Wednesday, September 18, 2013

One Takeaway from Hakeem's Workouts with JLin - Alex Kennedy Article

"Hakeem Olajuwon raved about Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin, claiming that the Houston Rockets duo is "very deadly."

Here's the link:  http://goo.gl/6qaitR

Alex Kennedy Article:

http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-pm-the-development-of-jeremy-lin

Updated: 4:25pm:



Updated 5:20pm:

294 comments:

  1. Great to have a Hall of Famer make that comment.

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    1. He even complimented Jeremy's post-up skills -- looks like I was wrong, they DID work on that (at least a little bit).

      Even if this is a concerted PR effort by Houston, it can only mean good things. If they want to trade him...they have to "inflate" his value by using him more. Just like they did with Martin, Douglas, Morris, Patterson, etc..

      I, however, do think it's mostly sincere. Jeremy worried the coaches last offseason and preseason because he was a step slow from knee surgery and couldn't hit a jumper (again due to knee recovery).

      Now that they see the REAL, healthy Jeremy Lin working with a GREAT finishing big man...they're much more impressed.

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    2. true, although Dream always says good things about the players he works with, I believe he was also sincere about coaches told him about Lin's post-up skills, Lin's strength (possibly from the LA workout) and Dwight/Lin having wow moment on them bringing the right ingredients.

      I'm not too concerned about Lin being traded before they really tests how successful this Dwight and Lin connection will be. If they do try to "inflate" his value by increasing his usage, it's good. Lin can really show what he can do to bring team wins if he's trusted as the true PG.

      I'm actually more concerned if Howard's back and shoulder are fully recovered. If he's not 100% healthy, we'll have flashback of Harden ISO as the main offense again.

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    3. I'm Waiting To Buy The NBA League Pass Until *AFTER* the Jeremy Lin Trade.

      I'm just buying the 5-team Broadband package because I'm not going to give up all my hobbies and be cooped up inside all the time and turn into a zombie with a fat thumb with carpel syndrome and a shrinking de-oxygenated brain and a flabby ass. Between the 5 teams and all the opponents they play - plus all the nationally televised games - I was able to watch plenty of the thuggish and crookedly-officiated basketball business last season.

      Therefore, I have to wait until Lin is traded before buying the package. As expected, there are signs that the Rockets are planning to prop Lin up a little in preparation for a trade. Dang! If they deeply discounted Lin, it would have been a done deal already! Hmmmm, maybe they are afraid to deal Lin to Utah, their traditional Western Conference rival. Since they thought so little of Lin, WTF is the problem !?!?.

      In that Alex Kennedy interview, Lin even said " I mean, I’ve dealt with rumors about being cut so I can deal with trade rumors.” ..... So why don't the Rockets just buy Lin out ???!!! Then Lin can play for the Jazz.

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    4. I said "I have to" because I'm not willing to pay more to the NBA even though I can afford to. I just wouldn't.

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    5. I saw the $60 BallStream service based in Netherlands with no blackouts, all preseason games. Anyone knows if it's legit?
      LP streaming just drove me crazy.

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    6. Nice find. I will try the BallStream service when the season starts and report back. Originally, I was planning to get DNS forwarding to use International NBA League Pass to get around the blackout games. The price for that isn't too bad, ~24 dollars a month. I wouldn't have continued the service for the post-season period, as those games are more widely available.

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    7. One touted benefit of BallStream is you can play the stream using VLC so you can avoid Flash, which is crap.

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    8. VLC? I had good experience using it from the CF link last season. It's also in HD. Thanks, I might just give it a try. No more LP for me.

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    9. I'm going to try BallStream.

      Thanks to psalm234 and OccupatiO.

      At this late point, maybe - as a favor to the commissioner - the Rockets are waiting for the October preseason games in the Philippines and Taiwan to be over, before they trade or buyout Lin.

      http://tinyurl.com/lhktasr .... Jeremy Lin, Rockets in Taiwan highlights eight NBA preseason overseas games next fall

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    10. FYI if you had LP last season, you need to cancel the automatic subscription so you won't get automatically charged on Oct 1.

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    11. Thanks for the tip, psalm234!

      The NBA is sneaky. (;~/)

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    12. @Psalm
      Really?? I was hoping to wait till they have a discount or something. Last year LP had a tricky two different priced package that you had to really look for.

      Anyway, thanks, I'll go cancel soon.

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    13. yw, pop doggy & ztrta. idk Oct 1 or 2 was my renewal date before I canceled. Those greedy scoundrels want to steal our money for a mediocre product :p

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    14. psalm, thank you. If you didn't bring that up when Oct. 1st comes my $28 (I thought it was
      $26 something last year) would be flush down the drain. LP sucks, I want to suppose them but no point when you can't watch every JLin games. I want something that I can watch preseason game too. I heard you guys mention Ballstreams but not sure how legit it is. Let me know if anyone have experienced with it or found a good stream site.

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    15. sure, Tiger. Even I had LP last season, sometimes no matter which browser I used (Chrome/IE), the video would freeze and got out-of-synch with the audio and was literally unwatchable. I had to find blurry stream at risk of malware. I don't remember what the site was.

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    16. I know a few free sites but the videos quality are bad.

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  2. Replies
    1. This indeed is the most balanced article I've seen on Lin so far.

      good going.

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    2. The facts speak better than words.
      I'm going to make a comparison of Lin with Westbrook coming back with a similar injury. Let's see the double standard exhibiting in NBA.

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    3. Lin's injury was much more severe than Westbrook's.

      I had read that Westbrook's knee injury was much less severe than Lin's. Westbrook had a *partially* torn lateral meniscus. Lin's was a complete tear where the whole meniscus had to be replaced.

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    4. What would be the excuse if Westbrook comes out less than Lin in the last season.

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  3. I really LOVE the article by KENNEDY ! Super nice !
    Nice to read good comments of HAKEEM to LIN & HOWARD ! exciting !

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  4. Reposting 0ccupati0's post.

    0ccupati0
    September 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM
    New interview with Sampson.

    www.nba.com/rockets/news/qa-kelvin-sampson-1

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    1. I'll put an "asterisk" on Sampson's words about Lin because of Lin recovering from that knee injury last season.

      This season, Kelvin Sampson will get a healthy Jeremy Lin in training camp and hopefully through the 1st half of the season.

      Then it'll be interesting to see what Sampson says.

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    2. Sampson didn't mince words about Harden, Parsons and Lin needing to be a two-way player. Only Bev and Asik got praises.

      I'm curious to see how full summer conditioning with healthy knee and improved defensive posture will help Lin to guard smaller PGs, especially on the lateral movement.

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    3. "Jeremy is a really good help defender, especially on the weak side because he’s so good at anticipating passes and getting in the lane and digging and coming up with loose balls."

      At least Sampson recognized Jeremy's great help defense. Even last year, I could slowly see him warming to Jeremy as the season wore on.

      The supposed lack of on-ball defense was 1) Knee recovery 2) BS officiating 3) Bad advanced stats due to J-Lin overhelping (i.e. open 3s "charged" to Jeremy)

      Jeremy smothers elite PGs one-on-one. Beverly gets kudos because he pesters guards up the floor, which often hurts Houston as much as it helps.

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    4. The problem is, the Rockets coaches don't just want Lin to guard his man, they want him to get into the face of, harass ,and reach in constantly the way that Beverley does. This expends a lot of energy, and could backfire if he picks up quick, cheap fouls. Most referees will not allow Lin or Beverley to be hounding the dribble of a team's star point guard. They will pick up fouls every 2 minutes.

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    5. Very true. It's not even the energy for Jeremy...he weirdly plays well when he's "tired." It's all the BS fouls. And it's not just him either -- lots of players get whistled unfairly when they try to guard "stars." It's the NBA, after all.

      But I still do worry about McHale putting in Beverly for late-game "defense." For every steal or disruption, he commits 1-2 dumb fouls to send the other team to the line.

      On the bright side, Jeremy started closing more games (unless they were blowouts) late in the regular season once his shooting improved.

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    6. I wondered whether Sampson's comment about players playing looser defense to avoid foul trouble was talking about Lin. Or was he talking about Harden?

      I thought Lin got good at -- and, partly, cowered into -- avoiding foul trouble later in the season, especially after seeing that he was getting called for ridiculous stuff. Eg, there were times he would just stand there and wouldn't jump and just had his arms raised straight up and he would get called for a foul; it was crazy. I don't see how anyone can play aggressive defense with that kind of officiating. Whatever the reasons, there were many occasions he would not even jump to contest shots in the paint. It was good defense in terms of his positioning but it was certainly not aggressive defense that made the offensive player uncomfortable.

      Off topic but one of the things that annoyed me the most was when he was called for a carry -- if THAT was a carry then Derron Williams should never be able to dribble at all in any game he plays. DWill's crossovers are consistently egregious carries. Lin's was not like that at all, and it just looked like a big fuck you.

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    7. Sampson isn't the coach that you can respect.
      I don't want to hear about his comments.
      You don't want him to be your coach either.

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  5. ESPN Voting Poll: Do you agree with Hakeem Olajuwon that Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin will be a "very deadly" duo?

    Interestingly, while only 44% said yes so far (2030 total votes), Texas and NY have 63% and 56% saying yes.

    We should have the same vote for Lin fans here. My guess we'll have 88% saying yes.

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    1. Thats positive. Many in Texas looks like they trust in Jlin.

      Right now its at 47% for overall and 64% Texans are saying its gonna be deadly!

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    2. Even more interesting is the other question with 5800 votes thus far; on Where does Jeremy rank in NBA PG?


      When you add votes of top 10 and top 15, majority are saying he will be above top 15 PG!

      Probably here and there we do see troll and haters, but it aint majority of them or/ in another words atleast 50% are saying is is great.

      Thats good news....

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    3. The international vote for Top 10 is the highest at 36%.
      Surprise, surprise :>

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    4. The Texas and NY more-approving votes told me that when ESPN Sportnation people in those states watched Lin's games, the majority of them know he's the real deal.

      The others just made follow the news and make their opinions based on highlights or lowlights.

      So it's imperative for Lin to be a major contributor in the playoff this upcoming season to shape the casual fans' opinion.

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    5. So...are we going to vote for JLin for All Star this year or not?

      I voted over 30 times last year for him! LOL
      This was in spite of all those calls from people saying not to vote cos he SAYS he doesn't feel like he deserves it.
      Collectively, I would say that if we all voted multiple times, we could add about 800 votes to him from this fansite. Hahaha.

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    6. I frequently saw JLin being double teamed.
      I have never seen anyone defending Patrick Beverly at all.

      Yet the Texans told us Patrick Beverly should start and JLin should be the bench player. What's wrong with the Fans?

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  6. How could they not be? Jeremy remains one of the very elite PnR guards when it comes to hitting the roll man. Dwight is the best roll man in the game with his amazing leaping ability and great hands.

    It's just a question of how much they'll be allowed to work together by McHale/Harden.

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    1. There is one thing in common between
      Dwight and Lin.
      They both have powerful hands.

      Did you see Lin snatch the basketball away from powerful big men in NBA? Lin just did it at ease. We didn't need to comment on D12's mighty hand.

      Those are devastating to the opposite teams. Guess how many jump ball that Lin will get from the attacking guards this season.

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  7. That was interesting ! CHandler on LINSANITY premiere !
    So JEREMY invited Chandler right ? ( LOL )
    The bromance continues...... ( just kidding )
    I wouldn't mind the bromance....
    The most important thing for JLIN to improve & for ROCKETS 100 % chemistry !

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    1. Chandler will go wherever the cameras are. He loves the limelight. Jeremy better watch his back. He is such a fair weather friend. Wasn't McHale at the Dwight Jeremy workout? Interesting that Hakeem and Dwight praised Lin and McHale said nothing. UGH

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    2. lol what @Rose Caiola said. he's been everywhere. i think he's there because he can, Lin isn't the type to invite friends to go watch his movie. if Parsons will be there will Fields too? but ugh there is no bromance, i hate that people make it seem so, there really is none, the vibe is different i still prefer Fields, Shump, and Jeffers, and Novak over him anyway.
      god i hate that I'm sounding like an anti-parsons or something lol.

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    3. I hope LANDRY FIELDS will be there at LINSANITY premiere ! That would be great ! I also wanna see DAVID LEE, STEPH CURRY, STEVE NOVAK & LIN's friends from KNICKS.....

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    4. Landry's got a firstborn guy,so he's probably super busy with daddy duties.

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    5. i hope so too. awww i know landry probs won't make it, it's adorable how much of a daddy he is!

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    6. I hope Landry will choose Jeremy as one of the godparents for his 1st born baby ! That would be cute..
      Will never know... maybe LANDRY will surprise LIN at the premiere....

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    7. I'm thinking of Jared Jeffery. He's going to work for the front office of the Denver Nugget. He played some great basketball along side with LIN.

      This is a great dude.

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    8. Chandler is a part of the Linsanity.

      Linsanity is for all the players on the Knicks playing in that special period. They all went Linsane, not just Lin alone.

      If Omar is half as skilful as Chandler, the Rockets would beat shit out of OKC in the playoff.

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  8. Mark Madsen ‏@madsen_mark
    Great to have Jeremy Lin @jlin7 join the lakers facility for pickup games today! He was in shape and shot the ball well #linsanity

    so he played with a bunch of lakers guys?? probably nash invited him. i wonder if dwight is even allowed to enter the premises! lol

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    1. Nash and D'Antoni probably.

      The Lakers should keep a close eye on Jeremy over the next two years. Lebron ain't coming there and I don't see more than one all-star signing there next season (too many Free Agents are restricted).

      If in 2015, Jeremy can perform at the "very good-not-great" level that Nash did in Dallas, the Lakers need to consider making him the PG of the Future. Oh well, that's all in the future for now...

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    2. haha :) they probably will tell him bad things about Dwight!

      If Steve Nash truly invited him for pickup games, that's even better. Nash would be the perfect mentor for Lin for years to come.

      I just learned Madsen is now a player development coach for the Lakers. And apparently a Linsanity fan.

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    3. lol Lakers fans got so mad to Madsen for allowing a Rockets player into their gym. They don't know Nash and D'Antoni are doing some future scouting :D

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    4. @psalm234 omg! lol it's a possibility!!! i would be interested to see that. but i think he's there maybe because Nash invited him and possible recruiting, and 2 yrs this will resurface again....they started a long time ago. lol

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    5. Nice! Nash and D'Antoni recruiting Lin! I like your thinking zxcvb! :)

      Though many on this forum harp on how low Lin's stock has gotten around the league, I think there are a few who are still very high on Lin. You don't need everyone to want you, just 1 or 2 who really want you is enough.

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    6. well MXMoua, way too early of course but there's nothing wrong with networking with Nash and D'Antoni.

      I'll give the credit to zxcvb who has the original idea :]

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    7. Nice to hear JEREMY at LAKERS territory ( he 3x )
      Hope to see JLIN with NASH again. NASH seems to be a nice guy.
      I LOVE LIN hanging out with NASH.

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    8. Nice find! glad he's playing against higher caliber players as opposed to pro-ams scrubs.

      I thought it was a bit interesting that Madsen mentioned that Lin was "in shape", I thought that most NBA players (except for the lazy ones) stay in shape over summer. Maybe Lin was in exceptional shape and running circles around everyone else. That would be a good sign.

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    9. Hearing Lin playing at the Lakers facility is music to my ears. Madsen, who is a Lakers employee, posting it too is like a big "F**K YOU" to the Rockets.

      Perhaps the Lakers actually tried to get Lin this summer for decent garbage parts but Morey balked. Lin was oddly hanging out with Nash earlier in the summer and asked not to play hard in that Nash charity soccer game - that typically screams imminent trade on the horizon when your team doesn't want you to do anything physical esp. when Harden was playing Drew league at the same exact time.

      I would love for Lin to develop a relationship with the Lakers so they have the confidence to take him in a trade in yr3 of his contract and/or as a free agent in 2015.

      I honest feel Lin will become a Laker at some point, just don't know if it will be in his prime or later in his career. The sooner the better. Lin can win over LA in time if he's there within the next 3 years with some good years left.

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    10. swing,

      I feel that Lin is good for Houston *if* they play him correctly, but Houston is bad for Lin regardless. I don't know why Lin wouldn't negotiate a contract buyout. He's willing to suffer through during his prime! Not cool of Lin, nor smart; Christians can be cool too.

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    11. Anyway, I hope the Lakers send a poison pill to Morey and McHale soon. Boy! I hate those guys.

      Lin playing for Lakers is a dream come true. He will bring back all the seats of LA fans and more.

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    12. ztrta: you're making a wrong assumption that Lin can negotiate a buyout if he wanted to. He can't. Buyout's are very rare in the NBA. Players get stuck on teams they don't want to be on all the time.

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    13. With Dr Jerry Buss having passed away, the Lakers are now a completely different franchise.

      During Buss's tenure, the Lakers always paid top dollar for the star players they wanted. Thus the Lakers have usually led the NBA in payroll and luxury taxes.

      Buss's children, specifically Jeanie and Jim, have taken a more financially cautious approach toward spending. While they will still pursue the hot free agents like Dwight Howard, they now show the willingness to make roster moves based on finances as opposed to sheer basketball dominance. The amnestying of Ron Artest and the signings of Wes Johnson and Xavier Henry indicate that the Lakers aren't as obsessed with star power (and star contracts) as they used to be.

      I used to write that the Lakers under Jerry Buss would not want Lin unless he was a franchise All Star point guard. But with Jim and Jeanie Buss, there's a far greater likelihood that the Lakers would consider Lin as a future free agent signing.

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    14. Dave T,

      Lin recently told Alex Kennedy "I mean, I’ve dealt with rumors about being cut so I can deal with trade rumors.”

      "Being cut" is more expensive for the Rockets than buying Lin out first.

      The Suns waived Michael Beasley ($6 mil in 2013-14 and $6.25 mil 2014-15) after buying him out, which they initiated.

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    15. ztrta and Dave T,

      I tend to agree with this surprisingly reasonable B/R article on "Jeremy Lin Is Too Valuable for Houston Rockets to Trade This Season, July 2013"

      It's very likely that Morey would want to inflate Lin's asset value this 2013-2014 season so he would generate more interests by 2014-2015 season (or Feb 2014 trading deadline). I don't think Morey would entertain buyout or cut Lin because the Rox won't get anything in return other than reducing salary cap ($8M/season for the next 2 seasons). It's always better for the Rox to get something in return. It's not a Beasley situation where the Suns just gave up on him. The Rox even got something back from Royce White from 76ers. That's pretty amazing!

      Morey is a poker player and fund manager so he always wants to manage his asset well. Folding too soon by buyout or cutting Lin isn't his style. If he can swing PPat for TRob and Royce for draft picks and peanuts, he can get a better deal for Lin :]

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    16. Lin's contract is not really a long contract. Many teams can wait till it expires before making moves.

      Beasley is worthless in the trading block and that's why Phoenix buys out his contract. Lin's contract is worth about $20m now. Morey can not convince Alex to dump $20m to buy out Lin's contract unless JLin is fatally injured.

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    17. I think many of us are hoping that Houston is going to get burned again by Lin when Lin leaves. I believe Lin will star in his next destination, at least as the lead guard. He will be extremely careful in his next selection since he actually can choose next time with no strings attached.

      It would be too comical if Lin shreds the Rockets after he leaves constantly frustrating them or putting them out of the playoffs.

      We'll see how badly Lin is utilized and how poor the substitution patterns will be again this year when it comes to icing Lin out of his rhythm.



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    18. @swinglinezigzag

      Lin played exceptionally well against GS, Knicks, DALLAS.
      They all had the unenviable blowouts by the Rockets.

      Lin always came back and haunt the teams that didn't keep him.

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  9. When the Rockets signed Dwight Howard this off season, Lin was obviously ecstatic. He’s excited to play alongside a superstar center, who could help Houston contend in the Western Conference. But that isn’t the only reason that Lin loves the move. He’s equally thrilled about the signing because it means there will be less attention on him in the upcoming season.

    “I think it’s going to help because there’s going to be less focus on me,” Lin said. “I think that’s going to give me some space to grow and develop as a player.”

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    Deja Vu, folks?

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    1. Nah. Harden was a ball-dominant guard.

      Dwight is an elite big man and PnR finisher who doesn't even want to handle the ball as a playmaker.

      Completely different.

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    2. Nah. Howard is a ball-dominant post up center.

      Dwight is an elite big man that wants to play on the low block, back down his defender with his strength for easy finish. The PnR finisher is only media propaganda for Lin and Harden.

      Not completely different, but we'll see.

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    3. I'd say very different simply because of skill overlap. Harden and Lin's skills overlap too much. Howard and Lin's skill overlap... none.

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    4. Dave T, Hakeem did mention Lin's post-up skill is pretty good so there is a little overlap haha.

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    5. Dwight is not a ball-handler like Harden or Jeremy. Do you see him pounding the dribble like Harden and ISO-ing at the top of the key?

      He is a center. And he doesn't pass much out of the high or low post either unlike, say, Marc Gasol or Tim Duncan. That's not his game.

      We all know Dwight wants more touches this year, but he needs someone to get him the ball in the low block. And that someone is Jeremy, who will get an assists if he scores (unlike Harden who likes to create off the dribble).

      I couldn't care less if Jeremy scores 17+ppg...as long as he gets 8-10 apg.

      As for the PnR, just think of how many assists Jeremy lost due to Asik's clumsy hands/layups! That won't happen with Dwight.

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    6. "He’s equally thrilled about the signing because it means there will be less attention on him in the upcoming season."

      When I read about Lin's comment that he wished the focus and attention are less on him, the first question that came to my mind was "Shouldn't he relish the challenge?"

      But I think I can understand the difficulty of that he has faced with all the overwhelming attention from his Golden State years as an Asian-American player just for dribbling the ball, the MVP chants in the Madison Square Garden and the pressure to perform as Linsanity in Houston. He has shown glimpses of a future All-Star with his playmaking and 4Q clutchness but at the same time he admitted that he needs time to improve in many areas (left hand, shooting consistency, defensive posture, etc.). Even LeBron needs a few offseason training to improve his post-up skills so Lin definitely needs time to develop more into a complete player.

      In reality, it would be impossible to exceed the expectations of Linsanity resembling MJ and Kobe dominance. Anything short of it would be considered failure. Let Lin to fly under the radar in this supporting role (solid PG) behind Howard's and Harden's All-Star expectations so it's easier for him to surprise everyone with his All-Star performance.

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    7. sad part is that having Linsanity, Jeremy will never be able to fly under the radar. every single of his flaws and strength will be magnified. Linsanity was a curse and a blessing. That's what everyone said about Jeremy too when Harden came too, yet the attention was still more focused on Jeremy. every single of his bad and good game was on news, ever worst his bad games were magnified more.
      It's impossible for him to be out of the media's eye. he will continue to be the scapegoat if the Rockets lose, but when they win it'll be like he didn't do anything or he didn't do enough. It's kind of like Tebow, no matter what he does, it will be "newsworthy". it's just he's Jeremy Lin, the first Ivy League in 60 yrs, first Asian American in modern era, and Linsanity.
      his name will continue to come up no matter how he performs and even more crazy when he has a bad game. Also I'm anticipating the whole Lin vs DRose articles because it's been a whole year since we've seen them play against each other...
      Oh goodness and when he returns to NY, we'll see the articles... and if Lin and Howard mesh well when NY comes around, we'll see plenty of articles.
      Jeremy Lin....

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    8. There is a specific kind of pressure that an Asian trendsetter like Lin faces that is utterly unique.

      Ever since Lin entered the NBA, there have been tremendous NEGATIVE expectations on him to fail.

      So far, Lin has been held to a vastly higher level of standard than other NBA players. The refs are cheating him, opponents are bounty hunting him, coaches are magnifying every mistake, teammates are unsure of him, the media is trashing him, and trade rumors are abounding. Ironically the one thing Lin doesn't face as much is fan hate - generally, fans around the NBA seem to genuinely embrace Lin.

      With Dwight Howard becoming Lin's teammate, Lin is hoping that he gets bounty hunted less and targeted less and doubted by his team less. I think it's appropriate for Lin to look at Howard and be relieved that all eyes are marveling at Howard instead of staring daggers at Lin and making up imaginary ways for Lin to fail.

      After 3 bloody years of being the guy that everybody wants to see fail, Lin needs a break from that. Hopefully the presence of Howard will help Lin be treated a little more like a normal NBA player and less like the guy that everybody is expecting to fail.

      I've been in Lin's shoes many times as token Asian guy that everybody wants to kick out. So I know exactly what Lin's going through.

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    9. imo,I think the focus will be MORE on him this season,if not the same as last season, especially with Dwight in the team.it's like, if Dwight will suck, it's Jeremy's fault because he should be feeding him the ball more.

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    10. I agree that Dwight would take the heat away from JLin. He is more likely to be watched and criticized than JLin. Harden is the one really benefited from the trade. As long as he can score more than 20 points per game, he doesn't even have to play defense.

      There's no reason for the Rockets to do bad in the coming season. If the Rockets can't go to the conference final, McHale should be fired.

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    11. IsabeliJane's eyes aren't cloudy

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  10. Jeremy Lin Goes 1-of-3 from the Field Against Palo Alto's Mayor

    The bad news: He missed the first two fadeaway jumpers
    The good news: He made his only 3pt shot

    So we know what he's been practicing so far. Not MJ's fadeway jumpers for sure.

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    1. Mind you, first of all, it wasn't an NBA 3pt shot, and secondly, he still had his right foot step on the line ever sooooo slightly... :-)

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    2. He has an extremely high shooting percentage with one foot on the line.

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    3. What else is new? Anything short of A+ is an Asian fail :p

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    4. But I agree that toe-on-the-line thing needs to go soon!
      Perhaps he needs to wear open-toe shoes or something.

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    5. toe-on-the-kine thing is really the worst shot in the Rox's philosophy.

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    6. Brent, I think making too many midrange jumpers is the cardinal sin in the Rox's philosophy.

      Just look how PPat got shipped to the Kings ;]

      Of course, "no rebounding" was a big factor, too.

      BTW, I saw the Linsanity screening in Dallas. You going?

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    7. I want to, I have to coach volleyball tho. maybe I will take that day off and go!

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    8. Oh, BTW, if it should be a 3 but became a 2 because you step on the line, I guess it is bad in general.

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    9. Brent, you're allowed to be a bad volleyball coach for one day to be a good Lin fan. Think of it as a sacrifice to inspire your kids. I've been practicing that line :]

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    10. Shooting at your major is not exactly crutch.

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  11. So now that an HoF complimented Jeremy's game,would their (inconsiderate) HoF player-turned-coach utilize him well?hmmm.....

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    1. As obnoxious as Westbrook is, he definitely has the athleticism and skills to be the #1 Shot Creator. Durant was less effective without him.

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    2. That writer's method for counting instances of 'shot creation' and his own definition of it are inconsistent. He defines shot creators as those who are 'superior at getting _good looks_ at the basket for teammates and themselves' but his method does not distinguish between good/okay/bad looks when shots are taken. Westbrook often takes poor shots--eg, contested shots early in the shot clock. Shot creation becomes valuable when there is little time on the shot clock, but taking contested shots early in the clock is just...chucking. If just shooting the ball a bunch makes one a shot creator, then there's nothing so special about it. You just need to have the ball in your hands a lot and have the green light to shoot.

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    3. A recent article on SportsVU data showed that Parker is elite in the 'hockey assist' category.

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    4. Maybe I've played too much streetball, but I don't consider Russell Westbrook a guy who takes "bad" shots.

      Russell Westbrook is an attacking player. He's always attacking on offense, which means that he ms constantly putting pressure on defenses. Often he runs himself into a corner or misses teammates, but he'll also make spectacular plays and free up the court for teammates to operate.

      In my mind, Lin is quite similar to Westbrook as a high risk high reward player. The major difference is that Lin seeks to break down all 5 opponents on a team level as opposed to Westbrook who is focused strictly on dominating his individual matchup. I feel that both approached are valid provided that Lin and Westbrook have the right kinds of teammates around him.

      Personally, I prefer high reward high risk players like Westbrook over mistake free conservative point guards that don't put pressure on opponents. To win, one MUST take risks.

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    5. oopth

      "runs himself into a TRAP" not corner.

      figure of speech alert

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    6. To me, WB is a very bad PG, however, I think he is a very good SG who handles the ball.

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    7. Whatever one's view of WB's game, the main pt of my post was simply to point out the problem in the writer's method of compiling numbers and selling those numbers as reflective of 'shot creation.' Something I really dislike is when a bunch of graphs and fancy numbers are thrown out to awe the viewer, but there are actually fundamental problems with how the numbers are generated/compiled and the assumptions behind it. This is one downside of 'advanced stats' becoming more mainstream -- taking the numbers at face value instead of considering where the numbers come from.

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    8. Statistics is deceiving and balls don't lie.
      People lie with statistics.

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  14. After reading all the recent articles/interviews by the Rox FO(Dream inclusive), my gut feeling tells me that:

    1. Like what happened last season, Lin will remain as a role player and handle the ball less than Harden will, this season.

    2. Lin will start all games but won't get to close out games as he will be benched in the 4th Qtr while PatBev's mins will increase and he also be allowed to play the full 4th Qtr. This will mean Lin won't be allowed to showcase his clutchness. Harden will be hailed as Hero to win games for the Rox[now that Howard has arrived in Houston].

    3. Morey, being a good(not great) statistician, will find numbers and techniques to excessively prop up Howard's, Harden's and Parson's stats[at the expense of Lin).

    4. Lin may have higher assists but ppg will drop as he will handle the ball less.

    Sorry, if my gut feeling offends anybody especially Morey & McHale, and their fans... I would like to borrow a quote from MLK whom I have great respect for, and apply it to the philosophy of M&M management of the Rox roster: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.”[I read it today].

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    1. Is this groundhog day or what. Welp, we can forget about 2013/2014 season, Lin's got 2014/2015 to develop as a young player, perhaps on a different team.

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    2. My take on those articles is, Lin will get a trade more easily later.

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    3. Today we have Linsanity : the Movie premier in LA. Also today is Chuseok. 😊

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    4. livylife, I'd say it's fair to say 1 and 2 are the direction that the Rockets would think if nothing changes. Let's assign the probability of 60% on it to be more likely than not.

      But let's not also forget that Morey was on the record to experiment with Lin-Dwight PnR and the Rox made the investment to conduct Lin-Dwight workout so Lin would need to seize the chance to impress coaches and teammates during training camp and preseason games that he can be the "true PG" to keep Howard and Harden happy.

      Last season, Lin performed poorly in the training camp and preseason due to his knee recovery so it's good to hear from the LA workout, Lakers game that he's in tip-top shape to perform his best.

      So it's up to Lin to "audition" for the true PG during training camp and preseason games.

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    5. @psalm, how often Lin has to "prove" himself to the doubters? Your patience is unearthly, i must say. IIRC, even Lin had his team going, playing better than Harden, he was still the one that M&M marginalize. I have had enough of the unfairness. Well, life is unfair like Brent said but fair-minded people would not want to put up with it for another season. I am, just as swing, done with the Rox.

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    6. livyrlife, I'm not necessarily being patient just for the sake of being patient at all in this case :)
      I'm just being calculating to think what's the biggest gain for Lin professionally.

      In every job, there are pros and cons including the option of Lin being in a supporting role with a chance to win ring(s) with the Rox or being traded to play Linsanity-style with eye-popping numbers like in NY for a mediocre team.

      If you look at the Heat, LeBron, Wade and Bosh received a lot of flak trying to team up to win rings but now the haters were silenced because they have 2 rings. The same would apply with Lin, if he helped the Rockets to win a ring or even go to the Finals, that's the ultimate way of silencing his haters.

      You also heard multiple times that Lin said he liked the quieter place in Houston or this would be his first time that he stays with the same team in the 2nd year in the NBA. It's telling that he's also glad to have a chance to play in the same system with familiar players to advance deep in the playoffs and show what he can do like any other NBA players.

      IMO, Lin would be better to stay under the radar behind the spotlights on Howard and Harden in the media's eyes so he's underrated but he himself believed he can perform like an All-Star so the media will be surprised that he can easily exceed the expectations.

      If a healthy and stronger Lin comes out busting through the gates with ESPN highlights to Dwight and Harden plus some of his own sick passes/clutch shots, we can guarantee to see the media sing a different tune "oh, he's improved much!", "Oh, Dwight really helped his game" "No, he's just healthier and stronger".

      NBA is a workplace just like any others. Lin needs to continue to impress his coaches in practices to be trusted as the true PG to distribute the ball to Howard and Harden. Coaches need to be "awed" in practices to be convinced that Lin is a better playmaker than Harden to get that job. I can understand that part. This is the same reason Tim Tebow couldn't get an NFL job because he wasn't able to perform well during practices to impress his bosses.

      Based on the latest comments (Madsen, Hakeem), I think Lin is healthy and looked stronger to impress them. He just needs to do the same in the training camp to impress Howard and Harden. Respect must be earned, not given, from teammates and opponents. I'm okay with that.

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    7. sorry for the long write-up. I used up my daily quota so I'm switching to short remarks mode :]

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    8. let me clarify myself. It's better for Lin to stay in Houston for the next 2 yrs to help the Rockets win ring(s) but then he can bring Linsanity-team style as an All-Star in other teams (i.e. Lakers, Utah, NY?, etc.)

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    9. I strongly disagree with Psalm. There is nothing worst than being in Houston even for another second, let alone 2 years.

      Win ring(s)? That is only a mirage. Our coaches are incompetent and our "superstars" are arguably selfish. As long as this team don't embrace Linsanity(including Jeremy) they won't win anything. And even if they did win something, none of the credit will go to Lin.

      IMO Lin should not sacrifice his very precious time and value in Houston any longer. There is no God in that God forsaken Houston.

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    10. Rikki, if nothing changes from last season, I would agree 100% with you. It's better for Lin to be traded to a mediocre team.

      I know my scenario above is the best-case scenario that Lin is given a chance to contribute in a championship run.

      It's really hard to speculate now because things are still in flux and the training camp has not even begun. 10 games into the season, we'll get a better picture if they give Lin a chance to shine or not.

      I hope it makes sense somewhat :]

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    11. imo,I think Rockets is still not poised to win any ring this season or in the near future since I think most players (except Jeremy, and yes I'm biased) have their own personal agendas for now (Harden-get the "team superstar" status back;Dwight-redeem himself from his performance last season;Parsons-get a better contract;PBev-fight for that PG post;Morey-go after superstar PF).Somehow, their personal agendas are winning over their team spirit, not understanding that if they work better as a team, their personal agendas will also somehow be met.

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    12. Well I too remember being frustrated as Jeremy was benched in the 4th last season, but as I thought about it, even if he is mishandled this year again, if they can get a ring, it covers all.

      If Jeremy does decide to leave Houston due to misuse, then at 27, with 1 or 2 championship rings as the starting PG, it does look impressive enough to earn him possibly a big superstar contract with his next team.

      But of course, this nice scenario is contingent on them being able to win a title, which many of us here don't believe they can. (For the record, I personally think they have a good shot)

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    13. IsabeliJane, out of the Big 4, I have the most doubt on Harden that he is willing to do everything including sacrificing his All-Star bonus in his contract to win a ring this year or next year.

      Not sure how Howard's contract is written either but he is motivated to prove people wrong by at least going to the Western Championship.

      Parsons certainly wanted to maximize his numbers because he's due to get a big contract after next season. Lin is definitely a team guy to do anything to win a ring.

      I also don't think they'll win a ring this year, @Pop Doggy. The Heat is too tough to beat and they've been together a lot longer. NBA Finals would be a great accomplishment. 1st round playoff would be a failure with all this hype.

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    14. Even if they don't win a ring, almost guaranteed playoff experience is a positive about the current team (assuming JLin is allowed to contribute).

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    15. @Psalm, I think it's because Harden is still trying to prove that, 1)He can win a ring/s even when he's not with KD or WB (I think in a way,on court, it's an unwritten competition among those 3 players mentioned)and/or 2)He can lead a team to playoffs/championship even without a "WB" on his side, evidently last playoffs, KD found it difficult to lead the team when WB was sidelined.

      For Jeremy, I think the added pressure is how his performance will go with Dwight.If Dwight will be bad this season, spectators will see "oh it's Lin's fault!He should be giving the ball more to Dwight!What (insert profanity here) kind of PG is that?!?", or when his own performance is bad, the usual LOH dialogue with added lines,"See? I told you so, he's a bust!He's playing with Dwight and Harden and look!He's got the worst +/- in the team!"

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    16. I keep writing on this forum that it's not going to be the same minimum wage minimum age Rockets that Lin is returning to.

      There are several new veterans on the team, including Casspi and Brewer and Camby and Williams. Even Brooks and Garcia missed a lot of last season as they were in Sacramento until they were traded.

      The overall basketball IQ of the team has gone up, which means that McHale and Houston will likely run a similar offense but add playcalling wrinkles. Late in the season, there was some on court evidence of Houston experimenting with some options.

      Besides, a healthy Lin averaged over 15 ppg and nearly 8 assists in that offense. While Lin easily could've put up 20 ppg and likely 10 assists had Houston plowed the ball through him, Lin's 2nd half production in Houston was no letdown.

      I even made the devil's advocate argument that it's possible Houston wants Lin shooting as opposed to deferring. I'd prefer Lin to be the decisionmaker and not the finisher, but I can see Houston's point of view in using Lin thag way. Doesn't mean I agree, though.

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  15. ESPNLA 710 Radio ‏@ESPNLA710 21m
    JEREMY LIN (@JLin7) joins @Mark_T_Willard & @iamBenLyons on #ESPNLANow NEXT! Listen: http://es.pn/RfXDFW #linsanity

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    1. wow D'Antoni was there yesterday at the pick-up game/workout and he will attend the Linsanity premier tonight. what does that tell you? a rockets player who supposed to be working out with his own coach but are out there at a rival facility working out with his former coach!! are lakers going to trade for him??

      http://espn.go.com/espnradio/losangeles/play?id=9694727

      start around 32:00

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    2. @777 woah, that is some crazy stuff. it seems like an early recruitment thing now. or do you think they'll try to make a trade for Jeremy and Asik sometimes this season? this seems like some real stuff, honestly. i don't think its an accident or anything, it might have meanings....... it might be awkward if McHale is there at the premiere too lol

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    3. I think the Lakers wanted him on the cheap as a diamond in the rough low risk asset but they didn't have enough guts to pick him when he was a rookie.

      The Lakers, like all other teams right now, do not believe in Lin. Some might believe a little, but not enough. If they did they wouldn't have gone after Nash. They too would have tried to trade for him when Howard left.

      But I do think they would take a chance on him if all they had to trade was some junk contracts. I think at the end of the day, the Rockets either trade away Lin this coming summer after 1 more year seeing how he fits their plans or Lin simply walks when his contract runs.




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    4. Did anyone hear from one of the podcasts(can't recall which one[22mins of duration]) on the same site that LAL actually tried to recruit 5times but somehow just didn't manage to? Whoa, get it done, Buss.

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    5. Tried to recruit Lin 5times...

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  16. Jeremy Lin interview @ Foxsports radio primetime

    Jeremy Lin interview @ Foxsports radio primetime with Pat O'Brien.

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  17. Mark Berman ‏@MarkBermanFox26 2h

    Jeremy Lin on Hakeem Olajuwon referring to him & Dwight Howard as a deadly combination: "I think anybody & Dwight is a deadly combination."

    "If we do it right..I think our offense will b very deadly.Not just because of me & (D.Howard),but because of all the weapons that we have"

    Jeremy Lin on Olajuwon saying he has nice moves n the post."It's different for someone to say that,but 4 him to say that it's just like wow"

    Jeremy Lin on Olajuwon saying he has nice post moves:"I'm just very humbled & flattered.Maybe I might find myself down there a little more"

    Jeremy Lin on working w/Olajuwon:"It was great.His footwork is unbelievable&how much he knows.Even the way he moves @his age is incredible"

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    1. If you recall how JLin posted on Nate Robinson, poor Nate was slaughtered one-on-one.

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  18. sounded a bit too humble for my taste which i think Solidz would agree. if someone like Hakeem gave you some nice words, you take it and run with it. he said YOU (i'm directing this to Lin btw, as if he's really listening) and Howard, not Beard and Howard, not Bev/Brooks to Howard. YOU and Howard is a deadly combination because your games compliments each other. if it was Bev and Howard, then it would probably be something like this.. "meh".

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    1. I can see McHale shaking his head at Hakeem's comment,"no,no,no,no..." or "what the (bleep) is he talking about?!?"

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    2. Sorry, McHell, Damnpson & Bickeringstaff:

      Hakeem, are you nuts?
      Do you still live in Houston?
      Are you one of us?
      Are you talking about that Asian kid?
      Man up, Hakeem!

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    3. Where are Etane and solidz when we need to have some fun at the expense of McHale? :D

      Hakeem: "Lin to Howard is deadly!"
      McHale: "Now I understand why you're called the Dream!"

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    4. It's Dwight-Lin.
      The Big Alley-OOO is back.

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    5. However, I am looking forward to see Omar Asik comes out and plays like a wounded tiger. He's going to have a breakout season with Lin always comforting to his teammates.

      An angry Asik will be nightmare for all the big men. That means for you too, Dwight!

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  19. Guys....lets not get so excited.as we know the front office is and still trying to trade jlin.this is one of the way to upgrade jlin value.the media really good at hyping everything.we have to wait and see if the rockets using jlin the right way.

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    1. Definitely a wise cautious approach to take.
      Trust but verify.

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  21. @LinsanityMovie 2h
    The men of the hour have arrived! #linsanitythemovie @ TCL Chinese Theatre instagram.com/p/eduz38LJkc/

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    1. Thanks a lot, via, and via-lized psalm.... lol

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    2. it's an honor to be via-lized, Brent ;p
      Who's next?

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    3. the cupcakes look yummy! I love cakes!

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    4. thanks for the hard work, via! Not sure how you do it but we're happy :}

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    5. Happy for those guys hitting the Jackpot.
      They have kept so many precious moments. Thanks.

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    6. yw, guys.^^

      SOME MORE PICS.

      p: it's an honor to be via-lized, Brent ;p
      Who's next?
      v: That sounds a little ominous, lol...Run for your lives! [psalm, you're such a gentleman.] :)

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    7. Brent impressively put your name to a verb :b

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    8. <3 Brent
      [Let's hope Oxford Dictionary picks it up!] =P

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  23. LIN SLAM DUNKS "LINSANITY" PREMIER.. aww I love that last bit of the whole Lin family present...

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  24. One "takeaway" that I'm observing is that there is a legitimate possibility that the Rockets coaches are genuinely impressed by Lin this offseason.

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    1. I really really really hope so.

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    3. well, IMO I'll put the possibility at most at 25%.

      To be accurate only Hakeem, the big-man/little-man-who-can-post-up coach publicly praised him. Unless McHale, Sampson and Bickerstaff utter public praises, say Lin's role will change, and most importantly he's given bigger role in games, we should continue to use our cautious optimism (or cautious pessimism, whichever we prefer).

      Of all coaches and players, McHale and Harden would seem to be the least motivated to change to Lin's role. McHale for not believing in Linsanity and Harden for the possibility of losing his All-Star bonus.

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    4. Off-season doesn't mean crap. Practices doesn't mean crap. These things show ones ability to play as an up-and-coming not Lin. If he can't play the way the coaches want him to play in real games, he's through.

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    5. I am more amazed with the Lin's doubters and haters that still following Lin everywhere than the Lin's fans. Thanks for the support.

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    6. This is the NBA where coaches and front office people can HATE a player and still play him (Dennis Rodman for the Spurs).

      This is also the NBA where coaches and front offices people can LOVE a player and not play him (Rolando Blackman in NY).

      So in Lin's case, it really does come down producing in actual games as Atomic says. That's something Lin has EXCELLED AT all his career, at least when he's healthy.

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    7. Tiger, the hate can definitely fuel someone :}

      I wish the arguments would be a little stronger, though.
      Off-season conditioning and practices are only for up-and-coming players? Kobe and LeBron would disagree with him.

      Atomic, hope this will help you to understand if the importance of off-season conditioning and practices:
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      16 Examples Of Kobe Bryant's Insane Work Ethic

      2. Heat’s LeBron James drags utility vehicle during offseason workout

      Talent can only carry people so far. Hard-work would separate the great from the good. I want to see Lin doing kungfu jump to a wall in the future. lol

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    8. I don't waste my time to try to get doubters and haters to change their mind or understand. I talked to them just when I am bored at work, SSshhh. I found that it is fun to have them around. They are like toys for us big kids. Sometimes embrace them, toss, or kick them around sometimes.

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    9. You're a bit cruel, Tiger :]
      But that's sadly true. Most people would rather die than admit they can be wrong and learn from it. But such is human nature so each of us needs to watch out for this pride. ok, getting back to my boring work haha

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    10. I saw nothing at all that was hater about Atomic's post here.

      There was no mention of Lin's imminent failure, or his inability to get the job done, or his prior struggles being reason for why he could not succeed in the future.

      I thought Atomic's post, gruffly cautionary in its tone, was totally accurate and realistic. I actually have the same attitude as Atomic displayed in his post toward Lin, though I'm far more vocal in my certainty that Lin is more than capable of meeting the challenge.

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    11. Of course, not this posts. But it doesn't mean that we have forgotten what he said on past posts. Well, I don't take them seriously anyway just killing my boredom at work.

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    1. Bill Ingram is Morey's guy. Oh, he has only 4053 followers on twitter. If not for his hating on Lin, think he probably has less followers. The more he writes about Lin's weaknesses, the more it's likely[or unlikely?] that Lin will be traded b4 the deadline...hehehe

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    2. Actually, I can sort of understand this writer's point of view.

      If the NBA refs keep cheating Lin, indeed Lin will have trouble making consistent contributions and will pick up "errors" and injuries.

      But if the NBA refs officiate Lin the way they do for the rest of the NBA, then Lin will play great and be MORE than what the Rockets expected.

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  26. Don't you think that it is kinda weird that Solidz and Etane disappear at the same time?

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    1. perhaps they went to the Linsanity movie premiere :]
      I know solidz said he is in his self-ban not to post for the rest of the week.
      He must be dying to type something about the conniving Evan Leong, lol

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    2. Aww.. so now is a good time to troll him? JK.

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    3. I must missed his self-ban posted. To be honest, I usually skip his posts.

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    4. Let's hope they're both back soon.

      As long as we all can stick to basketball without antagonizing each other, we can all coexist despite having wildly differing agendas.

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  27. I know, I know I hate CF too but I go there once I a little while just for fun. Though, I am not a member and never post there. I find this post is really funny from a CF member.

    "The DREAM has Spoken. I believe pin-drops can be heard in every LOH room in the country."

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    2. hmm, even if Jordan says something good about him, there will always be doubters..

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    3. Like a said above nothing will change the mind of the doubters and haters. I just think that it is funny.

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  29. Patrick Beverly is the most overrated bench player in the league.

    The players know how dangerous Lin is and Lin is frequently double teamed. Chris Paul got himself in trouble while double teaming Jeremy.

    Ever heard of Chris defending Beverly!

    Beverly's not been a factor of the game.

    Whoever suggests to start Beverly and have Lin played on the bench really needs to have his head examined.

    The players like Chris Paul know who is more dangerous on the court; that is not Patrick Beverly.

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    1. hmm PBev doesn't play much of his so-called pesky defense during regular season, so other guards don't give much a damn about him. However if he injures someone again this playoffs, he will be hailed as a better defender than Jeremy again.

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    2. Exactly, PBev stats and what not looks better then Lin but he plays in garbage minutes and against second stringers. Noticed how many times Rockets lost when Lin was benched during the 4the qrtr because Bev actually played against first string PG's? yeah he can't handle them, if he does he'll foul out. People can say how fantastic he was during playoffs and how he guarded WB instead of Lin, complete BS, Lin guarded WB as much because Bev couldn't guard him. Let alone he couldn't even guard WB's backup Reggie, so people omit that fact that PB guard WB?! he can't even control Jackson and it was evident when Lin returned, Lin at times had to be reinserted to go guard him because PB could not.
      It's because it's Jeremy so they assume his defense is atrocious, i really don't think so, he's able to guard his own man like you said, he gets double teamed something every LOH fails to mention, he gets double teamed even against elite guards. Elite guards or any guards can't guard him when he is on, when he is red hot, the team gets going and no one can stop him except for his team like that Denver games. People are just simply ignorant when it comes to Jeremy. But hopefully Lin comes blazing hot this season and shut up his haters and critics, apparently there is always something wrong with him.
      I think someone brought it up that Conley and Lin had identical stats yet he was elite and Lin was not. shows how discrimination never left....

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    1. Balling with friends after a long night at the Premier? Nice!
      via, is the guy standing on the left side of Lin, Kevin Ding?

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