According to the report, Lin was unhappy that the Knicks did not immediately make him a contract offer:
"He was surprised that the Knicks didn't make the first move," a league source told the paper. "They know they've got to mend some fences with him because he believes what the Rockets have told him, that the Knicks weren't as interested as they are."
Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with Jeremy Lin may already smell a suspect source. Lin—a Harvard graduate who majored in economics—already knew full well that the Knicks would wait until another team established market value for the free agent before extending an offer to him.
Lin could have explained all this. Instead, however, he chose a by far more cogent response. His tweet:
Lol why do u guys believe everything? No quotes from me = probably not true— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 11, 2012
Of course, one may choose to believe that Lin is covering his tracks. However, Lin has thus far carried himself in a classy, composed manner. It's difficult to believe he would feed the NBA offseason gossip mill.
The Daily News is correct that Lin should appreciate the Knicks' role in his meteoric rise to international stardom. However, the New York press should continue to extend the same appreciation back to Lin, who resurrected basketball coverage in New York the last several months.