Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Linsanity Tonight

I'm expecting some Linsanity tonight in front of family and friends:

http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2013/02/lin-back-in-bay-area-for-first-time-since-linsanity/

After shoot around at Downtown Olympic Club:


; Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) https://twitter.com/Jonathan_Feigen/status/301413781337145345">February 12, 2013

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  1. Welcome, Mr. Feign! Have been enjoying you writing since Yao days. Please tell Rockets management about how we feel here about the current coaching as it relates to JLin.

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    1. FWIW, Someone sent JF this article: [B/R] Jeremy Lin's Inconsistent 4th-Quarter Minutes Continue to Stunt Development

      Jason Friedman ‏@JasonCFriedman
      @Ixxxxxx that piece is trash. Check my timeline as I've already addressed just a few of its many issues. Bleacher Report is not a legitimate
      7:59 AM - 11 Feb 13

      Jason Friedman ‏@JasonCFriedman
      @Ixxxxxx news source and I really don't understand why we must keep rehashing the same tired story after every loss. It's mind boggling.
      8:01 AM - 11 Feb 13

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    2. I saw the tweet on twitter. It was also addressed to @dmorey as well. Several JLin fans (myself included) retweeted it. It's not mind-boggling that Mr. Friedman is trying to defend the organization that is employing him, but it is mind-boggling that McHale is repeating the same mistake of not playing JLin more minutes.

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    3. Heh heh.

      Don't speak for me, as far as complaining about Lin's 4th quarter minutes goes.

      Generally I've been satisfied with Lin's minutes. He appears to me to be on the court when the game's outcome is being decided. Sometimes he's not, and I'm on the whole OK with it all.

      What I like is that Lin is playing really well in the minutes he does get. He appears to be making a real winning impact. I'm pleased with his 30 minutes per game, though I'd like to see the coaching staff sub him in a bit sooner in the 4th quarter instead of riding the bench as long as possible.

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    4. I think 35 minutes is about right, but my problem with the coaching staff is putting JLin in and out of the game a few times during the same quarter. I want him to play at least 9 minutes before subbing him out. And yes, I think JLin should be put into the 4th quarter earlier too.

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    5. The Rockets play so poorly with Lin on the bench that they have to yank him back into the game to preserve or retake the lead.

      It's not necessarily a bad thing for Lin to be that important either.

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    6. So motion flow means constant motion getting on and off the bench.

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    7. lol Etane and KH, we can also say "mojo flow" meaning constant Lin's mojo getting on and off the bench

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    8. Actually Etane, you are more correct than you know.

      Motion offenses do not always get the best shots, and Lin is the antidote.

      MedicLin.

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    9. We already knew Lin is antidote for McHell's inept coaching abilities.

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    10. I am NOT in disagreement with you there, Etane. Please understand that.

      Like I wrote before, McHale was "good" for Lin in a developmental sense in certain aspects of Lin's game. But now playtime's over and McHale needs to recognize the quality he has in Lin.

      Besides, who other than Lin can break a defense down? Even Harden either gets stopped and/or gives up so many points that having him in crunchtime means the Rockets get CRUNCHED!

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    11. Why do you say you don't disagree with me then disagree with me? Animal Farm!

      JK.

      McHell has been good to Lin like the white man has been good to the native americans.

      Did you watch any games in February? Harden has been unstoppable after he changed his game up. His launching pad is now his dishing pad.

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    12. Yes Harden has put up a lot of shots.

      We also agree than he is totally unwilling to even fake playing defense, and teams are targeting him. Harden is giving up anywhere between 40 and 60 pints a game, as opponents are targeting him especially in screens.

      When Lin plays, the opposing point guard always tries to score first against Lin on the first play. Lin invariably gets the stop, and then the ball starts attacking Harden. Opponents are finally starting to figure out that Lin is no easy target but that Harden is.

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  2. Nice article. Seems like Lin's coaches continue to be his main detractors even when they are saying nice things about him.

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  3. A visit by Linsanity will be nice, but I just want JLin to play a good game and the Rockets to pull out a win. The Warriors would be extra-motivated and ready to play.

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  4. This article clearly reflects how Lin feels about Houston and beat back the sense from you posters who believes that Lin is not happy in Houston.

    Lin said he loves being a Rocket. He even considers it home now. Houston is the peaceful middle ground between the pressure of the Bay Area and the magnitude of New York.

    He can walk around, have dinner in comfort. He doesn't have hype pressing on his shoulders or doubt shoving him in the back. It is an experience Lin said he hasn't known since Harvard.

    "I think I'm in a good place where I can grow and mature and get better as a player," Lin said. "And kind of go at a reasonable, normal pace. ... Playing (in the Bay Area) my rookie year was tough. There was a lot of pressure, and I wasn't ready for it. And then New York is New York.

    "Houston is a nice change of pace for me."

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    1. I don't think anyone said he's unhappy in Houston (the city). I think compared to New York, it's a lot more laid back. I doubt he could go shopping at the mall with his teammates in New York without a fleet of security guards. He mentioned in an interview before that he rarely leaves his apartment in NY because he was afraid of being recognized and the crowds and attention he draws.

      I think he truly likes the Rockets (the players and even some of the coaches), but I don't think he's happy with the amount of minutes he's allowed to play on the court. I agree that being in Houston is a good opportunity to work on his weaknesses (his 3-point shot and how to work off the ball for example), but I don't think it's his final destination. Eventually he will be on a team that will emphasize his strengths and allow him to be the ball-dominant PG that he is.

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    2. Not just quantity of minutes but the quality. Took too many of McHell's "flow testing" to finally let Lin play PG minutes.

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    3. Liking the city of Houston doesn't mean that he completely happy with his role there. He says its been a great learning experience to not have to be the primary playmaker nd ball handler. Basically, what he's saying is that he learn

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    4. Sorry, on iPhone. Basically what he is saying is that he is learning how to play away from his strengths to compliment his team. Don't even get me started in Mchale's home run hitter talk.

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    5. k. smith.. i agree with you here. he knows and says that the best of him is yet to come. that tells me he knows he's capable of a lot more than what this offense is allowing him to do. but he's being a good team player and working on other parts of his game, which in the long term can only be good for him.

      yeah that home run hitter analogy is such crap. so what mchale is saying is that they signed a home run hitter and asked him to play like ichiro and expecting good results. that's just insane. on the other hand, if this home run hitter can also be an ichiro, then you have an unbelievable player. like i said, in the long term, and jeremy does have a long way ahead of him, it's good for him. and jeremy is right... he may never replicate what he had in nyc, at least in houston. i just think it's a dumb approach by the coaching staff - square peg, round hole.

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  5. see you all at the game tonight!!!

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  6. Small taste? How about little taste? Lol.

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  7. I don't know. To me this article clearly reveals the disdain McHale has for Lin's game. McHale doesn't seem to appreciate Lin's flashy homerun plays (that quote about homerun hitter vs lead off hitter). I think he is constantly trying to make Jeremy into a different player than what Jeremy is comfortable doing. The stuff he excelled at last year.

    I don't think this is the right way to use him. McHale is forcing Jeremy to play away from his strengths. He clearly was not a believer of Linsanity and trying to mold him into a just average, low risk, no hum point guard. I don't think we will ever see Linsanity type of level with McHale at the helm. At best, I see him becoming just an above average NBA point guard.

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    1. And, McHell is saying he's right and Jeremy is wrong by saying Jeremy is young.

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    2. If he hits home runs so well why won't you have him do just that?

      Why doesn't Josh Hamilton lead off then?

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    3. No, but McHell might make Josh play 2nd base.

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    4. What a depressing article. Not sure how anyone can be encouraged by what Mchale said.

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    5. I wish George Karl were coaching this team. I love his quotes from that article:

      1) “He’s had some really good games and he’s had some tough games,” Denver Nuggets coach George Karl said. “I think he is in that process of finding consistency and finding a game that fits his team. [That's a simple and valid criticism]

      2) “I remember Steve Nash when he was a young player. People didn’t think he could play. People thought he was a bench player. And he’s going to be a Hall of Fame point guard and one of my favorites ever. You look at Chauncey Billups’ early career and how he bounced around and he’ll be a Hall of Famer. Jeremy Lin is a talented kid. If he can find the talent and the consistency, I can see him having a great career.” [That's high and valid praise]

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    6. What did Karl mean when he said. "If he can find the TALENT and consistency."?

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    7. I actually see some truth in what McHale said and he has been consistent in trying to keep the expectations low.

      If McHale said outright that he expects Linsanity within 1 year, there is no amount of praise enough for Lin because he'll be falling short of Linsanity expectations (27ppg/8.5 assists in 6 game winning streak). Even CP3 only has 19ppg/9.5 assists.

      I only wish that deep down McHale believed that with time and hard work, Lin will accomplish close to that feat. (perhaps CP3 numbers)

      I'd rather Lin have Nash' career than DRose's career so far.

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    8. I think he means if he can surround himself with talented teammates and coaches who don't yo yo him on and off the bench, then Lin will have a great career.

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    9. what I meant was don't take what coaches said at face value. Nothing wrong with the strategy to exceed average expectations.

      Playing time in the 4Q is what matters (although this has been up and down)

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    10. psalm: I think you're referring to this paragraphy?

      “He just happened to catch an unbelievable run in a major market, in New York, and it actually became a story that was bigger than he was. That’s hard. It’s a lot easier to go out and play this game when the expectation level for you is realistic, not Linsanity.”

      It could also be interpreted that he doesn't want Lin to shine.

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    11. It can also meant if Lin can find ways to showcase his talent as a dominant ball handler and consistent 3PT shooting to last as long as Nash, he'll have a HOF career.

      High praise from Coach Karl indeed.

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    12. True, Etane. I got the impression from his consistent stand from multiple interviews that he really likes Lin but he knows the Linsanity expectation can crush him, just like it almost did in GSW.

      As long has McHale plays Lin the 4Q and continues to develop him, I'm not worried. We are already seeing how Lin found his talent to make his 3PT shooting rising above 50% in the last 6-7 games even with low usage.

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    13. Lin playing in the 4th qtr during tight/crucial games is not going to happen, at least not on a consistent basis. There's only 30 games left to the season, if anything Mchale has a feel for the rotation and we'll probably keep seeing more of the same. Hope I'm wrong.

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    14. Etane

      Im sorry but i was a bit behind the latest.good you posted this, however, at first it confused me as to who said it.but reading psalm's respone, it was clear mchell saidcit...what a jerk!!once a jerk, always a jerk...


      To psalm...

      You are right, dont take the coache's interview at face value so allow me to digest what mchell said in what etane write...

      First statement saying he caught an unbelievable run...you know how it sounded? It sounded like jeremy did nothing to get linsanity, it was all pure luck and he happens to be in the right place at the right and things just fell into place.. Linsanity was nithing near this... We know jeremy worked so hard to get to where he was duribg linsanity, prayed so hard to stay in the league, fought against the odds of racism, stereotypes and did nit merely got a shower of luck.he may Mchell shld have called it an ooprtunity that jlin grabbed and he shld get credit for that..

      Now, second part of that statement was an insult to jlin...mchell sounded like LOH or an envious former knicks teammate..im pretty sure someone had saud this in one of the interviews regarding jlin.... That his story became bigger than who he really was...what right does mchell have to claim that lin's story is bigger than he is??? He is talking abt lin's story, part if which is linsanity but lin is not just abt linsanity..lin is not just abt basketball but there is more to that and im thankful for that..i became a fan nit only bec he has bbal skills but also bec of who lin is...and saying it is HARD??? Yeah sure mchell it is hard when people keep putting you down bec of your color and your race...

      And his last statement was adding salt to the wound...To me, his statement meant that Linsanity is not jeremy, it is over him so it shldnt be expected of him..jlin already did it and he can do it again and again given the right opprtunity not when he will catch an unbelievable run as what mchell said..he could have said that people shld not expect linsanity from lin every single game but to say that people shld not have that expectation from jlin only says that he is not at all capable of it...abd i shld tell mchell that again... Linsanity is not just abt the numbers, the game winning shots that jlin made during that short period of time but it is abt a young man who prevailed and succeeded over all the challenges he faced aling the way....my advice to mchell, watch linsanity the movie and be enlightened..


      Thanks etane for sharing this crap that came out of mchell's garbage mouth that only knows how to say.... Jeremy is a nice kid, he is young and he will be fine...guess what, he will remain a nice kid but will not be fine as long as mchell is his coach....with all these said, lets all enjoy the game and pray the linsanity will strike mchell tonight..

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  8. Jason Friedman ‏@JasonCFriedman
    McHale optimistic about Harden playing tonight, more iffy on Douglas who's still not moving as well as he'd like.

    Harden confident he'll be good to go tonight. Says knee still sore but much-improved. Looked good today at shootaround.

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    1. In the trademarked catch phrase of Michael Buffer -

      LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!!!

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  10. Think about it this way:

    1. If Lin is going to win a championship, he needs to play with other superstars on the team. So, learning how to play along side Harden actually works perfectly for him on his path to the mountain top.

    2. The most important thing for Lin at the moment is not getting injured and keep honing his skills. So, not seeing too many minutes could be a very good thing.

    3. By being forced to do things that he is not comfortable with, such as catch and shoot, he is gradually becoming a better shooter, which will significantly help his game in the long run.

    So, I think people shouldn't complain too much about Lin's situation right now. Yes, you won't see Linsanity every night; but you should be happy for what's good for Lin. And I think what's happening to him right now is actually good for him in the long run.

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    1. I like your positive outlook but personally, I believe in Lin's potential and I'd rather see that develop than turning him into an average, safe PG. yes he'll improve on catch and shoots and yes he'll work on all his other weaknesses but to force him to change his natural "home run hitter" personality is a major fucking red flag.

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    2. I agree 100% on 3 points, @Loox.

      But it's fair to question McHale's game plan of being "too safe" not to trust Lin to be the PG/decision-maker when Harden's ISO results in many TOs.

      Lin has shown that he can run the offense more and it will benefit both Harden's efficiency and Lin's development.

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    3. I agree with all of you guys -- Loox, k.smith and psalm. It's good to keep Jeremy healthy and developing without too much pressure.

      It's just that McHale et al. are being waaaay too safe. Jeremy probably wasn't ready to shoulder a heavy load at the beginning of the season -- due to his recovering knee -- but he's clearly been ready to be the primary ballhandler since mid-December or so.

      Like I've said before, you can reduce his usage or his minutes, but you can't do both. That just undermines his confidence and development...and it ruins the team's chances of winning. We all saw what happened against the Kings -- and it's happened several times before.

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    5. Loax: Just to play devil's advocate.

      1) Who says Lin can't play with super stars?
      2) Yes, it's about quality minutes not the quantity. Not just Lin, but bench rotation and mismatches have been horrendous.
      3) Working on your weakness is what off season is about. You don't play your player in the most inefficient manner possible during the season and allow your team's weaknesses to be exposed. And, you don't ask a player to play out of his natural position 3 days before the start of the season.

      Lastly, no I and most of us don't expect Linsanity every game. Just every other one. = D

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    6. Furthermore, McHell has done nothing to keep Lin safe. He never complains to refs about hard fouls on Lin. And, he leaves Lin in the game when he's bleeding or has weak ankles whenever the team is behind. So, I think we're giving McHell too much credit in him trying to keep Lin healthy as excuse for Lin's low quantity of minutes.

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    7. Since you have all agreed to the post I will be advocatus diaboli just for fun...

      1. Lin IS already bending towards his teammates. The question is - will players and coaches recognise his talents and appreciate his skills enough to bend towards him as well? IMHO there wont be a mountain top for anyone if they dont let JLin be primary ballhandler.

      2. Lin should be able to stay healthy and hone his skills while he plays 30-35 minutes a night. Players get paid a lot of money - not to shine as long as they can but to shine as bright as they can. 25 million for 3 years? He better work his ass off!

      You can get injured if you play 30 minutes - it can also happen if you play 3 minutes. If you play 30 minutes a night you can at least do what youve come to do -> prove yourself, show your skills, be the best player you can be and compete with others.

      Not playing a lot defeats the purpose of being a superstar starting PG. Sitting on the bench may be safe for your body but it can and will ruin your self confidence - if you have to watch the third PG play in the 4th quarter while everyone is wondering why you arent playing.

      3. JLin has gradualy improved his shooting over the years. Im sure he would have improved this year as well - with or without McHale. People compain because JLin is much more than a spot up shooter. Turning him into a "spot up shooter only" is like turning an engineer into a full time carwash guy.

      Nobody here wants Lin to get injured - we all want him to succeed. But remember - JLin is not just a celebrity. He is a pro athlete. You cant tell a racing driver to go slow just so he is safe. It defeats the purpose of being a racing driver. You cant tell Lin that its good to stay on the bench because its safer...

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    8. Ooops... too many devils here Etane :)

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    9. I think JLin knows his strengths and weaknesses and what he needs to work on. McHale isn't the one and only coach JLin is listening to. I believe JLin will do what is necessary to improve his skills and win games within the Rockets' offensive plan. His strengths will not go away. If the Rockets' coaches choose not to use his skills, it is the Rockets' organization's loss. JLin is on contract for 2 more years. Tick-tock, tick-tock...

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    10. Why do people so often asume that misuse of a player is ok? Just a reminder -> JLin was almost gone. He was about to quit basketball. I sometimes wonder how many JLins are out there, sitting on the bench, thinking about quitting because people dont see their talent.

      Im happy JLin is doing great so far but I also know that having your coach contain your talent because he is blind must be frustrating.

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    11. It's not okay, but as long as he is part of the Rockets, and the Rockets Head Coach is McHale, what can he do?

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    12. I do disagree with a lot of McHale's substitutions and game plans. But honestly, I don't believe he has anything personally against Jeremy. Maybe he really thinks the Linsanity stuff is unhealthy for Lin's development -- but that kinda discloses his low view of Lin's ability. Just saying ...

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  11. Thanks to all who voted.looks like the rockets game won in fan night voting so it will be shown in nba tv.i dont have to rely on my LP.the only setback is, the game is airing so late, 1030 pm ET.hope to stay awake and watch it live bec i have a feeling GSW would like to give back the rockets the humiliation they got last week.i wonder what kind of record the warriors are planning to break tonight.this is going to be a heated match up.let's all be positive and not be quick to give up on our team despite what happens in the rotation.

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    1. No. Sorry to disappointed you. I think it is Miami heat and Portland.

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    2. I think it's a triple header on NBA TV

      The only thing is it would be an Audio only in LP *sigh*

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    3. It's both...miami vs portland and houston vs gsw...thanks again to all who voted.at least i wont hear houston announcers.one less complaint...lol

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  12. God bless Jeremy Lin!

    God bless the Rockets!

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  13. This article sums up EVERYTHING we already know and many forum posters dissect day after day, including myself.

    Man, it's almost depressing to hear what Mchale says about Lin. But we all knew this is how the Rockets Coaches and possibly the Front Office and possibly even Les feel about Lin, despite paying him 25 mill over 3 years.

    “Jeremy, by nature, is a home run hitter."
    Translation: Jeremy plays with the mindset of an elite player like CP3, Wade, Kobe, Lebron, Parker, Westbrook, Durant, etc. Jeremy likes to make big plays, and force the action like all big time players do.

    "Home run hitters strike out a lot."
    Translation: Jeremy forces the action too much and turns over the ball and get blocked or forces ugly passes and layups far too often at the expense of his teammates and team victories. It's no secret I prefer Harden or Parsons force the action and make home run hitting plays if I got to make that call.

    "When you have the ball in your hand and you’re the point guard, you’re better off being a lead off guy who gets a lot of walks and gets some singles and doubles."
    Translation: I don't believe in Lin. He's not capable being more than a decent role player. Lin in a Cp3 role? Please...

    What Mchale is probably also thinking: I hate it when the ball sticks with Lin. I'll take my chances with Harden or Parsons dominating the action - they are simply much better, I just know it. Let's talk about young gun PG's like Lin. Westbrook shoots 5 for 30 but he's Westbrook so it's ok. Lawson? Well he's damn fast and strong. Kyrie, my goodness, he's Kyrie! And Wall? Well He's John Freaking Wall who cares if he can't shoot or pass - he's the entire Wizards Team. Jrue Holiday? Well he's from UCLA so of course he can dominate the ball and get his!

    "How many home run hitters are point guards in our league? Very few."
    Translation: Don't you even dare compare Lin to the media ordained star PG's. He' not in the league of CP3, Tony Parker, Westbrook, Holiday, Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Ty Lawson, Steph Curry, Ricky Rubio (Rubio stinks but he is a home run hitter type player), Rondo, D Rose, Deron Williams (I don't think he's a home run hitter but Lin does, Lin said he is top3 PG!), Kemba Walker (not that good but he is his team's home run hitter at guard); Jose Calderon (the Pistons new home run hitter); Damian Lillard (his teams Home run hitter); or Brandon Jennings (not all that but he is hit teams home run hitter 50% of the time at least). Hell Lin isn't even as good as Jeff Teague, Isiah Thomas, Brandon Knight, Jameer Nelson, Steve Nash, Goran Gragic, Lowry, George Hill, Kemba Walker, Ramon Session, Steve Blake, Darren Collison, De Colo, Jarret Jack, Earl Watson, or Greivas Vasquez, thank you.

    "But by nature, that’s who he is. But he’s a young kid and he’s improving all the time.”
    Translation: Lin is still trying to play above his skill level. He'll learn to accept what he is, a limited role player. I'll make sure of it.

    Lin: “The thing I need to remember and remind myself my role is different. In this one, I’m not as much of the primary playmaker, primary ballhandler. It doesn’t mean I can’t do it."
    Translation: I'm freakin handcuffed. If I was unleashed, I'd kill it, get back to what I was doing last year. But I get paid 25 mill to be cool about it and play my role. I get it..

    Lin: "I still feel like the best parts of my career are yet to come."
    Translation: Once my 3 year contract is over, I might resign with Houston if sh*t changes and my role makes sense here. If not, I'm taking my talents elswhere to lead a team. By that time, SOME team has to notice I'm a PG stud and not just some Bruce Lee look-alike...right?

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    1. You're analysis is 100% correct. It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Lin won't be able to be contained forever. He's going to explode, whether it's here or elsewhere.

      When it does, I expect a lot of people to talk about what an amazing improvement he's made.

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    2. Hey MT, thanks. We are all on the same page on this site. We might differ in how we get there, but we all agree and believe in the same things, namely that Lin is legit.

      Funny, I wonder how Lin himself takes in his head coach's comments? I'd probably be a bit pissed off hearing that if I were Lin. But sounds like Lin is "stubborn" so I doubt he will just give into Mchale without a fight.

      I've been seeing Lin do a lot of good but odd things lately starting in that Portland game like trying to score in abundance when treated as an afterthought and trying to score in dynamic fashion (ie the Sac dunk) to make himself more memorable to his coaches and the media.

      Aside from that, Harden really seems to have calmed down and he is playing great lately and it doesn't feel is he is playing at odds with Lin anymore. Rather, they seem to be slowly meshing their skill set, and Harden seems to allow Lin to go off at times which is great to see from Harden. It feels like all this is happening in spite of Mchale and whomever else's philosophies...

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    3. excellent "translation".

      For me from a coaching standpoint, it appears that McHale indeed does have the same problem Mike Woodson and Keith Smart had with Lin: Lin breaks the motion offense to make hero plays, and that is a no no for these coaches.

      It's good to see Lin recognizing that he indeed has to play HIS game, regardless of what the coaches expect of him.

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    4. Yup, you definitely read what Lin has in mind, swingline.

      Now that Lin is 100% healthy, he will take it to another level to show the coaches that he can do more than his current role.

      If only there is an ideal situation when Harden rests his sore knee for 5-6 games, I have no doubt Lin would fully show what he can do to his coaches.

      I expect some Linsanity games with a flurry of three pointers, pinpoint passes sprinkled with some vicious dunks.

      Then coaches would be forced to incorporate Lin's strength with Harden's equally when Harden comes back.

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    5. Lin's starting to SHOWBOAT.

      Now that he knows how to work the Rockets system, he's starting to make his presence overtly visible.

      If McHale and the coaching staff don't adjust, either Lin will get "promoted" via a trade to another team or the coaching staff won't have their contracts renewed.

      This is the NBA where players like Lin have the power.

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    6. @swinglinezigzag! Hit a nail on the head, especially Lin's part. TESTIFY!

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    7. JLin continues to have full faith in his abilities even when he's soaking in a less-encouraging environment.

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    8. dude my sentiments exactly. I'm glad u read between the lines. balls too sticky in lin's hands? is he fuckin kidding me? would he comsider any point guard having sticky hands? he is a moron who couldn't draw up any meaningful plays in the last minutes of the sac game. i really wish lin ends up somewhere else. not seeing him do what i think he is capable of doing will be one of the biggest regrets of my life...

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    9. Yup, Lin knows Linsanity wasn't a fluke. He may be humble and won't flaunt it in front of your face, but don't mistaken that for a lack of confidence. he knows what he could do. Nothing less than Linsanity will satisfy him. With his determination and work-ethic, he will make sure to revisit that peak again and then beyond. Doubters will once again be proven wrong, and that includes McHale & company.

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    10. I pretty much agree with everyone. That analogy by Mchale was terrible.

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    11. Poor Man's Commish ‏@poormanscommish
      Kevin McHale: "Jeremy Lin was playing at the ceiling for the Knicks for a few weeks...if you did that all the time, you'd be Michael Jordan"

      "He's not that guy, he's not Linsanity...he needs to be a singles and doubles hitter."
      6:30 PM - 12 Feb 13

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    12. ^ McHale's Pre-game presscon

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    13. "I still feel like the best parts of my career are yet to come. A lot of that is tied to team success, deep playoff runs and things like that. I don’t think I’ll ever average whatever I averaged in that stretch. But that’s OK with me."

      We know he doesn't expect to average and that he is ok with that. I wonder what he does expect to average. Is he ok with averaging what he is averaging right now?

      He also links his future career success to playoff success. Would he be ok with what he is averaging right now if his team is able to make a deep playoff run?

      Also, we know that he is ok with not being "the primary playmaker, primary ballhandler" and that he is ok with "playing off of" a "really, really, really good" primary playmaker. Even a role player Derek Fisher type "plays off of" a primary playmaker. Would he be ok with his current role, especially if they make deep playoff runs?

      It sounds like a person who knows what he is ok not being, but not someone who knows what he wants to be. Point is, it doesn't sound like JLin is aiming to lead his own team even after three years.

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    14. Expectations. It's smart not to set them too high, at least publicly. Maybe both McHale and JLin are trying lessen the hype and lower people's expectations. Better to overachieve than underachieve.

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    15. I hope it is simply JLin managing people's expectations.

      JLin is already really really really good as a playmaker. He sounds like he just doesn't believe it. Or he doesn't believe that the team is better off with him as the playmaker. It sounds like he is willing to take a backseat because he thinks Harden is better at that role.

      My hope is that after a couple of years, JLin will feel that he is good enough to lead any team, even if that team has another a good playmaker like Harden.

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  14. Interesting SlamOnline piece about Harden's work ethic and what makes him tick.

    He clearly was handed the key as the #1 leader in HOU so his ongoing relationship with Lin will be interesting to watch. So far so good. He knows Lin can be a solid #2 option to relieve the pressure from him.

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    Consistency and work ethic were the pillars that drove Harden to wake up early every morning to catch the 6 a.m. bus from Compton to Lakewood to hit the court before class. They kept him focused on basketball and not the bad things happening in the city that sidetracked so many other kids. They allowed him to shake his reluctance to take over games and lead his squad to a 33-2 record in his senior year and a second straight state championship. After averaging 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists, the beardless Harden was named a Parade and McDonald’s All-American.

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    Harden points to his high school coach, Scott Pera, for “molding me into the player that I am,” but consistency and work ethic mean everything to him because they mean everything to the biggest influence in his life: his mother, Monja Willis, a single mom who raised Harden and two other children.

    “One of the most important things I learned from my mother was just her work ethic,” says the 2009 consensus collegiate All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year. “She don’t really do a lot of talking, she just shows it. She was basically a single parent raising me, my brother and my sister, working two jobs, being at all my games. She just got it done. No matter what it took. That work ethic rubbed off on me.”

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  15. Jeremy will be playing infront of Mama Lin today. He said once , he plays well when mom is around. Do good JLin or else you'll receive some.... LOL (lots-of-love) hehe...

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  16. Hiren Joshi ‏@htown747
    #Rockets have won 15 of the last 17 games against the Warriors.
    3:39 PM - 12 Feb 13

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  17. side topic: any thoughts on trades or moves the rockets should consider before the deadline? i.e. josh smith, millsap, dwight (next year), etc.

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    1. Get Tyler Hansbrough.

      Trade any of the Rockets forwards other than Chandler Parsons for him.

      Hansbrough SHOULD be obtainable, as his value has been artificially plummeted.

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  18. Houston Rockets ‏@HoustonRockets
    Here's a sneak peak of the Rockets display at @NBAJamSession highlighting the current & the championship teams.
    pic.twitter.com/IxQxRN2m
    1:35 PM - 12 Feb 13

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    1. Wow - good to see him play.

      LIVE STREAM PEOPLE!

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  20. Mark Berman ‏@MarkBermanFox26
    Yao Ming will be honored by Mayor Annise Parker on Friday at City Hall
    5:06 PM - 12 Feb 13

    [Yao Ming w/ JJ Watt]

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  21. Adam Reisinger @AdamReisinger
    Since the link isn't working, here's the horrible trade in photo form:
    pic.twitter.com/zo0B4Tkj
    1:34 PM - 12 Feb 13

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  23. I'm glad many of you took the article the way I did. Some people thought this article was nice, but really it reveals everything we have suspected about McHale thus far.
    I am sick of people like McHale who believe that Linsanty was a total fluke - something he will never able to achieve again. How da hell does he know? How does anyone else know. Is this really set in stone that it's not worth trying to replicate? At least make that argument after putting him in the situation to succeed first.

    Instead, Mchale is clearly a coach who doesn't believe in LIn as an elite player. Same old school bullshit. Asian kid who never player with the elite.. can't play. Can't go left. Too many TO's.

    Not for once, do I think McHale is trying to make LIn into a well rounded player. I think he is just trying to make him into a servicable player who doesn't make mistakes and makes positive contributions to the game. IF the head coach feels that way, how do you think the players will react.

    We need to set our expectations low because I don't think this will change as long as Mchale is the coach. Otherwise we will continue to be disappointed. mchale will not change. I think Jeremy is letting this year go, but if this continues, I doubt he will just take it . at least hope not

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    1. McHell is the most inarticulate coach in the NBA. His dumb-ass baseball analogies make no sense at all.

      The inconsistent play haters use as evidence that Lin sucks really shows how much Kevin McHale sucks as a coach.

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    2. I hate when he says Jeremy will be alright after punking him in the game. He deflects every question about Lin and never goes out of his way to compliment him. Dick.

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    3. I hated McHale when he played, he was a dick then, but a good player. Now, he's still a dick, but an incompetent and incomprehensible coach.

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  24. no Rockets vs GSW pre-game thread? no problem! I played hooky from work today out of sheer irritation, desire to get out of the company, and laziness. looking forward part 2 of Rockets-Warriors bloodbath. Go Jeremy!

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  25. Watching Heat-Portland game. Lillard having a fake good game.

    He's got 20 points, but only 1 assist and team worst minus 20(!) point differential through three quarters. And 18 of his points came in the first half.

    At least this is better, at least on paper, then his last game against Orlando, where he stunk up the joint with a 1 for 16 shooting performance.

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  26. Well, Lillard starting to play better, got 9 points in the third quarter. His +/- still bad at -14.

    But, here's the relevance to Lin - Lillard's first game against Heat, he only had 10 points and shot poorly. Tonight, the coaches are letting him be scorer not playmaker, i.e., their letting him be James Harden, and he's doing much better, because he doesn't have to deal with the defensive crap Miami throws at all point-guard playmakers.

    So, stop worrying why Lin doesn't play as well against Miami, very few point guards play well AS POINT GUARDS against Miami.

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  27. One more point to add about Lillard v. Lin - In Lillard's two games against Miami, they were not the second game of a back-to-back game.

    Whereas for Lin's 3 games against Miami (this year and last), 2 of his games have been on the second game of a back to back.

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  28. At my set. Harden just came it and inn.

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    1. You're at the game? Let us know how it goes!

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    2. Observations on coaching staff/ JLin interactions...

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    3. Will try. Pretty high. Chinese new year nba events now. My friend said ... since when? Since jlin.

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    4. your play by play insider report on Jeremy will be very much appreciated!

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  29. Marc J. Spears ‏@SpearsNBAYahoo
    Warriors guard Jarrett Jack testing his shoulder on the floor and is available to play tonight. http://pic.twitter.com/WRaNTXjK
    6:45 PM - 12 Feb 13

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  30. Meanwhile , Portland and Denver lost to Heat and Raptors respectively. And at halftime , Utah is up against OKC. 58-52. C'mon, OKC win this for the Rox...lol

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  31. Warm-up. Be v hugs lin from behind.

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  32. Ok. Joe's sideline report begins. I'll be attentive :>

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    1. I'd like to do what Joe is doing.. an insider :)

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    2. Can you give accounts of the non verbal communications between jeremy and teammates and jeremy and coaches? Anything that is an obvious bias against lin that we dont see on tv, if you can.thnks and have fun.

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    3. Although that might be hard ,Isabeli. Unless you're a multitasker , watching and just enjoying Lin play , and reporting on his play at the same time would be hard. At least , I'm speaking for myself. hehe

      But anyway , thanks and Kudos to JoeTeam!!! 'appreciate the dedication and passion. :>

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  33. What happen to the admin? Too busy to post a game thread?

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  34. Who is ready for some LINSANITY! Tonight!?

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  35. Yoga snd tsi chi wsrmups. Cp too. LONG TWO! Lol

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