Sunday, October 14, 2012

Don't Stop Believin'

Things haven't gone as well as I would like but I'm not going to stop believing.

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I remember these times well:

Jeremy Lin #7: Open Practice at Oracle

Jeremy Lin #7: That Was Ugly

These were times when he looked like he didn't even belong on an NBA Court. This won't be the last time Jeremy struggles either. Just remember, JLin has always bounced back stronger and he'll keep learning and growing from the challenges.

Also, all the guys who mocked me way back in the day, seemed to just disappear during Linsanity. Then, when he has a bad game, they reappear or come back with a different handle. It's OK, I'm used to it and I'm sure Jeremy is as well.


78 comments:

  1. Go Jeremy. Gospeed to you and your teammates.

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  2. Amen to what the Mr Screwup said on the game thread (others have said similar things in the past):

    " ..... Jlin is a loyal guy which is admirable but c'mon, you're in the NBA now and you need to get an NBA shooting coach not a Girls High School team shooting coach."

    Mr Screwup: I took out the "fire the coach". Don't put it like that, Jeremy may not bite, (;~D). Doc is a good coach, but Jeremy must move on to hiring a coach who specializes in tutoring NBA shooters - like the man who taught Kevin M.

    I think it will really help Jeremy tremendously if reads Michael Terry's post at: http://www.jeremylin.net/2012/08/doc-on-jlin.html

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  3. @Virginia

    I agree with you on what you said on the Spurs game thread! I also couldn't help noticing that when Lin came back, the team was CLOSING THE GAP big time, which is why I was STUNNED to see the POOR STATS on Lin afterwards ! But it's not enough, because the NBA *DOES NOT REWARD* a ONE ASSIST POINT for the player who assisted once removed (not like in Hockey). It's a very unfortunate and flawed system, because Lin clearly played much better than what the stat showed...... Still, he needs to become a better shooter, which he will *IF* he switches his personal shooting coach.

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    1. I didn't watch the game but I read some articles about Lin. Sounds really not good. I'm a big Lin fan and really want him to succeed in Houston. However, did nobody suspect the chemistry between Lin and new rookies? Lin played good with Martin, Parson. Yesterday two rookies played and they all like to score themselves. That's the big difference from Knicks and Houston. In linsanity, Lin controlled balls and passed a lot but yesterday, no ball movement. Coach got upset, Lin got upset. I don't know why. I could't believe Lin only got 1 assit and Machodo got 11? How? Did rookies got jealousy of Lin too? And planed not to support him and made Machdo to replace Lin? I really suspected Machado's intention in Houston. I heard he rejected some other teams and insisted to come to Houston because he said he's better than Lin. Also he is from NY. Does that mean something suspicious? So far he really did good job. So what will happen next if Lin could not do better in regular season? Just think, if some rookies planned to damage Lin's career, they can just not cooperate with him and see Lin's failure on purpose. Am I just delusional? I really worried about Lin's future in Houston. One he lost trust from the coach, his career would be over.

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    2. If that's the case, it's even scarier than iso-m who tanked their games purposely. That person did that because he had been a star for some time, so couldn't stand someone else stole his spotlight.

      But these kids are just rookies!!! I hope they are not "polluted" yet.

      And if it's that obvious that they did try to do damage, even we fans can sense it, wouldn't the coaches see that? If they did, why would they still allow it to happen?

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    3. I had a very delayed reaction to what implied earlier with "... the NBA *DOES NOT REWARD* a ONE ASSIST POINT for the player who assisted once removed (not like in Hockey)".

      I meant to say that they should give *a half* of one point (not a full point).


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  4. Are you serious ? It's just preseason !!!!

    Yesterday irving 3/13.... C'mon guys, looks like someone is dead. Stop cryin'... It's better miss now than in october. He's only getting in shape.

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    1. Kyrie Irving's situation is a little different. Irving broke his right hand (his shooting hand) in July. If his shooting touch isn't back by December, then Cavs fans can start worrying.

      It's the same with Lin. If he's still struggling by December, then you can start getting out your pitchforks. Until then, it's too early to worry.

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    2. Hi Spotless,

      Yes I'm serious about changing his shooting coach. Jeremy needs to think about adapting the shooting technique of players like Nash (at least take a look and consider). Nash and other better jump-shot shooters shoot at a high percentage, and Jeremy's technique is different than theirs. It's apparently very easy to fix by simply changing the technique and then it's a matter of practice.

      Without a question, Jeremy can EASILY become a much better shooter, simply because many others have already done it consistently. Lin doesn't have lesser muscle memory than the better shooters - it's simply that their shooting technique is better. Nash demonstrates it in a short youtube video.

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    3. Overreaction? One bad shooting night and Lin needs to change his shooting technique? Did Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony change their shooting technique 82 times last season?

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    4. Well Maybe you could be right ztrta about the shooting coach but it's just preseason and i would be more worried if he'd be in good shape now.

      Let's wait some serious games....

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    5. Lin's knee is affecting his jump shooting.

      For all my bombastic drivel about getting better technique, the hard truth is that I'm FULL OF IT. Lin will be fine once his knee recovers.

      I was wrong to criticize Doc Scheppler. Lin knows what a good shooting coach is and wouldn't hire a coach that breaks his shot. The season will wind kn and Lin will steadily improve, though I hope that he doesn't get physically knocked out by NBA referees refusing to call flagrat fouls on him properly.

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    6. @Cara

      It's not an overreaction - you are. (and there's a reason why I don't use Carmelo's entire name - it will attract Lin-haters here more - he's the only one with that name).

      Kobe, Carm, Nash, LeBron, CPaul.... all consistent-shooting (jump shots) veterans probably changed their technique only ONCE or TWICE in their entire 8 to 18 year NBA career; There are only a few pro-level techniques - and NBA players start with at least a *good* technique right off the bat - if not with THE best technique. Because of the internet, most top players START with an excellent technique (probably started it in in their "basketball factory" colleges.

      Even when Jeremy was healthy, aside from his hot streak, his jump shot percentages were inconsistent. That aspect and *not* taking hard-fouls on other players to get even (unless a role player does it for him) are the only critique I have about Jeremy's play..... I have never criticized him before; the jump shot issue - under just 2 threads regarding the same pregame - were the only ones.

      It doesn't do Jeremy any favors to sugarcoat *everything* he does *at all times* - including from his fan site (that should only please his haters). There is difference between constructive and malicious criticisms. There is no harm done with trying to improve one's game by trying a well-known technique most elite vets use; a lot of top veterans still talk about improving or adding more versatility to their game.

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  5. Every player has his ups and downs. But for Lin, success is dismissed and failure is magnified. Can't say we didn't expect this. Racism, jealousy and ignorance at its best. :-(

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    1. His shooting seems off starting from this summer(in China). I truly hope he just had an off night like you said but seeing him consistently missing the wide-open shots is quite frustrated.

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    2. How did you know his shooting was off in China when he didn't even play a competitive game there? And how was he "consistently" missing wide open shots when yesterday was the 1st game he was off?

      Honestly, some Lin fans are more ridiculous than Lin haters. Over reacted and over worried about everything.

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    3. We all saw short scrimmage tapes fro Jeremy's Asian trips. They didn't look that good to me also.

      The fan from Hong Kong is referring to Lin's 1 of 10 shooting; that's not shooting "consistently" for wide open shots by any player's standard. Jeremy himself agreed, and he will learn and get better from it, as he told reporters.

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    4. @Cara - "Honestly, some Lin fans are more ridiculous than Lin haters. Over reacted and over worried about everything."

      SPOT ON!

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  6. he had doc as his coach last summer too, before linsanity even started. was his shot broken last year when he scored 40 on the lakers? when he hit game winning 3's? so why now? let's not over-react guys, let the guy play a couple games and then we'll see.

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  7. To the game's point of view, a vicious foul can not become the norm, otherwise the quality of the NBA will be reduced, concerned about Jeremy Lin is a personal preference and should nothing hinder someone!

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  8. Tom Ziller ‏@teamziller
    The Jeremy Lin slander coming out of New York needs to stop. RAYMOND FELTON IS YOUR STARTING POINT GUARD.
    4:28 AM - 15 Oct 12

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    1. Can a practicing lawyer or someone with adequate legal knowledge tell me that Jeremy reserves the right to take irresponsible, unethical people to court for the defamatory comments they made?

      We shouldn't let these people get away with lies and slanders about Jeremy!

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  9. Lin is still learning how to play for Coach McHale.

    Remember that McHale is a much more demanding coach than Coaches Woodson, D'Antoni, and Smart. Most Rockets guards, including Kevin Martin, have difficult first years playing for McHale but then really excel once they learn his championship brand of basketball.

    Jeremy Lin is still getting acclimated to the Houston system and will have more off nights with shooting. However everything else he's doing appears to be All Star caliber to me, including shutting down Tony Parker which NOBODY can do!

    I see the only flaw in Lin's game to be his errant jumper. Yet even with a fatally flawed jump shot, Lin is still playing like he's the 2nd coming of Ason (Jason) Kidd! That's still worth the $5 million Lin's earning this season!

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    2. Agree! With everything.

      But I'm also worried about the hard or flagrant fouls against Jeremy (that were done to him even during these pregames). They are obviously done to either get Jeremy sidelined for that game or for the next game - or maybe hoping longer. So many players have taken cheap shots at Jeremy - both physically & verbally - yet, they wouldn't be doing that to him if they *truly* believed Jeremy is overrated; they are doing that to him because of jealousy and for "competitiveness" in a dirty way.

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    3. Agreed, KHuang. Lin is trying to correctly run McHale's system. Frankly, I'm doubtful about McHale's offense; I believe D'Antoni's, for example, offense is strictly better because it optimizes your PGs usage rate, and your point guard is your best ball handler and decision maker. Also, D'Antoni's offense doesn't require so many players all working in synchronicity. McHale's offense is going to look awkward until everyone understands and executes it fluidly. Perhaps at that point it will approach a D'Antoni level of efficiency. We shall see.

      Also, people shouldn't read too much into Machado's assists. Machado is getting assists by short circuiting the offense.

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  10. To be very honest, isn't Lin and the Rockets struggling and losing to the Spurs the most predictable result? The Rockets are projected by many as a lottory team while the Spurs were the No 1 regular season team for the last 2 years. And people somehow would expect Lin to dominate and beat them? Are you kidding me? Dare I say it, put Lebron James in place of Lin to yesterday's Rockets team, they would still lose to a full strength Spurs team!

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  11. I agree with you Cara I think there has been alot of over reaction here. I expected it on the houston rockets boards.. man there almost as bad or worse than NY. Anyway jlin doesnt need to change his shot I mean come on. I have faith in him to make it through this rhythm problems and be back to form by start of the season. That being said I hope he plays tonight.

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    1. Based on the reaction of a bad preseason game, the board owners and Lin fans better learn how to deal better with trolls since Lin and the Rockets won't go 82-0. Ha.

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    2. Cara - You keep overreacting, while accusing others of it. Actually, you're very intolerant of differing opinions - even rather moderate ones. And you're not making any points by grossly and comically exaggerating what people you disagree with said.

      It's people like you that may push away some Lin fans who make great contributions to this forum with their superior basketball knowledge (not me, which is why I like them) and substantive commentaries.

      Even the best team in the league don't win ALL their games. And there are no 82 different NBA shooting techniques.

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  12. Finally, get to watch JLin ballin' again. I'm from Miami , and Dwade was my favorite player until JLin show up. JLin caught my attention because of the way he play. He's relentless going to the basket and he plays hard evey time he's on the court. During Linsanity, he dominated the game like Wade used to do it. Fearless going to the hoop. Anyhow a few words to true JLin fan, just be greatful that you all have someone like JLin to look for during the NBA season. He makes NBA more exciting to watch. So he had a bad game offensively, but that didn't mean he wasn't fun to watch. All the negative criticism and advice on his shooting technique and shooting coach were just funny to me. JLin is a pro athlete playing in the NBA. Are you telling me that he needs to adjust his game to please his fans? This is not fantasy NBA. JLin will be fine. He will play his heart out every game this season. Just sit back and enjoy because basketball is fun to watch again. The kid is just awesome!

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    1. Totally agree, JLin has proven he shines brightest when the games count. Preseason is more about getting in NBA game shape. No need to worry at this point.

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    2. i was really impressed also with the athleticism of this team. the rookie talent is amazing. i really think this team can make the playoffs and i believe houston's not done making moves this season come trade deadline. they need an enforcer to help out omer on the boards.

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  13. This game reminded me of the Celtics game last year, before he came back to sleep on Fields' couch. I'm sure Jeremy is upset and is beating himself. He is also going to come out firing. Relax y'all. He's going to score 15 points and have 7 assists in the next "full" outing. I say full b/c this is still the pre-season and he really should not play normal minutes.

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    1. excellent prediction. western conference has always had amazing guards and teams that play the west coast style offense which thrives on transition and athletic play. it's adjustment for Lin and you just know that he's going to go back to the video and fix his mistakes for next time (against SA, especially).

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  14. I think Jeremy Lin is too soft and too nice to be playing in the NBA. People clobber him because he's such an easy target (same with Derrick Rose, too nice). And some of the stuff he says in interviews actually encourage this ("It's ok to get hit as long as I get free throws").

    He really needs to defend himself on and off the court. When people slander him in the media, I want him to respond back, don't act like he didn't hear it. The more passive he is, the more people will walk all over him. Even some of the stuff he says in interviews comes off as a guy who blames himself even when it's not his fault. When people cheapshot him, he needs to get up and get in their face.
    Refs(biased) and teammates can only do so much, he needs to be the one to defend himself.

    I have seen videos of guys like Metta world peace doing layups and no one dared smack him down.

    Also, he needs to work on not constantly driving to the paint doing layups, that's where most people cheapshot him. Work on post-ups or shooting mid-range shots.

    I think in the preseason, teams are testing to see how much they can clobber JLin without getting called. Their plan is working.

    If nothing changes, he'll probably get injured again in the coming season.



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    1. I wouldn't say he's too soft but he's definitely too nice. He even hugged Lopez after Lopez clobbered him.

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    2. @7b88806e

      Well said. I agree with you completely.

      Saying publicly it's fine to receive *hard* fouls to get free throws wouldn't help Jeremy; they are done by the thugs in an effort to take him out of the game or to quickly get him tired or sore. I'd retaliate and do the same - or allow a massive teammate to do it.

      It may be fine for playoff games. Kobe said taking hard fouls for free throws are not worth it most of the time, which is probably why this is his 17th season in the NBA.

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    3. there's no question our boy can take a hit. the muscle he put on in the offseason is obvious. You can just tell that he's stronger and more importantly, i saw his confidence in his ball handling. I really don't think the left hand is an issue this year. overall, whatever he did in the offseason definitely improved his game. it was clear that SA prepared well against him yesterday.

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    4. When I said that he was "too soft". I meant that when people clobber him, he gets up without saying a word. Then when reporters interview him, he says it's ok to take hard fouls.

      He really needs to get in the person's face about getting fouled hard. Either that or call them out during a media conference. If he doesn't bring attention to it, the fouls will continue and be even worse.

      I think him standing up for himself would be best, having a teammate do it for him only makes him look like a soft person. If he stands up for himself, his teammates will rally around him (I think someone said this before some months ago).

      Bottom line is, with the cheap shots that JLin has been getting, I fear he will not be able to stay healthy in the coming season. He has talent (no doubt about it), but when his body breaks down because of the hard hits, his career won't last that long.

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  15. OH NOES!

    JLin had a bad preseason game.

    The sky is falling.

    His career in the NBA is OVER.

    Time to start the great Scott Machado instead!!!!

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    1. @Ixy,

      But what else are we to do on a Lin site?

      All we can do is talk about the game and how he played. pretend that our comments matters at all to jeremy. we can only hope that he bounce back in the next game.

      I don't think anybody here mention anything on starting machado. I know clutchfans does, but that has nothing to do w/ this site.

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    2. no question that machado can distribute the ball. but they've already invested in Lin and they also got delfino and douglas (who looked surprisingly solid against NOH). I don't think he'd have a shot at starting unless there were injuries.

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    3. @JW There's a difference between talking about JLin's game and overreacting based on a bad performance in a preseason game.

      This won't be JLin's last bad game. Everyone has them.

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  16. Personally, I thought that Jeremy was not involved enough or had some bad decisions in the first quarter. I will try to go back and watch the game again, but that first quarter probably is the more important quarter to evaluate since spurs also have their starters playing.

    One thing is he passed the ball off after crossing the half court line and the ball doesn't really get back to him. The other is he tried to go to paint but it's all clogged, but he will still try to force ball inside to Asik.

    I don't believe I saw too much of the drive in and kick out to the outside shooters which I think is one of his strengths. He tried to force inside passes which were not available.

    To me, Jeremy also seemed to had trouble guarding Tony. Tony was able to use the screen effectively and Lin looked like he was just chasing Tony from behind on some plays.

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    1. i totally agree. the SA core has been in tact for all these years. of course they'd know precisely how to set screens and set picks for TP. Not to mention the dude is speedy also. Somebody needed to tighten up on danny green. he was lighting it up from distance and houston just let him shoot it without a hand in his face. for a fast break team, our rockets were extremely poor in defending the transition. and their defense breaks down after a couple passes and that can't happen. I lost count of how many times SA guards walked up to the basket for an uncontested layup in the second half.

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    2. Excellent analysis and done it succinctly to boot.

      It's good that this was against a tough veteran team with a lot of playoff experience. The Rockets will benefit from it by going over and learning from it.

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  17. awesome to see our boy back in action. sure he had a poor shooting night, but it was really the high turnovers that the entire team had which did them in. SA had a ton of blocks on dunk/layup attempts and houston simply couldn't post up effectively against the experienced SA big men. yet, despite all the turnovers and airballs, Houston still fought back to within 3 points at some point.
    let's not forget that martin was sitting on the bench to rest, so it was tougher to stretch the floor during their half court sets. i was surprised by the offensive efficiency of both omer and dmo. there are a lot of effective pieces in this young team that coach has at his disposal. imo parsons needs to make better decisions with the ball if he's going to be a starter. Rockets need to try and get back on D better in transition. and Lin needs change things up instead of constantly using the high pick and roll, defenses are looking for that every time.
    SA is a top team in the west, and houston is in rebuild mode. Houston's got fight. JLIN is our guy.

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  18. I am a bigtime Lin fan, and I believe I am somewhat informed about basketball.

    Having said that, Lin looked absolutely horrible against the Spurs and I am concerned. We all want Lin to fill up the box score but honestly as long as his team wins big I don't think he cares nor should we. Plus if other teams are dumb enough to forget about Lin once the other Rockets teammates are rolling and the team is winning, Lin will be effective being the forgotten man as the season progresses.

    But it's not the stats that concern me. It was his lack of control over the game. He was rushed from the first minute and couldn't execute or create anything positive the entire game. It reminded me of the Miami game. It looked like he could barely pass the ball off once he crossed half court and again, I am a HUGE Lin guy! He hustled like crazy on D but it just looked like he was running around with his head cutoff and jamming his man way too close and all that does is allow him to get hit running into screens or get called for fouls (he gave more space at the right times later on and it got better in the second half) Objectively, Lin was the reason they played so horribly and lost that game and didn't come out and compete with the Spurs. He couldn't pass, couldn't shoot, couldn't make proper decisions.

    I could break every play down by quarter, but Lin did NOTHING good except the one layup and foul in the second half.

    Luckily, this is pre-season and it's one game. And if he sucks throughout the entire pre-season it's fine. But it's hard to magically turn things on overnight and we all want this kid to do well so we are all concerned.

    Again I'm a big Lin believer and I think he'll figure it out and get back on track. Maybe it takes him till Feb 2013 to get his stuff together where he is really being effective with these Rockets. But regardless, he shouldn't be looking THAT bad while figuring things out.

    Perhaps he is trying WAY too hard right now, trying to be the perfect player living up to Linsanity and expectations and/or trying to get stats. I have a feeling he is putting the weight of the world on his shoulders. Someone from his inner circle needs to tell him to chill and just play ball and stop thinking so much.

    If his knee is honestly jacked, he should sit out and rehab and work on conditioning and not try to appease everyone and look like crap on the court.

    I'm glad these bad games are coming during per-season. I don't care about Lin's stats, but he needs to show he can control the game regardless who they are playing. He cannot play like this again against the good teams.

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    1. exactly it...preseason ball. Mchale's got this squad of talent that never played together before these few games and he has to make a team. there were a lot of positives to take away (despite LIN's offensive ineffectiveness). the pick and roll worked, they were able to knock down shots from deep. the most impressive is omer and dmo really playing strong d and contributing on the offensive end. TJones and JLamb will have no problems being immediate contributors. the control will come once these guys get more practices and more experience playing together. JLin was just trying to push the ball (i admit he was wild) but i'm sure Mchale wanted him to do that.

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  19. Someone above made an astute observation. On the Dantoni Knicks, the team was told to throw the ball out to Lin ANYTIME the offense needed to be reset of if the ball stuck. And Lin's teammates did that in NYC before the tank job last year when Carmelo came back. That's why Lin did what he did.

    So far this year, Lin passes the ball and the ball never returns to him or they look him off. What I saw in game 2 was KMart looking Lin off ALOT to ballhog or pass the other way.
    Kmart did pass to Lin a few times in the second half but the pattern was clear. The other problem is Kmart, Chandler - they ALL want to score badly. Lin has to set up Omer. There is only 1 ball so Lin's PPG are going to be low unless he ballhogs too but he's not that kind of player. And all the guys off the bench that play with Lin WANT TO SCORE especially young rookies. That why Charles Barkeley or someone said it was "amazing" a gunner like Iman Shumpert was deferring to Lin and passing up open shots for Lin to reset the offense.

    Against the Spurs, Lamb and Jones did defer to Lin in the first 5 minutes, but Lin was so ineffective I think the guys playing with him lost confidence and then started looking him off. Jones almost started ballhogging.

    The combination of Lin sucking, his teammates being green and sucking too, and teams scheming for Lin did not look good.

    I doubt Mchale will ever put the ball in Lin's hands like in NYC nor should he. The ball should be spread around. But if the team wanted Lin that badly, they should be putting in some schemes to make Lin look a litter better or puts Lin in his comfort zone more than they've been doing. It's almost like Mchale installed an offense to help Kmart and Chanlder look good while forgetting about Lin or expecting Lin to magically get it done since he's Linsanity.

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    1. i saw the game a lot differently. while i did see some random 1 on 1's (and even some 1 against 5's), for the most part, i saw houston rotating the ball to the open guy. I think mchale is focusing on getting the principles of his offense down, and not worrying about the outcome in the preseason. in NYC lin had to reset the offense all the time because they had melo and they relied on the half court offense and post game (since melo didn't buy into the dantoni run game). Not like houston, which was built to run and attack from multiple angles. You're absolutely right that parsons and some of the younger folks (including Lin) need to make better decisions than to force up shots against a double team or slash underneath the basket in heavy traffic. they'll goto film and clean that up..

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    2. You are right. We need to chill out for 3-4 months or so and see what results. If this team can fight for an 8th seed, they will make the push towards the end of the season anyways as things fall into place.

      The one thing I don't see though is people swinging the ball to Lin when he is also open. But that's usually because some other guy is also open or possibly more open.

      I just don't enjoy Lin looking THAT bad and seemingly befuddled/out of control. Guys who can play should not look so inept, even in losses or when the shot doesn't fall or when they are struggling some. I guess when he's good, he's real good, and when he's bad he can be real bad...

      Even Lebron stood hiding in the corner in the Finals 2 seasons ago.

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    3. keep in mind that lin is only really in his second REAL season (his year in GS wasn't real, and last year was a short season). the fact that teams are focusing on him is awesome because that frees up everyone else to work on their game. we can be critical of his poor shooting against SA, but the real effect he had was in creating opportunities for his teammates and the attention he receives helps give them those opportunities. the plays aren't completely there yet...but 82 games later, i'm sure they'll get it! just think about the possibilities once everyone finds their role!

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    4. I kinda think Rox missed KMart's catch and shoot yesterday. Lamb and Jones seemed to hesitate on some open shots and then the ball become stagnant again. Chandler also didn't have a good outside shots as well.

      The shooters need to make their shots early to open up the paint so Jeremy can do his thing inside. Else defense will just clogged up the paint and we won't be able to get the easy inside baskets.

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    5. agreed. let's give it up to the SA defense as well. they're a solid defensive team, so it's not like that helped our guys out!

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    6. Excellent observation about the ball did not always come back to JLin's hand to reset the offense.

      It looks like the main offense in the 1st Quarter was for JLin to set up Asik (50% successful) or penetrate to the rim (not working). And if both are covered, swing the ball outside to find Lamb or Parsons (or TJ).

      Unfortunately Parsons also had a bad game (multiple TOs resulting in easy fastbreak points for the Spurs). Here is where KMart and Patterson's presence was missed because they can create more shots. Lamb was great in 3PT shooting and some putback.

      Give the credit to Spurs' defense to throw multiple defenders to Jeremy so he never got going to get easy baskets when penetrating to the basket. It was amazing to see all 4-5 Spurs defenders looking at preventing Lin's penetration as a team ( see 3:22 at this Youtube full game ). They did not just assign Parker to guard JLin man-to-man. JLin tried a bit too much to thread the ball to Asik but Duncan's length was too good. Unfortunately, JLin couldn't get his shooting going and he couldn't get fouls driving to the basket (announcers said the refs let them play physical during preseason games)

      And I noticed all 3 attempts of Jeremy's 3 point shooting were short so either his knee lacked explosion or it was fatigue.

      But the game was not lost because of JLin. Houston defense could not stop great pick-and-roll, or 3PT-shooting and bad transition defense. The young Houston team sorta gave up when their offense did not work against excellent Spurs defense.

      I hope the Rockets prepares a more balanced plan in the Dallas game to not rely on establishing predictable JLin-Asik connection and JLin will just take what the defense gives him to score or pass to open teammates.

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  20. obama just called himself, "the miami heat" and romney, "jeremy lin". wow.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/03/us/politics/obama-plays-to-win-in-politics-and-everything-else.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

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    1. maybe i should vote for mitt, then. LOL just kidding..

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    2. I thought the whole Miami Heat/Jeremy Lin analogy by Obama was old news... did he reference it *again* ?

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    3. Old News and plus Obama didn't really do great in his first debate, so that analogy doesn't work anymore.

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    4. Interesting since Romney kicked Obama's ass in the debate.... I suppose this means Jeremy will have a double double to beat the Heat.

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  21. This was posted in Clutchfans about game at Mav's tonight. They are game planning to stop jlin, it does help put everything in perspective they definetly know one bad exhibition game as they put it doesnt mean much.

    http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.com/mavs/2012/10/mavs-want-to-control-jeremy-lin-tonight.html



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    1. this is excellent. if teams prepare their defense against lin, then that means they're taking their attention away from TJones, Omer, Kmart, all these other guys...you can't leave these guys wide open!

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    2. Exactly, be422f1a.

      The sabotaging Knicks "teammates" didn't do that during that infamous Miami game. It definitely was a conspiracy to oust D'Antono from the team and to kill the Linsanity. Lin will get progressively better with more experience.

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    3. Every team will game plan to stop Lin since he's the PG and one of the main players on the team.

      However, I think since the Rockets were missing Kevin Martin yesterday it was easier to pack the paint and focus on Lin. With Martin playing alongside Lin, that gives them another ball handler who will score at will if they concentrate mostly on Lin.

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    4. While I agree Niu when jlin starts hitting his shots it will open the driving lanes again.

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  22. I hope Jeremy will perform better against the Mavericks. Everything will be fine as long as he stays calm at all times. Will he rise or not ?

    http://www.jenports.com/2012/04/the-rise-of-jeremy-lin-full-story.html#post-title

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    1. It's only pre-season, no need to bring out all the guns right now.

      I think it's more about team play and building chemistry, reading defenses, working the passing lanes, etc more than Lin's single performance right now.

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  23. JLin's #1 hater video posted the clips of the game vs the Spurs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alhnuwnc8ws

    After watching that video, I actually didn't think it was all that bad. Some of those shots he missed could have gone either way. Pre-season is the time to get back into playing shape and considering that Lin was on his Asia trip, he probably didn't to play a lot of 5on5 ball like he did last year during the lockout.

    I think it's also perfect now that he's getting experience against these type of defenses where they are locking down the paint, trapping him, and forcing him to shoot or pass. This will elevate Jeremy's learning experience and his skills, and although he will struggle throughout the season, this is better for him overall and he's a hard worker. The Houston Rockets are expected to fail in general. Also since Lin isn't play for his life or for a contract, he's probably holding back and will turn it on when it counts.

    This was one of Lin's game where he's adjusting and again it's only the pre-season. Not that big of a deal.

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  24. league pass has the game on tonight! i think it might be on the HD channel. how sweet would that be!

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  25. I can't really tell what is Rocket's half court offense and what they are doing in creating easy or open shots. I see lots of movements, but unclear of purpose.

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    2. It was mentioned during the game that Coach McHale only gave them like 2-3 plays, so most likely they are doing whatever and the coaching staff is trying to see how players perform thinking on their own.

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  26. We always believe in Jeremy. He will always be our no. 1 NBA player.

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  27. Jeremy Lin is a Man of Destiny!

    Whatever it is that's happening now will just be a part and parcel of God's grand design in his life!

    And so, I will continue to BELIEVE!

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