Another big positive is after seeing Jeremy play like this, how can the Rockets coaching staff bench this guy? Can't they see if they want to bring in TD to guard a quick point guards in the 4th, you move JLin to the two and Harden to the 3? You need your best players on the court in the 4th and this is so elementary. I don't think we see more JLin benching but you never know.
Kudo's to all of the true JLin believers who didn't waiver even through some really tough times and lots of hate and heckling. There will still be many more bumps along the road, but we know what we have in JLin. He is not an average starting point guard. Average pg's don't put up 38 and 7 twice within their first 45 starts. They don't take over games by themselves. The players and coaching staff have seen what we've seen. Sooner or later they'll believe what we believe.
Let's savior this one as this is as sweet as it gets. Can't wait for the next game!
Jeremy Lin leads Houston Rockets to blowout victory over NY Knicks, playing without injured Carmelo Anthony - NY Daily News
What a great night!!! I can't get over how good this feels. When its Lin against the world, he repeatedly surprises us. I love reading how the ESPN Knick beat writers continually gush over Lin, openly saying that Houston has a better backcourt than NY. They wrote 3 short articles praising Lin on the ESPN site. A lot of New Yorkers are still sad that he left.ReplyDelete
It's so cool how even though he's gone he's still the king of NYC in the hearts of many fans.
On another note, this game was absolutely beautiful and one that he can easily replicate. His shot was totally off and he still dominated and controlled the tempo. Plus Harden was even looking for him several times. If they play like this, I'm not sure what will happen or how far they can go. Very excited. I would like to see this continue and it may be even more exciting on a daily basis then his play in NY.
Agreed, I'm so happy for Jeremy, he deserves it. This game was so intense to me. I must say I was worried for Jeremy before the game.Delete
You've been on my grindReplyDelete
reaching for the top and You'll be on my mind
they stready tryin' to stop my shine
but it's always been Yours it's never been mine
You always come through in the nick of time
You come through in the nick of time
so i give it up to you everytime i shine
jeremy proved once again he can play. Whatever it is, he'll be good, no worries about that
Those are encouraging lyrics. :)Delete
From the same song...
"in the grand scheme of things You're the head of design
and in any circumstance You said I'll be fine
the ultimate play maker I follow Your lead
never find need to feed into these naysayers
who repeatedly told me that I would never make it
You're probably testing me to see if I could take it
the bond between us they could never break it
all that You have given me I shall not forsake it
Your grace patience and all of Your love
which one don't I deserve it's all the above
where amazing happens I love this game
only one reason I'm playing and God is His name"
Jin made it to the hall of fame. Lets see if JLin will :)Delete
He will! ^^Delete
Great game, I just wish the Rockets could bring their "A" Game like this every time. Right now they are inconsistent on offense and defense. Delfino, Morris, and Asik need to step up to help the starters.ReplyDelete
Funny because Asik is a starter but doesn't play like one sometimes. Coaching staff is playing Smith more lately which I like. Smith played good defense on Kevin Garnett and is shooting 60% from the field.Delete
What a Christmas gift JLin gave to himself and all of us!ReplyDelete
Finally we get to see how Lin should play with Harden as double-threat.
This is a nice slideshow of the game pictures.
What's missing is Dolan's face with folded hands when Lin came out of the game with cheers in the 4th quarter :) I hope someone posted Dolan's picture soon!
Sweet revenge...I'd love to see his face, hahaDelete
That sad, sad man...
Was that really his pic from this game, via? If not, it's still sweet!!!!Delete
Not this game. I hope someone can un-earth a pic of his for this one, haha.Delete
[I doubt he'll show any emotion in public though. But in private, with his inner circle -> I'd like to see THAT. lol]
I paid $150 to be present in MSG, and was (and still am) very excited to have witnessed such a great moment.Delete
I would love to see his pic, it would be priceless. And the money I spent would be worth it (only that thinking about the money went to his pocket, arghhhhhhh...)
I just want to see THREE consecutive games in which Jeremy is allowed to be a point guard. Once that happens, I will believe that McHale has wised up. Until then, I won't celebrate too much.ReplyDelete
For the record, Jeremy didn't even "dominate" the ball tonight. He still played off ball a lot. That's what was so impressive. He put up 22 and 8 with teammates missing layups and letting Harden and Delfino go to work in the 2nd half.
His court vision and on-ball defense is so much better than it was last season. The only real problem has been McHale's refusal to let his starting point guard handle the ball. Hopefully, that won't last too much longer *knock on wood*.
True. He got the ball but didnt dominate the ball. And yet - nice flow by JLin AND Harden. It was good to see those two making plays for EACH OTHER. Thats what matters. If Rockets want to win the HardLin combo must work.Delete
Once those two learn to defer to each other in proper circumstances, watch out! Give it a season or two.Delete
USA Today: Jeremy Lin, James Harden beginning to click for RocketsDelete
another good read hereReplyDelete
The Knicks had wanted to dismiss him as mythology, a fleeting pixie that had come and gone with magic dust. They wanted Jeremy Lin to go away, never bother them again, and yet he had done it again here. Jeremy Lin is a good player, and perhaps simply he wanted the Knicks to see it for themselves on Monday night.
What a perfect outcome for Lin on his first return to MSG. We all knew he had it in him .....and boy did he 'switch it on'when the moment calls for it. Am so impressed that he once again proved his detractors wrong. Would love to see him get voted and play at All Stars.ReplyDelete
Great game, Lin! All I gotta say is, don't let the coaching staff or Harden relegate you to a role player again this season. Not because you're a selfish player, but because you know that it actually hurts the team. There were independent articles on ESPN and SI today that completely substantiated what we already knew: that Lin is the same player was last year, and that the Rockets were completely misusing him. After the Spurs game, Knicks game, all the columns, the whole country knows this now. I'm still not sure if the Rockets coaches know this. So Lin, you're just going to have to educate them.ReplyDelete
Lin haters are silenced for tonight. He may not be an All-Star, but he is legit STARTING point guard. He's no scrub. He's got talent, smarts, and heart. Jeremy just transcends everywhere.ReplyDelete
to quote another poster: "Ah the classic Hater, the equivalent of a cockroach. No matter how hard you crush their logic, they still find a way to survive."
Jason Kidd might be disappointed he didn't get to mentor Jeremy... my hunch is he sees Jeremy as his "successor" once he retires...
Jeremy Lin would be a good "designated driver" if Jason Kidd "handed him the keys", yes!!!Delete
@KHuang yeah and the "student" just destroyed the "teacher's" team... btw I saw this tweet saying that Jeremy's frustrated with the "ISO-to-Harden" offense. just don't know how legit this Ian Connor is. maybe the guys below could give insights.Delete
I thought it was worth pointing out (again) how well the backcourt functioned. Harden had 18 shots, which is roughly the number he should be shooting, as the best pure offensive attacker on the team. Harden's average is 17.3 shots a game, so Harden really wasn't having to do anything "special" to change his own game. It wasn't relegating Harden to a secondary position. The offence was still flowing through Harden, in the sense he is the primary offensive weapon. That's perfectly fine. There are a multitude of teams where the main offensive threat isn't the PG. In fact, Harden FG% was at .500, which is higher than his season average of .428. This is probably not statistically significant to say he plays better if Lin is the primary ball-handler, but it does seem to show that he is really not affected too much by it. He's an SG. He puts the ball up. If he's not in a position to put the ball up, he is a clever enough passer to get rid of the ball. He also had 10 rebounds, which meant he had a double-double.ReplyDelete
What this means is that the fact that Lin was penetrating and dishing wasn't affecting Harden's game at all - in fact Lin will *need* Harden to iso and play the PnR sometime just to relieve the defensive pressure he is going to get. If Lin was taking shots away from anyone, it was probably Parsons and Asik, but those guys really shouldn't be averaging more shots than Lin anyway.
In summary, what this showed tonight is that Harden can be the $80m man and primary offensive threat without having to be the primary ball-handler. It relieves Harden to do what he is best at - which is an elite SG and scorer - and leaves Lin to contribute efficiently without having to learn to be a spot-up shooter on the fly.Delete
In the long run, Lin is still going to have to shore up his shooting. But I feel this is something that will take time. As long as he keeps taking open shots, and exuding that shooter's confidence even when he misses, Lin will be fine.
I don't think anyone (majority of Lin fans included) has problem with Harden as Houston's top offensive option and scorer and think that Lin should take his shots away. You are right that the shots Lin should really take away are Parsons's/Patterson's/Asik's. But I am still not sure McHale rates Lin highly enough to establish him as the 2nd option and make it clear to everyone. Right now the only one player with clearly defined role seems to be Harden as the No 1 option and the rest not defined at all.Delete
I actually don't think we should blame McHale all the time. To some extent it reflects Lin's tendency to try to get everyone touches.Delete
As people have noticed, Lin has a tendency to force-feed Asik (I think Asik would be perfectly happy with taking fewer shots). Patterson needs shots to be effective and I am ok with Patterson averaging around 8 shots, more or less depending on how hot he is. Parsons though... I think both Harden and Lin look for Parsons a little bit too much. Parsons is still rather streaky as a shooter, but to some extent I think we underrate him a bit. Parsons seems to be one of the better off-the-ball players that the Rox have, and I can understand Lin rewarding Parsons when Parsons gets open, but it shouldn't be at the expense of his own production.
If you are talking about the annoying tendency of Parsons to stand in the backcourt looking to bring the ball up, especially on transition, I agree with you 100%. Get out of the way and leave transition offence to the experts (Lin/Harden). That's on McHale - it is quite clear that McHale regards Parsons as someone who can also initiate the offence and be a high usage on-the-ball player, when I don't really think he is there yet.
But I agree with you that McHale should put his foot down and make certain roles clear. But I also see Lin asserting himself more on the court, and I also think that Lin has won at least a useful PnR partner in Greg Smith, and I think we're going to see a lot more Lin/Smith PnR in the coming weeks. Fingers crossed. (Of course, I do wish that Asik gets out of his recent slump, but you have to go with what you have.)Delete
Jlin may be thinking about helping his teammates grow with him. It's good to force feed Asik shots when he is fumbling, and to keep on feeding Parsons when he is struggling, just as it is good to force JLin to keep shooting threes, and to force Harden to trust his teammates. If they can all get pass their weakness in their first one or two seasons together, they can all develope into dangerous options. Everyone will have a sense of accountability knowin they are getting touches and thus depended on by the team. JLin, loke the coach, may have the big picture in mind, giving teammates the opportunity to grow and for the team with this core group to grow into a truly lethal pick your poison type team in a couple of years.Delete
I don't have any problem with Parsons' off the ball touches/shots. The reason Harden/Lin look for Parsons a lot is because Parsons (as streaky as he is) is probably the only reliable spot up shooter in the starting lineup, besides Harden obviously. What Parsons should not get so many touches (and those touches should be given to Lin) are those iso opportunites to create off the dribble. Parsons imo doesn't have a good enough handle and quickness to get past elite athletic forwards. I don't understand why the Rockets think so highly of him (probably they like that they sort of "discovered" him in 2nd round). Compared to other young small forwards like Batum, Rudy Gay and Iggy (not to mention the elite ones like Lebron, Melo and Durant), I think Parsons is really short on athleticism and ball handling ability. If I were the coaches, I would tell Parsons to train hard at his 3 point shooting and and learn to cut to basket without the ball and try to become more of a Battier type of forward.Delete
Before Chandler's injury last vs OKC, he did put up good scoring stats.Delete
yes true. I was really happy that even though he got booed in MSG they still respect him and give him the love he deserves by still cheering him on. this was definitely a wonderful game for Jeremy and the team especially their adjustment when harden and lin share the ball on the court. I love everything about this game this is exactly the kind of result I was praying for hours before the game. supporting Jlin all the way :)ReplyDelete
Lin doesn't have the benefit of a mentor like Steve Nash or Jason Kidd, to learn off of. And there's not much skill to be gained from watching James Harden.ReplyDelete
His only option now, is to learn from experience, and in order to do that he must get consistent playing time and touch the ball.
@ABC I actually want to know how Kidd feels that he is not mentoring Jeremy, his PG "successor". his excitement to come to Knicks must have lessened. after all, for a guy like him who is near retirement, grooming a young player is an achievement itself.Delete
This is a very nice game. But call me pessimistic, I suspect McHale gave Lin more attacking opportunites tonight becasue this was Lin's return game and he just wanted to do him a favor, it's a nice gesture and all but still not becasue he thought it was good for the team and playing like tonight was in the team's best interest. Until I see Lin getting the ball handling opportunities consistently, I will just assume next game is going to be like the one after the Spurs game. I still don't have much faith in this coaching staff. These guys have already fooled us more than once.ReplyDelete
Also, I think Lin just got more chances becasue Parsons seemed to struggle a bit recently due to his shoulder injury. But I suspect McHale still sees his and Morey's prodigal son Parsons as the 2nd option rather than Lin. I mean Parsons is a nice talent but I don't see potential in him more than Lin but McHale and Morey seem to think otherwise and use him like the 2nd coming of Larry Bird.Delete
I agree with you. Parsons is nice but he is a bit overrated imho.Delete
cat's outa the bag... noticed a ton of chatter the past 5-6 days about the rockets misusing lin... chatter included moving lin to the bench. no way in hell mchale would dare revert to his idiotic ways now, not if he wants to keep his job.Delete
les has your back, lin!
all JL need to do is go and get about 15 shots a nights, all others will fall in place, and ROX would be one of the toughest team to beat, offensively and in transition. No team could effort to guard 2 scoring mates.Delete
I hope you're right, @ntt.Delete
they want to trade him with best value for return , so allow him looks good on tv this time .Delete
Jeremy and Naim! He was shy again, but thanks @JLin7 although you spoiled our perfect record at home
9:30 PM - 17 Dec 12
ha, the little kid made it.Delete
Lucky boy. Back in school hes gonna impress his buddies with pictures of him an Lin :)Delete
PAGING BILLY CHUNG, AKA EXPOSED HATER. paging little billy and aracnaphob-whatever.ReplyDelete
ha, what a year. 2012. craaaazzaaaaay.ReplyDelete
seems like yesterday i was patiently waiting for keith dumb to intelligently insert lin into the rotation. then he got jimmered/isiah thomased behind acie fucking law. acie law. really. acie fucking law.Delete
that's when i knew the haters and racists were still going to do everything in their power to marginalize lin, stephen "nigger please" a smith included. man am i proud of that kid.
Perfect way to punctuate 2012. :)Delete
Joseph Lin @Joelinsta
9:37 PM - 17 Dec 12
I like the kids swag!Delete
He's great, haha!Delete
Love it. Very true! He's still the Knicks fan's favorite player and he doesn't even play there.Delete
Plus more than half of the people who are sitting baseline at MSG have a background more like Lin.
Harden's trying to convert some of those fans.Delete
Ian O'Connor: Lin shows Knicks why he's a keeperReplyDelete
Positive piece but some of the bits were silly New York media nonsense trying to make it seem like it's Lin vs Harden when it's more complicated than that.Delete
helping via here. Thanks for all the hard work, @via! :)ReplyDelete
the much awaited geraldd37lin's JLin highlights video (if not posted yet)
Jeremy Lin highlights vs Knicks || DEC 17, 2012 || HD
Thanks Via... wait I mean psalm234 lolDelete
Go gerald and via! Keep up the great work :)Delete
Daily Dime: Cheered And Then Booed, Lin Delivers BigReplyDelete
Thanks Via for the post.Delete
An excerpt that speaks the truth regarding how Lin ended up in Houston.
"Jeremy decided to take the Houston deal and he has every right to do that," Woodson said on Monday. "He did what we had to do and he made his decision."
That's not exactly accurate. It was the Knicks who passed by not matching the offer sheet. But from Woodson's sentiment in that statement, it's rather plain the Knicks viewed it as Lin choosing to leave, even though New York never formally made him a contract offer before he signed the offer sheet with Houston.
It's a myth Nyk FO perpetuates, that JLin had a choice.Delete
Hall of Famer Walt Frazier says Lin is like himselfReplyDelete
Now that's respect coming from a HOF-er!Delete
I'm amazed with Jeremy's influence over people - HOF Walt Frazier and Magic Johnson have kind words for him and I think he can actually lure Phil Jackson out of retirement and Zen Master would very much like to groom him. this guy is a rare combination of talent + smarts + humility.Delete
Everyone can see what the Rox have in their hands...Delete
@via even Jerry Sloan has expressed interest of coaching Knicks last season when D'Antoni resigned. this season, the guy's relatively quiet.Delete
"Swishing and Dishing"Delete
"Posting and Toasting"
Man I miss having Walt as commentator of Lin's game. Good memory while it last
Walt has always been a fan of Lin back at MSG, he was sold on Lin back in February :DDelete
No doubt Walt is so smooth as a commentator. I still remember watching Yao play at MSG when he rolled into NY. The atmosphere - the crowd, sound, dimly lit seating surrounding the court, the organ music, the dancers, all points to the basketball court. I wish more arenas would emulate the feel of MSG. Jeremy would have been just fine in NY in retrospect...Delete
So happy for Lin tonight! Thanks for the articles and videos too!ReplyDelete
This game made my day! I am so happy. Thanks for the videos and links. And thanks Lin!ReplyDelete
Lin got to continue this fireReplyDelete
It's hilarious watching speedy Lin running laps around the old and the obese Knicks guards.Delete
Greg Smith mentioned in the post game interview how the Rockets wanted to help Lin win this game. While this was a very nice gesture that the Rockets purposely made the effort to get Lin going and let him handle the ball more in this game, it also meant they were just doing it becasue Lin was back in NY rather than really starting to believe in Lin as the main ballhandler and having an adjustment in the overall game plan. I hope McHale prove me wrong but unfortuately I don't see it. We will see in next game.ReplyDelete
Maybe not next game, but earning trust is a process. Games like this one is a good step forward.Delete
I know the track record isn't supportive, Cara, but let's take this as another baby step that will eventually lead us to the offensive scheme that we ALL are hoping for.Delete
As McHale's biggest supporter, I see Lin's increasing responsibility as a natural evolution of his game.Delete
McHale groomed Lowry and Dragic into being terrific point guards, even though both of them hated McHale's way of doing it. Lin has stuck with the program, and now it's paying off.
Basically McHale wanted Lin to work on his shooting and decisionmaking. For all of my criticism of Lin's formerly flat shot, he's now shooting beautiful rainbow shots that swish right through the net (when he's not airballing, of course!) And Lin's turnovers are DOWN DOWN DOWN.
McHale basically told Lin "I'm not handing you the ball until you can score and protect the ball". Lin has demonstrated now that he can do both, so now McHale can trust him.
Swinglinezigzag also mentioned that Les Alexander may have issued a royal edict that Lin plays or coaches get fired. Even if that's not true, limiting Lin after this point ventures dangerously into COACH KILLAH territory!
You're misconstruing Greg's statement. Can't we just enjoy this game and savour the moment. Lin and his teammates did good. It's best not to be such a debbie downer and pessimistic all the time. Not good for the blood pressure. Also best not to read too much between the lines :). Not everyone is out to get Lin or see him flounder. It's just those who are anti-Lin are just more vocal. Empty vessels make the most noise. One perfect example..SASDelete
I for one am happy that Lin is playing for the Rockets and his future is bright. He'll definitely evolve his game under McHale and future coaches.
I think Greg Smith is one of the guys who like Lin. their combination is deadlier than Lin-Asik.Delete
I basically read like the team got his back.Delete
Harden's leaving OKC made slight ripples where as Lin's leaving Knicks made tsunamis! There's no ill will with OKC and Harden, there was plenty with Knicks and Lin, even if Lin does still have friends in Novak/Chandler and company.
Its great that the team is behind you, and his great performance will earn that trust. Yes his treys are still streaky, but his desire to attack when given the chance is there.
Lol I keep coming full circle it seems, maybe McHale really is trying to grow Lin, but sometimes its really hard to see. There's gotta be a better way than to bench Lin to make a point, we get it, he has weaknesses, but you have to play his strengths along side his weaknesses.
Or maybe this is where the good old chinese proverb comes to play: "defeat is the mother of victory". I didn't know McHale is Asian? Lol :P
Thats almost ridiculous. Smith helped Lin defeat Knicks? How about Lin making Smith and Asik look good during every game? The fact is -> JLin is the best ballhandler on the team. If Rockets want to go places - they need Lin to handle the ball. If they usually dont "help" Lin it means they are fixated on a way of playing that is leading them nowhere.Delete
Postgame videos from MSG.com:ReplyDelete
Knicks-Rockets Highlights & Analysis (12/17)
Jeremy Lin: It Was Great to Be Back (12/17)
Woodson: We're Not Going to Win Every Game (12/17)
Knicks Players React to Loss vs. Rockets (12/17)
It's obvious that the Leastern Conference doesn't have the clout of the Best Western Conference.ReplyDelete
The Knicks only had one shotblocker in "Mike" Tyson Chandler, who Lin went at all night with impunity.
Lin and Harden will continue to struggle against the teams with max contract elite shotblockers like OKC or Portland or Miami. They need their teammates to step up against those teams.
I myself don't think that Carmelo Anthony playing would have changed the outcome of this game. If anything, the Rockets may have won EASIER since Carmelo is an undersized power forward with no shotblocking skills and lackadaisical defense.
In terms of teams, by far the West has the number 1 and number 2 top teams in the league right now - Spurs and Thunder. not to mention contenders Grizzlies and Memphis. from my own assessment, the "trade Jeremy" noise are the loudest with the Lakers, Grizzlies, and Spurs fans. the Knicks are lording over in the East. not much competition FOR NOW, unless Heat starts playing defense again, Celtics starts stepping up and Bulls improves on their offense.Delete
The Leastern Conference is really weak.Delete
The Celtics are not the same without Ray Allen while the Heat are not the same WITH Ray Allen!
The Bulls are a team that Jeremy Lin and the Rockets beat easily once already. Nothing short of the return of Derrick Rose will return the Bulls to legitimacy.
The Pacers don't scare me, and neither do the Nets. Philadelphia without Bynum and Brand is just not Philadelphia anymore.
Generally the East is so weak that I think that bottom Western teams like the Suns and Kings and New Orleans could step in and be conference champion contenders immediately.
Lin's Rockets have faced one of the toughest schedules thus far. It's as if they had all the big games thrown at them at the beginning of the year!
*I meant, contenders like Grizzlies and Clippers hahaha.Delete
Nets? please! D.Williams who dissed Lin last time is nowhere putting good stats this season. I bet Jay-Z and Beyonce look forward to see Lin play than to cheer for Nets.Delete
Pacers is inconsistent as inconsistency goes. Larry Bird should go back and toughen up his guys. Philadelphia got robbed with that Bynum trade. while a healthy Bynum is better than Howard, he's a major embarrassment this season, got injured with bowling.
if Knicks wins the Eastern Conf. championship this year, they have to face either a consistent, fundamentalist Spurs, the loaded young guns Thunder, or the first team that gave them their loss, Grizzlies...
nice summary of couple of articles together here..ReplyDelete
nice to see many columnist beginning to re-recognize him :)
Yes, nice for the national media to give Jeremy props after so many negative articles earlier in the season. Jeremy is on the rise once again!Delete
What fun it was last night. We know what JLin is capable of and eventually, once he and Harden figure out how to play, they'll be very tough to guard. It reminds me of Arizona with Bibby and Simon when they won the NCAA Championship. Teams tried to guard these two, and never really found a way to stop them. Like they say, you can't ouble team two players at the same time without giving up an easy basket.ReplyDelete
The Rockets took a step forward last tonight, and I hope the coaches see what we see. Let Lin set up more plays and get everyone involved. Harden can still be Harden, but he has to let Lin set the tone and get the team moving.
Love seeing JLin progress with his shooting, confidence, and health. Okay, onto the next game.
If he made more long jumpers, he could have gotten close to 30. Do you know what caused the air ball?Delete
Lin put too much arc in his shot, put too much power pushing it up instead of forward. Steve Novak actually did a good job of closing in and contesting his shot. Announcer said it was a wide open 3 but if you look at the replay, Novak was there with his hand up.Delete
I notice that Jeremy sometimes will regress in his shooting form when under stress or tired.
To Admin. Any chance to make future links open to new tab/window? Have to go back and start from square one. It gets very difficult when we have loads of comments. Or maybe it's just me? LOL. Thanks.ReplyDelete
@via: Love all your Lin links. How did you make your links clickable and open to new tab? Might come in handy for me.
Did you guys see the fan fiction on Lin & McHale? Excellent photoshopping. There's even a cameo role by Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant. Love it.
second that...or have page number listing at the bottom, hence easier to back after posting.Delete
such long pages, after posting open opening, we have to click all over again the "load more"
right click -> open in new window??Delete
HTML Link Syntax
[then right click to open]
Fanfiction from Hupu.com [via CF]
Chapter I: The Secret of Shooting
[The chicken wings reference was lost on CFers, I think. It's part of JLin Legend: He went on a buffalo wings-binge after he failed to get drafted.]
Chapter II: McHale's Secret
I think Jeremy felt very nostalgic with NY. He will always have great games here. They were tailor made for each other. Too stinking bad. I think he got it out of his system yesterday and alot of monkeys off his back. After this game you ll probably see a new lin regardless of what the coaches do.ReplyDelete
ok, Ian Connor just tweeted this:ReplyDelete
"Per ESPN Stats & Info, Houston was using Lin on nearly 19% of plays vs 27% as a starter w/ #Knicks, biggest drop in NBA."
and how legit is this Ian guy anyway? wonder how he got this:
"Lin confided in friend that Houston's iso-mad offense thru Harden had frustrated him like Melo's ball-stopping in NY #knicks"
Ian Oconnor is VERY legit. He's been a huge support of Lin from the beginning of Linsanity. It makes me think of what is really going on in that locker room and if there really is tension with the coaching staff. Here are some of Oconnor's articles on Lin:Delete
And he is one of few journalists who have the right to vote for HOF.Delete
Did you guys hear Brent Barry's comments on the post game interview with Jeremy?ReplyDelete
"2 things before we let you get out of here. 1 if you're playing for God, does Kevin McHale know he's God's assistant coach? And then secondly I just wanted to say as a fan I'm just incredibly impressed by the way you've handled everything from last year everything that went on in New York to the move to Houston you've just been an incredibly humble guy, a guy that people can look up to and I know that 3D and I as basketball fans and former players would appreciate playing with a guy like you because of the way you handled that situation we just want to tell you we're very impressed."
This is what makes Jeremy so special. Great basketball player, true. Great person, double true.
Here is the link to the interview:
as far as I've watched and read, there are 2 players I've heard that interviewers always drop the "humble" comment to - Jeremy Lin and Kevin Durant. Tim Duncan is another epitome of humility, only he avoids the spotlight much.Delete
I just saw the video. It does seem like they meant what they said, that they are impressed by how Lin has handled everything. I heard that even SAS sort of changed his position on Lin -- don't have the link though. If Lin could improve his long jumpers, he could score 18 + every game. This is why I say Lin needs to force himself to take more than 13 shots per game; he absolutely has to have this mentality.ReplyDelete
I would careless about what SAS has to say. F*ck SAS>Delete
everytime someone mentions stephen a smith, insert the phrase stephen "nigger please" a smith instead. the fact this POS went on espn the next day and denied he said "nigger please" is pathetic. punish him.Delete
SAS: I have excuses.Delete
I chuckled at the fact that apparently sas is somewhat well known in Taiwan.Delete
After last night's game, Felton's FG% dropped below that of Jeremy's lol.ReplyDelete
Raymond's still shooting 3's well however.
but Raymond doesn't always have the hot hand to shoot 3s. guy's no Steve Novak. Felton got tons of ball hog heckling from Bulls fans last Bulls home game vs Knicks. he shoot a lot of 3s last Heat home game vs Knicks because no one contested his shot - Spoelstra just benched Battier most of the game, probably because Melo's out with an injury that time. he didn't put in Battier to contest Felton. LeBron wasn't playing D that night either.Delete
Fat Felton had a triple double last night. Too bad it was after the game at a Wendy's drive-thruReplyDelete
Feltonsanity is going to the buffet line multiple times
eremy had more points and assists then Felton and Kidd combine. Linsanity to the face how does it taste haters
hahaha your comment reminded me of this from ESPN boards: "I bet if Lin had a cheeseburger wrapped around his head, Felton would've actually played some D on Lin instead of him looking at Lin pass his a$$ up."Delete
LOL...yeah..he had a triple double of 12 big macs, 11 french fries, and 15 shakes.Delete
Felton was clearly made to claim he's better than JLin by a Nyk-plotted hypnotic trance...Delete
I am very happy to see Lin playing well in MSG again. This is what true superstars do, the bigger the stage, the bigger the performance.ReplyDelete
However, Lin can't be on the 5th gear driving to the hoop all the time. Hopefully, his perimeter shooting will improve sooner than later. This is especially important against quicker defending guards. Blowing by oldn'slow guards is fun, but not every team comes with them.
McHale's out of place benching of Lin reminds me of how Gregg Popovich dealt with Tony Parker in his early days. Parker was often yelled at right on the court by Popovich and benched for mental lapses and bad executions. Although I hate to see Lin being benched, at times for the entire 4th Q, I am still trusting that McHale is protecting Lin's left knee and growing Lin; in either case, with good and positive intentions.
Harden drives to the hoop incessantly and draws a lot of contact, I don't see why Jeremy can't do the same. The difference I notice is that Harden gets fouled on the arm while Jeremy gets fouled in the head.Delete
hm....good point. Perhaps Lin should put on a beard and paint himself black so defenders don't know who's actually flying to the hoop.Delete
Lin should drive to hoop only after every three Hardon drives, based on the salary ratio, since ref is calling fouls seemingly using the same ratio.
There could a Lin rule in the near future in NBA that all upcoming Asian American players should wear protective head-hear, as Asians tend to have bigger brains and are harder to miss.
I just watched a Chris Paul high lights clip from 2010-2011Delete
I like Chris' ability of avoiding contacts while driving to the hoop. He usually ended the drives standing up, and still with spacing between him and his defenders. I started watching basketball earlier this year cause of Lin, and am not claiming to be an expert. Those Chris Paul drives might just be floaters in the paint, and not real complete drives to the hoop, like what Lin usually does. In the clip, there is only one instance in which Chris ended up on the floor.
I would love to see Lin doing similar moves soon, and I believe Lin is equally quick, nimble and flexible as CP.
maybe they don't want to mess with harden's beard.Delete
Some statement from this Adriana W.Delete
"He's no superstar in the NBA – and never will be –"
"He'll never be a franchise player"
he's just covering his ass if lin never makes it to the top 5-10 players in the league ;) i'll settle for top 20 though.Delete
in just under one season of play Jlin has upgraded his status tremendously in the eye of NBA fans. Months ago people are calling him just a d-leaguer and a fluke and some actually agree. Now even non jlin fans will call out anybody who says he doesn't belong in the NBA. Now the worst that i hear is he's just a back-up guard. by the end of this season i think most basketball fans will no longer question his position as a starter. he's earning the respect people.Delete
JLin shouldnt care since he already is a starter. Those who should care are the ones who call him backup and d-leaguer and what not. They should reexamine their life a little bit and wonder why they dont recognise talent when they see JLin. Hate? Envy?Delete
I've commented before on this board before that I'm not voting for Jeremy to the All-Star game because I don't think his level of play is yet at an all-star level. However if people are voting for him because he is the classiest most honorable player in the NBA, I have no problems with that! I am super amazed how he didn't have a single negative word for the organization that kicked him to the curb and has been trying to assassinate his character. Simply amazing! His character is what sets him apart.ReplyDelete
actually I won't vote for the Rockets guys because I am more concerned with the Rockets seeding coming playoffs contention. better that Jeremy, Harden, Parsons, and Asik rest. teams will be making huge adjustments by that time especially those tied at particular seed. the way I see it Rockets and Jazz might be tied for 6th seed. I hope and pray that I am wrong.Delete
I noticed Kate Upton was courtside at MSG last night. She was there last year during Linsanity as well. Maybe she has a thing for Jeremy. :)ReplyDelete
Good choice. Harden doesn't seem all that interested in her.Delete
"Count in your head... please."
Guys - if you dont know Kate Upton -> google -> images -> you wont be disappointed :)Delete
She realy has some nice qualities and maybe shes looking for a "ball" handler.
last time I heard Kate's engaged to Mark Sanchez. plus, Jeremy's more into Asian - dated a Korean-American and Chinese-American. :)Delete
last I heard, Kate's engaged to Mark Sanchez, while Jeremy's into Asian-American girls - dated a Korean-American and Chinese-American. :)Delete
whoah! sorry on the double post.. Admin, please clean up my blunder. I can't see the delete option. thanks much!Delete
ESPN Ian_OConnor TWEET:ReplyDelete
Lin confided in friend that Houston's iso-mad offense thru Harden had frustrated him like Melo's ball-stopping in NY #knicks
Did anyone catch Lin's post game interview? First time in a long time he wasn't in front of the locker but had to go to the media room. Plus he gave a shoutout to Shump and in the process may have "dissed" Melo.ReplyDelete
According to Lin: "They are missing very key guys. And right at the top of the list is Shump. He's definitely a difference maker....And obviously Carmelo and Amar'e..."
Thats just JLin... making his friends look good (Shump and Novak).Delete
JLin is no fool. During an interview in Taiwan he was asked about the fistbump with Kobe before the game. JLin said he didnt want to be overly respectful but not disrespectful at the same time. What does it tell us? Mama Lin didnt raise no fool.
Jeremy Lin was not aggresive enough last night, so that makes Ray Felton the better PG.ReplyDelete
from ESPN: "We had a couple turnovers early in the game, and they were able to get out in transition, get some easy buckets," Felton said. "It's tough. That's how we play. We get teams to turn it over and we get it going in transition. It's hard to guard, so we got a little taste of our own medicine tonight." "
from an actual fan who watched the live game last night - "I was at the Garden last night, the crowd probably wanted to boo the Knicks more than Lin, their offense was just atrocious and hard to watch. Rockets gave the crowd a much better show, and clearly everyone was eyeing Lin, even those who boo him got to admit that it was because he was picking apart the Knicks' defense. 30% of the crowd left before the game was even over, that probably is a first at MSG this season, ouch. Linsanity still finds a way to mess with the Garden crowds' minds, just not for the better."
and, Jason Kidd's facial expression looks like he is sort of doing a mental mentorship of Jeremy, "no, don't! kick it out to Harden!"... "drive it to the baseline kid!"...Delete
This time I used all of my pre-match rituals: I prayed a full rosary (I'm catholic) and left my phone next to Virgin Mary's little statue. Everything worked out :D but i do that just in special occasions... God has more important things to look at but if a basketball game can convert some people...ReplyDelete
Jeremy played really well but he can play better than that: offensively he can improve his jump shot, not talking bout turnovers cause he's young and he'll learn that with time. Defensively sometimes he overreacts a bit, some useless contested shots... he needs to be more quiet and play with brain too, not just instinct, but i think he's gonna be there with the age too.
I really hope this game can be the beginnig of a great run for jeremy til the playoff this time. He must call the ball and make plays we know he can. He needs to be a leader... harden can be the go-to-guy but jeremy must be the vocal leader there. Hope McHale will have more faith in jeremy after this one... let's have a look at the next 3 games at least...
God please continue to help our jeremy and may his play and acting convert the more people he can. Jeremy is really a gift, so let's enjoy watching him in and off the court...
I think the ideal situation is for Harden and Jeremy lock themselves in a room, to review the first 2 games of the season and yesterday Knicks game, develop a plan that will work for both them, tell the coaching staff to accept it and stop interfering. Result? Playoff Rockets. :-)ReplyDelete
Critics constantly bash JLin for only being able to flourish in a DÁntoni type system is full of crap. The biggest problem is not the offensive system but ball stopping ISOs. Even the "superstar" Deron Williams is complaining about Avery Johnson's iso-heavy system recently, LMAO. Here's the quote:ReplyDelete
"On Monday, Williams said that he hasn't been the same player since being traded to the Nets from the Utah Jazz on Feb. 23, 2011, because he's had trouble getting acclimated with Johnson's isolation-heavy system. When he was in Utah, Williams thrived while playing in then-coach Jerry Sloan's "flex" offense."
Here's the link to the article
Avery Johnson is now trying to adopt some of the "flex" schemes that DWill likes to run and allowing him to make calls on the fly. When DWill was at Utah, Sloan gave DWill the autonomy to call plays as he sees fit. With the acquisition of Joe Johnson to Brooklyn, an iso-heavy player, no wonder DWill hasn't been the same player compared to last year. That sounds awfully similar to JLin/Harden and JLin/Melo. As some of you have posted earlier Ian Connor tweeted that JLin confided in a friend about his frustration with the "iso-mad" offense through Harden just validates the issues with iso heavy players. Unfortunately, most "superstars" are superstars because they have the athletic ability to be iso heavy, or playing 1-on-1. Even so, they can't win games all by themselves. Obviously, ISOs are effective if it is used appropriately. Phil Jackson is a great example of why he can win so many championships. He has an iso heavy player in Kobe, but at the same he has a group of guys who can run his triangle offense flawlessly. Phil seems to be able to find the right mix resulting in success with the Lakers and Bulls.
Give JLin the autonomy to run the team and the Rockets will become more consistent and start to win more games.
I want to add one more thing. Mike Woodson coached the Hawks in the past and ran an iso-heavy offense for Joe Johnson. What did it do for them, nothing, granted the Hawks were competitive in the eastern conference and made it to the playoffs but never advanced further. What you need is a player and a coach that can get everyone involved in order to win games and win big. JLin and Phil Jackson baby!Delete
If I can just tweak the Rockets lineup with what we already have and just replace the front court and get Phil Jackson, we got ourselves a Houston Dynasty.Delete
5) Tyson Chandler
4) Josh Smith
1) Jeremy Lin
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Tyson Chandler and Josh Smith can play the high and low post, perfect for the triangle. You got your wing players in JLin, Parsons, and Harden and ISO players in Harden and Smith when you need it. You got guards that can penetrate and finish or dish. You got Josh Smith who can hit the 3s for a 4. You got both defense and offense.Delete
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_FeigenReplyDelete
Funny thing about rush to judge Jeremy Lin. His 25 NY starts viewed as too small a sample. His 24 Houston starts treated as enough to judge.
6:46 AM - 18 Dec 12
Strange. If I recall correctly, Feigen was one of the ones skeptical of Lin when he signed in Houston. Maybe I'm remembering wrong.Delete
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Yeah, my mind was clouded by Linsanity as I was quick to judge JLin too. I later realized the changes JLin is going through as a young player and I had to lay off a bit and take on a more objective approach.Delete
Daryl Morey @dmoreyReplyDelete
.@seancablinasian: @JLin7 has 9 games now, 2 this year RT only 7 plyrs since 90 have 8+ all-around gms 20pts/5ast/2reb/2stl in 1st 49 starts
2:43 PM - 18 Dec 12
I read the tweet conversation and a lot of nice things were said of JLin.Delete
Why doesn't Morey/Rockets put Lin in a position to succeed then? Whatever.Delete
Lin's return is MSG's top-rated Knicks gameReplyDelete
"JLin still runs NYC" like JLin's baby brother said.Delete
JLin + NYC = Love/[Hate] Affair.Delete
NYT: Lin, Playing for Houston, Remains Son of New YorkDelete
NYT: Lin, Playing for Houston, Remains Son of New YorkDelete
via, great article, thanks for posting.
I like how it chronicles ethnic-based support of NY athletes over the years. Some naive sportswriters like Bill Plaschke think rooting for anyone based on ethnicity is wrong. Articles like this illustrate how out of touch with reality guys like Plaschke are.
from this link: http://www.chron.com/sports/article/Lin-s-return-is-highest-rated-Knicks-game-on-MSG-4129261.php, it said:ReplyDelete
Jeremy Lin is still must-see TV in New York.
The Rockets' 109-96 victory Monday drew a 4.77 rating, MSG said Tuesday. That's well above the 3.41 average rating for the first 18 games of the season.
I would guess the first 18 games must be pretty boring to watch this NBA AARP team play.
^ this is same info provided by via just now.Delete
Wow, that's pretty good. +1.3 percentage points is pretty big.Delete
LOL AARP TEAM!
It's huge. I want to see Dolan soil in his pants. Just imagine all the potential business opportunities if Knicks kept JLin.Delete
Robin Lundberg on JLin was back at MSG and why it wasn't so good for the Knicks.ReplyDelete
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Lundberg said JLin is a better defensive player than people give him credit for, true that. Stephen A on ESPN First Take this morning still harping on JLin as a liability on defense because has a lot of steals. Huhhh? SAS said Allen Iverson is a liability too who led the league in steals because AI is a small guard trying to compensate for his lack of size going for steals. JLin steals because he has quick hands and not because he lacks size. JLin doesn't need to compensate for nothing. SAS doesnt have anything else bad to say about JLin embarrassing his Knicks AGAIN so he tried to rummage through his hollow head to find anything and everything to belittle JLin, ROFLMAO.Delete
I'm still listening to Lundberg. He likes JLin a lot. Good stuff.Delete
Off the Dribble: A Fit in New York; Growing Pains in HoustonReplyDelete
Growing pains in houston is gonna end once JLin has the freedom to run the offense.Delete
It's more painful than it needs to be.Delete
The Virtual Dreams of An Alternate Reality, Or, Being Daryl MoreyReplyDelete
Daryl Morey the "ultimate tinker" scares me a bit.Delete
Jason Gay: New York Hasn't Left Jeremy LinReplyDelete
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All these writers emerging from the woodwork praising JLin. Love it.Delete
NY media miss. They love him, hate him, but are never indifferent.Delete
There’s a line to get in the Madison Square Garden media gate. Jeremy Lin must be in town: http://twitpic.com/bmw4xp
2:34 PM - 17 Dec 12
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Packed press room @TheGarden as New York media reunites with @JLin7. pic.twitter.com/OsR42pxg
2:54 PM - 17 Dec 12
*NY media miss him.Delete
Why do people here still pay attention to Stephen A. Smith? Do black people care what the KKK says about them? No, because they already know what the KKK is about.ReplyDelete
Stephen A. Smith is a militant black supremacist. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING will change that. In any story that involves race, you pretty much already know what angle he's going to take. Why pay any further attention to what he says?
So I can terrorize his twitter account and call him some bad ass racist stuff.Delete
Although it may not be best to waste energy getting super enraged about him, it's good to know what he's saying/ spinning. Bcos a lot of [UNthinking] Nyk fans tend to spread his word as gospel.Delete
Lies, when repeated enough, becomes/ will be taken as truths as time goes on.
African-Americans and Jewish-Americans are in fact very sensitive to defamation. There may be KKK FRINGE groups out there, but people are generally leery of associating with them. SAS is on msm.
Jared Max from Max out in the morning is one of the biggest supporter and believer of Jeremy. I enjoyed listening to his shows every day during the height of Linsanity.Delete
actually Robin Lundberg shows more loves for Lin.Delete
He is always defending for him and calling out SAS's comments.
It's because SAS is on national TV and has a huge platform to spread his racist opinions and some people actually believe him. The KKK does not have that type of influence, but if they did we should condemn them. We need to stand up to people like SAS and call him out. Ultimately ESPN is to blame for giving him a national platform.Delete
FELTONSANITY...Felton standing in a living room with nothing but his undies holding a 20pc bucket of KFC saying " I'm better than Jeremy Lin and I'm going to prove it by eating all this chicken.ReplyDelete
And drinking down a big can of malt liquor.Delete
I love Blaiyan's Lin+Team highlightsReplyDelete
On his drives to the hoop, this is easily the fastest/quickest that Lin has been all season. Maybe he planned it that way lol.Delete
highest ratings for a Knick game this year. take that DolanReplyDelete
SAS did give more credits to Lin in today's First Take http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=8758872ReplyDelete
First time he said that Lin may be a star one day. btw, he said that some Taiwanese medias interviewed with him yesterday....lol
He almost got a bit racist there when he started to mimic the way they spoke (for just a second) and then he caught himself.Delete
If Jeremy Lin can be an NBA starter without dribbling using his left hand, what's stopping you from achieving your dreams?
6:34 PM - 14 Dec 12
Mr. Sxxxxxx @Hxxx2DxHxxxxxxx
Jeremy Lin graduated from Harvard..intelligent guy, I'm sure..but no one taught him to go left?
5:54 PM - 14 Dec 12
Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor
Jeremy Lin has gone strong to his left a few times tonight to get to the hole, a past area of considerable weakness
5:40 PM - 17 Dec 12
Jxxxx Gxxxxxxx @Jxxxxxx
@Ian_OConnor Jeremy Lin's weakness of going to his left was always greatly exaggerated
5:42 PM - 17 Dec 12
kxxxx sxxx @fxxxxxx_kxxxxx
@Ian_OConnor people listen to @stephenasmith too much
5:44 PM - 17 Dec 12
Gxxxxx Mxxxxxx @jxxxxxxxxxx
@Ian_OConnor not according to espn color commentators who watch highlights and not games.
6:22 PM - 17 Dec 12
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"We Went There: Linsanity Returns to the Garden"
I watched that replay again where Lin dribbles around a nice Harden screen with his left hand. I think he was trying to dunk on Chandler. Did anyone else notice that? It would've been a youtube favorite, but Chandler saw it coming and did not let it happen.ReplyDelete
he had already started to go left, whenever the right lane is swampped. He had been going left from day one, but he is not that comfortable with it. But latesly this season, he has improved, and had been going.Delete
WHy many dont see it, is he is making less run to the basket, unlike the spurs and knicks game.
Try watching the highlights on knicks game, he did indeed go left and scored in one or two instances.
Does anybody know how to download CSN videos like this one?Delete
I've tried Coojah, Replay Media Catcher 4, URLSnooper 2 with jDownloader, but none of them work. CSN Houston must reaaally not want people downloading their content.
Anybody know how to do it?