Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lin Still In China But...


  • It's been rather quiet on the Lin front since he's been in China but I've found a few interesting ones:

122 comments:

  1. When is Lin due back from China anyway, I hope Rockets or his agents don't have him on a PR tour for too long, there's a huge target on his back, he needs to work harder at it...I know people are saying he's still training while in China, but with the daily distractions who knows how effective such training is?

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    1. I believe he's back beginning of September. He'll have about a month of hard training before training camp starts in early October.

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    2. I do hope so. I know we fans do not have the right to tell him what he should or should not do. But I really hope he can double his training. About Spike Lee, don't mind him, he's a New Yorker. What do we expect? They think New York is the greatest place on earth and they are the so-called "chosen ones" or something.

      They wil surely trade Martin; its inevitable following the addition of Delfino. I do hope they can add other veterans without trading lamb,D-Mo, White, and Parsons. They are currently made up of 21 if I'm not mistaken. They could trade Morris, Martin, maybe even Douglas for a second-tier star to add some fire power in their roster.

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    3. That's why he request to remains low key and other than commercial shootingss he still insists of having his routine training without a throng if media and fans as distraction. He will finish his Asia tour on the 2nd Sept before returning to States and I hope he can start his full tine training with Rockets wih his new team mates.

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    4. Thanks for the info Michelle. I also hope he trains with some of his teammates even before the training camp so they could develop their chemistry faster.

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    5. Rockets has to finalise their roster ASAP in order for he players to train and mesh before start of the new season. I hope they will keep all the youngsters for rebuilding and not just bringing in the aging veterans.

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  2. Also interesting interview with Lee Jenkins with a story behind SI's "Last Days of Linsanity" story at http://thelaunchmagazine.com/?p=1977

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    1. This is a good article, every fan (especially NYK's and Spike Lee) should read it, they seem to have been brain washed by NYK's lies and propaganda.

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  3. Knicks, get over it. The man has left the building. You folks can write as many stories as you can about Melo and the rest of the team. Lin is long gone. Not everyone is always drawn to the drama of Broadway, the fame, and the selfishness under the glaring lights of New York. So don't be so full of yourselves..."the Mecca of basketball" (that is for you Spike). Your lousy records of the past two decades speak volumes about your true place on the NBA totem. Where you stand is the bottom rungs if your standard is winning a championship. While others such as Miami and LA are on the pedestals, you Knicks have been in the pits. Will this trend continue -- holler and the hollow echos will let you know your state. Next!

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  4. i don't think the rockets will trade martin. i think he will bounce back this year, and his value goes up to the point where rockets can't afford to lose him. but i don't know why they signed delfino. they need a backup pg more than another swing who will take up minutes from lamb. unless they're thinking of playing 3 guards while lin sits.

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    1. Delfino is big enough to fill the role of small forward. And he's a better shooter than Chandler Parsons. However, this would hold back the development of Parsons.

      Main point, Carlos Delfino would not sign with the Rox in the first place unless he's a starter.

      Maybe package Kevin Martin and Marcus Morris or Patterson to Atlanta for Josh Smith and a pick.

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    3. Delfino CAN play SF..... his size and skill set will see him put time in at the 3..... but as far as starting AND soaking up the majority of the SF minutes.... I think he may be a liability on defense against some of bigger, stronger SFs. And the long, rangy 3's guarding him are going to hamper his offense. Then there's all the youth that needs development time... I am encouraged though, by his defensive tenacity.

      I think Delfino is just going to be a stopgap depending on what they do with Martin. Even if they don't play Delfino, they got him on a great contract (cheap with a 2nd year TEAM option), kept him off other teams, and come mid season he can be traded too.


      But beyond that, there are just so many possibilities.

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    4. Delfino monster block on Mickael Pietrus
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H8HdUdsYzg

      Delfino Mix
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7avuMt40f8

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  5. morey talked about the starting 4, with PF open for someone to step up. i think it will be donatas. i don't see much upside in patterson. i think jones can eventually get more minutes than patterson. i like the idea of two PFs over having a traditional center, especially since Asik is the only good center on the team. when he sits, the rockets can play small and run....that's jlin's game, so this is really going to be an exciting year!

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  6. "Artificial star" and "Goran Dragic is better"? Really? The clutch fans podcast guys even said that even JLin himself doesn't think he is a superstar. JLin said himself that he aims to be the best player in the NBA. He took leadership and ownership of the Knicks. That's JLins mindset. The impact JLin has on a team alone makes him better than Dragic. JLin is also not any worse a finisher than Dragic. JLin draws fouls and finishes at the rim in a way I don't see Dragic ever doing.

    They are already brushing off JLin putting up numbers. JLin is beyond "a great pick and roll" and "intelligent" player. JLin is not just the numbers. He is about making everyone else better. Even if JLin puts up worse numbers than Lowry, JLin is more valuable in his ability to raise other people's game.

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    1. One important thing about Dragic and Lowry I noticed that those are guys who are not very confident in themselves and seem to always want the easy way out and I think that would be the thing prevented them from becoming a great guard. Lowry complained about losing his starting job and never wanted to fight it back. Going into the FA, Dragic always insisted that he must go to a team that guaranteed him the starting spot. I think that somewhat explained the insecurity about himself. While with Lin, there is an article stating that he did not have the Rockets guaranteeing him a starting role and he thought he didn't really need that. This is Lin, humbled in the public but very confident in his own ability inside. I never see him go out in the public and demand a starting job anywhere. Not even at the end of season or at the start of FA when he had every chance to demand it and say so. Or even when the Knicks wanted to sign Nash and Kidd, he still wanted to go back there and just always wanted to fight for the job and earn it through his ability and performance. I really think ultimately this kind of attitude will make Lin a better player than the likes of Dragic and Lowry. I really couldn't understand how those so called Rockets fans would prefer those self centered guys over a great guy like Lin. Maybe they just hate Lin's hype or maybe they just flat out don't appreciate a better person and a better talent.

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    2. Going to Houston, Lin never needed to say any of those things. He definitely wanted to be somewhere he would get utilized though (that's obvious), but the Rockets made clear on their own, Lin's going to be one of the, if not THE leader/captain.

      Having said that, Lin's attitude is a lot more desirable in many aspects compared to those two guys.

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    3. Lin's attitude is one of the reasons that made and will continue to make him successful and popular. Being confident in himself is especially important for a PG who basically directs the whole team. Lin will never say it in public but I think he's very confident in his own ability and needs no one's assurance.

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    4. Lin will be covered by the opposing team's best perimeter defender.

      For example, Lin will draw Andre Iguodala of the Nuggets. In 4th quarters, Lin will be covered by Lebron James or Kevin Durant.

      On the Knicks, this was not a problem because Carmelo Anthony was there to draw that top defender. Mike DAntoni also was using Steve Novak to space the court for Lin.

      With the Rockets lineup, Lin will have to make sure his perimeter teammates abuse lesser defenders. Lin, like Tim Duncan, is going to become the NBA's biggest DECOY.

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    5. We all know Lin will make sure to get the ball to his teammates.


      It's his teammates that need to make sure they move without the ball and knock down their shots.

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  7. Those guys in clutchfans simply don't know how good Lin is. Lin > Dragic anyday and it's not even close.

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  8. Lin, no doubt, with the even bigger target on his back this year, is going to get hit hard by teams across the league.

    I do expect a brawl, several brawls, over hard fouls Jeremy Lin will no doubt receive during the next season.

    With all the information that came out about Lin's new contract....

    I think HOU @ NYK will be one of those games. The fans will want blood. It's going to be one of the most intense, chippy, regular season games for NY.


    Thankfully,

    There will be hell to pay in the Rocket's organization if their people do not protect the new 25 million dollar investment.

    I don't want Lin hurt, but I am looking forward to the first cheap shot he gets. I want to see who steps up first. I've got Royce White and Parsons.

    That kind of toughness and unity is going to do wonders for this young team's confidence/chemistry.

    Royce White is an effing baller. Gonna be a real good pick @ 16. He's gonna be their junkyard tank. Complete opposite player to Melo. OMG SO EXCITED FOR THE SEASON!




    PS - With the enormous amount of young talent on the Rocket roster, and the moves they've made/not made.... I can't even speculate what they are gonna end up with.

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  10. Clutch fans are still hurt they didn't get Dwight Howard. That's their idea of a superstar, a big ego that is above the entire team. Lin is not one of those "superstars"

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    1. Ohhhhh, their feelibg is hurtttt! Get off their high, open their eyes and ears to see and listen the truth that D do not want to come.to a small market like ROCKETS. Every big stars including Nash are gunning for Championship this season at least. If the Rockets fans are exerting their presaure on the rebuilding team, it does not hekp at all but will only exacerbating the current situation.

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  11. The clutch fans podcast guys clearly overlooked Jeremy's potential to be much better than Goran Dragic although they like him as the face of franchise that is in rebuilding mode.

    Another big difference between Jeremy and Dragic is the ability of making other players better on both offense and defense. During his first 7-game winning streak with Linsanity line-up, we saw how Jeremy elevated Tyson's offensive game, Shump's defense and slashing game, Novak's 3PT shooting, overall Jared Jeffries' offense and defense, even Amare's game. I'm convinced the record could have been 21-5 had Carmelo not sulked and killed the ball movement (was 9-1 before Melo came back).

    On the other hand, Dragic had earned his confidence this past season but I'm surprised to see how Houston had lost 7 out of 9 last games to narrowly missing the playoff, often times they got outscored by 13-28 pts in the 3rd quarter. It's clear that Dragic was a very good PG with his own amazing run last season but he also proved that he is also not a superstar that inspired his teammates to make the push for the playoff. Morey had the right idea to blow up the team that underachieved. And I'm convinced Morey's advanced stats would show better +/- for Jeremy's than Dragic's.


    But the bright side is, it's always good to set low expectations as a non-superstar and surpass them to become an All-Star. I think the podcast guys will be pleasantly surprised next season. Houston has more shooters than NY to give good spacing to play P&R effectively. Hopefully the chemistry would be good.

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    1. I'm sure that 95-98 percent of clutch fans have watched 2 games or less that Jlin played in, and one of them was likely the Miami game. They've been listening to the national media and basing their opinions on other people who have watched Jlin 2 games or less. They grew emotionally attached to Lowry and Dragic, and they will eventually grow to feel the same way about Lin . Unfortunately, people in the US are not very intelligent and they tend to believe everything that is written in the papers. The majority of the media is a joke- they are looking to promote agendas and self-interest as opposed to real facts.

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    2. Yeah, it's funny how the clutch fans still pine for players that were not happy playing for the Rockets and wanted to escape Houston. Lowry demanded to be traded. Goran did not want to come back, and if he did it would be for a very high contract.

      And as for Dwight Howard, why cry over not getting him ? He made it clear he would not want to sign an extension with Houston. Why bring in a player who doesn't even want to play for your team ?

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    3. I think its goes back to Lin being Asian. Matt Flynn had two good games in the NFL but I have not read or seen anyone in the media say that he did not deserve his contract. He signed a 3 year deal for 20 million. 20 million is a lot of money in the NFL. But nobody in the media said a thing because Matt Flynn is white and white people are supposed to play QB. whereas Asians are not supposed to play basketball.

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    4. Yeah, I don't see too many articles calling Tebow overrated, or Jimmer Fredette as a bust in the NBA.

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    5. I also hear all this talk about how incredibly athletic John Wall is and how incredibly UNathletic Jeremy Lin is.

      That enrages me because they tested out athletically as being virtually identical.

      John Wall is considered the most athletic point guard in the NBA and Jeremy Lin is considered the most UNathletic point guard in the NBA. That's pure racism at work, folks.

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    6. The reason Jeremy continues to be underrated is because he's a pioneer in the NBA for future great Asian-American ballers the same way that Jackie Robinson had to break the color barrier for African Americans in the MLB. Jeremy would have to prove himself over and over again because many people still can't see beyond the stereotype.

      NCAA and NBA experts don't like to admit that they're wrong in not selecting Jeremy Lin in college and NBA drafts so that's why they find all kind of excuses. Even Houston who prided themselves in not judging players by their looks but by their productivity and performance made a big mistake to let him go the first time. I think Houston will be rewarded handsomely in the next 3 years.

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    7. To be fair, both ROCKETS fans and KNICKS fans should get over it and accept the facts that NBA is nit just bb but business; players gets traded and released every seasons and any seasons afterwards. Why cry over spilled milk and ifeither you a die hard teams' fans or fans for specific player, then just follow suit and render your support anywhere he goes. But not to the expense of thrashing your newly minted players which are clueless what wrong they did to deserve all the backlash. It will only demoralise the team you are claim to support.

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    8. Espn Sports Science: Jeremy Lin
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oebq1J-R9tg

      Slam: Is Jeremy Lin the new talent code for the NBA?
      http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/03/life-in-the-fast-lane/

      Bam score: Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, John Wall & Jeremy Lin
      http://thebamboxscore.com/2012/02/29/more-linsights/

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  12. It's will be great to have teammates that have Jlin's back, but the bigger issue is that Jlin needs to be able to protect himself. He can be the nicest guy off the court, but on the court he should be a shark and slam anyone that tries to hurt him (anyone remember Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas hugging and side-kissing before tip-off only to try and kill each other a few minutes later). Kobe said it best: http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7855899/los-angeles-lakers-kobe-bryant-says-los-angeles-clippers-blake-griffin-stand-hard-fouls.

    I think the only thing that stops Linsanity is injury. I'm really concerned someone may pull this again, and we'll be looking at another 30 game season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-H3MRf5J78 .

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    1. This guy

      http://sportsofboston.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/6.28.12_RoyceWhite.jpg

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    2. Lin does need to protect himself. He does need to learn how to "get his hands dirty."


      But more often than not, it's probably going to be better, and more feasible, for someone else, someone like Royce White (YES!!!) to remind everyone Jeremy Lin is not alone.

      You don't let your teammate get punked, you don't let your "little" guard go to battle by himself. You don't stand around after a 7 footer knocks your PG to the floor. You don't let your "star" get caught up with fouls, retaliation, and technicals.... no.... you send out an enforcer.

      It was sickening what players were allowed to get away with last year. Allowed by Jeremy, the refs, Woodson, and the NYK.

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    3. The referees should protect JLin. The league should protect players from dangerous plays. JLin should protect himself.

      The question is how JLin should protect himself. To "smack the f--- out of somebody" as Kobe suggests may send a message effectively. I do not think he would respond this way though. Neither do I think he should respond this way.

      JLin needs to send a message to protect himself, but that shouldn't be his only concern. There are other concerns as he is responsible to fans, family, his teammates, and his bosses. What I mean by responsible to the fans, his bosses, and his teammates is that he is paid to play basketball and not getting into physical fights. (Yes, I see the logic in saying that sending a message through physical fight helps him focus on basketball, but sending a message the right way is also important). He is responsible to his family in the sense that they probably did not raise him to be an impulsive brawler.

      Most importantly he is responsible to his God. "It's not about who's right or who's wrong. I'm going to respond with love," Lin said in the context of the Knicks free agency slight on him and the consequential media backlash against him.

      I do realise that sometimes physical retaliation is probably needed to protect yourself in everyday life. However, this is not the streets where you cannot expect constant monitoring and enforcement. This is the NBA where league officials and refs are paid hundreds of k to do their job, part of which is to protect players through making calls and making rules.

      Its macho to say that "I don't need no NBA to protect me." However, Jeremy has never feared men. He fears his God. That ultimately dictates how he should respond to hard fouls and dirty plays, and similarly malicious and hostile anti-fans and media.

      Frankly, if someone intentionally decked me while I was in the air, by impulse I would go after the guy. There's good logic in justifying physical retaliation in response to conduct that puts your health at risk. I will treat you how you treat me.

      However, JLin's fear of God is not only about logic.

      I'd recommend confronting dirty players, to be sure. Get in their face. Make it known that it was a dirty play. Nothing wrong or inconsistent with faith with using stern condemnation. At all times however, it must be done with respect to the other player. Show respect to the other guy who is also God's creation and someone treasured, valued, and loved by God.

      Again, not easily done at the spur of the moment and completely understandable for a non-religious person to recommend otherwise. What I view as JLin's proper response is based on my understanding of JLin's religious conviction, although I must say as a general rule, even for the non-religious types, physical retaliation should still be a last resort, especially in sports.

      For a Christian brother like JLin, to respond with any other attitude is just not who he is.

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    4. This is professional sports ON THE COURT, not some sound bite. Someone, either Lin or his teammates, have to step up.

      War & the Bible

      http://www.gotquestions.org/war-Bible.html

      So, where is the line? When Jason Kidd smacked Lin, then grabbed his hair and yanked him down? Kevin Love straight stepping on Luis Scola?

      I'll leave it at that, cuz otherwise I would say something indirectly(?) offensive probably.... trust I'm stifling a lot in deference to your positive ideals et al....

      Even if it feels like you wanna lump me with the violent, uncivilized, heathens that are non-Christian.



      PS - Being quiet, passive, harmony, some of the lofty ideals in many cultures and religions, do not fully translate in many areas. It's one of the reasons China basketball has not seen much success beyond Asia.

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    5. @Wilsc,
      I'm not a hard-core religious person, but I do know this. Jeremy is a special person and if he continues on to greatness, he will have a platform that can go far beyond basketball and make a difference in this world ala Magic Johnson/Yao Ming/David Robinson.
      If he continues on the path of being righteous and forgiving whenever he's brutally fouled and injured, he will never fulfill his potential for greatness and he will never have this platform. Instead, he will become a laughing stock and people will criticize him for being a flash in the pan. If you want to get biblical, there are plenty of instances in the old testament where God hammers those people down who have been wicked and sinful. Isn't it a sin for other players to want to hurt you because they are jealous and want to end thesuccess of Linsanity? I'm not saying go out and brawl, but he needs to man up and dish out some hard fouls himself to send a message he can't be pushed around.

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    6. Lin's coach McHale was one of the trashiest talking dirtiest playing NBA players of all time.

      McHale will artfully instruct Lin in the subtler nuances of kneeing guys in the thigh, jostling them into tripping, hitting guys with forearms off the ball, running over guards without being called for offensive fouls, squeezing guys with hand checks, and knowing how to get under an attacker's skin.

      This is the NBA where great players have to learn how to retaliate in order to stay great players. We don't want Lin crying in the press like Blake Griffin who is getting targeted more and more. Lin will learn how to properly retaliate within basketball rules, and it'll be more than enough.

      I'd like to see Lin becoming a big nasty bullying kind of guard who plays within the rules but makes guys afraid to play against him. Lin is sort of the Lebron James of NBA point guards.

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    7. Heh.

      The Chinese basketball league is the most violent league in the world. Fighting is commonplace there, much more than the NBA.

      Besides, Christians are a tough bunch who are willing to lay the smackdown on others (particularly non Christians). Jeremy Lin IS being a good Christian by physically protecting himself and resorting to violence if need be.

      If a Christian like David Robinson can get into fistfights in the NBA, so can a fellow Christian in Jeremy Lin.

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    8. @ # 1 j
      First off, I am not making a comment about you. People see things differently and I will not make conclusions about you without knowing you at a personal level. I am not trying to lump you into the violent and uncivilized type, and certainly not because you are non-Christian. Christians can be every bit violent and uncivilized as non-Christians. Being Christians does not make guys suddenly above it all.

      @jlinisasuperhero, # 1 j
      Regarding the retaliation point, I do agree that someone has to step up. My problem with the article is with Kobe's advice and Reggie Evans attitude in saying "...I ain't gonna depend on no NBA to take care of it." There should be a response, but I am saying that slamming people back is not the way to do it.

      There are biblical examples of when God hammers people down and orders nations to go to war. However, it seems to me that these are judgments that God makes. As His people, (I believe) we should leave condemnation and punishment for Him and not be quick to execute judgment on His behalf.

      I do agree with both of you that "a line must be drawn" and "someone has to step up." I do agree even that sometimes extreme threats warrant extreme actions.

      What I am also advocating is that JLin should be slow get angry and resort to these measures. Dishing out hard fouls may injure other players. That is a prime reason why I do not think it is the way to draw the line or to step up.

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      I also agree that JLin is bigger than basketball. His platform for being a good role model is based on his basketball so I also agree that it is important for him to protect himself and preserve his career. However, preserving his basketball career should not be at all costs.

      I see the concern that if he gets bullied around, appears to be a weakling, continues to be timid and a perceived pushover, he may lose this platform. He may become a laughing stock and people may criticize him for being a flash in the pan. Those are the struggles that JLin seem to have gone through himself throughout his rookie season and this season.

      It is exactly on these tough issues where his faith helps him out. He does not fear how men may be criticizing him, laughing at him, or looking down on him. His main concern is that he is playing with the right attitude. As a result, he may or may not lose the current platform and for God. If this platform does not reflect his values, perhaps it is something that he should let go of. I do not think he needs to give up this platform because he can man up without doing what others do to him.

      His definition of greatness and success (I think) encompasses first and foremost how God defines greatness and success.

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    9. The Chinese CBA league is not violent at all. They have good sportsmanship and very unbiased officiating. It was only that one brawl against the all-Black team from Georgetown who disrespected the Chinese players on their own soil.
      Almost all the problem players in the CBA are foreigners who bring their baggage in from overseas.

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    10. It's not a question of what JLin could do, or what he should do. But what he would be willing to do. [Not smack the h out of someone, it wouldn't be his idea of Godly basketball.]

      Another super-religious guy is Jeremy Lamb. Of course he's not a target like JLin. But he's dad was a player & is a coach, & would probably have a slightly different take on what constitute adequate Christian behavior on the court [as opposed to JLin's Chrisitan advisers: his pastor & parents.] Perhaps by playing with him, JLin will find a way to negotiate this grey area without feeling like he's doing his religious beliefs wrong.

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    11. @Wilsc,
      As you mentioned, I agree that Jlin should never sacrifice his principles. However, I do not agree at all that he is doing so by defending himself. If he actively fouls people and intentionally tries to hurt them without provocation, then I would agree that he's compromised his principles.
      He will not be able to bring glory to God if he is sitting on the bench hurt or worse have to retire early. Players are gunning for him- they are jealous of his attention and fame. He needs to be ready.

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    12. John Stockton was the dirtiest point guard I've ever seen.

      He HAD to be. During Stockton's playing days, his teammate Howard Eisley said that practically all the other black point guards were trying to knock Stockton out.But Stockton was so savvy and so tough that he ended up outlasting everybody.

      John Stockton regularly retaliated against guys that went headhunting for him. Against big men, he'd set vicious back screeens on them and get referees to call fouls if they tossed him aside. Against guards, Stockton would hit guys in the head with elbows off the dribble and knee them in the thighs if they got too close. And it all was LEGAL.

      John Stockton was happy playing clean basketball. But when opponents tried to bounty hunt him, he RETALIATED.

      Jeremy Lin, Ricky Rubio, Blake Griffin, and other targeted players need to master the fine art of retaliatory basketball.

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    13. WILSC - "completely understandable for a non religious person...." you wrote that. I perceived it.






      CBA may be violent...... may not be violent....... but being violent and cheap and petty is not what I'm advocating.

      www.yaomingmania.com/blog/2012/08/09/great-article-how-chinese-national-team-basketball-is-changing

      that article is more what I'm getting at. also when Yao came in the league, he was a little soft. he sure toughened up though and his game improved for it.



      BTW Jeremy Lin has been slow and quiet on these matters. but again where's the line. too slow too quiet. that Jason Kidd b.s.? come on. something should have been done. that's the one which sticks in my mind. but I know there have been a lot more.


      LAST POINT - if lin doesn't wanna toughen up his game and keep letti g it happen to him and get looked at as a finesse soft weak Asian guy...... fine..... if he really wants that..... but that just means his teammates need to protect him even more (like hockey, football, whatever). TRUST there will come a time when he will need to scrap himself with someone his size or smaller.

      if I'm Royce white and I gotta step cuz some five foot ten rookie is slapping lin around, and lin is doing absolutely nothing about it.....sure I will step in cuz I have to, but I'm gonna laugh at lin and lose respect....." maybe this guy really is just soft. "

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    14. I hope JLIN will step up on his game and also learn how to protect himself of the brutal offense and fouls he wil definately face in he upcoming seasons. I am a Christian too and a female which is much more older than JLIN.I know God's words : to love my enemies but I am not perfect therefore I don't always practise what I've learnt because I understand what a battleground is it out there. My only close contact game I've ever played was rugby; I am only 5'2" and was considered a nobody with a non threatening physical but I turned the table against opponent by playing along with their egos. JLIN is smart and I hope he can use bb IQ to deal with his opponenets and protect himself from injuries.

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    15. @ # 1 j

      Now that you quote what I wrote, I see how that can be reasonably be perceived as me being condescending towards non-religious types. My bad. Again, that was not my intention. What I meant was that non-religious types may or may not feel held back by religious convictions, so their responses are understandable in light of their different convictions. I did not mean to say that it is "understandable" for non-religious types because non-religious types are violent or uncivilized.

      @ jlinisasuperhero

      I do see the logic in saying that one good way of bringing glory to God is to stay on the court and to stay on the court someone needs to step up to protect JLin. Preferably it is JLin himself who steps up. JLin being confrontational would help dispel any perceptions of the pushover Asian guy.

      My view is still that retaliation with hard fouls is the natural and commonsense conclusion, but that he shouldn't do it. The question of what should be done is based on balancing competing values, including the value of gaining respect from other players around the league, respect from God, and simply the value of staying in the game (for the sake of bball fans!) My personal balance based on my ideals would definitely put greater weight on religious concerns.

      I do agree with most of what everyone has said. Thanks for all the thought provoking comments.

      How JLin deals with protecting himself is another thing that I am very curious about and another reason I cannot wait for the season start!

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    16. John Stockton Clips

      #1 - Going up against not just 6 ft 9 JR Reid, but David Robinson of the Spurs on consecutive plays. This was after Robinson deliberately threw Stockton down on a Stockton screen, and JR Reid deliberately elbowed Stockton's chin. Neither fouls were called. Also, notice Stockton's teammates and coach jump in to defend their "little man"

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcGk-TjlHwc

      #2 - Fluffy feel good piece, with a little insight on from Stockton on getting hit. (skip to 2:00)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KswfBq_tuGw

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  13. JLin & fam on Chinese TV

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w64hsfTcSsY

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    1. Very nice! They had his younger bro performing with him as well. It would be really fun to see JLin and his bro play together in a game.

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    2. JLin seems to be getting more comfortable with his mandarin. :)

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    3. JLin & Joseph in a game would be interesting. :)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ATP1yzcaD0

      Doing a lotta learning [?]
      http://p.twimg.com/A0RF_OBCMAAQA37.jpg

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    4. Nice clip of the bros practicing. Definitely just a practice. I think JLin was going easy on his younger bro. The game time JLin would not let the younger bro get around him so easily and would have easily swatted that ball (like on D Rose.)

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    5. Definitely going easy on the bro. :)


      Another clip from the same talent show.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPpjgZzHqU8

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    6. Mama Lin is funny! Volvo is not only getting JLin's services, but the rest of the family as well. Great to see the family is on board with what he's doing.

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    7. I hope JLIN will spend more time in his training rather going on some shows that have nothing to do with bb or his charity/ evengilism. His parents also should start tagging along for his future Asia"s tour/camp. His family can showw all the suports without being physically present.

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    8. Haha...mama Lin is so funny! And am i imagining things or has Josephy grown much taller recently? he's not that far off from Jeremy now. I must say Jeremy looks much more relaxed now. I think all the people mobbing them as a family in Taiwan was bit overwhelming for them. For those who were saying that the response in China seemed bit forced/subdued/controlled, I think it's just that in China, Jeremy's still not as popular as say Yao Ming who is a true blue China born. Also, it's olympics time...china has so many sports favorites to root for...JLin and bbal is probably nothing compared to their divers and table tennis players etc etc.

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    9. I think Jeremy prefers to have his family present. They are his source of support. He already said in the Steiner interview that he plays better when his mom is watching. Off the courts, it's always nice to have family around when you're doing all these tours which can be SO dreary and distracting. Family can put things into perspective for you and keep you disciplined with all the fanfare going around. Family can do this when even friends cannot

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    10. @via wong,

      Maybe Jeremy was just letting his bro score on him, but when the camera is on you can't let someone who is a D-III player score on you. That's a no-no, family or not.

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  14. Clutchfags? No, that's not a typo.

    Read this for a good laugh:

    Kidding, right? Kwame Brown would be a highly, highly, highly endorsed pick here at ClutchCity.net. He won't come in and dominate right away, but he has the potential to be an All-Star in 3-4 years. Big and versatile enough to play 3 positions, and all three (SF, PF, C) are needs of the Rockets. Kwame Brown in pinstriped jammies next to Cuttino and Steve? Oh yes. Now if only the Rockets could get high enough to take him.
    http://www.clutchfans.net/draft_profile.cfm?Player=50

    LMFAO!

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  15. This Sebastian Pruiti guy is a big doubter. Shows only video clips of turnovers and defensive breakdowns.

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/34797/jeremy-lin-on-the-rockets-part-ii

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    1. This Sebastian Pruiti did not understand what lin was doing on the fast break. Any basketball person with any kind of knowledge knows that the ball travels faster then someone that is dribbling. But this clown says this "On the break, Lin is too quick to get the ball out of his hands." If you want to score quick you have to pass the ball.

      I am getting tried of all the analysis of Lin. where is one about Rubio's broke shot or how john wall has not improved in 2 YEARS. Its like these people cant accept that Lin is a good great basketball player. SMH

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    2. I think Pruiti is fairly objective. Earlier he wrote about Lin's strengths:

      http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/34654/jeremy-lin-on-the-rockets-part-i-running-the-pick-and-roll

      I see some of the same things Pruiti sees. Lin is smart, so he is aware of these weaknesses as well. He has to improve in these areas, but he's fairly young so he has a good chance of doing so.

      InB4KHuangCallsMeAHaterAndCallsLinTheGreatestMostAthleticPlayerInTheNBA

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    3. achrondroplasiaphobia, you have a problem with me it seems.

      You've been a flameboy on so many occasions. Once again, you can't help being a little PUNK.

      Let's FIGHT. It'll keep people here entertained.

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    4. Mr. Pruiti's analysis on Jeremy's defense is incomplete.

      His analysis on Jeremy's on-the-ball defense is accurate and something Jeremy will need to work on not to give easy points.

      But why did he leave out his analysis on Jeremy's strength in off-the-ball defense to cut off the passing lanes and get steals/deflections that we saw so often?

      If it is going to be in Part III, Mr. Pruiti did a good job of creating buzz for his articles. If not, he might be in CAA's payroll :)

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    5. This is a more objective analysis of Jeremy's defense with good and bad:

      http://www.markmadsen.com/sports/top-ten-reasons-why-jeremy-lin-is-dominating.html

      10. Defensive Play:
      Frank Hamblen (One of Phil Jackson’s top assistant coaches) used to always say that if the other team finds a weak link they will pick at you “like a scab.” Not only is Jeremy Lin a good defender, he is averaging 1.8 steals per game in the past six games. If Lin’s overall stats only included the games where’s he’s received high minutes, Jeremy Lin would likely be in the top ten players in the league in steals alongside names like Wade, Chris Paul, and Ricky Rubio. Jeremy Lin easily holds his own on man to man defense. He helps his teammates out a lot by playing the passing lanes and coming up with steals. Nobody is able to pick at Lin (like a scab) because he plays good defense. Lin’s on-the-ball defense still has plenty of room for growth, but his off ball defense as evidenced by his ability to steal passes and strip players is very strong.

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    6. Pruiti has no idea of the team turmoil created by Lin's stardom.

      He doesn't realize that defensively, the Knicks were leaving Lin out on his own to make him look bad. No mention of the Knicks deliberately tanking games on defense to get D'Antoni fired was mentioned.

      Lin has slow lateral quickness? PUH-LEASE. Even on one leg, Lin led the Knicks on two winning streaks and wouldn't have had that ugly Carmelo Anthony tank job blemishing his record had Anthony not decided to blow the team up. Besides, it isn't as if guys were getting to the rim against Lin at will even with his teammates laying down defensively.

      Jeremy Lin is the NBA's biggest lightning rod. Haters just gonna hate.

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    7. +10000000000000000 khuang

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    8. @KHuang,

      Is Jeremy a perfect player to you? Can you ever be objective about his abilities?

      Pruiti is right on Lin's on-ball D. He gets beat off the dribble a lot, whether in isolation or being screened (his technique for fighting through screens needs a lot of work). That needs to improve because teams will make it a part of their game-plan to attack him. Where Pruiti misses the mark is that on-ball D (though important) is only one part of defense. Lin has a very good understanding of playing help-side D, which helps him make a lot of steals off the ball. He's lucky he'll be playing with Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons, though, which is a huge improvement over Melo and STAT defensively.

      As far as his transition play is concerned, he did turn it over a bit and that needs to improve. He made a lot of risky passes that turned into TO's. I'm not worried about this, though, as it's something that should improve with experience.

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    9. You can't play a pick and roll without proper help. PERIOD.

      I'm not saying Lin is elite for on - ball defense, but he's definitely at least average. Then you throw in the other aspects of his defense, which are pretty damn good.... and Lin is a great defender. Now add the fact that he produces more than his man and makes his team better than his man does.... And his net offense/defense comes out phenomenal. The net is what matters.

      He made a lot of risky passes that people bobbled or weren't even paying attention. But Lin gets the credit for the TO.

      It would be nice to get the TOs down.... but when you get the number of rebounds, steals, assists, etc... all those together outweigh and reverse those TOs.

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    10. #1j said it all for me, TVN.

      I look at the player's net impact, and I don't nitpick.

      Lin's record is the only statistic that really matters to me. 16-10 is pretty good considering that a tank job by teammates marred Lin's accomplishments.

      All players have weaknesses, including Lin. Why do you have a problem with that or me, TVN?

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    11. I skimmed Pruiti's article. I got all I needed to know.


      From what I can tell, he is using Lin's averages without regard to games started, and minutes played.

      Another thing I noticed? All the high lights of turnovers are from different games. And, I believe games from the start of Linsanity.... when they went 9-1. TO's??? Big effing deal. How about 9-1. I bet I could take 40 games worth of footage and make ANY PLAYER LOOK LIKE A POS by choosing 4 highlights and saying that's all he does.

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    12. Oh yeah, don't forget he played with that injury for XXXX # of games..... AND seeing as Lin was their only real PG option....... Lin could not afford tight physical defense.... Last? It felt like Lin was always going to get the short end of the whistle.

      Lin's blown by tons of players, THOSE PLAYERS ARE ALL POS getting burned by a reject. OOOOO Jeremy Lin NBA/DI reject sucks, and that guy destroyed you OOOOO.

      I love people trolling me telling me I suck while I win and beat ass.

      I love telling people, "I never said I was good.... and I am horrible and I just kicked your ass.... You are absolutely right I'm not good at this game, but I destroyed you..... Keep telling me how bad I am cuz this terrible player beat you Mr. Pro. YOU MAD BRO? L O L."

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    13. Pruiti could easily make mistake videos of Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, and Kyrie Irving.

      Also, I'm not truly sure if there is such thing as a great defensive point guard in today's NBA with strict hand check rules and less physicality than in the past. A lockdown defender like Maurice Cheeks would get lit up today like everyone else is.
      Like #1j keeps saying, Lin's 9-1 shows more about Lin's ability than anything else.

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  16. I would be more interested in seeing how JLin rates among other NBA point guards rather than other NBA players. I suspect other NBA point guards also frequently get blown by. JLin is capable of blowing by many NBA PGs. Does that make those PGs poor defensive players?

    "In transition, Lin looks very uncomfortable with the basketball. Maybe it's because he doesn't like being forced to rush and make a quick decision. It should be noted that Lin is at his best in the half-court, where he is able to dominate the ball, survey the situation, and then make a decision when under control...

    In addition, the Rockets are looking to run an organized break more often than not...This turns the fast break, a situation where things can get crazy, into a structured set with options. Having this option should allow Lin to thrive because it makes things simple for him."

    These two paragraphs can be explained with inexperience, and lack of training camp and practice time during the condensed season. JLin's performance on fast break is already very good for someone with his experience. It should improve much more with a full training camp working with teammates.

    Also, fast breaks are not situations which necessarily get crazy. Players on the fast break for the most part know where they should be depending on the numbers and they have formations which they run through during practices. Decisions even on fast break should also be "under control" as they are in half-court sets. Teams should be aiming to run an "organised fast break." That is the only way for any team to run an effective fast break.

    To say that the Rockets will run an "organised fast break" and that it will help make it "simple" for JLin who allegedly cannot make fast decisions outside of half-court sets shows how big of a cynical the author is regarding JLin's abilities. Any PG should expect his team to run "organised fast breaks" to make things "simple" for them. Executing these fast breaks effectively depends on the chemistry between players, which again can be developed through training camp and practice time.

    I'm no expert on fast breaks, but from the games I've watched, the commentators have always been impressed by JLin's fast break decision making. The statistics cited in the article compares JLin to all NBA players, which is like comparing apples to oranges. Again, I'd like to see JLin's ranking compared to other PGs. In any case, JLin's fast break performance will only get better as he gets more play time and practice time.

    Pruiti in his two articles paint JLin as poor offensive player, whose effectiveness is limited to the pick and roll and ineffective as a one-on-one and transition player, and also a poor defensive player. Certainly JLin has room to further develop in all areas of his game and he has in the past been prone to certain mistakes (e.g. turnovers) However, he has also learned very quickly and impressively to adjust and deal with those issues on the fly as he has shown with the Knicks last season. JLin's PER should certainly alleviate Pruiti of some of his worries about JLin's potential negative impact on the Rockets.

    When JLin shows Rockets fans what he can do on the court next season, hopefully Pruiti will realise that he has nothing to worry about!

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    1. Pruiti isn't a Lin fan. When Lin broke out, he was tweeting some pretty nasty things about him. He relented and called him ok after Lin kept shutting him up, but he isn't a fan and will basically use his analysis to paint an unflattering picture of Lin.

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  17. Rockets waived Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan. I thought at least Harrelson had the most potential of all the Houston big men as a low post scorer, he was demonstrating his hook shot for the Knicks. So they got NOTHING out of that Marcus Camby trade ?

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    1. Rockets owner Les Alexander got Jeremy Lin out of the Marcus Camby trade.

      Alexander tied up the Knicks cap by sticking Camby onto the Knicks roster. That space could've been used to sign Jeremy Lin.

      Similarly, the Kyle Lowry trade got Jeremy Lin too. Toronto was targeting Lin if they couldn't get Steve Nash. Once Nash traded himself to the Lakers, Les Alexander traded Kyle Lowry to the Raptors because he knew of their infatuation with Lowry. Thus the Raptors had no need for Lin.

      Les Alexander is one smart guy, tying up all those teams like that in order to get Lin and preserve cap space.

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    2. The Knicks had Lin's bird rights, so they can re-sign him without his salary counting towards the salary cap. They also gave up salary with Tony Douglas, Josh Harrelson, and Jerome Jordan for Camby, so the exchange was an even salary swap.

      As for Lowry, Toronto probably never considered Lin. They never even made him an offer.

      Do your research KHuang, Les is the owner, the GM Morley is the one who makes these deals happen.

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    3. I had the feeling that although Morley is the GM, Alexander is actually the brains behind the deals? On occasions, it seems like the owner Alexander is the puppet master making the deals happen.

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    4. I have done my research, ABC Baller. You should do yours too.

      Toronto was legitimately considering Lin if Steve Nash didn't sign. That is openly known, just as Toronto's interest in Kyle Lowry was known before free agency even started.

      Les Alexander IS the guy making the deals happen, just as wilsc said. He screamed in anger at Daryl Morey for months after Linsanity broke out, he pushed for the poison pill after NY said they'd match the first offer, and he's been the one guy highest on Lin.

      Darel Morey works for Les Alexander, not the other way around. If Morey had his way, Kyle Lowry (a Morey favorite) would still be a Rocket and Lin would be Lowry's backup. But Les Alexander makes the key decisions, not Morey.

      Despite Lin's Bird rights, adding payroll is adding payroll. In interviews, Les Alexander clearly said that he tried to tie up the Knicks cap as possible so that they wouldn't match Lin's contract. The Camby deal is part of that, as the Knicks could have let the traded players go for their own cap relief.

      I don't have ESP and thus cannot read Les Alexander's mind. It does seem to me that he checkmated the Knicks and Raptors in order to get Lin and relieve his own salary cap.

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    5. Toronto & Dallas called Jlin's people as soon as July 1 12:01 am ET came around, but then the Nyk scared them off with all the 'we will match' talk.
      [Even Morey didn't believe they wouldn't match, up to the last minute when JLin got the call from Grunwald. But then by then, Morey's desperate.]

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    6. Yeah, Morey was desperate.

      Les Alexander had been screaming at him for months because he was angry that Morey waived Lin. With Lin signed, no more screaming.

      Sometimes, I wonder if Les Alexander would have FIRED Daryl Morey had Lin not returned to the Rockets.

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    7. Camby was a Free Agent. The Rockets only did the sign-and-trade so Camby could fit into the Knicks cap. What the Rockets got back wasn't all that important. They did it because they wanted to help out Camby (who was a good locker room guy) and at least get something in return.

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  18. Amare on JLin

    http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/19288783/2012/08/15/stoudemire-believes-jeremy-lin-and-rockets-are-a-good-match

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    1. Stoudemire really has positive things to say about Jeremy.

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    2. stoudemire is such a standout guy...saying such nice things about JLin and Houston when other people are snuffing their noses at them. thumbs up!

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    3. Lot of Stoudemire's best years and numbers came out of Mike D, and Steve Nash. He knows wassup.

      IT's sad some of the good ones out there on NYK are pretty much handcuffed.

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  19. It's so obvious Jlin will be top5 in steals this year. You can see from his high school clips, to college, and to a lesser extent, the NBA, Lin always has had an uncanny knack for getting in passing lanes and knocking balls out of people's hands, some through skill & some through hustle plays. I wouldn't be surprised if he led the league in steals. But top5, I can virtually guarantee it.

    If Lin is the real deal, he is going to explode in Houston over the next 2 seasons. He will explode quickly too if his talent is real. By yr 3, he should be a legit All Star. He is one of the top 3 paid guys on the team (tied for second?) and there is no way Les Alexander will allow Mchale or other lesser paid players (the rookies) to undermine Lin's success on the court. They will find guys who want to play Lin's style of game. They will find guys who won't openly sulk on the court that they are the JLinettes. In fact in time, they will find capable guys who are happy to be JLinettes.

    JLin plays well with certain type of guys. Certain guys with certain personalities and skillsets are willing to play with him. Iman Shumpert was down, Tyson Chandler was down, Bill Walker was down, Landy Fields was down, Stephen Curry was down, Dorell Wright was down, and Steve Novak was down since Lin was the only guy who would pass to him at first before Novak blew up.

    Carmelo was not cool with it, Monta not cool with it, David Lee ( I know they are suppposedly friends) was not cool with it - at least not on the court when Lin was a rookie.

    I don't know much about Jeremy Lamb, but I hope he doesn't think he is the second coming of Jordan and clashes with Lin. I see potential friction there but I hope I am wrong about it. Royce White just simply looks like and plays like a Lin guy. I think he will become well known in Asia and a long time Lin teammate. Same goes for Donatas Mojatunas but I am not as sold on him just yet. DMo is like a crappier shooting but much more atheltic Novak who can also post and run the floor well. Delfino's game will also fit with Lin and the guy can really score and hit tough buckets. I think Kmart too will come around if he is even around at all. I have no clue about Patterson, Jones, and the other power forwards on that team. But more importantly, Asik will also fit in with Lin and defer on offense to everyone else and play tough D. I wonder if Asik will be able to run Pick&Rolls.


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    1. I agree with you that Lin will be top5 in steals next year. Check out Jlin and @delesobo teaming up in this Burgess Park game! Tons of fun! You can see some nice steals in this recent video.
      http://youtu.be/6POAbajvPls

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    2. @Jlinhkfan

      Looks like that SPARTA Training is helping. Nice powerful dunk there.

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    3. I got excited for a new Lin clip.... then as I watched it.... "this is like watching replays of me playing 10 year olds....."

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    4. @swinglinezigzag

      "I don't know much about Jeremy Lamb, but I hope he doesn't think he is the second coming of Jordan and clashes with Lin. I see potential friction there but I hope I am wrong about it."

      - Don't think there will be much problem be Jeremy Lamb. He & his dad are pretty serious Christians, he doesn't seem the type to be pulling any kind of underhanded crap. There's common ground JLin & Lamb can build from.

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    5. Also, Christians & humility.

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  20. F......it no one respect JLin skills..even the Rockets media is putting him down as much as the knicks does....i am sick of these kind of negativity towards JLin. Why cann't anyone give him so credit he deserves. Look at Asik he got the same deal but he got all the good reviews n praise but JLin always got hate. Even he is the perfect guy on the entire NBA......Talking about over rated look at D william he dint do shit in the olympics.......5 yrs $100 million is over paid!!!!! I dont care how many years of experience he has under his belt shes old n suck!!!! over paid n over rated!!!!!!! I wish JLin the best the up coming season n prove alll the hater wrong....Hes an all star!!!!!! Nough said...peace out my niggas

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    1. 100 million over 5 years? really? wow...I didn't know that. I really hope that all these athletes earning big money do something worthwhile with it..donate to charity and stuff. There are so many less fortunate people in the world, thousands dying of hunger and malnutrition every day. Make the world a better place.

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    2. Bigblack,

      It is obvious to everyone here but yourself that you are Asian. It's bad enough to pretend to be black, but please don't shout out "black" speak and try to talk street or hood. I'm sure you are just trying to be funny and I can see you are a Lin fan, but let's not go too far...

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    3. @ swing..................... interesting.........

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    4. @swinglinezigzag:

      Curious. What constitutes "going too far"? He hasn't crossed any line that doesn't get cross routinely, and most aren't just trying to be funny either.

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    5. This is a site that originally had many followers who were Asian Americans who appreciated and related to Lin's struggles and was awed by his triumph last year.

      It's not cool when white and black people make kung fu sounds mocking and mimicking Asians and Asian Americans, among other things. It shouldn't be cool when Asians pretend to be black online and then use the N word etc. The "Peace Out" comment is going too far.

      For everyone who got so offended at the "C in the Armor" comment on ESPN, it's no different here except we are on a small scale Jlin fan site where 99.9% of the people are of some Asian descent. If there were 50 black folk on this board, they would not take bigblack's comments in stride.

      Just because other races and cultures can be pathetic and small minded, doesn't mean the people on this board have to be that way too. Bigblack can go on the ESPN comment sites and respond to any of those Knicks / Lin articles to act that way.

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    6. Black n proud son!!!!!!!! N JLin biggest fan!!!!!!! Peace out!!!!!!!!!!!"

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  21. JLin mix
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WDK6NCsxzo

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  22. JLin "The Basketball Ambassador of KFC China"
    http://p.twimg.com/A0Y4H01CcAA7LkK.jpg
    http://p.twimg.com/A0Y5CveCMAEOKsX.jpg


    He has safely landed in Guangzhou

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  23. Aaron boone should be suspended and fined like that other espn writer. Never seen someone so obsessed with ch8nk in the armor phrase on national television. NBC got it right, if you can't survive without using this phrase then crack in the armor it is. This idiot actually used the plural form this week to describe two players.

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    1. All these so call themselves as professionals should go back to the stone age and remain there for the good of humanity. ESPN should be fined for allowing this absurdity for repeating itself. "A FOOL IS SOMEONE THAT WANT TO SAY SOMETHING" compare to a 23 years old that only speak only he has something to say-wise man.

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    2. I am proud to be black and i'm proud to be JLin biggest fan n no one can stop that. I do not see people by their color but i see their struggle and how hard they work to make their dreams come true. I am sick n tired of people stepping on JLin.....even though he is so hummble n a role model for all the race. Lebron you r the best in tha olympics : ) Thanks for bring back home the gold. I'm black n proud.........also a JLin fan!!!!!!" peace out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  24. JLin stop the layup drills and parade stuff and just get in the gym with a ball hawking defender. Grant Hill played full court against a point guard and turned himself into a point forward. Jrue, Mario Chalmers even a Norris Cole are all waiting to go right at JLin next season.

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    1. I'm sure that once training camp starts next month, he will have full-on practice with NBA level defenders. He knows that dribbling under pressure, and especially double teams, is a weakness he needs to shore up.
      Rockets management also knows this and they will do everything to fix his game.

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    2. ABC Baller, I hope so and ROCKETS should establish their roster soon for by Sept in order he team to for a new roster. I am bit worry about ROCKETS of signing on Machado. Whether his words were taken out of context or he whole truth, is might be a conflict with his and JLJN personalities whether on or off court.Indeed there are some level of egos and boastfullness in all league players even JLJN himself but for a rookie, being confident of his ability is good in this biz but against his own potential team mates is a bit worrisome. Can anyone shed some light on this issue?

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    3. Michelle Wong - I wouldn't worry about Machado. If anything, he's putting pressure on HIMSELF by talking big. I dobut JLin will feel pressured by Machado's talk: JLin is just gonna play his game and dominate! Whatever Machado says, JLin has heard it all before, and dealt with it.

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    4. Yupp. JLIN will just carry on with his practices and training no matter how he has becomes and will become in the fuure. He needs to stick to his belief, his discpline and not bothers about all the belittling and trashing by haters and doubters. Overall Rockets coaches and trainers has to step up to substantiate the roaster, game plan not just for JLIN but he rest of the players. If JLIN has to be the leader on and off court, my advise to him : " Only those who respect the personality of others can be of real use to them" & "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."

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    5. Michelle Wong:

      KHuang said it best earlier ... if Machado is better than Lin, then Machado deserves to be the Rockets starting point guard. However, the reality, based on Machado's college career and his summer league performance, is that Machado won't make the roster of the Rockets - or any other NBA team for that matter - without a couple of years in D-League or overseas first, and even then it will be a stretch. What is far more likely ... for Machado's sake, I hope that he made good use of his 4 years at Iona to get himself an excellent education. The same swagger that he has on the basketball court and in interviews with tabloid media types obviously leading him on could come in handy in a corporate sales or marketing environment, or maybe in IT or law. When we spoke about Machado a few weeks ago, I was being as respectful of the kid's prospects as possible, but the truth is that Toney Douglas is a more talented, accomplished player than Machado. And just as Douglas poses no threat to Lin, Machado poses on threat to Douglas.

      Also, this lockerroom chemistry thing is way overplayed. It is often used as an excuse for deficiencies in talent and coaching. There have been tons of great basketball teams where the players hated each others' guts, and there have been plenty of teams where the athletes got along like family that were terrible. Truthfully, on any great team you'd expect friction because a great team is going to have multiple guys with a lot of ability and skill who all want to be the best. That is why I was cautioning people on wanting Lin out of New York last year. Any GOOD team is going to have several guys who want to be the star and believe that they should be. The Celtics of the 80s, the Bulls of the 90s, the Lakers of the 80s of the past decade were filled with guys who feuded and complained about their roles. Championship teams where guys actually get along like San Antonio are rare. So are situations like Miami, where guys who are already friends off the court go to a team in free agency, and even Miami has the potential to go south ... since the pressure to win a ring or be considered a failure is off, now is the time when a guy like Chris Bosh often decides that he is underutilized and underappreciated.

      It is part of the NBA and Jeremy Lin is an NBA player. You wouldn't want Lin to be on a team where no one competes against and challenges him, because it wouldn't be a team worth rooting for. Such a team would be Lin and guys just looking for a paycheck. So Machado is no threat to Lin because he doesn't have much ability. But if the Rockets are going to be any good, it is because they are going to have several guys with Lin's ability, or close to Lin's ability, and the same desire to show it as Machado does.

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    6. Michelle Wong:

      KHuang said it best earlier ... if Machado is better than Lin, then Machado deserves to be the Rockets starting point guard. However, the reality, based on Machado's college career and his summer league performance, is that Machado won't make the roster of the Rockets - or any other NBA team for that matter - without a couple of years in D-League or overseas first, and even then it will be a stretch. What is far more likely ... for Machado's sake, I hope that he made good use of his 4 years at Iona to get himself an excellent education. The same swagger that he has on the basketball court and in interviews with tabloid media types obviously leading him on could come in handy in a corporate sales or marketing environment, or maybe in IT or law. When we spoke about Machado a few weeks ago, I was being as respectful of the kid's prospects as possible, but the truth is that Toney Douglas is a more talented, accomplished player than Machado. And just as Douglas poses no threat to Lin, Machado poses on threat to Douglas.

      Also, this lockerroom chemistry thing is way overplayed. It is often used as an excuse for deficiencies in talent and coaching. There have been tons of great basketball teams where the players hated each others' guts, and there have been plenty of teams where the athletes got along like family that were terrible. Truthfully, on any great team you'd expect friction because a great team is going to have multiple guys with a lot of ability and skill who all want to be the best. That is why I was cautioning people on wanting Lin out of New York last year. Any GOOD team is going to have several guys who want to be the star and believe that they should be. The Celtics of the 80s, the Bulls of the 90s, the Lakers of the 80s of the past decade were filled with guys who feuded and complained about their roles. Championship teams where guys actually get along like San Antonio are rare. So are situations like Miami, where guys who are already friends off the court go to a team in free agency, and even Miami has the potential to go south ... since the pressure to win a ring or be considered a failure is off, now is the time when a guy like Chris Bosh often decides that he is underutilized and underappreciated.

      It is part of the NBA and Jeremy Lin is an NBA player. You wouldn't want Lin to be on a team where no one competes against and challenges him, because it wouldn't be a team worth rooting for. Such a team would be Lin and guys just looking for a paycheck. So Machado is no threat to Lin because he doesn't have much ability. But if the Rockets are going to be any good, it is because they are going to have several guys with Lin's ability, or close to Lin's ability, and the same desire to show it as Machado does.

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  26. am not sure if anyone posted this before...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=EgqNerKKFqE

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    1. jeremy's thank you speech at ESPYs award ceremony
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0uj7RHy0po&feature=related

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    2. Yeah JLin even gave a s/o to JR, & the next thing you know, the guy was twitter-dissing him & talking about his contract & jealousy in the locker room among more 'deserving' players...

      See JLin talking about not picking up after himself when he was staying on his bro's couch. He's really not the neat type [his vid reply to the Stuy students showed a messy kitchen.] That's why him picking up after others in the team is all the more remarkable, he's really putting conscious effort in trying to curb getting a Linsanity-ego, humbling himself. [I just hope people will understand what's he's doing...]

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