It’s time for a player carousel in New York. With both Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash joining the 2012 summer free-agency class, there is speculation surrounding both of these men as their positions in their respective franchises are being questioned for two entirely different reasons.
Jeremy Lin had a spectacular season for the New York Knicks before his injury. For a moment, he was boosted into a seat of superiority while Carmelo Anthony was looked upon as the pariah, especially as his reinstatement proved a tad bit mediocre.
After an 8-1 record (that included a seven-game winning streak), seemingly under Lin’s command, Anthony was reinserted into the rotation and the Knicks plummeted. The franchise suffered a 2-8 record, with its first loss coming at the hands of the New Jersey Nets, a game in which Anthony only scored 11 points.
However, now with coach Mike D’Antoni out of the organization, Carmelo playing lights-out, interim head coach Mike Woodson in charge of the Knicks on the court and both Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert firmly locking up the starting guard positions, where does Lin fit in?
Steve Nash, on the other hand, is the best asset his franchise has to offer. He keeps the Phoenix Suns in every contest, but it is not a question of whether or not the Suns have a place for him. The question, as the Suns have slipped out of playoffs contention, has become whether or not Nash is accepting of that place.
Nash has the opportunity to bolt from a halted franchise after this season and float towards a contending team just looking for that extra piece to extend its longevity in the postseason. It could be Miami, with minor cap space.
However, it could be New York.
As days trail on and we are close to embarking upon the 2012 NBA playoffs, it seems more and more like it just may be New York.
There should be no question as to whether Steve Nash would be a better fit for New York because he’s Steve Nash. However, just in case you have those types of questions, here are your answers.