Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2nd Miracle

After soaking everything in over the All-Star break, I'm even more amazed on how it all worked out. Since Linsanity, it seems we've been on a downhill roller coaster ride.

First JLin signs with Houston and he could be the man! No, they sign James Harden. After 2 mediocre years, he is shipped off to the Lakers who are in full Kobe tour mode. With one of the worst coaches I believe in NBA history, BScott, Jeremy struggles as he shares playing time with journeyman Ronnie Price. That was a tough tough year.

Then he signs with who? The Charlotte Hornets. He emerges as a top 6th man earning himself a starting position with the Brooklyn Nets the following season. Injured at the end of his first year there, the Nets go out and sign DeAngelo Russell. Jeremy looks like he is ready to go at the start of his second season as a starter with the Nets but an awful knee injury in his first game derails everything.

At that point, I'm not sure if he'll ever be the same player again. Then he gets shipped to one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Hawks. He is there only to be a mentor to their top draft pick, Trae Young. His year of rehab in Canada really pays off as he seems to round into shape in November, and starts looking like the old Jeremy and even improved in many ways. But it looks like he stuck there until the end of the season when he becomes a free agent.

But then something amazing happens! The Hawks, who are trying to build a team the right way, show amazing grace in giving Jeremy his wish to be bought out and go to a contender. They give him his full salary less what the Raptors can pay him which is around 700k. Yes, he is going to the Toronto Raptors! A team with great vets in Gasol, Green, Ibaka, and Lowry; A superstar and NBA Champion in Kawhi Leonard; young athletes in Siakam and OG. This team plays the right way, a perfect fit. He will get 25-30 minutes in the next 12 games or so to show everyone what we all already know. This going to be so much fun! I can't wait! What else can we ask for? Can we get to the Chip?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Strong Debut for JLin as a Raptor!

Great way to start off this next chapter for Jeremy! A very strong game especially defensively for Jeremy in 25 minutes. Finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block in the Raptors 129-120 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Must see postgame interview:

Raptors vs Wizards Game Thread

Here We Go!!

Also, forgot to add that Raptors GM Bobby Webster, (he is the guy in the background at the signing) who I believe is the youngest GM in the league, is a Hapa kid from Hawaii. He knows Asian ballers well. His high school teammate on the Iolani 2003 State Championship team, Derrick Low, was one of the few Asian American D1 ballers ever at Washington State.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Next Chapter ....!!!!

Man, you can't make this stuff up! Not even the great Novelist Nathan Gottlieb could have written a better script. Coming back from a possible career ending injury, Jeremy started this season off slow in October. Just when I started to doubt if he would ever be himself again, he exploded with an amazing November where he shot 56% from the field 48% from 3 and 84% from the line. However, his play started to taper off as Trae began to find his way. JLin's minutes were scattered and uneven as he played caddie to the upstart for the next 3 grueling months.

With the trade deadline approaching in early February, I was hopeful but realistic knowing that Jeremy would be hard to move with his contract of over 13 Million. After the deadline passed, I was content to see JLin suck it up and finish off the season, thinking at least he's healthy and lets see where he lands next season. Not in my wildest dreams could I imagine what would happen next. Like with the Knicks, things just fell into place with some divine intervention from the Man above.

First and probably the biggest piece of the puzzle was the injury to Fred VanVleet, the Toronto Raptors backup point guard who at times has also started together in the backcourt with Kyle Lowry. Out 3 weeks before being evaluated, this could turn out to be much longer. Next, playing the right way (not playing for stats), treating his team and teammates well as always, the Hawks reciprocated and gave Jeremy the buyout he and his agents were looking for. Lastly, leaving money on the table means nothing to Jeremy who as he states, has big and unfinished dreams and lots left in the tank!

These next few months will be so exciting as Jeremy gets his chance to play on a Championship caliber team that will do whatever it takes to win. A deep playoff run with Jeremy in the mix is the kind of big dreams that he is talking about. I'm sure we will all see a renewed and energized Jeremy that will probably shock many who have not followed him closely. This is the beginning of the next Chapter of this amazing story and hold on as here we go!!!