Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Brown: NYK made right call on Lin
By Ian Begley
Larry Brown had some interesting things to say about the Knicks and Jeremy Lin on Wednesday.
Appearing on "The Mike Lupica Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM, Brown called the Knicks' decision to let Lin walk a sound business move. The former Knicks coach also said he viewed Lin as a "terrific backup" -- but not a player worthy of being paid $14.8 million in one season.
"I think Jeremy Lin making $15 million or more ... it's almost a max contract, the third year," Brown said. "(It) wouldn't have been a good business decision."
The Knicks untimely agreed, deciding against matching Houston's 3-year, $25 million offer to Lin, which called for Lin to make $14.8 million in Year 3.
Brown said that he talked to Mike Woodson, one of his closest friends, during Lin's free-agency and the coach would've 'loved' having Lin on the roster with Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd. This partially contradicts reports that Woodson wasn't enamored with Lin.
"All along Mike Woodson wanted him," Brown said. "(Having all three point guards) could've possibly happened if it was a legitimate contract to match. But it's over $15 million in Year 3, that's $30 million on the books. And over the length of the contract, I don't know what it is on the books. But I think it was purely a business decision and the right one to make (to let Lin go to Houston).
"And it's not like they didn't end up with a quality player (in Raymond Felton)," Brown added. "I think Mike Woodson is the type of person that will bring about the best in Raymond."
Brown didn't say as much, but his praise of Felton during the interview made it seem like he views the 28-year-old former Knick as an upgrade over Lin.
"I know there was a lot of stuff said about me not liking Jeremy Lin. I love the story and his success. But the way I looked at him, I thought he was a terrific backup," Brown said.