Well it’s been a little over a week since Jeremy Lin became a member of the Houston Rockets. Here in New York, most Knicks fans have their panties in a bunch. The consensus seems to be “How dumb can James Dolan be to let Jeremy Lin go to the Houston Rockets?” “The decision to not sign Lin has nothing to do with finances and it was 100% personal.” Well, call me crazy but I believe the Knicks made the right call.
“Linsanity” was a great sports story. Out of nowhere an undrafted, twice waived, NBDL player takes the NBA and New York by storm, putting up numbers that have only been put up by all-time greats. What may fail to realize is that he did most, if not all, of his damage being the focal point of the offense under Mike D’Antoni. The numbers under D’Antoni – 20.3 PPG, 8.4 AST, 2.4 STL, 4.8 TO, .453 FG% and a .350 3PT% in a total of 19 games. In the 7 games Lin played under new coach Mike Woodson with a returning Carmelo Anthony the numbers were 13.2 PPG, 5.4 AST, 1 STL, 3.7 TO .428 FG% and a .294 3PT%.
Mike Woodson is not going to have a Mike D’Antoni run and gun offense and will rely more heavily and a half court, isolation offense. Additionally, Woodson stresses defense over offense and defense is not a Jeremy Lin strength. Sure, he can steal the ball pretty well but there is no denying that both Deron Williams and Rajon Rondo absolutely destroyed Lin. In fact, Lin was having major issues trying to guard Jose Calderon to the point that Iman Shumpert was needed to stop Calderon from having his way on the court. How did Jeremy Lin play against Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry? I would love to tell you but he didn’t play a damn game against those guys last season.
No one truly knows what Jeremy Lin’s ceiling is but there is no way that the potential of a player equates to $14.8 million. That payday needs to be earned and Jeremy Lin has done nothing to earn that amount of pay. Steve Nash, as a 2 time MVP never received such a high payday. Rajon Rondo in the last year of his current contract is due to make a little over $13 million. Jeremy Lin is not Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Steve Nash. 3 time NBA champion, 4 time all-star and finals MVP Tony Parker has never made more than $13.5 million in a season, yet Jeremy Lin the 19 game phenom is worth $14.8 for a season!
Jeremy Lin can absolutely play the game of basketball but he is a work in progress and work in progress does not deserve to get paid more for a season than perennial all stars and MVP players. Enjoy your time in Houston Jeremy and Go New York Go New York, Go!
Definition of chink used for hundreds of words an as exists in English language dictionaries – “A narrow opening or crack, typically one that admits light.” Duh, what bout the armor? In the days of knights they would concentrate on the opening or “weakness” in the armor in order to be successful in battle.
Anyone with a high school education would realize the headline was referring to a weakness in Lin’s game as in the 9 turnovers committed. Of course since most people are dumb they automatically assume that ESPN editor Anthony Federico was referring to Lin as a Chink, a derogatory term used in reference to Chinese people. If this were truly the case the headline would have read – “Chink Jeremy Lin’s 9 Turnover Costs Knicks in Streak-stopping Loss to Hornets” The differences in the headlines are quite obvious.
Federico is a fan of both Lin and the Knicks yet I’m to believe that he was using the term solely because Lin is Chinese? Nope, I’m not a fucking idiot. The suspended ESPN anchor, Max Bretos’ wife is Asian!! It’s sad that so many people are up in arms over a damn headline when the “target” Jeremy Lin had this to say; “You have to learn to forgive, and I don’t even think it was intentional.”
So Lin himself does not feel it was intentional yet a 28 year old man loses his job and possibly his career in trying to point out that Lin has a hole or weakness in his game. Perhaps people should spend less time watching reality television and pick up a damn dictionary.
It’s been over a week since Derek Jeter went 5-5 and hit a home run for his 3,000th hit in front of a packed crowd at Yankees Stadium. Although it’s been a week I can’t believe that Christian Lopez didn’t keep the ball!
In 1961 Roger Maris hit home run number 61 into the right field seats in the Bronx. Like, Christian Lopez, the young guy who caught the ball wanted to give the ball to Maris without compensation. You know what Roger Maris told young Mr. Sal Durante? He said “Keep the ball kid and get a few bucks for it.” Sal did indeed get a few bucks for it, $5,000 to be exact, which brings me right back to Christian Lopez and the new Mr. 3,000.
I give the kid credit for giving up the ball, especially since he may be on the hook for $14,000 in income taxes, but would anyone have though less of Christian had he told the Yankees “I have a ton of student loan debt and I’ll give up the ball if you settle my loans and through me something for a down payment on a house. I’m not going to sell the ball to anyone other than the Yankees and I don’t want any of the money to come from Derek Jeter.”?
I know I wouldn’t have. I remember Christian stating at the press conference that he was young and had a lot of time to make money. Oh, to be young and naïve again. That ball would have fetched at least $500,000 and it’s going to take a ton of time for him to make that type of money. The Yankees would have coughed up $500K without a second thought.
Who knows, maybe Derek Jeter settled or is going to settle Christian’s debt. It’s not like its DJ’s style to hold a press conference and state that he’s going to do what’s right. DJ is dropping a stupid amount of money on his Tampa Bay mansion and he makes around $500K per 20 at bats. I hope DJ or the Yankees do the right thing and help the kid out.
It can be argued that Lebron was a douche for bailing on the Cavs, “The Decision”, and/or the Miami Big 3 Jam but after his comments after game 6 of the Finals last night it’s official, Lebron James is a douche. It goes a little something like this;
“Lebron….are you aware of all the people who were rooting against you and hoped your team would lose to the Mavs?”
“It doesn’t really matter. I’m young and have millions of dollars and those ass holes will still be living check to check and have the same problems in the morning that they have tonight. I’m rich biatch and am totally fucking awesome and all my critics suck!”
This is way he’ll never be thought of in the same light as Michael Jordan. Jordan would have said something like;
“There will always be critics and it the critics that feed my desire to get better and show them that they’re wrong.”
There is no denying that Lebron James is a talent and will probably go down in history as one of the best to ever play the game. It’s unfortunate that he keeps giving ammunition for the critics to use. I was a bit upset that he snubbed my Knicks to play second fiddle to Dwayne Wade but I got over it and am more than happy with STAT and Melo leading the charge for my boys in orange and blue. I want to like him but it’s dumb ass comments like the comments he made last night that make it impossible. I hated Michael Jordan not because he was a douche but because he always come out on top when playing the Knicks. I respect Michael Jordan for the player that he was and he will always be considered the greatest.
Lebron James may be a talent but it’s official, Lebron James is a douche and I now dislike him as a person. If you weren’t an official Lebron James hater before, his comments last night may have taken it beyond the hate line. If so, check out www.IHateLebronJames.com
Let me state for the record that I have no issue with what people do in their bedrooms. It affects me in no way and quite honestly; don’t quite understand what the big deal is. Kobe Bryant got pissed off for getting a technical foul and called referee Bennie Adams a fucking faggot. Naturally, the gay community and the Human Rights Campaign are up in arms over the comment.
The guy was pissed and said something out of anger. The word he chose to use at that time was the word faggot. Would everyone be so up in arms if he called Adams an asshole, jerk or dumb ass? Nope, it would have been brushed aside as something he shouldn’t have said but happens all the time in sports. The sportscasters would have said something like “Kobe with some choice words for the ref.”
Instead we have organizations like the Human Rights Campaign who state “”Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate.”
We also have organizations like GLAAD who state “The NBA has sent a clear message to sports fans everywhere that anti-gay slurs have no place in the game. When such a prolific cultural institution like the NBA speaks out against hateful words, we are reminded that fair-minded Americans are siding with equality for all. This decision will serve as an important precedent that will help ensure a safer, more inclusive environment for fans and players everywhere, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with the NBA.”
First, just because Kobe used the word faggot doesn’t mean that he doesn’t like homosexuals. Second, Kobe should be working to eradicate people’s feeling towards homosexuals? Really! I guess Kobe should be wearing a GLAAD logo on his uniform? They guy was fined $100,000! Third, he apologized but of course, the apology is not good enough;
“What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”
Former NBA player John Amaechi; “I suppose that’s the typical I apologize if you’re offended type of comment. I doubt very much when he said that that he thought Bennie was a pile of sticks. There’s only one contemporary meaning for that.”
Contemporary meaning? Yeah it’s called homosexual! You know sexual attraction and behavior between members of the same sex. Yeah I know faggot is more like “Ewww, you like sticking your dick into another guy’s ass.” but is it any different than calling someone a homo? I don’t see it.
Instead of the gay community and organizations taking offense to the term, embrace it. If someone called me a homo/faggot (It’s happened.) I wouldn’t/don’t get offended. Why? I’m not gay. If I was gay and someone called me a faggot I would say “Yeah I am….what’s your point.”
Gay community, get a grip on reality and get over it. Condemning Kobe will not change anything. Neither will making him a poster child for the “cause.”
As a Knicks fan there hasn’t been too much to cheer about for the last 10 years or so. The Knicks threw away the last two seasons to free up enough cap space to sign 2 max contact players. Everyone knows that the one max player the Knicks, and everyone else, wanted was King James.
Luckily for the Knicks and Knicks fans what we got was Amar’e Stoudemire. I wasn’t sold on STAT when the signing was announced. I’m more than sold now. STAT is a franchise player, a leader and has embraced New York City. For the Knicks to become serious contenders Amar’e needs a running mate, another star player to help him take the team to a new level. Who is this player? Carmelo “Melo” Anthony.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock it’s well known that Carmelo wants to play for the Knicks. Due to the Lebron “Decision” fiasco, Anthony has been hesitant to make his feeling public and straight out demand a trade to the Knicks. As a Knicks fan I would love Anthony to come to the Knicks but would hate for the team to have to be gutted.
The possible three team trade between the Nuggets, Knicks and Timberwolves sounds too good to be true. The Knicks part with Anthony Randolph, Curry’s contract and Wilson Chandler and get Melo in return? The keep super rookie Landry Fields and the sharp shooting, getting better every game Danilo Gallinari? It sounds too good to be true but I hope it does come true.
Carmelo Anthony want to come to New York City and become a Knick, the Knicks want him and the people who want him the most is us frustrated and loyal Knicks fans. Carmelo makes the Knicks instant contenders and takes a huge burden off the shoulders of Amar’e. A player like Anthony rarely becomes available. The trade deadline is a little over 17 days away and I can’t stand hearing and reading about the rumors much longer.
The Nuggets need to realize that whatever the Knicks offer is the best that they’re going to get and just pull the trigger already. We want Melo; Melo wants New York so if the basketball gods are listening, please make this happen and happen soon.
As you all know I’m a huge fan of David Lee and had preferred that the Knicks resigned Lee as opposed to bringing in Bosh or Stoudemire. All I can say is although I still am a huge David Lee fan I’m oh so happy that Ama’re is with the Knicks. As of this writing the Knicks are 12-9 and have won 9 of their last 10 games.
I know it’s early in the season but suffering through losing season after losing season I actually have hope that the Knicks will make the playoffs and tune into every game excited that the Knicks have a chance to win as opposed to years past when I tuned in and wondered how much they would lose by or how much of a lead they would blow in the 4th quarter before losing.
I always thought that STAT (Standing Tall and Talented) was a good player but watching him play game after game has given me a new appreciation. The guy plays hard every night and although he was forcing shots at the beginning of the year, it seems that he’s settling in. It’s as if each time he gets the ball he makes a smart pass, scores a hoop or goes to the line. Long story short he’s a dominant franchise player not seen in these parts since the glory days of Ewing and company.
I know it’s early but I feel like my boys will be playing playoff ball this year and it will be due by and large to STAT. Hey Amare, my bad, welcome to NYC and GO KICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yesterday was a sad day for Yankees fans as George M. Steinbrenner III passed away after suffering a major heart attack in Tampa, Florida. He was 8o years old.
Even the Yankees haters of the world respected the man. He spent and spent to put the best players he could find on the New York Yankees because he felt that’s what Yankees fans deserved. He even said that he didn’t like to pay as much as he did but it was necessary.
Just like us he was not without his faults. He hired and fired 20 managers over his first 23 years of ownership, had falling outs with players and managers, was suspended for making illegal campaign contributions to the Richard Nixon campaign and was banned from ever having day to day control of the Yankees for having hired a gambler to dig up dirt on Dave Winfield.
Many say that it was because of the later ban that put the Yankees on course to win 4 championships in 5 years. When the Boss returned in 2003 he seemed to be a bit more reserved and trusted, to an extent anyway, his baseball people that put the team together.
After the 1998 season, when the Yankees won 125 games, Steinbrenner was quoted as saying that winning is everything to him, breathing first winning second. To me it’s only fitting that the Yankees won the World Series for the 27th time last year in the New Yankee Stadium often referred to as the House that George Built.
Yankees fans had a love hate relationship with the Boss. It wasn’t until he returned in 2003 and the Yankees put the dynasty together did Yankees fans truly embrace what George Steinbrenner did for the New York Yankees. George Steinbrenner was a winner and made the Yankees a winner. He was a caring compassionate man who was also one of the most charitable people around. For as much as he loved the back pages of the New York papers he never wanted the attention for his charitable work.
On the day that MLB Baseball played the All Star Game, news in the baseball world was dominated by the passing of George Steinbrenner. Even in death, the man can still steal the spotlight. RIP Boss, the Yankees Universe will miss you.