Not bad. I guess Harden will be psyched to play today.
Yeah for Harden, the youngest veteran! Lets Go! Young talented Rockets!!!
Honestly, that's too much. That is like Chris Paul money. He better play up to deserve it.
Nope. CP is making about $18 mil this year. And next year he'll be signing a 5-year $100 mil contract.
This is great news. Now people won't focus too much on Jeremy's contract and now Jeremy can play with less pressure on him.
Nope, won't change anybody's hater opinion that Lin cannot possibly justify his contract. If anything, it's gonna be "Get Harden a REAL point guard".
Or "Harden would be so much better with Lowry or Dragic".
Or "Get a PG who isn't a turnover machine"or "Get Harden a PG who isn't a defensive liability"or "Get a PG who can go left".or "Get a PG who'll never ever get injured".or "Get a PG who can beat the best teams like the Heat and Thunder".or "Get a PG who is willing to play at @85% right after a knee surgery, in a badly losing playoff series, so he can get injured for good"or "Get a traditional PG who isn't versatile and will never ever shoot unless he absolutely and positively has to, then you can also become a loser of a team".or "Get a PG whose nose will never bleed".
Rockets' fans need to temper their initial expectations though. Harden has barely had any time to gel with the team. It's possible that Harden, Lin, and the whole team have instant chemistry, but it's also likely that it may take a couple weeks. (See the Lakers in their first game).But knowing fans, if Harden doesn't score at least 25 pts on 50% shooting, they'll be calling him a bust and the worst contract in NBA history
If Harden didn't score 25 points, they would say Lin take touches and shots away from Harden. Lin is too much of a ball dominant guard but the offense should run through Harden all the time. Actually, it's already starting.
The one thing that I think will prevent from Harden becoming that 25 ppg scorer is his lack of a mid range game. Teams are clever, they rather concede and force you to take that mid range shot because it's deemed as a lower % shot than a layup or 3 pointer. In OKC, Harden has Durant and Westbrook to take that shot. But here in Houston, either Harden takes that shot but then lowers his efficiency or he won't get so many shot attempts. I have yet to see a big time nba wing scorer without a mid range game.
Still waiting for NBA players to make public comments on record about Harden's "ridiculous" contract. Hmm, that's weird, my internet must be down or something, I haven't seen any.
Nah, Ty Lawson got 48m and Stephen Curry got 44m. Yeah, they are more "proven" than Lin!
I mean who puts these numbers of what the value of players are worth? Who says Landry Fields is worth $20 million in 3 years while $25 for Lin is not? What's ridiculous is how peopple like Joe Johnson and Roy Brandon and Carmelo are getting paid more than Lebron and Durant and they're are nowhere near the level of those 2.
Come on guys - we all know that people get what they get. Money or a contract is not just about peoples abilities. Its also about image and LEVERAGE and other things. We all get the point that Melo and Smith were idiots for bashing Lins contract but I dont even care anymore. Im just wondering what contract JLin will get when the three years are over. I am pretty sure that his contract will be a lot bigger than it is now.
We all know that nba players will celebrate Harden's contract because it set a nice market and give hope to many that a former 6th man can indeed get the max.The only contract they hate is Lin's one. And I think we all know the reason why.
It's quite hilarious to read how people rationalize how Harden is worthy of 80 millions. It seems like preception is the most important thing now in the league, not if the player actually has game or not. Not saying Harden doesn't have game.
When Lin comes up for his next contract, he likely will have PUNKED the entire NBA several times over. He won't receive Ricky Rubio money though. Even though Lin will be kicking Rubio's butt and likely Chris Paul's too, Lin won't receive a good offer that matches his on court production. Not even Jeremy Lin can overcome anti Asian prejudice.
@KHuang:"Not even Jeremy Lin can overcome anti Asian prejudice" Come on Khuang. Someone hast to do it... might as well be Lin.
Willydilly, Lin won't get max deal even he puts up MVP numbers.Fun fact: Steve Nash has never got paid max money at any point of his career.