If I was there I would be booing him. He left the knicks in a bad shape PG wise but it turned into a blessing. Now he is showing that he was a flash in the pan. He is a rotation player but not an all-star savior take him over melo some posters where saying here. He can't play with Harden do we really think he would've worked with Melo? Good for him he got paid you were a knick for 40 games. Do we cheer for duhon when he came back? He played 2 full seasons here
I don't blame him for not coming back early off knee surgery during an unwinnable 0-3 series deficit in a contract year, but you can choose to do so. My brother just had the same knee surgery Lin/Brewer had and tried to go back to work after 3 weeks, went back to soon and has been bedridden for the past 2 weeks and can barely walk, and he reinjured it climbing ladders not playing NBA basketball. Lets not pretend like we know the details of his injury.
The hate seems to stem beyond legitimate reasoning. I truly can understand guys getting sick of all the hype, but is media hype really a reason to hate the player himself?
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And he did NOT blindside the Knicks. In multiple interviews afterward, Daryl Morey said that it was 100% the decision of Morey and Alexander to increase the offer because they had NO Point Guard. Lowry had been traded, and they couldn't reach an agreement with Dragic.
There was no "going behind" anyone's back. There were rumors of an initial offer, the Knicks went into the media saying 100% they would match, the Rockets lost Dragic and re-did the offer to give them the best chance of securing Lin. And even then, Morey said he was 95% sure that the Knicks would match, but they had to try.
3 years/$25M vs $900k. It's a no brainer.
As D-Leethal said, I just don't understand so much hostility towards Lin. It wasn't just after he went to the Rockets, but even when he was a Knick there were plenty of people who were bashing on him.
He plays basketball and that's all he tries to do.
He didn't create the hype, the media did. He didn't write the articles. He turned down most of advertisers who came to him seeking endorsements and a ton of interviews. And in every interview he talks about how his success is due to his team mates if he does well, and blames himself for every loss no matter how well he plays.
I mean, you can't just assume Mike D gets canned earlier (how early? how many more losses without Linsanity?), can't assume we have that 7-1 Woodsanity stretch without Lin etc...
Too many assumptions to go that route.
Yea the Lin debates are tired and have been beaten to death. It's damn near the same as the Tebow thing - you don't even have to have an ill feeling towards the guy himself but the people who go to bat for him are annoying as all hell.
The problem with that team last year was the coach and the unwillingness to design a system that worked as well for his best players and is did for the end of the bench guys. When we took the same exact personnel and put them in a new system, we finished 18-6 even though there were still some substantial injuries along the way.
Plus even if Woody took over, im 99% sure we weren't going on that winning streak with Melo and Amare out. Lin carried us during that strech almost single handedly.
Mike D would probably have lost about 5-7 more games before being canned, the....
Woody takes over probably doesnt have that winning streak. Novak NEVER gets discovered, hell JR Smith probably doesnt even sign on because we are out of the playoff picture.
At this point we are a good 8-10 games back of where we finished last year, and out of the playoffs.
I am not a big Lin advocate, and I am VERY happy that we have felton but we were not making the playoffs last season without Linsanity, that team was going absolutely nowhere.
I mean trying to get the most money possible for his first contract? Given how close he was to being out of the league for good? Any player would do that.
Not playing hurt on a surgically repaired knee down 0-3 in an unwinnable playoff series, in a contract year? After all the vets on the team admittedly told him not to risk it?
I will agree with you on the problems with the coaching last year, except I think Mike D just had no idea how to re-design his system around a guy like Melo more than he was unwilling to do so.