Some felt that the Knicks were making a huge mistake letting the social phenomenon go, others felt that they made the intelligent, objective decision.
The truth is, only time will tell if the Knicks were correct in refusing to match the offer that ESPN reported as being over $25 million for three years. Perhaps Jeremy Lin will do great in Houston, perhaps he will falter.
Maybe Raymond Felton will do great in New York, and maybe the Knicks will find themselves looking for yet another point guard a year from now.
Even then, who knows how each player involved in the decision would have done on a different team with different players.
However, in trying to understand the landscape of the NBA for the upcoming season, it is important to determine the effects of the choice made by New York. On paper, there are upsides, and there are downsides to every decision. This one was no different.