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Hey Sam, how about that Jeremy Lin? Oh and the next time you want to call me bias, ask my asian wife, please. I never had anything against Lin as a person. I just hate his game and think he is not athletic enough to be a truly elite PG in the NBA, which he illustrated this season. I tell the truth because I am a talent evaluator, not some bored blogger. With athletes, it takes time to see their true potential. People like you jump off of buildings when a guy like Lin has one good half of NBA basketball for the most European-laden run offense in the Knicks with no signs of defense with D'Antoni at the helm. D'Antoni can make any point guards peripheral stats look wonderful. Just ask Raymond Felton and Tony Douglass. Patience, like in life, is key. I patiently waited the season out before I accepted or negated any criticism against me for my strong thoughts against Jeremy Lin. Thanks. The proof is always in the numbers, stud. I would take Kyle Lowry 100 times out of 100 if I was Houston. And like I said in my piece, Goran Dragic would have been the best fit of the three but Houston didn't see it that way and for that, they will not win with Howard & Harden and no true PG. Enjoy your day & your off-season
Hey Sam, how about that Jeremy Lin? Oh and the next time you want to call me bias, ask my asian wife please. I never had anything against Lin as a person. I just hate his game and think he is not athletic enough to be a truly elite PG in the NBA, which he illustrated this season. I tell the truth because I am a talent evaluator. With athletes, it takes time to see their true potential. People like you jump off of building when Lin had one good half of NBA basketball for the most European-laden run offense with no signs of offense with D'Antoni at the helm. He can make any point guards peripheral stats look wonderful. Just ask Raymond Felton and Tony Douglass. Patience, like in life, is key. I patiently waited the season out before I accepted or negated any criticism against me for my strong thoughts against Jeremy Lin. Thanks. The proof is always in the numbers, stud. I would take Kyle Lowry 100 times out of 100 if I was Houston. And like I said in my piece, Goran Dragic would have been the best fit of the three but Houston didn't see it that way and for that, they will not win with Howard & Harden and no true PG. Enjoy your day
Hey, I've read your message.
I'll answer your questions.For me a point guard is the decision maker for the team. The coach on the floor that makes sure the game plan is being executed. The best point guard last season was obviously Chris Paul. First, his team relies on him to run the offense most of the time. He made them a playoff team. Another thing about Paul is that his 4th Q PER is 37.2. That is the best in the NBA. It simply means he delivers when it counts the most. He can carry his team when he needs to.
In the case of Jeremy, he had 33.2 last season good for 2nd in the league behind Chris Paul. Although he is not necessarily an elite player at this point of his career, it is a good indicator of mental toughness, leadership and clutch.
I've actually became a fan of Lin after his 2nd game against Philly in Philadelphia . He was terrible for the first 3 quarters but he showed his mental toughness in the 4th quarter and scored 16 points. That game really convinced me that Jeremy will be a special player in the league. He could have easily given up and feel deflated. Many "stars" today do not even show that kind of grit and for him to do that early in his career his truly impressive.
at this point of his career, he's still learning and will only get better provided he continues working hard. He may not be an elite point guard and I think its quite ridiculous for me that some extreme Lin fans to expect him to average 20+ ppg and 10+ assists. No point guard has those averages, not even the best PG. I truly believe he'll at least average around 15-17 ppg and 6-8 apg. If he can do that while keeping his turnovers in check then he'll be an overachiever next season since he's only being paid 5 million.
However, there may be some people who are too optimistic but there are also a lot of people underrating him. Many Knicks fans claim confidently that Raymond Felton is better that Jeremy Lin! ????? I mean really? What is their basis for that ridiculous statement?
Some people even say that players such as Augustin and Collison are better pgs than Lin. Really? I'm confident to say that Jeremy (despite his flaws) is still far greater than those two players. His ability to score alone puts him above those players.
What is also annoying me is the double standard? They claim that Dragic will have a breakout year while Lin will fade into the abyss . That is pure comedy. Both players average the same around 18 and 8 as a starter yet the other guy is a budding star while the other is a flash-in-a-pan? They are pretty close to each other in my opinion. Do you agree?
Who do you think is better between Dragic and Lin?
I think overall, Lin is the better player. The advantage of Dragic over Lin is that he's a better ballhandler, shooter and defender (only by a little). However, Lin is apparently the better finisher due to his strength. He has a higher BB IQ because of his awareness and court presence. He's clearly the better passer (just watch his pinpoint passing to Chandler). he's greatest advantage over Dragic is his mental toughness. I know this is very abstract in nature but this mindset is what separates the great players and the talented players. Dragic is very talented; I've watched him in Phoenix. The difference between Lin's and Dragic's arly years is that Dragic actually needs to be motivated by Gentry since he lacks confidence in his first two years. He needs to be pep talked by Alvin. On the other hand, Lin was forced into the D-league since his coach rather play Acie Law than him. Where is Acie Law now?
The difference in their background dictates the difference in their personality. Lin has thrived on the worst conditions while Dragic has always been give opportunity and he never experienced what Lin has gone through. That is basically one reason to root for Lin since he's always been ignored. Who knows what horrible racism he has gone through?
To answer your question about the Knicks, I think they are good but not a championship contender, I see them around the 4th spot. I personally think you placed them too high. The Heat are far greater than them. I don't care what additions they've made. Boston is also clearly better because they have better chemistry and they have a much younger bench. The Celtics core has been the same (with the exception of Allen) so they know how to play with each other. That is also the case for the Pacers. The Pacers may not have the star power that the Knicks have but they clearly have better chemistry and floor balance. The Knicks are good defensively but their offense is pretty predictable. I do not understand that mid-post iso that they are always running. It has no advantage especially when Lebron or Battier is the defender. Some of their pieces are questionable. jason Kidd can be a good presence but the Knicks need a point guard that can produce offensively. Kidd average 6 ppg and 5 apg as a starter. Now, he'll be a bench player. He'll become more of a non-factor. Felton may have been good in his first stint in NY but that was a Dantoni system. He never had to play with the like of Melo who require the ball in his hands. The pace of the offense will surely decrease exponentially because of the less athletic players they've acquired. Who do you expect will run down the floor? Shump? He's recovering from a major knee injury. Kidd, Prigioni,Camby , Thomas ? Maybe brewer and smith but they are not really the best wingmans.
The Knicks may solve this dilemma by implementing the twin tower system by the spurs. You have Carmelo on one side and Stat on the other. Their offense will basically be a lot of post ups , cutting, off-ball screens and some occasional pick and rolls. To improve their dreadful spacing, Chandler should develop a consistent 10-15 ft jumper.
Sorry my post was too long. What do you think is the fair ranking for Jeremy Lin among point guards? I have him between 11-15.
hey Sam, Thanks for being a total ass.
It's my opinion and I can say what ever I like.
So grow up.
Why don't u tell Kim Kardashian to stop her TV show while you're at it.
Now serious note.
" If you really have faith in Jeremy , you do not have to write about it."
Are u religious?
Seriously, we all have different opinions, hate will always happen.
We will always have fights.
It's life... and nothing online should be taken seriously.
It's a way to express emotions
Calm your hormones man. It's just a website.
I prefer people to not tell me what to do since I control my life, not you or your bible of what to do on the internet.
I've noticed that you are a fan of Lin but can still be unbiased towards him. There are some Lin fans that rally pushing it. Some say he'll average 22+ points and 10+ assists. Not even the best pgs have those averages. No wonder there are a lot of people that hates him.
Can I ask you? Do you support a particular team or are a basketball fan in general that follows specific players?
I would also like to know what are your predictions on Jeremy for the upcoming season. in my opinion, he can give you 16.5 ppg , 7.5 apg , 4.2 rpg, 2.1 spg , 0.5 bpg and shoot 45% FG, 34% 3s and 87% FT. Also around 3.9 TOs.
How many games do you think the rockets will win?
I think 25-30 games with their current roster. However, they can increase it when they add more veteran pieces , maybe a scorer/shooter and an inside scorer.
Thank you for a wonderful discussion. Don't be fooled by my username; its irrelevant to my analysis and reasoning.