Sunday, January 9, 2011

Jeremy Lin To Participate In D League Showcase

According to a Matt Steinmetz's tweet, it looks like JLin will be back with the Reno Bighorns this week. Here is the schedule for his Showcase games at South Padre Island, Texas:

Wednesday 1/12/11 2:30pm ET Reno vs Maine on NBA TV
Thursday 1/13/11 2:45pm ET Reno vs Sioux City on NBA TV

This is a very important event, as scouts from all 30 NBA teams will be in attendance. With Jeremy's future with the Warriors seemingly in doubt, it's imperative that he performs well. It's clear that Coach Smart isn't sure if Jeremy Lin is an NBA caliber player. I have watched every single minute of all of his NBA games and D League games. To me, Jeremy's defense is above the NBA ready level. He is leading the whole NBA in steals per 48 minutes and blocks per 48 minutes (all guards), even in limited minutes. This backs up what I can see with my own eyes. I believe that offensively, he is not quite at a legit NBA level yet. His ball handling as well as his decision making needs to improve. These two things can be worked on during the season and in the off season. In my mind, he is not too far off but just needs the opportunity to work and improve his game at the pro level. I believe that Joe Lacob and his son see this. It will be very interesting to see how the rest of this season unfolds.

47 comments:

  1. nice! we get to see lin on futurecast, i rather have him on d league and have him play on big horn then wait to see if he suit up for the warriors.

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  2. I feel kind of bad for Lin getting the yo-yo and especially because it seems like he did not enjoy himself in the D-league, but I really think this is way better than wearing jeans and a blazer (I thought the NBA required a suit and tie) during games. There is no substitute for real game time to work on several aspects of his game. I look forward to watching him play and improve.

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  3. Don't know what the W's coaching staff, K. Smart is thinking. J. Lin has proved he can mix it up out on the courts if given a chance. For sure he can't do worse than what Smart is putting out there in Acie Law presently. J. Lin has more energy and he just needs to learn to contain that energy and pace himself. The W's coaching staff need to give him a chance to play and NOT bench him after 2-3 minutes or when he makes a mistake. Be smart Smart and play J. Lin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Lin must wait his turn to get on the W's 12 man roster. This will most likely happen in the event of an injury. Need to emphasize I'm not hoping anyone gets hurt, but it is a part of the game and it happens.

    In the meantime, the Showcase is a good move. I only regret he didn't play a couple more games rather than sitting on the bench.

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  5. i'm hoping keith smart pulls a goin inury

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  6. I think that was a very good and unbiased post. Glad Lin will get a chance to showcase his skills and potential.

    I'm sorry to read that Lin didn't enjoy his D-League time, but I hope he uses that as motivation to prove the doubters wrong, as he has at every previous level.

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  7. i have to say i love watching lin on the future cast. Hopefully he plays well despite not playing with the bighorns for a couple weeks.
    'Going back to the DLeague tmrw. Gotta work hard, get better and have peace/comfort in God's grace and perfect will! Romans 5:3-5.'-jeremys twitter

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  8. The fact that he's already a GREAT (not just good, but great) defensive guard and a not 100% crappy offensive guard is enough reason for the Dubs to play him.

    But Smart and Riley don't like him. So unless those guys are fired (which is 50/50 at this point), JL will never get a fair chance. Sometimes you need to a change of scenery...Lakers and Knicks would be a good fit. Funny -- Donnie Nelson was right after all. Lin isn't ready for the NBA. Not because he isn't good enough, but because he needs to be better than good to get a real shot.

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  9. im not sure lin fans should boast hes a GREAT defender, remember hes only defended bench players and d -leaguers. Sure his stats per 48 min is nice, but in all honesty the sample size taken is not great

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  10. @4:41 AM. that's not accurate. he proved over and over to be a great defender BEFORE being sent to the dleague.

    i don't understand how anyone can say lin is "not ready". most rookies who are not ready usually get burned on the defensive end and are a defensive liability that's why coaches pull them. but not the warrior's coach. smart is a moron who only values scoring abilities. a good coach would want their rookie point guards to play great defense and drive to the lane and draw fouls, not someone who shoots from the outside and plays no defense! what in the world is wrong with this coach!?

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  11. Sadly, I suspect it is internal politics because Law is apparently good friends with Ellis and Smart from his previous stint with Warriors, and perhaps Lin is too overtly public with his deep faith and looking down on the NBA lifestyle, as he put it (?)

    Gotta wonder if Lin stays in the D League until Warriors are officially out of playoff hunt (probably won't be too far off), then gets pulled up on orders from owners who tell Smart and Riley that they must develop young players in Edoh and Lin and that Smart and Riley are going to be replaced, along with all remaining vestiges of previous owner group (hopefully that means Monta gets traded, too) and organization builds around Curry.

    Monta is a spectacular scorer, but I don't know if he really helps you win many meaningful games.

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  12. Lin has much room for development, but he is definitely one of the better "help" defenders in the league already. He also tries on defense which isn't something all players will do. Every "b" team middle school coach shows their players how to stand so that they "see" the opposing player and where the ball is simultaneously. It's amazing how often players like Law and Dorell Wright get beaten because they don't maintain this fundamental. Lin maintains good court vision.

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  13. My prediction is that either Monta or Curry will be traded to upgrade another position. It's clear that the Warriors are not a winning team with current roster.

    It's hard to tell anything from the D-League games I've watched. Sometimes it looks like a pick-up game. I'd like to see Jeremy run a set offense. Pick and roll. Sometimes he drives and should dish the ball off. Not sure if anyone is cutting to the basket or if Jeremy doesn't see them, or can't make that pass.

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  14. It may very well be that Lin is more suited to being a Combo Guard, than a pure point guard. This seems especially true when he plays in the d-league. Nevertheless, it's a good time to work on ball handling, passing, distribution, etc. At the risk of sounding redundant, the Showcase is a good spot to attract the attention of another team in need of this type of player. And so the story continues..

    It is a lot better to be able to follow his progress on Futurecast isn't it?

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  15. At least he is playing. But I think Keith Smart, and Larry Riley will be out of a job next year. As long as there is a CBA in place. Why pay a coach if you aren't even certain if there will be a league next year.

    I am just glad to see we can see jeremy lin play again. It's been brutal trying to watch the warriors. Especially that clipper game. Lin should have had a chance to play that game. And why does Law come in before Williams?

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  16. anyone know what happen to aaron miles? hes not even on the roster no more, i wonder if hes ok?

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  17. Aaron miles got a knee injury and was replaced on the roster by someone else. Not certain what will happen with him now.

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  18. head ups on lin future game it will not be on futurecast, but on nba tv instesd. that kinda suks cuz i was looking forward to it, anyone knows any other way to watch it?

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  19. Here's a Patrick Ewing, Jr interview on NBAtv's D-League Central. Pattrick was asked about Aaron's injury, JLin's game, and the new guard signed by the Bighorns:

    http://www.nba.com/dleague/video/2011/01/07/20110107_dleague_ewing_phoner.nba/index.html

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  20. Thanks C Dub for the link. Nice interview. Jr. had some nice things to say about Lin. I like the part about his skepticism of Lin's game and then seeing it for himself. Hopefully he can keep making believers out of folks.

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  21. C Dub, can't see the Ewing interview link; can you repost?

    Anyone going to post clips (or a download) of the Showcase games on Wed and Thur?

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  22. Patrick Ewing Jr. said Lin had great court vision.

    Perhaps this is what Donnie Nelson was possibly hoping to develop a few years down the road (at least the ability to dish creatively off the drive):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3_w0taTPYg

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  23. Another interesting article and video on "great court vision":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3_w0taTPYg

    NBA scouts are concerned that Rubio lacks the foot speed to stay in front of fast, physical guards, but he does have a knack for stealing the ball. Having a 6-foot-9 wingspan on his 6-foot-3 body aids in that manner, for sure, but such thievery primarily flows from his ability to recognize visual cues and anticipate the next move of an attacker. So it's not just a talent that can be employed on the offensive end, though that's where a player like Rubio, with the ball in his hands, can have the greatest impact.


    "If he was 29 years old I don't think there would be nearly the hype that there is, but I think everyone understands the age, and then it's the fantastic play," says former NBA coach Eric Musselman. "He makes plays only four or five guys in the world can make."


    David Kahn remains bullish on Rubio's NBA potential. The Minnesota Timberwolves' general manager, who drafted Rubio fifth overall in 2009, expects him to flourish in the kind of offense Kahn hopes to have in place by the time Rubio jumps to the NBA, which could come as soon as next year. Kahn imagines lots of ball movement and player movement, with a certain floppy-haired Spaniard bringing order to the chaos in the tradition of a pure point guard.

    "In that system, he'll be a beautiful organizer," Kahn says.


    May also explain why he didn't excel at 3 on 3 drills during pre-draft workouts and why I think I remember him commenting on how he preferred getting to play in 5 on 5 situations.

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  24. Correct link for above post:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=5797316

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  25. The brain can process only so many data points at once -- think about the challenge of memorizing a 10-digit phone number -- so the next step is instantly recognizing which data to disregard.

    "Yes," says Damien Farrow, an Australian Institute of Sports scientist who is a world leader in court-vision research, "there is a lot of information that can be considered and processed in these situations. However, typically the elite guys like Rubio don't get bogged down with all that information. -->> ** Through practice and experience, they know how to filter the information and attend to only the most critical." ** <<--

    That guy on the wing who's open for a 3 but can't shoot the 3? Dead data. Instead, Rubio dials into the opportunity that presents itself at the top of the key, if that forward can lose his man on the pick. And he has backup options, each of them rising and falling in order of priority each fraction of a second. It's all about "situational probability," a relentless calculus that establishes expectations of likely events as they unfold. Here, long-term memory, the ability to recall successful patterns, is critical.

    So, too, is the ability to "chunk" the most relevant information into manageable units. It's a way of bundling data so that it can be processed efficiently. "In terms of chess and basketball, the exact same things likely happen," Vint says. "Chess masters 'chunk' entire patterns of pieces on the board rather than recall them as individual units." In basketball, these patterns merely play out, and are recognized, at hyper-drive speed.

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  26. the court version is good and it make game fun to watch. But with W. Most of the time, Monte demand the ball. It become one man show. All others are just ready to catch and shoot if Monte chose to pass. Most of time, Monte own the ball and attach the basketball or shoot by himself.

    Yesterday to clipper, Monte is 4-19 and for some reason curry is 2-13 then W lose the game. I expect this will happen again and again. I was wonder why W signed Dlee with his 10+ million a season and not able to leverage his skill.

    Correct me if I was wrong

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  27. Reno Bighorns: Aaron Miles waived due to injury

    http://www.rgj.com/article/20110110/SPORTS10/110110030/1018/SPORTS

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  28. That is really sad about Miles. I hope he gets better and comes back soon.

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  29. Yeah, too bad about Miles. Hope things work out for him.

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  30. wow, i commented in a previous post how i sort of hoped miles would get injured, now i feel really bad =/

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  31. Interesting sidelight: Jeff Adrien playing in the d-league Showcase. He had 30 points and 12 rebounds. http://www.nba.com/dleague/video/originals/
    This could just be a reflection of the difference between d-league and the big show.

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  32. Btw, I'm not sure if you can watch the showcase games live since they are on NBA tv, but it looks like at least after the game they are available to watch on the FutureCast archives. The showcase games played today are available.

    I don't like watching it live anyway. I like being able to jump ahead to when Lin is back in the game and skip over the commercials.

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  33. naka me chi doe mangJanuary 10, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    u cannot watch it on the futurecast archive, i repeat u cannot watch it. i already tried to watch it and it said blackout on it.

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  34. miles tore his acl. I feel bad for the guy, he is talented and deserves a shot at the nba too.

    http://www2.kusports.com/news/2011/jan/08/gary-bedores-notebook-mario-little-travel-team-mic/
    (last paragraph)

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  35. the real reason why miles was cut is because he is an undersized pg at 6'0" w/out shoes. the injury just excelled the inevitable. nba teams will not take the time to develop players who are already at a huge disadvantage at their respective positions unless these players possess extraordinary skill sets. charles barkley is a prime example of someone who possess multiple above average skill sets for someone who is deemed "too small" for his position. he can shoot the 3's, is athletic, has post up moves, and of course he is a rebounding machine, thus "round mound of rebound". it is unfortunate for miles but life will go on for him in other leagues. adrien is in the same boat.

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  36. @naka:
    You are correct. My bad. I just checked the broadcast schedule and the ones not marked "NBA TV" are the only ones you can watch.

    Well that sucks. Hopefully it will be on atdhe.net.

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  37. Just watched an interview of Smart on CSNBA where he explained Acie Law is the key to his 8 man rotation. Now that I know his strategy, the results will be interesting to watch.

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  38. Yes, look how quickly leads evaporate when Law is in the game; by the end of the game, starters have to always dig out of a bigger hole from when he entered game.

    Ellis wants the ball anyways, so why can't Lin just run up court to spot far from Ellis behind 3 point line in corner just like Law does. At least with Lin you get good on ball and help defense, some rebounds and tipped balls, and occasional steal or block.

    When Lin leaves game, sometimes they have closed gap if they are losing, but most of the time he seems to be + / - 2 from where he entered, with no - 19 games like Law had.

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  39. W does not PG because Monte is PG/SG. Every others just wait for Monte for next move.

    You can see curry's assist will done to 5 or 6. I think Monte want to be the KB of Laker.

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  40. I mean will down to 5 or 6

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  41. the dates are wrong isnt 1/11 tuesday and 1/12 wedesnday? just sayin.

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  42. naka me chi doe mangJanuary 11, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    lin jersey t-shirts for $15 only till midnight a warriors store, so ya betta jump on cuz its selling like hotcake.

    http://www.warriorsteamstore.com/categories-tuesday.html

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  43. Can anyone check and see if current Maine Red Claws game is being streamed by http://www.thebigjab.com ?

    I am on a Mac right now and Listen Live doesn't seem to be working.

    The Maine Red Claws play the Reno Big Horns tomorrow, but game is on NBA TV.

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  44. @ anon 3:27
    game is being streamed on futurecast, couldn't find it on your link

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  45. yeah, the dates are wrong on this post. It should be Wed 1/12 vs Maine and Thur 1/13 vs Sioux Falls.
    http://www.nba.com/dleague/reno/schedule/index.html

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  46. Okay, now I am a little confused. The broadcast schedule for today's games had two listed as NBA TV but right now you can watch all four of the games (including the NBA TV games) on the FutureCast archives. So maybe there is some hope that we can watch tomorrow's game on FC.

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