Saturday, January 22, 2011

Reno @ Iowa 5pm Sat.

Jeremy and the Reno Bighorns will be playing a back to back against one of the better teams in the D-League, the Iowa Energy. They have a number of guys who've had stints in the NBA, most notably Kyle Weaver who was in OKC rotation the past few years. Also on the team, Phoenix's 2nd round pick of this year, Gani Lawal. To watch it live on NBA Futurecast, click on link at the right of this post.

Sat Reno @ Iowa 5pm
Sun Reno @ Iowa 2pm


120 comments:

  1. In all honesty I think Keith smart is racist.we all know Jeremy has the skills already.he's proved it game after game in the dleague.if you send ac law to the dleague do you honestly think he can put up 20 points per game?? Jeremy Lin is far better than most of the bench players on the warriors..bottom line.if Jeremy was white or black he'd still be on the warriors..maybe not even on the bench but actually on the court. It's sad.

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  2. bleh. once again smart is NOT racist. he is just out for him and his. law was part of the warriors last year and they are buddies.. law, smart and monta. law sucks, everybody know it but he clicks with them. it's all politics.

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  3. I think Smart may not like Lin (jealous?) because Lin has had more opportunities than him as a basketball player (e. g. he seems to relate more to career scrubs like Acie Law and Vladmir Radmanovich), but I believe calling Smart a racist is really, really over-reaching.

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  4. Smart is NOT a racist. Smart is a rookie coach who is desperately trying to prove himself. He wants guys who can score and razzle/dazzle. He does seem to like Law and both are African-Americans. If there is a subjective preference because of commonality of their race, then it is what is is. On the flip side Jeremy's fans who are Asians who want him to do well (me included) because he is Asian are not racists either. We are just proud to see JLin succeed. Simple as that. Last time I delved into this, some joker started throwing insults and my comment got pulled.

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  5. Jeremy lin's weakness:

    1. Free throw percentage is down compare to college. He is shooting below 70% in d-league right now. He can add 5 points to his PPG avcrage if he get solid behind the freethrow line.
    SOMEONE PLEASE TELL Jeremy Lin TO WORK ON THIS IF YOU KNOW HOW TO GET HOLD OF HIM. !!
    I been watching his game and everytime I see him behind the freethrow line he irks me that he is practicing his free throws. If he is, i cant see the improvement. It still sucks.

    2. His shooting:
    He needs to be able to hit clutch shots. His last game, he had 2 opportunities to win the game and he missed them both and they lost the game.

    3. He needs to work on his dribble. I sometimes see him losing the ball too often when people are contesting his drive.

    4. He needs to watch some steve nash and rajon films on how they drive to the basket and how they get the balls to other players in their team. He should watch their game and see if he can utilize some of their techniques.

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  6. LOL Keith Smart racist? yeah that's it. Lacob wanted Lin on the team and if Smart was really racist then he would have been fired already. For whatever reason, Smart did not want to play Lin consistent minutes...maybe he doesn't think Lin's ready, maybe Smart is a rookie coach that makes poor decisions about his basketball players, but racist? Claims like that maybe Jeremy Lin fanboys look really bad.

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  7. I hope he shows he is worth playing in the NBA tonight because last game in the crucial minutes he missed some important shots and caused bad fouls. JLin did well against the bad and decent teams but the best team(Tulsa 66) showed that JLin definitely has room for improvement if he wants to make it in the NBA.

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  8. Come on, people. Smart is not a racist. Based on the performance of both players at the NBA level, playing Acie Law over JLin is an obvious choice for a rookie coach. The coach is primarily being judged on how well he can win. Developing young players is low on his priority for the time being. Law doesn't contribute a lot of tangibles, but he doesn't commit turn-overs. I don't like the decision but I can see why Smart did it.

    Don't forget that Curry is also very young and inexperienced. To have a developing rookie PG relieve a 2nd year PG is not ideal for any coach in the league.

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  9. missed first couple of minutes of the game, how come lins not in?

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  10. ugh, lin gets stripped of the ball in his first possesion back in the game

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  11. Reno started out ice cold - down 11-0 in a hurry. Musselman put Stoudamire in for energy and some 3's.

    Yeah I think Iowa's scouting says Lin can be forced into errors off the dribble. They are attacking him on D.

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  12. bad turnovers by lin ;/

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  13. man, i would hate to play with lin as his team mate. he rips the ball off his own team mates, i've seen it twice! lol. also, he always tells you what to do. but that's a good thing for him because it shows that he is so COMPETITIVE

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  14. lol so is smart racist against udoh too?

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  15. lin is so intense in this game. wants to be everywhere, do everything. 2 nice steals.

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  16. free throws...need to work on that like everyone said

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  17. freeee throoowws...hes gotta make them

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  18. Nice steals and drive by Lin.

    Lin can never knock down his second free throw though. It must be so frustrating for him. He need to work on those free throws until they become automatic for him because he is thinking too much when shooting them

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  19. wow JLin did some great steals redeeming his 1st quarter TOs but his FTs are soo bad. I think he needs to take some time and practice shooting FTs all day because 500% FT shooting is pretty bad.

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  20. free throws.. who cares. he can shoot them. it's not his priority right now. he's doing everything else

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  21. He is 2 for 4 from the free throw line..

    DOESNT HE FREakin know that free throws are important down the stretch and is critical part of the game. God dammit..!!

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  22. anyone elses stream choppy?

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  23. does a dleague win matter? no
    does working on his jumpers and point guard plays matter? yes

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  24. Iowa has a pretty good turnout in terms of the crowd

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  25. ease up on the kid, he's a hard working player and I'm sure he knows he has to shoot free throws and I'm sure he reads this site. it's not helping his mental game for everyone to keep hammering it. he'll get them better.

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  26. wonder if missing those game winning shots the last game has resulted in a slight crisis of confidence for jlin

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  27. Coach yelled at Lin and benched him. Wonder what happened.../

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  28. Lin looked better starting second half.

    I think a lot of the ugly Reno offense is the other starters trying to integrate O'Bryant into offense. O'Bryant really looks like he is hurting them now. Probably still need to integrate him, otherwise team like Tulsa can turn Reno into jump shooting team (Lin could get by his player, but pulled up because of interior D of Tulsa).

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  29. Is it 70's night at the arena or something? There are some bizarre get ups in the crowd and the Iowa bench (including their head coach). Is that how people in Iowa dress or what?

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  30. i starting to really like the dleague, it's so comical. especially the rules. you see guys knocking balls out of the rim on defense and guys dunking shots that going in. lol. today's game is hilarious. especially lin. he rips the ball away from his teammate. he relentlessly attacks the lane no matter what. he falls down and takes his time tying his shoelaces while the ball is in play. he throws an ally-oop off the backboard. he coaches all his teammates. did i miss anything else?

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  31. these announcers are vastly superior to the reno announcers. just saying

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  32. Did they pick those cheerleaders off the street or something?

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  33. no it's 70's night, i think.

    another thing i've been noticing is ewing grabbing lin's jersey and throws him at the defender. that happened at least twice in these dleague games. hilarious.

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  34. they just said it's 70's night and there are about 7k people in attendance. wow

    lin got lots of rest thanks to the shotclock malfunctioning. lin with lots of energy in reserved means trouble for everybody. no one (and not even his teammate) can keep up with his energy. lol

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  35. 8391 in attendance tonight (commentators said Iowa often gets highest attendance. I did google search before and sounds like they average 5000).

    O'Bryant is painful to watch out there. Reno probably does need him eventually so they are not just an outside shooting team if Lin can't drive to basket, but O'Braynt might as well be on Iowa team way he is hurting Reno.

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  36. What a block by Lin. Block of the game!!!

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  37. I agree, they should take out O'Bryant but theres not much to replace him with. JLin's shots aren't great but his layouts are awesome. I think JLin needs to work on his shooting so the team can rely on him in the last minute for the points.

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  38. lol. so many rebounds and missed shots on that one possession. highly entertaining game

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  39. tight game. great experience for lin. hope he gets the last shot again.

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  40. WTF PATRICK EWING...

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  41. Yes, blow outs are nice, but Lin playing against good teams, making some mistakes, but adjusting and improving is probably better for his development.

    Still keeps missing 1 out of 2 free throws in fourth quarter, which is a problem for someone who is not athletic enough to finish like Monta around the rim.

    Is it fatigue leading to a lapse in concentration?

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  42. decent statline for lin today
    16 pts 8 reb 8 ast 6 stl 1 blk 4 to

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  45. now at least we all know what d-l is like & why PE jr is where he is while his dad is a hof. without outside shot, JL clearly is not nba ready.

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  46. In NBA, Jlin will need enough of a consistent jumper so defender sags away from him on D, and also so defender doesn't sag off like 8 ft. from him and just play for drive or pass (like what Lakers did to Ricky Rubio in exhibition game after Rubio performed really well in Olympics).

    Lin wouldn't be taking final shot in NBA game, would just need to play good D and be able to penetrate to break down defense and open good shot for another teammate.

    Tonight's game was particularly ugly because Musselman really looks like he is trying to integrate O'Bryant into offense.

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  47. Another game that proves J-Lin NEEDS to stay in d-league. I think the reason why he misses his FT and have a bad FG% lately is because he lacks confidence. When the defense puts pressure on him his dribbles are sloppy and when the score is tight, he can't hit his jumpers. If he can't beat and comfortably play against D-League scrubs, he's not ready for the NBA.

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  48. It might not hurt Jeremy's game if he went to Europe next year...

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  49. Love how so many are quick to offer "advice" when they have not even stepped out there on the court and played under similar expectations. Lay off the guy. He IS AN UNDRAFTED ROOKIE. He need to improve his free throws. Way to state the obvious. I'm sure that a guy who went to Harvard can figure out that much on his own without someone having to contact this coaching staff. LOL

    Jeremy is a work in progress but I love the guy.

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  50. if he REALLY wants to hit those ft's he could not. it's not like he is shaq or biedrens who obviously NEED to practice shooting ft's. it's jut not lin's top priority, and neither is winning games in the dleague. his priority is to improve on his jumpers, going left, and running the offense. don't you guys understand that? funny how some people are taking games in the dleague seriously.. just like the warriors fans taking every game serious when they are obviously out of the playoffs race. just plain stupid.

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  51. Not sure how many Warriors fans here but an interesting note: Patrick O'Bryant is a former Warrior. Mullin drafted him but he never panned out.

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  52. Regarding the free throw shooting, it isn't just the winning and losing, it is how it reflects on his stats. 67% FT shooting for a guy whose game is driving the lane (and getting fouls) doesn't look good to teams scouting him. Then there is simply the points he isn't putting on his average.

    I agree that he has bigger things to work on, but it is a little glaring when you watch him play.

    Also, maybe he needs a better pair of shoes, he was doing the splits a lot in this last game that resulted in a couple turnovers.

    Overall, tonight's game was frustrating to watch. Mostly because of Lin's teammates like "Frying-Pan-Hands" O'Bryant and "I-have-very-little-idea-what-I-am-doing" Ewing Jr.

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  53. Also just noticed that Acie Law was inactive for tonight's W's game against the Clippers. Marcus Thompson tweeted that it was because of knee pain. I hope he gets better as I don't want to see Lin get yo-yo'd again.

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  54. anon 9;57
    were not taking digs at lin when we say free throw shooting needs to improve. Its simply constructive criticism. We may have high expectations of an undrafted rookie out of harvard but it is because we want him to be great.
    On lins game today, after that 1st quarter where he had a couple turnovers he looked really solid, he was driving and dishing and playing really good defense. I still reckon his handle is a bit sloppy, saw him fumble a few times and was lucky not to get the ball turned over, but again just a bit of constructive criticism.

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  55. well, i'm not fretting over his missed ft's. and i don't think he is too concerned about any scouts at this point. he said it himself at the showcase games that he plays for GOD and not for anyone else (when asked about the scouts in attendance). he's a smart kid and i think he knows that he is good enough to play not only for the warriors but for many other teams as well. he is concentrating on his immediate needs right now so that when (not if) he plays in the nba again, he will perform at his potential

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  56. constructive criticism is great and all but again, i don't see the point. it isn't like he is shaq who can benefit from a little ft practicing. lin probably have shot millions of ft's in his lifetime and makes a great portion of it. now, if you want to criticize on his inability to drive left or shoot jumpers, then fine. those are what he needs work on. not ft's or winning dleague games just because fans wants to see the team win. remember, he is on assignment to improve, not to help the bighorns win games.

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  57. I would put his FT shooting as his #5 priority on things to work on.

    1) jumpshots
    2) assists (esp interior passing on drives)
    3) going left
    4) ballhandling/turnovers
    5) free throws

    The one thing about free throws that I think gets to people is it the only thing on the list that isn't a contested event.

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  58. I wonder what happened to Richardson. If he was in the line-up I think Musselman might not have to go to O'Bryant as much. They sure could have used his scoring and rebounding tonight.

    For the first time, JLin played PG for most of his time on the floor. It's good to see him get closer to that 10 asst mark. Still too many TO's, and he'll be the first to tell you that his FT's have to be better. Yes, FT is not a problem in his game. But if he had made a couple of those freebies, they could have stolen the game. That can't sit well for someone as competitive as JLin.

    Also he had possibly his worst shooting night in general. I think he only took 3 jumpshots (2 form 18ft and 1 trey) and did not make any of them. Don't get gunshy, JLin. Keep shooting like you're SCurry's dad LOL.

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  59. IMO Keith Smart is not racist. Agree that he is fighting to keep his job. It's a losing battle because the W's just aren't very good. Improved, but far from playoff caliber. Acie Law has actually been okay for what they want which is to take care of the ball. Curious why he didn't play tonight. Agree it isn't the best thing for him to go back up right now. He needs to work on his game a bit. I do believe he could do what Law does right now, but I hope Lin is capable of more.

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  60. link to highlights video

    Nice... 8 assists, I believe that is a professional career high! He racked up the stats across the board: 16 pts, 8 reb, 8 ast, 6 stl, 1 blk (unfortunately, racked up TOs with 4 as well). But hey, his A/TO was 2.0 today, which ain't bad.

    He had 3 nice drives with his left today:
    2Q 10:49 - he drew multiple defenders and found a man underneath the basket for a dunk
    2Q 9:18 - he got past 3 defenders and got a reverse lay up
    4Q 6:40 - drew a triple team, hit Landry for a 3

    Regarding his free throws... duh, they need to improve. He knows that, we all know that, enough about it already! (The real reason is that Lin's been watching Rajon Rondo to improve his game, but it came with some adverse side effects =)

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  61. BTW folks - someone with some connections to JLin noted that he declined to work some NBA trainers. The person I know said it was Jlin's parents lack of knowledge with networking. I find that strange but you know, JLin is hardly the typical NBA player.

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  62. Smart is not a racist, he's just not SMART, hahaha, the warriors will continue their tradition of not making the playoffs or being a good basketball team if they keep on hiring people who have a misnomer as a last name.

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  63. I did say he needs to improve his FTs but really he needs to stop getting the ball stolen so easily and really practice his shots. Every time you see him shoot its like you cringe and pray it gets in. I hope we see him take more and better shots and not just charge in for the foul every time.

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  64. Smart is not racist, he just doesn't believe Lin is NBA caliber, yet. Smart doesn't feel he can afford to be patient with Lin and to play him more minutes, he needs wins, now. Smart did showed his appreciation for his hard work in a few post game conferences though. We all know Lin can play D but his offense isn't quite there. He needs to tighten his handle to be more reliable at the point position, that includes going more to the left. I think he also needs to work on his mechanics to have a quicker release. He's missing shots driving to the hoops, I think those are mental more than anything, those will fall when he becomes more comfortable on the court. D league is just what the doctor ordered.

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  65. Smart is in a position where he must win or show great improvement in the team in order to keep his job. He wouldn't discriminate against Lin, if Lin > Law he certainly would play him. Smart's strategy, right or wrong, is to have someone like Law who just fills minutes while Curry and Ellis are doing their thing. The loss to the Clippers shows why this won't work. On the other hand, it seems clear that Jeremy isn't quite ready yet.

    My sense is that in a month,maybe sooner, the Warriors will be out of the playoff hunt. It will then be okay to bring Lin back, play him and see what he can do. At that point the more games they lose the better their draft position will be.

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  66. i don't think smart is playing law over lin because law > lin or "lin isn't ready". first of all law was coached by smart last year. there is definitely some kind of connection between them. secondly, law was picked by smart so there is no way he wouldn't play law over lin whether or not he thinks lin is ready or not. i don't think smart really knows what he is doing. maybe law "looks" like he is better than lin but only at shooting the open 3's and handling the ball over to monta. he gives you absolutely nothing on either ends of the court. lin's defense alone makes him better than law. and smart is incapable to even realize that, or doesn't want to. and to say that it would only be safe for lin to play when the team is out of the playoff hunt is saying that law > lin which is complete bs.

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  67. who ever said his free throws should not be a priority is an idiot.

    How many playoff games are decided by freethrows at the end of the game? too many to remember. I am sure you heard of hack-a-shack if you are a nba fan.


    who ever said his free throws should not be a priority is an idiot.

    How many playoff games are decided by freethrows at the end of the game? too many to remember. I am sure you heard of hack-a-shack if you are a nba fan.

    free throws will increase his stats line and he will not be a liability to the team during critical moments of the game when every points counts.


    free throws will increase his stats line and he will not be a liability to the team during critical moments of the game when every points counts.

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  68. Enjoying the objectivity

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  69. lin rebounds the ball really well,
    he really needs to be more aggressive this 4th quarter i reckon

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  70. WTF IS WRONG WITH PATRICK EWING JR......

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  71. yeeeeeeeee 1st double double of his career?
    but still only 3 assists haha.....

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  72. What the heck, is Lin suppose to be a point guard or a forward? Does he really have 4 offensive and 7 defensive rebounds to lead the team with 11 rebounds? I didn't get to watch the beginning of the game yet but I will later. Very impressive stats by JLin tonight.

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  73. Too bad, pretty good stat game until the end. Dribbled into a double team and made a T/O. Gaining experience.

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  74. Lin had a really terrible turnover with the game tied at 97... he really needs to work on his ballhandling...

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  75. it wasnt a terrible turnover, it just was a good smart double team by Iowa

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  77. Nice comments on Jeremy by the Iowa coach and the commentators in the post game Interview on the FutureCast. It's at about the 2:44 minute mark near the end of the Futurecast.

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  78. Landry was ridiculous with his 3 points. I think Jeremy Lin needs to take a few lessons from Landry(who deserves to be in the NBA too) on shooting but JLin showed some nice shots today. However he sometimes leaves his person unguarded and hangs around the inside too much, which gives the other team open shots.

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  79. another lin-esque statline today from jlin

    21 pts, 11 reb !!, 3 ast, 4 stl, 2 to

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  80. some very nice jumpers from lin today. he needs to have more awareness of where his foot is when shooting the 3 though, he's stepped on the line several times in the past few games, cost himself/the team some free points

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  81. another homework at summer for JLin. He may need to gain some muscle on upper body so that it will help his game as well.

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  82. Highlights from Sunday's game:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mAAcVqnCEo

    You guys have been calling for more drives to the left and pullup jumper, well he displayed them again today:

    1Q 8:04 drove left past 3 defenders and finished with a perfect layup with left hand
    2Q 9:10 pullup jumper - this will be a huge weapon in the NBA
    2Q 5:42 drove left and drew 3 defenders, made a sweet no-look pass to the big man

    I think the Iowa announcers became new Lin fans when one of them said, "I'm starting to see why Lin played at the NBA level."

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  83. Anon @ January 23, 2011 2:20 PM,

    you are a dumb spammer. and nobody is saying ft's aren't important. talk about taking things out of context. too lazy to figure out what people wrote before responding?

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  84. As much as I like watching Lin play, it is really difficult to watch his teammates "play". It is so hard for me to believe Patrick O'Bryant was ever a 1st round draft choice. He is so incredibly bad (loved the inbounds pass that doinked off the back of his head).

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  85. Jeremy lin is a scorer on a team that does not need scorers. bottom line.

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  86. he's also a legitimate defensive backcourt threat on a team that desperately needs one

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  87. January 24, 2011 4:08 AM

    JLin is following coach's plan to attack the basket to open up other offense opportunity. He also need to improve his jump shoot skill and it is part of PG's asset.

    Another issue for yesterday game, Bighorn's big man seem to missing something...

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  88. Interesting comparison: Mustafa Shakur from the 66ers of the d-league now is John Wall's backup on the Wizards. His stats compare very much to JLin. It would have been interesting to see Lin end up as Wall's backup. Don't know what this has to do with the price of rice in China but it is noteworthy to me.

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  89. I remember reading a post by someone who sounds like they are inside Warriors organization and observes practices say when Lin masters his jumper, everything else will fall into place.

    After rewatching how well he did in Sunday's loss to Iowa, I have to agree, because then opponents can't just sag back and play him only for the drive all the way to the basket or pass.

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  90. notes on lin from the d league showcase

    http://www.draftexpress.com/article/D-League-Showcase-Profiles-NBA-Allocation-and-Rights-Held-Players-3615/

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  91. http://www.nbadraft.net/players/jeremy-lin

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  92. Here's my conspiracy theory on Keith Smart, Joe Lacob... and why Jeremy Lin is in the D-League.

    Lin is a commodity to the Warriors organization. They see Lin as a potentially good player, but not a future superstar. Lin brings fans to the arena and is considered a good signing for league minimum wage.

    The Warriors want to keep Lin around as long as they can. By putting Lin in the D-League, Lin can be considered a developing prospect. By putting Lin into the games now, he will be forced to prove himself this year. And if Lin fails, the fans (non-asians) will think the signing was purely based on just his race.

    Lin in the D-League protects his "potential" and gives him a chance to improve without the pressure of being a regular NBA player.

    Acie Law is taking Lin minutes this season, but in reality, do we see Law being a part of the Warriors next season? most likely not, but there is very much the possibility of having Lin with the Warriors again next season.

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  93. agree with most of it Aman2k. but i didn't think lin really needed dleague as i felt he was doing just fine backing up the point position behind curry. smart just didn't give lin a real chance because he was pulled for every mistake he makes even though his plays overall at both ends made up for it plus some. and this was at the stretch where they were on the road playing against the toughest teams on the league where most of the warriors players played horrible and when the starters kept losing 15-0 to start the 1st quarters. and not to mention, how he gave law real minutes and so many chances even though he doesn't contribute much on either side of the floor. had lin been given a fair shake, he would probably improve faster with around 15mis/game in the nba than he is now in the dleague. lin really didn't need to prove anything. he just had to play his game if given a fair shot. but no, smart had to have it his way. he basically wrote lin off since the beginning of the season and pretty much tried make it seem like lacob (as a new owner) should leave the basketball part of it to the basketball "minds" (him and riley). he knows he is wrong and compounded the situation when he brought in law and trying to make law the "savior" but failed. this is why smart and riley has to go.

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  94. This is still very much a run and gun team built around Monta Ellis. Jeremy Lin's game doesn't fit into the overall plan of a high scoring, high flying, low defense team.

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  95. interesting thought to the post above me anon@6:16

    didn't jeremy one time compare himself to goran dragic? after watching some dragic mixes and highlights recently i actually kind of agree. and dragic for the last several years has been getting those 15 mins/game backing up nash and i think he's really developed into a strong player through it. if dragic got the chance to start on some team im sure he would do really well. now if jeremy could get those 15 mins/game too...

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  96. blackie chan you are right he doesn't really fit in the starting lineup but as a backup running the second unit he can run a slower more half court type game while the starters get a rest.

    lin's perfect for this role as a defensively strong guard to keep the game close for strategic breaks at the end of the first half and for some rest minutes in the third quarter.

    that is unless we are stuck on trying to keep monta #1 in the league for mpg.

    re: whether lin needs d league I do think it was a good thing. remember the mania in the beginning of the season where lin couldn't touch the ball without a standing ovation. it's hard to develop in that kind of environment because you're just trying not to f up.

    lin has some weaknesses and in the d league with decent competition in front of 300 people a night he can work on those.

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  97. He can not run the second backup unit. That is impossible. Think about it Einstein... when is the last time you see all backups on the floor at same time.. Hardly never.. Even when there is a blowout, you still see couple of starters in the floor..Plus it will never happen with Monta on the roster. He hardly rest during a game.

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  98. well, it happened and guess who put all backups in at the same time against the first unit memphis grizzlies? ding ding ding!! smart made that move and guess who got blamed for the lost? again ding ding ding!! jeremy did.

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  99. Warriors schedule is such that they will be lucky to win 10 more games the rest of the season. Lin is going to get his chance. Acie Law has a history of injuries to his ankles and wrists. In the meantime, Musselman will help Jeremy develop his game. In the long run, I still don't see him staying with the W's.

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  100. JLin has gotten a chance to see how the game is played on the NBA level up close. He knows what he needs to improve on to be a rotation player in the NBA. I'd like him to stay in the d-league for the rest of this season, continue to work on his shooting during the off-season, then get some more PG time in the summer league. Forget about the back-up PG or playoff situation with the W's this season. If he's able to come in to training camp with a reliable jumpshot and can keep his TO's low like Law does, he'll be a lock for the backup pg spot.

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  101. i disagree with c dub here in that lin should spend the rest of the season in the d league. It might just be me, but i feel the longer lin spends in the d league the harder it'll be for him to get out. He may be getting game time with reno, but hes also missing out on quality practise with NBA trainers/professionals as well as with team mates such as monta and Stephen. But if Lins place in the NBA is ensured, i have no problem with him spending time in the d league, its pretty fun getting to watch lin play large amounts of minutes, even if it isnt against NBA stars.

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  102. Lin should be back with the Warriors when they are mathematically out of playoff contention - which will be sometime in mid-March. If Lin is not with the team then, I'll start protesting.

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  103. I like the idea of Lin spending time with Musselman, (not necessarily the d-league itself,) rather than Smart for obvious reasons. Injuries will be a major factor. He might get called up sooner than mid-March if someone gets hurt. On the other hand, the d-league is very rugged, so keep your fingers crossed.

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  104. Jlin needs to leave golden state and go a team that values his tenacity and aggressiveness and be a starter. He does not need to be a backup to any team. I think good fit might be new york knicks to work with amare stoudamire.. He will get lot of assists off amare just like steve nash did.

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  105. ^^
    Wtf...
    The run and gun offense is tailored for lin but new york is just a bad fit.
    He would rarely play with the Stoudemire, seeing as Amare's a starter.
    Not to mention D'antoni doesnt play rookies heavy minutes with the exception of Landry Fields.
    I'm not criticizing Lin here, but im yet to see him in a pick and roll. I think this has more to do with the Reno big men though, as they always spot up after setting a pick.

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  106. Lin is particularly good at pushing the ball in transition, so a team that plays good D so he can get rebound and race up court with few athletic bigs that can finish strong at basketball may not be all that bad.

    Patrick Ewing Jr. got traded for Danny Green today. May be good complement to Lin because he is 6 6 and can guard shooting guard and Lin can focus on shorter point guard. Green is supposed to be quite a good defender, so could be good fit for Lin (I think he had 1500 3's at UNC too).

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  107. Danny Green: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/danny-green-504/playerblog/

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  108. agree with the defense. lin would be best served on a team that plays good d, forcing turnovers and capitalizing on transition plays. the warriors like to play fast but they can't defend worth shit.

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  109. There's a report that Curry sprained his ankle again. It's not clear if he'll miss time, but both he and Acie Law seem to be fragile so it is a matter of time before Lin gets the "call."

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  110. Personally, I'd rather see them use Reggie Williams and leave Lin in D-League for accelerated development.

    Having someone like Danny Green can probably really help Lin's assist totals because he can shoot and knows how to get into open spots, and can cut to basket when Lin is driving so Lin can dish to him.

    Looking at why Reno can get out to such big leads and still loose, I think it is 1) they don't play really good D as a team, 2) unless O'Bryant improves, they are basically a jump shooting team, and 3) they live and die by the jump shot.

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  111. Coach Muss' comments to the media about today's trade, part 2: "With the recent injury to Aaron Miles and the departure of D.J. Strawberry, we wanted to solidify our backcourt, and we feel like we've done that with the addition of Danny Green. When Nick Fazekas returns in a few weeks to solidify our frontcourt, we believe that we'll have the necessary pieces in place to make a championship run."

    Sounds like play off contenders are all positioning themselves for D-League championship run: http://nba.fanhouse.com/2011/01/25/danny-green-patrick-ewing-jr-traded-in-d-league-swap/

    Sounds like Coach Musselman is putting pieces around Lin where he can thrive and win D-League championship.

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  112. Wait, so D-League teams can make trades without their owner team's permission ?
    I thought P.E. Junior was a good frontcourt player.

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  113. I don't think Ewing Jr. was signed to any NBA team the way Lin is. So the "owner" team was Reno.

    Dude was kind of clueless but he seemed to get along well with Lin.

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  114. i thought he played really well with Lin before the showcase, then post showcase, he played horribly, especially in the first game against Iowa.
    Anymore info on Danny Green, havent heard of him up until now. Hopefully Lin can transfer to the starting point guard with Green playing the 2

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  115. Please, Warriors, don't call up Lin. You would just be wasting everyone's time.

    I'm sure you can sign another player of Acie Law's caliber no problem. LOL.

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  116. I thought Sloan was JLin's backcourt mate. The starting lineup was Sloan at the point, and JLin at the 2 guard. I wonder how Danny Green fits into this, maybe he will be 2-3 swingman in the role of Small Forward. I think this team needs more shooting from the perimeter to beat the zone defense.

    As for the last 3 games, JLin held his own against 2 of the best teams in the D-League, Iowa and Tulsa. In each of the games, the Bighorns held a lead going into the 2nd half but couldn't close out games down the stretch. The other team would rally in the final minutes to force overtime or take the lead.

    In the 4th quarter, the Bighorns seem to run out of energy, standing still, turning over the ball and taking bad shots.
    Lin needs to show better leadership down the stretc: hit those game winning shots, and set up his teamates to score. Impose his will on the game and put his team over the top.

    For Lin, learning the leadership role is the final step to becoming a legit NBA player.

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  117. ..he IS a legit NBA player even without the leadership role. better than most backup point guards in the NBA right now.

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  118. While most people on this site post educated and somewhat factual comments, there are a few that really make me laugh/cry. here are a few:

    1) "he IS a legit NBA player even without the leadership role. better than most backup point guards in the NBA right now"

    While i do think he can play in the league, hes not better than most backup PGs in the NBA right now. Thats a ridiculous statement. Gragic is much much much better than Lin so those comparisons should stop. Gragic is a really good outside shooter and had much better handle then Lin.

    2) "Jlin needs to leave golden state and go a team that values his tenacity and aggressiveness and be a starter. He does not need to be a backup to any team. I think good fit might be new york knicks to work with amare stoudamire.."

    He is and prob will never be a NBA starter. Simply doesn't have the handle nor outside shot. Knicks? Right because thats another team that values tough defense. Also, you better be able to shoot the ball to play in D'antoni's offense. We all know outside shooting is not JLINs forte.

    3) my personal favorite
    " In all honesty I think Keith smart is racist.we all know Jeremy has the skills already.he's proved it game after game in the dleague.if you send ac law to the dleague do you honestly think he can put up 20 points per game?? Jeremy Lin is far better than most of the bench players on the warriors..bottom line.if Jeremy was white or black he'd still be on the warriors..maybe not even on the bench but actually on the court. It's sad. "

    HAHA wow. I can only shake my head. Acie is a better NBA pg now then Jeremy is. He simply takes care of the ball better and is more confident.

    These are not shots at Jlin. I've hung out with him, watched him play many times in person on tv, online, etc. He's a really nice humble kid and I think he's going to make it in the league as long as he develops more confidence in his jumper. But please stop posting these embarrassing posts. JLin should not be a starter in the NBA, not even close and Keith Smart is not racist. It's really embarrassing. I do respect a lot of the objective views and constructive criticism i've read on here though.

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  119. Anon 10:40 AM is underestimating Lin. Never will be a starter? You've got to be kidding. He is already better than a number of backups when you include his all-around game (defense and rebounding). He is a solid shooter that is getting better. With the Warriors, he was only getting one or two shots a game, coming in cold, plus nervous in his rookie year under the extreme pressure of crowd chants and naysayers looking to shoot down his every miss. Look at his 3-point shots in D-League now, many of which are under pressure.

    If Lin starts now versus some of the lower tier starters in the NBA, he would not hurt the team, he just wouldn't "look" as good in the stereotypical view of what "looks" good to the average fan who has never seen players like Lin.

    I have repeatedly seen bad-looking players over the years at every level of the game excel, even those who are smaller and who don't have the preferred "look" (or race), from the playground to street ball to organized ball.

    Lin has a good all-around game and is getting better, will be a good starter if eventually given a chance to develop. In reality, however, many good players don't get their chances, while some bad ones do, as it all depends on fit, luck, and perception.

    Luckily, with the internet age and better scouting, more of the truly good players are getting a look. Lin will make it based on his ability and determination.

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