I'm sure that jlinfan#1 will post here with some thoughts of his own following our trip to Orlando. Right now, we're sitting in the airport killing 4 hours before our flight back to the Bay Area.
Here are my thoughts/reactions to the game:
1. JLin's style of play is not suited for the all-star type game. He is a traditional point guard whose strengths, in part, lie in executing a system. In the all-star games, there is no system. Hence the 25 minute "practice" in the morning. Is doesn't mean that JLin is a bad player. But, for example, this is the type of format that Rubio excels in. Rubio can use his creativity to do some really fun stuff.
2. In my pre-game notes, I commented on the fact that Steve Kerr, who was one of the Team Shaq coaches, had specifically called out that this would be JLin's 3rd game in 3 nights (of course it was Landry's also). We were wondering therefore how much time JLin would get. It's a balancing act, recognizing that the game itself doesn't mean much but that there are fans who want to see certain of their favorite players play. Personally, I would have liked to have seen JLin play more. But he didn't play that well (see comment #1 above) so perhaps that was also a reason for the reduced minutes.
3. The funniest moment of the night was the Kiss Cam. If you watched the game, you know what I'm talking about (unless they didn't show it on TV).
4. I'm really impressed with both Rubio and Irving. Looking forward to some good matchups between JLin and them in the years to come. Should be fun.
5. The media's focus on JLin is unfathomable. Even David Stern commented today (or was it yesterday) that the attention on JLin has exceeded what Jordan faced. Nthere were so many members of the media wanting access to Jeremy, it was crazy. Seeing it in person blew me away. It is a much bigger phenomenon than I had understood.
6. Keep in mind that JLin is essentially a rookie with 11 games started under his belt. He will improve as he has done at each level of his career. I fully expect some ups and downs but I think he will grow from them and will end up having a very successful NBA career barring unforeseen injury).