Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Continued..

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  2. Jeremy has to work way more this summer if he actually wants to get better, specialy his shot

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    1. I would definitely agree with that, but just as important is better shot selection, specifically not chucking up some of those deliberate hero ball, I am going to recreate Linsanity 1.0 shots, he never used to take when he was with Reno Big Horns.

      His high school coach said even as a youngster he had a natural shooting touch, but when he started to grow his shot mechanics got all messed up (remember the wild kick of the knee and way he used to hurl ball at basket when he was originally with Golden State Warriors?) He is much better off of dribble, rather than stand still catch and shoot, but if he can really become more consistent and reliable (i. e. make wide open looks from corner at a rate at which it is guaranteed dagger if opponents leave him open), his effectiveness will increase even more.

      Someone else previously posted that his 3 point shooting percentage from corners was same about above the break, which surprised me, because to the eye, he is much, much more reliable from top of key than corners. And I think that is because he above the break stats includes lots of times where Harden holds ball till end of shot clock, then passes to Lin, who has to put up 3 to beat buzzer, and also some questionable chucks, be it a deliberate hero ball shot or wild chuck at end of quarter (I think Kevin Durant says he waits till time has just expired to put up those wild heaves, so they don't count and don't drop his shooting percentage).

      Also got to remember that McHale doesn't want him taking mid-range shots, which is what he is currently good at (Clyde Drexler earlier in season said Lin's range was only out to about 18 - 19 feet right now). Plus McHale is asking Lin to go against his instincts and how he has played all of the time, vs. Patrick Beverley, who seems to be allowed to just play the game the way he instinctly knows how to and is good at.

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    2. Jeremy already knows that.He mentioned this in one of his interviews.Im sure he will work on what he needs to improve on and get better at. As of now, he can take his time to chill and have fun.He has worked hard all season long so he deserves some R and R.

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    3. Joe, how do you know Mchale doesn't want Lin taking mid range shots? Not saying this isn't true, but you say it like you know it so I'd like a source.

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    4. I believe that is the stated philosphy of the Morey / McHale offense, at least for this year.

      3 pointers, free throws, and shots right at basket is what they want, because they are considered much more efficient than mid-range shots.

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    5. http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8989580/is-rockets-gm-daryl-morey-plan-working-houston

      They have reinvented themselves around a superstar and an offensive system that represent the on-court actualization of NBA advanced stats — all 3s, free throws, and shots at the rim, accomplished at a hyper pace that makes Houston perhaps the league's most entertaining watch. "I've become a believer," says Kelvin Sampson, Houston's lead assistant. "It's fun to watch, and it's fun to coach."

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    6. Despite his streaky shooting, Lin is effective running the point in the Money-(Morey?)ball system, because he's smart, quick, unselfish, and has passing instincts and court vision. The Rockets look better when Lin is in control. He's not perfect, but puts more on the table than he takes off when given the right touches. Lin needs the ball to produce to his potential, especially in game-deciding situations.

      Lin ought to work on his game like any young player, of course. Heck, Lebron James still adds to his game over the summer. But the biggest issue is how the coaches decide to use Lin. They underutilized Lin this season but his usage was still acceptable for Lin's development for his 1st full season as a starting NBA PG. If his role stays the same or his role is reduced to accomodate other players next season, then he's going to hit his ceiling as a Rocket quickly.

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    7. Lin really had no roll partner in Houston (except for DMo, Greg Smith, and very occaisionally Asik), so after he initially got free with the pick, he was essentially on his own driving to the basket (no mobile Tyson Chandler driving to hoop in unison with Lin, to really put pressure on defenders on whom to commit to). Lin either had to shoot it himself, or try and drive and kick, or drive, draw, and dish. Better defenses would take away his passing options and just make Lin try and beat them individually at the rim.

      Despite his shooting woes, and despite his recovery from knee surgery for a good part of season, if he had Tyson Chandler and his vertical game (ally oops at rim), Lin would have been much, much more effective even this year.

      But realistically, to me, Lin's future success at NBA level is what we saw in LA Clippers game (no Harden game where Lin outplayed Chris Paul in terms of ultimately influencing outcome of game, not box score stats), and the Memphis Grizzles loss (where he did an amazing job of containing any ability of Mike Conley to penetrate into defense and break it down).

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    8. @Joe "Someone else previously posted that his 3 point shooting percentage from corners was same about above the break, which surprised me, because to the eye, he is much, much more reliable from top of key than corners."

      Lin was 38% (14-37) from corner 3, 31% (47-152) above the break.

      http://www.nba.com/advancedstats/player.html#Jeremy-Lin|202391;year=201213;season=r

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  3. Nothing to comment. Just want to point out that this is the continuation of the continuation!Like, continuation part2, or sequel to the continuation or continuation continued or continuation in progress...so on and so forth... Hope this thread will not be called unending continuation... lol

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    1. =P

      [Yeah, not hearing much fr JLinfan#1] Hope everything's fine. =)

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  4. Yeah! new thread... Jeremy is still enjoying his offseason in Hawaii I think.

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  5. In the news is Dwight Howard. Who would like Dwight to come to Houston? Let's take an impromptu vote. I'd say yay. I want him out of LA. But he's gonna be great in Houston. Either way it'll be good for Lin in my opinion. What say you?

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    1. If it means Houston has to trade Lin to get Howard, then I am all for it.

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    2. IDGAF. I just want Lin to shoot better. No more being a freaking pussy and acting scared. He needs to act like he belongs in the league.

      Heck I want mind bringing manute Bol back from dead if that means Lin could shoot better.

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    3. Harden is good in Pnr too. If dwight howard signs for houston things will not change, harden will have the ball in hands and Pnr with dwight howard or ball in post for dwight howard who'll wait the double team and will pass the ball to the open 3. Lin will be more marginalized. I'm starting to think If D'antoni stays with the lakers jeremy will be a great fit there even If it'sjust sixth man.

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    4. Well i think there's a reason why jeremy wore the number 17 during Linsanity and Steve nash decided to go to la when few days earlier he said he would have never been a laker and then the lakers chose D'antoni over phil Jackson and the lakers are pursuing the banner number 17....

      Okok... I know... Too many fantasies.... Back to reality now but it's just offseason and we can dream til october :D

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    5. As a Laker fan, I would be happy for Howard to leave. But on the other hand I feel bad for Lin to have to play with this diva. You would think Howard would be good for Harden and Lin but you'll be seeing Howard demand the ball in the low post which will force Lin to be a spot up shooter even more so. Howard will then throw up awful shots and shot terrible shots.

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    6. I was much disappointed in Dwight's pnr. After being in the league for so long, he's still not doing it right. He either rolled too fast or didn't set a proper pick. He and Nash never connected, so dantonni had to use Kobe in the facilitator role instead of Nash. Nash became the offguard, much like Lin, dribbling the ball past halfcourt and handing off to Kobe albeit a bigger role than Lin. So I think if we are expecting and hoping for great prn play, we'll be disappointed. I am not envisioning that scenario for Lin. It'll basically be the samo samo if Dwight is in Houston for Lin, except there's an upgrade at the center position. Better overall play and contribution from the frontcourt translates to more assists, steals, and yes even points for Lin. Of course Lin going to Lakers and dantonni as coach is a no brainer. Overall it's a win win situation for Lin no matter how the situation plays out imo.

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    7. Jeremy is used to working with bigs who can't set picks. Dwight remains far better than anyone else on the Rockets. And he's an elite finisher who can catch, dunk and throw-down alley-oops.

      And if Dwight coming to Houston means Lin gets dealt...that's fine, too. With his contract, no team will trade for him unless they plan to use him heavily (starting PG or 6th man). Jeremy on the Lakers would be a dream scenario indeed.

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    8. Lin ain't a "pussy" who "acts scared".

      Lin has NO FEAR.

      His teammates? They're the ones playing scared, which is why they won't share the ball with him or help him on defense.

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    9. Dwight plays like he's got lower back problems. He didn't play above the rim last year quite as much as he used to.

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    10. Dwight to HOU would be good for the team. Dwight to HOU means less scoring from Lin. Dwight's a superstar, he's going to take shots away from the other players (obviously), especially from role players like Lin/Parsons/whatever PF they decide to play. So don't expect 16-18pts from Lin next season because 16-18pts on 10 or fewer shot attempts would be superstar, god-like...and that's not happening.

      HIs assists may go up by one but that's probably it. Harden is the main pnr ball handler and playmaker on the team. Also, with Parsons wanting to have the ball more for facilitating/playmaking, that doesn't leave much room for Lin to operate like other PG's.

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  6. I am all for getting Dwight Howard.

    Lin is top 5 point guard on Pick N Rolls.

    Dwight & Lin is perfect combo , just like John Stockton and Karl Malone.

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    1. Will McHELL allow that to happen tho?

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    2. Move the ball we're trying to win here.

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    3. Lin doesn't even run the majority of pnr's, Harden does. It'll be great for Harden and good for Lin when he gets the opportunity.

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    1. Kobe BryantVerified account @kobebryant
      Interesting off season looming.. Will spend time with d12 #stay and talk with the Buss family in hopes that Pau stays as well #my2cents
      6:08 PM - 20 May 13

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    2. Sam Amick: Dwight Howard torn between Lakers and Houston Rockets


      James Harden ‏@JHarden13
      Lol yup! RT @ARxxxxxxx: @JHarden13 You been doing some recruiting big dawg?
      1:36 PM - 22 May 13

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    3. Alex Kennedy in his chat May22: "Dwight loves Houston and the idea of playing there. Trust me."
      "If I had to put money down I'd put it on HOU."
      "Even if the Lakers fire D'Antoni I'm not sure that'd be enough to keep him."

      But then~
      "Just because Dwight Howard is interested in the Houston Rockets doesn’t mean that they’re guaranteed to get him."

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    1. Or, he should use Beiber's agent to expand his ego.

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    2. pai ma pi ... in case Howard comes over. Good for him!

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    3. Ebony and ivory bromance?

      Oh wait then what does that make Lin and Parsons, saffron rice and ivory?

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    4. EARLY AND OFTEN, JT. =P

      "what does that make Lin and Parsons..."
      DON'T WANT TO KNOW.

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    1. Lol... I was expecting jeremy's shot to be in there...

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    2. That's right, Lin is an accurate shooter.

      He's more accurate than a lot of guys, including James Harden and Chandler Parsons.

      Lin needs more shots, but I doubt he'll get them.

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    3. How is Lin more accurate than Chandler Parson's? Parson's ended the season with a better shooting percentage and that's without driving to the hole nearly as much as Lin.

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    4. Lin might become a better shooter than Parson's next season: But to say he was this season doesn't make any sense.

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    5. Lin shot 40% from 3pt range in the final 41 games.

      Once his knee was full-strength, he was an elite 3pt shooter. People keep forgetting that.

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    6. Lin got double teamed all season long while Parsons received single or no coverage.

      Also, the Rockets made an effort to pass the ball to Parsons but not to Lin.

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    7. KHuang,

      Parsons does shoot better then Jlin. His averages are higher. Jlin average with the 3 shot was never high. That includes his time at Harvard and the knicks. He did improve as the season went on though.

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    8. If Lin's 40% shooting of the 3 is not good enough for you. JLin fan, then there's nothing to discuss.

      I'll take Lin shooting at the end of the shot clock over Parsons shooting anytime, anyday.

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    9. OK, a claim without evidence doesn't mean all that much. Lin a 40% 3 point shooter, as good as Stephen Curry? Show me the evidence. Otherwise, it's just talk. Also... even if this were true, Lin still needs to improve his midrange consistency.

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    10. Curry shoots 45%, so....it is not about what evidence you can provide. If you think 40% is a bad percentage, then, I guess 45% is just OK......lol. It is pretty evident that Lin can shoot if he gets more touches. About Parsons, he obviously can shoot from time to time. I don think it is worth the debate at all.

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    11. Brent, I stand corrected. However, 40% is still elite and unless you can show me the stats that Lin's been shooting 40% from the arc over a long stretch of time: I will remain doubtful of such claims. Don't blame it on a lack of touches... If you're missing too many shots then you're missing too many shots. Let's have higher standards for Lin and not resort to excuses. He's young; he will improve his shot.

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    12. Khuang,

      Lin shoots 40% from three for 40 games is good, but it is only 40 games. What about the rest of the season? What about the playoffs? He shot 34% for the season. That is under he NBA average. You can't pick and choose which games to count.

      Why do you ignore his season average this year, the year prior, and also his college career?

      You are doing him a disservice by saying he is an elite shooter and that he does not need to improve. He needs to work on his shot. I'm glad Jlin doesn't have your viewpoint. He knows he needs to work on his shot.

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    13. Oh "Jlin fan", you're the one ignoring:

      1) Lin's chest injury in the playoffs that affected his shooting
      2) Lin's knee injury at the beginning of the season
      3) Lin's knee injury at the end of last season
      4) Lin's STELLAR shooting in the 2nd half of this season
      5) Lin's STELLAR shooting in the 2nd half of last season when he actually got minutes
      6) Lin's STELLAR shooting in the D league and summer league
      7) Lin's excellent college numbers that Ed Weiland and I saw but you refuse to acknowledge.
      8) Lin's CLUTCH 4th quarter scoring from last year, which would've spilled over into this year had McHale not frozen him on the bench
      9) Lin's PROVEN ability to hit clutch shots and buzzer beaters.

      ELITE shooters do what Lin does, but I can't help you if you refuse to acknowledge Lin's LONG PROVEN BODY OF WORK.

      If Lin couldn't shoot, I'd criticize him the way I'd have criticized Ricky Rubio or the improving John Wall or Rajon Rondo. But Lin has it in him to shoot well and easily hits the shots that great shooters are expected to hit.

      I think the fundamental reason for your monthslong disapproval of me and my posts, jlin fan, is that I'm NOT as hardcore a Lin fan as you are. Because I'm comparing him to the entire league and not trying to project my own personal insecurities over his shooting, I'm comfortable with his shooting and expect him to naturally improve his shooting as part of his overall growth in the NBA.

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    14. KHuang,

      I am a Lin fan. But that doesn't mean I ignore his weakness. Lin said himself he needs to work a lot on his shot. What does personal insecurities have to do with anything? You can be a fan of a player and recognize their weakness.

      I don't disapprove of your posts. I only responded to the Morey thing briefly.

      Regarding the points you made. The reasons you listed are all valid. But still the numbers show he was 33% three point shot at Harvard as well as a 34% at the end of the season. That being said his injuries on his knee and later his playoffs affected him.

      I agree with you that Lin has it in him to become a great shooter. His rapid improvement at the later half of the season proved that. Very few players can improve that fast and also in the middle of the season.

      Let me ask you this then. What do you think Jlin needs to improve on the most? I want Lin work on his shot it will make his career last longer and also make his defender play him closer so it opens up his drive game more.

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    15. Good post, jlin fan.

      I give Lin a "bye" on the Harvard shooting for two reasons:

      1) He was their only offensive threat, so teams loaded up on him when he crossed midcourt to stop him.

      2) Lin was able to make pressure shot after pressure shot, especially with the game on the line.

      My answer to your question of what Lin needs to improve is the same thing I've been harping on Lin to develop: a half spin dribble sort of like what Michael Ray Richardson, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, and other big point guards about Lin size have used to create personal space for themselves on offense.

      I want Lin to be able to:

      1) dribble hard to either sideline to escape a high double team trap, but then reverse direction with that half spin dribble to confound the defense instead of barreling all the way to the rim every single time.

      2) shake up his line drives with subtle spin dribble direction changes that create a scoring zone between him and his man in a single coverage situation

      3) elevate off either shoulder for a side leaning jump shot that Lin could probably hit at will against any NBA defender when Lin is only single covered.

      4) brutalize defenders by slamming them with his back, thighs, butt, and off hand when they reach in to hack him. Force the refs to call offensive fouls on him when opponents reach in illegally.

      5) catch and shoot comfortably off flex cuts and high screen and rolls, which is made easier if a guy has the dribbling spin moves to change directions in the midrange under pressure if the jump shot is challenged.

      Basically, I am advocating for Jeremy Lin to become not just a crossover dribble line driver and standstill shooter. I want him to be a spin dribble master who is constantly turning away and into his opponents while retaining all the wonderful things he already does with his dribbling.

      I think that a Jeremy Lin with a spin move would sort of look like a bigger and more athletic Steve Nash or a much faster and springier Goran Dragic.

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  10. Howard Beck ‏@HowardBeckNYT
    - News items: Grunwald said he believes Kidd will return. Carmelo will have MRI on shoulder today. No comment on Smith free agency.

    - Also, to those harboring fantasies of Chris Paul: Grunwald conceded it's highly unlikely Knicks will get under tax, thus no sign/trades
    8:26 AM - 21 May 13

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    1. @via, I love you, but you are making my green-eyed monster rear it's ugly head again.... :(

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    2. HEHE
      [j/k. It'll be October before you know it.] =)

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    3. @IsabeliJane, don't let the green-eyed monster ruin your day...rest assured his love interest won't be shown anywhere in pics or vids published and you have to trust his words that he doesn't have a gf yet. :)

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    4. @livyrlife because his love interest is probably either somewhere or is the one handling the camera :(

      @via as much as my green-eyed monster is reeling its ugly head I still appreciate all the updates.

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    5. @via - I can't see his moles lol!

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    6. STILL IN HAWAII [not in Singapore with Nigahiga as rumored.]

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    7. @via - so only ryan is in SG? who's Dots with in Hawaii?mmm...WONDERING WHO COULD HE BE WITH..

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    8. They're always in a group anyhow. Just having wholesome fun. :) [He'll have to buckle down and work very hard after this short break.]

      Jxxxxx Sxxx ‏@Jxxxxxxxxx
      Didn't hear him sing but still great to see Jeremy Lin last night at @NocturnaLounge and enjoying #Hawaii.
      11:47 AM - 22 May 13

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    9. @ via - hmm short break? when will his offseason training start? I think he could have a 2 month vacation then train later...

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    10. @Isabel~ not sure when. [Harden's in Cali already, sweating, lol. Bieber, relaxing by the pooool...]

      @ SHOKUDO [parking lot]

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    11. @via - I notice lately, he doesn't put his arm over those people asking to have picture taken with him.is somebody getting jealous? (it's not me,I know. I wouldn't mind him putting his arm around a female/s as long as proximity is like a fan)

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    12. [Those are guys! What are you saying?!] jk

      Even if he does have someone [remote possibility], I don't see him allowing a girl to dictate his actions. He subscribes to Masculine Christianity. =)

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    13. he puts his arm around guys.. in a brotherly type of way (using bromance will be kinda icky lol)

      [remote possibility] = by chance, is it possibly me? lol!!!!

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    1. Hey I predicted that the Rockets could win 50 games. They'd have done it had Harden not selfishly bricked and turnovered away all those losses.

      I also predicted that Jeremy Lin would have a monster 2nd half of the season, which he did.

      What I missed on was that I predicted Houston would be a bruising inside power team like when Lin crushed the Clippers with Harden and Parsons out. I did make that prediction before the Harden trade, though.

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    1. im gonna get one of those!

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    2. what I'm wishing for is a women version of LUNARLON HYPERGAMER LOW

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    3. Hi via! Today's my litlle guy's birthday and he made me promise to get him kicks as his bday gift. So , I guess,
      there's no escaping on my part. LOL

      Thank you my dear , for especially mentioning me in your posts on kicks everytime. Although , it means , exciting my little guy everytime .. and on my part, negotiating with him , everytime... LOL

      Again , thanks a heap! 'very much appreciated! :)

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    4. Haha! Happy Birthday, Mr chan c jr!

      Don't worry, no amount of industrial-strength negotiation is getting your dad off the hook this time. =P

      [Yw, chan c. Glad to do it.] =)

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  14. @via - to your post:

    Jeremy Lin ‏@JLin7
    Blue Hawaii...the calm before the storm http://instagram.com/p/Zjrtw_uP2A/
    10:50 PM - 20 May 13

    Saw it on FB. True very blue and great pic. Love the post the portents a summer of storms. Interesting ...

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    1. ^^ JT

      [JLin, tropical cyclone signal #7]
      =P

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  15. jl.net please get a forum!!!

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    1. JLinfan#1 must be busy [that's why the posts get up to 600+ lately.] I'm sure he's looking into your suggestion. [It's been requested before.]

      Let's be patient. ^^

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    2. Personally, I prefer the comments to a blog post rather than a forum. It's more focused that way. With a traditional forum, anyone can create a thread and most of it is junk.

      With a blog format, the site owners can post current news and relevant content, and fans can comment on it. I just wish there was a more modern commenting system with voting, so that the high quality posts are seen, and the crappy posts/trolls/spam goes to the bottom.

      If you want a user-run forum, you can just go post at realgm Rockets or some other Rockets forum.

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  16. Howard on the Rockets?

    Dwight Howard is gonna get very frustrated at being constantly forced to guard perimeter penetrators because of McHale's pathetically bad defense.

    Plus all the selfish offensive play is going to drive Howard nuts.

    It'll be another season of "Blame Jeremy Lin for everything". The difference is that Lin now knows the NBA and will come prepared.

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    1. Me thinks all this hype is about nothing. Dwight will probably stay where he can get the longest contract 5 years, and most money with the Lakers.

      It doesn't make sense for him to go anywhere else next season.

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    2. If Dwight comes to Houston, I think it's likely Asik and Lin get traded.

      Remember all the recent fawning over Omer and Morey's strong defense of Jeremy? TD, Patterson and Morris got talked up too before they got dealt...

      Trading Asik and Lin would clear the starting center spot for Dwight and allow Houston to sign yet ANOTHER max or near-max contract at PF. Preferably someone with a mid-range jumper.

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    3. At this point I don't really care anymore about Duh-wight or everybody else. Regardless what happen next, as long as America don't change, sadly I have to agree with KHuang that it will just be another "Blame Jeremy Lin for everything" season.

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    4. You should care, though.

      If surrounded with the right players, J-Lin can lead his team to title contention while posting All-Star numbers. You can't "blame Jeremy" because there won't be anything to blame him for.

      But without the right players, he'll never reach his full potential and show the world what he can do. He'll be blamed for early playoff exits and become the Jeff Teague of Houston at best.

      The fate of Dwightmare Part II is a very big deal for Jeremy's career...one way or the other.

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    5. "The difference is that Lin now knows the NBA and will come prepared."
      - True, KHuang. He's learned so much from last season's experiences on and off the court, he's wiser. :)

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    6. I think all the 3 ball will drive him nuts. Big man running up and down without any touches, especially running at a faster pace. It would be very hard on those knees. Rockets will probly sliw it down alot once they get him. Less transition baskets means they have to pound it inside. The whole offense will have to change. Believe it or not asik is a better runner than dwight by sheer will.

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    7. Its not about players, but more about the whole American ego. Can they accept that Jeremy is bigger and more important part of NBA than anything else or not?

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    8. Rikki M, the answer to your question is NO.

      American coaches and players just won't accept Jeremy Lin. That won't change in his entire career.

      What Lin needs to do is exactly what he's doing: be a great team guy that LINBARRASSSES his coaches for limiting him and players for tanking and loafing on him.

      I'd also like to see Lin become more of a bully. As one of the biggest anf strongest guys at his position, Jeremy Lin needs to learn how to not just retaliate legally against cheap hits but initiate the aggression in order to let other teams know that they can't headhunt him.

      It's not Lin's basketball technique that concerns me. It's his ability to play the NBA game in a legal way that offends both his own team and others into treating him more equally.

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    9. I'm surprised jLin hasn't used his physique to his advantage. He's much taller than any point guards. Would like to see him post more and become more of a bully like KHuang saying..

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    10. In rox's offense, there is no play called post up for "a PG"

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  17. Jeremy will never be a superstar in this league as long as he is playing next to James Harden.
    He looked very good playing with this young Rockets team in the preseason, almost like this team can be built around Lin.
    But Rockets management didn't believe he can lead a team ... so when the opportunity arose, they traded for Harden.

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  19. Article: Player Report Cards: Jeremy Lin

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    Identifies some reasons for JLin's struggles, but most of them are off or just wrong. Glaring mistake if the write up is that it seems to miss out on the major reasons behind the struggles: threat of benching for even one small mistake and poor teammate support and co-operation.

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    2. HOU fans knock Lin's decision making but every coach he's played under, including D'antoni said that one of his biggest strength's was his decision making. How can the views on this be so polarizing?

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    3. Because Houston fans don't understand team basketball. They want to see their "superstars" like James Harden with the ball in his hands, taking the shot.

      Lin is the forced to stand in the corner and shoots the outlet pass 3's with less than 2 seconds left on the shot clock, and that's not what he's good at. And Houston fans dislike Lin because he's not hitting that shot. They don't appreciate Lin's drive and pass game.

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    4. I didn't think the Dreamshake article was that bad.

      The only part I didn't agree with was the criticism of Lin for the post-chest poor playoff performance. I don't hold that injury against Lin the way a lot of people do.

      I even thought that the final grade for Lin, B+, was totally fair.

      Usually I intensely dislike Dream Shake because of the anti-Lin haterade from the authors of articles, but that article I found to be reasonable.

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  20. Do you guys think that Harden, with his calculated "Euro step", ruined the refs for the rest of the season and play offs? I feel like since refs stopped calling foul every time Harden threw his arms into someone that was guarding him, or travelled to the basket with his Euro step, Jeremy stopped getting legitimate calls. I feel like Harden ruined it for everyone.

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    1. Jeremy Lin won't get calls, no matter what other teammates are doing.

      Thw refs were so biased against Lin this year that Coach McHale's strategy of benching Lin especially in the 3rd quarter was often because refs had saddled Lin with 4 fouls at that point.

      Usually I counted at least 2 phantom fouls on Lin a game and no less than 3 brutal Flagrant 1 of 2 level uncalled hits.

      If Lin were officiated the same as other players, he'd average 4 more trips to the line per game and would be played more minutes bycHale because he wouldn't constantly be in foul trouble. I'm guessing that he'd have been a 34-36 mpg player with a 15-17 ppg average and 7-9 assists and leading the NBA in steals.

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  21. Heat survives gm 1 vs. Pacers.

    Questionable move by Pacers coach to sit Roy Hibbert on the defensive end, which lead to an easy Lebron layup with 2.2 seconds left down by 1 points for the win.

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  22. Parker had 18 assists in game 2 of conference finals.

    18!!!

    Didn't watch the game, hence don't know how he did it, but sure envy it, IF ONLY JLIN CAN BE "THE" PG, he would definitely have had double-digit assists most of the games. Sigh...

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    1. Nope, not going to happen until his team mates can finish like Spurs did.

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  23. in other news, Morey interviewed some possible future team mates for Jeremy. here are their interesting answers:

    Best draft interview answers ever part 1: player, can you pass a drug test? [grabs table] TODAY?!?

    More best answers: "anyone who is projected ahead of U that U think U R better than?" ALL OF THEM "Have you ever seen them play?" NEVER

    Best answers: "When did U know there might be an issue?" I was carrying [stolen item] 4someone else-knew something up when we got 2pawn shop

    More best answers: "who is your agent?" I don't have an agent. "Who is advising you?" [gives name] "Who is that?" My agent.

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    1. Not interested but totally agree with the red guy that Lin = Gunner. Lin's brilliance isn't in making his teammates better such as taking two scrub teams into the playoffs two years in a row. He's just a gunner.

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    2. Why is Lin a "gunner", Etane?

      Repeatedly you have called Lin a bad shooter despite his 50-40 shooting since the All Star Break.

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    3. Give me an example where I called Lin a "bad shooter" and I will kowtow to you with head in the ground.

      If you can't then please post a picture on this forum of you wearing a skirt.

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    4. Ah, I KNEW this was just a flame post.

      You post here only to flame Asians, the ones you say "eat too much".

      Racist, you don't order me or anybody else around here.

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    5. Seriously, Etane.

      Why do you hate Asians and Asian culture so much?

      You fire your hateful attacks against Asians, and you think it's funny to call us Asians "alcoholics" and "druggies" and "gamblers".

      What motivates you to HATE Lin and his Asian fans?

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    6. Where is the k gunner gold in a sun dress pic?

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    7. Seems that you're right here, racist.

      You've been trolling, trying to say that Lin can't shoot and can only make plays. That's why you got so ANGRY when I wrote that Lin was a good shooter AND a good playmaker.

      I keep ordering you to stick to personal attacks, Etane. The racial slurs you fire agains Asians are much stronger than your basketball analysis.

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    8. There are too many Asians on this forum for you to discredit, Etane.

      Even though you openly hate Asians, you can't defeat all of us with your hateful psychopathic racism.

      It must suck for you, Lin scoring and assisting and being a great Asian ballplayer that you scorn because of his skin color.

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    9. Put up or shut up. Post your pic NOW!

      Extra points if you put on a wig for us.

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    10. Troll, you don't boss anybody around here.

      Just because you as a nonAsian think you're better than us Asians doesn't give you the right to order anybody around here.

      I know that you've written here about how much you dislike Asians, but you're fooling only yourself if you think any Asian is gonna kowtow to a racist paychopath like you who hates this forum.

      You're only here to start fights. You racist psychopaths are all the same, posting here only to stir up trouble.

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    11. Stop playing hard to get, k gunner huang. I know offline you're the submissive type. I can totally imagine you in stockings...

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    12. Holy crap, I knew there's something going on with all the fighting between you two... *runs away.*

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    13. Hey no offense meant to either of you on the above post.
      [just trying to lighten things between you guys.] :)

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    14. CNM really worked my nerves sometimes with their soft comments and their refusal to acknowledge/discuss the root of the problem which is racism and ignorance against asian in USA

      It is not all fine and dandy at all!

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    15. Don't think they'd want to wade into anything controversial [Being careful not to alienate any part of their viewership.]

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  25. I hope James Harden is recruiting Chris Paul.

    That would pave the way for Lin to be traded or waived.

    A Rockets team with Paul, Harden, and Howard would make the Rockets into the Brooklyn Nets of the West - an expensive underachieving team with selfish superstars that makes the playoffs but doesn't go far.

    As for Lin, he'll thrive in any NBA scenario. It'll be fun to see where he ends up.

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    1. Agree Khuang. He would be good if he could play with Griffin. Unfortunately Clippers fired del negro.... I don'tlike crawford anyway... He's skillfull but he tends to hog the ball too much

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    2. I wonder what other teams will be interesting to get Lin?

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    3. Dunno brent.... We'll see. Clippers though have Bledsoe who's really good ... I still have simpathy for atlanta cause kenny atkinson is there ... The lakers as 6th man or next to nash with Kobe sf... We're here to enjoy the jeremy Lin show wherever it'll be

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    4. The Clippers may think they have a starting PG in Eric Bledsoe, but I'm not so sure of that.

      Bledsoe is a wonderful athlete, but I don't know about his ability to run a team.

      A similar thing happened years ago with Darren Collison playing for what then was a stacked New Orleans team. Chris Paul went down, and Collison took over as the starting PG. Collison did so well that he ended up as Indiana's starting PG, but then Collison was exposed as just being a backup. Collison in Dallas has done nothing to prove he's a NBA starting PG.

      As far as what team would be best for Lin, I really have no idea. NBA teams just don't think Lin belongs in the league despite Lin putting together a very good year as a 1st time NBA starter.

      Any guy who wasn't Asian and had the season Lin did would be hailed as one of the best upcoming talents in the NBA.

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    5. Bledsoe is very athletic (I think I said this before). We won't know how good he will be until he starts. Definitely has some potential, although I think he's a shoot first PG. I can see why some GMs might prefer Bledsoe over Lin as a starting PG.

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    6. I'm sure ALL the GMs in the NBA, without exception and including Daryl Morey, think that Eric Bledsoe is a vastly superior player to Jeremy Lin.

      However, Eric Bledsoe has a lot to prove before he can approach Jeremy Lin's historic start and excellent 1st season with the Rockets as a full time starter.

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    1. Big game James! oops I meant Jeremy.

      As Big K Huang says, "Jeremy can't shoot".

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    2. There you go trolling again, Etane.

      You're hellbent on turning this forum into your own personal flame war.

      You're just pissed that an Asian guy did Linsanity, because your racist troll ass hates Asians.

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    3. DAMMIT.

      This stupid nonAsian hating lying flame troll Etane just sucked me into another one of his flame attacks.

      This time he got me.

      Go ahead, Etane, fire your hate against me and the Asians you detest.

      I'm not here to fight meaningless flame wars with dumbass trolls like him. I'm here to discuss basketball with the sensible posters that ignore him and me when he sucks me into his personal racist anti Asian diatribes.

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    4. I don't hate you I LOVE you.

      And, as you said before, there are no trolls in this forum. There are only basketball fans.

      But, I guess there are trolls if you say there are trolls.

      You're the decider!

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    5. Out of all posters who post here regularly, I don't see any haters or trolls. I see that Chandler Parsons got invited to the Team USA. For practice or will he be on the roster? Definitely will help him improve for sure.

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    1. OMG! Enter the Dragon is one of my favorite films of all time! Sometimes Jeremy has that Bruce Lee eye of the tiger (or dragon) confidence. I can imagine how hard it must be for him to maintain it with coaches that misuse him, team mates that don't pass to him, and racist haters that always trash him. Via, do you think that Jeremy feels that Houston coaches believe in him? JUst wondering your thoughts since you seem to have a connection to Jeremy. (even if just an intuitive one) . I would love to know if Lin is just putting on his public face when he says he feels safe and supported in Houston? Maybe he understands something that we don't . To me, and to many, it seems like Jeremy is considered a marginal role player and not a big contributor to the team. What do you think? Anyone else have an opinion?

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    2. My guess is that there's a split on how the Rockets coaches view Jeremy Lin.

      I think that they are flummoxed because to their eyes he's not getting the job done, but the statistics that Morey cited clearly state otherwise. Even Morey himself can't seem to reconcile his eye test of Lin as an inferior NBA unworthy scrub with what's actually happening on the court and in objective statistical analysis.

      As far as Lin enduring the negativity, it's what a lot of Asian males like me live with every day. What Lin experiences is what many Asian males experience, especially if they're in show business like I am. The difference is that Lin earns $25 million dollars to get jerked around, and that's why Lin can say with a straight face that he feels "safe and supported" in Houston!

      The only way to marginalize Lin is to reduce his minutes. Even when he's not touching the ball, he's impacting the game with his hustle, unselfishness, high basketball IQ, and absolutely fearlessness in the clutch. The Rockets try to bench Lin, but they can't because Lin brings too much to the game. Even when teammates conserve their energy by loafing on Lin, Lin still goes out and plays the game the right way. That's what WINNERS do in basketball.

      I would imagine that Jeremy Lin is sitting back relaxing, watching to see what happens in the offseason. All he can do is work on his game and let his agents do their thing to protect his interests.

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    3. Thanks for the insights, Kuang. I think Jeremy is the type that buys into his bosses philosophy 100 percent. Maybe that is why he seems to bear no resentment( unless he has bitterness lurking down deep somewhere from all the benching, etc) . He is just such a good person and team player, he allows himself to be putty in the hands of his superiors. Sadly, it was when he broke free and played his brand of basketball, that he shined and really helped the team. The coaches do whatever they can do suppress that . They tell him to hit singles instead of home runs. They bench him when he is hot. When Harden and Parsons were out, Jeremy was unchained. Maybe if Lin doesn't get traded, he should be sixth man.

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    4. @Rose~ I won't be so presumptuous to think I have a connection to him, or know him at all. I'm just a curious fan. :)

      From what I can tell from the way he handled adversity in the past, I'd say even if he feels unappreciated, he will WILL himself to sublimate and transform this negative energy into a positive. [Tbh this is the best course of action when you're trapped in crappy circumstances and there's no way out in sight. DECIDE to make the best of things. Conserve and focus your energies on things you do have control in, in his case, how he can reframe the situation into something empowering that he can work with. His spiritual training would come in handy.] :)

      Finch, one of JLin's supporters within the org, could be leaving...

      Imo Morey's not a supporter, nor a hater. He's comfortably ambiguous, CYA mode. [But some ACTIVE support fr him, aside fr reporting stats that he would have to since it's not like he can deny them what with his staff knowing about the data, would really help.]

      McHale, it's not possible he's blind to what JLin brings to the table if he's aware enough to keep inserting JLin back to restore the lead they keep losing when he's taken out. Maybe he's blind to his own prejudices. [probably against "Linsanity." -> At the root of the disbelief, MAYBE that Linsanity is really a mirage because it's simply not possible fr someone like JLin, and he'll prove it too. Maybe.]

      ...Interpreting JLin's lack of frenzied hand-waving etc on court as lack of desire and not being "HIGH ENERGY", his criterion.

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    5. So I/we have to settle with beef bacon instead pork bacon

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    6. I think you make perfect sense, Via. Lin's making lemonade from lemons. :)

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    7. Rose, here's how the NBA works.

      There are all sorts of guys with truly GREAT ideas that actually work. Kevin McHale, believe it or not, is one of those guys with a great idea that works. When Jeremy Lin is running McHale's motion offense the way it's supposed to be run, the Rockets can blow out any opponent out of the gym.

      Where things get problematic is that players in the NBA are playing for money, not the game. They're interested in stat padding, not in running an offense well or playing actual NBA defense. Coaches themselves often don't stick with their game plans, particularly if the players aren't willing or capable of executing them. This is why Houston with Harden and Parsons were actually BREAKING McHale's motion offense by holding the ball and playing selfishly while Lin took the blame for their failings.

      That said, great NBA ability always wins out in the end. Since January 2012, I have been relentless in my faith for Jeremy Lin. It's not his attitude that makes me believe in him, it's his total skill and winning ways that impress me so. I have seen decades of players come and go, and to me Jeremy Lin appears to be as big a winner as anybody that's ever played the point guard position.

      Jeremy Lin is an IMPACT PLAYER who will create a way to play winning basketball no matter how his coaches utilize him. The only way to stop him is to bench him, and even so the Knicks found out the hard way that Lin would KILL guys in practice to the point that they couldn't consistently perform in games. You literally have to kick Lin off the team in order to stop him from eating his way through a NBA roster, which is why NY got rid of him.

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  29. It is truly foolish to think that Lin does not have to improve his shooting substantially. Most misguided are claims of Lin having shot "40% of 3s" after such and such date or him being an 'ELITE' shooter (btw, if you see something in all caps then IT MUST BE TRUE!)

    Lin had a grand total of seven games in the regular season where he made three 3s or more in the game. He had 75 games games where he made two or fewer 3s. For those 75 games, his 3FG% was .290.

    Thus, Lin is a player who 90%+ of the time will shoot an awfully low percentage. You can't dress that up with a few games where all the planets get aligned and the ball goes in.

    In order for Lin to get established in the NBA, even as a backup, he needs to become a much better shooter period.

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    1. Not going to argue with what you posted, as there is some truth to what you say. Does anyone have a break-down of FG percentages of Lin during this year for lay-up attempts, mid-range jumpers and 3 pointers? There is a danger in the improper use of stats in that one could argue that Tyson Chandler is a great shooter because he has a very high field goal percentage because almost all of his shots are dunks or lay-ups. Also, I wasn't impressed with Lin's FT shooting this year. One area where Lin did impress me was his high-quality passing. There is a huge difference when Lin plays aggressively and with confidence; I can feel the difference palpably in the way he walks and plays. He has to bring that attitude every game. Unlike Harden, I could see Lin try hard on his D though.

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    2. truthinbasketball came out strong acting smart and presented bunch of statistical numbers but disregard / dismiss the reason behind the numbers which is beyond just basketball stat numbers and more of from the dynamic of the game, the team, and the person that actually playing it.

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    3. No rikki. He is right. Lin needs to be a best shooter period. He is no gunner and it is not coach's fault that bricks wide open looks.

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    4. Well you do that Solidz. But I won't follow pointing my finger to Lin. Almost the entire NBA and USA doing it already anyway. After all I know it is much much easier to blame the asian (guy or nation) for your problems when in fact you are / your own that actually the or bigger problem.

      Lin will improve his shooting regardless anyone bashing him or not. But this is a team game and this is a 2 way process. The real question is, will his coaches and his teammates willing to give him bigger role/usage rate along with the set plays support and the confidence to do it or not?

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    5. Lin's not "established in the NBA as a backup"?

      That piece of troll garbage just invalidated truthinbasketball's entire lying hating post.

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    6. The trolls always love to disregard the hard stats.

      See, all the people that say that Lin can't shoot are those who have a lot of anti Lin bias because he PUNKED their low expectations of him.

      The people who say that Lin can shoot are the ones pointing to the numbers when he's healthy. Granted Lin did have several bad games where he couldn't shoot due to injury, like any other NBA player.

      I'm an UNBIASED watcher of the NBA, and I'd be the first one to trash on Lin's inability to shoot if he couldn't make. I've trashed alleged shooters like James Harden and Kobe Bryant, so I'd definitely trash Lin if there was a reason for me to do so. I've even criticized his release, which he seems to have fixed early last season. But if the ball is going IN, I'm not going to trash a guy like Lin who makes shots especially when the game's on the line.

      If the eye test guys actually watched games without anti-Lin bias, they'd see a VERY GOOD shooter who can be reliably counted on to not just make shots but create shots for others in pressure situations.

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    7. Khuang, does your fat ass ever get jealous of the stupid crap coming out of your mouth?

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    8. For all others, Lin will be the first to tell you that his shooting needs improvement. It's the first skill set he himself has pointed out as something he needs to work on. WTF is wrong with a lot of posters agreeing with his own self assessment.

      You can be a weakling like Khuang and play the race card, or be like Lin, who recognizes the discrimination but instead of blaming it, he faces it head on.

      It's embarrassing the delusion Khuang spits out on a daily basis, makes a lot of us look as delusional.

      Yeah go ahead, call me a troll and a flames who hates Lin. Man, u r so predictable.

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    9. Solidz75, it seems you can't stop posting anti-Lin and anti-Lin fan haterade because you're a TROLL.

      Let's fight some more. Fire some more hate at me.

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  30. Stats can be interpreted in all manners to become truths. The problem is that it can also lie. To say Lin was only able to score so x amount of 3s or % is a half truth. In fact half truths are often much worst than lies because they pretending to be true.
    To say that Lin needs to work on his shooting is an opinion that is so obvious as to be unnecessary. You might as well say that all athletes needs to continue to improve their skills! Duh, how many great payers ever stop improving?
    What is more truthful is trending facts and factors. For the doubters to single out his average NBA pg numbers as failure is a half truth at best. A the beginning of the season, the doubters were saying that Lin would wash out as a scrub, a second stringer, a bench warmer. Guess what, even after being marginalized by the GM and coaches, Lin has become an average pg in th league. Again the haters are promoting Bev and calling Lin a wash out just because he got injured. If Lin was such a fluke and scrub, how is it that he is trending upwards in his production and expectations? Truth in basketball is that no matter how good you are, if no one gives you the ball or play time, you'll never be able to prove a thing. The real truth is that Lin makes his teammates better.

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    1. People are just pissed that an Asian guy like Lin punked their racist proclamations that Asians aren't athletic enough to play in the NBA.

      Then they come on here and get pissed that Asian guys here actually debunk their racist arguments.

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