Saturday, September 14, 2013

Alex Kennedy Interview

Really looking forward to this article.

Also, we will not put up with anymore nonsense on this site. This is a family site and if you cannot respect others with your language and attitude, we will delete your posts and you may be banned permanently.

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

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  1. First!!!

    oh, gosh still need to wait for the whole weekend....

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  3. Finally JLinfan#1 spoke out about the unnecessary banters! I sure would be waiting for that article.

    @JLinfan#1 would you care to share how was it when you attended Identity Unleashed? Pics and videos will surely be appreciated ;)

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    1. isabeli - to answer your question from previous thread, my motive was just to point out that the promise made by that single individual was never meant to be kept as he made the same promise before to forum members and negged on it over and over and over again.

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    2. Surprisingly, it's apparent you could have used even less subtlety.

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    3. @Etane - I agree with JK. Most of us get what you're trying to convey,but multiple posts seems like you're waiting for some to jump in, gang up and say,"OM, you're right! Mod, ban KHuang NOW & FOREVER!"

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  4. I wonder what interesting questions the interviewer asked. There is an overwhelming impression that what can be said has already been said.

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  5. Thank you, jlinfan#1, for laying down the law here.

    I didn't know about this Alex Kennedy tweet, but it's intriguing.

    Jeremy Lin interviews are always interesting. He always says things that surprise his viewers.

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  6. Wouldn't it be funny if JLin rips Mchale, Houston, and Rocket "fans" a new asshole in this interview? That would be entertaining to see JLin go off on ClutchFans, as they sure as hell deserve it.

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    1. It'd be funny, but I'd bet my house that's not going to happen. :)

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    2. Ooooh.. DAVE T with the sharp banter!! Wow u are contributing so much to the site. I stand corrected about my impression of u. I'm glad u are not wasting post count like I had been.

      An apparently this is FAMILY site - so let's not use profanities here (Btw WTH is a "family" site?!)

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    3. Thanks Solidz, appreciate it. We should go have a beer.

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    4. Nah.. You don't sound like a fun guy at all. I'll pass. Sorry.

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    5. ixy, if Lin mentions ClutchFans.. omg, their site would explode :D

      lin trolls would have a field day and it wouldn't be pretty..

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  7. Hopefully there won't be double standard or favoritism. Especially for that "very special" someone who always hides behind Asian race and or Lin fans when being called out.

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    1. I've had some links get lost when posting too [Blogger glitch?], so I'm hoping that was the case with your posts, Rikki. :)

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    3. Some forum members do fault in the favoritism category.

      Please go to the last post of the previous thread to see who the real troll on this forum is.

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    4. Kudos to JLinFan#1 to enforce the policy.

      JLinFan#1, perhaps it would also be good to list the policy permanently on the website so everyone can check which the type of nonsense will not be tolerated. Also, what type of offense will qualify members to be banned.

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    5. Yeah and make sure u write down specifically that absolutely no PMS jokes will be tolerated because it is too explicit for most of the dudes here.

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  8. If Lin is smart, he need not dwell on whether he was supposed to "save Houston basketball." That's not his role anymore and no need for sour grapes. Perfect and continue to scan the floor, absorb everything that's going around him, quickly process info to make optimal decisions, direct traffic in the team's offense, call out ball screen on defense, and put his teammates in the right spots on both ends of the floor. That's the type of awareness and leadership he needs to focus on and not about saving the day.

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    1. Actually, this is totally true.

      I do believe that Lin is doing these things. That's what it takes to be a starting guard on a playoff team.

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    2. Seemed to me that it was the GM who put that 'saving the day' idea in JLin's head. Of course, JLin also isn't a humble person as he admits in that Chinese TV station interview.

      Not so much about sour grapes or dwelling in the past, but JLin just calling it out as it is to set the record straight.

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    3. Lin wasn't doing those in Houston as he was in NY before Melo returned from DL.

      Lin needs to step up as floor general and stop deferring to Harden while standing in the corner waiting for spot up 3s like a gunner would.

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    4. It is a lot harder to do those things without full 100% support from both own coaches and teammates, basketball isn't played alone. But I do understand it is way easier to do the big talk here telling Lin what to do and all that.

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    5. OK maybe I should change my wording and say Lin should make a conscious effort to not be marginalized and underutilized like he was last year nor allow himself to be molded into a 1 dimensional gunner type player when he's capable of so much more.

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    6. "It is a lot harder to do those things without full 100% support from both own coaches and teammates, basketball isn't played alone. But I do understand it is way easier to do the big talk here telling Lin what to do and all that."

      Ditto. How can he be a leader when he is getting constantly yelled at by the coaching staff? I mean e gets benched repeatedly in the fourth quarter

      This will be harden and Dwight's team because it's being built around them. Lin is just a role player.

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    7. .. direct traffic in the team's offense, call out ball screen on defense, and put his teammates in the right spots on both ends of the floor.

      I actually agree with this recipe of success for Lin in Houston. But last year, Harden was the one being trusted to be the main playmaker. Lin couldn't direct the offense effectively because Harden was given the first option to score and playmake.

      Honestly, Lin's playmaking strength requires big man inside and shooters around him. Dwight is the perfect man inside. If Lin can feed Dwight, Harden and Parsons well, Houston will advance deep in the playoff this season. I agree Lin doesn't need to score much but he still needs to be a threat to score.

      The big question is if Harden is willing to step back a bit as the main playmaker so Lin can utilize his strength optimally? Harden is a lethal scorer and doesn't need the ball that much to score big. We will see.

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    8. Let's look at a game in the past against the Grizzles.(4-12-2013) It's Lin who have made two 3 pointers to tie the game. But they gave the last shots to Harden to lose the game.

      Lin is the best player at the crutch.

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  9. Already in the league for 3 seasons. Time is ticking. Influx of talent every year. Lillard last year. Probably Ray McCallum this year. Next thing you know, Jeremy who?

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    1. Not to this Lin fansite it'll be "Jeremy who?"

      A lot of us were following Lin when it really was "Jeremy Who" before Linsanity, and we diehard Lin fans will keep following no matter what happens in his basketball career.

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    2. Jeremy's window of opportunity to step it up is short. Already Morey wasn't able to unload him because of how badly his stock has dropped since Linsanity thanks to Houston putting Lin in the position to fail last year.

      It would be sad that ONLY hard core fans will remember who Jeremy is. Khuang, you make Jeremy sound like a bad B movie with cult following with your false positivity.

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    3. I bet u more than half the people here who purports to swear allegiance to Lin will be gone if he has another disappointing year and ends up being a bench player whether its his fault or not.

      The only ones left will be khuang and the likes who will just proclaim that it's the refs and the score keepers that destroyed Lin's career and the die hard Christians who view Lin as this flawless religious entity whose image should not be desecrated in any way.

      The average lifespan of an NBA player is three years. Lin will be given a longer chance because he brings in the Asian fan base - but Lin will not have a long NBA career if his goal is not to be the best basketball player. At this point. I think he only cares about being a good Christian regardless of how his basketball career turns out (made a lot of money) - and I fear that ultimately that will be his downfall and a Great god given opportunity just wasted...

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    4. This year will be pivotal.

      Even if he maintains his averages, and helps bring the Rockets deep in the playoffs, I'd consider that a success...

      I'd definitely think he has staying power given he'd be the starting point guard of a top 4 team in the NBA. At that point, it'd be pretty damn risky to trade him away given their success and trajectory.

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  10. Lin is no longer a developing young point guard. Only an idiot will make that assertion. It's either stardom or journyman at this point.

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    1. Why is it idiotic to think he is still developing??

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    2. How long do you foresee it'll take Lin to develop? What is the sign or barometer of reaching full development?

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    3. That depends, do u think Russell Westbrook is developed ?

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    4. I don't agree with the assertion that only an "idiot" would make the assertion that Lin isn't still developing.

      Last season was Lin's first full season as a rotation regular, let alone starter. Most of the teams he faced last season were teams he had never seen. He also got acclimated to the grind and rigor of playing extended minutes, which shocks many players who are first time regulars in the NBA.

      So I think Lin has plenty of potential left to improve as an NBA player. While I do feel that the bulk of his individual skill set is indeed set (Atomic's assertion, and I agree with that), the trick for Lin will be discovering how his skills can mesh better within the team concept Houston has for him.

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    5. JLin can add more skills each year. Each skill can be the killer skill that helps him dominate even more, such as a less streaky and consistent jumper.

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    6. developing = no, evolving = YES

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    7. Patrick Beverley is a developing young point guard. Lets hope Lin develops faster than Beverley.

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    8. Bevery is not younger than Lin. Why are you here, Atomic? Did you know that this is for people that actually believe Lin can be a high caliber player one day? FYI, Clutch Fans is the place for you. Also, are you calling a year as a starter, past his prime? Did you check stats for Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Tony Parer their first years as starters? Lin had a fine year, all consideering. Ok, so he got injured during play offs and was coming back from an injury first half, AND was sabotaged by coaching staff, STILL he put up fine numbers. Can you get off his case?

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    9. PatBev started his professional bball career way back in 2008. Comparing his CV to Lin's, there is only a resemblance in that both were cut by NBA teams. But one thing stick out glaringly is that he was caught cheating on his classwork during Sophomore year at Arkansas. Hopefully, he's a better man after a hard lesson learned:
      Patrick Beverley owns up!

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    10. Lin has been on the scene for a few years now and he has doubters throughout NBA.

      Last year, whenever Lin was put in the position to fail and was assigned blame for losses by McHell, McHell would always say Lin is young, he will be fine.

      It won't be long before McHell and people like him will finally say Lin is not young anymore and his potential is nothing more than a journeyman, a Battier on his best day.

      Lin needs to shape the conversation and expectations this year. No more "he's young and has potential" talk. He has to be a star this year.

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    11. pBev is an anomaly. why he gets play time at all in houston is just weird. he's the worst guard on the houston team. James Anderson and Aaron Brooks both can outplay pBev on both ends of the court not to mention Lin.

      pBev's stock is so low that he can be nothing BUT a young developing PG. Him getting the minutes he did last year was just wack. Maybe first impression counts. He was able to impress McHell with his knee hunting defense and 1.000 3pt shooting that lasted for all of 2 games.

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    12. You're definitely one of those Lin "doubters" you talked about, Etane.

      I am not like you and Atomic, doubting Lin just because a healthy Lin averaged 15+ points and shot a high percentage under McHale's watch.

      I know Lin will succeed, as he always have.

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    13. By your definition of success is a failure for a player of lin's caliber.

      In other words, no one here agrees with your definition of success which is for lin to aspiree to play at the level of derek fisher and battier.

      You expose your false positivity by saying good things about lin but with malicious intent to lower lin's standard as a nba player who depends on mchell for continued development.

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    14. I thought Khuang promised to ignore you in deference to other members on this site. And that was just yesterday.

      He can't help himself can he..

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    15. Lin has faced all the premiere point guards in the league and he has held his own in many situations. He's been scouted much much more than Beverly.What didn't kill Jeremy has made him formidable.

      Beverly has not been close to Lin's level of playing. They're not even close. At least 6 millions away. The Linhaters just make things up about how good Beverly is. He's a no brainer while Lin is the floor general.

      The crutch fans and Linhaters keep on bring back the issue to replace Lin with Beverly. It's insane.

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  11. Good morning to all! Sorry to be out of topic again but i think my post was completely overshadowed by an ongoing issue in this site.. To anyone interested to hand out fliers and stickers to promote linsanity the movie, please email me at stephalonzo@ rocketmail. Com and give me your name and address and i will mail the stuff immediately.. To the first one who responded, thank you in behalf of linsanity street team... i hope at least 2 more will volunteer... i'm praying

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    1. Hey jlin74ever, excellent efforts on your part to promote the film. Not sure how effective it is to hand the fliers and stickers out the way you suggest? Why not try approach the churches, NGO, NPO, of which the members you know to to screen the film?
      I am lobbying for a screening session within my community and hopefully I get the green light by end of this month.

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    2. Im in orange county, ca, an hour away from L.A. Will that do?

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    3. @moonlight, curious to find out who are you lobbying to and how are you doing that to get a screening? Will it be at a small local theatre?

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    4. Hi moon light. Thanks for your suggestion but the way things turned out to be, it doesn't sound doable for me at this time. I give credit to you for the efforts you put in to help promote. I will just do the little help i can offer and just hope it does help the outcome. I appreciate your concern. Goodluck on your screening and share with us how it turned out if it pushed through.

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    5. mt, hi! Are you interested to give out fliers and stickers? Let me know if u are. My email add is posted above.. thanks

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    6. Sorry mt, at this juncture, i can't divulge the identity of the community until i have the blessings from the members to organise the screening. Yeah if everything goes smoothly, we will do it at a local theater, god willing.

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    7. I can definitely do that. However i can tell you im not a volume passer out. I dont have time for that, but i can put it at my work place on a countertop and pass it out that way

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    8. That would be fine. I can still send you the fliers..

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    9. Couldnt email you. Did u give the right email address?

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    10. Not sure why but i posted the right one... stephalonzo@rocketmail.com.. If there would still be an issue, pls let me know.. Thanks again for your interest.. i'll send you a pin just let me know which one u want.. NY and Houston pins already taken.. sorry..

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    1. I like this one. Resiliance and reliance. Hwaiting JLin! I believe in your continuing developing throughout your career.

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  13. Two Thumbs up to moderator.

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    1. Agreed! Surprised no one else chimed in on this one :)

      I've been stalking for about a year, finally feel like posting now the bickering should die down :)

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    2. 6 Thumbs Up altogether then :)

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  14. ah, finally a post where there is no trolling, arguing or w.e thank you JLinfan#1!!!!!
    Also, who is this Alex Kennedy dude? is he like anti or pro lin?
    because everyone seems to be looking forward while i just think it's another article.....

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    1. Unfortunately, it appears that the same individual is trying muliple times to start more fighting on this forum.

      It amazes me at how RIGHT I am about people.

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    2. Not you, MXMoua.

      You're the good guy here.

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  15. http://www.nba.com/leaguepass/

    has anyone seen this yet? KD, JLin and LBJ are on the League Pass.
    JEREMY LIN is on it, interesting for someone who is considered not an All-Star,
    above average, overpaid, overrated, not a Star, blah blah blah to be on the League Pass,
    it could've been Kobe, probs because he's injured so i think KD might be changed for when he's
    back, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Harden, Rose, or whoever but hey it's Jeremy.
    I think that's saying something but then again I despise that all they see Jeremy is just
    a cash cow to the Asia market. But I'm guessing how the NBA and "world" views Lin
    has forced the Rockets to add him to their billboards and promotion stuff?
    But seriously it is quite interesting.......

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    1. wow not only is he on the ad but he's front and center sandwiched between Lebron and chest killer Durant.

      http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/kevin-durant-tries-steal-ball-jeremy-lin-calls-025537587.html

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    2. I live in Asia. imho, Jeremy is NOT a fat cash cow to the Asian market. Kobe is, and still is. LeBron is slowly itching his way to become one. In the Phils, the preseason game is generating added interest because D12 joined the Rockets.

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    3. There are plenty of articles, reports talking about players like Russell Westbrook, Ricky Rubio need to develop their game. Shall we send them down to DLeague for development?

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    4. my bad, wrong place apparently. the above post is meant for atomic's post below.

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    5. it's no surprise he's on the cover.

      it's a fair bet to say that league pass revenue's saw a huge spike during linsanity.

      given it's a subscription based model, i bet that the revenue has stayed above the previous baseline -- keeping lin in the marketing helps ensure they get the reoccuring revneue from those who signed up during that period.

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    6. Jeremy Lin is the most popular non-Black player in the NBA. For some reason, it just wouldn't feel right to have 3 Black players featured on the league pass promo. If Steve Nash or Dirk were still in his prime, I'm sure he would be there instead.

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  17. Based on a new article by Alex Kennedy (NBA PM: Houston, We’ve Got a Contender), we can expect him to ask Lin about his role to help Dwight and his teammates to be a contender this year.

    I wouldn't be surprised if he asked Lin about his recent workout with Dwight and Hakeem. Alex Kennedy is a good sportswriter.

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    1. Author mentions Harden is all-star more than just a few times in that article. True, Harden played in the AS game last year. But, he wasn't voted in, right? Isn't there something inherently wrong by saying Harden is an AS when he wasn't even voted in? By saying someone is an AS, it implies that people/fans recognize him to be the best or one of the very best in his position. And, by the fact that he wasn't voted in means that's simply not true. Anyways, realize I am splitting hairs. Let's see if fans vote him in this year even after Houston's effort to manufacture Harden into a star for a year plus.

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    2. I think it's fair enough, Etane.

      He did also mention that 25.9 points per game ranked 5th in the NBA behind only Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. We know the NBA is a scorer's league so that's matters to a lot of people.

      I just checked their shooting efficiency (TS%) and Harden's 60% actually ranked 3rd below Durant (64.7%) and LeBron (64%) but better than Kobe(57%) and Melo (56%). So Harden is definitely a lethal scorer but I believe it could have been a lot better (66% in his last year in OKC) had Lin do most of the playmaking so he saved his legs.

      Houston's chance to be a contender depends on whether coaches and players can find a way to optimize The Big 4's strength: Howard (defense+rebounding+scoring), Harden (scoring+playmaking), Lin (playmaking+scoring) and Parsons (scoring). Plus utilizing Asik properly (defense/rebounding).

      I truly hope Harden buys into this big plan and step back a bit as a playmaker to increase his TS% and health.

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    3. Etane,

      There isn't something wrong with the author saying Harden is an All-star, even if he did not get voted in. He is without a doubt one of the top shooting guards in the league. He is an all-star caliber player, which is what Alex is saying.

      Just because you don't get voted in doesn't mean your not one of the top players. The all star voting is a popularity contest not who is the best player. For christs sakes Yi Jianlian nearly got voted in one year and he isn't a good player.

      Harden SHOULD get voted in based on skill alone and there is a good chance he will be in the all star game this year. His only real major flaw is defense.

      I agree with what Psalm24 says about utilizing each player to the best of their abilities.

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  18. In another recent article, Alex answered a question sharing his thoughts that as a talented young player with high BB IQ, it's clear that Lin is a developing player and his best basketball is ahead of him.

    It's ironic and laughable that some people think that Lin has stopped developing after 1 full season in the NBA. Crazy logic indeed. The same people won't like Alex Kennedy's upcoming article.

    NBA CHAT WITH ALEX KENNEDY 8/7/13

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    Hey Alex how’s things.
    Q: Am I the only one that thinks that the pendulum has swung back from JLin to being overrated during Linsanity, to being kinda underrated at this point? Obviously he has some struggles with being consistent that he must correct, and needs to turn the ball over less, but this is a really clever young player, and in my estimation one of the better young playmaking PGs in the league. Watch his youtube highlights by ‘NBA Clutch Time’ (best highlights on YT), I think there are few young PGs with a better passing package than his. Cheers!


    Alex Kennedy
    You could certainly make that argument. In the past year, most people have jumped off of the Jeremy Lin bandwagon and labeled him overrated to the point that he’s probably being undervalued again. As you said, he’s still a talented young player with a very high basketball IQ. Also, he’s only 24 years old so it’s clear that he’s still developing and that his best basketball is ahead of him. I understand the thinking that Houston needs a veteran point guard who is ready to win now, but I do think Lin is better than people are giving him credit for. I’m curious to see what he can do this upcoming season. Playing alongside Dwight Howard should be good for him.

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    1. Need development? Play in the D-league. It's there for a reason.

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    2. Development doesn't after 1 full season, it started when he joined Golden State.

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    3. 25yo isn't exactly an age where teams and scouts are clamoring over a player's potential.

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    4. And, at 25yo, it is an insult to be labeled as young with potential as Mchell often does with Lin. "he'll be fine".

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    5. @Atomic, there are plenty of articles, reports talking about players like Russell Westbrook, Ricky Rubio need to develop their game. Shall we send them down to DLeague for development?

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    6. There is experience as a bench player, and experience as a starter.

      JLin is very good right now. He can be dominant in the future. The in between is called development.

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    7. he can dominate right now. "development" is just an excuse given to lin to not dominate now and let others take the lead away from him. "he's young, he will get over it".

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    8. Atomic, why do you feel Lin belongs in the D League?

      He was a 1st team All D League Selection as a Golden State Rookie and amassed a triple double when assigned by the Knicks.

      What would a player who dominated the D League like Lin have to learn from going back there?

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    9. khuang - atomic never said lin should go back to D league. why do you try to make it sound like atomic is advocating for lin to go back to D league? Is it because you're defending your employers' low usage of lin and don't want lin to step it up this year?

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    10. Jeremy played 4 years of college then went undrafted so you can't simply compare him a top draft pick 19 year old. Hopefully he'll have more of a Steve Nash type career.

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    11. @Etane, Atomic did insinuate that Lin should play in DLeague to develop his game.
      And @KHuang, please don't jump in to say Etane is Lin doubter. Etane is not. Neither are you.

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    12. Etane and KHuang, it's a fresh new start here. How about you two just ignore each other for a while? :)

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    13. liv-I interpret atomic's first post above to mean lin should no longer be in apprenticeship mode but in professional mode. his wording is... not that great.

      and, this doesn't mean lin's development stops. it simply means lin needs to step it up as floor general, play his game and not be content with the same low usage role he was in last year with mchell saying lin will be fine because he's "young".

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    14. i never said i will ignore him.

      wasn't khuang the one who promised the forum that he will put me and a few others on ignore?

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    15. @etane "he can dominate right now. "development" is just an excuse given to lin to not dominate now and let others take the lead away from him. "he's young, he will get over it"."

      i get what you are getting at. they try to limit jlin and their excuse is that he is still young/developing, thus cannot give him so much responsibility. i do feel that he can dominate now if trusted to do so. 'development' shouldn't be an excuse to hold him back.

      i say development not to signal that jlin should take a back seat because he's still raw, but to focus on the fact that he has a lot more to show us. we haven't seen his full potential yet.

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    16. precisely, wilc.

      only a lin hater like khuang wants lin to be in perpetual "development" mode.

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    17. Atomic, you seemed to have a predetermined mindset that Lin is over-hyped that made you think the undrafted Lin has peaked after 3 seasons and only 1 full season.

      By the same token, 2010 #1 draft pick John Wall and 2009 #5 draft pick Ricki Rubio have stopped developing. Perhaps they should go to D-League too?
      How about Steve Nash in his 3rd year of the NBA averaging merely 7.9 pts/5.5 asts? Perhaps he should have been developing in the D-League, too?

      It's kinda sad to dislike a player because of the color of his skin and used a flawed logic to justify the hatred. Look, Lin might end up to be an average PG or an All-Star. Noone really knows. Let the young player develop and find out his true potential.

      What hate on the color of the skin?

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    18. Whoa whoa, easy there Psalm.

      I'd like to use this opportunity to clarify that my deep hatred towards Morey and McHale got nothing to do with the color of their respective skin. All simply because they are assholes.

      Just wanna clear that up before some people like FanForLife twist my words and accusing me hating blacks which is completely not true since some of the people I admired and looked up the most in life(besides Jeremy) such as Neil Degreass Tyson and Nelson Mandela are blacks.

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    19. Rikki, it's clear to me by atomic's multiple posts that Lin is only special because he's Asian, that's what's on the mind.

      Here, I'll borrow Etane's method to provide his/her previous posts (thanks, Etane :)


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      In your world, Lin is the shining star perched above. In reality, he is just one of many talents in the NBA. Lin can play so can many other PGs. The only thing special about Lin is he's Asian. There is nothing to capitalize on other than to placate to the Asian community. The NBA is not going to drop off from the face of the earth without them.

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      Strip away the mumbo jumbo, one word: Asian

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    20. Who's the naivete coming from, Atomic?

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    21. I agree to a point with atomic.

      I think Lin is being given an extra chance compared to the other players of different race in the NBA because he is Asian and brings in a huge Asian fanbase. NBA is a business after all.

      By the way things have turned out, it is now clear to me that no NBA gm believes in Lin to be more than a role player and that linsanity was a huge aberration and nothing more than a feel good story (that the Hollywood is now trying to capitalize on with a premature movie before his star- power is diminished with time). If he didn't have the star power, no way he lasts as long. So he may end up with longer than average career.

      At the sane timr, It is a double edged sword because like some said, it is because he's Asian that he doesn't get the respect he would've gotten if he had a different skin color.

      What it comes down to will be whether Lin truly believes in himself. In stead of trying hard to distance from linsanity, he needs to believe that it's what he can achieve under the right circumstances. At this point, btw he talks, it looks like he has resigned to the fact that it is something that will never happen again.

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    22. Playing the race card is not my forte. Have at it with your friend above.

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    23. wow, not even a denial of not judging by skin color?

      Sir, I admire your basketball knowledge on Lin's role in Houston as I posted above, but not so much of your way of enlightenment to acquire wisdom. I'd have to pass if it requires judging by skin color.

      Whether players are White, Yellow, Black or Green, I believe all have to potential to be special. Sorry, we just have to disagree on this issue.

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    24. Indeed, Atomic, you don't play the race card well at all.

      Is there any reason you cannot simply accept Lin as a legitimate NBA player despite his Asian race?

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    25. Why do I need to deny judging by skin color when mine is the same. There's no need to explain.

      I'm not accepting Lin as a legitimate NBA player. How did you come up with that. Whatever.

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    26. Your skin color is the same as whose skin color, Atomic?

      That you wrote that Lin needs to "play in the D league" indicates that you do not believe that Lin is a legitimate NBA player.

      We're going by what you give us.

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    28. Wow Atomic, I'm impressed by how much time and effort to think you spend on a player's site whom you're not much fond of.From your posts, you sound like this kind of fan: Jeremy, play well next season, impress me next season, or you're nothing but a blob of yellow skin who plays in the NBA.

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    29. RE: Lin's development

      Given the amount of things naysayers point out about Lin, it seems obvious that he has areas to improve his game. GIven his work ethic, ability to have playing time (at least for the next season), I believe he's still got significant upside to his game.

      And remember folks.. Winning cures a lot of issues. Even if JLin has a another year like this one, but the Rockets win 50 or go deep in the playoffs, he's relive the stress on him considerably..

      Whereas, if he gets incrementally better.. and this year is a flop.. You know the media and Lin non-fans will be screaming for his throat.

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    31. *this year is a flop = this year is a flop for the rockets

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  20. The world be so much better without McHale and Morey.

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    1. New news from them that's making you feel this way?

      I think it's obvious that Morey is the toast of the NBA right now -- D12 + Harden + Lin in a year? Lottery fodder to 45+ wins and a playoff birth?

      For McHale.. It's hard to knock him right now, given the team exceeded all expectations in terms of W/L last year. He's got a lot more expectations on him this year, so that might change. If the Rockets make a first round exit, he'll be under some heat..

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  21. Any thoughts on reasonable expectations for Lin this year?

    I'll point out the obvious in that the team is pretty stacked now with D12, Harden, Parsons and Asik..

    If the Rockets win 50 games this year with Lin as the starting PG.. What would make everyone happy here?

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    1. If D12 won't be a diva, J's assists would skyrocket and we would be seeing the lobs he used to have with Tyson during Knicks days.

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    2. Off the court, my personal opinion is that D12 + Lin will get along, they seem like they have the same goofy, kid like vibe.

      On the court, I hope their connection will continue. As we all know, D12 is a beast.. Agreed he's and Lin can be unstoppable if they both buy in.

      My bet is that Lins assists will go up. Just looking at the amount of bobbling Asik did last year makes me smh. I think we got a preview of what the tandem can be when he was playing with Greg Smith.

      Also, given the team has more experience together, and the players are young and had another season to develop.. It's not unreasonable to think the team will be more efficient.. Which means more assists for the sometimes ball handler.. Jeremy Lin! :D

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    3. My hope that McHale won't bench Jeremy whenever he starts to get into a rythm, scoring and passing. We saw a lot of that last season when, just when Lin and the team were getting some momentum going, the coach would bench him for Tony Douglas or Beverley, especially in the 4th quarter with the game on the line.

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    4. Agreed. If he improves his defense and 3 pointer, there's not really a case to bench him as much, since he'll be more complementary when Harden is dominating more of the ball (espeically in the 4th quarter).

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