So it wasn't a shock when the New York Daily News reported that Lin wasn’t very happy hearing about the New York Knicks not making an offer sooner than the Houston Rockets did. Lin verbally agreed to a four-year offer with Houston worth close to $30 million.
Lin has since denied (via Twitter) ever expressing his displeasure with the Knicks organization, but should Knicks fans believe that?
Lol why do u guys believe everything? No quotes from me = probably not true— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 11, 2012
I'm not criticizing Lin here at all. It's perfectly fine to be upset. Especially after everything he did to turn the Knicks organization around last season. Given his popularity and connection with the fans, I would be upset with the Knicks as well.
It's only natural. Fans shouldn't have any hate towards Lin for being a little ticked off.
But then there's the fact that the Knicks were aggressively pursuing Steve Nash at the time.
It's fair to say most people in Lin's situation would take issue with that, as well.
I find it a little harder to believe that a respected columnist such as Mitch Lawrence would make up a story without facts or checking his sources.
That's a lot less believable than Lin not being upset at all with the Knicks.
According to the story by Lawrence, Lin was a little annoyed at the Knicks because they didn't come out with a contract offer from the start.
"He was surprised that the Knicks didn't make the first move,'' a league source said. "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.''
First, who knows who the "league source" was that said that? And second, who knows how upset Lin really was? But contract negotiations aren't always pretty and Lin got a little frustrated with the Knicks along the way.
Lawrence's source also added: “What he has to learn is that it’s not personal,” the source told the Daily News.”The Knicks merely played by the rules.”
Human beings get mad and frustrated, especially through tough times like this that effect the future. Lin is no exception. He's only human and has the right to get mad.
It's nothing he has to apologize for. It's the first time he's had to go through a contract negotiation like this that affects his future.
The Knicks will match the offer sheet to Lin and he will return to the starting lineup and everything will be back to normal.
The story in general could be considered a bad job of reporting that just stirred up some controversy, and that's fine if that's the way you want to look at it.
But Lin not being mad at all at?
That's pretty hard to believe. He's only human after all.