Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:36 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Jeremy Lin hasn't had the chance to hit the talk show circuit quite yet, seeing as he's got a basketball season going on and all. So he got the next best thing: A top 10 dedicated to him.
On Wednesday's Late Show with David Letterman, the top 10 "worst Jeremy Lin puns" were unveiled. No. 1? "You gotta be Lin-it, to Lin-it." My favorite though was "Lin-termittent windshield wiper." I've got to work on getting that into a story at some point.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:58 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:09 pm
Jeremy Lin seems to have overcome potentially the first obstacle in toning down Linsanity as he and Amar'e Stoudemire appear to be getting along quite well on the court.
It's the next addition back to the Knicks lineup that people are worried about. But Carmelo Anthony wants you to know something: He's not selfish. Via ESPN New York:
"That's like a slap in the face," Anthony said during an interview with Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter on Wednesday night. "None of my teammates I've ever played with would say that I was a selfish player. Nobody."
I think there's an easy distinction though between "selfish" and "someone who likes to shoot and have the ball in their hands a lot." Selfish means you're just out there for yourself and your own numbers. I don't think that's ever been Melo. The guy wants to win. He wants to be a good teammate. But in his mind, the best way for him to do both of those things is to shoot and score a lot.
For example, what about Lin's game-winner? What would've happened if Melo were on the floor too?"Of course I want to take the last shot, let's be quite frank: I've been doing for nine years already, and I've made a ton of them," Anthony said.
And that's where some fear a problem will arise. Not that Lin has become some alpha dog closer because of one shot or a couple good games, but will Carmelo's desire to own the ball late completely disrupt the New York offense? It's a legit question.
Here's the thing: Lin would be the first guy to tell you that he doesn't really want to be averaging 25 points a game, nor should he be next to Melo and Stoudemire. He wants to be a good point guard that leads a winning team. Much in the way he did in New York's 100-85 win over the Kings where Lin dished out 13 assists. In fact, that's exactly what he said after last night's game.
"I think it's my job to get people in rhythm and get people scoring," Lin told reporters. "Hopefully, especially when Melo comes back, another lethal scorer, my shots will go down and my assists will go up."
Melo is a bit of a ball stopper, which is why he's never exactly fit into Mike D'Antoni's pick-and-roll oriented offense. Melo likes to catch the ball and work his own move, isolated from the offense. It's something he's absolutely terrific at, but not something that necessarily fits the players and coach he's playing with. So that's going to be the challenge for him. It's not selfishness. It's fit.
There are going to be some growing pains and some fit issues, but that's natural. I would advise everyone to not freak out if after a couple of games it's not going perfectly, but come on, we know that's not going to happen. It's the vicious cycle of the media hype game. Something gets built way up and then we just wait for it to come crashing back down. Unfortunately for Melo, if that happens, he might be shouldering the blame.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:44 pm
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:25 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 12:04 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The 2012 dunk contest participants will be Paul George of the Pacers, Derrick Williams of the Timberwolves, Iman Shumpert of the Knicks and Chase Budinger of the Rockets, the NBA announced Thursday.
But that's not all. I guess in an effort to spice up the field as well as find a way to work Linsanity into All-Star Weekend, Jeremy Lin will also be playing a part. According to ESPN.com, Lin will be "assisting" Shumpert in some way, much in the same way Baron Davis helped out Blake Griffin at last year's contest.
The New York Daily News also reported that Lin would be part of the "Shooting Stars" competition, meaning he'd already be in the arena for All-Star Saturday night. David Stern has already said that Lin would not be a late addition to the Rising Stars game.
There will be a revamped format that will feature only one round and be voted on only by the fans. There no longer will be judges in the event, which also will be reduced to one round. Each contestant will execute three dunks. Fans will determine the champion by voting on NBA.com, Twitter or through text messaging. The format in recent years was two rounds, with a panel of judges voting on the first round before fan voting in the second.
As for the actual contest, it's a pretty weak field with no big name stars. Actually, when you really look it over, it might the weakest there's ever been. No disrespect to the participants, but none are exactly well known players to the casual NBA fan. Maybe Williams, just because the was the No. 2 overall pick.
Last year featured Blake Griffin, JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan, four fairly well known players. This year has two rookies and two role players. Not exactly an eye-popping group. But let's break the field down anyway.
I'd say the early favorite has to be Williams, who is a bit in the Griffin mold of a big man with freakish leaping ability. He can always employ his teammate Ricky Rubio, who surely could zip a fancy pass Williams' way. Paul George is long and can jump. Budinger participated in the McDonald's All-American dunk contest in high school and has always been known as a big leaper.
But it might be hard to top Shumpert. Not because he's some fantastic dunker, but because of this being a fan vote thing and if he indeed brings along Lin, the people will likely speak on the side of the not just the Knicks, but of Lin.
I suppose the NBA is banking on Lin's "assisting" star power to give this contest a bump. Players are less and less inclined to participate in the event for the risk of injury and just the fact it's a stressful thing to add to an already busy weekend. Plus, the league sees it as an opportunity to welcome new faces to the casual fan with the possibility one of the guys does something unexpected and amazing. Vince Carter was a rising star, but he exploded as a household name after his dunk contest performance.
It might be a weak group lacking big names, but we'll all be watching anyway. And if you've watched much Paul George or Derrick Williams, you know that those two can fly. Who knows, we might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:46 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 2:41 am
Posted by Ben Golliver
Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:11 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 11:16 pm
By Matt Moore
Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin will be a guest on Boomer and Carton on CBS local affiliate radio station WFAN in New York Thursday, fresh off the Knicks' seventh win in a row since Lin became a featured part of the offense and his sixth win as a starter. The Knicks handled the Kings easily Wednesday night, 100-85 in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicates. Lin shot 4-6 from the field and finished with 13 assists.
You can listen to the show here.
Lin is scheduled to join Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN at 9:45 a.m. EST, so you'll have a chance to hear more about what has to be the most insane week in the life of a professional point guard from Harvard, ever.
We'll have audio from Lin's appearance on Thursday.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:01 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 6:02 pm
The Linsanity bandwagon rolls back to Madison Square Garden tonight with the Knicks hosting the Kings. Here are five things to keep an eye on for tonight's game.
1. The dream has to end, right? It looked like maybe the Jeremy Lin fun was about to dry up against the Raptors, but he caught fire in the fourth bringing New York back from 18 down. Here's the thing: Lin looked exhausted late in that game. Both mentally and physically. You know he's running on fumes right now, especially with this being a back-to-back. He's scored 20+ in every start thus far -- he can't keep it up, can he?
2. Turnovers. The one thing about Linsanity that we all are conveniently ignoring are the turnovers. He had eight against Toronto and has piled up 20 the last three games. He might be electrifying everyone, but he's also giving the ball away quite a bit.
3. Fun Elias stat: Lin is the only player to go undefeated and score 20 or more points in each of his first five starts since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77. Here are the players with the most points scored in their first six starts in the NBA since 1970: Bob Lanier (162), Charlie Scott (162), Shaquille O'Neal (158), John Drew (156) and Jay Vincent (152). Tonight will be Lin's sixth start and he has scored 136 through those five. So there's a good chance he might be sitting atop that list by the end of the night.
4. Pick-and-roll-and-destroy. You know what Lin does really well? Runs the pick-and-roll. You know what the Kings do horribly? Defend the pick-and-roll. Via Synergy Sports, the Kings rank in the bottom five of points per play in defending the pick-and-roll. Lin excells in the D'Antoni system of spacing the floor and making a decision out of the pick-and-roll. He attacks well, hits the roll man or penetrates and kicks out.
5. Amar'e. The first run with Amar'e Stoudemire didn't go all that well as the Knick big man finished 8-22 from the floor. But that came after a really strong finish where Lin and Stoudemire appeared to kind of start to figure each other out. Remember, those two have barely played together so far. The Knicks want to isolate Lin and Stoudemire in a two-man game style offense, so as they adapt and learn each other, they're only going to get better. By the end of the Toronto game, they seemed to be figuring it out. I bet that continues tonight.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:57 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The final piece to the Linsanity puzzle has been laid. It now has it's own picture post meme thing.
It's called "Linning" and here's how you do it: Make a circle with both your hands and put them to your eyes like you're looking out binoculars. Like this:
Where does it come from? The origin is Landry Fields, a Stanford grad, and Lin, a Harvard grad, and their pregame handshake ritual.
So now you know how to "Lin" and can't annoy your friends by making them do it in public places and such. It was only a matter of time before this happened.
If Jeremy Lin was going to be the Tebow of the NBA, he was going to have to have his own thing. Main difference with Lin and Tebow though? There's really no debate about Lin. Because he's actually good.