Sunday, May 5, 2013

Continued

Season recap coming soon.

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    1. I know, right? He sure could benefit from one!

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    2. Yep...breastplate, rib protector, helmet.

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    3. Nose protector too like I've seen others wear. Lin's nose already looks different; it looks crooked. Poor Asik, whose nose is already broken, should do the same.

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    4. Sounds like he's playing ice hockey or American football.

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  2. I think it's going to be an interesting off season. I'm interested in finding out where CP3/Howard go. I know Morey is going to make a big push to try to land one of these guys. I think Howard is a better fit for HOU but I know that some of their fans are foaming at the mouth for CP3. I understand why though. I can't see CP3 coming to HOU if our C/PF positions consist of Asik and Dmo/Robinson/G.Smith/TJones though. PG's know how important it is to have a legit player at one or both of those positions.

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    1. I think CP3 very likely want to move to the Knicks to fulfill his promise with Carmelo but if D12 is coming to the Rockets maybe CP3 will also come along. But I'm still not sure if Harden willing to play role like Jamaal Crowford / being a 6th man again.

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    2. Chris Paul is a legit star point guard. If he comes to Houston, Harden must play SG. Harden has no other choice. Jeremy would be too expensive to play on the bench. The Rox would trade Lin to make up for the cap space.

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    3. Oh right Harden definately be Paul's bitch

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    4. imo D12 will stay with the Lakers and CP3 is most likely going to be join his friend Carmelo. Dolan will waive Prigioni and have Felton/Kidd as CP3's back up.

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  3. The last thing I want to hear is people whining about Lin's Asia tour during off season like its a bad thing.

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    1. People are stupid. They think that he didn't practice and just sat by the poolside all day.

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    2. There are people on another site (you know which one) saying that Jeremy should NOT go on the Asia trip. There are some people there that are so narrow minded and can't see the big picture. I'm sick of them saying they want CP3 like it's going to happen. In my opinion, if CP3 doesn't re-sign with the Clips, he'll probably go to the Knicks. I'm sure his wife would have a lot to say about it. Hmmm...Houston or NY?

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    3. I think Lin's trip to Asia - or to anywhere for that matter - shouldn't be too long. The top 300 players work hard in the offseason.

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    4. Rest and perspective are just as important as hard work. Many people misunderstand steroids and athletics. Steroids don't cause you to grow muscle. They allow you to heal faster so you can train harder with less rest periods. Training seven days a week would be counter productive. A month by the pool at this point could be the best thing for him.

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    5. These people don't realize that other NBA stars like Lebron, Kobe, Dwight Howard, etc. also go on Asia trips during the offseason, sometimes even longer than JLin. They all have to promote their brand and reach out to their fanbase in the fast growing economies.

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    6. JLin definitely needs to get away from basketball for a while.
      All basketball makes you dumb.
      You need to stay away to make your plan.

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    7. No basketball doesn't. Religion does make you dumb.

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    8. @Tigerous Why are you even here on a Jeremy fan site if you don't even respect his views?

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    9. "atheists are dumb"
      christ wouldn't say that, but most christians are hypocrites.

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    10. how do you know what christ would say? "atheists are going to hell"?

      but most atheists are presumptive egotists.

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    12. So he is going to asia for a month again..? Can anyone confirm I can't find anything online.

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    13. Don't worry, Rikki! People who said that is just all jealous that they can't make a trip to anywhere like Lin. To let you know, I am jealous of lin too! i hate it every time, I heard Lin is making a trip to Asia again too!

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    14. Come to think of it... I do wish I could go to Asia right now :]

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    15. He needs a summer girlfriend. Just summer.

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    16. That summer GF position has been filled by our IsabeliJane, Phil. lol

      At least during the Asia trip.

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  4. Lin has got to be feeling really low after his most recent performances, and who can blame him. Poor guy!

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    1. Oh look, it's the unemployed, low bbiq, inbred troll. Lin won't ever feel as low as your mom did, the day she gave birth to you. Poor mom, I mean aunt.

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    2. Enjoy it while it lasts. You know deep down inside that Lin is too talented to under-perform for long. Unlike your curious and interesting desire to see Lin fail... the league certainly does not have the same incentive as you to see that happen... he's too important and you are not. Sad really.

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    3. who's this gay troll who can't even make up a handle name? seriously these trolls make Patrick Starr from Bikini Bottom sound smarter than he is...

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    4. 天下皆謂我道大,似不肖。
      夫惟大,故似不肖。
      若肖,
      久矣其細也夫。
      我有三寶,持而寶之。
      一曰慈,
      二曰儉,
      三曰不敢為天下先。
      慈,故能勇;
      儉,故能廣;
      不敢為天下先,
      故能成器長。
      今捨慈且勇,
      捨儉且廣,
      捨其後且先,死矣!
      夫慈,以戰則勝,
      以守則固,
      天將救之,以慈衛之。

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    5. Citing Laozi does not make you smarter. Really? you don't even understand what it means....

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    6. 知人者智,自知者明。

      胜人者有力,自胜者强。

      知足者富。

      强行者有志。

      不失其所者久。

      死而不亡者寿。

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    7. Laozi is ashamed by you quoting him right now :P

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    8. "知人者智,自知者明。"

      If you know what it really means, then, you would be wise to give us some insightful thinking. Otherwise, you are exactly the opposite!

      "强行者有志。不失其所者久"
      Also, if you really know what it means, this seems our boy Lin. Agreed?

      ":死而不亡者寿:" You wish you could one day become one of them, don't you. Then, GIVE RESPECT to the others. What comes around, goes around!

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    9. "Lin has got to be feeling really low after his most recent performances"....

      Ho HO, like your citing. Similar one.

      You are not the fish. How can you know the fish is not happy?
      Sure, you are not the fish so that you can not know whether I know you know the fish's happiness..... Right?

      WRONG! We have to get out what we are thinking of the world. WE DO NOT KNOW what he feels. What we do know is that he seems motivated.

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  5. Once he was healthy, Jeremy improved a lot over the season -- just look at his improved shooting numbers in the final two-plus months. He just needs 82 HEALTHY games and a little more control to show what he can do. Remember: it's not a sprint, it's a marathon.

    Because of his race, he's going to have to work twice as hard for everything he gets. He's already earned a starting PG role! Now he's got to earn the lead guard role. It probably won't happen in Houston, but it's going to happen eventually.

    Just look at Steve Nash's career trajectory -- Nash's first stint as starter was BRUTAL (7.9ppg 5.5apg, 36%FG, lol). J-Lin is already way ahead of him in terms of production. Not to mention defense...

    The freak playoff injury was annoying as hell. As was McHale's misusage of him. But these are all temporary obstacles. You can't hide JL's true talent. In time, he'll shine like always (high school, college, summer league, Linsanity, etc.).

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    1. It a BS crap damage control.

      McHale and Morey have never supported Lin. It was very transparent all season long. But they started doing some PR SPIN staring near the end of the season. McHale suddenly and strangely sugar-coated Lin's bad performance one day. Prior to that, he couldn't get himself to compliment Lin even on days lin played great.

      I'm really pissed. It could be a hint that the Rockets may not trade Lin this offseason. Just terrible for Lin's career to waste away his prime years in Houston.

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    2. Why, I thought when you are doing damage control on someone. It means you want to sell it?

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    3. In my reply to the thread below, I mentioned that selling (making him more *tradeable*) could be a possible motive.

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    4. Another motive maybe that they don't want Lin to ask for a trade. Only time can tell - and we may may find out soon or may have to wait up until July.

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    5. Ooops, I missed that, sorry :P. Guess we just wait and see.

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    1. Another BS damage control PR.

      The writer, Feigen, has been biased against Lin all season, until the Rockets lately have shown signs that they may imprison Lin further for some reason. Either they (namely the owner, Alexander) feel that Lin does have the potential or they are trying to make him more tradeable by appearing to have confidence in him (maybe a similar strategy with what the Lakers are now doing with Gasol).

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  8. I have been watching the games that Lin played for the Knicks. The Knicks really supported Lin well. Tyson Chandler is a great center much better than Omar Asik offensively. Carmelo Anthony is a player that can help the game in all areas. Stoudmeyer is a beast around the rim and he can shot mid-range. Landry Fields received Lin's pass so well and finished well with it.Everyone on the Knicks could catch the pass from Lin well.
    When Lin plays for the Rocks, he was sent to the corner waiting for passes. It's so different. The team really asks a lot from Lin to adjust. It sometimes makes me think that the team really doesn't want Lin to succeed.

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    1. Chandler and Lin did work well together. The lost chance to play for Woodson and with Anthony for a full season was a tremendous lost opportunity for Lin.

      In their short span together, Woodson was developing a 2-man game for Lin and Anthony. It was rough, but you could see the potential for Lin/Anthony to eventually join with the best G/F combos in the NBA like Westbrook/Durant, even Wade/James. Anthony is more versatile than Durant, and he and Lin could have combined in a number of ways. Lin and Anthony both pass better than Westbrook and Durant. Also, playing with Kidd and Prigioni, both of whom work best with combo guards would have helped feature all parts of Lin's game.

      Because Lin fans were dazzled by the Linsanity run, many failed to appreciate how well Woodson coached Lin and, aside from the suspiciously poor team defense in the last days of D'Antoni, the strong support Lin had on the floor from his teammates.

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    2. I'm 99.999999% sure that Lin would have been BENCHED in NY behind Kidd and Prigioni.

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    3. Well, in retrospect Lin was forced to develop his weaknesses this season. That is good even if it sucks for us fans to watch him struggle.
      Hopefully, he can get his 'long journey' mostly out of the way this summer so that he comes back in the fall as the dynamite guard we saw in NY but without the flaws.

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    4. It's not possible to put up good numbers when he Lin is treated as the 3rd or 4th offensive option. Few screens are set for him. He doesn't even get the hand-off at the wing that doubles as a pick like Parsons and Harden regularly get.

      This season, Lin averaged 11 field goal attempts per game; 12.2 field goal attempts per 36 min. Even insane at Lebron FG%, that is barely breaking double digits a game. On top of that, he is 2nd or 3rd PG behind Harden and Parsons. Given those FGA, you can't expect much better stats unless you are CP3.

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    5. KHuang,

      I totally agree with you. Actually, had Lin agreed with the Knicks' hints (no offer but hint to gauge) to sign a cheap front-loaded contract ($5 mil, $4 mil, $3 mil in the 3rd yr when he could be an All-Star) and not entered free agency, Lin WOULD HAVE BEEN TRADED IMMEDIATELY upon signing with that trade-friendly contract.

      However, had the Knicks matched an offer that was cheaper, Lin would have sat on the bench (firstly because of clash with Carmelo; secondly because of Woodson's ego-stroking to Carmelo *and* his dislike for rookies and sophomores, which he has stated frequently) for one year (mandated by CBA) and would be traded as soon as their current playoffs are over..... Plus - Teams have NEVER treated players loyally after convincing them to give them steep discounts, unless they offer a NO-TRADE clause. And since Lin is young and has a huge upside - as opposed to an aging player who still plays pretty good - it was TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE for them to ask Lin for a charity signing.

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    6. 0ccupati0,

      It wouldn't have been so bad for Lin to be the 3rd option (but a 4th option not good) HAD THE COACHES & GENERAL MANAGER BEEN SUPPORTIVE. However, they have been anything but.

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    7. ztrta,

      That doesn't make sense. Anthony is a F and Lin is a PG. They play different positions that complement. Where's the clash between them on the court?

      What in Woodson's actual use of Lin, where Lin and the team played well, tells you that Woodson would have benched Lin?

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    8. Eric,

      We went through all this last season and at the end of last season. So I'm not going to rehash and retype and re-reply all those discourses.

      Lets just agree to disagree.

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  9. even if that sounds strange i´m with you here. Even Parsons, who had bromance with lin earlier this season just completely ignores him at times and many players dont even try to move/ cut when jeremy has the ball.( Harden most annoying as allways).IT seems to me, that they hate when he tries to make them move the ball or when he tries to initiate plays by himself. It´s like they want that whole read and react offense where they all can shine( and fail aswell). Like if they are jealous of him if he´s the primary playmaker and shines most. ni think that´s the attitude McHell gave his players. i know it sounds ridicoulos but if you watch Houstons and New Yorks Offenses it´s the only explanation that makes sense. in New York proven Star players had no problem to move around for Lin or to set screens or do the dirty work. in Houston players like Harden, Parsons, Delfino and Smith aint even trying most of the times.
    Or their offensive gameplan is so bad they just dont know what to do lol...

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    1. I think it is the lack of offensive game plans. The plan goes like this "Oh no there is 7 seconds left on the shot clock quick give it to James Harden and hope for the best".

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    2. Although, i kept saying the exact the same thing that his teammate were just standing there waiting him go in to a trap or something. I have to say, this spread the floor philosophy, it is not easy to cut without ruining the floor spacing.

      NYK days was completely different, most of his team members were experienced enough to know how to move their own body to the right place.

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    3. Doesn't spreading the floor around the perimeter make it easier to cut? I guess experience is a factor, although James Anderson has some great cuts resulting in good passes from JLin or some amazing put backs off misses.

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    4. That one was great, you just can not count those plays to win the game. Less spacing means harder to cut.

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    5. For those who have short term memories, back in New York, those "stars" also tanked on Lin. Remember the 6 games losing streak coup that cost D'Antoni coaching job? Some brother just don't wanna get outshine by some chinamen at their own game. Hate the way I said it but that is the way it is.

      NEVER FORGET

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    6. Rikki, no one disagree with that, it is just on average, even if those stars were tanking, they still played better than Lin's teammates now.

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    7. Brent, I disagree with Rikki. The veterans tanked on D'Antoni, most notably with poor defense, not on Lin.

      During the losing streak, Lin was still putting up numbers, he was featured, and playing heavy wear-and-tear minutes, while it was growing apparent the league's 'scouting report' was catching up to him and he was tiring under the 'Secretariat' workload.

      Immediately after D'Antoni quit, the Knicks tore off a winning streak with blow-out wins and solid defense. During the winning streak, Lin's role shifted to more of a conventional PG load, but Lin continued to be featured as the primary ball handler at PG until he went down with his injury. Woodson did well to preserve Lin's strengths and mitigate his weaknesses. His teammates, including Anthony, worked with Lin on the floor.

      D'Antoni is notorious for overusing his best players, a coaching style exacerbated by the condensed season. It should be noted that in their games together under Woodson before Lin went down, Lin's and Anthony's minutes were about the same while Woodson tried to rest his best players more.

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    8. Woodson would definitely have taken the ball out of Lin's hands this season.

      That's why Woodson wanted 3 veteran point guards more than Lin.

      Doesn't matter. Lin's ANCIENT HISTORY in NY.

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    9. @Rikki:

      "Some brother just don't wanna get outshine by some chinamen at their own game."

      Do you honestly think that Melo would have reacted any differently to a black player - say Patrick Beverly - coming in and making all he had put into his NBA career for 7 years pretty much irrelevant? Granted, it was 12 great, historic, electric, record-breaking games, but it was still only 12 games. Remember, Melo wants to be a star - and not a second banana - just as badly as you want Lin to be. If Melo is going to play second banana t someone, it is going to be a league MVP type player with a championship like LeBron, not a rookie, and it doesn't matter what race that rookie is or whether that rookie was the #1 overall pick or undrafted or not.

      And Eric is correct. Woodson did make much better use of Lin's talents than did McHale. Which is exactly the opposite of what people who wanted Lin to go to Houston would happen. Last year, Woodson was the anti-black racist for favoring Melo over Lin, and McHale was going to put in the right system designed to make Lin a star. Remember that?

      Yes, some racism and stereotyping are involved, but it is primarily because the NBA is a league where things like years of service, contracts, star status etc. counts. It has worked against Lin in New York and Houston, but in a couple of years he will benefit from it.

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    10. @KHuang:

      The Knicks went after Steve Nash for the same reason as the Lakers did. After they failed to get Steve Nash, they only sought backups for Lin because Lin was the Knicks only PG on the entire roster and they needed 2 more guys, especially since they also didn't really have a SG other than Shumpert who was injured and J.R. Smith who is more of a SG/SF. They got Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigoni, 2 very old guys that they had no intention of starting. They only brought in a viable starter, Felton, after Lin did the poison pill offer sheet bingo. That's what happened, KHuang. No matter what you choose to believe, Lin would have been the Knicks starting PG this year had the Rockets not submitted that second offer sheet. Pretending as if the Knicks were going to start 40 year old Jason Kidd or that they brought in a 35 year old guy with no NBA experience in Prigoni to start just isn't being honest.

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    11. So far, McHale has played Lin 30+ minutes a game.

      Woodson has played Lin ZERO minutes a game.

      McHale >>>>>>>>>> Woodson.

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    12. Unknown, NY paid Lin $0.00000 and played him 0.00000 minutes. Thus what the Knicks think of Lin is 0.0000000000.

      Lin had a tremendous season in Houston, and I thought he was used well but had to deal with SCRUB TEAMMATES like James Harden with his selfish bricks, turnovers, and outright refusal to play defense.

      There actually isn't a team in the NBA that's better for Lin than Houston right now, flaws and all.

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    13. Woodson played Lin more minutes a game - especially in the 4th quarter - on a torn up kne than McHale played him healthy. And where Woodson played Lin despite having former All Star veterans like Mike Bibby and Baron Davis available, McHale benched Lin so that we could witness the greatness of Toney Douglas (who I consider to be a scrub) and Patrick Beverly (who you consider to be a scrub) at the end of games and in OT. And where Woodson publicly called out Carmelo Anthony's lack of conditioning, defensive effort, rebounding and passing last year, during the offseason and this year (he really lit into him when the Knicks lost 2 games in a row to the Celtics in the playoffs) the next negative thing that McHale says about Parsons or Harden will be the first. Woodson also stated that his own coaching was the reason why Lin, Melo and Stoudemire were producing less than the sum of their parts and that he was going to try to spend the entire offseason working it out. Meanwhile McHale has never publicly stated or regarded Lin scoring even fewer points in Houston than he did in New York with Melo under Woodson was even a problem. Instead, McHale said that Lin was incapable of maintaining how well he played in New York while Woodson stated that it was his job to get Lin back to his Linsanity level or close to it.

      Sorry guy. The whole anger at Woodson last year was his rightfully favoring Melo over Lin because of all that Melo had invested in the NBA. That is irrelevant now. Instead, the context is entirely how Woodson gave Lin complete freedom to run the team while McHale turned Lin into a spot-up shooter.

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    14. "There actually isn't a team in the NBA that's better for Lin than Houston right now, flaws and all."

      I don't disagree. But don't pretend as if Woodson didn't properly use Lin last year. He did. The whole hatred that Woodson got last year was for favoring Melo over Lin. My position is that as well he should have. When Lin gets his own team in a couple of years, that coach is going to favor Lin over the other players too, just like Boston favored Bird and McHale over Parrish and the guards, who were very talented lest I remind you.

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    15. Woodson used Lin bc the PG lineup on the Knicks was seriously injured (broken Baron) or sucked (TD). So, Woodson really doesn't get credit for that. What Woodson does get credit for is not mistaking TD to be a closer or even worthy player to steal Lin's minutes. Enter McHale.

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    16. Unknown,

      Beyond the controversy over D'Antoni's rigid system, Melo vs Lin was overblown anyway. If Lin aspires to be a PG, even a scoring PG, rather than a SG, then there's no conflict. Melo vs Lin was always more of a sports soap opera than an actual basketball conflict. Their skillsets are G/F complementary unlike Lin/Harden's G/G redundant.

      Structurally, Anthony is a scoring F in the same class as Nowitzki and Durant. PGs traditionally pair well with that type of F. If anything, Anthony is a better passer than his F counterparts.

      While Anthony sucks the life from other positions, he historically has worked well and favored playing with strong PGs, whether a conventional PG like Miller or a combo like Billups. Moreover, Anthony made clear that he is uncomfortable pulling double duty as a point forward. Anthony wants to play with a good PG. Playing with Anthony would have boosted Lin's game.

      I also agree Woodson handled Lin well.

      It's frustrating how it played out because the Knicks PG role was tailor-made for Lin.

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    17. 0ccupati0,

      TDouglas got better as his shoulder from surgery got better, but no way was he or Beverley better than Lin.

      I do like both Douglas and Beverley; it's just that they aren't better than Lin.

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    18. I've been saying it to Eric for over a year -

      fantasizing about Woodson fawning over Lin is an EPIC NY FAIL.

      The Knicks are a far worse franchise and situation for Lin than Houston is.

      Houston >>>>>>>>>>>>>> NY

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  10. I just can't believe Mr. Lin can even THINK of an Asia trip in a time like this. Jeremy, WHAT are you THINKING? Have you gone totally nuts? How can you squander this time that needs to be spent only on training.. what a crazy guy! Can you believe it? It's making my head spin, so much that I can't even sleep at night with all of this reckless traveling of yours all around the globe. You need to hit the floor and give us 40! DON'T go on this trip, if you care about your team. You DO care about your team, right Jeremy? Then don't do it!! Stay here!! Oh man oh man I can't take this anymore, somebody just shoot me and get it over with, PLEASE!!

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    1. All basketball makes people dumb.
      You need to stay away to make plans.
      First thing comes first and never go second.
      JLin needs time to think of all he can do; set up a priority before working on it.
      It's a huge mistake to stay in one place. Traveling helps you pick up new perspectives of life. The momentum on the court needs support; support from life.

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    2. @HARDENSIDEOFLIN, I would love to, too bad it is illegal. :P jk.

      Life is more than just basketball, relax, Lin is a hard worker.

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    3. Because he plays for god.

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    4. Blah blah blah, hardensideoflin.

      All the haters trashing Lin for his Asia trip are so dumb that they forgot that Lin trained at least 5 hours a day over there.

      Other NBA stars make long trips to Asia too, but it's OK for them and not Lin right?

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    5. After all the crap he gets from North Americans, why wouldn't he want to go to Asia to get some love?
      I know I would.

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    6. Khuang,

      It's not about training 5 hours a day. It is surrounding yourself with the right people.

      He needs and top level shooting coach, skills coach, strength and conditiong coach and etc.

      Basically the type of people that other top players use to better their game.

      Every summer Chris Paul, Dwayne, Lebron and other top players spend their time playing 1v1,3v3 versus the top players in the country in LA. To get better you need to play against people better then you. Especially the PG position. You learn to pass and make better decisions by playing the game.

      There is only so much you can do on your own. To reach the next level you need top people to show you the way.

      I think Jlin is comfortable with the people he has because they are his friends. That is admirable but he needs top of the line people.

      A quote from Michael Jordon shows what I mean,

      "You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”"

      Diamond cuts Diamond. He needs to surround himself with "Diamonds"

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    1. HEY!! I thought you banned yourself until next season?

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    2. Screw it. I'm a terrible Lin fan. Not surprising I'm not a man of my words.

      And I see k smith dominating the forum lately. I need to keep him in check.

      And what da deal with all these trolls..

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    3. They came in at full force! We need troll busters

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    4. aha, welcome back from your self-lifted ban, Solidz :)

      Is it a coincidence that these hate-worshiping trolls popped in when you were out? I think not, I think not.

      And thanks to Brent who's keeping these trolls in check to live with their self-hatred.

      Haters will always hate, even themselves!

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    5. You are embarrassing. You talk so much shit and you can't even stand by your own words. That's why people make fun of you and regret reading your comments.

      First, your personality gets you banned from a previous forum and now you come back looking stupid after you banned yourself from this place.


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    6. lol, I like Solidz on this forum. He's a true Lin superfan. Extremely emotional, praising Lin one day, cursing him the next day. Just posts whatever's on his mind with no filtering. (I mean all that in a good way =).

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    7. hahha...no bromance from k smith to you, Solidz.

      Screw you! haha~~

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    8. Ummm does k smith hate me?? I can't tell.

      Plus technically it's off season.. So next season..

      But k smith is right. I admit, just couldn't keep away. It is indeed embarrassing. I even thought about changing my name to FK smith but that would've been a punk move.

      Plus I was having withdrawls I was commenting on Knicks forum - boy were they mean.

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    9. I like it, this back and forth between real Lin fans. Troll patrol was on, and we have some new heroes.

      Welcome back Solidz ... you established your character here and it's as part of this as KH, Brent, k., kenoshi, via, lydia, and those z people with keys going rightwards ...

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  12. I really can't understand Rocket fans fascination with CP3. He's probably going to cost close to a max contract. I don't think PG is really an area the Rockets need to upgrade. They desperately need a PF that score so that teams can't just collapse the paint when Lin or Harden drives in.

    In my opinion having CP3 won't be much of an upgrade over Lin. Yes Paul is a superior offensive player at this point in his career but defensively CP3 is one of the worst defenders at the PG position. He gets lots of steals but that's all he does on that end of the floor. If you watched the Grizzlies/Clippers series, Mike Conley was basically doing whatever he wanted. Paul's awful defense has been covered up mostly by having elite defensive players like Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan.

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    1. Just let them get CP3, all of them will see what CP3 can do. lol

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    2. Last season, haters here were flaming me for openly saying that I thought Lin was better than Chris Paul.

      Now that games have actually been PLAYED, we see that the haters were totally wrong.

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    3. I wouldn't go as far as Lin is better than Paul RIGHT NOW. But I do feel Lin has more talent and has a much higher ceiling. If Lin can improve all facets of his game this summer, I have no doubt he will be one of the best PG in the game.

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    4. CP3 is a great basketball player but his D hasn't been the same since his knee injury. HOU's perimeter play is fine, it's their front court that hurts the team more than anything else. I don't think adding CP3 makes HOU a championship contending team unless they make a another upgrade at C/PF.

      Harden had some nice, balanced games with Lin where he didnt try to do too much. I think some HOU fans feel that Harden would play that way much more often if they had CP3.


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    5. @albino, good point that CP3's defense has been exposed by Conley.

      I also would like to see how CP3 assists will fare throwing alley oops to Asik and Smith instead of Blake and DeAndre Jordan :) CP3 probably ends up stealing the ball back from Asik lol

      I also highly doubt CP3 would come to Houston for less money, less control of the team and play in Houston system which will take the ball away from him and share with Harden. Why would he want to ruin his All-Star numbers?

      As long as Houston's system trusts Harden with the ball 40%-60% of the time and 15%-30% to Parsons to create, Lin would never has the numbers to be considered as one of the best PGs in the NBA.

      If only they follow Calvin Murphy's suggestion to trust Lin be the true PG 60%-80% of the time, Houston system would be more consistent than the 3-ball ISO+penetration game.

      I don't know if Morey has enough data to change this or try it the second time with better personnel but still make Harden be the primary ball-handler.

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    6. How have the haters been proved wrong? Paul is better than Lin. No shame in that. Chris Paul is currently one of the top PGs in the league.

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    7. By the standards that said Lin is not NBA player at all.

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    8. There's no question that Chris Paul is a better point guard than Lin right now.

      The question is: How can Lin develop and raise his game to Paul's level? He's not going to get there by hiring mediocre shooting coaches and trainers. He needs real NBA training.

      Tennis player Li Na was only able to win tournament games ... because she quit the Chinese national program and hired top notch coaches and trainers.

      No matter how hard he practices, Lin will not catch up to the elite NBA players by training at Sparta fitness, and practicing jumpshots with Doc. Scheppler. He's practicing the wrong way.

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  13. 天助自助者
    靠天助者非真才也。
    迷信基督者蠢懵也。
    認阿伯拿漢為祖宗者非黄炎子孫也。
    实難成大器也!

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    1. You should say it in English. lol

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    2. To Tigerous,

      Knowing damn well of Chinese History, I could find more against the human race (people) than not. That's not cool. For people not knowing Christ, I pray for you that you'll get to know Jesus one day before the folly of self justification render your mind unable to read and see the truth.

      I personally would believe in God and not the absurdity of human beings who always persecute one another empowered by tradition and worship of ancestors. Even freedom of speech have been deprived through politics and education for the ruling. There is no stop in the silliness if it's up to mankind possessed by selfishness and eccentricity. I wouldn't call your posting a way of communication but a confirmation of my statements above.


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    3. Ever heard of Inquisitions, The Great Crusades?

      Do you read anything else other than the bible the man made fairy tales?

      FYI, the King James version of bible was written by a committee of 8, culling from more than 5000 manuscripts in Greek, Hebrew, Latin, translated from one to the other, not to mention mistranslations, and every manuscript didn't even affirm the others. Furthermore, the final version was subjected to King's and the Parliament's approval...

      Ever heard of the Boxers' Rebellion? The leader of the rebellion claimed to be the brother of Jesus?

      Anywhere where there is religion, there is hatred and intolerance, let alone ignorance. And we humans as species, have had enough.

      So grow up, the world no longer thinks an adult who still believes an invisible sky daddy is cool. It's delusional. Your self-image has no connection with reality.

      And research has shown that those who believe in religion, their frontal lobe processes information much slower. It's logical, because abdication of mind to some imaginary non-existent power is a sign of delusion.

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    4. Tigerous:

      Scholars have independently confirmed that all the King James Version committee did was follow William Tyndale's translation. Please learn your Christian history from people other than those who hate Christians.

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    5. Wow, you guy are really knowledgeable, A+++

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    6. @Tigerous
      Anytime people like you show up, you disrespect others, spew lots of arrogance and then tell believers that they are the ones full of hate and intolerance.

      Jeremy loves God. If you don't, that's your problem but why are you trolling his fan site? Nothing to do?

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    7. @Tigerous,

      You conveniently left out the positive impact Christianity gave to humanity:
      - Ended the practice of feeding condemned criminals to animals as public entertainment (i.e. gladiators),
      - ended the practice of abandoning newborns in trash dumps,
      - built the first public hospitals,
      - ended human sacrifice in Europe and the Americas, preserved Western civilization after the fall of the Roman Empire,
      - compels its adherents to be charitable to their neighbors,
      - gave birth to modern science,
      - founded more schools and universities than any other single entity,
      - built the largest charitable institution in the history of mankind.

      Are you really trapped by hate that you blinded yourself that Christianity is to blame, not the evil people that kill in the name of religion?

      True Christianity is not a religion with just rules to follow, it means to have tangible relationship with Christ materializing on changed hearts to love and serve others, not our selfish selves. There will always be fake Christians in the world.

      Whether it's bombing, killing, murder by Muslim terrorists, Christian fanatics bombing abortion clinics, Buddhist monks destroying mosque in Burma, you only have the misguided sinful people to blame.

      Wake up from being blinded by your hate.
      People are tired of you posting your hate here.
      No wonder you have to post because you can't live with that hate yourself.

      Respect other people's belief including JLin's even if you disagree. People grow tired of your hate.

      Stop hating.

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    8. The bible had been edited so many times to lose count. Some estimated at 144 times. Yes, the first English translation of the bible was done by William Tyndale, but the King James version was culled from Tyndale Bible, the Coverdale Bible, Matthew's Bible, the Great Bible, and the Geneva Bible, Taverner's Bible and the New Testament of the Douay–Rheims Bible. The story how the King James version of the bible came about is a complicated story. Unless you are a christian scholar of good repute whose writings are tracked, ordinary christians tend to be selective of the revisionist version of history they like to believe. Remember Cardinal Wolsey condemned Tyndale as a heretic in 1529. He was tracked down in Antwerp in 1536, tried as a heretic and condemned to death.

      As the bible is such a messy affair, it's revisionist history at best, altered at will at the whims of the power that be.

      The difference between the bible and koran is that the koran was never altered and remains in its original form and language to this day.

      Go google for the story how the English translation of the bible and King James version came about would enlighten you. What the christians hate is fairy tales crumbling before facts and evidence.

      No one hates christians. Just amazed at their ignorance.

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    9. Some interesting fact:

      The christian missionaries in South America would baptize the babies of the indigenous people, then cracked their skulls to send them to heaven so to save them from sins and blessed them with salvation.

      Fact not fiction.

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    10. lol, the off season has officially started.

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    11. "No one hates christians."
      LOL your every post full of hate invalidates your own argument. I'd like to see the first positive post.

      If you want to seek the truth about Biblical accuracy being translated over 2K years, learn about the discovery of Dead Sea Scrolls from 250 B.C. to 68 A.D proving its accurate preservation. Before its discovery, the earliest Bible copy was only from the 10th century.

      Hopefully you will find peace in your heart someday.

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    12. For laughs by Liza Brooks:

      Every so often, the guys that update the Bible make some changes that raise eyebrows. It's happening now, with the updated edition of the New American Bible.

      American Catholic Bishops decided to change a key passage in the book of Isaiah that calls the mother of the coming messiah, not a 'virgin,' but instead a 'young woman.'

      So was she or wasn't she? Or was Mary just "technically" a virgin? Why did they do this?

      "Their point in translating this reference to Mary as a 'young woman' rather than a 'virgin' is that the original Greek word doesn't mean what we in contemporary English mean by a 'virgin.' It simply means a young woman," John Allen, with the National Catholic Reporter in Rome, told CBS Radio.

      Allen said he's a little surprised at all the outrage over this decision.

      Mary Elizabeth Sperry, who helped facilitate this first new translation in 41-years, said changing the word 'virgin' to 'young woman' isn't changing the meaning. It's just more poetic.

      "There's something about taking a familiar passage in a slightly different translation. It makes you hear it differently and you hear the words anew," she said.

      The change is going to cause some problems, especially when it comes to music. What will it do to Christmas songs, like Silent Night? "Round yon 'young woman,' mother and child" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

      'Young woman' is not the only change to this edition of the New American Bible. They've also taken out the word 'holocaust' and are replacing it with 'burnt offering.'

      "The word is so now associated in people's minds with World War II. That's become solely to mean that action, and so there's natural negative reaction negative connotation," explained Sperry.

      Probably the change most fifth grade boys will be upset with is the removal of the word 'booty' and replacing it with 'spoils,' as in 'plunder.' It's 'treasure,' not as in 'booty call.'

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    13. Bible Edits Leave Some Feeling Cross...

      NBC News:

      http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42215497/ns/us_news-life/t/bible-edits-leave-some-feeling-cross/#.UYgJ-8p33IV

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    14. I just have to reply to you because your screen name and your ignorance. I am not a religious man and I have no problem with any religions but to say that all Christians are this and Non-Christians are that are just pure ignorance. There are good and bad within any religions and non-believers. I don’t believe in such words all, never, always and so on… Don’t take the action of a few for the whole.

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    15. the only truth I get out of this post is that Psalm is talking to a wall! =P

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    16. This Tigerous guy is obviously a troll. Like all the other trolls. Only instead of attacking Asians as a race, he's attacking race and religion now.

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    17. Tiger has yet to make a personal attack on anyone here.. yet.. haha.

      But, I wholeheartedly agree with his initial quote that "heaven" only help those who help themselves.

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  14. So, how many hours of training can a professional athlete do in a day that is efficient and worthwhile? Even if you're a professional athlete, that will leave many, many hours for the sorts of worthwhile things that Lin would want to accomplish on an international tour.

    Plus, I doubt that Lin will draw near the crowd he did last year. Last year, he was fresh off of Linsanity. I know that's definitely cooled off in the U.S., and I imagine it has in Asia.

    Lastly, I wonder if he'll be traveling around with David Lee again, especially if he's going to be bringing Rockets friends with him this time around.

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    1. There are actually more haters in Asia, lol.

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    2. Parson Chandlers tweeted couple months ago that he will go w/ Lin to Asia this summer.

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    3. Looking forward to the 2nd Snoopy Youtube video with Parsons instead of David Lee. haha :D

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    4. He can do a lot of things that going to Asia would prevent him doing.

      He can hire an NBA qualified shooting coach instead of the one he currently has. He can hire a skills coach. He can choose to practice playing 1v1, 3v3 with other top NBA players in LA.

      He can hire a dietitian. Not sure if you noticed but he definitely gained weight as the season went out. His muscle definition in his arms went way down. I could go on and on.

      He can always go to asia later that opportunity will be there, but the chance to play in the NBA is not.

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    5. He certainly can, but again, those things can be done in Asia as well. Plus, he is human, he need something other than bball anyway.

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    6. What makes people here think that Jeremy Lin as Asian NBA racial pariah could even GET other NBA players to practice with him?

      Going to Asia has absolutely nothing to do with Lin's diet over the season. ALL players in the NBA gain weight as the season goes on.

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    7. Khuang,

      Racial Pariah? What does race have to do with playing pick up basketball with top players? Parsons said in an interview he is going to do it, so did Harden.

      If anything Players lose weight over the season with all the playing they do. They certainly do not lose weight.

      Jlin diet is bad, his own trainer said so. Eating fast food is never good.

      The point is, staying in the US working with top talent is better then going to Asia, that's all. Of course Lin is free to go where he wants and I'm not sure he'll do everything in his power to become better.

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    8. * can't edit, i meant gain weight.

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    9. Xien Su GI is probably more nutritious than McChickens.

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  15. Jeremy Lin fans increase exponentially every day.

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  16. If there's one thing I wish Lin had, it was a true NBA veteran guard who could teach him some more tricks of the trade.

    My choices are:

    1) Micheal Ray Richardson
    2) Adrian Dantley
    3) Calvin Murphy
    4) Larry Bird
    5) Lester Connor

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    1. Larry Bird had a lot of assists, but he was not a guard. Anyway, lest I remember incorrectly, when the Knicks brought in Jason Kidd to mentor Lin last year, everyone thought that it was a bad idea, that Lin was already an established star PG and didn't need no stinkin' mentor, least of all from Kidd or anyone like him.

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    2. I'd be a BAD influence on Lin, Brent Yen!

      I'd teach him how to talk trash, how to hit guys illegally, how to get himself thrown out of games, etc.

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    3. The Knicks bringing Kidd in to mentor Lin was a HORRIBLE idea, Unknown.

      What's Kidd gonna do, teach Lin how to make the best use of his 0.0000 minutes in a 2012-2013 NY Knicks uniform?

      Larry Bird had COMPLETE basketball skills, including terrific guard skills. Watch his video on youtube with Auerbach to see Larry Bird teaching guard skills.

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    4. @KHuang:

      Because of how events turned out, it was a terrible idea to bring Kidd in. The Knicks could have badly used a younger player who can run the floor and score with the salary that they are paying Kidd. But come on ... you know perfectly well that had going with Lin not been the plan, Kidd would have never been signed.

      Hey, I think that Larry Bird was one of the greatest ever. I just wonder how much a 6'4" combo guard can learn from a 6'10" PF is all.

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    5. I pointed out when Kidd was signed that Kidd worked as a complement to Lin, not as a replacement at starting PG.

      Setting aside the use limitations due to his age, it was already apparent during the Mavs championship run, let alone entering this season, what Kidd can do and no longer do on the floor.

      When he was signed, Kidd's game was limited to spacing the floor with spot up threes, walking the ball up, defending big guards, and generally making smart decisions moving the ball from a stationary position. Anything that required quick, fast, and sustained movement, like driving, moving off the ball, running the break, and defending quick guards - you know, basic PG things - were no longer Kidd strengths. Kidd needs to play with a G who can cover the gaps in his game by doing all the quick PG things, defending opposing PGs, and scoring. Lin could do all the quick PG things, defend PGs, and score.

      A Kidd/Lin backcourt made more sense than a Kidd/Felton backcourt. Felton is not a scoring PG, though he's been thrust into that role, and Felton is too far along in his career to benefit from veteran mentorship.

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    6. I too also liked bringing in JKidd to mentor Lin so he can teach him old veteran tricks to keep playing until 38-40 years old.

      If there's anything that Lin can learn from them is to avoid himself in position to get injuries derailing the season.

      Didn't Gary Payton also play until 38 although not as effective as JKidd?

      I wonder why teams don't hire Payton more to mentor young PGs.

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    7. Gary Payton will be working with Lillard this summer. He reached out to Lillard. This is a big deal as Payton doesn't go out of his way to work with NBA players.

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    9. I think Sam Cassell would be a great PG Coach for Jeremy. Sammy is also a big PG who uses his smarts, instead of his speed to create space.

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    10. Interesting, Gary Payton reached out to Lillard due to East Oakland ties and believed he can be greater than himself and JKidd.

      Lillar definitely is an explosive scorer maybe in the mold of Kyrie Irving who needs to learn to be better in defense. I haven't much of him to see if he has great court-vision as a PG like JKidd?

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    11. @ABC, Cassell definitely is another veteran PG with Houston ties who can help Lin.

      It looks like he's mentoring John Wall as a Wizard assistant coach now. I'm sure John Wall asked a lot of questions on how to beat JLin the next time they see each other :D

      Oh well, perhaps Calvin Murphy would be the best candidate available in Houston.

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  17. Exit thoughts: Despite the disappointing post-season, the 2012-2013 season was still a successful one for Lin. He is still progressing well on the Nashian Mavs-period developmental curve.

    Lin played in all 82 regular-season games and showed his durability, established himself as a competent starting NBA PG with impressive flashes of Linsanity to show he has yet to reach his ceiling, and he experienced the post-season. He essentially is in the same position now as he would have been last season had he played it out as the Knicks starting PG, then tasted the post-season against the Heat.

    I assume Lin will be better next season. The bigger question is what his role will be on the Rockets.

    The team seems committed to having Harden in control of the ball as the 1st option lead guard, most importantly with the game on the line when Lin is at his best with the ball. When the Rockets made the trade for Harden, they took the lead guard role away from Lin and gave it to Harden. Harden has the freedom to fail and his weaknesses are tolerated. Lin doesn't have that kind of regard from the team. During the course of the season, it appeared the G/G balance improved but then it shifted back to Harden.

    With Parsons coming on strong with his impressive post-season, more of the perimeter load might be shifted away from Lin, moreso if they decide to tone down the run-and-gun style, which would reduce possessions.

    If the Rockets starting PG continues to evolve into a defender/shooter off-guard role, Lin may be better off coming off the bench as a Ginobili-type 3rd guard.

    I don't expect Lin to be traded due to the 5/15 jagged salary cap fit for other teams. If he was moved, I'd love for Lin to join the Brooklyn Nets and reconnect with his NYC fans, but I don't see how that exchange would work out. The Clippers are an interesting possibility. Paul reportedly was not on the same page with "Lob City" and wants to join a more-veteran contender - the Rockets would qualify. Meanwhile, stepping into Paul's shoes and running "Lob City" would suit Lin's game just fine. Billups, if he stays, would complement Lin's game in the backcourt. The players on the Clippers now would fit Lin's game. The Clippers may prefer to give Bledsoe 1st shot at the job, though, if Paul doesn't return.

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  18. I liked what Mark Cuban said when he was fighting with SAS and Bayless on their show.

    A player will be looking good or successful on the court only if the team put him in the right position/situation (paraphrasing).

    Lin did not get the chance to this regard. Harden and Parsons did tho.

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  19. In Parsons' exit interview, he said he wants to play a bigger role next season. He didn't expect to score so many points this season and next season he wants to be more of a facilitator and playmaker. He thinks that the team is best with the ball in his hands and he makes play for others.

    So what is Jeremy going to do on this team? Be Novak?

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    2. My initial reaction too ... it's a joke. He can't handle the ball well when there is open court. He did do 2 good spin moves this season, but mostly when he has handles, he messes up unless it's from a half court start. Then there's that whole thing about court vision and feeding others. This is ego, and it's starting for him too early in his career.

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  20. jeremy needs to study nash's career. steve nash played all 4 years in college too and had bad numbers for his first 3 seasons in the nba.

    also jeremy needs to stop trying to bulk up his upper body and instead work on being a point guard because the extra weight will hurt his knees.

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    1. I think he actually reduced his weight for his knees.

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    2. Yeah, I think Lin is about 10 or 20 pounds too heavy to play PG. If he sheds some weight, he'll have an easier time keeping up with quick guards like Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, and Mike Conley.

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    3. He was OK facing those guards. However, if he shed too much weight, he will have trouble with tougher teams.

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    4. he already did last summer. Last year, he was up to about 210 to bulk up his upper body strength. Over the summer, he dropped back down to ~200. This is probably the ideal balance between speed/strength.

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  21. Idk, it seemed that last year w/ the Knicks, Lin had a big arsenal of offensive moves: Pull up jumpers, double clutch layups, crazy reverse layups, fadeaway bank shots, and crossover moves to get into the lane.
    This season, with the Rockets we see almost none of those ... Has he forgotten those moves?

    It seems like all he does now are 3-pointers, and simple straight line layups that can get blocked easily at the rim. No double clutches or drop steps to fake out the defenders.

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    1. It is obvious a team order thing. Every team is different.

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    2. Those are Linsanity moves that are considered 'selfish' and forbidden in the Houston system and under McHale's definition of a PG.

      That's how big a trust from a coach can affect player's confidence.

      Lin flourished in NY to create at the highest level but complied as a role player to safe layups and 3PT in the Houston Moreyball system.

      I don't know if one can think of Lin making progress to improve on his weaknesses of not having the ball or not be allowed to grow as a true PG because Harden took over the Linsanity role.

      Perhaps it's both but Lin's strength is definitely not being fully utilized in Houston.

      Let's hope a Dwight sighting in Houston or a new team where he can be a true PG.

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    3. Yep, it's the Rockets system. A big part of what made Linsanity so cool was the 'junk' in Lin's game from mid-range in. Lin's streaky outside shooting was less of a problem when he was allowed to create points and playmake in a myriad of other ways.

      Another change is that Lin played with less contortionist torque this season. I don't know whether that's a permanent change of his playing style to save his knees or whether Lin would restore the 'junk' in his game if he was allowed.

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    4. hey, welcome back, Eric :)

      Also, the Rockets system encourages layup or 3-ball system and discourages the midrange game that Lin excels.

      This also hampered Lin's game because he's rendered ineffective (dribble the ball out or risk getting blocked) if the big men are set up to contest his layup. In NY, he was free to pull up for midrange jumpers so defenders can't just stay back waiting for Lin to come closer.

      This is why I think the Rockets system is flawed. Some midrange game should be encouraged because it will draw the defenders out with more spacing and Lin can pass to Asik or Smith for easy dunks.

      I don't think this part will change in the 2nd season because they traded the expendable PPat away (whose strength is the midrange game) for a chance at TRob.

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    5. Those moves are selfish and lead to turnovers. The ideal Rockets point guard should just stand in the corner and knock down those corner 3's at 45% rate. That would an eFG% of 67.5% with about 0.0% turnover possibility. #sarcasm

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    6. Yes, welcome back. Mr. Eric. Even if you're just back to talk about the knicks and Lin, but still good to see you back!

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    7. Thanks, psalm234. With the end of his season, I figured I might as well add my 2 cents before we cap the 2012-2013 season or forever hold my peace.

      I haven't been watching the NBA, plus I was satisfied that the Rockets' use of Lin was passing the Woodson test, ie, a conventional starting PG load. I was confident that as long as Lin got the right touches, he'd do fine. Judging from the comments, though, it seems the balance of use swung against Lin again while I wasn't watching.

      There wasn't more to learn about Lin or the Rockets in the regular season except for whether he'd play out the full schedule. I was looking forward to learning new things about play-off version Lin. I fully expected him to rise to the occasion.

      Oh well. Next season.

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    8. Thanks, Lydia. Open the door and I'll walk in. I jotted down my exit thoughts a few comments up.

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    9. Lin FAILED the Woodson test.

      Woodson wanted 3 other point guards over Lin, one of them totally unproven.

      Woodson was ASIAN FAILED when Lin strolled onto the court and PUNKED the weakass Knicks.

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    10. psalm ... no midrange game also prevents the team from clawing back or maintaining contact during a tough run by the other team. It's a flawed system based on the stat that a 3 or a dunk are higher performance. The don't get the flow, and the flow is key when under pressure.

      I watch GSW against the Nuggets, and they used the midrange jumper to claw back, to depress the mojo of the other team. So what, when you are trying to stay within 5 pts and hold off a comeback or create a comeback, those 2s are v important. Then, they open up the 3s and the paint.

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  22. Going into this season, I was looking forward to 3 things regarding Lin:

    1. Lin to show Knicks up and make them realize how dumb they are for going with Felton/Kidd
    2. Lin to show Rockets they made the right investment in him and lead his team to the playoffs
    3. Lin to be recognized as one of the top PGs in the game and make the all-star team

    Based on the above goals, I would say personally for me, this season has been a disappointment.

    Felton has been crushing it making the Knicks look like geniuses.

    The Rockets fans' last memory of Lin is how he was a major liability during the playoffs.

    The sentiment within the basketball community that his game doesn't match his popularity and that he's mostly popular coz of his ethnicity have not really been dispelled.

    I, like most others hope he's going to rise up to the challenge beginning this offseason.


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    1. "The Rockets fans' last memory of Lin is how he was a major liability during the playoffs."

      It is striking that at this time last year, the controversy was over whether Lin should have suited up against the Heat because Knicks fans believed that even a hobbled Lin possessed magic that would help the obviously overmatched Knicks compete with the NBA's best. That's how much Knicks fans believed in Lin.

      Fast forward a year, and the controversy is whether Lin should *not* have suited up against the Thunder because Rockets fans believe the team played better without Lin.

      Big difference.

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    2. My wish regarding Lin was that he would play a solid regular season and establish reputation as an up-and-coming PG in NBA. I feel like Lin did play a solid regular season, although he started very slowly, but the play-off was a disappointment, as I don't quite know how to take his playing with an injury. I am now leaning towards a viewpoint that a PG who can pass does not necessarily mean a very successful team. Look at LAC with CP3 who can pass. Similar to Eric's feelings, no longer worth watching actual games.

      Canceled League Pass now because quite frankly, it's not worth watching all Rockets games.

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    3. eb5attorney,

      PG-orchestrated systems are fine, but the good play-off defenses catch up to systems. Going deep in the post-season requires multiple isolation scorers, ball movement, and a knack for clutch plays.

      I was disappointed with the tack that Lin took in Game 6 for that reason. Playing as the 3rd guard called for Linsanity. Jackson and Fisher are back-ups. Fisher especially cannot keep Lin in front of him and Lin's legs were rested. Lin should have been attacking. Instead, even when Fisher was guarding him 1-on-1, Lin held back. I don't know whether that was his choice or a coaching instruction.

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    4. Eric,

      In Game 6, Lin clearly could not attack the rim due to his injury to draw fouls as evident with 0 free throws and 0 attempts attacking the rim hard.

      Some people would call excuses, some would call being passive.

      My biggest issue is how can Lin avoid putting himself in situations when he's more likely to get injured? He had 2 seasons where he ended up getting injured.

      He has instincts to dive for the ball, battle with big men but can he learn from veteran PGs to pick his spots?

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  23. Okay, I had a long talk with Lin during my self imposed sabbatcal and this is what he wants to do. So listen up.

    He doesn't want to be traded to a diiferent team. He doesn't blame the Rox from playing away from his style of play that makes him effective. He hears all the criticism about his game. He thinks he came unprepared because he didnt know ehat to expect but he has a much better idea about how to improve his game and excel in this system.

    And like he has done everytime in his life, he is going to face the challenge head on. He doesn't want to use the excuse that he can't play in this system- that an offensive system has to be in a certain way for him to play well. He thinks that is a cop out and a big pussy move.

    And to make it work he is going to do everything he can this summer to be able to play in this offense and to make it work. He recognizes that there are rumblings about how bev should be the starter and he will shut those "mothereffers" ( his words and not mine) up next year.

    He doesn't want to go to a different team because he is sick and tired of moving teams year after year. He has a level of comfort here and he doesn't want go to a different city to start over.

    And he thinks that KHuang is way too high on him and needs to temper his praises because Jeremy is NOT better that ham Lebron. ( he was actually creeped by how a non family member could be soo high in him - told me to keep a close eye in him)

    So there u have it. Jeremy's inner thoughts - exclusively for this site. He also told me clutch can go eff himself .. That that fat eff can eat less and go on an exercise regimen.

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    1. khuang, Solidz75 is talking behind your back again!

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    2. Solidz, thanks for the "insider" info. I'm worried that Chinese fans will translate and treat it as such! (happened to one the in-game observation post here)

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    3. eb5, saw your post in another thread...Solidz is right - Lin is probably going to assume he'll be in Houston and have a good attitude about being there and work on the things Houston wants from him in his secondary guard role. He can still get 18/8 in that role because Houston scores a lot of points.

      For me, jump shooting, moving without the ball to open spots, those are skills he can work on as an off the ball secondary guard....also improving athleticism the best he can with even more Sparta and footwork drills and plyo..

      His #1 area is simply shooting which includes floaters and paint shots all the way out to the 3 point line...Shooting can mask a lot of offensive deficiencies on offense. Shooting also will improve Lin's offensive game.. He just has to not fall into the trap of shooting jump shots exclusively when he gets good at it.

      I think Lin will be fine...when he is a free agent in 2 seasons, it will really be interesting.

      Staying injury free is key for him.

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    4. On a serious note, judging by the way he ended his post season interview, i really think he wants to make this work. He sees this as a challenge. And really, yet another change of scenery may not the best for him at this stage. There is some comfort in knowing that you are wanted at a place, and the concept of growing together as a team.

      We'll see how much he can improve next year. Even if he just improves his jump shot he will be that much better and productive in this offense.

      So barring CP3 signing here, Lin will have one more year to gel. Really whether he goes to a different team or stays, next year will be a break of make year for his professional career. If he shows significant improvement, I could see Rox betting all in him. If he stays inconsistent or does worse, then it will be hard for him to convince to take a chance on him as a foundational piece.

      The worst of all, he will lose his most passionate, but a dick of a fan in me. He will still be stuck with KHuang though.. Not sure if that would be a consolation or a punishment. Let u guys decide.

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    5. Ugh here we go, catch and shoot all season long! It's going to be ugly I'm telling you all.

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  24. Lin was rather modest about himself and his modest accomplishment this year. He kept reiterating that he needs to improve.

    It's his fans, especially his chinese christian fans who held unrealistic expectations of him, expecting miracles, miracles, miracles. If you criticize Lin and offer suggestions, you are a Lin hater just in the same mindset when you criticize their lord jesus. Christian haters. That's the dark side of Linsanity: Lintolerance.

    They fanatically wanted Lin to bear witness to a faith that's already on the wane since the Dark Ages.

    Let Lin play his basketball and not be an icon for ignorance. Already in China Lin with his faith is perceived as person of superstition and backwardness and it's no accident his sponsors are few and far between.

    And those who leave every to god, that god has a plan, are look upon as simpletons.

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    1. Enormous numbers of Chinese citizens have been becoming Christians in recent years, just something to think about.

      I don't think what you are saying is true. Do you have any tangible proof (besides his small number of sponsors) that a substantial number of Chinese people see him this way? Or are you guessing?

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  25. I'm sadly and slowly accepting this painful reality that Linsanity was just the bball equivalent of a one-hit-wonder :(

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    1. But I still have a tiny bit of hope that it might not have been a one-time thing, and that it WILL resurface again ...
      I've just been so negative lately.. :(

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    2. I think he became much better already. Better than his linsanity days, unless you only count PPG and APG.

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    3. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

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    4. A glass with 50% liquid is can be perceived as half full or half empty.

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    5. A glass half empty: sadly, slowly, painful, reality, one-hit wonder

      A glass half full: Linsanity, the only 2010 non draftee to be playing regular NBA, getting paid $30m - much more than Parsons and other second round draft picks, equivalent to top 5 first round 2010 draft picks.

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  26. From New York Times on the intolerance of gay marriages at chinese christian churches:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/22sftam.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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    1. I am not trying to be mean, but you sound a bit intolerant yourself there in some of your posts, focusing only on certain ugly things, while excluding all of the good. Not saying we should ignore the ugly. But try to be a bit more compassionate and sensitive, perhaps? You are talking about Jeremy's faith, remember. So in a way you are talking about him directly, since his faith means everything to him. (I am not Christian by the way, but I admire many of the good things they do).

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    3. That's like saying Tim Tebow must be homophobic, because the Jonesboro Baptist Church, which is mostly White, is extremely anti-gay.

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    4. ABC, are you sure that that is a fair comparison? Those guys who protest at military funerals and things like that are total sickos! True, I do talk about tolerance, but in this case, I have zero tolerance for those guys! (I am an agnostic by the way hehe, in case anyone wondered. I have been one all my life.)

      Also, why did you take down that post about some Chinese christian churches encouraging their female members to date outside of their race? I wanted to ask you more about that, just wow! Oh man, I believe it happens much more than we know ... I have seen too much of that with my own eyes.

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    5. I wasn't making a comparison, just pointing at the absurdity of Tigerous stereotyping Asians who are Christian.

      I deleted that post because it was irrelevant to what we're talking about. Also, most Asian groups are tolerant to Asian females dating White males, some will even push Asian women to marry White men as a means of gaining status and prosperity.
      It's an Asian thing, not just among Asian Christians, it reveals underlying feelings of inferiority and racial self hatred. It's something within our community that people try not to talk about, look the other way, but it has a very negative impact into how we are perceived.

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    6. WTF happened to this site? I'm gone for few days and now the conversation devolves into religion and sexuality? What da hell is going on here..

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    7. NBA season is over for us. No more basketball games to talk about.

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  28. Jeremy Lin interview:Beyond Linsanity - Adjusting to Rockets

    http://youtu.be/z0oo9GCCnF4


    Talks about adjusting to role and trust.

    Sounds like he's developing some street smarts. Hopefully they aren't trust issues. Fine line between discernment and cynicism.

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