guarantee that Harden will cooperate (like if doesn’t they’ll trade him) then it has potential.

  • Briiick

    The idea is very welcome, the more bidders for Lin the better.

  • Linzen

    No please!!!! Otherwise, I’ll have to mute all JLin’s games! I can’t stand the three stooges… 🙁

  • freemind

    did Lin turn down Rox last FA?

  • spiderman

    The thought of MDA trolling them for lying to and treating Lin so badly is entertaining

  • takeme2cruz

    Did not hear any offer from them.

  • Linzen

    Like Bosh!

  • PPP

    link please?

  • spiderman

    exactly

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Yeah I don’t think that was reported but he did turn down the Lakers.

  • Linzen

    That would be awesome

  • freemind

    recall reading somewhere that Lin dropped the offers from Lakers, GSW and Rox to join Hornets and was questioned then if he made the right decision.

  • cdblue10

    Brace yourselves since if MDA will go to Houston…Lin will be recruit hard by the Chokettes.The irony would be if Lin agreed to go back they will pay him more compare to the contract he signed when he was hated hard due to his contract.LOL

  • occupatio

    no one can control harden who is more powerful than the head coach. it doesnt matter who coaches the rockets as long as harden is there. he’s just a loser, period.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Could be. Sometimes it’s hard to separate reliable sauces from rumors. I remember the Lakers and GSW but not Rox being reported after FA. Before FA there were tons of reports by those Yibada types of publications saying that the Rox were definitely interested in Lin.

  • occupatio

    dantoni is brilliant with Xs and Os stuff but he’s historically been bad at managing big-ego, selfish players. he can only fail in houston if he gets that job. and that’s fine for him, he will ‘step down’ like he did in NY and LA and collect his paycheck as he has done previously.

  • Briiick

    Here is my speculation on Les.
    (1) “Run-N-Gun” for the team——-get MDA。
    (2) MDA may play Harden like he did to Kobe in LAL. If this doesn’t work out, trade him in his contract season. Harden has two seasons left and is easier to trade now.
    (3) Les may like MDA so much that Morey is going to lose lots of saying in players, if not his job.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    MJ, Kobe, LeBron definitely have/had unlimited power. But at what point does a team get fed up with the losing of a Melo or a Harden? I do believe that the Knicks might want to trade Melo if only he’d waive his NTC.

  • CJSHYY

    He made the statement few weeks ago.. don’t have link now. Google it.

  • Linzen

    Good, then Lin can pull a Bosh to drive up his FA value.

  • takeme2cruz

    Harden is now in no position like he was 2 seasons ago. He had no say and was exposed by horrible defense.

  • CJSHYY

    I think if Alex really hires MDA then big reason it’s bc he wants Lin back. Well, when Lin was out of NYK, he only had 25 real NBA games but Harden on the other hand, just out of Final vs Heat… But now it’s different. What Lin did vs Heat in playoff showed he can be as good as any top player in the league. Maybe Alex will really trade Harden…. since no one likes him on the team. Maybe PB only…. LOL!

  • freemind

    you’re right. I do look at news sources and recall it was from xinhua news. These chinese news reporter tend to crowd the CA and Hou market… Now whether that is reliable is another question 🙂

  • takeme2cruz

    Your thoughts could be very well like Les’s thoughts

  • occupatio

    harden got mchale fired. you dont get more powerful than that. he doesnt play defense and doesnt get punished for it. you dont get more powerful than that.

  • freemind

    my thoughts went that direction too when I heard it was Les decision for MDA round 2 interview.
    Morey contract was extended in early 2013 thru 2017-18, it was done at the high point of Lin and Harden duo chemistry on Rox. Les liked that team then. It won’t be difficult for him to let go of Morey at this time. Heck he is already taking control. Bet he hated what it has become this season.

  • Linzen

    ROFL. K-fan site already has an “Official Fire MDA” thread going. These fans are just soooooooo bad.
    Lin, don’t ever go bad to Rockets please!

  • 7Jeremiah17

    I don’t think Les or D’Antoni are as focused on Jeremy Lin as we are. Les is worried about solving his huge Harden problem and D’Antoni is concerned with getting a HC job. They don’t always see Lin as the solution to all problems as we do.

    Of course they should, but they don’t.

  • mobiterrr

    its like talking to child right? haha

  • CJSHYY

    Exactly. True he can get 30, 40 pts per game but also took lots of shots by himself only… this team’s not good under him as #1 guy…. tons of problems in locker room. Alex knows more than anyone what’s going on in this team…

  • freemind

    that was bc he had an enabler. let’s see what happens if that enabler is no longer in control.

  • psalm234

    If you were Lin at his prime of 27 years old, which one would you choose:
    1. Leading role:Kenny Atkinson’s “super-important PG is quarterback” Nets role OR
    2. Scapegoat role: the prospective “PG cornerback” role in HOU behind Harden

    I got a hunch Lin would understand MDA has to feature Harden heavily to keep his job so the Nets job would look more appealing (great coach & GM, adoring NY media, main guy to lead to playoff)

    The risk/reward will heavily favor the Nets Leading role over the Rockets ‘scapegoat’ role

  • Vintage

    I think trust is important for Lin. I’m not sure if he can trust the Rockets’ organization…

  • alain gervais

    My thought exactly. Lin don’t need MDa to succeed .

  • alain gervais

    He cant ever trust them again. Id trust Knicks and LAL before Rox

  • CJSHYY

    Even w MDA as HC in Rox (if that really happens…) I still don’t think Lin will be back w Harden on the team. As for Nets, so far looks good ….

  • Briiick

    Don’t worry, Lin understands it even better.

  • freemind

    Never like office politics . Eye test shows Nets has more heart less bs in their press. I vote that Lin goes to Nets . No baggage and fresh new start to what I foresee a great season.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    I agree that Harden (and Melo) have that kind of power. But at some point they have to deliver.The first solution is always to fire the coach. But if Harden continues to collect money while destroying the team, somethings gotta give.

  • Vintage

    Hmmm, maybe if they offer a max contract I’d trust them lol

  • takeme2cruz

    If money and term are very much the same, I would choose BrookLin.

  • Rick Johnson

    Alex Kennedy ✔ ‎@AlexKennedyNBA
    It’s been clear for quite some time that Dwight Howard would most likely leave Houston, but hiring Mike D’Antoni would ensure he’s gone.
    12:38 PM – 18 May 2016
    https://twitter.com/AlexKennedyNBA/status/733018993703964672

  • alain gervais

    Even then. They gave Lin 15 mill the last year. Thats 20 plus million in the years cap space. Still benched him. Still traded him to the worst team in NBA.

  • alain gervais

    People please remember jersey gate. With Lins number while he was still on the team

  • spiderman

    One day all that venom will catch up with them (if it hasn’t already)… heart-attack, high blood pressure, cancer

  • Rick Johnson

    And remember Clutchfans . Yuk

  • PPP

    It depends on what Lin wants. But to be honest, if MDA is the coach and they sign Lin for 12+m per season for 4 years, I will prefer him to join the Rockets in terms of chances to win a championship.

    Nets with Atkinson is good for Lin personally but they have very few assets to be able to go deep in the playoffs within the next 4 years. They can be a playooff contending team but a first round exit at best.

    Either team will be fine with me.

  • alain gervais

    They traded Lin so horrible remember the highlight or low light they made of Lin while he was on the lakers.

  • Linzen

    I don’t think Lin likes chilling at the corner that much. So, no thanks. 🙂

  • CJSHYY

    Totally forgot about D12… LOL! Rox don’t want to keep D12 as well. They already used Capela to replace him on lots of games.

  • Linzen

    And waived him on Christmas! I’m still super mad about this. Hate Morey.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    It would be hard to take if Lin were to go back there since we’d have to deal with theses Clthfans all again…But I agree that if MDA and Les were to offer him$12M+ and a starting role beside Harden, it would be tough to decline it, unless Lin has other offers to start.

  • psalm234

    Knowing Lin, even if Hou offers more money but he is not trusted as a PG, he’d go somewhere else

    Hard to see Lin ever accomplishes his All-Star goal playing behind Harden

  • alain gervais

    Was that before the knicks?

  • PPP

    true for that clutchfan base, they are horrible. But, no one can force us to join their forum. Ignore them as if they are not exist at all, peach of mind, haha.

  • takeme2cruz

    Very true but like Lin himself has said, money is important because it shows how much the team wants to invest in you.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Right now if you look to the right there are links to sauces like Yibada, Sportsrageous, Inquistr that constantly have rumors of Lin going to almost every possible team. When there is a rumor with any legs, you will see it in some more recognizable publication like ESPN, SI, etc. and often more than one source reports the same rumor.

  • Linzen

    Hope they will enjoy (more like suffer) their first round exits for years to come.

  • real-dsb

    if money is much better from HOU, I would still choose BRK, or even PHI without MDA, or even LAL.

  • Linzen

    Yup. But, it was still done by this terrible organization and GM.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    You may be right….There were reports that Les really liked Lin and had apologized to Lin for something but don’t remember.

    Maybe the MDA possible hiring could be an attempt to bring back Lin to Houston.

  • real-dsb

    Well, a team cannot prevent an assoc/asst coach from interviewing with another team just because they may promote him next year.

  • takeme2cruz

    If MDA got the job and Rockets go after Lin, that’s a good news. Now Brooklyn and/or 76ers can not low ball offer on Lin.

  • alain gervais

    All that Lin went trough. To over come what went on in Roxland. This past season of great teammates. Saying he enjoyed played for the first time in a while. All of this is a reaction to what happen in roxland. IDK ..Rox would be a tough pill to swallow. Even with MDA

  • real-dsb

    Yes, I’m not worried at all about Lin actually taking an offer with Houston, even if they do have D’Antoni. Lin isn’t dumb. He knows that D’Antoni won’t be able to change Harden one bit.

  • alain gervais

    You are right More bidders more better lol

  • Linzen

    Actually, I think Atkinson will be super happy if MDA take the Rockets job. That means 76ers loses their MDA appeal. And, we all agree JLin wouldn’t go back to that toxic organization known as Rockets.

  • takeme2cruz

    u make good point

  • psalm234

    Many NBA Analysts concluded this Rockets team is broken and toxic. And they will remain broken as long as Harden refuses to play defense and share the ball with big men like Howard. Without teamwork and strong team defense, they’ll be struggling to make the playoff in the next 3-4 years. And Howard might be leaving soon.

    After JLin experienced great team chemistry in the Hornets, he might lean to choose a team with similar healthy team culture.

    Of course it’s really up to Lin, but knowing how important trust and team chemistry for JLin to play basketball with joy, I’d be surprised if he chooses to go back to this toxic environment.

  • BobbyH

    Get a Max from Rox first. Then make Harden going back to his usual role, the best 6th man. Then a full clean house, purging Morey power. Then suddenly it is a team with bright future.

    Oh, am i dreaming?

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    I had never heard that he had also turned down the Lakers and Rox..but I had heard that GSW wanted Lin but Lin was not ready to play to very small role that GSW was offering.

    From my understanding, Lakers were going in another direction by drafting a PG and never extended a contract to Lin.

    As for the Rockets, they already had Ty Lawson in mind.

  • David Kim

    linsanity 2.0 coming soon to New York?

    https://youtu.be/0K2Pw3WhEnY

  • Briiick

    Exactly ! The more bidder the better. Lin has proven his top winning talent with or without MDA when he is empowered on the court.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Lin fan should not take the rumors coming out of source like Yibada, Sportrageous or Inquistr, too serious…These guys are making up fake rumors simply to get clicks.

    Many of their articles are simply re-written rumors from other publication.

    I frankly get annoyed when someone post a Link to these fake articles on here.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Lin liked all of his Knick teammates with the exception of Melo. He liked all of his Rox teammates with the exception of Harden. And he liked all of his Laker teammates with the exception of Kobe. For example, Swaggy, Hill, Boozer, Ellington, Davis, he loved all those guys. As far as I can tell, he hated playing on the Rox and Lakers because of the coaches McHale and Byron. So this idea that Lin wants to return to Charlotte because of great teammates… I mean, how could he enjoy watching Kemba iso so much and icing him out?

  • real-dsb

    I will be okay with Lin going to Rockets if he gets a max contract AND final authority over player personnel… if you get what I mean. lol

  • Briiick

    or a contract bigger than harden’s.

  • Rick Johnson

    The Vertical ‏@TheVertical 2h2 hours ago
    Summer agenda: Charlotte Hornets. Front-Office Insider @BobbyMarks42 on @TheVertical.

    https://twitter.com/TheVertical/status/733004000228978688

    “The issue for Charlotte is that with a weak free-agent point-guard class, Lin could be off the board within the first few days of free agency.”

  • David Kim

    Jeremy lin and Kenny Atkinson workout…

    https://youtu.be/Hc7Rdl0TeHo

  • alain gervais

    . So this idea that Lin wants to return to Charlotte because of great teammates… I mean, how could he enjoy watching Kemba iso so much and icing him out?
    I don’t get this part? I wasn’t talking about charlotte ?

  • alain gervais

    Last year took for ever. So the shorter the better

  • alain gervais

    Make it happen already

  • Briiick

    I am glad Lin fans here always get things right way ahead of the outside world.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    “This past season of great teammates. Saying he enjoyed played for the first time in a while.”

    This is in reference to Charlotte isn’t it? And it’s the main reason why many think he would want to return.

    I just wanted to point out that Lin always likes his teammates. It’s the coaches who made his life so miserable in the previous seasons.

  • alain gervais

    Where did you correlate the two. i for one don’t want him to go back there. Still he may want a team with a good culture. Like Kenny Atkinson said he wanted. An unselfish high character individuals.

  • takeme2cruz

    Wow, like hot cake.

  • cdblue10

    The more the merrier!I can see him getting 12-17mil/yr with a 4th yr option

  • PPP

    I trust my eye tests more than the so called analysts, but it just me. They are considered as broken and toxic mainly because Harden and Howard do not gell and prolly hating each other. So its not a bad thing that Howard opts out. They would have more cap space to recruit solid players to suit what MDA needs.

    Defense from Harden is horrible but they are talking about to hire a defensive guru to help MDA for that matter.

    For the Hornets, they were not utilizing Lin to his strength and played him mostly at SG and defense. Even when Walker off the court, Lin was not really the pg so to speak. Many times there were broken plays that Lin had to do something out of nothing. Worse that is He’ll never start, so I don’t really care whether they play team ball or not. Lin was lucky that he shone when Batumn and Kamba injured and those games were nationally broadcasted. Otherwise, Lin may not have too many options to choose.

    Not saying that Rockets are the ideal team for Lin. If he opt for playing for fun or individual performance rather than for win, all good for me. If so, even the Sixers with all the young talents are better than the Rockets.

    Without playing alongside a superstar, you can hardly win. That’s why I will not object if Lin goes back to the Knicks with Melo and Porzingis (he’ll be a great great P&R partner with Lin) if they sign him for 12+m and being the starting pg.

    All in all, the most likely scenario, Nets seem to be mostly the logic choice and I will happy with it.

  • takeme2cruz

    What a difference then and now. He used to practice a lot of ball handling, now with the Hornets, all we saw was shooting 3, lots of those.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    I’m saying that once the coach in Houston, McHale, is replaced, the culture is already much better. Playing alongside Kemba is perhaps even worse than playing alongside Harden.

  • Kirk

    Not to argue at all, just saying that Lin always will find some way to praise his teammates. He praised playing with Kobe to the sky, even though it was obviously a poor fit.

    I wonder how he feels in his heart of hearts, playing with Kemba and Batum. From a basketball perspective, how does he feel deep inside about Kemba bricking a ton of shots in that Kings game?

    For some reason, the press ran with this narrative that Charlotte was a great fit, and that Lin had found inner happiness. Statistically, his numbers were down.

    Probably because he didn’t have an openly hostile coach calling him soft all the time, lol.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Agree with your post but just want to clarify regarding “He praised playing with Kobe to the sky.” Lin did that very early in the season. Like the first week or two. After that he never said another word about Kobe, good or bad.

  • Kirk

    True, but he did give Kobe a lot of praise this year during the retirement tour. If asked about Kobe, he will always move to something positive. Reporters still ask him what he learned about playing with Kobe, and Lin will always come up with something creative.

  • PPP

    Lin is great fit for the Hornets but Hornets is not the good fit for Lin. Lin was lucky that there were injuries of other players for him had a chance to shine.

  • 22cents

    JR Smith? ^_^

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Lol, even he was ok until he saw Lin’s salary.

  • alain gervais

    Not playing along side either maybe even better??

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Right, he has to add to the chorus of how great Kobe was and if asked what he learned form him he’ll say, to be very detail oriented. But he once said that Kobe had shown him “nothing but kindness.” He would never repeat that again.

  • Linzen

    Read the 1st sentence, and I am already excited!!!
    “The Vertical Front-Office Insider Bobby Marks, a 20-year executive with the Nets…”

    Wow insider information!

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Sure, I’d rather Troy Daniels was his back-court partner.

  • JLin fan from Australia

    My guess is that pic was taken while he was on the route to Iceland. Remember he had to fly from SF to Iceland. Didn’t believe there was a direct flight from SF to Iceland. So, the pic was taken while JLin had a transit in NY. No drama to me:-)

  • alain gervais

    Anyways all these bidders. Is good news ofr Lin. Lol the harvard grade will make the best choice undoubtedly

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Last summer the FA was so intense. So much suspense and anticipation. It was fun and this year should be even better!

  • alain gervais

    It should be much quicker. His value is way up. Or Lin can make them wait like they did him last year lol

  • Rick Johnson

    They’re going to have to have a fire sale on these:

    NBA AUCTIONS
    ‏@NBAAUCTIONS
    What’s H🔥T Wednesday ➡ #JeremyLin #NBAPlayoffs Jersey http://on.nba.com/1QYPkIw #Hornets
    https://twitter.com/NBAAUCTIONS/status/733039209989218304

  • takeme2cruz

    How about this? He also wrote:

    However NBA teams do not operate in a perfect world.

    The challenge of bringing back Lin could mean Charlotte will be looking for a backup point guard.

    HE’S GONE!

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Quick is good! Quick is a good sign that both sides got what they wanted.

  • JLin fan from Australia

    Just wonder about JH: Believe JH just finished his 4th season in Rockets. Is he RFA or FA in a sense this summer? Any idea?? Just curious about Rox situation. If MDA to Rox, wonder the possibility of JLin joins him there with/without JH.

  • CJSHYY

    Still 2 more years. Last year is team option.

  • JLin fan from Australia

    Really!!!! So, Rox resigned him last yr. mmmmh. Not so good then if JLin goes back there with him and DM are still in Rox. Nopnopnop.

  • grover chang

    Is Morey trolling us? Going after MDA So Lin will not reunite with him?

  • CJSHYY

    Next season can be Harden’s last year w Rox if thing’s still not working out for the team… They can trade him…. Just read from Fox Sports….

    A person familiar with the organization told Sporting News that landing Hawks star Al Horford is the Rockets’ top-line goal in free agency, and Ryan Anderson also would be a possibility. Also, expect Morey to be creative when pursuing sign-and-trade deals involving star players like Blake Griffin, Jimmy Butler or Carmelo Anthony, should they become available.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    So D’Antoni could be coaching Harden and Melo? lol

  • CJSHYY

    Melo will not come. But Jimmy Butler is SG… w Harden?

  • 7Jeremiah17

    The NBA makes strange bedfellows

  • wu kong

    how much of the MDA to Houston talk is a chess play to get rid of Howard? hold on a minute my tin foil hat is a bit tight…..

  • CJSHYY

    Still hope MDA can have another HC offer bc as long as Morey is GM, he will not have good life in Rox. Just saw some tweets from Rox media… as usual not high on him like they way they treated Lin…. smh! Hate them.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Can’t they just trade D12 if they want to get rid of him?

  • Lin Dunn

    Seems like Clarkson will be FA. D’ AngeloSnitchsell is immature, not sure whether he has an ego. I thought BS tried his best to destroy E angelo’s self confidence.

  • donsmacau

    1. Carmelo managed MDA out of a job
    2. Kobe managed MDA out of a job
    3. Harden managed McHale out of a job
    ….
    I’m sure MDA is looking forward to “managing” Harden.

    Each time rumors of MDA as a head coach away from Sixers hits the media there ensues a big uproar and we all fall for it. Pacers, Suns, Nets, Wolves etc…etc…

    Will anyone at this point really be surprised if MDA ends up NOT going to Houston? There are only 3 more head coaching vacancies left up for grabs – MDA for certainly will get one of those.

  • Phoenix Rising

    Its almost like Morey has complete control over the Houston media. Oh wait, I’ve seen this show before!

  • Linzen
  • CJSHYY

    Ya! That evil guy just never changes…. smh!

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! Morey starts his work now. smh! Use media power to trash him first then if he really comes… more later… smh!

  • psalm234

    For those who haven’t listened to how Kenny Atkinson answered about JLin question during interview, it’s worth listening yourself how he reacted (with laughter knowing the Lin question will come up)

    ICYMI Kenny Atkinson Linterview Question [6:38]
    “Will there be mutual Linterest b/w u+Nets with @JLin7?”
    *laugh*
    https://twitter.com/JLinPortal/status/733055736750604288

  • real-dsb

    wow, this is Chris Baldwin’s twitter bio:

    Editor | SEO Strategist | Entourage Leader — Digital director @PaperCityMag, put @CultureMap on the map, built @WorldGolf, defend Jeremy Lin, pull for MSU

  • Lin Dunn

    Thanks, he is not talking much

  • kittyhead

    Dantoni please resist the devils’ lure!!Your coaching career will finish in one month!

  • Spot

    Last time Bryan Colangelo was frontrunner for the Nets. Then Sean Marks got hired and Colangelo signed with Daddy.

    We will see

  • real-dsb

    Baldwin’s at 999 followers. Give him another follow to hit 1000!

  • Linzen

    It is so true though. Chris has been a Lin defender since day one. He is like the Robin Lundberg in Houston.

  • real-dsb

    that was fast, he’s over 1000 =)

  • Linzen

    I think his laughter says it all. He is excited about the thought of JLin. Anything after that is just PR stuff… hehehe

  • psalm234

    Complete Q&A
    Nice 2nd try by the host to ask about Lin opinion

    Host: Will there be mutual Linterest between you, the Nets with @JLin7?
    KA: jovial *laugh*
    Host: “…You have a relationship with him. He will be a Free Agent! You know he’s opting out. I think he has a player option so does that seem like a perfect marriage?”
    KA: You guys know I can’t talk about any .. any Free Agents. I uhm, uhm not allowed to do it.
    I think across the board when I look at the names, there is a lot of interesting guys out there
    Ya’ know from 1st option to 2nd option then some guys way down the list that are probably undervalued in the league so we really have to dig into that and make the right decision .. and like you guys said, sell something to these guys that there’s a great thing going on, there’s change in the air.
    And at the end of the day, it’s New York. And it’s a great market. There’s a ton of potentials here so I think we’re gonna get some good guys here

    (2nd try)
    Host: As far as .. (and this is not about signing him anymore, I’ve moved on. Until he opts out, you can’t talk about him )
    KA: yup
    Host: ..you got a lot of credit (and rightfully so) for the development of Jeremy Lin and Linsanity. but the guy has become real solid NBA player in this league, not just the run that he had with the Knicks. What did you see in Jeremy Lin? I kind of looked at what you were able to do with Lin as “Hey, hopefully he’s able to do that with a lot of guys with this team because of the situation that you’re in .. so with Lin specifically, what did you do with him? What did you see in him where he blossomed into a really good NBA player?
    KA: Listen.. ugh, I’m glad you put some other ..team(?) but across the board, ..I think my mindset is developing a C-rated player to a B-rated player, a B-rated player to an A-rated player. Listen player makes player.. coaches guide them. …
    I kinda shy away from ‘You made him’, he made himself these players .. Again, I look at ATL …

  • Linzen

    You are right. There is no good ending with this… none.

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! I also think that laughter is good sign….

  • Linzen

    Yeah, the media is already saying Morey wants JVG as coach, but Les is more interested in MDA in order to run a high pace system.
    Just like years ago… Les wanted Lin. Morey didn’t.

  • CJSHYY

    Exactly. The same trick. Use media to question his skill & trash him before he even comes… create bad coach image for fans to hate him. smh!

  • spiderman

    Sounds nice…
    Would also need to eliminate klutchfans and Houston’s hateful fanbase lol

    Houston simply does not deserve Lin or MDA

  • spiderman

    “down the list that are probably undervalued in the league so we really have to dig into that and make the right decision .. and like you guys said, sell something to these guys that there’s a great thing going on, there’s change in the air. ”

    VERY INTRIGUING – Lin is definitely undervalued in the league

  • Linzen

    I don’t know what Les sees in the guy! He is so terrible in building a team! Always trading and dealing. Never values teamball and chemistry… The exact opposite of our boy.

  • spiderman

    Chris Baldwin is awesome

  • Linzen

    These JLin fans are so hard to please… hahaha

    Yeah, this is a tough one. I have tried but it looks like JLin going back to Houston is still a bad idea. LOL

  • CJSHYY

    Morey & Harden have to out of Rox before they can start to work again…. smh!

  • Rick Johnson

    Only good ending is if they fire Morey and trade Harden.

  • Linzen

    and sign JLin 😉

  • psalm234

    yes.. his tone was serious and professional but he genuinely laughed when he heard the Lin question

    He avoided talking about Lin and talked in generalities but I thought he complimented Lin by saying players made players.

    Very good sign indeed 🙂

  • Linzen

    Indeed he is

  • Linzen

    I’m also very impressed with the hosts. They say Lin is now a REAL SOLID player in NBA. I sense that they are excited about signing our boy too.
    So funny they work different angle to try and get coach to talk. Good hosts.

  • psalm234

    yes, the hosts did their research trying to get Atkinson to talk about Lin directly and indirectly 🙂
    I think they’re excited to see what Atkinson can do with Lin after his comment the previous day about PG is super-important like a quarterback

  • Linzen

    Oh I am excited to see that too!!! Lin quarterbacking a downhill offence.
    I’m more exited about this than the GSW vs OKC game tonight. LOL

  • Joe what do you know

    That’s sounds like a lot of work…. A mountain would be moved with that much effort…

  • David Kim

    They should fire Morey…

  • JLin fan from Australia

    When will all draft begin???

  • Linzen

    Agree. It is effortless to just sign with Brooklyn. And, everything else is much better with NY anyway. 🙂

  • 1mtoldman

    The 2016 NBA draft will be held on June 23, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

  • Joe what do you know

    Just curious. Who’s still on Nets payroll for next season? Lopez and Thed Young?

  • Lin Dunn

    NETS definitely value Lopez and Young. Remember towards the end of season, Nets is going nowhere anyway, they rest Lopez and Young for the last few games to make sure both guys are healthy and not injured

  • Joe what do you know

    They’re both big men. Who are the swingmen and would still be on their payroll next year?

  • JLin fan from Australia

    There is more than a month away. Very interesting. Thought it happens now.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    Lin to the nets is a risky proposition. they were terrible this year and they werent tanking either because boston has their pick. the only 2 players worth talking about on that team is brook and thad. bog, RHJ and Trob are nice young players too but the rest of the roster is filled with crap players like shane larkin. it’s downright scary how many moves they would have to make just to make 8th seed… nets are in full blown rebuild mode and would have to sign a bunch of good players for lin to play with. can lin take so much loosing after what happened in LA?

    very conflicted as a lin fan. starting isnt everything. minutes and role are…

    one scenario that i cant stop thinking about is if dwight signs with hornets. lamb can be traded, lee is a luxury and can walk if he wants too much. both batum and dwight need to agree to far less than max. both marv and lin need to take a discount.

    kemba/lin
    batum/lin/daniels
    mkg/batum
    marv/frank
    dwight/zeller/hawes

    that team can make it to the ECF and compete with lebron…

  • lleepar

    Would you believe they’re still paying Deron Williams, too? Here’s a list of their projected payroll, ar least so far …
    http://hoopshype.com/salaries/brooklyn_nets/

  • Linzen

    Got this from RealGM…

    Guaranteed Contracts (6): Bojan Bogdanovic, Ronda Hollis-Jefferson, Sean Kilpatrick, Brook Lopez, Chris McCullough, Thaddeus Young

    Partial/Non-Guaranteed Contracts (1): Jarrett Jack

    Potential Free Agents (7): Markel Brown, Wayne Ellington, Sergey Karasev, Shane Larkin, Willie Reed, Thomas Robinson, Donald Sloan
    “Dead” Money on Cap (2): $323,599 (Andrea Bargnani), $5,474,787 (Deron Williams)
    First Round Draft Picks: None

  • InfiniteWisdom

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/contracts/BRK.html

    a bunch of garbage if you ask me… the only thing bklyn has going for them is cap space. but them being so bad last season and so poorly run the years before, can they attract any talent?

  • Lin Dunn

    Another scenario is for Lin to be with Memphis. Many writers talked about this: since Spurs is interested in Conley and if MC goes to Spurs or another team then Lin signing with Memphis is very possible. He will be going to a playoff contending team and be a starter.

  • takeme2cruz

    No they’re not paying Dwill anymore. It’s just his salary is still counting to the cap. They already bought him out.

  • CJSHYY
  • takeme2cruz

    Kemba alone would not take them anywhere far.

  • takeme2cruz

    Hornets were .400 team last season before Lin signed with them.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    You really want Lin to backup Kemba and Batum again? And get to run the point for about 4 minutes a game?

  • InfiniteWisdom

    memphis is in turmoil. plus they were never a real contender anyways, especially in the west.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    say what you will about him but kemba is not pure garbage like shane larkin. and batum though not a #1 option is still a good player. lin + thad and brook isnt enough. many moves would have to be made….

  • sport

    Yet Lin’s 3 point attempts were very low this season and 3 pointers was by far his worst due to the new shooting form.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    i still have hope for the hornets. kemba played so many minutes it got him another knee surgery. the lamb experiment will hopefully end. get mkg back and lin is in a good position for quality minutes and role on a WINNING team….

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Lin/Ellington/BB/Young/Brook can make the playoffs in the EC. And that’s without adding any other FAs.

  • wu kong

    they got the pick order already. http://www.nba.com/news/2016-nba-draft-order/

  • takeme2cruz

    3 most important positions are there as starters, adding two more shouldn’t be problem. Hornets still have much work to do to convince more than half of their regular rotation to stay and most of them want a lot of $$$$$$$$.

    Kemba is not a team player and his career has proven my point. Shane might and might not be a Net but he’s a good backup for Lin.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Most think MKG would reduce Lin’s minutes as Batum would play even more SG.

  • sport

    Not it’s toxic because of Harden more than Dwight. You people seem to forget how badly they treated Lin with their false news to that totally hurt his value and image!

  • takeme2cruz

    That lineup is much better and younger than the group during Linsanity.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    if nets is risky, hornets is suicidal

  • takeme2cruz

    Lol.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    It makes me drool! Lol

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    no, kemba really is pure garbage. his isolation costed countless games including game 6 & 7

  • sport

    First round? They won’t even make playoffs next season.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    No worse teammates than those in LInsanity games

  • sport

    Morey and Harden would both have to go for Lin to even consider.

  • takeme2cruz

    Lol, you already knew and experienced what it is for the entire season and you still have hope?

  • takeme2cruz

    and 1 and 2.

  • sport

    Trade Harden and fire Morey but their fans are racist so no thanks. I don’t think MDA will sign with Rockets, just leverage for Sixers to give him HC job. Either that or Rockets really want Howard to opt out by hiring MDA since he hates him.

  • sws94

    Howard is a risk though. Injuries, will he get along with others? And how can Lin get his 28 mpg with these guys? I don’t see Lin closing too many games with that starting lineup unless they go small to replace Dwight when hack-a-Dwight would come into play.

    Nets as is, has issues. Even with Atkinson and Marks, the personnel is a work in progress. In my house analogy in FA, the Nets are a fixer-upper. Will be nice in time perhaps.

  • sws94

    I agree. I like Gasol, ZBo with Lin I don’t see as well, and we’ll see what type of new offense they’ll put in place. And in the West, they don’t seem like they can go far into the playoffs. Hornets are a better bet. They can go deep into the playoffs with Lin. Without him next season, I see them in the playoffs perhaps, but Lin just adds so much to that team.

  • real-dsb

    Another coaching door closed. D’antoni to rockets even closer

  • InfiniteWisdom

    no, just no….

  • CJSHYY

    NYK was not even consider MDA at all.

  • takeme2cruz

    Former employee with unpleasant breaking up. No way.

  • zxcvb

    Odd. Hornacek doesn’t run triangle at all or anything resembling it. He runs a double-barreled PG, spread PnR offense. That’s not Melo-friendly either.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Some of Lin’s most die-hard fans wouldn’t watch his games anymore. It would be a catastrophe.

  • zxcvb

    I think you might actually BE your avatar.

  • Acbc

    Hornets are a loser org with bad GM, coach, star and culture. Lin should never go back to any other teams he’s played for with owners and people in charge that have treated him with Asian discount.

  • Rick Johnson

    Knicks need a PG. Hope JLin doesn’t go there as long as Melo still there. No more iso ball hogs.

    Alex Kennedy ‏@AlexKennedyNBA 3m3 minutes ago

    Last year, Jeff Hornacek had PGs Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Brandon Knight throughout season. He’d take any of them in NY.

    https://twitter.com/AlexKennedyNBA/status/733091789180112896

  • 7Jeremiah17

    We shall see…

    In the meantime you need to go back to the drawing board and find an option that doesn’t involve backing up Kemba.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    just run a 3 guard rotation with kemba, lin, batum. kemba played way too much last season and his knee surgery is testament to that. lamb and lee messed this up last season. in my scenario, that wouldnt be the case cuz they’d be gone. depending on matchup, you can close wth kemba, lin, batum, mkg, dwight.

  • JLin fan from Australia

    Yes I saw that. I’m more interested in who and where:-) Not sure I know much about this but am just curious of what each team chooses.

  • zxcvb

    No chance while Melo’s still there, but any leverage he can use to get a FAT contract from Brooklyn would be great. Right now, he’s probably looking at 10-12M per. But with a couple other offers, he can jump to 12-14M.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    That’s mean.

  • HVJoy

    OT:Your profile photo hurts my eyes, Mr. Infinite Wisdom.

    Of all images available, why did you choose that of Public Enemy no. X? Lol.

  • CJSHYY

    Well, get the job first…. He will say whatever please PJ in interview…. LOL!

  • takeme2cruz

    Hornets will not get Lin back, might lose Batum, Lee, Williams. Jefferson will stay though.

  • CJSHYY

    Melo wants Rondo.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    get rid of lamb and lee and things open up. play mkg at 4 and things open up. why do you guys want him on a bad team? makes no sense…

  • takeme2cruz

    I think they need to go find a backup for Kemba because Lin is gone.

  • sws94

    Lin usually came into the game to replace Lee or Batum and played alongside Kemba for about 4 minutes or more. Then Kemba would go off, Batum would come back on the floor or Lee and Lin would play with them. Lin was a 6th man on the Hornets, not the way strictly backup players are used. And the point here is look at the strength of the team and how far Lin would go into the playoffs, so it is a different priority than Lin must start where it is available with the hope that he can turn so-so players into a team of playoff contenders. That’s something some can believe and think can happen and others can assess that is so unlikely to happen, it’s not worth it for him.

  • John Focker

    In combination with his handle, t’s the epitome sarcasm.

  • sws94

    The likelihood of MDA getting the Rockets jobs seems stronger now. Not saying it is imminent, but the buzz I’m reading on social media is pointing in that direction.

  • takeme2cruz

    Lin is going to where he will be the PG, period. The days to replace Lee, Batum and Kemba are over.

  • sws94

    Local guys like Evan Roberts like Lin a lot. So does Ian Eagle, the Nets broadcaster. The Knicks announcers, the great Mike Breen who you hear doing the the Eastern finals games and Clyde Frazier, like Lin. If you were in NY when Linsanity happened, and then you saw him come back and take it to the Knicks, you know what he’s capable of doing.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    you forgot the part where that option has to include winning. unless bklyn can make some big FA signings, that’s a BAD team… look at their stats. it’s horrific for a team not trying to lose…

  • John Focker

    Gotta admit, I’m pretty Kemba’d out.

  • HVJoy

    I see. Thank you.

    Unfortunately, that avatar evokes multiple emotions: anger, disgust and contempt.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    relax, he’s fired and a laughing stock. lin fans won 🙂

  • John Focker

    Lin specializes in turning bad teams into playoff teams, it’s what he does.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    When Kemba and Batum are on the court together they do not share the ball with Lin at all. Lin just stands in the corner and plays D. So not only didn’t he get to play PG, he doesn’t get any touches at all.

  • Lin Dunn

    Well many people thought very little of Memphis last season, and they made it to playoffs. I don’t think Hornets is a real contender in the east either. I used to be more neutral about Lin staying at CHA. But the way Clifford treat him in Game 6, and 7 changed my mind. Even if Lin is not going to be a starter, I prefer he backup Rose at Chicago as PG. At CHA he is playing backup SG, combo whatever, if he is lucky he may be PG for 5 mins a game

  • takeme2cruz

    No, you have it backward.

    Be a starter leading the team as the PG to get the win OR sitting on the bench watching others trying to do so?

  • Lin Dunn

    Another Jeremy call Lamb, seriously they already paid him a 3 yr contract.

  • Lin Dunn

    Really? Rondo has a lot of baggage. Are they friends?

  • james brown

    again i’ll give it back to you, thats what we call what if….too much too early to specukate and i know you hate speculation.

  • John Focker

    Batum as primary ball-handler (so “PG” Kemba can focus on “shooting”) is a failed experiment from the get-go. Batum’s not even a guard, he’s an SF by craft, and is often haphazard with ball, leading to many careless TOs. The last successful PG with that size in recent was Magic Johnson.

  • Lin Dunn

    I always thought Batum will stay b/c CHA will pay max. But some writers are floating this around – that Batum is actually better than D DeR bcause Batum can shoot 3. So others team will be trying to sign Batum. Lee will definitely go. It is suggested that the LAKERS should sign Lin and Williams.

  • sws94

    It usually doesn’t work that way. When an assistant interviews for a job the organization says good luck and that’s that. If the HC gets fired the first assistant usually gets the interim job. MDA is looking for an HC job wherever he can get one and the Philly management knows it.

  • cdblue10

    I hope Lin and Williams will somewhat go to 76’ers or Nets.This 2 can easily be acquired by a lot of means on these two teams

  • james brown

    better have an option to chose from that just to accept only one team who wants you

  • sws94

    DeLorean, back to the future car. He drove it and hit 88 mph and then he took a Concorde that took a special trip to Iceland from NYC and then back to Iceland. It was all to go to a restaurant and take a pic with a fan. 🙂

  • james brown

    at least melo know that rondo pass the ball and doesn’t play hero and shoot less..lol

  • InfiniteWisdom

    again, i have hope their chemistry will get better.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Hornets might get stuck with a ton of cash but no one to buy. That’s why they’ve been hyping up how much everyone loves playing for Cliff. If they lose Batum, etc they will become desperate for Lin but hopefully he will be gone by then.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    winning is FAR from guaranteed in the nba. even curry on the 76ers wouldnt be a playoff team. nets need major acquisitions for them to even be close to 8th seed.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    They lost DWill and Jack got injured. Replacing no PG with Lin should improve the team dramatically. They did make the playoffs the year before.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    this is simply not true. linsanity doesnt happen without tyson chandler. and he’s no scrub. no player can play with scrubs and win, NOBODY. lin needs help. if the nets dont make signings, then lin would be wasting his prime in a rebuild…

  • sws94

    I understand it. The hope is Lin plays PG, uplifts and improves his teammates, and then gets the stats as a 32 MPG starting PG that he can’t get as a 26 mpg 6th man. In a few seasons, some say 1 or 2, Lin can lead a team to the playoffs. So, the team won’t stay bad and the full Lin will get his chance.

  • sws94

    I agree. I said Steff had Clay and Draymond, LeBron has Love and Kyrie and heck, Garnett couldn’t get past the first round with the Timberwolves and then got his chip with Allen and Pierce and the biggest of all, Jordan needed Pippen. Lin with scrubs will be a frustrated Lin. And he doesn’t deserve that either.

  • sws94

    Maybe. I’ll say it got better Lin and Batum and then in the playoffs, Lin and Kemba was exciting and awesome at times. “slash brothers” was very cool for the few games it happened. But all 3 together is a challenge.

  • sws94

    Batum is something of a “point forward”. Magic was a true point guard, just taller than most.

  • sws94

    I think PJ finally decided to ditch the triangle. Or at least not insist on just the triangle.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    i understand it too, but it’s not that easy to contend in the nba. plus the nets as a franchise messed up trading all their picks away. deron is still on the cap, etc. there’s a LOT of work to do to contend. philly is even worse. the tanking has destroyed their perception within the league. no free agent wants to go there. they will need to stop tanking and grow organically with their young talent. only then can they start to entice free agents…

  • sws94

    I don’t really agree with it. I’m for play with the best talent so they can lift your game while you lift their games and get to the playoffs. As you know, I’m OK with Lin in a Manu Ginobili 6th man role if it is a team, like the Spurs, that will use him like prime Manu and not like a backup (minutes AND involvement). And if he starts somewhere (would be great), I prefer a team with a modern multi-facilitator offense that is a sure playoff contender or close to it and over the top with the addition of Lin or Lin and others this season. I’m into seeing Lin go to the playoffs and make his mark. This year was a start to that, and I want to see him build off of the Hornets-Heat series. I think he’s a big-game player, there aren’t many big games on losing teams.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    the east was still terrible the year before and they also had joe johnson.

  • wu kong

    There will be rumors all over the place but until the draft day no way to know for sure. So many foreign players as well as all the USA players. A few even right out of high school maybe. Some of the players will get drafted and immediately traded. It really is a chaotic event

  • Joe what do you know

    I think at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter where Lin goes, AS LONG AS IT’S A TEAM THAT RESPECT HIM AND WILLING TO BUILD AROUND HIM. After all these years of journey and harsh tests, I think Lin has earned it like Hercules did with his quests. He deserves to be up there with the Olympian gods…

  • sws94

    I honestly don’t think teams will build around Lin. That’s just not what I see from today’s NBA. I think they may have him as a crucial piece, but they tend to build around “star” players or younger potential star players. Guys like KAT and Wiggins, Okafor and maybe Simmons if he is drafter by the 76ers, Harden on the Rox (for now), those types. As you see, Hornets are trying to build around Batum, but he’s not really a star.

  • donsmacau

    Good post – that is what the NBA should do. The NBA though is a black man’s industry and an Asian man does not compete from an equal footing so of course it is much tougher for our JLIN to get a fair shake.

  • Lefon Jang

    Lin going back to the Hornets with a pay cut??? You think Lin’s play time would somehow mysteriously increase with Dwight Howard on the team? Let me tell you BS, no team in the NBA would trade for Lamb with his 7 mil/year contract. Hornets is stuck with him. If Lin is to go back to the Hornets he’s right back on the bench. It’ll be Bench Force One all over with either Cody or Big Al. The bulk of Lin’s time will still be playing with Kemba as SG. Howard is not a PnR guy, he likes his ball at the low post. So when Lin is on the floor with Kemba and Howard, good luck in getting the touches. Starting isn’t everything, minutes and role aren’t either. It’s the touches that count.

  • donsmacau

    And Hornet fans are gonna lose 🙂

  • JLin fan from Australia

    Yes I remember I saw this last summers. Not going to pay much attention on this. Can’t wait for JLin’s Taiwan and China trip. Hopefully we will hear more about all these from JLin himself then:-)

  • John Focker

    Don’t know who started the Point Forward non-sense, but pretty sure Melo pushed the idea into prominence. The only thing that makes even less sense is Point Center.

  • John Focker

    It’s not an issue of chemistry, it’s the coach’s intentional game plan.

  • donsmacau

    Last season Dolan said no… so not only do Knicks have to get rid of Carmelo they also have to get rid of the owner (who still holds a grudge)

  • John Focker

    Lin and Harden make better slash brothers, but the small-minded Morey didn’t want that to happen. It was more about getting revenge on the Linsanity humiliation than the team’s benefit.

    Kemba is an undersized, less talented Harden who has worse court vision and can’t pass.

  • InfiniteWisdom

    draymond green anyone? point center isnt a joke if you have the right players…

  • Lin Dunn

    saw a very nice Chinese painting of Jlin in the thread of JeremyLin at the Hives forum. You have to scroll down to the bottom
    http://www.atthehive.com/2016/5/11/11639500/jeremy-lin-charlotte-hornets-2015-2016-season-review

  • donsmacau

    Frankly I’m tired of even speaking about the Hornets. JLIN has already put the Hornets in the rear view mirror and within about 45 days we all will as well.

    The die-hard Hornets fans who still hoping beyond hope that JLIN remains Kemba’s perennial backup constantly bring up how wonderful this middling team is so at this point we still do discuss CHA if merely to rebut Hornet’s fans that their team is actually a “loser org”.

    I suspect soon we will all gratefully move on from ANY discussion whatsoever of them apart from occasionally noting how terrible Hornets became after the JLIN era.

  • John Focker

    Steve Novak was, and now is again, a scrub. But during Linsanity he was hot and shooting the lights out. Fields was a rook and now not even in the league anymore. Toney Douglas was borderline. Bibby and Baron Davis were way past expiration date. Should I even continue on with Billy (now Henry) Walker, Jerome Jordan, and

    Jeffries was an excellent blue collar D guy, but lacked offense. Shumps was green and hurt, STAT was old and hurt. Tyson Chandler was the only healthy/prime player during Linsanity. In all honesty, the Linsanity squad was really no better than the current Nets.

    On the flip side, I do think Brook Lopez style is not as compatible with Lin’s as was Tyson Chandler’s.

  • donsmacau

    Truth!

  • John Focker

    Stacking stars is no guarantee for success, gotta do the Pops way: get green guys with potential and take time to teach and develop them INTO stars. There’s a very good reason why the Spurs is a perennial playoff team.

  • Linzen

    If they miss playoff entirely, they would enter lottery and may get lucky. If they lose in the first round, then they are stuck in mediocrity forever! Hahaha… evil me laughing 😈

  • Acbc

    Or just troll by his numerous odd posts

  • John Focker

    Draymond Green is a Power Forward, not Center. And he’s not better than Curry at Point.

  • james brown

    some people tends to be selective with their history. nyk had stu who was always hurt, melo who was also injury prone that time..smith who was ok his first game but did grow horn overtime.star studded team that’s why they made into the playoff then? who was their star then? and some dare to say some teams now can’t do it because of their roster?

  • John Focker

    BS should be immortalized with Byron Scott Memorial Hall of Shame, the opposite of Naismith.

  • John Focker

    Hahaha, Melo had a chronic crotch issue, not dissimilar to Batum’s chronic toe “issue” this year.

    I can see many are subliminally buying into LeBron’s Dream Team and Morey’s “Big Three” theory. The Spurs also have big three, but they were molded and properly cultured, NOT stacked via shortcut.

    I miss the old days when players had guts and fought hard for the team, instead of “if you can’t beat them, join them”. Imagine if Larry Bird called Magic and tried to join forces…

  • Jamie

    And he’s turning 28
    You usually build around younger players

  • John Focker

    It depends on the skillset, and the right combination of coach/PG. D’Antoni/Nash was the perfect example, transforming 29-53 Suns into 62-20 in ONE YEAR.

  • John Focker

    Lamb’s a pure SG through and through, he can’t handle the ball but tries to do it, and bad D.

  • Jamie

    If they do get DH12, thats a game changer but if Lin is gonna be a back up PG and still take a pay cut, he can be it on a much better team

  • John Focker

    I have reasons to believe that the CAA is at least partially behind Lin’s (and mostly likely also Yi Jianlian’s) predicament. Yao being Asian in a black league had no issues and was successful. Lin was asked to join CAA during the height of Linsanity, after D’Antoni was ousted, but Lin refused.

  • donsmacau

    Yao Ming is a 7’6″ freak-of-nature, there is no problem for the average American to embrace someone like Yao in the NBA because historically, Asians have been viewed as sub-human, circus sideshows, chattel laborers and Yao’s other-worldy size played right into that stereotype.

    JLIN is a normal human being like the rest of us – that is not acceptable in the NBA.

  • sws94

    Long before. Don Nelson called Anthony Mason a “point forward” in the 1990s (I believe) but I’m sure the concept came before that.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1995/11/21/sports/pro-basketball-notebook-nelson-leaves-the-knicks-guessing.html

    excerpt: A lot of people are surprised by the Knicks’ fast start, but the players are not. And Nelson’s innovative style has been an integral part of the early season success. His decision to start Mason and use him as a point-forward has given him the freedom to use his versatile skills.

  • sws94

    He’s the “big” facilitator in GSWs multi-facilitator offense.

  • John Focker

    I guess it goes both ways. Team forums get flooded with some craz…er, I mean “overly passionate” Lin fans, so it’s only logical that some of those team fans would loiter here as well. LOL

  • Jamie

    GM is Asian too and he did a great job as GM but it’s not him who decides how many minutes Lin plays and in what role. GM was the only good one

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    can you post the pic? i don’t really want to give those jerks any clicks

  • sws94

    I think Kemba is a pretty strong player. Harden is good offensively and such and has better court vision, but he’s more of a ball-hog even if he does pass more. Harden is more of a driver for contact. Kemba is a quick slasher off of strong hesitation moves. It’s more exciting to watch LIn and Kemba vs. Lin and Harden because I don’t find Harden fun to watch.

  • donsmacau

    Cho allowed your team to give JLIN that player-exemption option after first year – How do ya like Cho now?

    We value CHO for the 1 yr opt-out — that is the only thing of value he did and now Cho has outrun his usefulness.

  • sws94

    That’s been brought up before and that team had Nash, Stuodemire, Marion and other better than average basketball players and Nash/Stoudemire were great players. That isn’t comparable to today’s Nets.

  • sws94

    That’s not stacking stars which I am against. It’s stating ONE great player doesn’t turn around a team. Not just one. All great players need another one or two with them, even if one of them plays off of the bench to start games as in the case of the old big 3 on the Spurs.

  • Jamie

    Yah he did Lin a solid favor
    Cho put together a playoff team, thats a fact. he’s a good GM and did right by Lin also

  • John Focker

    Hawes, Zeller, and even Kam were excellent facilitators as well during the Hornets preseason in Shanghai, when Lin was allowed to run the point. There was one quick ping-pong passing sequence in the paint that I remember to this day.
    Watch at 8:10

    That said, being part of facilitating doesn’t mean one has to run the point.

  • donsmacau

    Cho could be a mole within your Hornets organization, you ever thought of that?
    What if Cho could have signed JLIN to a longer deal but told JLIN, “take the opt-out 1, it’ll be better for ya; even though it will destroy the Hornets later because you’re the best PG that we’ve ever had on this team for years”

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  • Lin Dunn
  • John Focker

    Harden’s talents are misused and wasted. Given proper discipline and guidance he can turn into one of the greatest SGs in NBA history. Combining the contact drawing cuts and Novak-like 3s (when there’s good spacing, which Lin can provide aplenty), he’s the most deadly combination with Lin this side of Splash Bros. I blame Morey for spoiling him and derailing his career from optimal professional achievement (he’s got financial success, obviously). Regretful case of could’ve would’ve should’ve.

    As for Kemba…if he was only 3-4 inches taller…

  • real-dsb

    Looks restful

  • occupatio

    the hornets roster is not an impressive one either. nothing to get excited about, and worst of all, their cap flexibility is very limited and locked in to overrated players like kemba and batum.

  • Briiick

    Thinking about the new start.

  • Jamie

    Well, Yao Ming was a super star protected by Houston Rockets
    He was accepted because he played so well not because he was “viewed as sub-human, circus sideshows, chattel laborers”
    The fact is Lin is accepted as a solid NBA player

  • donsmacau

    Hornets next season 33-49, missing playoffs, losing to every elite team, huge holes left on the bench and starters when JLIN & Marv leave.

  • John Focker

    That’s what I’ve been harping: Lin makes underrated teammates with underutilized potential GREAT. Novak was a nobody, but during Linsanity he was shooting like Curry. Fields has no jumper, but slashed to the basket efficiently when Lin gave him good feeds with the occasional alley-oop. Both were pretty much one trick ponies, but even then, their limited skillsets were MAXIMIZED by Lin.

    So no, Lin does not need “established” great players, as he specialized in polishing up the undiscovered diamonds in the rough. THAT, is Lin’s true magic. And it can only happen when permitted full PG duties by a trusting coach and an empowering F/O, not as part-time SG from the bench standing in the corner, watching the PG pass the ball THE OTHER WAY.

  • takeme2cruz

    GS is cheating. They use remote control to open the basket wider when Curry shoots.

  • Jamie

    I am not a Hornets fan.
    If he did that, that wouldn’t affect me at all.
    Either way, he’s a tremendous GM. Good for him.
    He gave Lin the opportunity to have a career year. You should be thanking him if anything

  • Jamie

    What does that have anything to do what Yao? How does your mind even process things?

  • Kirk

    Well, some teams play that way. The Knicks, Thunder Rockets.

    Can’t he be like Isaiah Thomas, Reggie Jackson, Dwight Lowry?

    I think he’s better than all those guys. A lot of NBA teams build their offense around their point guard play. I’m not even asking for that. Just a system of team play.

  • donsmacau

    This year with JLIN there was no need to be embarrassed to be a Hornets fan… next season on the other hand you’ll be wanting to wear a bag over your Kemba jersey after the numbers your team post.

  • Jamie

    I mean in terms of stats, he is already on the way to become one of the greatest SG’s
    but he needs to be more …’cooperative”

  • John Focker

    Yes, that was me (déjà vu). And the SAME Stoudamire, Marion, and Joe Johnson were responsible for the 29-53 season. Long, dexterous fingers mean NOTHING without a strong palm that holds them together, THAT is what the PG is for (not one to take 30 FGA per game).

    Hypothetically, if Nash didn’t leave the Mavs, Suns would’ve continued to suck and those players’ reputation would’ve taken a hit. 20/20 hindsight tells us that they’re good players NOW, but causality doesn’t work that way. Nash MADE them better, like Lin made his lesser-than-Stat/Marion/Johnson Linsanity teammates better.

  • Jamie

    Can you read? lol i guess not

  • donsmacau

    I often wonder how Kemba’s mind processes things… seeing his backup beat elite teams Kemba never could; having his teammates never rise to the occasion when he has a wonderful iso-game but LOSING; getting beat in practice day after day by the Bench players.– that is all very taxing on the psyche, he really needs to see a sports psychologist.

  • Rick Johnson

    Is that Lin or his little brother?

  • donsmacau

    33-49, 30-52, 28-54, 25-57 sad isnt it? Perhaps Brian Roberts comes back to help, he did alright in the playoffs.

  • Rick Johnson

    That’s fine, have competing PG’s go to places we don’t want Lin to go. Leaves more good destinations open. Have Conley go to the Rockets. He will wilt next to Harden.

  • Jamie

    Lol Lin didn’t beat elite teams singlehandedly, its a team effort. He led them but not singlehandedly.
    Kemba won them a lot of games too. He played well all season.
    How do you know he was getting beat in practice, were you there or are you imagining things again?

  • John Focker

    He needed guidance from a true coach. I want to see Harden succeed at the highest level, because he graduated from the same high school as I. Which is why I HATE Morey so much, Harden and Lin playing in harmony would’ve given Curry/Thompson a run for their money.

  • Jamie

    lol they are probably gonna do fine and you will end up eating your words

  • Kirk

    Yes, freakish height is very hard to deny and will allow the player to get a chance.

    JLin since the beginninghas been stuck with a label of being unathletic. It has taken years for people to slowly not believe that.

    This plagues many non-African American guards, like it or not. Yes, African Americans are some of the best athletes on the planet, but In the NBA it’s hard for someone like Jeremy Lin to get past the label that he is not athletic enough to play defense. Which is simply not true.

  • donsmacau

    Kemba’s a bully he beats the Nets, Lakers, Suns but like a bully he wilts against someone who will stand up to him like Cavs, Spurs, Rapts, Clipps, Celts .

    Kemba played like garbage and Dell Curry said Starters got creamed repeatedly in practice by bench – sorry to break that to ya, lol

  • donsmacau

    Let’s meet up again and we’ll see who eats his words junior.

  • John Focker

    CAA got Yao Ming’s back not because of this freak-of-nature height, but due to his cooperation in helping the CAA go deep into the China market. This is why the Rockets continue to be popular in China, years after Yao retired. It’s no coincidence that the Heat were the most eager to be out to school Lin during Linsanity, Wade was Melo’s CAA buddy as was LeBron (at the time still with CAA) and was doing it to humor Melo (whose thunder was “stolen”) amongst other things.

  • Jamie

    For sure, Morey is a good GM in terms of getting players but he doesnt know basketball at all.
    Lin and Harden can be the best backcourt in the NBA. They can’t shoot like CUrry and klay but they are way more athletic. Honestly, I wanna see them play again. Lin-Harden-Parsons-Jones-Howard
    They could have been so good but Morey juse couldnt get the job done

  • John Focker

    “For sure, Morey is a good GM in terms of getting players but he doesnt know basketball at all.” <– This is actually on Les Alexander.

    Morey could've gotten it done, he just didn't want to. Imagine if he did, that Rox team would've been immortalized once they meshed. *sigh*

  • John Focker

    It’d be Sooooooo funny if the record turns out EXACTLY as predicted… LOL

  • Jamie

    lol 21-5-4 for the season He shot better than Lin
    He had big games on good teams too more often than not
    You are acting just like the Lin haters on clutch fans if not worse

  • Jamie

    Did Yi Jianlian refuse to sign with them too?

  • donsmacau

    You certainly do spend an inordinate amount of time defending the Hornets despite claiming that your “not a Hornets fan” ?

    Fact is the Hornets don’t make the playoffs without JLIN’s 11 regular season games that he WON for the Hornets and the Hornets don’t lose the HEAT series had Kemba not been garbage.

    Kemba missed the MOST shots in the PLAYOFFS on the day he got CHA eliminated.

    Thems the fact buddy.

  • Jamie

    Yah…hope hes gone soon

  • Jamie

    Because that’s all you talk about.

    They dont make the playoffs w/o Kemba either
    He contributed to the wins in the playoffs too
    Facts also

  • donsmacau

    Au contraire, if Kemba missed 82 games the Hornets would still have made the playoffs because JLIN is a better PG than Kemba. Kemba is garbage.

    And you should know about Clutchfans wouldn’tcha?

  • Kirk

    I wonder if this team will ever beat the Cavs without Lin.

    I also wonder if they can win a playoff game without Lin.

    If I’d have to bet, I’d bet on no.

  • John Focker

    I watched EVERY single Hornets game this season, the number are pumped up, with Kemba staying on court vs. opponents’ 3rd stringers during blowout games, win or loss. He had big games vs sub-500 teams more often than not, like the Utah Jazz. Never beat a LeBron team in his career.

    Now, I would agree that using the terms “bully” and “garbage” are undiplomatic, but truth was Kemba tried to CARRY the team, which he couldn’t (like Harden can, within certain limits), and most importantly shouldn’t. He’s the PG, he should LEAD, instead of doing everyone’s work by taking 20-30 FGAs.

  • Jamie

    Probably not they’d lose 21-5-4 a game
    Kemba is a pretty good player

  • Jamie

    Not a fan of Kemba ball at all it was ugly he shouldnt lead the team he should just come off the bench and score thats the only hes good at doing but i wont call him garbage out of jealousy like donsmacau thats no better than those ppl calling Lin scrub on clutch fan and too immature

  • Kirk

    Kemba hurts the team most with his very poor defense.

    Offensively he can get hot but sometimes doesn’t let go of the rock in the fourth quarter and takes an obscene amount of shots. After all, he’s the star.

    I don’t see the Hornets as a winning team with Kemba-ball. I think they’ll go back to their old ways of non-winning basketball if Lin leaves.

    But I guess we’ll have to see how they do next year.

  • John Focker

    True, let’s stay classy…at least with classy players. I really can’t stand Kemba’s play, but off the court he seems like a super nice guy. Kemba’s the perfect guy for 3-on-3 pick-up game, but his style does not make effective team basketball.

    Don’s just frustrated, I totally feel his pain.

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  • takeme2cruz

    What good does it do if you score 100 but allowed 110 pts when you’re on the floor?

    99% of ball control whenever he’s on the floor but produced 5 apg? That’s very poor stat.

  • Jamie

    yep but with classy people, i do and Kemba is no leader so clifford will sink with him which is good cuz im not fond of either

  • Jamie

    he hurts the team the most wirh his iso
    you dont win with him leading your team
    clifford stuck with his ugly iso ball and lost game 7

  • John Focker

    Apparently, according to Chinese reporters. IIRC, Yi’s team drove a pretty tough bargain, which turned many people off, including Milwaukee.

    Also, despite CAA being the evil Empire, they really capitalize on their assets and pushes the envelop. Yi’s NBA career would’ve been much smoother without CAA stones of retaliation. Lin’s current agency, Tanner’s, is no spring chicken, but I doubt they go up against CAA.

  • Acbc

    You guys should just start your own Lin fan site call JlinDoubters.com so that you can spend all your time talking about the things Lin can’t do. Lol

  • Jamie

    Yah you cant beat them, join them, right? lol
    but Lin did make some poor choices during that time.
    More endorsements and everything would have helped put more pressure on teams to play him more

  • Jamie

    he’s not a player hes a scorer thats the only thing he does

  • Jamie

    You probably talk more about the things Lin can’t do than us

  • real-dsb

    You will need to refrain from labeling and insulting.

  • Acbc

    What are you talking about “a career year”? That’s straight out of Clifford’s mouth, come on! Lin was a starter with Knicks and rockets with numbers much better than this year and you say this brainwashed comment on a Lin site? Smh.

  • Pete Roces

    Lots of these doubters here in the forum. Doubters are mostly haters disguised as fans, they should be removed from this forum.

  • Pete Roces

    NO MORE HORNETS FOR LIN. STOP ALL THESE BS!

  • takeme2cruz

    So you agree he’s the team liability on defense.

    Now my question was what good does it do he he only can shoot shoot shoot?

  • freemind

    more like they need to thanks Lin for elevating Hornets international presence. Also thanks to Lin, at least the nation is interested to watch hornets game. You think they tune in to watch KW ?

  • John Focker

    Speculations claim that upon Melo’s return from his crotch injury, it put a screeching halt to the Linsanity run, at which point D’Antoni (seeing chance of repeating the 2004 Suns heroics in NY and saving his own reputation) pushed for dumping Anthony. This was a BIG NO-NO for CAA and Dolan, so D’Antoni “resigned” abruptly after the Linsanity phenomenom. Out of principle, Lin was not to sign with CAA, who just got his coach “resigned”.

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  • PPP

    Last summer, almost every one, me included, thought Mavs was a sure bet for Lin to join as the starting pg. But what a surprised ending.

    This summer, most of us, me included, seeing Nets should be the home for Lin because of Atkinson, although some may still hope Sixers are the team as long as MDA does not get a HC job from other teams.

    We may be surprised again when Lin announces his decision. If so, what could be the surprised team Lin would join?

    My guess: Mavs

  • Briiick

    GSW just blow out Thunder by 27 pts, proving that the best ISO team is still no match of the best team ball when they get serious.

  • CJSHYY

    My guess is still Lakers even I like Nets. Haha!

  • John Focker

    In no particular order: Mavs, Pelicans, Bucks, Grizzlies if Conley leaves, hopefully not Bulls.

  • PPP

    respect your passion on the Lakers, no pun intended 🙂

  • PPP

    come on, you can’t list all the teams so you won’t miss. pick just one, haha.

  • freemind

    “….his style of play did not lead to a large increase in wins.”
    “Sacramento finished the season 30th in the NBA in points ” allowed at 109.1 points per game. While it wasn’t all on Rondo, he was the culprit on plenty of defensive breakdowns.”

    why Lin should be #2 or #1 FA PG .. he does all these very well.

  • Briiick

    Don’t Lin will choose a stealth tanker if he has other options. Nets are a better choice.

  • PPP

    Atkinson should know what Lin can do offensively, but defensively? Some one please send this link to Atkinson:

    https://youtu.be/CesiMgviBU4

  • John Focker

    I just listed the likely ones as they may be looking for a PG. Technically speaking, the true “surprise” team would be one who is NOT searching for a PG, and got Jeremy anyways. 🙂

  • John Focker

    I liked Kerr’s comment about no need to review controversial calls in the clutch. He knows refs screw with teams, and once done it can’t be unscrewed so what’s the point. I think he and the team are P/O’d and are out for blood.

  • freemind

    If Lin goes to Mavs, I will whip out my stalking boots LOL Srsly tho, Nelson always liked Lin and said “He makes everybody else around him better. That’s a sign of a real player,” well granted that was 6 years ago but it still hold water.

  • CJSHYY

    It’s not my passion on Lakers I just think Lakers it’s always his choice. We will know the real result in July. LOL!

  • CJSHYY

    Don’t worry they know…

  • CJSHYY

    I agree. Lin was not even a starter….

  • John Focker

    Interesting, this article “Mike D’Antoni emerges as a front-runner for Rockets’ job” has disappeared!
    http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Mike-D-Antoni-emerges-as-front-runner-for-7648456.php

    We know Feigen’s Morey’s guy, so this may mean Morey’s in trouble and is desperate? MDA never said a single word about going to HOU. Apparently there was a chat bringing this up, but never any formal interviews. Always thought the whole thing was PR smokescreen, just not sure what kind of game Morey’s playing.

  • PPP

    just curious, do you also post in “ISay” blog?

  • spiderman

    Amazing positioning and foot speed!

    Lin anticipates extremely well. Sometimes he knows where they’re going to go before they do lol

  • CJSHYY

    But Morey wants JVG not MDA? Maybe Harden disagree about MDA to be HC…

  • real-dsb

    That is interesting. Feigen’s tweet linking to the article (now a dead link) was not deleted yet though.

    Marc Stein had tweeted a few hours after Feigen’s article that according to his source, D’Antoni was gaining steam but not the front-runner yet.

    “The Houston Chronicle on Wednesday labeled D’Antoni as the front-runner
    for the post. One source close to the process told ESPN that the Rockets’ search had not yet progressed to that point but did say D’Antoni was indeed gaining steam in the search for a successor to Kevin McHale and interim replacement J.B. Bickerstaff.”

    https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/733025676970721283

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  • real-dsb

    Yeah, actually you could say that all of Lin’s team changes have come out of nowhere and not on anyone’s (Lin fans or sports analysts) radar before they were announced:
    HOU 1st time, NYK, HOU 2nd time, LAL, CHA.

    So my dark horse sleeper team prediction will be MIN, who will trade away Rubio.

  • real-dsb

    It’s back on now. It was updated Wed May 18 11:57pm CT. That’s why it was offline briefly while it was being updated.

  • John Focker

    Haven’t lately, but yes I do frequent the site. 🙂

  • real-dsb

    I don’t know what was changed, but possibly these paragraphs:

    D’Antoni has had multiple conversations with Rockets officials, including owner Leslie Alexander, building momentum to be selected, though several individuals with knowledge of the process said no negotiations have started and no additional formal meetings are scheduled.

    Another individual with knowledge of the team’s thinking said there
    are two other coaches who can be also be considered top contenders for the position.

    The Rockets have not put together a firm short list of candidates, a
    person with knowledge of the process said, adding that there is one
    additional coach who could receive a first interview. But another
    individual familiar with the team’s thinking, when asked if D’Antoni
    should be considered the favorite, said, “I would agree with that.”

  • joy

    I just joined this forum lately and this is the first time I read if someone has a doubt about a situation, not doubt about Lin’s ability, got labeled as doubters or haters. To me, that’s absurd and disrespectful. Even Lin wont agree with that. We all love Lin and hope for the best for him but the last few seasons tell us there were things that had not happened as our expected and it will happen again ’cause it’s the reality of NBA. What’s wrong to have doubts or even points out Lin’s weakness? If this forum is only for those agree on everything, then it won’t last very long.

  • CJSHYY

    So Alex likes MDA… But another individual familiar with the team’s thinking, when asked if D’Antoni should be considered the favorite, said, “I would agree with that.”

  • CJSHYY

    I think so.

  • martan267

    Here’s a thought… Maybe MDA to HOU is a smokescreen and what is really happening in the background is BRETT BROWN GOING TO HOU!! I mean there is the Morey-Hinkie-Brown connection, right? And, Morey always needs a puppet in the HC. So makes sense to have the Hinkie minion become the new Morey minion, no? I mean Brown was so very upset with Hinkie being fired, he might be considered a disgruntled employee by the Coangelos… So, Brown to HOU and the Coangelos promote MDA to HC for the Sixers. Everybody is happy…

    Since we are wildly guessing about everything, I thought I’d add my own here as well. 😉

  • CJSHYY

    I wish. Brown said Hinkie is going to get the job soon… maybe he’s back to Rox? Hope he can bring Brown w him. LOL!

  • martan267

    Ooooo- sounds like a plan! Make it so, Hinkie!

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  • vincent

    idk about the nets guys.. it seems like during the interview with Kenny atkinson he was almost afraid of saying Jeremy’s name.. He didnt even mention it once after being asked multiple questions about Lin. It seems like he doesnt think very highly of lin…

  • joy

    The Hornets was indeed a surprise last year but I don’t think it will happen again. 🙂

  • Maknusia

    AT this point in time, they are not allowed to say anything about who they are looking at or have in mind…no player namings…in other words

  • Chris B.

    Teams are not allowed to contact and talk about free agents until free agency date begins. At which time, every teams will have an equal opportunity to reach out to the players’ agent and get his commitment. Additionally, why would Atkinson want to talk about wanting to have Jeremy on his team before signing him? It’s stupid don’t you think? to show an interest and thereby losing the Nets leverage in negotiation.

  • joy

    Atkinson knows there will be questions about Lin and the media loves writing about him. He just to be cautious to not let the media direct the topic i think.

  • sws94

    The point was about what others do around Lin. Where’s the doubt? If that’s what the NBA does, build around young players and stars, mostly, that’s what they do. Saying it is so isn’t doubting, it’s making an observation.

  • PPP

    hmm..interesting

  • PPP

    thanks for the reply.

  • Rick Johnson

    Nets coaches & front office can’t talk about players on other teams but their own players can talk to Lin just like Parson’s was talking to and going out with D’Andre. So if we start seeing pictures of Lin working out or going out with some NBA players it could be a hint as who they are working on.

  • CJSHYY

    When he talked about player they like that just exactly matches Lin… specially high character… I think there’re not that many players w that in the league….

  • CJSHYY

    I feel they worry more they can’t get Lin in FA… “There’s some exciting names out there. Hopefully we get lucky.”

  • Chris B.

    Yes, even on those interviews, I believed Atkinson also mentioned those things about only being able to talk about his own players. I also recently heard an interview with him and Adrian Wojnarowski, and Atkinson said he had met and learn a lot from great players in the league. He mentioned Jeremy as one of those players. The topic wasn’t about Jeremy, but he mentioned him as a player he learned a lot from.

  • Uh-Oh

    You said you don’t think teams will build around Lin, because that just not what you see from today’s NBA.
    -> what do you see from today’s NBA?

    “I think they may have him as a crucial piece?”
    -> like sixth man? Like a crucial back up to certain stars? Why is that NBA only sees Lin as a crucial piece? Why is that Lin can only be a crucial piece? Why?

    “But they tend to build around “star” players or younger potential star players”
    -> What are the star criterias or a potential star criterias we should looking for ? Is Lin not a player with star potentials before and now If a team is willing to give him the chance? can’t describe him as a younger potential player at 27years old, how about when he’s 24, and 25? Is that not young enough?

    “Guys like…Harden on the (rox)now ,those types”
    -> If James Harden can be seen as a star, why can’t Jeremy Lin? They are very closed age. One was born in 88, one in 89. If Jeremy Lin is not consider younger anymore so is James Harden. Why is that the NBA sees the potential in players like James Harden? Why is that NBA doesn’t see the potential in Jeremy Lin?

    James Harden was a great sixth man on the OKC, why didn’t he stays as a sixth man but want to be a starter on a team like rocket? Isn’t OKC a better team than rocket?
    If James Harden as people say the name without the D can be a star, so is Jeremy Lin!!

    Don’t know what you see from NBA, Pulling that term from Khuang, -> RACIST DOUTERS. This is what I see from today’s NBA. And adding my own term, ->BLIND

  • JoeTeam

    Wow, pray for them and families …

  • Uh-Oh

    I believe this place was not created with the intention of how long it wants to last or to last long in mind. It was created from a supportive, loyal fan with other same minded fans who just want to post lin news, share sentiments about lin’s journey with each other, provide a positive and up spirit place for the distress Lin fans from witness lin’s sometimes very disappointed treatments in the NBA. This place was created to be away from reading too much of the doubters and haters posts about how Lin can’t this and how Lin can’t that.
    I believe if it’s a genuine weakness point out, it will be well accepted and understand by the crowd. If not like some said they don’t care.
    And lastly, it’s what I believe as what I believe may had change and not true so don’t take my words for it.

  • Monk

    If hinkie goes to Rox, does that mean morey gets fired?

  • hchao

    @ [9:16] of the KA radio interview, KA said: “I just kinda shy away from talking about specific players I love…when this all plays out, you know, we can get into the details of each player…”
    The host was trying so hard to get him to talk about Lin, yet he’s trying so hard to not even mention Lin’s name but finally said that “I just kinda shy away from talking about specific players I love.” Isn’t that crystal clear–“specific players I love”?

  • Phoenix Rising

    The bigger question to me is, why are so many members of the NY mainstream media talking of Lin and nets together? Even if speculation, does it have any basis in things they are hearing in the Nets FO? I think it may be quite possible.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Good question…I’d like to know there are hints that the Nets will indeed go after Lin this summer.

  • I am The Jason

    It is against league rules to mention potential free agents. It’s called tampering

  • JLin fan from Australia

    Believe it’s the first time JLin invites Diepenbrock for the camp. That’s great!
    https://twitter.com/manu77728/status/733241303513735169

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    i wonder if Zhou Qi will attend. he’s a promising big man from China who may get drafted in the first round

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2016/05/18/celtics-bring-draft-prospects-for-workouts/7juV8ydylAFN6KKqVcjZmO/story.html

  • JLin fan from Australia

    Don’t believe so. JLin camp is only for Junior and senior high schoolers.

  • Acbc

    There’s a human trait that makes us give much less credit to those we know, even less to those closest to us. Just because Lin is from Cali doesn’t mean he should forget that the owners and GM lied to him with fanfare…”third times a charm”.

    The Lakers used Lin for their own sick purpose and nothing more. He was a impedenece to their tanking for draft pick and they trashed him just like Morey. Lin should never go back to Lakers.

  • hchao

    At about [9:16] of the KA radio interview, KA said: “I just kinda shy away from talking about specific players I love, you konw, when this all plays out, we can really get into the details of each player that’s on the market…” The host was trying very hard to get KA to talk about Lin, but KA was trying even harder to not even mention Lin. Finally in the end he said “I just kinda shy away from talking about specific players I love.” I heard it loud and clear: “Yes, Lin is one of the specific players I love.”

  • Barry Allen

    You don’t play poker with your cards face up.

  • CJSHYY

    Last year already like that… but this time add his high school coach.

  • Acbc

    Lol, I’m Hornets’d out!

  • TTNN

    I’d think Zhou Qi will be in training camp in China prepare for Olympic game for China national team. He is from Mainland, and Lin will go to Mainland China too, so no point for Qi to go to Taiwan.

  • TTNN

    He actually mentioned Lin once. In his podcast with woj., he was talking about he learn from players what they need from a coach, he said he learned from great players how they drill, how they think by working with them, and he mentioned Melo, Lin, Horford …. I’m kind surprised he mentioned Lin there, since when Lin was working out with him, Lin was second yr NBA player through Linsanity, but not in the same range with Melo and Horford…..

  • CJSHYY
  • Maknusia

    lol…gonna be interesting…if he can handle JH?!

    If he can…then ROX would be a team to watch for

  • CJSHYY

    I think Alex sure will go after Lin…. this summer Lin is hot….

  • BobbyH

    Only if Morey is gone or demoted.

  • Maknusia

    yup…never say never…….everything is still open…lets see

  • CJSHYY

    I hope not but Lin still follows Morey & Kobe. It’s going to be very interesting this summer.

  • freemind

    his past jersey # were 13 15 16 yet at the draft combine, he don a #77 . don’t you think his agent wants a #7 connection to someone LOL

  • HVJoy

    Hot Lin’s FA “show” is getting more and more interesting.

    I am excited to watch the show unfold this summer, wonder how many suitors are there in total? Ah, the suspense…

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! No wonder Lin needs the break in iceland w mountains to think which team to pick….haha!

  • alain gervais

    Are you guys really ok with Lin back to the Rox?????

  • HVJoy

    It feels like anything is possible at this point. One M in Rockets’ M&M is gone, the other may be on the way out or demoted as BobbyH said.

  • CJSHYY

    No Morey & Harden.

  • Maknusia

    lol…I’m fine wherever he goes…as long as he is happy

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! Last summer Lin said this in China, there are two teams have starting job for me. I want to know which one is real starting PG job…. I believe that two teams were Rox & Lakers. Well, he end up w Hornets… so this year where he will go….?? Can’t wait for July to come.

  • 22cents

    I do not have negative feeling with the Rockets. However, I do have opinions with their FO (i.e. Morey), the f**king Clutchfan sites, and JH.

    These are the cancer of the team.

    Also, I do not take it for granted that Lin will automatically sign with the Rocket because of MDA’s hiring.

  • HVJoy

    I did not know Lin said that in China. Lin is a hot commodity in the FA market, as you said. We are going to have a fun summer following all the news, reports and rumors.

  • alain gervais

    I don’t think Rox fans and the three stooges will make him happy. Add more and ball dominate harden.

  • alain gervais

    Nets are the front runners

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! In the middle of his tour w China forgot which city…. he also talked about he still wants to get starting job so he didn’t pick GSW job …. nothing never easy w his career…. w NY Post last Nov or Dec…You know w Marc Berman.

  • HVJoy

    Lin will have so many suitors for his talent that he would have a hard time making a choice.

    1st dilemma in FA: should he choose MDA or Atkinson. 🙂

  • HVJoy

    Thank you. You have a wealth of information on Lin and always share with fans here.

  • CJSHYY

    It will be so funny if Alex gives Lin max (like poison pill 4 years ago) + MDA….Harden demands a trade….LOL!

  • alain gervais

    Lin won’t get the max. Although If Dantoni really want Lin.He could get a few extra million. 14, 15 16 million a year

  • CJSHYY

    Thanks to my followers from twitter.

  • HVJoy

    That would be a great scenario for Lin!

    A coach who trusts him, an owner who loves him, and no ball-hogging diva… Wow!

  • CJSHYY

    Ya from other teams but who knows what Alex will do… you know since no big star will come to Rox.. they have money so… LOL!

  • alain gervais

    Lin to the Rox has officially become the dark horse. I don’t want it to happen but it could happen.

  • alain gervais

    All of clutch fan are against dantoni

  • CJSHYY

    That’s for sure…. bc they & Morey are ONE. smh!

  • CJSHYY

    It’s indeed for now…..

  • alain gervais

    We haven’t heard any rumors yet. Thats when it becomes official

  • BobbyH

    Morey has to go before all these happen. He is the real brain of all the shenanigans when Li was there.

  • CJSHYY

    He’s. Really hate him the most…. why he’s still in Rox. Go to Celtics.

  • HVJoy

    Hope the 2nd M in Rockets’ M&M will follow the steps of the 1st M…out of door!

  • real-dsb

    No. Some are okay, many are not.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    I don’t think the Lakers offered Lin a chance to start ahead of Clarkson and D’angelo, especially with Kobe and BS still running the show. And it seems that the Rox didn’t make Lin any offer at all last summer.

    If there were 2 teams offering a starting job, and he turned them down, it was probably the Sixers and Nets again (same as this year.)

  • Arsenium12 .

    via ESPN. Dwight Howard talking about being “disinterested” this season in Houston …

    Howard: “There were times I was disinterested because of situations that happened behind the scenes that really hurt me. It left me thinking, ‘This is not what I signed up for.”’ ….

    “I felt like my role was being reduced. I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, ‘I want to be more involved.’ Daryl said, ‘No, we don’t want you to be.’ My response was, ‘Why not? Why am I here?’ It was shocking to me that it came from him instead of our coach. So I said to him, ‘No disrespect to what you do, but you’ve never played the game. I’ve been in this game a long time. I know what it takes to be effective.”’

    Morey declined comment.

    See : http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15596878/dwight-howard-qa-superman-returns

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Top 12 suitors for Lin:

    1) Nets 2) Spurs 3) Sixers 4) Bulls 5) Grizzlies 6) Rox 7) Mavs 8) Jazz 9) Magic 10)Lakers 11) Kings 12) Bucs

  • alain gervais

    this is fair

  • 7Jeremiah17

    The exact order is very debatable.

  • alain gervais

    Nets is a lock at 1. Spurs may drop because Lin won’t start .

  • CJSHYY

    This list from….?

  • 7Jeremiah17

    A good sauce lol

  • alain gervais

    lol

  • CJSHYY

    Wow! Morey said so…. smh! “I felt like my role was being reduced. I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, ‘I want to be more involved.’ Daryl said, ‘No, we don’t want you to be.”

    D12 knows who’s in charge the team not coach but Morey & Harden….

  • DrewBear2

    Did you keep your list from last year? I wasn’t really following along with the rumors, so I’m curious which teams were supposedly interested in Jeremy. I’m pretty sure the Hornets were not on anyone’s radar.

  • Maknusia
  • 7Jeremiah17

    2015:
    Here is my ranking of all NBA teams in order of best fit for JLin:

    Good fit (Potentially; 18 teams)

    1) Nuggets 2) Magic 3) Mavs 4) Spurs

    5) Kings 6) Jazz 7) Hawks 8) Celtics

    9) Nets 10) Bucks 11) Hornets 12) Pacers

    13) Sixers 14) Pistons 15) Trailblazers 16) Heat

    17) Bulls 18) Timberwolves

    Poor fit (8 teams)

    19) Raptors 20) Thunder 21) Cavs 22) Suns

    23) Wizards 24) Grizzlies 25) Clippers 26) Pelicans

    Ruled out (4 teams)

    27) GSW 28) Knicks 29) Rox 30) Lakers

    May need some tweaking here and there 🙂

  • BobbyH

    “I am sorry. but our analytical model shows that you are no longer a cornerstone for the team. Actually one cornerstone is enough, according to our ingenious model. You can be a decorate door if you prefer that way”

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Worth about the same, I guess 🙂

  • CJSHYY

    OK, I got it. LOL!

  • CJSHYY
  • DrewBear2

    Dwight’s got that bridge burning nice and hot. It’s clear that Harden holds the reins (presumably with Les’ approval). Houston is not a healthy option for Jeremy unless Harden/Morey are removed one way or another.

  • donsmacau

    Carmelo does it again.

  • alain gervais

    Nothing official.

  • 22cents

    Ha Ha. I have an explanation. Almost all of the machine learning or statistical learning methods have a difficult time to quantify emotion and psychological effects. Not that it is not important but it is very hard to quantity it.

    DH is actually declining. His time window of getting a ring is narrower and narrower.

    I hope Lin make a good choice so that he can get his ring eventually.

  • donsmacau

    Houston is desperate and Mike D’Antoni is trolling Les Alexander. No rumors MDA goes Rockets are believable.

    Houston assumed they could pick elite Head Coach – instead all the top Coaches turned Morey down.

    Houston was an Embarrassment
    1) The 1 star and quasi-star hate each other (all the rest are role players, many just had their worst season of their CAREERs)
    2) Team Culture is toxic (when Harden made a playoff game winning shot, the entire bench showed disappointment)
    3) No FREE AGENTS wants to play with Harden so their stuck at lottery/8th until Harden gone.
    4) MDA has his experiences with NBA divas – all bad (Carmelo, Kobe) and Harden be worst since Harden don’t care about anything.
    5) Morey can’t be trusted by players or coaches, he’s a two-faced backstabbing opportunist (ask JLIN, Parsons, Ty Lawson, McHale)

    Let’s talk when/if Les Alexander gets rid of Darryl Morey until then anything you hear about MDA to Rockets is just talk.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Seems possible since Hornacek is not a triangle coach.

  • DrewBear2

    Not bad…at least you had the Hornets on a list.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    At the time, it seemed like MDA was a likely candidate to coach the Nuggets. Grizzlies did not seem like a good fit in terms of offensive style but it turns out they were interested.

  • psalm234

    Dwight Howard vs Daryl Morey

    @RealGM
    Dwight Howard Asked Daryl Morey ‘Why Am I Here?’ When Told Of Reduced Role: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/241954/Dwight-Howard-Asked-Daryl-Morey-Why-Am-I-Here-When-Told-Of-Reduced-Role

    https://twitter.com/RealGM/status/733316923576868865

  • donsmacau

    Let’s remind everyone what transpired after Darryl Morey put the billboard of Melo #7.

    JLIN initially Tweeted a bible verse: “Luke 6:29 – If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them”

    JLIN tweeted: “im entitled to standup for myself/say i felt disrespected as i did thru tweet but point is love unconditionally/as jesus loved me”

    That is the kind of GM and human being that Morey is.

  • Briiick

    No one can outshine Harden in Rox because Morey needs to prove he is better than his boss in picking BB talents.

  • Briiick

    Melo be aware: if you join Rox this summer you will be treated like DH12, period.

  • DrewBear2

    Not real.

    Los Angeles Times ‏@latimes 5 minutes ago
    The LA Times has no affiliation with a Twitter account that has posted that NY Knicks President Phil Jackson is stepping down.

  • Maknusia

    Top notch Interview! DH is very open! That indeed surprised me

  • Maknusia

    End of the day…its all business and commercial reason…and BB is just a tool/avenue to make cash

  • Briiick

    In order to make our fool’s gold look real, Doward, you have to sacrifice …

  • psalm234

    JLin clearly felt disrespected by the Morey #JerseyGate treatment but chose to be professional as he always does.
    Coming back to HOU would probably the last resort for JLin as long as Morey and Harden are around there.

    This power-play by Les to chose MDA to go against Morey’s choice of JVG could be big.
    Les basically reduced Morey’s power as GM to control his coach.

    I wonder what it takes for Les to fire Morey

  • KL

    I am eager to move on past the Hornets experience.

    My last impression will be Game 7 against Miami. Clifford had the chance to win the game. But it was all too much, the entire media narrative was about how Lin won 3 games for Charlotte.

    Clifford had already overachieved.

    Jeremy helped him win at least 10 more games than expected in the regular season and getting to game 7 was good enough. Bench Kemba or Batum (I only just realised that Batum and Cho have history from their time in Portland) and Clifford loses his job. You can’t bench your “stars” in game 7 of the playoffs. Clifford knows full well about that. So, he benched Jeremy, lost the game, kept his job and went for his vacation earlier.

    This is not a team I want Jeremy to return to. In a way, I am glad for game 7 because I am pretty darn sure Jeremy is leaving. If the team made it further to the playoffs and Jeremy got a bigger role, maybe he might stay given his good relationship with team mates. But now I Jeremy is likely to leave.

    I like Brooklyn. But that is for another post.

  • psalm234

    So much about the broken promise of ‘Dynamic Duo’

    Stars will never trust Morey’s words

  • donsmacau

    There were rumors in the latter part of the season that Morey’s job was at risk – not sure how credible that is currently. But if the Rockets take another step backward next season or have no ability to get any free agents after Howard leaves, Morey is then in trouble.

  • Briiick

    When the HC takes over the GM’s work…

  • Jamie

    he has never been praised like this before so yah it is a career year and you are trying to downplay Lin’s accomplishment on a Lin site? smh

  • Jamie

    instant offense

  • Jamie

    goes bothways

  • takeme2cruz

    Benched Lin in final 5 min did cost them game 6 also.

  • DrewBear2

    “I just felt like it wasn’t a team. I wanted a team…I knew what it meant to play for the Lakers and I wasn’t afraid of it. But I was a free agent and I was looking at Houston, who had James, and, at that time Chandler [Parsons] and Jeremy [Lin] and I thought, ‘This might be better for me.”

  • KL

    Yeah, they could cover up the deficiencies of their “stars” in the regular season but it was too much in the playoffs.

  • DrewBear2

    Les would need to have candidates to replace Morey as General Manager and Managing Director of Basketball Operations. The 2 years remaining on a contract is an insignificant write-off. What’s difficult is to admit that the past 8 years with Morey have been a mistake.

  • Rick Johnson

    Don’t do it JLin, I don’t care who they get, don’t go back to the Rockets with Morey and Harden there.

    https://twitter.com/BenDuBose/status/733334453381148676

  • takeme2cruz

    Lin is in a very difficult situation this summer. Good difficult situation.

  • Rick Johnson

    Next you’ll here them recruiting Doc Scheppler and bringing in Master Lo.

  • takeme2cruz

    Lol. How about finger coach?

  • Michael

    I believe in your “sauces”.

  • real-dsb
  • psalm234

    Coach Silas also got a 2nd interview with HOU?

    https://twitter.com/WojVerticalNBA/status/733329341686394880

  • real-dsb

    I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, ‘I want to
    be more involved.’ Daryl said, ‘No, we don’t want you to be.’ My
    response was, ‘Why not? Why am I here?’ It was shocking to me that it
    came from him instead of our coach.

    That quote may be shocking to many other people, but the astute fans here recognized that right away the first year that Morey was the real coach.

  • sws94

    They’ll go with MDA and Silas. The only thing between MDA coaching the Rockets or staying with the Sixers as associated head coach is Silas?

  • real-dsb

    Silas would be first time head coach that Morey could impose his coaching through.

  • CJSHYY

    The purpose to ice out D12 it’s to make him knows they don’t want to keep him so he can option out this summer. Morey said they can sign 2 max players this summer ….. but that need D12 to option out. smh!

  • CJSHYY

    Alex wants Lin…. He’s the one who helped Lin in Hornets….

    https://twitter.com/WojVerticalNBA/status/733329341686394880

  • CJSHYY

    BTW, really hate to see Morey’s face….

  • 7Jeremiah17

    “James Harden ‘definitely’ wants to end his career in Houston.
    Houston’s star shooting guard told the Houston Chronicle that he planned to spend the rest of his career with the team he has led since 2012.”

    http://www.si.com/nba/2015/10/17/james-harden-houston-rockets-retire-end-career-contract

  • CJSHYY
  • CJSHYY
  • BobbyH

    It is about want and give. Would Alex gives up Morey and Harden to get Lin? It is a max question.

  • psalm234

    I got the sense Morey is starting to lose his power

    But it comes down to if Les still believe in Morey and Harden

  • CJSHYY

    Why not move back to OKC or Celtics w his beloved Morey?

  • Linzen

    Wow this is BIG news. Jeremy is so close to Silas in Charlotte. They’re practically tied together in all his practice pictures! 😱

  • Briiick

    Love it ! haha !Les does miss Linsanity a lot after watching Morey’s fool’s gold for two seasons.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    It seems that Les is really interested to recruit Lin.

  • sws94

    Houston could choose Conley or someone else. The fact that two of Lin’s former coaches may be coaching in Houston doesn’t necessarily mean that Lin will go there or even consider going there. Although Lin chose Silas last year as an assistant, he chose a team whose coach not many of us were familiar with in Clifford. It’s hard to say what Lin will do. Although we’re trying, lol.

  • CJSHYY

    Indeed.

  • sws94

    Easy. Harden likes to be #1 star. Russel Westbrook and Durant are competition to that (although KD may go to another team soon).

  • HVJoy

    The article is from Oct., 2015. Circumstances have changed a lot since then.

    Now that Coach M is no more, perhaps the Beard would leave Houston too. It would make Lin returning to Houston more palatable. 😉

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Rox are extremely comfortable for Harden. No other team would let him play play so much offense and absolutely no defense. In fact they even hired Bev to do the defense for him–that’s luxury!

  • Rick Johnson

    Needs to fire Morey before they can even start talking.

  • aras

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erRP-FBiFBg A fantastic video on Lin. Talent is undeniable since day 1. probably my favourite video on youtube.

  • Briiick

    Morey has made it very costly for Les not to pad Harden as the sole stud there. It’s a job securing move for him.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    What’s changed is that Harden has shown a total lack of responsibility and work ethic. If Harden leaves Houston, it’s not because he wants to leave, it’s because they’re kicking him out. I wonder if we’ve gotten to that point yet.

  • psalm234

    Info on JLin June 10-17 Taiwan trip before he goes to China.
    I added the date and link to the Calendar

    http://focustaiwan.tw/news/afav/201605170026.aspx

    Taipei, May 17 (CNA) American NBA star of Taiwanese descent Jeremy Lin (林書豪) will visit Taiwan June 10-17 as part of his annual Asia tour, his agency said Tuesday.

    During his stay in Taiwan, the Charlotte Hornets point guard will coach at a basketball camp in Kaohsiung June 11-12.

    While in Kaohsiung on June 11, Lin will also attend a Christian gathering to share his life experience.

    He will be in Taipei June 13-16, when he will take part in a series of activities, including a charity event, a seminar, a fan meet-and-greet, and two promotional events, before heading to China June 17.

  • real-dsb

    I don’t see hiring D’Antoni or/and Silas helping the Rockets get Lin very much at all.

    If Les wanted Lin, he’d have to get rid of H&M first. And then pay him top dollar (at least $15M/yr). Coach is lower factor than those.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    You’re saying that Les has no choice, he has to keep both Harden and Morey?

  • psalm234

    It’s almost unfathomable that Les would move H&M to make room for Lin.
    Harden is seen as an offensive star that hopefully will change with the right coach (that he won’t fire)

    I shudder to even think we have to read HOU media again.
    This nightmare shall pass too

  • 7Jeremiah17

    But he can’t get rid of them before he knows Lin agrees. If he gets rid of Harden and then Lin goes elsewhere…

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Silas will make Harden change? I’m sure that makes you laugh too.

  • Briiick

    I have said it earlier. Morey has bet his career on Harden and made it very costly for Les to reverse it. If I were the owner, old, I would have done the same, one personal change at a time to reduce the resistance in transition.

  • DX

    Lin had more dunks before entering NBA.

  • psalm234

    we know very well Harden will fire MDA, Silas, and even Morey too if he isn’t happy ..
    It’s a sad state of the NBA

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Silas looks like a real pushover. You could picture some hard-nosed coach like PJax, Pop or maybe even Carlisle getting Harden to behave, but Silas? Too funny.

  • Briiick

    At his age, Les needs helping hands first and has them tested before firing someone.

  • Wty

    Just listened to Hahn & Humpty (ESPN) with Coach Atkinson. Both hosts would choose Lin over Teague. Like these guys

  • CJSHYY

    Teague? What did they say about him?

  • 7Jeremiah17

    So he won’t fire Morey until MDA or Silas has been on the job for a while.

  • real-dsb

    That’s some respect, Teague is a good player.

    Although, Teague’s not a FA this year, I wonder why they were comparing whom to choose?

  • CJSHYY

    Starting PG.

  • real-dsb

    “If he gets rid of Harden and then Lin goes elsewhere…”

    Les will still be better off! lol

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Are they confusing Teague with Conley?

  • occupatio

    they are talking about teague partly bc atkinson helped teague develop in atlanta.

  • TTNN

    coach’s connection obviously. And rumor was Hawks will move Teague…..

  • psalm234

    They’re talking about JLin now
    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/newyork/play

  • Wty

    IIRC they were thinking out loud and “if had a choice between Lin and Teague”, they would both choose Lin. Not sure if knew Teague not a a FA this year (neither did I).

  • 22cents

    Ha Ha. If so, they, they are not qualified to the sport site.

  • psalm234

    Start at [11:42:26], a caller asked if JLin would come to the Nets

  • Rick Johnson

    I think Teague is in last year of contract and might become available in a trade.

  • Briiick

    That is my speculation. he needs to find another one he can trust before cutting the one he has counted on for many years.

  • Rick Johnson

    Howard Chen 陳定豪Verified account
    ‏@TheHoChen
    Dayammmmm Dwight! I respect that he’s speaking his mind here. #Rockets
    https://twitter.com/TheHoChen/status/733364750352949248

  • Rick Johnson

    Terry is kind of right. Howard shouldn’t try to be a post up player if that’s what he meant about being involved. He would have made a great PnR partner with JLin.

    https://twitter.com/jennydialcreech/status/733353893971660800

  • Wty

    thanks. always grateful to have such knowledgeable fans

  • CJSHYY

    No wonder they talked about Teague & Lin….

  • CJSHYY
  • Briiick

    Howard might be thinking, if Harden can be a SG AND a PG, why can’t I post up ?

  • adele

    Silas didn’t do anything about Lins role in Charlotte

  • adele

    No more harden and rockets please.

  • adele

    Plea

  • alain gervais

    With both D’Antoni and Silas. I hate to say this But is the third time the charm???

  • Rick Johnson

    Trouble is who’s actually running the team? Coaches? Morey? Harden. For me I would think too much uncertainty, too much back room politics. Lin is 28 now and entering his prime years. Lost too many years already due to politics and ego. May not have a lot of years left if he’s stuck there for 4 years.

  • alain gervais

    The question is how much do we trust Dantoni? Michael didn’t like Lins play style. Its the debate of. Dantoni and, or silas who’ve already coached Lin vs. brooklyn coach who didn’t coach Lin directly in game.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Just curious, if he had to choose between Hornets and Rox, which would you prefer?

  • real-dsb

    wow, that was a pretty intelligent and diplomatic statement.

    Not sure if Jason Terry really came up with that, or a PR person or Morey wrote it for him to say. lol

  • real-dsb

    who’s Michael? you mean McHale?

  • real-dsb

    What assets do the Nets have to offer? lol

  • alain gervais

    Yea

  • heart

    Neither. I pray that Lin will start fresh as a starter on a new team. All signs are pointing to Brooklyn. God knows best. I feel that Morey is playing game again… He knows Les likes fast-pace offense. He’s using D’Antoni & Silas to bring credibility to Rox. Morey knows these two have good relationship w/ Lin. He’s using them to lure Lin back to Rox to help Harden. Rox culture is too toxic as long as Morey is there. That’s my two cents, but God knows where Lin should be and we all will know soon…

  • real-dsb

    Hornets.

  • heart

    Hi Adele, I agree. Read my reply to 7Jeremiah17 below. Let’s pray for Lin to sign on a good team as a starter pg. Amen.

  • donsmacau

    Aaaa… Amen Amen Amen

    Even if Les Alexander truly wishes to change the Rockets – Les was still responsible for the actions of Morey/McHale and the damage they did to JLIN’s budding NBA career.

  • donsmacau

    Never Hornets as long as Kemba is the franchise PG – ever.

    Never again with Rockets – once is enough. Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice shame on me.

  • rookie75094

    Hahaha klutch fan is having a meltdown. …yeah.

  • 22cents

    Why?

  • donsmacau

    7Jeremiah17,

    You asked me previously whether I thought JLIN would join the Sixers if MDA left. First let me make clear that I believe MDA absolutely will be the 76ers head coach early next season – MDA will not be Rockets Head Coach and I have listed the reasons why that is my belief.

    But assume you’re correct that MDA is not with Philly…

    … if Brett Brown and Bryan Colangelo pitch to JLIN that they committ to him as their starting PG that should be a viable option and of course the more bidders for JLIN’s services the better.

  • real-dsb

    Lin was already with Rockets twice.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Of course I agree. Brooklyn could be a dream come true and I think Spurs could be great too. But hypothetically, now that McHale is gone, I would give the edge to Rox over Hornets. I just could not watch another game with Cliff and Kemba.

  • donsmacau

    He only ever really had a role on the team ONCE, his first role could have been a towel boy or in the mail room and it would have been as relevant.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Thanks for your response. But more precisely, my question was whether he should join if MDA stayed on as associate coach and needed a losing streak to be promoted over Brown. Apparently your answer would still be yes.

    I just don’t want Lin to need a losing streak 🙂

  • donsmacau

    McHale was fired on a 4-7 streak.

    A tough road trip is enough to get Brown (49-200 record over 3yrs )fired. Sixers are coming off of a 10 win season. JLIN will get 40 wins but that still means 40 losses.

  • Rick Johnson

    Not much, no picks. Just perhaps Lopez or Young. That’s why I still rather Lin to to Sixers, they have more assets and cap space to rebuild quicker.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    OMG, I’m a more extreme Lin fan than you are. With Sixers or Nets I expect Lin to win at least 50 games and even 60 wouldn’t surprise me. Maybe I am unrealistic after all.

  • Rick Johnson

    D’Antoni couldn’t do much about Melo before and quit the team and Lin before. Why would he be any better now?

  • real-dsb

    2019 and 2020 first round picks, haha

  • donsmacau

    Uhh… yeah,

    50 wins places JLIN’s new team a #2-4 seed and 60 wins is a top seed in the playoffs. You might be a bit over-optimistic taking the worst/2nd worst team that high.

  • alain gervais

    If the sixers lose dantoni. The reason for Lin to go there is non existent. Brooklyn ris number 1 option.

  • heart
  • alain gervais

    Lin should avoid that situation even with dantoni and silas.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    I guess I look at the Hornets. They won 48 games with a terrible coach, terrible bigs, a ball-hogging PG who is too small to defend. A de facto PG (Batum) who constantly turned the ball over.

  • real-dsb

    he’s still wondering how come he didn’t get 2 free throws for that

  • donsmacau

    Brooklyn would become the number 1 option.

    But completely disagree going to Sixers non-existent reasons:

    – Colangelos are in full control of Sixers organization and resistant to public pressure and if they want JLIN starting PG, nobody stands in their way
    – No starter level point guard and Colangelos will not start a rookie
    – No veterans allow JLIN to mould raw young, enthusiastic, athletic teammates
    – Less pressure after a 10 win season
    – Most top free agents will not play for Philly unless paid super Max.

    Going to any team as a backup bench player after JLIN’s wonderful season is the BAD CHOICE and JLIN wont make a bad choice this season.

  • donsmacau

    Hornets had 33 wins and Sixers had 10 wins.

  • alain gervais

    Look we’ve been here before. I think sixes are already a 3rd 4th option with dantoni as head coach btw which he isn’t. I just don’t view it like you. We will wait and see. Its clear i won’t change your mind and vice versa

  • 7Jeremiah17

    In going from 33 to 48 wins, the Hornets used maybe 10% of Lin’s full potential. The Sixers had only 10 wins, but they were purposely losing.

  • alain gervais

    BTW hornets choice by Lin was a great choice. He develop defensively. Showed his game in the playoffs. Beat top teams. I expect Lin to make a choice like the hornets again but this time he is starting

  • donsmacau

    JLIN got 1 thing from the Hornets – a non-tanking, Byron Scott-less team to showcase his TALENTS.

    JLIN did not learn ANYTHING from Clifford/Hornets organization that he would not have learned on his own. Any improvements to his defense, court awareness, ball handling were all done on JLIN’s own merits & initiative.

  • donsmacau

    True nobody is changing anyone’s mind; just setting the record straight for loyal JLIN fans.

  • alain gervais

    Lin himself said so anyways I’m not debating opinion

  • alain gervais

    And your loyal right?

  • donsmacau

    Ironically, a few games Brett Brown did try to win – and he had many questionable decisions and an awful ability to motivate his players remember that Brown started last season 1-31 before Colangelo/MDA joined and that ushered in 9 more wins.

  • donsmacau

    Sure am – good guess.

  • donsmacau

    And JLIN said staying in Los Angeles was a real possibility too.

  • alain gervais

    Your people skill are really good. I swear i almost missed the attitude this time

  • alain gervais

    ok buddy

  • 7Jeremiah17

    But in the end they got the #1 pick in the draft. That was on purpose.

  • donsmacau

    They could have won 17 games instead of 10 and still had the same probability of the #1 pick.

  • donsmacau

    Are you watching this REAL-DBS, you gonna let that one stand?

  • alain gervais

    overtime i interest with you its always an unpleasant situation. Please stop responding to me. If you cant be cordial why type to me bro.

  • alain gervais

    I didn’t insult you

  • 7Jeremiah17

    LOL. That’s true. But they couldn’t know that in advance and Byron can be a tough competitor.

  • alain gervais

    Just stop responding to me. Ill delete it if you want

  • donsmacau

    I’ve been nothing but cordial to you.

  • alain gervais

    lol sure

  • alain gervais

    donsmacau • 8 minutes ago

    True nobody is changing anyone’s mind; just setting the record straight for loyal JLIN fans.

    So is this not breaking the rule or not. He keep separating fans just because i don’t agree with him.

    alain gervais donsmacau • 7 minutes ago

    And your loyal right?

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    donsmacau • 7 minutes ago

    Sure am – good guess.

    Is this breaking the rules or not

  • alain gervais

    Tue fans vs Not true fans????

  • donsmacau

    I understand that you’re dis-interested in discussing the topic which you YOURSELF initiated in your OWN post and that is your right.

    When you don’t wish to continue defending your position – there is no need for you find insult where there is none – if you don’t like the words “loyal JLIN fans” there’s not much to say there.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    If D’Antoni became HC of the Sixers, they might be Lin’s first choice. Only Lin would know whether he still prefers Nets or Spurs or ?

  • real-dsb

    Deleting the rest of the conversation because it is just cluttering up the board with personal beef.

    Tips for the future (to everyone):

    1. If you don’t like someone else’s response, just ignore them. Don’t bother to tell them not to reply to you, it will only encourage them to. (Rule #4).

    2. Don’t call out other posters to the moderators (Rule #3, #6). Instead, flag the post for moderators to review.

  • alain gervais

    My thing is you talk to people in a way you would never in person. Im 200 pound. I played on the football team as a running back and Linebacker. You wouldn’t talk the way you do to anyone in real life. Your really the one fan I’ve seen here that i honestly have a unpleasant interaction with literally every time. Even when i say agree to disagree you throw in loyal fan just to antagonize. Please don’t respond to me.

  • alain gervais

    i have already said don’t respode to me. Ive tried to end he conversation but he continues. Throws in loyal fans to annoy.

  • Jamie

    It’s not a big deal
    it’s not like Harden came out of nowhere to assault him
    just an annoying paparazzi trying to ask Harden about Trump, which is dumb

  • alain gervais

    True

  • Jamie

    If Morey is gone, why not

  • alain gervais

    I think he will stay

  • Jamie

    If MDA becomes the hc, lin will probably have a big role regardless of starting or coming off the bench.
    besides if they acquire Lin again this time and Lin plays well, it will look good on morey so maybe not a bad option after all

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    If Houston hires MDA and Silas and actively recruiting Jeremy, Lin will most likely go to Rockets.

  • Jamie

    True but NY owner was not trying to win and Les Alexander is
    He fired McHale and im sure Morey is not happy about that

  • CJSHYY
  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Rockets will then become a contender instantly with the addition of Lin. Jeremy will become the glue guy for the team.

  • Jamie

    oh he meant no more post ups
    thats true dh12 is no good at that

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Of course, they have to offer a big contract to Lin first.

  • alain gervais

    Thats my fear

  • donsmacau

    These pundits are great, first it’s MDA nears formal contract talks, then it’s Stephen Silas now still yet strong interest in yet another name.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Morey will not be happy when he’s fired too.

  • alain gervais

    This is true but clutch fan is a lot to deal with

  • PPP

    Well, there could be a very big chance that Lin may sign with the Rockets if (IF?) both MDA and Silas are HC and Associate HC for them.

    I wonder how many Lin Fans still follow him?

  • alain gervais

    very possible

  • wandertheglobe

    Sounds like a messy situation. Who’s running the show? Les or Morey? HC has no power….

  • donsmacau

    Nope, JLIN doesn’t go back to Rockets as long as Morey is there – ever.

  • CJSHYY

    Morey will try everything he can to prevent Alex to hire MDA as HC for Rox.

  • donsmacau

    Who is alex?

  • alain gervais

    I would, wherever he goes. lol forever and always lmao

  • CJSHYY

    Rox owner.

  • donsmacau

    Could say the same about the entire Rockets past season.

  • kittyhead

    Why bothers to hire MDA as a scapegoat. hire this guy directly!

  • donsmacau

    Les Alexander

    Why you don’t call him Al?

  • PPP

    cool..me too. Lets go Lin.

  • Jamie

    counting on that

  • heart

    Rox owner, Leslie Alexander, who brought Lin back the first time. And Morey/McHale did everything they could to prove to Les that Lin should be relegated to the bench.

  • donsmacau

    Just never heard him referred to as Alex.

  • CJSHYY

    The same situation when Alex signed Lin…. Morey will try everything to make MDA’s life as miserable as possible in Rox.

  • Jamie

    They are irrelevant
    the fan base likes Lin CF posters are just part of it
    besides their beef is with Lin fans
    As long as Lin contributes, they have no reason to hate on Lin

  • CJSHYY

    Alex wants Lin.

  • Jamie

    Alexander is his last name i think

  • alain gervais

    Lin will always have haters. Its just a fact of life unfortunately

  • Jamie

    as will any player
    nothing anyone can do about that

  • alain gervais

    What is big in your book. 14 million maybe the max for Lin

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    History tells us that Morey will give his best to get the players Les wants but Morey will try to undermine the player later. But with MDA and Silas, it won’t be easy. At the moment, Morey should worry about his job now more than anything else.

  • alain gervais

    yup

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Trade Beverley to allow more cap space for Lin.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    More than Brooklyn can offer is really big.

  • donsmacau

    MDA does not join Rockets unless Morey is fired.
    If Morey is fired, then who knows.

  • Jamie

    I’m thinking 8-12. 14 might be pushing it

  • Jamie

    they will

  • CJSHYY
  • donsmacau

    Why still so many interviews when MDA is the new incoming head coach?
    Don’t they want MDA to hire any of his own assistants, a bit peculiar….

  • kittyhead

    How disgusting!!Don’t forget how they abused and disrespected Lin and now treat DH like trash.darn

  • CJSHYY

    Maybe deal is coming for MDA so Morey needs to work hard before MDA really becomes HC for Rox.

  • donsmacau

    Or maybe deal is not coming for MDA so Morey needs to work hard to get a man to becomes HC for Rox.

  • CJSHYY
  • donsmacau

    If nobody trusts MDA to hire his own associate coaches, then why even hire MDA as head coach.

  • CJSHYY

    I know. I don’t want Lin go back to Rox. Really need to let MDA knows how bad Morey is ….

  • CJSHYY
  • wandertheglobe

    What a circus it has become. Just hire the damn coach and fire Morey.

  • sws94

    Lin said he had his best time of his career as a Hornet. Good enough for me. charlotte doesn’t have the hostility and nastiness of Houston either. In fact, I don’t know if Lin has ruled them out. I’m waiting for his testimony to see if there are any hints.

  • DX
  • CJSHYY

    I agree. As long as Morey is in Rox. No peace.

  • grover chang

    Someone should tell Terry that his team may need him to not trip shove opponents to win games

  • Rick Johnson

    Knicks, Rockets, possible destinations for Lin? While we’re at it visiting past teams might as well start hearing about Lakers and GSW after Lin too.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Linsanity was too short-lived and stressful for Lin to enjoy it. McHale made his too seasons in Houston absolutely miserable. He thought it couldn’t get any worse. But then in LA, Kobe and Byron showed him it could get much worse.

    So relative to the misery of Houston and LA, Charlotte was the best. But it’s all relative. It can get a h*** of a lot better than coach Cliff and backing up ball-hog Kemba.

  • alain gervais
  • 7Jeremiah17
  • CJSHYY

    One more team… good. Maybe he is really getting max offer…Haha!

  • alain gervais

    More bidders more better

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! That’s good for Lin. NYK maybe will not run triangle after all….

    https://twitter.com/FisolaNYDN/status/733390106820812804

  • alain gervais

    Jef coached the suns when drastic and Isaih thomas was there. HE doesn’t like the triangle. It was said. He likes a fast pace. Knicks could be an option

  • alain gervais

    wooooooooo. Man this offseason is shaping up to be all time great. Lin will get paid where ever he goes.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    So Nets, Knicks, Sixers and Rox are going to get into a bidding war for Lin? That’s insane.

  • CJSHYY

    I think so & as starting PG. Haha!

  • donsmacau

    Carmelo Anthony
    Owner Dolan
    Phil Jackson – and his organization turned down JLIN last offseason

    Knicks are NOT an option.

  • alain gervais

    yup maybe more

  • alain gervais

    yup

  • real-dsb

    I doubt it. Of course Phil is going to say that so he can get a coach to accept his offer. What coach in today’s NBA would want to run the triangle?

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Byron Scott

  • real-dsb

    LOL, you got me there.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    man, this is a tough decision between Rox and Hornets but I agree that D’Antoni there makes it a bit easier to go back to Rox.

    At the very least, Lin gets more minutes as a Rox than as a Hornets…although I really can’t stand their fan-base.

    Also, the Harden situation is problematic…Would D’Antoni start Lin alongside Harden?

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Stranger things have and are happening.

  • donsmacau

    Great thing is there is a lot of interest in and around the NY Media and elsewhere. That can only help JLIN’s cause in free agency.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Local media does seem to have insider info. When Lin was about to sign with the Mavs last summer, I remember there was suddenly a lot of chatter on Dallas media about what a good PG JLin is.

  • Rick Johnson

    Just to help add to the bidding war. Not actually go there.

  • takeme2cruz

    “……. If he can’t stay with the Hornets, why wouldn’t he consider returning to the city that fell in love with him four years ago?”.

  • donsmacau

    This writer though is just a JLIN fan, he has no insider info.

  • Monk

    I hope mda is intentional going along up till the last hour then BAM ‘sorry not interested’
    That would have closed the limited HC options morey had and the final push to get fired.
    payback on behalf of his boy.

  • donsmacau

    Brooklyn is also in NY.

    If it’s New York, then its the Nets not the Knicks.

  • spiderman

    Scott is more into the rectangle

  • real-dsb

    hilarious article (by CBS!) on the Top 5 Knicks coaching candidates worse than Rambis:

    1. Dennis Rodman (U.S. ambassador to North Korea)
    2. Jackie Moon (coach of the Flint Tropics)
    3. Rich Kotite (coach of NY Jets with 4 wins in 2 years)
    4. Rougned Odor (baseball player who throws with his right fist)
    5. Jeff Hornacek

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/05/18/knicks-worse-coach-candidates-kurt-rambis/

  • takeme2cruz

    Who he should join is another story but Brooklyn is no Manhattan. It’s like Staples center and the Forum.

  • DX

    No problem if Lin back to the former teams except Rockets if Morey still there.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    No wonder Atkinson said they would have to get “lucky.” There are a few other bidders out there.

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! I think he wants Lin but not 100% sure they can get him.

  • spiderman

    Go Rodman!
    Maybe he could hire Kim Jong Un as his assistant

  • alain gervais

    Knicks won more games then Nets. Could be a factor. Also I do feel some unfinished business about the knicks. Lin said he called them last free agency so he may want it as well. Last year would of been a disaster given the triangle. As long as that non existent and The coach who made tragic. Lin can be better

  • spiderman

    Mr. Odor should use some deodorant

  • CJSHYY

    Nets was that bad last season? I didn’t pay any attention on this team before….

  • sws94

    He would have a number of players in mind. Is Lin on top? Possibly. Hard to say.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Funny. There’s no listed writer taking credit for it though.

  • alain gervais

    nets won 21 games and knicks 32

  • sws94

    Your auto-correct is changing poor Dragic from Tragic that it used to to now Drastic!!! 🙂

  • CJSHYY

    I think it’s bc he talked about the player they like that’s Lin. (even no name….) But I also think he knew Lin is hot in the market this summer… that’s why he said “Hopefully we get lucky.”

  • alain gervais

    Lol yea i know.

  • sws94

    I think he was talking about a combination of factors that includes the sort of family-feel and bond with teammates combined with the relative low-stress environment of Charlotte. On the court, he seemed to be fine with picking his spots to do his thing.

  • CJSHYY

    Oh! Just like Lakers…. Well, team can improve so no worry.

  • sws94

    For Lin, it’ll be between maybe those 2 teams and maybe some we don’t know about. Right now, the coaching situation is being sorted out. Most teams have a coach, Houston is dragging its feet.

  • alain gervais

    Idk i would still prefer the nets. How jeff would treat Lin is unknown.

  • sws94

    I’m not sure if he meant with Lin but with Lin or other guys that can work. I coach tends not to get too much into one player unless it’s Clifford and Batum 🙂

  • CJSHYY

    Do you think Batum will stay w Hornets?

  • Rick Johnson

    So what PG other than Lin are the Rockets going to get to run D’Antoni’s system? Harden? Beverley? They going to get Conley, Rondo to run it?

  • alain gervais

    Harden

  • sws94

    It’s hard to say. They are trying to make him stay and he gets to play however he wants for a lot of money. But, he may still end up going somewhere else, especially if the Hornets team changes too much.

  • Rick Johnson

    Other than getting JLin what do the Nets have to improve the team? They don’t have any picks, they don’t have assets to trade other than Lopez and Young. Everyone will have cap space next year.

  • 7Jeremiah17
  • alain gervais

    Your making good points. If lin has all these choices nets may not have enough

  • sws94

    Harden. Conley can come in and learn what Lawson learned, but MDA may sit Harden. It may be very interesting what could happen. I think Conley is smart, will probably stay away from Houston. They could try someone like Jennings perhaps.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Exactly, they cannot bench Lin for someone else and they have a coach that Lin really trusts?

  • 22cents

    Why? Can someone explain it to me? ^_^

  • CJSHYY

    That’s exactly what I thought – Jennings. If no Lin. But Harden will make Jennings to become Lawson #2.

  • alain gervais

    If Lin has a ton of choices it doesn’t have to be this. He can get a good pay check from a better team.

  • Renmei

    There is a post on the hornets subreddit with a pic of batum shopping for a house near Charlotte so.. probably.

  • CJSHYY

    Really? I thought he will not stay….

  • alain gervais
  • alain gervais
  • CJSHYY

    But Melo wants Rondo?

  • 7Jeremiah17

    The Hornets need Batum really, really badly to compensate for Kemba’s lack of “distribution” skills. So they will let him be the man and pay him much better than any other team.

  • alain gervais

    Melo wanted Blatt so ???

  • alain gervais

    Arron afflalo is a free agent BTW

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Melo can go to the Kings, haha

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! PJ hates Melo… haha! But Dolan?

  • alain gervais

    Well if the new coach has his way with PJ They want to win.

  • CJSHYY

    That’s good. W Cousins, Rondo as big three for Kings. LOL!

  • alain gervais
  • 7Jeremiah17

    Yeah but a coach he trusts is worth his weight in gold.

  • alain gervais

    Who would pay max for him. Knicks aren’t that crazy right?

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Yeah, I don’t see the obvious connection either.

  • psalm234

    MDA and Lin shared a lot of teams.
    And many had egocentric divas

    https://twitter.com/_Ed_Hamilton/status/733440738776612864

  • freemind

    Batum : Coach like me .
    He repeated that in a few interviews. For that I think he will stay . He probably know his true value. I wonder why no one ever write about his inconsistent performance and his injury pro toe. Any who guess when one has their mind set on someone their viewpoint goes myopic

  • heart

    Credit to donmascau first list. I’m just following up. Only 2 possibly 3 coaching vacancies left. Here’s the updated list:
    1) Nets – Atkinson – filled
    2) Suns – Watson – filled
    3) Wolves – Thibs – filled
    4) Washington – Brooks – filled
    5) Sacramento- VACANT
    6) New Orleans -Vogel – filled
    7) Houston – WAITING….
    8) Knicks – Hornacek – filled
    9) LAL – Walton – filled
    10) Sixers- Brown for now; WAITING….

  • CJSHYY

    No wonder they said build patiently….

  • 7Jeremiah17

    6 should be Orlando?

  • CJSHYY

    That’s during the season but in his exit interview changed to “Why not… I don’t know… this summer is crazy… I don’t know….” something like that… so…

  • Epie

    I’m watching MLB, mostly following Korean star players. I watch them hit by pitch so many times. Especially Jung-Ho Kang, and Shin-soo Choo. Kang was hit three times already in last 3 games. He couldn’t finish last season because of fractured knee (unnecessary hard slide by Coghlan)

    http://www.sportingcharts.com/mlb/stats/player-hit-by-pitch-leaders/2015/

    As you can see from the stats, #4, #5 all Asian players had most HBP in 2015. Kang didn’t even finish the season but still ranked #4 for HBP. He was hit by pitch three straight day and it makes me really mad.

    Just sad to know that Lin is not the only one getting hit by other players, but other Asian players are getting hit in other sports too, in different forms.

  • Chris B.

    Dave Joerger is now the Kings’ coach. Memphis position is opened. Orland has Vogel. Brown is not going anywhere, at least for another half a season. He represented the Sixers at the draft. It would create a lot of upheaval if he is fired now. Not happening. His chance of being fired was when season ended.

  • donsmacau

    Brown’s record is 49-200 (3yrs) so the GM who did not hire Brown, Bryan Colangelo has 200 reasons to fire him.
    McHale had an extenstion and was fired with a 4-7 record.

    Brown does not last 2 months next season at the first sign of struggle – its MDA.

  • freemind

    true. he also know Lin played a crucial role in many of the wins. If Lin goes, I think he will open up his options. rumor had his name tag to Knicks & Lakers for so that may tempt him?

  • Chris B.

    I agreed he will eventually be fired, but Jeremy’s free agency begins this summer, not some other time in the future. Who knows what will happen till then. If I was Jeremy, I wouldn’t take the risk and pray that MDA will be the coach.

  • donsmacau

    JLIN will process all the information and he and his agent will make the best decision. I predict JLIN’s fans will approve of whatever he chooses.

  • CJSHYY

    Ya! After saw this… I thought he will not return…

    https://twitter.com/rodboone/status/727161154817019904

  • Chris B.

    Don’t mind him going anywhere except Lakers, Rox, Hornets, Spurs, Cavs, Clippers, Raptors, and Knicks.

  • cdblue10

    Who thinks that Lin has already a solid offer this coming FA?

  • alain gervais
  • alain gervais

    not yet its against the rules

  • alain gervais
  • cdblue10

    lol

  • cdblue10

    The hint was so obvious that everyone can read what would the Nets want to do this coming FA

  • grover chang

    I miss Lin at MSG. Best crowd in the NBA.

  • zxcvb

    My two cents:

    I think his agent has already heard from the Nets. They aren’t allowed to contact players directly, but teams can talk to agents whenever they want — no one can stop them. Adam Silver doesn’t tap every cell phone.

    MDA is serious about Houston because Brown is staying as coach. That means Lin to Philly is dead and MDA just wants any head coach job right now. It’ll probably be his last chance ever.

    Just my personal speculation though.

  • donsmacau

    At least 2 solid offers coming.

  • alain gervais

    Thats the thing.These rumors come from somewhere. Teams put rumors out. They can talk to the player but will have it in the news so the players know. Its kind of a stupid rule because people don’t really follow it but still contacting a player is a guaranteed fine.

  • kittyhead

    Kind of sad….

  • donsmacau

    Apparently everyone thinks MDA to Houston, and what if that doesn’t happen, again? MDA’s last chance ever?

  • zxcvb

    Wild card team for Lin: the Grizzlies.

    Memphis offered Lin last year and Conley could easily leave for a contender and Memphis needs to change its outdated playing style. Less post offense, more uptempo PnR attack.

    EDIT: Oops, Vogel signed with Magic, not Memphis.

  • cdblue10

    I have doubt about the 76’ers,I think the reason why MDA is entertaining offers right now is because the FO are not likely high on LIn as their PG

  • alain gervais

    Depends where conley goes

  • donsmacau

    Vogel just took the Orlando Magic job so not sure what you’re getting at.

  • cdblue10

    That’s 100% true

  • zxcvb

    Ha! Mixed that up. But the rest of my point remains. Grizz already expressed interest last year and they need to change their playing style.

  • donsmacau

    Yes, you have one perspective. MDA has entertained about 7-8 teams and Houston Rockets is the flavor of the week.

  • kittyhead

    How a ballstopper run his offense? Everything will repeat itself as what happened with Kobe.

  • cdblue10

    Grizzlies is not a bad team for him if he will go there,they will have one of the best defensive backcourt with high characters

  • zxcvb

    I think the next job he TAKES will be his last ever. Either he succeeds and that’s his long-term, final job. Or he fails and his reputation is finished. He’s 65 so he’s getting up there.

  • zxcvb

    I like Lin playing with Marc Gasol. Someone called it: “GasoLine.”

  • cdblue10

    If that’s just a smokescreen for Brown to get kick out then I will applaud them for the job well done,I highly believe though that that 76’ers will be a solid team next season no matter what they do.

  • Chris B.

    Randolph and Gasol are slow-footed bigs. Not going to work with Jeremy’s running style. They also have Lance Stephenson, Chalmers, Farmer, Tony Allen and PJ Hairston. No thank you. If they are the only team will offer a starting job, I think Jeremy should take it.

  • donsmacau

    If what you say is true then:
    a) MDA stays as Associate Head Coach for a family (Colangelos) he’s known for 35 years with a guaranteed Head Coach job in a few months time
    or
    b) MDA takes a Head Coach job with a backstabbing GM Morey and toxic team led by Harden

    Yep, that will be an interesting “final job” choice.

  • cdblue10

    Lol,that’s a good punch line.I’m salivating with Allen and Lin at the backcourt since both of them are high character players

  • freemind

    Just read this from today …maybe it’s almost done deal?
    “However, it is understood that the French player and the Hornets will
    quickly agree terms on a new deal and that could could give France
    enough time to obtain insurance for Batum and allow him to take part in
    some of the OQT games.”

  • zxcvb

    Most of those guys would be dumped or traded. Z-Bo is getting old and said he’d come off the bench. Just an option. I’m still on the BrookLin train, but who here predicted the Hornets last year?

  • cdblue10

    Randolph can be traded and they’re a lot of team out there that needs his service

  • alain gervais

    That was me and some one else i forgot. We both said it at the same time but it was referring to pau.

  • zxcvb

    I think he just really, really wants to be head coach again. To use a Lin analogy…

    Would Lin rather join the great Spurs organization with the “promise” of starting PG in 1-2 years?

    Or would Lin rather start right away at PG for a “terrible” mess of a team like the Nets or Sixers?

    Lin and most Lin fans would choose the latter.

  • JoeTeam

    The cool part is, it only matters about $ and role because Lin can take any team and make them a contender. Most non-Lin fans have no clue this is the case.

  • JoeTeam

    I like what you say here … I vote for staying put – be still.

  • real-dsb

    throwback Thursday to earlier this year =)

    https://twitter.com/jlinposts/status/733465387396784128

  • Jamie

    always dunking on the pacers

  • Jamie

    He’s not even a FA yet. I don’t think teams are even allowed to offer him anything yet

  • adele

    Praying for that Heart.🙏

  • adele

    Nets😊

  • adele

    Very true. 👍

  • Rick Johnson

    I don’t want Lin to waste his prime years waiting for the Nets to rebuild over the next 3-4 years.

  • adele

    No to rockets, CF, Morey, harden, even alexander

  • adele

    Nets. BrookLin

  • adele

    Never to both

  • Rick Johnson

    He needs some other players and a bench that can hold its own. I don’t want him playing 42-44 minutes per game like Linsanity and get injured.

  • Rick Johnson

    Exactly

  • adele

    Me!😉

  • JLin fan from Australia
  • JLin fan from Australia
  • 7Jeremiah17

    Starting lineup: Lin/Ellington/BB/Young/Brook
    They also have TRob. They just need to use their cap space to sign some backups. With a very pro-Lin coach it would be fantastic.

  • DrewBear2

    Yes. Besides, there’s no advantage in contacting a player or his agent early. The player will wait to see multiple offers in any case. How many teams called to express interest in Jeremy last year? What percentage of them followed up with real offers? Talk isn’t just cheap in this instance, it’s worthless.

  • Rick Johnson

    Hope he works on that 3pt over the summer and the new form starts working for him next season.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    In the 13 games he started, Lin shot 46% from deep. He just needs to be a starter so that he gets into a rhythm. Let’s not accept the false notion that there’s a problem with his shot.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    All I know is Lin was a free agent last summer too. He was just as available but there weren’t any rumors about the Knicks or Nets. There was no chatter in the local media about Linsanity returning to NY. This time something is up.

  • BobbyH

    Queens Library in New York City.

  • JLin fan from Australia

    mmmmmmhhhhhh All the interesting speculations….. while JLin and his family are having their fun in Iceland. Good on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    https://twitter.com/_bk_chino/status/733376279039348736

  • sws94

    KHuang wisely said, no guards can play with Harden or Kobe. The ones they like are 3 and D guys.

  • ZcodeSportSystem.com

    Agree that Brooklyn is not Manhattan..and there’s no arena like Madison Square Garden when the crowd gets into it.

    Saying all that, Lin should pick Brooklyn instead of the Knicks because of Melo and the triangle offense.

    The one caveat is Jeff Hornacek is good with PG and also likes to run a lot of PnR for his guard, so I could see him being much better for Lin than guys like Clifford.

    If lin were to sign with the Knicks, he’d have to firstly talk to Melo..The only way Lin signs is if Melo lobby him…If there’s no sense what Melo thinks of Lin coming back, he should stay away.

    I’ve always felt Melo and Lin could make it work if Melo could let Lin do his thing..They could run PnR and I could see it working.

  • JLin fan from Australia
  • takeme2cruz

    When a bench player saved the team from 0-2 to beat the Heat 3 straight games, the league pay notice.

  • John Focker

    Sure. Do you post there too, if so what’s your handle? I think you know mine already from the avatar. 🙂

  • DrewBear2

    The “problem” is that Jeremy is, by his own admission, in the process of refining his shooting form. I’ve always wondered if there were conflicting advice from his personal shooting coach and the Hornets’.

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  • PPP

    I did not, hard to type chinese for me. but lurking all the time. appreciate hunter.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    I know Lin can be his own worst critic. Maybe he hopes to hit shots with high efficiency even when his playing time is so unpredictable. But if starting solves the problem then he should just start.

  • 7Jeremiah17

    Too bad his stubborn coach didn’t notice.

  • rookie75094

    They are terrified of the “return of the Dragon”…hehe

  • sws94

    Overall, combination of offensive skills with scoring and facilitating and vision plus defense, LeBron is still the best player in the NBA.

  • John Focker

    Got a theory here:

    Before Bryan Colangelo took over the baton from his father in Philly, there were solid rumors of him interviewing and GETTING the GM job in Brooklyn. There were even reports saying that “Bryan Colangelo badly wanted to be hired by the Brooklyn Nets and never wanted the 76ers’ job. Bryan Colangelo wanted to avoid working in the shadow of his father amid claims of nepotism.” However, in the end, Bryan DID take the Philadelphia job after much “convincing” by Philly ranks. IIRC, at one point there were reports of Bryan being officially offered the job, but he turned it down.

    Now, this modus operandum sounds awfully similar to the current MDA to Houston rumor, one that MDA has stayed absolutely mum about, almost as if it has nothing to do with him, which may not be too far from the truth. MDA’s lack of interest is not reflective of the attitude of someone who’s desperate for a particular position.

    After being screwed over by both NY AND LA, MDA is none the wiser on how to gauge the situation and who to trust. Him and Jerry Colangelo had a very successful and trusting professional relationship. It makes ZERO sense for Jerry to bring MDA to Philly to JUST be an associate coach…JUST to have his own son replaces the GM…and then DUMP MDA like a stinking sock. That would be too cold-blooded, even for a stranger, and bordering impossible for a thing that Jerry would do to MDA.

    Additionally, Philly never fired Hinkie, they kind of “promoted” him out of the way. Hinkie saw the writing on the wall and left on his own accord. Now one sees Bryan flying to Europe to scout players with Brown tagging along, which looks a lot like the duties of an admin assistant (rather than HC) to me. Philly may pull the same trick with Brown, not by firing him (which would draw heat), but by moving him to an CXO of basketball operations or something to make way for MDA becoming HC.

    The methods of driving up value, first with Bryan and possibly now with MDA via Houston rumors, along with the resemblance in methodology of driving Hinkie out and subtle change in Brown role, I’d say MDA is still much alive in Philly.

    Obviously this is all conjecture, but it’s what makes logical sense to me, and it’s why I tend to believe MDA will become HC in Philly, just a matter of timing. After all, Bryan already has to deal with some nepotism heat, and is treading thin ice, he’s gotta handle things the right way AND at the appropriate time.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    oh man. i thought, finally, sws94 saying something nice about Lin. but yeah, agreed about LeBron. he’s like Lin but much bigger

  • John Focker

    Hunter, chenqian0536, Mittermeyer, Joanna, Dannyang and company are all VERY knowledgeable and contribute greatly. Joseph Chao is very good at analysis, but a lot of time his analyses only apply to “normal” circumstances, which Jeremy rarely seems to be under.

  • DX

    Actually, he must noticed after 3 wins, but he didn’t trust or fully believe what he saw. Or he did plan for next season instead get into 2nd round.

  • sws94

    Um, I say a lot of nice things about Lin!

  • takeme2cruz

    She did say many things good about Lin as a backup player, that’s pretty much it.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    oh right, i forgot. you do throw a bone his way once in a while. you’re not a hater but a doubter. lol. it’s all good

  • 7Jeremiah17

    But he’s not being dumped like a stinking sock. He can stay in Philly as Assoc. HC or he can take his stinking sock to Roxland.

  • Renmei

    There is a verified Hornets ball boy doing an AMA on r/nba. It’s not all that interesting tbh but he says that the nicest Hornets players and JLin and Kemba, and that Frank kinda a cocky a-hole. Lin being a good guy shouldn’t surprise anyone. https://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/4k5gx6/im_a_current_nba_ball_boy_ama_with_proof/

    right2pandaarms 16 points 3 hours ago
    Who is your favorite Hornet?

    [–]ClassicEclipse [S] 99 points 3 hours ago
    Kemba or Jlin

    [–][LAL] Metta World PeaceWalrusInMySheets 9 points an hour ago
    Ah the classic debate

    [–]r-u_ok 2 points 12 minutes ago

    Is jlin as chilled as he seems on TV?

    =============

    Cavaliers Bandwagoncowboysfan88 12 points 3 hours ago
    Who is your favorite player on the Hornets and why is it Jeremy Lin?
    (Ignore my bandwagon I’m a Hornets fan)

    [–]ClassicEclipse [S] 34 points 2 hours ago
    He’s super nice

  • takeme2cruz

    Sws is one of the biggest cheerleader for Lin……..for 6th man.

  • sws94

    Lowry is at best inconsistent. He’s had 2 strong games scoring over 30 but most games he’s been awful. Including tonight and the early game. DeRozan has been not up to par, but not as much as Lowry. He doesn’t look like an all-star to me.

  • sws94

    Are you both done now? I hope so. smh.

  • takeme2cruz

    Slow news, just have a little fun. No offend I hope. We’re all Lin fans here.

  • sws94

    Take a look at this. Hope you enjoy it.

  • takeme2cruz

    Ha ha ha, there you go. I like that…….but best fit for Kemba.

  • takeme2cruz

    He’s very much like Kemba, high volume and long range shooting. If they had good night they’re unstoppable. But that never fear anyone defense.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    cluthfans faints

  • sws94

    Wish the Spurs would go back to this.

  • sws94

    Different style of player. Kemba is like Kyrie, but not as good. I’m not sure why Lowry is an all-star. I guess he makes bad shots enough that his stats support that. But get him into the playoffs, and he’s mostly ineffective.

  • Jamie

    Lowry is a good player but not a great one

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    too old. they need a prime Tony Parker to open up the floor so the ball can swing. without that, Ginobili can’t do the things he did in the highlights

  • Jamie

    not at all, Lowry plays D

  • sws94

    He’s a poor player in the playoffs unfortunately.

  • takeme2cruz

    you are right,but just talk about offense.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    kemba, rose, kyrie, lowry, lawson, bledsoe, teague, knight.. all the same. shoot first point guards

  • Jamie

    Or you know, get a new PG. Lin is prolly better at that than Conley but oh well
    Lin is more athletic and versatile than Conley

  • Jamie

    Yep he cant get to that next level
    its sad but i have his jersey..oh well

  • sws94

    Teague isn’t shoot first.

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    Lin would fit the Spurs like a glove if he’s their starting point guard. but im affraid sws94 is thinking more in the line of backup Tony Parker. lol

  • sws94

    Seems like a nice guy, right?

  • fungch1218

    Some Lin fans still can’t accept MDA won’t be the Sixers HC. SMH

  • Jamie

    Lowry is more willing to share the ball he actually passes but still makes poor decisions
    Kemba is more like DeRosan just putting up stupid shots
    Passing is not an option for Kemba
    He’s a cancer when he leads the offense

  • Jamie

    Well, better than DeRosan and it was on sale

  • your son’s legendary voltaire

    they have an excellent coach is able to reel him in

  • fungch1218

    Sixers is gone.
    But good news is, the Knicks give up the silly triangle and they may want Lin now.

  • sws94

    Ginobili can’t do the things in the highlights anyway. He’s done. He needs to retire. But the Spurs need to find younger players who can move the ball. LMA is a post-up ball stopper and Kawhi doesn’t like the role of one-on-one player. Really, they could use Lin a lot to bring in his brand of what Ginobili used to do. But, if not Lin, then players like Schroder who can dribble-penetrate and they could teach him how to pass out of it better.

  • sws94

    GInobili role. That’s not backup Tony Parker. You don’t know what Ginobili did for that team. He was part of the big 3 and some say the most exciting part.

  • Maknusia

    I dont mind…once in a while we lighten up in our posting with pun….but lets not make the postings as a poking fun at sws…. 😉

  • sws94

    Maybe by the end of the week or early next week.

  • sws94

    A few. But what happens happens. We can talk like what we want to happen will happen but it seldom does.

  • Jamie

    yah but i dont think popovich will be a good coach for Lin for some reason
    If Lin goes to there, he better start over TP or any PG
    I wouldnt mind Lin as 6th man on a contending team who has a very good PG like Curry, CP3 and guaranteed 30+mins a game
    otherwise im tired of Lin waiting at the score table for ages because ref refuses to call fouls
    its frustrating

  • sws94

    Kemba does pass sometimes, if you look at the highlights. And sometimes to Lin. He’s opening that up a little. But he has a long way to go. Wall and Westbrook used to play like Kemba but they’ve grown and now make more assists. Maybe Kemba can grow too, maybe not. In 2 years I hope he does because that will improve his game and help his team. And since Lin says he’s a good guy, I wish him well.

  • Jamie

    Not on the spurs now
    He should start over any PG there
    but the team is moving towards LMA/Leonard iso so idk

  • sws94

    LMA wasn’t the right direction. Leonard is terrific and still developing his offensive game. But they need a penetrating, fast player. They had 2. Now one has slowed down and the other just can’t do that much anymore because he’s too old and worn down.