Tag:Jeremy Lin
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:18 pm

Jeremy Lin showing out vs. Mavericks

At the half of Knicks-Mavericks, Jeremy Lin has 12 points, 6 assists, 2 steals and just one turnover as the Knicks lead 48-45.. Attempts to trap with Shawn Marion proved futile for Dallas, as Lin split the double-team and scored with floaters. He also dished to J.R. Smith making his Knicks debut. Smith started hot before cooling off in the second quarter, finishing with 9 points on 8 shots and 2 rebounds. Lin has made better decisions and managed to control the offense much better than in the Knicks' loss to the Hornets Friday night. The rest seems to have helped Lin, who has talked about the schedule wearing him down. 

The Mavericks made a furious run to get back in the game after going down double-digits, led by Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki. I know, you're stunned. Nowitzki has 14 to lead Dallas.

Follow Ken Berger on Twitter for live updates from Madison Square Garden.  
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:07 pm

Melo out vs. Mavericks, Smith, Baron active

By Matt Moore 

The Knicks announced Sunday morning that Carmelo Anthony will not play vs. the Mavericks at Madison Square Garden. Baron Davis and J.R. Smith will both be active for the first time but are not expected to log heavy minutes, as Davis continues to work into game shape and recover from a back injury and Smith tries to learn the playbook having only gotten back to the United States from China within the past five days. 

Anthony will miss his seventh game with injury. Questions have been raised as to how he and Jeremy Lin will work together in the offense, due to Melo's tendencies towards isolation, versus the success the Knicks have had with Lin in the pick and roll set. Against the Mavericks, Lin will need the same kind of performance he had against the Lakers earlier this month. Lin's coming off of his first loss since gaining heavy minutes in the Knicks rotation. The Mavericks have a world of experience in defending the pick and roll well so it'll be interesting to see what approach they take with Lin and if Lin can recover from a series of poor games in terms of turnovers. If not, the Knicks could be on a losing streak and Linsanity could be fading from the popular consciousness.  

Seeing Smith operate in the offense without any real knowledge of the playbook should be an adventure as well.  
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:49 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 5:57 pm

Billy Hunter: Jeremy Lin to get NBPA post?

Billy Hunter sounds ready to add Jeremy Lin to an NBPA position. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver   

Let's just cut to the chase and make him President of the United States.

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, the Taiwanese-American global sensation, has attracted attention from all corners: endorsers, marketers, promoters, media members, you name it.

Add National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter to that mix.

Bloomberg.com reports that Hunter is planning to meet with Lin during the 2012 All-Star Weekend to discuss a potential role for Lin, who holds an economics degree from Harvard, with the NBPA.

“At the least he’d be the player representative for the Knicks,” Hunter said in a telephone interview. “If not something higher.”

“First of all, it’s not every day that you get a kid from Harvard,” Hunter said. “He’s very bright.”

The NBPA's current president, Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, looks to be headed for retirement any year now, so a change at the very top will have to come sometime soon.

Fisher and Lin actually share a number of characteristics. Neither is a me-first guy, on or off the court. Both are effective, direct communicators who seem to favor consensus-building. Both are natural born leaders, comfortable with their teams under their control and confident with the game on the line. Both are polished, too.

The NBPA's executive board really is a thankless task that requires an inordinate amount of sacrifice. There's little glamour, but tons of responsibility. If things go well, there's no credit given because things were supposed to go well. If things go poorly, it's the board's fault. As we saw throughout 2011, coordinating a negotiating stance in this era of constant communication and social networks is a near impossible challenge. But we've learned over the last few weeks that Lin happens to excel at near impossible challenges.

A cynic might say that Hunter, who took months of flak for his handling of the last round of labor negotiations, is simply being opportunistic here and trying to get in on the Lin lovefest. That may be true. But a realist would counter that Hunter would be a fool not to reach out to Lin -- given his educational pedigree, leadership skills and personality -- immediately. It makes too much sense.
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:28 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 5:59 pm

Report: Jeremy Lin helps Knicks reach TV deal

Knicks fans with Time Warner Cable can now watch Jeremy Lin. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Game-winning shots? He's on it. Turning around a franchise? All in a day's work. Bringing an end to a stalled television rights negotiation impasse? Yeah, New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin probably just did that too.

Nobody really cares about television politics, but this was the situation facing Knicks fans living in New York: MSG Network broadcasts Knicks games and Time Warner Cable, a major provider in the Big Apple, stopped carrying Knicks games on Jan. 1 because of a disagreement over price. That amounted to a blackout for a whole lot of Knicks fans. Not cool ever, but definitely unacceptable during the Jeremy Line Era.

The New York Times reports on Friday that a deal has finally been struck.
The 48-day standoff between the MSG Network and Time Warner Cable ended Friday, according to two people aware of the resolution who were not authorized to speak publicly.

The blackout deprived many Knicks fans around the state of seeing much of the rapid rise to stardom of point guard Jeremy Lin — as well as the continued success of the New York Rangers. Friday night’s Knicks game will be available to all Time Warner customers.
It doesn't take a Harvard graduate or a rocket scientist to realize that Lin's incredible popularity was a factor in the resolution.

The Associated Press reports that Knicks television ratings have been skyrocketing.
A wave of "Linsanity" surrounding the undrafted point guard from Harvard has helped lift the stock of The Madison Square Garden Co., which owns the Knicks and the MSG network that carries their games. On Friday, shares were up 98 cents, or 3.1 percent, at $32.85. 

MSG network, the television home of the Knicks in New York, has seen ratings more than triple since his breakout Feb. 4 game, according to Nielsen, even though the dispute with Time Warner Cable blacked out the games to about a fifth of its more than 10 million subscribers.
With unprecedented surges in television viewership and internet activity around Lin, getting left in the dark when it came to broadcasting his play was going to be incredibly detrimental to business. You can only hear the, "They can watch Lin's game in 234,235,832 countries around the world but I can't watch them 10 miles from the Garden?" refrain so many times before holding a hard line becomes untenable.

Welcome to "Linsanity," Time Warner Cable. Better late than never.
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:03 pm

Friday 5 with KB: All-Star level Linsanity

By Matt Moore

In this week's edition of 
the Friday 5, Ken Berger discusses Linsanity, Bulls minutes, and who's on the trade block headed into All-Star Weekend. You can follow Ken Berger on Twitter @KBergCBS

1. So, hey, that Jeremy Lin kid's pretty good. We've beaten the subject into the ground here at CBSSports.com this week, but it bears opening the Friday 5 nonetheless. Let's forget about how Melo fits in, or D'Antoni, or even Lin's play directly. Is the best thing for the Knicks about this run that it's brought the locker room together and they're having fun again?

Ken Berger: Well, I think that's a by-product of what Lin has brought to the table. Among the many elements of this perfect storm was the fact that the Knicks were running the most point guard-dependent offense in the sport and had some of the worst point-guard play anyone had ever seen. Plug in a competent point guard, and the Knicks would've played better. Plug in someone performing as well as Lin has performed, and you have the makings of something special. So it started with Lin's production, which has instilled confidence in the locker room and made everyone relax in an environment that can be extremely high on stress. The Knicks now believe they can win, and confidence is a big part of the battle.

2. You wrote in Post-Ups this week about the Heat flying under the radar. How good is that for them to avoid the spotlight for a few weeks?

KB: Who? Oh, the Heat. I'm not sure it's either good or bad for them. I think it's great for the league as a whole that people are captivated by something other that how LeBron and Wade are getting along or playing together on any given day. And the fact that people are captivated by basketball being played the right way, an enjoyable way, is a pleasing diversion from the usual poisoned brew of trade demands, coaches getting fired, agent agendas, egos colliding and the like.

3. I've been critical of Tom Thibodeau and his approach to minutes with Luol Deng and Derrick Rose with various injuries considering the long-term goals of the Bulls in this insane schedule. But I'm not a doctor and I'm not a trainer. In your mind, if the doc's say it's fine and the trainers say it's fine, should Thibodeau just disregard the notion of exhaustion, and if so, is it because they really do need that top seed?
KB: I'm not a doctor or a trainer, either. And Thibodeau presumably learned how to manage minutes from one of the masters in that department, Doc Rivers. I think the time off due to back spasms will do Rose some good. But to a degree, when he's healthy, he's going to be on the floor for 38-plus minutes. Same goes for Deng, especially if you're in a close game and the opponent (like the Celtics, for example, with Paul Pierce) has an elite wing scorer who needs to be dealt with. It's a fine line with this schedule for coaches between resting their stars and winning as many games as possible. To get where they want to go, the Bulls need homecourt advantage. Once they secure that, Rose and Deng and anybody else who needs to put themselves back together for the playoffs can have as many minutes off as they need.

4. Ken, I know you've enjoyed writing about actual basketball for the past few weeks. But trade season's back, bro. Who are you expecting to be chattering next weekend in Orlando?

KB: Well, of course there will be the Dwight-fest. After that, I think the biggest name being discussed will be Steve Nash. A point guard could make all the difference in the world to the Lakers and Magic. For the same reason, Ramon Sessions will be on the radar.

5. With J.R. Smith joining the Knicks, what was the driving force behind his decision and what should the Knicks be concerned about with him, if anything?

KB: J.R. seemed to enjoying the process of being recruited, and will wind up with more money at the end of the day by joining the Knicks. The way Lin has the Knicks' offense humming, J.R. could see a lot of future dollar signs swishing through the Nets at Madison Square Garden. Even off the bench, he could be an electrifying scorer in Mike D'Antoni's offense. Plus, he's played with Anthony before, so there's a comfort level there, and Knicks official Mark Warkentien was a big supporter of Smith when both were in Denver. Concerns? What concerns? Oh, yeah, J.R. is a knucklehead. But he's a knucklehead who can make a jump shot. So the risk-reward is pretty heavily in the Knicks' favor.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:51 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 8:52 pm

NBA holds Rising Stars draft for rookies, sophs

By Matt Moore 

The NBA held the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge draft Thursday night, the first time the two selected celebrity coaches would draft their own teams from the available pool of eligible selected rookies and sophomores. Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley alternated picks on a live telecast on NBATV, with Barkley coming away with a well-rounded, not-as-star-studded roster and Shaq essentially taking Blake Griffin, Greg Monroe and a bunch of guards. 

Jeremy Lin was a late addition to the pool, along with Norris Cole, after Lin's meteoric rise to stardom created a public outcry to place Lin into the competition. 

Notable from the selections were O'Neal taking Blake Griffin first overall, John Wall sliding to the seventh pick, Lin going second overall to O'Neal's team and an amazing instance of serendipity as Charles Barkley, a brash, rebounding, aggressive big man took DeMarcus Cousins, who is very much in line with the traits Barkley possessed at his age. 

Kyrie Irving going first for Barkley's team shows how strongly most consider the sharpshooting Rookie of the Year leader. 

2012 NBA Rising Stars Challenge




Blake Griffin


Kyrie Irving

Jeremy Lin


DeMarcus Cousins

Ricky Rubio


Gordon Hayward

Markieff Morris


Paul George

Greg Monroe


Derrick Williams

Landry Fields


MarShon Brooks

Norris Cole


John Wall

Kemba Walker


Tiago Splitter

Brandon Knight


Evan Turner

Tristan Thompson


Kawhi Leonard

Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:36 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 8:58 pm

Jeremy Lin added to rookies-sophomores game pool

By Matt Moore 

The NBA annnounced Thursday night that it has added New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin to the "Rising Stars" competition which took the place of the Rookies-Sophomores game this year during NBA All-Star Weekend. Due to overwhelming fan support, and the fact that more peope know about Lin than about half of the rest of the competitors, Lin was added to the pool. Later Thursday, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley selected their teams. Shaquille O'Neal selected Lin second, third overall during the process. 

Miami Heat rookie point guard Norris Cole, another notable omission, was also added to the player pool. 

It comes as no surprise as the NBA has tried every imaginable way to figure out how to include Lin this weekend. David Stern had said earlier Thursday that he would not allow Lin into the game as to not interfere with the current setup but popular sentiment won out.

Turns out even David Stern is powerless against Linsanity.

The draft for each team was held on NBATV with Blake Griffin going No. 1 to Shaq's team. Charles Barkley selected Kyrie Irving second overall. Shaq took Jeremy Lin in the third round. John Wall wasn't taken until the 11th pick. Here are how the two teams shake out:

Team Shaq: Blake Griffin, Jeremy Lin, Ricky Rubio, Markieff Morris, Greg Monroe, Landry Fields, Norris Cole, Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight and Tristan Thompson.

Team Chuck: Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Hayward, Paul George, Derrick Williams, MarShon Brooks, John Wall, Tiago Splittler, Evan Turner and Kawhi Leonard.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:42 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 4:52 pm

Report: Jeremy Lin jersey sold on eBay for $40K

Posted by Ben Golliver  

A Jeremy Lin Knicks jersey has reportedly sold on eBay for $40,000. (Getty Images)

What Jeremy Lin is doing for the New York Knicks is indescribable. But you can put a price on it.

CNBC.com reports that the jersey, shorts and warm-ups worn by Lin during his debut for the Knicks in December have been sold on the online auction site eBay.com for $40,000.

Here's the description of the package from the eBay seller, card77collector.
This game worn uniform is authenticated by Steiner Sports who sells the Knicks game used uniforms. All items have hand written authentication letters and corresponding authentication labels. This uniform was worn on December 28th, 2011 against the Golden State Warriors in Jeremy Lin's first ever game with the New York Knicks. He did play in this game.

Included: Jersey (XL2), Shorts (XL +2), Warm Up Pants, Warm Up Shirt

The tags are hand written and labeled as issued by the New York Knicks to Lin. All items are in the same exact condition as they were from Lin. This picture is featured by many media outlets. This is the single most unique piece of Jeremy Lin memorabilia in the world.
The 23-year-old Taiwanese-American guard, who went undrafted out of Harvard, has become a global sensation after moving into New York's starting lineup. The Knicks have won seven straight games and Lin's scoring production in his first five starts was the highest of any NBA player since the NBA/ABA merger.

The uniform's price tag is, obviously, extraordinary for someone who was a virtual unknown as recently as two weeks ago. Consider that Lin has recently spent time in the National Basketball Development League, where players often reportedly earn less than $40,000 in annual salary.

The jersey Lin worn while scoring a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden last week is also being auctioned for charity.

Lin is averaging 12.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds and shooting 49.7 percent for the Knicks this season.
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