But it's my opinion that the money may not matter. The way I see it, even of the Knicks couldn't match or didn't match, JLin could make up the money in endorsements alone by playing in NYC. Of course, if the Knicks don't match, then that could itself be a sign that they don't want JLin that bad. So I suppose it could be argued that "it's not about the money" and that it's about the respect.
I really think its about where JLin feels he has the best chance to develop and the environment that the team offers. If Landry leaves the Knicks, does that make it more likely that JLin could leave? How well does JLin know the guys on the Rockets, since he did play with them. What coach is the best fit for him? I think these factors will come into play more than the money. What do you think?
Finally, some links to what others are saying around the web:
- Here's Tommy Dee's take from The Knicks Blog. Dee makes some good points and also links to Mike Lupica's thoughts (see below). Having seen JLin play in High School, however, I strongly disagree with this comment of Tommy Dee's: "Lin wanted to play at Stanford but they were too athletic for him at the time so he went to play in the Ivy League."
- Ciaran Gowan from The Bleacher Report on why the Knicks should match the Rockets' offer.
- Lupica for The NY Daily News on why JLin should take the Rockets' offer.
- Finally, the Associated Press on why the Kidd acquisition might help the Knicks keep JLin.