Wow, Melo. Tell us how you really feel.
All signs point to the conclusion of Jeremy Lin’s saga in the Big Apple. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that, because of the New York Knicks’ acquisition of Raymond Felton, a source believes it’s “highly doubtful” the Knicks bring Lin back.
The man that experienced Linsanity from the bench doesn’t sound opposed to the report.
Rod Boone of Newsday reported that, when asked about the Knicks’ decision whether or not to match Lin’s offer sheet, Carmelo Anthony stressed that it isn’t his responsibility, but still provided his crystal clear opinion on the matter.
Melo on #Knicks Lin saga: "It's not up to me. It's up to the organization to say that they want to match that ridiculous contract."— Rod Boone (@rodboone) July 15, 2012
The catch is that it includes a raise all the way up to $14.8 million in its final year. Sure, you could argue Lin isn’t worth that much money, but considering the Rockets offered Omer Asik the exact same contract, Lin wouldn’t be that much overpaid—especially considering the amount of money he brings in to the franchise.
Now, you don’t call a teammate’s contract offer “ridiculous” if you got his back. 'Melo is obviously jealous—he came to NYC looking to be the star of the City That Never Sleeps, but Lin stole the spotlight. Anthony feels threatened by Lin—and he should be.
Last season, New York went 16-10 when Lin started. And without him running the show, the team was 21-24. With 'Melo in the lineup, they were a mediocre 30-29 compared to 7-4 without him. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see which star fit better alongside the rest of the Knicks’ core.
If Lin has played his last game in a blue and orange uniform, New York kept the wrong player.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.