Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Rockets vs Suns Game #65 Post Game Thread

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  1. For @via, @psalm234 and everyone, my pics from the GSW game:

    Notice the 3x3s shooting form

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    1. Nice one Joe, looking forward for more pictures from you next time against GSW

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    2. Great pics @JT, thanks!
      So, you now have a tumblr...[will be visiting] ^^

      [Paging @Kenoshi: Cheerleaders pics over here!]
      j/k

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    3. LOL ... yeah, Kenoshi ... it was all good innocent fun!

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    4. @via, trying to figure out how to upload to youtube without getting stalked. Some fun vids to come, on this thread.

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    5. Appreciate you taking all this trouble @JT ^^

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    6. You have vids too? Now you're just spoiling us, keep 'em coming

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    7. those are some great pics, @JoeTeam! Jeremy has beautiful shooting form in practices. Sometimes in games he just lost his balance a bit going so fast. I have no doubt the consistency will come with time.

      Haha, seeing the cheerleaders' pics I know it's special order for Kenoshi! LOL

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    8. That's how we roll, psalm234. Faith and respect!

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    9. True, we believe in Kenoshi's faith and respect in cheerleadership! :D
      Very kind of you to remember your fellow brother in need.

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    10. So nice...Thanks @JT! ^^

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    11. ok now I'm following JoeTeam on Tumblr!

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    12. Lol...thx for the cheerleader pics Joe!! Keep'em coming :D

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    13. Yikes, IsabeliJane ... I'm not much of a web maven. What should I share? Please don't be disappointed if I'm low key, but I'll try to share good things.
      More video to come ... just got to edit and upload. Yeah, I'm going to have to go to more games.

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  2. Jeremy played great! The refs couldn't do what they did in Phoenix this time. lol smh lmao to the point of a tummy ache.

    I hope Jeremy Lin plays for another team next season for his own sake. Of course I know no team is perfect, but he needs a team that will use him as a primary PG every time he's on the court - and whose coach who encourages and uplifts all his players, including him; that's not asking much, as that would be about 20 teams in the league! I keep saying that Lin should buyout his contract, just like his newest teammate, Aaron Brooks, did. A buyout doesn't mean the player pays for the entire future years of the contract (since only the portion of the service rendered has been paid out). Because Brooks bought out his contract, he CHOSE the Rockets, when a few other teams - including the Knicks - were interested in him. All GMs now know that (1) Lin isn't a fluke (which was stupid and biased to think in the first place) (2) Lin's surgically repaired knee is fine.

    To encourage the Rockets to agree to the buyout, Lin can suggest that they simply eliminate the unplayed portion (the next 2 years) of the contract. I'm SURE he will fine a decent team. And - if he loses some money (in a new contract with the new team), it wouldn't be by much. In fact, if I were him, I'd give some discount (like the core 3 Heat's players did) in order to make the new team's roster more deeper.

    http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q65

    65. What is a contract buyout?

    Sometimes players and teams decide to divorce each other. They do this by mutually agreeing that:

    * The team will waive the player

    * If the player clears waivers, the player's guaranteed salary will be reduced or eliminated (see question number 62)

    After the player clears waivers, he and his former team are free to go their separate ways. There is a quid-pro-quo between the player and team regarding contractual obligation and salary -- in exchange for gaining his freedom, the player agrees to give the team a break on the remaining salary he is owed.

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    1. No way Lin buys out his contract. Why would he risk losing his 15 mil in the third year?!

      I'm sorry but no agent in their right mind would recommend Lin to buy out his contract and risk losing 20 mil owed to him next to years in guaranteed money.

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    2. Each year is $8.37 mil, right? Besides, in a non-dysfunctional team (they DO exist; a normal imperfect teams are what I'm talking about), Lin will be an elite player in 2 years from now. I thinks he's already improving quickly.

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    3. @Solidz75,

      Another thing is that Lin wouldn't buyout UNTIL his agent finds out which team would be interested and and at what kind of contract. All players interested in a buyout do this process first (Aaron Brooks did. He's not stupid either).

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    4. He's gonna be misused by 90% of the coaches in the league.

      Karl, Popovich or D'Antoni would let him play his position, but Denver has Lawson. Spurs have Parker and Lakers have Kobe...another ball-dominant SG.

      Unfortunately, Houston is still the best place for him right now because Les is a big fan and he's guaranteed 25+mpg here. Jeremy just has to keep getting better and Lin-barrass McHale into letting him run the offense more.

      And if the Rockets fail to make progress next year with McHale treating Jeremy poorly again...I can see Les firing McHale for good. Also, once Jeremy is making $15M in his third year, the Rockets -- no matter who's coaching -- will have to give him more freedom.

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    5. Ztrta, the agent can't do that. I think that is illegal.

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    6. Neither the team nor the agent can't negotiate for a player under contract to a different team.

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    7. I actually think this is a great idea.

      "I'm sorry but no agent in their right mind would recommend Lin to buy out his contract and risk losing 20 mil owed to him next to years in guaranteed money."

      Lin's not in it for the money (at least not to maximize money). I think he'd be happy to play for $5M/year as long as he could play his game. Too bad if his agent will lose money, the agent works for Lin. Anyways, assuming that Lin can become a bigger star, his total earnings will be higher from endorsements.

      The only part I don't understand about the buyout process is that the player has to clear waivers in order for the buyout to complete? So what happens if the player is claimed? He doesn't have a choice to refuse, right?

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    8. To be waived, they wait 48 hours. A waived player is a free agent! (;~). As such, he makes the decision as to where he plays, if a multiple teams are interested.

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    9. Lin needs to be on a winning team, and a team can't win in the long term without a front office that is competent and willing to spend money. Houston is the place to be. The odds of him getting into a better situation after being traded seems very unlikely to me.

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    10. U guys are crazy. Can someone tell me in the history of any professional sports who turned down 20 mil so he can play his game. JLIN is not stupid. And the agent cannot go around the team asking to see how much they will pay Lin if he buys out. No way Lin will come close to getting 20 mil in two years.

      U think Lin would play for free so he can play his game... How naive do u think Lin is?

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    11. Rox would not waive him. Even if he gets waived, he has to pass the waivers to be a free agent. If another team claims him, then he is stuck. Don't u guys know brooks almost became a cav because the cav were higher on the waiver claim priority.

      Whatever the case, the whole idea is ludicrous. U guys are thinking what you'd want for Lin, and not what Lin would want for himself. Lol

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    12. "Can someone tell me in the history of any professional sports who turned down 20 mil so he can play his game."

      I'm sure it's happened before in free agency. A player's current team makes him an offer to stay with the team. The player feels that he is not a good fit with the current team and turns down the money to find a team that is a better fit and where he can get more playing time.

      "U think Lin would play for free so he can play his game. No way Lin will come close to getting 20 mil in two years."

      Who said anything about playing for free? I said he's not out to make as much as he possibly can. If there's a coach that will let him play his game, which is to initiate the offense and distribute the ball, I think Lin would be willing to play for $5-8M/yr.

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    13. It's wishful thinking to assume that Jeremy Lin would turn down $15 million and Bird rights to sign for $5 million (under the league average).

      Let's stick with reality - which is that it's very possible that Lin gets traded in his final year for a "superstar" with whom the Rockets will win less with.

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    14. Finally some sanity. Thank you khuang. What a breath of fresh air.

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    15. Last summer, I was posting here that Jeremy Lin could probably win more games for the Rockets than Dwight Howard would've.

      I don't know if that's "sanity", and maybe it's a "delusion."

      Where's Etane when I need him?

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    16. Lin is not dumb to buy out his contract. He went to Harvard.

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    17. Morey and Alexander have already shopped Lin and Asik - per HoopsHype. And, many people here have agreed that they wouldn't treat a player like they've treated Lin if they weren't planning to trade him. Regardless, those SOB's are so damn uncouth, and the young Lin is just the opposite. Lin is young but classy.

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    18. Relax.

      All players get shopped.

      It's a COMPLIMENT to be shopped. That means a player has trade value.

      So they wanna trade Lin? GO AHEAD.

      Go see if there's another player out there who can beat Russell Westbrook and make Chris Paul cry on defense the way Lin can.

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  3. Why can Rockets blow out like this, easily 20, 30 points,
    yet people are still not sure what the outcome would be every game even playing .5 teams? How many games had rockets have like tonight this season? but you just can't predict it.

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    1. JLin: "We did what we wanted to do defensively, and that's kind of the catalyst for everything that we're trying to do here."

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    2. Defense was huge. Too many Rockets not named Jeremy and Asik get outhustled on D and constantly lose their man.

      Unfortunately, the defense is largely dependent on the refs. Last game, Jeremy got whistled for any light contact. Today, he was officiated fairly and was a one-man wrecking crew.

      NBA refs...worst officials in American sports by far.

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    3. I said it last game -

      the Rockets would have had this exact same result had the refs not been protecting the home team Suns.

      Refs impact NBA games more than the players do.

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    4. No kidding. The refs are horrible. I would just throw in the towel and stop watching if not for Lin. I feel it's that bad.

      Do you remember last season, when the ref gave the game #2 of the EC final series to the Heat. If it weren't for that the Celtics (who would have won the series in 6 games) would most likely been the champs over the Thunder.

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    5. "The Rockets went from that timeout to 18 dominant minutes and from Saturday’s loss in Phoenix to a 111-81 blowout of the Suns on Wednesday night to open a seven-game homestand with their biggest rout of the Suns in franchise history.

      It all began with those few minutes recharging their batteries on the bench.

      It was J. Lin,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said of the message Jeremy Lin led during the timeout. “We said something like, ‘C’mon, this game is way bigger for us than it is for them. We have to win this game with defense.’"

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  4. I only got to see the highlights posted above.

    From what I saw on the highlights this is what I thought about Jlin and the Rockets:

    1. I have never ever ever ever seen them run so many different types of PnR for Jlin. This is what we've been talking about all year long. I don't know if they just wanted to try something different or what. BUT I LOVE IT!!!

    2. A rested JLin & Rocket Team is a really good and dangerous team. A team that can beat the top teams like OKC, Clippers, Spurs. The way Jlin played it looked like he was going 1,000mph on the court.

    3. Jlin completely shutdown Dragic. Dragic was crying the whole game.

    Overall, JLIN played a really SOLID game on both ends of the floor. This was by far the most exciting TEAM game I've seen the Rockets played all season long.

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    1. CMIMW we haven't beat Clippers, Spurs, or Heat so far this season, we've been close though. Next time for sure if the coaches or the refs don't mess up

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    2. "1. I have never ever ever ever seen them run so many different types of PnR for Jlin. This is what we've been talking about all year long. I don't know if they just wanted to try something different or what. BUT I LOVE IT!!!"

      Gonna repost my comment from the game thread:
      Hey guys, something extremely interesting happened this game: the coaches have created a high PnR play for Lin. Not only that, but he gets a double pick! One from Harden on one side, and another from a big on the other side, so Lin can choose which side he wants to take. If you watch the highlight video, you can see them run this play twice.
      Finally, a set play designed for Lin.

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    3. Great observations! It looks like they really want to win now :D
      or trade up Lin's asset value in the process.

      Win-win!

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    4. BTW Rikki, the first game against MIA was close but they couldn't close the deal.

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    5. "Finally, a set play designed for Lin."
      "...trade up Lin's asset value..."
      Hm...

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    6. no worries, @via.

      There's always like 5-10% chance that Lin will be traded for a super All-Star like DHoward but as his values goes up along with the number of wins plus Asian market values, it would be really hard for Les to let him go.

      I think Les is too smart to give up on Lin so easily.

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    7. @psalm234, just as I said, we were close. Next time for sure! GO JEREMY!

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    8. Do you guys think in light of all the rumors they're trying to showcase Lin for a possible trade in the summer?

      I mean what a better way to increase a players value by playing through his strengths...

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    9. I honestly think this trade talk is really premature, but I have a feeling there is gonna be a big change of heart when they start showcasing him and find out he is really a great player.

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    10. oh I misread earlier, Rikki but yes, next time they'll get payback for Clippers, Spurs and the Heat in the final :D

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    11. lol yes final. I like that psalm234

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    12. If they do, I'm not sure if the rocket preseason games will be that popular over in Asia. Namely taiwan

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  5. just watched the highlight, thanks Footwearfoot and via, wow, JLin was flying all the court, beautiful assist passes. Nice game.

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  6. Even though you can't tell from the box score (mostly because his low minutes, rightfully so because of the blowout), Lin had a fantastic game tonight. He came back into the game in the 2nd quarter with the score tied 34-34, and played continuously until 4 mins left in Q3, with the score at 78-56. He helped key that +22 run with lots of great plays.

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    1. so JLin didn't play 4th Q again? should I go to cry, hehe...

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    2. Yes, I agree.

      Lin played awesome tonight, except in third quarter when Harden passed him the ball and he jacked up a 3 instead of continuing to put pressure on Phoenix D by trying to drive. Rockets had opened up good lead, but too much time left in game to start easing off. Offense started to get out of control for a bit, but they luckily had comfortable cushion, and Phoenix is not a good team. Seems like he went a bit into Linsanity hero ball mode then.

      Other than that nit pick, again, he played awesome tonight!

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  7. so lin has outplayed dragic 6 of 7 quarters, and it hasn't even been close (can't count tonight's 4th quarter blowout garbage time).

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    1. Lin looked like he was playing off of Dragic a foot or two further than other game (more distance Dragic has to close to beat Lin off of initial move?)

      And he didn't look amp'd up to try and shut down Dragic like in third quarter yesterday.

      Looked like he was content to contain Dragic, and his teammates forced him to pass when he got a step on Lin.

      Suns missed alot of shots off of those Dragic passes, and almost seemed like Rockets were trying to funnel ball to Marcus Morris (who seemed to hestitate and be tentative and miss alot of shots, just like when he was with Rockets).

      I think Lin played a very smart defensive game against Dragic (team first, not one on one battle).

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    2. Lin snuffed out Dragic last game too.

      But then the refs got sick of Lin KILLING Dragic and kicked Lin out of the game.

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    3. I hate to say this but I think he got some advice from aaron brooks. Jlin is decidedly smarter about things this game (against dragic that is) and I bet its on a couple pointers from ab.

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  8. JLin played like how he should be playing - aggressive , penetrating , dominating ... A thing of beauty!

    That absolutely made my day! :)

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    1. Lin on diff intensity compared to Sunday: "We came out here, I guess, w a chip on our shoulder cuz they beat us the last game."

      McHale on JLin: "I think Jeremy played well. I think Jeremy's defense was very good. He's got good anticipation. He sees stuff..."
      "He's got good hands. He dug out some balls & just came out & made easy plays."

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    2. He THINKS Jeremy played well? I'm beginning think he really is not good with words.

      But I love the fact that his first question was about Jeremy and even more surprisingly, he didn't look annoyed at all (and instead was nodding as the reporter was pointing out his excellent play)

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  9. impression: Jlin is really fast! and his passes were just so sweet and witty.

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  10. By the way, listening to the commentators on the highlight above, one of the commentators seem to be PRO LIN. Because when JLIN was doing a jump ball on against Dragic, and one of the commentators asked, "I wonder who's going to win this jump ball" The announcer said confidentally, "Jeremy" Then the other commentator replied, "Dragic...(then the audio isn't too clear on the rest of the comment).

    Then Jeremy won the jump ball and the announcer said, "Jeremy Wins it!"

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    1. One announcer said "Jeremy", because he had already won a jump ball against Hamid Haddadi earlier in the game. But the other announcer said "Dragic, he's got about 4 inches on Jeremy" WTF ???

      Dragic and Lin are actually about the same height, but for some reason the announcer thought Dragic was a lot taller. Lin controlled the tip, but wasn't able to tip it to a teammate.

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    2. When the 6'4" Lin can win a tip against not just Goran Dragic but 7'3" Hamed Haddadi, that's why I keep saying Lin is an ELITE athlete in the NBA.

      Lin makes these kinds of super athletic plays all the time. Last game, he literally FLEW in the first half for a steal. He was so quick and so high to the ball, he basically hung in the air as if he were on the moon. The replay looked far less impressive than it did live to me.

      Seriously, the Rockets may want to consider having Lin do the jump ball at the beginning of the game.

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  11. Have followed Nash forever, interesting read on Bleacher report on how Nash has changed the way lakers play. In the article it uses a Rox video of Lin and harden as how Kobe and Nash is spreading the court.

    Was harden doubled in the first half? He was nowhere on the box score. CP was 1-5 and had very low minutes. It appears that Lin again left the team with a lead, and had to rescue the team again before the half. It appears that Lin had a great game.

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    1. I was more focused on following Jeremy during game, but I didn't get impression Suns were always trying to double Harden.

      Neither Jeremy or James seemed intent on dominating the ball, and they mixed things up well so that Suns could not lock in on either of then.

      Jeremy was great as floor general tonight, and Harden also had some really slick passes while driving to basket.

      Jeremy was very much in control tonight with none of those out of control drives to basket where he had no idea what he was going to do before starting to drive, or jumping in air to pass, but having no idea what he was going to do before jumping.

      He played a very, very smart game tonight. Bravo, Jeremy, Bravo!

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  12. Detroit - GSW , 50 - 50 at the half.

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  13. Tyson just went down with some kind of knee injury in the Nuggets game. If it's serious, the Knicks season is definitely over.

    Boy, Lin is lucky he is not in NYC anymore.

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    1. Tyson needed help to walk off the floor.

      It didn't look like a simple collision of the knee, so it could be something season-ending like an ACL tear...

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    2. hey, more bricks for J.R and Rey Rey

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    3. Amare out, Rasheed out, Tyson out, Melo's knee...

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    4. look at the end of the bench, see if there is another Jeremy Lin sitting there.

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    5. Melo is out now too, some knee thing. Knicks are cursed. Dolan's bad karma.

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    6. That's very sad. Tyson was one of the good guys on the Knicks who really trusted Lin and wanted him to stay. I hope he's OK, and that Lin can send him a get well card or a Tweet or something.

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    7. Bad gm job by grunnie and coaching by Woodson. U risk it by paying all these old players .. Lets face it nba season is grueling. Woodson plays melo too much.

      They could've had Lin for only 5 mil and then traded him if he didn't pan out.


      Really no surprise though everyone is breaking apart.

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    8. Not Tyson! Hope it's not serious.

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    9. ARE KNICKS EYEING ANOTHER POINT GUARD?
      "...they simply don't have the consistent speed and quickness to get into the paint and make plays."

      - Hmm, sounds like someone...

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    10. oh please this is the same guy who spurned playing behind Jamal Crawford...

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  14. I hope Tyson okay, Lin said Tyson treated him as a big brother. Despite comment after the trade and the flagrant foul, even tho I hate the Knicks I still hope Tyson did not have season ending ACL type injury, hopefully only confusion. I start to feel sorry for this old, injuries Knicks. They are just looking pathetically now and melo has no business on the court with a bum knee. Just dysfunctional organization. Btw, announcer just said Tyson suffered knee contusion. Lol I badly want to watch Denver dismantle Knicks, up by 22 halfway now! Go jlin!

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    1. Yeah official word is it's a knee 'contusion.' But no one believes anything the Knicks medical team says.

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    3. I lnow people don't like me for defending Levin McHale, but I have been mostly happy with Lin's minutes and pace.

      Lin will easily play all 82 regular season games and step up his game for the 4-6 games of the eventual playoff 1st round loss the Rockets will endure.

      Because Lin is rested and injury free, he'll finish the season strong and dispel any notions that he is fragile.

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    4. Agreed, KHuang, that's a great point. Good way to look at Jeremy's minutes in another, brighter light.

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  15. lol *contusion". Up 32 now 6 min to go on the 3rd, wow this is humiliating!

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  16. Breaking news! Don't know of anyone brought up, Kobe out "indefinitely" with severe spring ankle tnite in loss against the hawks.

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    1. He said he got "jalenrosed" lol

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    2. Jalen Rose publicly admitted to trying to trip Kobe Bryant during the Indiana vs LA finals.

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    3. I loved how magic and Wilbon were staring at him after that clip was played. I don't think Kobe likes Jalen too much. Rose was the one defending him when he lit up for 80 points..

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  17. Today's game was officiated fairly. I give Dick Bavetta credit for that.

    http://www.nba.com/news/referee.html

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  18. Quoted from Via

    (McHale on JLin: "I think Jeremy played well. I think Jeremy's defense was very good. He's got good anticipation. He sees stuff..."
    "He's got good hands. He dug out some balls & just came out & made easy plays."0

    How come you ever saw him as horse shit before, seriously geez

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    1. I honestly believe they're trying to increase Jlin's value. If the trade rumor has any truth in it, then they're probably trying to make him look good in the media and to other teams.

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    2. McHale sometimes sounds like a Baseball coach than a Basketball coach the way he uses analogies to describe Jlin's performances...

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    3. There has been nothing that corroborates the rumor in any way. Yeah the franchise wants to see Lin's value increase because they want him to develop and produce as they had hoped. Why go with a more complicated explanation than this?

      The situation can't be compared to Ppat and Morris because those players were traded at their peak; those players will unlikely be worth much more later than they are now. By contrast, I'm certain that the front office thinks that Lin has NOT come close to peaking yet. You trade assets at their peak, not when there is enormous upside yet to be realized.

      So, when I hear about this trade speculation, it seems to me like the playing out of some fantasy people harbor that a trade would be good for Lin somehow.

      The season's been been up and down, and the situation's been downright maddening sometimes, but Lin's in a good place right now.

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    5. I find McHale's comments bizarre... almost as if he were bi-polar. No offense. Trade? But no GM worth his salt would factor a coach's comments so highly, right? At the same time, it makes no sense to trade him. Who would be their PG?

      CP3 is not going to leave LA. Who would leave LA for Houston? I'm biased about LA, but really.

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    6. Occupatio .. Agree.. Noone is showcasing .. There is no trade happening till the off season. Doesn't mean Lin is not getting traded.. But I think Morey and les are still in the watch and let's see what he can do stage.

      I think Lin is actually eating more PT and games like this will definitely negate everything that happened the last game. U can't be happier with how jery played tonight.

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    7. @ Occupati0, Yeah, I don't think for a split second that the Rocket's have any intention on trading Lin. And if the coaches are praising Lin it's because they like what they see, not because they have ulterior motives. The guy wh goes over Jeremy Lin every game on YouTube: youtube.com/conservativenewmedia has made a very good point, one I agree with.

      With this club Jeremy is being forced to get better at things that aren't his strengths, such as playing off the ball. This is only going to make him a better player in the long run because he has to get better at things he wouldn't have to work as hard at if he was in a perfect system for him.

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    8. If there is going to be a trade, I think it will involve multi-teams.

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    9. the trade will only happen if a blockbuster deal involving All-Star players such as DHoward is a possibility.

      The problem is when Houston features Lin to increase his trade value but Houston keeps on winning big time, they would not want to part with Lin. Which future All-Star PG can they get in the market? CP3 will stay in LA with more money.

      So it's very small chance Houston will trade Jeremy in the 2nd year.

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    10. I don't think Jeremy is going to get traded; most of the stars that the Houston Rockets want will be free agents in the offseason, so I see Morey pushing to sign them (Dwight, Josh Smith, Andrew Bynum, etc.). I'm sure the team knows Jeremy's tremendous upside and potential, it's his first full season and he is doing pretty well.

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  19. Sampson has been publicly showing Jeremy a lot of love lately . Has sampson realise he was wrong for doubting jeremy or is Sampson playing politics??

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    1. I think Sampson just finally realized Jeremy's resume. You don't want to mess with coach killa

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    2. I'm not as hard on Sampson as everybody else is here.

      I remembered when Lin was struggling with his shooting due to a combination of his sore surgically repaired knee and mainly his corkscrewed jump shot form with his unnaturally short arm jerky Tyrannosaurus Rex followthrough.

      Sampson said about Lin "That's my hoss" and said that no player could shoot effectively without confidence. Plus Sampson has never wavered on Lin being the starter.

      I'm just not as hard on Sampson and McHale as everybody is here.

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    3. Dang, I must be super tired repeating myself repeating myself like that.

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    4. That was a nice "I'm not as hard on Sampson" sandwich.. Lol

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  20. When I sat behind the Houston bench at a game recently, Sampson was very affectionate with Lin. I figured he was just two faced, but maybe even though he and McFail don't believe in Jeremy, Sampson may have a conscience. He knows Lin busts his butt and is so humble, Sampson may be starting to feel guilty for treating Jeremy like a scrub time and time again. Poor Mike Woodson! He is a good coach and Jeremy played well for him, he must be in hell right now. Amare, Melo and Tyson down. Poor guy. He wanted Jeremy back. Dolan eff-ed us all over!

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    1. really @Rose:

      1. you sat behind the Houston bench?
      2. Woodson wanted Jeremy back? did he tell the media about this during the season and after Jeremy went to Rockets?

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    2. Noooo, no Mike Woodson for Jeremy Lin.

      Anybody like Woodson who calls a no game scrub like JR Smith's brother Chris Smith "a talent" while dismissing Jeremy Lin's signing with Houston by saying "Lin's got a lot to learn" is a SCRUB COACH to me.

      There is no basketball reason why a NCAA scrub like Chris Smith could be considered "a young talent" while friggin' Linsanity is being criticized by his own coach. It looks, smells, talks, and lies like RACISM to me (a charge I levels early and hard against Mike Woodson when he took over).

      Mike Woodson is another "Coach Killah" victim. Jeremy Lin has haunted him all season long, starting with the two Linsanity level games Lin had in destroying Woodson's "talented" handpicked point guards. Now the Knicks are missing Lin big time, and Lin cannot step in and save their season anymore.

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    3. JLin playing his game and playing well is the best "revenge."

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  21. Jeremy Lin and the Rockets look so much better when the refs aren't monkeying around with the game.

    I felt that the Rockets could easily have blown out the Suns last game too, but the refs weren't going to let the Suns be eclipsed on their half (or mostly) empty arena.

    Well, the NBA does have to protect its lowliest franchises on their own home courts.

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    1. I knew you'd be pleased tonight [too bad this couldn't have been the night you're at the game...]

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    2. Oh, I enjoyed last game just as much as I would've enjoyed a WWE event with a totally scripted ending.

      Watching the refs beat the Houston Rockets was like watching (or in my case, performing) "Romeo and Juliet" where you know the ending is going to be bad but you go see the performance anyway!

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  22. Does anyone believe when Sampson a used Lin earlier in the season while Mcgail was out that it had a lot to do with Mcgail remote controlling the coaching as he up locally a knowledges that he watched and followed every game? Maybe that's why Sampson is so affectionate with Lin lately? Don't know how else his attitude can change so fast?

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    1. Lin is not the same player he was at the beginning of the season.

      Everybody can hate on me if the want, but I did predict before the season started that Jeremy Lin would be whipped into championship form by McHale. HERE WE ARE.

      Lin has evolved from a surgically repaired ball dominant player into a total all around guard who can play on or off the ball equally well. Plus Lin's defense went from stellar to LEAGUE BEST.

      Right now, Lin's consistently playing at such a high level that anybody who coaches him had better be impressed.

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    2. Give Lin credit. He is playing well and making a believer out if Sampson. I think a lot of Simpsons decision earlier this year stemmed from the fact that he felt Jeremy couldn't play, but now Lin is making a believer out of Sampson. That is how I see it.

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  23. I just watched a postgame interview with the Nuggets coach who said "I like my team". Wow, I never heard McHale say that. I agree with Kuang that Jeremy is improving. He has no choice to get better at things that don't come naturally to him because of McHale's philosophy that forces him to play off the ball very often. But, Jeremy is not looked on with respect from the league because McHale's sub patterns negate Jeremy's stat productivity. People don't know Jeremy plays the fewest minutes of. Any starting point gaurd in the league. They just know he averages 12points. Very frustrating.

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    1. It's not frustrating for me.

      Jeremy earns $5 million this season.

      12 ppg and a starting role that produces big against other All Star point guards? That's serious value for such an inexpensive player.

      When people in the media complain about Jeremy Lin, I like to write that it's like opening a McDonald's Happy Meal and complaining that there was only prime rib inside instead of filet mignon!

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    2. Why wouldn't George Karl like his team that won 10 games in a row?

      If the Rockets managed to win 10 in a row and stopped losing stupid games like to the Suns and Kings, I am sure everyone including McHale would like them more as well.

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    3. Well actually Jeremy Lin is earning $8 million per season with the Rockets; however, that still doesn't change that he is producing well at a good price. I'm thinking there are other point guards who are being paid more than Jeremy and yet do not contribute as much as he does.

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    4. He does not make 8 mil this year... It's around 5 the first two years

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  24. For some reason, I felt, Jeremy's first step and overall run was faster than normal. All the McHale's bitching had got the team on high spirit?

    For once, I'm glad to see everyone (atleast the starters) played very good defense, especially Harden.

    Good win. Lets keep it going... we need it badly.

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    1. Probably because he was way rested. He looked really gassed lthe last game having had to play more than usual minutes in gs, and guarding curry.

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    2. yeah, and the rest too.

      As smart as he played today, I dont want him to be on speed mode all the time. Only when its necessary, else some idiot extends his hand or leg, is going to cause him big time injury.

      He has a long career ahead, just want him to remain healthy.

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    3. I keep saying that Lin did not look even minimally tired to me last game.

      I saw him flying up and down the court making plays. Nobody can shut down Goran Dragic for 3 quarters and outrace everybody on a NBA court if he's tired.

      The refs really handcuffed and brutalized Lin that game. They played better defense on Lin than the Suns did. That's how the NBA manages its "home court advantage".

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    4. And its Jeremy's fault. Now that Singaporeans and Malaysians are watching NBA because of Jeremy, our world class bookies are now in action bribing the players and refs. Watch out!

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  25. THE JOY DUNK CLUB EP 09: DISS
    Guest Panelists:
    Jacob Greenberg Founder/Editor of The Diss
    part-time contributor Symbol Lai of The Diss

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  26. [Might be of interest]

    Jubilee Project ‏@JubileeProject
    We're headed to SE Asia! Come meet up with us in Jakarta on March 18th: http://on.fb.me/YaJ75i
    Hope to see you there! #SEAsiaTour
    9:54 p.m. - Mar 13, 2013

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    1. If they bring some Lin merchandise, I will surely come

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    4. Why via's post always get deleted?

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    6. @Rikki~ I was just musing that they'd have probably mentioned the JLin stuff if there were any. Still, you never know. They could be making changes up to the day of the tour. I'll try to look out if there's any new developments, for you. :)

      [Reminder: Friday [15/3] is last day of registration.]

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  27. http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/2013/03/13/Brooks0313mp4-2412731

    Brooks' comments when asked about his thoughts on JLin's performance tonight were nice. Can't recall his exact words but something to the effect of you didn't know James was in the game for about 5 minutes in the third because Jeremy took over... :)

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    1. Dammit, it was like that last game too in the 1st and 3rd quarters!

      I keep saying that the Rockets would've blown out the Suns had the refs not cheated!

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    2. I'm not flaming cali7, I'm just frustrated at the NBA when it protects its home arenas in order to keep ticketbuyers like me from refusing to come see their home team blown out.

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    3. @KHuang - you're in Texas, have you seen enough Jeremy games at their home court?

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    4. I'm in Arizona, not Texas.

      Generally I have refused to go see the Suns because I can't stand the way they run their franchise.

      The way Phoenix fans cheer for Jeremy Lin, he has the home crowd advantage!

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  28. In these two games, Lin has exposed that Dragic can't go right.

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    1. Lin has exposed that Dragic cannot go LEFT OR RIGHT against Lin when the refs aren't helping Dragic on the Suns' hime court.

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  29. I finally got to see toondad aka psalm's photos. nice! why is there a gnome in the game? I thought the Suns' mascot is a gorilla? seeing the gnome reminded me of Gnomeo and Juliet. He looks like Juliet's dad lol. found myself LMAO over the "...Parsons' smoldering eyes". that sounded too romantically intense lol

    wow Jeremy was sure speeding in the court earlier, with his bevy of no look passes. that pass to Parsons, instead of shooting it and padding his stat, he chose to pass instead.his passes would make Magic Johnson proud. stat wise, it's not on Linsanity level, but he was making good plays on both ends of the court.

    Imho, if Jeremy is playing with Grizzlies or any other team that don't give too much bs with their own stats, we will be treated with Linsanity every game (I actually hate the word Linsanity)

    NBA Guru ‏@NBAGuru
    You know what I love about the Grizzlies? They're a collection of guys who don't give a crap about their own numbers.

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  30. Someone else said it above...Lin looked a step quicker tonight. But it was also more than that - Lin had his mental game on as well. His ability to steal the ball was back - it almost looked like his D league and college clips which does NOT bode well for his NBA opponents. Can Lin keep this up or was this a 1 game thing?

    Also, for the 1st time in ages, Lin actually dribbled the ball between his legs and did it effectively. He was back in control tonight - much much improved from the GSW game where he put his head down and went hard right all game without any variety or thought to his game.

    This is how Lin needs to play in his 25 minutes to put his team, his coaches, his opponents, and the entire NBA on notice. The highlights alone show Lin was a huge positive to his team tonight.

    Now let's see if he can string along some good games. I have a feeling Lin will be ready for Rubio & Curry this weekend. More importantly, he will get wins.

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    1. If Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams got whistled for palming violations as often as Lin did, neither of those two fake All Stars would even be able to get the ball upcourt cleanly.

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    2. They always tried to call CARRY on me ALL THE TIME in High School...and I mean that's just High School. Then you had my teammates and opponents who carried every possession and never got a carry call.

      It affects how you juke people if you can't do a little bit of palming. Chris Paul carries the ball all the time.

      When you dribble properly gravity has a bad effect on your "crossing over someone game" The ball comes down to earth a lot faster which doesn't give you a lot of time do your body fake moves along with your dribbling.

      Almost every single player in the NBA carries the ball.

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  31. Jeremy Lin Handle Training
    1on1
    Rockets

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFILYLXslUQ

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  32. LinsanityMovie ‏@LinsanityMovie
    For our sold-out SF @CAAM Premiere come @ 6pm to Casto Theater tomorrow in the most LINSANITY INSPIRED outfit and win free tickets or TShirt
    3:53 p.m. - Mar 13, 2013

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    1. Linsanity Movie in Hong Kong
      Sold out, too.
      Also thanks @via for teaching how to make links.
      Have been lurking here since Linsanity.

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    2. YW @TTw, glad you've decided to start posting! :)
      [I myself got it from a html tutorial someone shared on here.]

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  33. James Harden & Jeremy Lin Make Way for Others
    [Donatas Motiejunas, Chandler Parsons, and Thomas Robinson]

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  34. I believe that Sampson was happy that the team responded after that timeout. It was Jlin that woke the team up. In the post game interview chandler said It was J. Lin,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said of the message Jeremy Lin led during the timeout. “We said something like, ‘C’mon, this game is way bigger for us than it is for them. We have to win this game with defense.’

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  35. ClutchFans.net ‏@clutchfans
    Just when you learn to spell "Motiejunas", Greek paper reports Rockets were in town to scout LINOS CHRYSIKOPOULOS

    - Goodness! I like Greece - food, history, and is one of my top romantic destinations, but that name is one mouthful! Rockets scouting for backup SF/PF? dude has ok wingspan.

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  36. I don't think anybody needs to worry that Jeremy Lin is being shopped around the NBA.

    In the NBA, ALL players are shopped including MVPs. Even a guy like Lebron will get shopped if his team thinks he's going to switch teams after his contract expires (i.e. Cleveland).

    Never forget that even in Jeremy Lin's rookie year, he had trade value. Warriors owner Joe Lacob said that he received several trade offers for Lin and turned them all down.

    If a guy like Dwight Howard became available via sign and trade, Lin and Asik and Thomas Robinson would be getting screamed at every game by Kobe Bryant every time Bryant got burned off the dribble. Of course, Howard refuses to play in Houston.

    With Lin's game that's almost fully evolved, there's nothing to worry about even if he does get treaded. Whether he's played as a ball dominant pg or an off the ball sg, it no longer matters because he's gonna produce equally well from either position.

    So if the Rockets trade Lin for, say, Chris Paul, I wish the Rockets best of luck because Paul cannot score or defend like Lin AND Paul will bolt town and the first opportunity. Besides, Lin will resurface in a new town and do his Coach Killah thing again.

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    1. I guess the key word here is adaptive. JLin is very adaptable player. And I do agree where he goes, he would shine. It may take some time, but ultimately he will shine.

      Totally agree with you here KHuang. Cheers.

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  37. Lin’s pep talk helps fire up Rockets — With the taste of Saturday’s 107-105 loss in Phoenix still in their mouths, the Houston Rockets got out of the gates slowly against the Suns at home. By the second quarter, Phoenix had opened up a five-point lead and the Rockets called timeout to try to get back on track. While coach Kevin McHale had something to say about the rough start, it was point guard Jeremy Lin’s words that helped get Houston out of an early funk and inspire the Rockets to an eventual 30-point rout of the Suns, writes Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

    Midway through the second quarter at Toyota Center, the Rockets were sinking, the Phoenix Suns were leading, and Saturday’s confounding and deflating Rockets loss seemed to be repeating itself.

    James Harden had missed a 3-pointer and then failed to get back defensively, leaving Jared Dudley open for a corner 3 and a five-point Phoenix lead. As cranky as coach Kevin McHale had been since Saturday’s two-point loss, the message during the timeout must have been at full blast.

    The point was clearly made, but this time McHale didn’t have to make it. The Rockets heard all they needed from each other, returning to the floor transformed. The game was never the same, either.

    The Rockets went from that timeout to 18 dominant minutes and from Saturday’s loss in Phoenix to a 111-81 blowout of the Suns on Wednesday night to open a seven-game homestand with their biggest rout of the Suns in franchise history.

    It all began with those few minutes recharging their batteries on the bench.

    “It was J. Lin,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said of the message Jeremy Lin led during the timeout. “We said something like, ‘C’mon, this game is way bigger for us than it is for them. We have to win this game with defense.’

    “I think all five guys bought in and really played hard. Guys were all over the place. Guys were really physical defensively. We were getting on the floor. We were taking charges. We were doing all those tough, nitty-gritty things that we didn’t do when we played them in Phoenix.”



    They nearly matched the Suns’ 16-0 run on Saturday with a 15-0 run of their own coming out of the timeout Wednesday.

    From the timeout to the end of the half, the Rockets bolted through a 20-2 burst to take control. They kept pouring it on, making 19 of 30 shots over an 18-minute span and outscoring the Suns 52-19.

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  38. I remember achrondroplasiaphobia and TVN flaming me on this site because they felt that Goran Dragic was SO MUCH BETTER than Jeremy Lin.

    They felt that Dragic jumped higher than Lin, was faster, and was far more polished.

    OOPTH.

    After these two games in which Lin greyhounded Dragic and jumped over him, it should be obvious to everybody that anybody that thinks Dragic is vastly superior to Lin is WAY OFF in their analysis of the game.

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    1. Look at your own comments, they're totally absurd and borderline delusional. You really know how to play to the crowd, or the die hard Lin fans. You make ridiculous claims of Lin's game like he's the best player on the planet that you can only get away with it here because if we speak against your delusions we're attacked for hating on Lin. OOPTH...

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    2. Love is the answer , no attack please ! Everything is cool , just like what Lin is doing .

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    3. I can take the heat on this one.

      Do you hate Lin's game, Continuum?

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    4. And continuum, explain how I'm "delusional" for saying that Dragic is not faster or higher jumping or more winning than Lin.

      See, this is why I raised this point in the first place. Guys like continuum get angry when I point out that Lin outjumps or outquicks Dragic.

      Keep in mind that I think Dragic has evolved into a very solid average NBA point guard. I respect his game, though I don't think he has the athleticism or skills or court vision that Jeremy Lin had.

      I's just that I can't agree with guys like continuum who think Dragic is this vastly superior player over Jeremy Lin and then call Lin's fans "delusional" for pointing out what everybody can see.

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  39. Up to this point ,I feel that Dragic has better ball handling skill and more polished . Lin with the ability to make players around him become superstar . He has killer instinct for the game down to the wire..but both are still young .....

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    1. I disagree with that.

      Jeremy Lin was one of the best 4th quarter players last year in the NBA.

      This year, he usually doesn't play in the 4th quarter. Last game he didn't have to.

      I never believed the anti-Lin hype that Dragic is vastly superior to Lin, and I believe it even less now that I've seen Lin outplay Dragic for two games straight.

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    2. I disagree with Dragic being more polished and a better handler, but I agree with everything else.

      I just don't see Goran Dragic as some sort of super talent that the Rockets erred in letting walk.

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    3. I mean both are good and I been follow Lin almost every single game , but Dragic did played a lot more total NBA minutes than Lin , so it is not fair compare Dragic to Lin right now . I think if we compare Lin last game and up to the same amount of min when Dragic played will be more realistic.

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    4. I'm from Phoenix, so I watched Dragic STRUGGLE in his first stint here.

      Dragic in his first three years could not compare to Jeremy Lin in his first three.

      Dragic was so outright bad at times that I thought he was going to wash out of the NBA. Fortunately for Dragic, Kevin McHale coached him and turned his game around completely. McHale whipped Dragic into shape.

      Right now, I don't see Goran Dragic being as effective as Jeremy Lin.

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  40. I just do not see how Dragic is better?

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    1. Most people outside this forum (e.g. continuum) think Dragic is this vastly superior athletic specimen over Lin and that we Lin fans are a bunch of trolls for disagreeing.

      All I know is that Goran Dragic isn't running circles around Lin or pounding in two handed dunks over Lin's head.

      Maybe a guy like continuum can explain to us here why Goran Dragic is athletically and technically superior to Jeremy Lin.

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    2. You misunderstood what I mean , I did not say Dragic is better than Lin and I do not think so ( I understand you like Lin and same as I)., to make it easy for you to unstand . Ok , I put it in simple word , Lin can make his team become a winning team , but Dragic is just a good player ,now you got it . Love is the answer .

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    3. Dragic will make a solid backup for JLin.

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    4. I do not think think Dragic is this vastly superior athletic specimen over Lin , I just feel Dragic had more opprtunity compare to Lin on the court . Summer time is the best time for a new player review and polish their game when they have enough NBA min and find out what need to be improve and adjust . Li never have the chance yet ,so the coming one or two year will be very important for Lin .

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    5. If I am the coach , I will prefer the backup with diff style of PG instead . I like Arron Brooke better .

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