What an IDIOT Stackhouse is. It's just more racist unprofessional hater drivel. More fuel to add to the Linferno. The haters don't know what they're getting themselves into. Linstructor will teach them.
I think the negativity surrounding Lin is him sting he wanted to stay in NY but secretly went back and changed the offer sheet he already signed which included the poison pill 3rd yr salary of 14m. To be honest the knock should have signed JLin and traded away Stoudamire who is a former shell of himself, if not this yr then going into the 3rd yr & expiring contract.
There are no "secrets" in restricted free agency. The Knicks ordered Jeremy Lin to determine his own market value. Lin did, so the Knicks have no right to feel butt hurt. Lin went with the only team that wanted him - the Rockets.
See that the thing,lin did not change it or solicit for money.when he met Morey they had a handshake agreement on the first offer.but when link went back to sign it,Morey changed it.knicks had not offered link a contract,andthst is the only contract that was ever offered to jlin
The Knicks not only refuse to offer JLin a contract and ask him to test the market, they also discouraged other teams to match by repeatedly saying they would match any offer. The Knicks by doing may have limited the teams which would have been interested otherwise. Thus, not only did the Knicks not give him a contract and ask him to test the market, they also spread news to depress the market price. That is, the Knicks showed further disrespect by trying to limit the offers JLin would otherwise may have received so that they can give him a low ball offer. What the Knicks did can be considered fair business strategy. It does however also show great disrespect and little desire to retain JLin.
In the first place where is the proof that JLin went back and renegotiated the contract? This is spin from Dolan and his Mafia(ii.e. unethical NY sports "writers") to protect themselves from Knicks fans wrath, and you guys are buying into it and getting screwed by Dolan all the time. The Rockets upped the contract themselves after they saw that Knicks were going to matched and Rockets have no point guard.
Let Nets and Knicks.settle.who spit further. Both team has motor mouth that blabber just to drawn attention. I would like to give them a piece of my mind: wise man speak because they have something to say; fools just want to say.something.
I just do not get why the press in NY have started this smear campaign against him..he has signed with rockets and has moved on.NY press and knicks playing very dangerous game.their fans might end up at bkn
They want to sell more newspaper I guess or they.are paid to so. Calling themselves journalist/ reporters?What an insult to the word: professionalism !
They are covering for Dolan's idiocy in letting Lin go. He uses the media to do the talking. The newspapers and writers are owned either directly or indirectly by Knicks owner James Dolan. He owns the Knicks, Madison Square Garden, Newsday, Radio City music hall, Cablevision network, and several Broadway theaters. He also has deep connections to Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency, who manage all the big sports stars and movie stars.In the past, these news giants would have ruined a young star like Lin. But in this age of the internet, people can learn the truth through other sources.
Exceptionally astute observation about how Lin would have been ruined by the NY media, ABC Baller. +2012There would be no Jeremy Lin without the Linternet. He got his chance and will keep it because the truth is being exposed online.
Seen Jeremy Lin skill, the Knicks PG Felton, audacity, raving: I am stronger than he~ ~ ~ Felton: Think about your own ability and what you??? SALITY?
Alll the other player are just hating on Lin because of him pay check not his ball skills. Stackhouse are mad because he go a one year contract less then $1 million dollars n he is in the league for 17 years....hahahahah that prove that Lin is more valuable!!!
Lin in 2012 was incomparably better than Jerry Stackhouse in his prime. And when players around the league flock to play alongside the NBA's least selfish PG in Jeremy Lin, his $15 million 3rd year is going to seem like a bargain. Most people in American think that they can lie, cheat, curse, flame, and bully Asian American males like Lin with impunity. Unfortunately for them, Lin is going to PUNK THEM ALL.
Racism may certainly play a role... but it may also just be plain old fashion jealousy even if the players who make such comments aren't consciously aware of their motives in saying the things they say. Also, another thing: This has never really happened before, has it? Has an NBA player ever come off the bench after never scoring more than a few points (or getting more than a few minutes) and scored 25 points like Jeremy Lin did? And then go on to score high game after game helping his team win game after game? So really, there isn't ANYTHING to compare to Jeremy Lin. So we really don't know how NBA players would react to this situation if it would happen to another player. That doesn't mean I'm denying that racism doesn't play a role in what players like Stackhouse say... but I also think it's more complicated than exclusively that.I don't like the fact that other players are hating on Jeremy's contract. That's just subpar etiquette. No doubt it sucks. But another way to look at it is it's exciting. If Jeremy proves all these players wrong who spoke out about his level of skill and his contract in the upcoming season that's just downright exciting.What would Jeremy's stats need to be to prove guys like Stackhouse wrong in the upcoming season?I would love if Jeremy could average 18 points a game and a high number of assists. I think those stats, over a long season, would easily prove all the critics like Stackhouse wrong.Independent of stats, though... I love Lin's attitude on playing the game. He just wants to win and will do whatever it takes to win. Not obsessed with stats. Obsessed with winning. The stats will take care of themselves.
Unfortunately, the nature of racism is that players like Stackhouse will hate Lin even if he wins MVP and the championship. To racists, Asian Americans like Lin is not a real human being worthy of respect. Thus they feel that they have the birthright to fire hatred. Lin is doing the right thing by just playing. He only needs to satisfy his employers and fan base. People who don't think Lin matters, those are the people who don't matter.
He can hate Lin all he wants. But he will be proven wrong if Lin performs on a high level next year. And it won't make him or his comments look good regardless of how he continues to feel about Lin.
This article finally answered my puzzling over why the Rockets went after Lin more aggressive than others. It's simple. Alexander, the owner, wants Jlin on his team "no matter what". ..... "I had Daryl on the phone and we were both watching the game (Knicks vs. Raptors)," Alexander explains. "I said, 'He's playing so well. He just scored the tying basket! He's playing great.'" 'Oh my God, he just scored the winning basket!' I hung up on (Daryl) because I was so angry. That was it. I had to hang up on him."Ever have your boss hang up on you because he's so pissed he cannot even talk anymore? It can be a little motivating...... "It was a tough time, I'm not going to lie," Morey says of having to explain to his billionaire boss why he cut the best story in the NBA. Again and again and again."He was killing me," Morey says. "He was killing me." Minutes later, Morey puts it another way: "There was a lot of grief."http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/07-20-12-secret-story-behind-the-jeremy-lin-move-an-angry-hang-up-phone-call-changed-everything-for-houston-rockets-knicks/I'm relieved that Jlin doesn't have to deal with those messy office politics anymore when he has gained the full support from his new boss. Now he can go back to focus on his basketball development without being sidetracked.
After the departure of Landry Field, Jared Jeffries, Douglas, Harrelson etc, I am quite worry how precarious Lin's position in Knicks but I am relieve now that he got himself out of a hell hole. Let Knicks and Nets find out who is the King of NY on court and off court (spitting gamea)
It's interesting how much Les Alexander wanted Lin even though he had 3 pgs Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry, and Jonny Flynn under contract. Les Alexander correctly chose Lin ovwr those three.
In addition to getting a very good PG in Jeremy, the Rockets have acquired a player who's impact will be felt beyond the basketball court and the Rockets' financial statements. Jeremy is a cultural phenomenon in that he is the complete antithesis of the pre-packaged NBA player product. He's the opposite of Lebron, Melodrama, Jason Kidd, etc. Jeremy is not about the excessive materialism and egos which most people associate with NBA stars. Jeremy is so different from the status quo in so many ways: he's Asian-American, totally unselfconscious, down-to-earth, and has a real self confidence that's not based on having "stuff", bur rather an honest belief in himself. This is why so many people are threatened by him, and why so many people connect with him. The Rockets have a player that the average fan can relate to, respect, and simply love. Melodrama will never grasp the simple reasons why people are drawn to Jeremy, because Melodrama and his ilk just don't have the self-awareness and humility required. Jeremy's impact on the Rockets franchise is going to be more than the simple signing of a fabulous basketball player. Les Alexander has acquired a force that will make big currents in NBA and American society.
Let off some of my steam at : http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/20/nets-stackhouse-said-rockets-overpaid-for-jeremy-lin/He is a veteran in the league at the age of 37 but it seems his comment was unnecessary and unjustify.
I can't wait to see what jealously comes out after JLin gets the most endorsement money since Jordan. What the Rockets understand is that JLin will put people in seat. I am sure the NYC ticket brokers were crying when the Dolt-lan didn't match.
JLin is a good role model for kids and everyone out there. Its hard nowaday to find someone like JLin. He set a good example for many people thats y so many people are in love with Lin...alll the hater will always hate because they cannot set a good example like Lin. He is always humble and beleive in himself with all the haters poking at him. Always talk about his flawsbut not all the things he does for many people. Thanks to Houston for beleiving in him n giving him a chance to be a good role model for many people out there. Dont want my kids to model off of DUI Jason kidd. Go Lin go Rockets....for life!!!!!!!!
Understand Jeremy.has gone back to NY to pack and move to Houston; hope he won't lingers around longer than necessary. ESCAPE FROM NY CITY.
Well said Spike Lee!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=155MZ27AXM4
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that wasn't Spike Lee, it was an actor/impersonator
OT but I found this video that is nice.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlGCIgHUElI
Apparently, fretting and handwringing about another man's money is the American way. All these pants-wetting fits over JLin's contract from the NBA and US media are freaking hilarious!
"MSG stock lost over $100 million since Jeremy Lin’s departure"http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31751_162-57476864-10391697/as-jeremy-lin-heads-south-so-does-msg-stock/...
There's no doubt that MSG stock has fallen because of the departure of Jlin, and will continue to do so. Though the Knicks wouldn't have benefited from the overseas revenue due to the sharing of revenue across all teams, the Knicks have lost countless millions of dollars in terms of sponsorship's with major corporations. If Jlin had performed, sponsors would be lining up increasing the cost of sponsorships- basic supply and demand. I don't know if everyone saw that article on the fund manager who owns 5 million shares of MSG stock stating "Jeremy Lin is no longer relevant to the stock". The media is joke- everyone just trying to further their own agenda. Of course he's not going to say that so the stock won't plummet -- too bad, investors are smart enough to realize the obvious.
Plus, I would think that investors have simply lost faith in the ability of Dolan to manage and put MSG in a winning position. There needs to be a shareholder revolt over all of his questionable decisions.
there was a good comment in that article and shows that these guys criticizing the contract don't understand it. they all think Houston will be paying 15M that third year not realizing its split 8M for 3 years.Now that Omer Asik is basically getting the same contract I think it will open everyone's eyes around the league. This is more about the new CBA rules than anything else and everyones misunderstanding of how these contracts work. The reality is these type of "poison pill" contracts are going to become much more utilized for teams rebuilding and after it's all said and done everyone will soon shut up and realize this is the way the league is going. Younger players with potential will get paid better than old has beens like stackhouse, kidd, felton, jr smith.
Yeah, this is getting ridiculous. Players have an unwritten code that they don't publicly criticize each others contracts, because they are all on the same side (against the owners). When a player gets a seemingly overpaid contract, other athlete's responses are usually, "I'm glad for him," because it just set the bar higher the next time they're up for a new contract.Apparently, Lin isn't accepted as part of the "NBA fraternity" by many players, because they would have never made those comments about another player in the same situation. Seriously, when did all these players start taking the owner's side?But you know what, instead of getting all worked up about this, I say, "Good!" Since his senior year of high school, Jeremy's skills have been continuously disrespected, and he has excelled under that environment. So I expect him to perform even better with all this extra motivation.
jeremy is not part of this "fraternity" and i don't think he will ever be. too many jealous and selfish players that lin wouldn't want to be associated with them anyway. he's asian and these comments are a bit race motivated i think. i don't think i've ever heard players talking about another players contract before. of course it's lin and he's asian so they think it's ok.
All these disrespectfully talks will motivate Jlin to fight back harder, as he told CNN's Mark McKay "I have a strong desire in my heart to be able to break certain stereotypes about Asians and Asian-Americans, especially in sports," he said. "I just think as time goes on, I think we'll start to see more Asian-Americans in sports. Hopefully, we will be able to continue to earn more and more respect when it comes to sports."http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/19/sport/jeremy-lin-houston/index.html
What's funny is that Jerry Stackhouse is saying Lin is "not worth that contract" or that "Raymond Felton would be better for the Knicks".#1. Jerry Stackhouse is NOT even playing for the Knicks, but for their rival team, the Brooklyn Nets.#2. Jerry Stackhouse has NEVER played against Jeremy Lin, let alone had to guard him. If they played several games, and he was tasked with defending Lin ... he would soon realize that Lin is worth every penny of that new contract and then some.#3. Someone should ask him what he thinks of Deron Williams $20 million salary. Dwight Howard's trade demands, etc. etc. I'm sure that his answers will be very, very different and positive towards them.Finally, if MSG shares are not falling because of Jeremy Lin leaving ... why does the New York news media need to write so many articles to dispel it? Wouldn't the investors who actually buy in stocks know that and act accordingly? It's kind of like saying, "Who do you believe ... me or the numbers right in front of your eyes?"None of these Wall Street "experts" ever mention the fact that 2 advertisers, Taiwan based Maxxis tires and Acer computer have canceled their contract after learning that Lin was not returning next season. That's a loss of about $5 million. Taiwan airlines may also cancel. And there were probably about a dozen Asian companies lined up to be potential advertisers ... they are probably gone now.These articles fail to mention that "Linsanity" was the deciding factor in resolving the cable dispute between MSG-CableVision and Time Warner. This deal made MSG approximately $180 million that year alone. But there may be a clause in that contract that they can renegotiate if viewership falls below a certain level.There is sure to be less interest in the Knicks next season, and therefore less TV ad revenue, they have alienated many Asian Americans, Christians, and Lin fans, and that certainly hurts the bottom line. Of course, Dolan can always squeeze more money out of season ticket holders by raising ticket prices another 20% as he's done 2 years in a row. And converting normal seats into luxury box seats that cost more to sit in. But in doing so he will be alienating the average Knicks fans even further.8.5% is not a normal fluctuation, and if it is, then MSG stock is way too risky to bet on.
As of friday that loss widened to 10%, its going to continue due to short pressure since free agency. Analysts are going to look long and hard at the fact that Nets are in Brooklyn now. Fan conversion is inevitable, losing Lin made it worse, and they just narrowed their fan demographics by a lot. The damage control in the news are really more aimed at wall street, which goes to show you how important Lin was. I suppose I should thank Dolan, been shorting since 7/2.
Jeremy don't even bother to reiterates on these subject other than making his stand clear with SI and CNN face to face rather than feeding to 'sources'. His parents brought him up a better person then to participate in mud sling game with the other players and some so call journalists. If Lin lash out and said something negative, these journalists will have a field day in smearing Lin across the newstand again.
Folks, there are always doubters and naysayers in life. Either we focus on the negatives and say we can't, or we focus on all the positives in life and say, "Yes We Can!" We can never change what others will say, but we can always change what we choose to do. And when we choose to work hard, stay focused on the task at hand, and dedicate all our energy to achieve a goal, anything is possible! Jeremy is our fine example. He can get into the mugslinging with the media, with the critics. But I know he will choose the alternate. He will work hard on his game, focus on how he can improve, and stay humble. Critics will continue to say what they want, but in the end, they'll all be forgotten and insignificant in Jeremy's great basketball journey. Society needs more Linspiration. We can all achieve our dreams. The question is, "How bad do we want it?" (Please see this great Linspiration video!) To Linfinity and Beyond! :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPwr7FGFnjw
Truthfully that contract is extremely steep considering Lin was only starting for about two months. Still, the Knicks should have tried harder to keep him because Lin will bring way more to the table for Houston than Kidd and Felton will for NY. Best of Luck to Jeremyhttp://www.sportsfanhood.com/2012/07/linsanity-in-houston.html
You have come to the wrong site if you think JLin's contract is excessive. You say the contract is steep then you say he worth more than Kidd and Felton. So which is it?JLins contract come to an average of 8 million a year. The average NBA player makes 5 million a year. JLin has already earn his contract by making the Rockets relevant again. JLin's appeal is beyond just basketball.
That's beside the point. There are many ways to avoid paying the tax in the third year. If Lin doesn't play up to expectations, he can be traded away to another team as an expiring contract for lesser contracts or draft picks. Such expiring contracts are in high demand in the NBA, for teams looking to free up cap space to rebuild.I think the fear for the Knicks big stars (Carmelo, Amare, and Chandler) would be that he does perform well, and that one of them gets traded away for cap space.Or the Knicks can use the "stretch" provision to waive Jeremy Lin, and spread out the cost of his contract across 3 seasons with $5 million each. All of these options were on the table, and Dolan's experts would explain it to him. It's downright ignorant to think that Lin was too "expensive" in YEAR 3 for an "unproven player". Anybody who says it, is simply recycling what the biased media is telling them.
Considering that Lin already paid for his ENTIRE CAREER in the span of 25 games, it shouldn't have mattered what the Knicks paid him!
Jeremy Lin sacrificed his own body, pushing himself beyond his normal physical threshold, to make sure that his team had a shot at the NBA playoffs. He was the main reason that Time Warner signed a contract with MSG-Cablevision ... because their TV audience wanted to see Linsanity in their living rooms.Where was Dolan's loyalty towards Lin ?
The summation is plain simple: Knicks made a U turn and change their mind. They are going for the Ring this year and they consolidate the veterans plus their current 3 stars on their team to work towards that goal.
If the Knicks were really going all in this year, they should have matched. It was only money. Did not take away cap space, because union won bird rights case. (Got Novak nice contract)Didn't have give up any players or draft pick. Dolt-lan didn't match because of spite.http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/the_bonus/02/06/price.knicks0212/index.html"The tales of Jim's drug-and-drink-addled past, his volcanic temper, his shifting moods, were already legendary, fueling the image of a spoiled boy who had been handed the keys to perhaps the most prized property in all of U.S. sports."
Yes Knicks good luck with that one!! It's going to be awesome to see the Knicks win 50 games and lose in the second round. I predict the Knicks will do well in the regular season only to be rudely feltoniized/carmelod in the playoffs. The team will now be more motivated than ever to put jlin in the past.The fact of the matter is the Knicks offense is ridiculously predictable.....Felton or Kidd to Melo...Woodson is a real genius snicker sncker.
Don't think they're making playoffs next season. It took Amare/Melo to BOTH be injured for Knicks to make it to the playoffs thanks to Jeremy...That isn't going to happen. I think they'll win a few games at the start of the season because they want to prove they can do without Jeremy but it'll fall apart soon enough.
The more I contemplate the "ridiculous contract" sentiments the more I realize that there isn't such a thing. Contracts are based upon how bad a team wants a player and how valuable they perceive the player. There is no objective science into this. So, in all reality, NO PLAYER has a ridiculous contract. The NBA is ENTERTAINMENT. That's all it is... let's be real.
Unfortunately, ppl like SAS/Isola/Melo/JR and now Stackhouse are too ... (dumb? ignorant? jealous? double-standarded? or you can fill in whatever is best to describe it) to recognize that.
They always find NBA players who are anti Jeremy Lin. Where are the players who are on his side ? If they were really his friends ....
Believe it or not. Most of the "supporter" will not cry out. Only those who are scared will cry out. They ARE ＮＯＴ ＧＯＯＤ ＥＮＯＵＧＨ ｔｏ ｂｅ ｈｕｍｂｌｅ． Ａｃｔｉｏｎ ｓｐｅａｋｓ ｌｏｕｄｅｒ ｆｏｒ ｉｔｓｅｌｆ． Ｓｏ， ｊｕｓｔ ｂｒｉｎｇ ｔｈｅｍ ｏｎ． Ｋｅｅｐｉｎｇ ｉｎｓｕｌｔｉｎｇ ＪＬｉｎ． Ｉ ａｍ ｓｕｒｅ ｔｈａｔ ｉｔ ｗｉｌｌ ｓｅｒｖｅ ｗｅｌｌ ｆｏｒ ＪＬｉｎ．
Come to think of it, I wonder why Stackhouse had to kiss the ass of his rival team.Maybe Dolan promised to sign him and let him join NYK's senior club next season???
Yeah, I thought the NBA Players Union would say something against making comments about regarding other player's salaries. Otherwise this player will ask for more money than that player ... and that can lead to bitter labor dispute and a lockout season.I that guess that when the NBA community puts it out there that someone is not in line "with them", they give players the green light to insult and attack that person.But Jeremy Lin will get the last laugh, he will be a top earner in the NBA, without the ego of Lebron, Carmelo, D-Will, or Dwight. All with his basketball IQ, humbleness, and unselfishness.
The ugliest thing in the world is to see a "man" exposes his own jealousy to the whole world.This is my theory:I think not a lot of ppl know who Stackhouse is.So he is using the same strategy as a lot of fame-craving writers used, i.e. use Lin's name to get noticed.Now everyone is wondering who this Stackhouse guy is.He is also famous world-wide now (as the most jealous person #3, right after Melo and JR).He can use this new-found fame to negotiate a fat contract next season.
I think I'm being over sensitive about this but I was offended quite a bit when Steve Novak was asked if he thought the contract was ridiculous. He said it was "ridiculous" not in terms of Lin's value but in "the way it was structured" $5M, $5.225M then $14.9M. I thought he was a thinking man. How else would he have the Rox structure it? Isn't the point of it all to make it difficult for Knicks to match? I think it's mission accomplished here.
In NBA "player speak", the word "ridiculous" can mean "awesome", "horrible", "hard to imagine", or anything that the NBA player wants people to NOT.ascribe to him. Jerry Stackhouse has been a very good NBA player. While he never had the overwhelming physicality of a guy like Jeremy Lin, Stackhouse was a skilled slasher who had excellent body control around the rim. His defense and ground game were questionable at best, plus Stackhouse could be shut down by bigger and quicker NBA stars like Paul Pierce. Jerry Stackhouse has bounced through a few teams in the NBA. He was a very good player, but he also wasn't the transcendent star like Lin that could turn a losing team around with his play.
Jlins had a number of his "boys" come out and supporing him inclluding Landry and Novak, but yeah, it would have been great if someone had supported him about the "ridiculous" contract"....I guess they're afraid to make powerful enemies..
Oh yeah, btw, who the hell is Jerry Stackhose :)....sounds like a no name just trying to get some press...Was he a bitter d-league teammate of jlins ...sorry for the extreme sarcasm..
since Linsanity started checkout the stock. and since last tuesday look at it go down and down. everyone can criticize Lin's contract but this chart is only going to prove his worth and the bad business decisions Dolan made.http://www.google.com/finance?q=NASDAQ%3AMSG
The stock will probably go up again a few cents on Monday, due to the NBA agreeing to advertisements on team jerseys. So any loss is short lived.However, I'm confident that if the Knicks suck this year and don't make the playoffs, TV viewership will go way down and therefore TV ad revenues will be down too. And MSG stocks will tumble.Meanwhile I hope Jeremy lights it up for the Rockets so that he can make Houston an attractive team for other star players like Dwight Howard and Kevin Love.
Jeremy has millions of supporters (prayer warriors), there is power in prayer.
I agree that these comments are racially motivated and its sad. People are jealous. The ironic thing is that most of these comments are coming from the black players in the league, who at one time were not allowed to play in professional sports. Its awful really.In any case, I love how Lin handles racism and negativity. He does not let it get to him. In the interview with ESPN, he says he will only get angry if someone says something about his mother. I am still amazed that a 23 year old has this level of maturity. His character is of the purest form and people who are intelligent, conscientious and courteous respect him dearly. I am so excited to see his brand of basketball in Houston. I am just hoping his knee is ok.
Gotta give Amare props, so far he's done nothing but give Lin props...Said Lin turned Knicks season around, earned his new contract, and is sorry to see him leave...I personally liked Amare + Lin's game, I guess it is true that only JR + Melo wanted to see Lin gone...
Amare is not a bad team mateans he speaks what he feel about Lin and becauae he is a pick n roll.player too; wirh Lin gone, Melo + JR will likely dominate the Knicks with his iso play. Poor Amare..
I tried to goggle to get more info about this person but no avail... wait, is it stackhouse oe steakhouse?????
a nobody trying to be somebody...whether stackhouse or steakhouse, it doesn't matter. He's an over-the-hill idiot sucking up to Dolan in case he is out of job...
Jerry Stackhouse is a veteran who is a former All Star and has helped a lot of teams win games. Even though he is not the same athletic player that he once was, Stackhouse is still a solid veteran who can provide spot quality minutes off the bench. I was very impressed with Stackhouse when he joined the Milwaukee Bucks two years ago. He helped hold the Bucks in playoff contention until they made that trade for John Salmons that really got the Bucks going in the regular season. Then Salmons and Stackhouse ran into the Hawks in the playoffs and couldn't get anything done against the superior Hawks backcourt (Bibby, Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford, coached by our very own Mike Woodson). Carlos Delfino ended up playing most of the 2 guard minutes for the playoff Bucks in 2010 because he has more two way game than either Stackhouse or Salmons do.
He is a Nets right? Why he soo protective over Dolan $$$? Just another sour grape mentality, I guess. Veterans with 'liquidated' brain cell?
ESPN has a nice 6 part article on the contract situation: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fespn.go.com%2Fnew-york%2Fnba%2Fstory%2F_%2Fid%2F8180308%2Fnba-jeremy-lin-six-degrees-separation-family&h=BAQH2NuXeWorth a read and it's fairly balanced.
Hello:First off, Jerry Stackhouse is a knucklehead who - along with Rasheed Wallace - contributed heavily to Dean Smith's retirement. Stackhouse, Wallace, Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison were the rare guys that Smith couldn't wait to get rid of and actually encouraged to leave early for the draft - though to be fair to Jamison not much of it was his fault - and (again excluding Jamison) were huge disappointments to the NBA teams that drafted them. But to answer your question literally "Seriously, can anyone remember a time when players felt so comfortable criticizing another player's contract?" ... that would have been before the rookie wage scale. The NBAPL was furious about unproven players getting huge contracts, and had the wage scale enacted - the first of its kind in major American pro sports - as a result. The NFL has since followed suit. Third, to be fair it isn't just players that are bashing Lin's contract. Media members, former coaches etc. are doing so also. That said, going after Lin's contract is ridiculous: a no win situation. I am uncomfortable with the idea that giving Lin $25 million after dominating for 30+ games is "bad" when giving Roy Hibbert $58 million for averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds per game for 4 years is "good." 1/3 of a season of brilliance vs. 4 seasons of mediocrity (and the guy wasn't that good in college either) ... take your pick. And if you are wrong about Lin and he burns up the NBA this season? You look like a total fool. If you're right about Lin? Well he just another guy in a long line of NBA guys that aren't playing up to their contracts. The difference is that most of those guys are going to get $10+ million for 4-7 years where Lin will only get that type of money for 1 season. Even if Lin is a D-league player, he will only really hurt the Rockets' cap for 1 season. You have guys who are going to get $14 million to average barely 10 points a game for over half a decade. So even if you disagree with Lin's contract, the wisest thing to do is to stay silent about it.