Could this have played out any better? Like JLin said, he just needs to get out there and have fun. This is the perfect platform to show his game. I have no doubt, he will shine in these next three games. First up, the 1st team that let him go. Big Mistake, Warriors!
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Looks like his debut will have to wait:ReplyDelete
"Jeremy Lin says he couldn't learn much of offense in 1 shootaround. D'Antoni sez use him only if an inj."
I think it's the right move. JL should get in a real practice before playing real minutes. The Knicks play the Lakers tomorrow, so he might get some solid playing time since they're playing back-to-back nights.
I am actually very curious to see how Lin will fit into the role of a distributor. We all know he is more of a combo guard that could attack the basket with that freaky first step (to the right!). But looking back to his career, he has rarely been put in this type of role. Even during his warrior days, his best times were the ones that he carried the 2nd unit, instead of being a real pg. Same as his reno days, he was much more comfortable as the leading attacker instead of the ball distributor.ReplyDelete
I actually feel that Lin could become the defensive specialist that the Knicks truly lacks. If he could finish the season as a Knick, his D could play a critical role.
It's true that Jeremy Lin is not a pure distributor type of player, but when he just be himself and play well naturally, he is very versatile and efficient. I saw a lot of energy, strong drive, and great defensive play he made when he was coming off the bench during his bighorn days in D-league. I actually felt he can contribute as a great sixth man right away.ReplyDelete
at this rate, Lin may get garbage time minutes lol (the other way around though)ReplyDelete
Mike D'Antoni got outcoached by a rookie head coach. He had no answer for McGuire defending Melo and no way to counter Ellis playing PG in the fourth quarter.ReplyDelete
Knicks looked tired too. Nice to see JLin17 play though. He hoisted a long jumper as soon as he touched the ball. You think he was trying to prove something? ;)
The Knicks guards are all lacking. Bibby is done. Douglas didn't look good either. They've gotta take a look at Lin. Nice win for the Warriors. Jeremy would be languishing on the bench like Jenkins if he had stayed.ReplyDelete
Like I posted before, D'Antoni wasn't going to play him real minutes without a practice. He did make a nice drive-and-dish despite missing that jumper, though.ReplyDelete
Anyway, tomorrow will be JL's real debut. He should be a nice fit on this team. He doesn't need to hit jumpers or turn into Nash or Rondo overnight. Just drive & dish and play defense. Neither Bibby or Douglas do that.
Knicks forums at RealGm is on complete meltdown right now. They are giving Lin props for that one pass to Jerome Jordan since they seem to hate Tony Douglas a lot.ReplyDelete
If Lin can get comfortable with his teammates and learn the offense, I think his PG skills will come out naturally and getting his teammates involved especially with that type of offense.
Anthony aka Aman2k got the video up of his debut with the Knicks.ReplyDelete
What a completely different Warriors team than last year, even though the starting 5 is the exact same. Last year, if Curry was out, Ellis shot 8/22, Dorell was only 1/4 from 3pt, that team wouldn't have beaten the Toronto Raptors. But this year, with a true defensive commitment (and Mike Malone), they whupped a top team despite those numbers.ReplyDelete
Last year, many Warriors fans and media kept griping about how the bench was such an offensive dropoff. I think it's pretty clear now that the Warriors should have been been putting emphasis and coaching on defense instead. Shows what a lousy coach Keith Smart was.
That drive and dish by Lin was classic, the way he's earned his dimes all his life. That J in the beginning was contested and unnecessary I think, Novak was completely open. But what really impressed me was again his d, did you guys see how he strangled up a ball knocked loose by the opponent? that saved a fastbreak and earned a chance for a jumpball.ReplyDelete
The warriors' d was phenomenal. Credit goes to Mark Jackson, and another slap on the face for Smart. McGuire was nobody's orphan and yet look how Jackson utilized him to lock down Melo. That was brilliant.
What we learned today: Knicks are very vulnerable at PG right now with injuries.ReplyDelete
JLin has to be treating this stint with NYK as a tryout...because it really is. Time to showcase what you got kid!!