Tag:New York Knicks
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:49 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 6:38 am

Melo says playing with Lin 'a dream come true'

Carmelo Anthony says he'll fit in fine with Jeremy Lin. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

While Amar'e Stoudemire returned to practice following the death of his brother and is expected to play Tuesday when Linsanity and the Knicks face the Raptors, Carmelo Anthony told reporters Monday that he thinks talk of how he will fit in with Jeremy Lin is "funny." As to who's going to be in charge when Melo retakes the floor following an injury absence, Anthony couldn't have been clearer. It's the Lin Show until further notice. From ESPN NY:
"When I'm reading the stuff, it's more funny than anything because at the end of the day I know what I bring to the game, I know what I bring to this team," Anthony said on Monday after missing practice due to a strained right groin. "My teammates know that. But to say, 'How can I fit in?' It's easy; give him the ball and space out. I get back to doing what I know how to do best. So we'll see."

Anthony said he is confident that he can fit in well with Lin, who missed practice on Monday for a standard recovery day and will play on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors. Anthony has missed the Knicks' last three games after injuring his groin on Monday against Utah. He is happy that Lin has emerged to take some of the load off of his shoulders.

"I know there's questions about, 'Can I fit in?' and stuff like that, but this is like a dream come true to me," Anthony said. "It takes some pressure off of me. I don't have to play point guard. I don't have to try to get Amare 20 points, try to get this guy 20 points, me try to go out there and get 25-30 points a night, play defense, rebound do the whole thing."
via New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony could return this week, likes Jeremy Lin - ESPN New York.

This is exactly what you want to hear from Anthony if you're a Knicks fan. There's no question Stoudemire can co-exist, even flourish with Lin doing what he's done in the superstar duo's absence. Stoudemire's best value comes from working out of the pick and roll, either exploding to the rim or catching and shooting in the space provided. Lin's work with Tyson Chandler and Jared Jeffries has demonstrated a command over the set and he should fit in perfectly fine with Stoudemire.

Anthony, who has primarily been an isolation scorer throughout his career and particulary in his firs year with the Knicks, is a bit trickier. But Anthony is certainly saying the right things about how to keep the critics at bay. He wants his own looks, to be sure, but he's also happy to have a guard to create. Anthony had been asked to essentially run point forward at the start of this season with Toney Douglas' struggles and Iman Shumpert's inexperience, and the results were not good. This is a tremendous opportunity for him to have shots created for him, to be allowed to work in space, and to have his incredible talent produce on easy looks versus exceptionally difficult ones.

The only question is if Anthony will be good to his word and take it.
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:01 pm

Create your own Lin Words

Posted by Royce Young

Maybe you're already tired of the Jeremy Lin puns. Linsanity, Lincredible, Super Lintendo, Linderella. Grab a word than starts with "in" and you're all set. But fear not, headline writers everywhere. Some Linterprising entrepreneur has done the work for you. Introducing the Lin Word Generator.

A quick click-through and I got these:
  • Lincumbent
  • Lingulf
  • Lindulgent
  • Linferno
  • Linfluenza
  • Linsulin (what?)
  • Lin Your Face
  • Linvader
  • Linternship
  • Lindestructible
Next step? Jeremy Lin Mad Libs? Mad Lins? I hope this story never stops.
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:08 pm

Video: Jeremy Lin gets Taiwainese animated

Posted by Royce Young

A lot of times, the way you know a story has hit the big time is when it gets the Taiwanese animation treatment. It's the new Mom Rule. Instead of using whether or not your mom knows about a story to gauge if it's big, just wait and see if it gets Taiwanese animated.

But you can be sure NWA, the outfit that makes these ridiculous things, has been waiting their whole life for this one. Jeremy Lin, of Taiwanese decent, getting Taiwanese animated. Mind, blown.
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:32 pm

Linsanity? MSG stock hits all-time high

Posted by Royce Young

Jeremy Lin has done a lot of things. First, he's led the Knicks to an improbable five-game win streak. Second, he's scored more points in his first four starts than Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan or Allen Iverson. Third, he's created a Tebow-esque NBA phenomenon with everyone losing their minds such as writing about a couch where he sleeps.

But fourth, he's given a major boost to not just the Knicks, but MSG's stock. Via the Wall Street Journal:
We have virtually no compunction about taking unsightly victory laps whenever we chance to hazard a decent guess on where the markets going. So allow us this quick trot around the MarketBeat velodrome, with Madison Square Garden’s shares up 4.1% early, schooling the broader S&P which is up a mere 0.5%. The stock hit an all-time high of $31.34 early Monday.

On Friday, we wondered aloud about whether the sports, entertainment and media company could get a bounce from the unheralded arrival of Jeremy Lin as the New York Knicks’ newly minted star point guard.

While it’s tough to prove, we think Lin’s 38-point performance against the Lakers Friday night, and his gutsy 20-point effort versus Minnesota Saturday — including hitting a free throw with less than 5 seconds left to lift the Knicks to their fifth straight win — might have something to do with it.

Newsday also reported that Nielsen ratings on the MSG Network jumped 36 percent. Linsanity is real, you guys. 

The WSJ report says it probably won't be a long-term boost for the shares because merchandise sales aren't typically a big driver for earning results for MSG. It's more about the eyeballs watching their network. There's a current dispute between MSG and Time Warner that's keeping Knicks games off a lot of TVs in the New York area, but some analysts thing that the Lin Mania could restart discussions. Why? Because there's money to be made.

Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:18 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 5:53 pm

New Jeremy Lin rap song 'Nick of Time'

Posted by Royce Young

You know what Linsanity was missing? A second song. There's already "Linning," which isn't the best thing in the world, but a song with words about Jeremy Lin. But now there's "Nick of Time" by rapper MC Jin, a rapper born in Miami who lived in New York and now based in Hong Kong.

It has a religious theme to it, which is part of Lin's story. He's a player of faith and the song certainly reflects that.

So Lin has two songs in a week. How much longer do we have to wait on the movie? Geez, Hollywood. You're slipping.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:14 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 5:24 pm

The couch made famous by Jeremy Lin

Posted by Royce Young

Before he became Jeremy Lin of Linsanity, Linning Time and all of that fun stuff, he was Jeremy Lin, the guy on a non-guaranteed deal that had to sleep on his teammate's couch.

Lin said that he's continued sleeping on teammate Landry Fields' couch because it's obviously been working. Who knows if he'll keep doing it, but regardless, Fields tweeted out the now famous sleeping spot of Linsanity:

I like how Fields put all the throw pillows on it before he snapped a picture. I think it would've been better though if it was what it looked like after Lin slept on it. Pillows on the floor, sheet laid out and stuff.

Fields tweeted with it, "Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only couch made famous by @JLin7! Let the bidding begin..." I think Spike Lee might offer $5 million for it, but that's only if Lin keeps sleeping on it in his house. Can't break up routine when it's working, you know?

(Posts about where Jeremy Lin sleeps? Yep, we've all gone completely Linsane. Or at least I have.)
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:42 am
Edited on: February 12, 2012 3:03 pm

Jeremy Lin's 'ChinkBalla88' Xanga page from 2004

Posted by Royce Young

Becoming a superstar in professional sports is almost like running for president. Everything you've ever done seems to become part of the story and you get vetted. Especially if it was put on the Internet.

Lin has risen from an undrafted D-Leaguer cut by two NBA teams to maybe the story of the season in the NBA, but he was once a goofy teenager that had a Xanga page in 2004 under the profile "ChinkBalla88." That's right
Lin was 16 in 2004, so keep that in mind as you have a chuckle at Lin sampling some headband styles from that time. (Captions are Lin's.)

“this is what a regular headband looks like on a sexy guy.”

“ghetto and gangster, but sad! The only tournament that i could play in ended up being a disaster. But its ok, cuz now, alex and i are gb-ing!”

“this is what Marquis Daniels on the dallas mavs looks like with a sideways ghetto headband.”

“there’s Josh Howard on the dallas mavs. he wears his headband jewish style…very very loosely.”

“there’s brian grant from the miami Heat…girl style!”

“this is Derek Fisher on the los angeles Lakers with the headband covering the ears.”

So to recap, Jeremy Lin roasted Derek Fisher in 2004, and then roasted him again on the court in 2012. Linsane, you guys.

Via Hypervocal
Posted on: February 12, 2012 12:51 am
Edited on: February 12, 2012 1:19 am

Let the great Lin debate begin

Jeremy Lin was just 8-24 from the field Saturday but still got the win. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

And now the fun part begins. Jeremy Lin is no longer undeniable nor deniable after the Knicks100-98 win over the Timberwolves. Let me take you down the road of point/counterpoint that will be hashed and re-hashed over the next 48 hours.

"Lin got the win, that's all that matters."

"Lin was inefficient and missed 14 shots from the field."

"Lin managed to pull 20 points and 8 assists while playing a quality defensive team surrounded by Tyson Chandler, Steve Novak, and Landry Fields as his best weapons."

"A good story doesn't erase a poor game."

"It was the Knicks' third game in four nights, and a back-to-back. The kid has logged long minutes. Everyone gets tired this year."

"It was against the 13-15 Timberwolves." 

"The Wolves are 15th in efficiency differential (12th in defensive efficiency), were above .500 before the Kevin Love suspension. And didn't the win over the Lakers kill the 'strength of schedule' argument?"

"The defense figured him out in the second half."

"Not enough."

And both sides are correct. It was not a great performance by Lin, but it was enough to help the Knicks win. It was inefficient, but highly productive. Lin made some poor plays, and some brilliant ones. Lin is entering the next phase of what happens when you're a phenomenon. And while Lin is not worthy of being compared to the great players of this league, not even close, if we examine this five game stretch as a microcosm of how analysts, fans, and media react to polarizing players, this is the next evolution.

Good enough for the supporters to herald, poor enough for the backlash to begin. Did he win the game, even when he hit the game-winning free throw, or was it defense and poor execution by Minnesota late that kept the Knicks' Linning streak alive? Did he struggle because he was exhausted from hoisting a team without Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, half their payroll, and on a back-to-back, third-in-four? Or was it Minnesota figuring him out?

The debate will rage. His supporters are validated by the simplified 20-8-6-3 line and a win, the backlash buoyed by his turnovers and shooting percentage. And the answer lies in the middle.

Lin was clearly exhausted, as the elevation on his second-half shots reveals. He would land and take longer to recover to his feet. He looked winded, he drifted to the edges at times, and admitted after the game everyone was tired.

But Lin also admitted that the Timberwolves did a good job defending him. And they did. It's been no secret since Lin's first explosive performance that the key is forcing him left. Lin is notably weaker with his left, and in fact, the Wolves shaded him constantly to his left. When Lin attempted to move right in the pick and roll, a second defender would pop to the elbow to drive him back left.

That said, Lin missed several very makeable shots going to his left, including a floater over Nikola Pekovic and a bank shot over Love. Pekovic may have been the biggest difference maker. Not only did he challenge Lin at the rim, but he managed to keep with him laterally without fouling. Most teams don't have a defender of that quality (speaking of players who came out of nowhere), but it does show that Lin is more than mortal.

And yet.

Lin also forced several possessions, often getting into the air and trying to finish with floaters over three defenders instead of passing out to a wide-open corner man, which he has done so much during this streak. Some of that is exhaustion wearing on his decision-making. Some of it is just forcing it.

Do we need to make excuses, though? Hasn't Lin already proved himself, especially since he had a poor game by the new established standards for him and still won the game with 20 points and 8 rebounds? Should we hold him to a higher standard, considering what should be lowered expectations?

It's too late for all that. This thing has taken on a life of its own. And you have to wonder if that was the real difference against Minnesota. The Knicks played well defensively. They got some breaks. Lin was productive but not efficient. But as much as I try and boil things down to metrics and plays and X's and O's, it's hard to watch this game and not walk away with a simple conclusion.

Some things can't be stopped. And while the rollercoaster has to end sometime, right now? Nothing has been able to stop Linsanity. Minnesota is just the latest to experience it.
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