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Old 02-13-2012, 11:20 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Everybody's acting like we missed out on the second coming of the Messiah. He's a solid guard in this league, but he's no saviour. Even he couldn't turn us around.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:21 PM   #22 (permalink)
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EVEN HE ?
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:23 PM   #23 (permalink)
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EVEN HE ?
He... as in Jeremy Lin...

Sorry jeff, I'll try to use more specific adjectives next time.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:25 PM   #24 (permalink)
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He... as in Jeremy Lin...

Sorry jeff, I'll try to use more specific adjectives next time.
you say that as if he IS a messiah
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:29 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I hope that people will watch the game tomorrow with an open mind and appreciate what this kid can do rather than rooting for him to fail.

He really does play the game the right way and it's beautiful to watch.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:33 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I hope that people will watch the game tomorrow with an open mind and appreciate what this kid can do rather than rooting for him to fail.

He really does play the game the right way and it's beautiful to watch.

who would do that? at the same time let's hope people don't blow a load every time he hits a shot.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:36 PM   #27 (permalink)
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His 8 for 24 shooting and 1-12 in the second half against Minny was gorgeous! Take notes, Westbrook!

If he succeeds, we're one step closer to a high pick. Win win situation.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:37 PM   #28 (permalink)
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This is blurb on his years at Harvard from Wiki.... sounds like he was pretty good IMO.
stats vs. what programs? college stats you take with a grain of salt. Don't get me wrong I like this kid but its not like he is the only baller to take the long road to the NBA.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:39 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I agree with Jeff. I think most people want him to succeed, but the attention that he's getting is ridiculous. It's not his fault, though - he's playing on the biggest stage in North America and he's a visible minority, so the media is going to drool over him.

Lin has a tough, blue-collar style. He can penetrate, he communicates often on the court, he has very good leadership skills, and he gets his teammates involved. However, he does have some weaknesses, like his inconsistent mid- and long-range games and he turns the ball over too much, as he forces passes. As teams watch more tape of him and begin to game plan around him, it'll be interesting to see how he reacts.

It'll also be interesting to see if he has any chemistry with Stoudemire and Anthony, who are two players that need the ball to succeed. Right now, the Knicks spread the court and play pick-and-roll basketball with Lin at the top of the key. It's a very simplistic offence, but it has been successful since Lin is fearless going into the lane. But as teams defend the pick-and-roll more aggressively and the help defenders stop sagging in the paint to stay with the perimeter shooters, will Lin make the adjustments?

Lin's story is great, but the media is blowing this way out of proportion. For instance, to call him an "accidental superstar" after five games is completely asinine.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:39 PM   #30 (permalink)
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stats vs. what programs? college stats you take with a grain of salt. Don't get me wrong I like this kid but its not like he is the only baller to take the long road to the NBA.
He had exceptional games against Boston College (who had just beaten #1 UNC a few nights before) and against UCONN.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:43 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I agree with Jeff. I think most people want him to succeed, but the attention that he's getting is ridiculous. It's not his fault, though - he's playing on the biggest stage in North America and he's a visible minority, so the media is going to drool over him.

Lin has a tough, blue-collar style. He can penetrate, he communicates often on the court, he has very good leadership skills, and he gets his teammates involved. However, he does have some weaknesses, like his inconsistent mid- and long-range games and he turns the ball over too much, as he forces passes. As teams watch more tape of him and begin to game plan around him, it'll be interesting to see how he reacts.

It'll also be interesting to see if he has any chemistry with Stoudemire and Anthony, who are two players that need the ball to succeed. Right now, the Knicks spread the court and play pick-and-roll basketball with Lin at the top of the key. It's a very simplistic offence, but it has been successful since Lin is fearless going into the lane. But as teams defend the pick-and-roll more aggressively and the help defenders stop sagging in the paint to stay with the perimeter shooters, will Lin make the adjustments?

Lin's story is great, but the media is blowing this way out of proportion. For instance, to call him an "accidental superstar" after five games is completely asinine.
You do realize that he's scored the most points in his first 4 starts of ANY player in the last 40 years right?

Combine that with the fact that his team is now 5-0 with him at the helm, the fact that he went undrafted AND the fact that he's of asian descent and it's not hard to see why people are talking about him.

It certainly is a unique story. Let's not pretend otherwise.
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He had exceptional games against Boston College (who had just beaten #1 UNC a few nights before) and against UCONN.
And Princeston took out big clubs as well. I dunno what the point of it all. Are you saying you had Jeremy Lin threads up on how the Raps should of got him? What are we arguing here?
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:45 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I said it's a great story (and I already noted the things you wrote), but it's not worthy to call him a "superstar". That's hyperbole. Let's see what he does for an entire season; heck for 20 games.
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I said it's a great story (and I already noted the things you wrote), but it's not worthy to call him a "superstar". That's hyperbole. Let's see what he does for an entire season; heck for 20 games.
Just cause it happened in NYC it has to be relevant. If this kid did this in Milwaukee it would just be a nice little story akin to Rudy
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Just cause it happened in NYC it has to be relevant. If this kid did this in Milwaukee it would just be a nice little story akin to Rudy
I already acknowledged that. Can people actually read and comprehend things on this board?
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:52 PM   #37 (permalink)
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I do agree with you that if Lin played elsewhere that his story wouldn't get as near as much publicity. It would be a story, but nowhere close to dominating sports telecasts and the sports section of newspapers. Lin's story is basically Tim Tebow Part II, although Lin at least can actually play his position.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:07 AM   #38 (permalink)
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I said it's a great story (and I already noted the things you wrote), but it's not worthy to call him a "superstar". That's hyperbole. Let's see what he does for an entire season; heck for 20 games.
If some people are calling him a "superstar" already then that's on them... I don't ever recall saying that. I don't think that there's any question that he's a solid PG though and probably SHOULD have been signed by SOMEONE before now.

The NY media is certainly playing a role but I think this would be story in A LOT of NBA cities.... hell, WE were the talk of the league when Vince was came onto the scene and started posterizing people.
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I hope that people will watch the game tomorrow with an open mind and appreciate what this kid can do rather than rooting for him to fail.

He really does play the game the right way and it's beautiful to watch.
Turns the ball over too much IMO.
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Turns the ball over too much IMO.
Over these last 5 games Lin is avging about 25 pts and 8 assts per game (while shooting over 50%). He's avging 4 TOs/gm in that same span.

Did you know that Nash, Kobe, Rondo and Lebron all turn it over almost as much (3.5+)?

When you have the ball in your hands as much as those guys do your TOs are bound to be higher than most.
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