Jeremy Lin was nearly a Raptor
Old 02-13-2012, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Like everybody else in the NBA, the Raptors could have had the accidental superstar, Jeremy Lin.

The difference between the Raps and all the other teams that missed out on their own version of Lin-sanity is they were forever close, forever knocking on the door, interested in Lin. Just not interested enough.

Bryan Colangelo liked Lin from the day he first saw him in a pre-draft workout in 2010. “We knew one thing about him after bringing him in,” said Colangelo. “We knew he was one tough kid.

“He took one of the hardest hits I’ve ever seen on a court and one of the toughest falls. He got hit from behind, crashed to the floor, eventually got up. We didn’t think he’d get up, to be honest. And he shook it off and continued the workout.

“We were extremely impressed by that.”

The Raptors were impressed with his toughness — just not necessarily his game. They talked after the workout, the general manager and the Harvard kid, with Colangelo unconvinced Lin could play in the NBA, unconvinced he would be drafted. “I asked him, ‘What’s your status going to be if you’re not drafted? Where are you going? Do you know who’s interested in you?’ I just wanted to keep the dialogue open.”

The Raptors have had all kinds of opportunities to reconnect with Lin since that pre-draft crash but for various reasons and circumstances, it just never happened. But it almost did.

It almost did just a month or so ago. Earlier this NBA season, with the New York Knicks in complete disarray and relationships rather friendly between Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, interim general manager Glen Grunwald, and Colangelo, there had been some serious talk about a deal for one of the Raptors’ point guards. No one will say who approached whom about what, but if you play the elimination game, it was probably the veteran Anthony Carter, who was supposed to be heading to New York.

The Knicks thought they needed somebody, anybody to help and Carter, with 12 seasons of work behind him, was an inexpensive and experienced answer.

The situation got so bad for the Knicks that D’Antoni was actually telling people around the league that he had no choice, he was running out of players, that he had to play Lin. Not that he wanted to.

Colangelo, who can’t talk about these kind of things, figured to himself that if he moved one of his point guards to open up a roster spot, there was the possibility he would add the tough kid, Lin, either by trade or waivers, depending on how the Knicks proceeded.

The deal was discussed but never happened.

Then the impossible and incredible occurred all at once: Lin got onto the Knicks floor and hasn’t gotten off since, becoming the accidental star in the process. The undrafted Lin, who couldn’t get a college scholarship, couldn’t find an NBA job, got a start for the Knicks and the team going nowhere, with its stars, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire out with injuries, hasn’t lost a game since. Four starts, five wins.

Lin’s totals, the best first four opening starts in history: 28-23-38-20 points in the four games, along with eight assists a night.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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this goes for every team in the league... whatever.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I always see something sticking out of his chin, bandaid?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi presence could have meant a lot in Toronto. Don't believe me? Watch how many tickets are sold to a Tuesday game. Super Lintendo indeed.

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Old 02-13-2012, 09:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi presence could have meant a lot in Toronto. Don't believe me? Watch how many tickets are sold to a Wednesday game. Super Lintendo indeed.
This is what really blows me away TBH. Not every team in the league has a large asian community. IMO it would have made sense to bring him in just for that.

Disappointing to say the least. Hopefully BC will have a chance to correct that mistake this offseason.

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Yep. He took a charge from John Wall and they both cracked their chins together.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This is what really blows me away TBH. Not every team in the league has a large asian community. IMO it would have made sense to bring him in just for that.

Disappointing to say the least. Hopefully BC will have a chance to correct that mistake this offseason.
So, you would've brought him in for marketing purposes alone?

Isn't this fan base angry at exactly that type of move?

Knicks got lucky, but again, let's give it some time too. I hate to start another Lin debate, but I've yet to see a team play great defense on him (FORCE HIM LEFT!).
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So, you would've brought him in for marketing purposes alone?

Isn't this fan base angry at exactly that type of move?

Knicks got lucky, but again, let's give it some time too. I hate to start another Lin debate, but I've yet to see a team play great defense on him (FORCE HIM LEFT!).
Not alone... I'd have brought him in because he showed something... at Harvard, against UCONN, and in summer league. The risk also would have been minimal compared to the great rewards (even if those only would have been in ticket sales).

Both Minny and LA gameplanned for Lin. The Jazz did too (in the 2nd half of that game). He just played well enough to spoil those plans.
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demar sure looked good when nobody game planned for him last season
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Not alone... I'd have brought him in because he showed something... at Harvard, against UCONN, and in summer league. The risk also would have been minimal compared to the great rewards (even if those only would have been in ticket sales).

Both Minny and LA gameplanned for Lin. The Jazz did too (in the 2nd half of that game). He just played well enough to spoil those plans.
Lin wasn't setting the world on fire at Harvard. Face it if timing is the best part of Jeremy Lin. Not saying he would have failed in Toronto but things in New York are precieved to be greater than what they are.
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So, you would've brought him in for marketing purposes alone? Isn't this fan base angry at exactly that type of move?

Knicks got lucky, but again, let's give it some time too. I hate to start another Lin debate, but I've yet to see a team play great defense on him (FORCE HIM LEFT!).
Yes!

Forbes. Butler. Magloire. Carter. Gray. Alabi. Not much more than warm bodies.

In a throw away year, if you want to get a good look at a guy, get a good look at him because it wasn't going to be 3 years, $15 mil. He would have been a marketing gem in Toronto without all that on-court success. We're paying fans. You want to cheer for more than free t-shirts and 3 wins out of 10 when it is as low risk as he was.

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Lin wasn't setting the world on fire at Harvard. Face it if timing is the best part of Jeremy Lin. Not saying he would have failed in Toronto but things in New York are precieved to be greater than what they are.
This is blurb on his years at Harvard from Wiki.... sounds like he was pretty good IMO.

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In his sophomore season (2007–08), Lin averaged 12.6 points and was named All-Ivy League Second Team.[13] By his junior year during the 2008–09 season, he was the only NCAA Division I men's basketball player who ranked in the top ten in his conference for scoring (17.8), rebounding (5.5), assists (4.3), steals (2.4), blocked shots (0.6), field goal percentage (0.502), free throw percentage (0.744), and 3 point shot percentage (0.400),[11] and was a consensus selection for All-Ivy League First Team. He had 27 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds in an 82–70 win over 17th-ranked Boston College, three days after the Eagles had knocked off No. 1 North Carolina.[13][22]

In his senior year (2009–10), Lin averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks, and was again a unanimous selection for All-Ivy League First Team. He was one of 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award[23] and one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award.[24] He was also invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.[25] Fran Fraschilla of ESPN picked Lin among the 12 most versatile players in college basketball.[22] He gained national attention for his performance against the 12th ranked Connecticut Huskies, against whom he scored a career-high tying 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds on the road.[26] After the game, Hall of Fame Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said of Lin: "I've seen a lot of teams come through here, and he could play for any of them. He's got great, great composure on the court. He knows how to play."[11]

For the season, Harvard set numerous program records including wins (21), non-conference wins (11), home wins (11) and road/neutral wins (10).[27] Lin finished his career as the first player in the history of the Ivy League to record at least 1,450 points (1,483), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (406) and 200 steals (225).[13] He graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in economics and a 3.1 grade-point average.[28]
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He graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in economics and a 3.1 grade-point average.[28]

man is going to be successfull and rich, way past his retirement. He'll turn the say, 40 million he makes in his career to 4 billion

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Old 02-13-2012, 10:45 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Ya, I think people are blowing this out of proportion. Dood has played 5 or 6 games. Calm down. Wait till he does in 30-50 games.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:49 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Ya, I think people are blowing this out of proportion. Dood has played 5 or 6 games. Calm down. Wait till he does in 30-50 games.
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i'll second that
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i'll second that
If he does it for 11 he's a star!

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If he does it for 11 he's a star!

depends on what IT is?
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