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Friday, November 23, 2012
Opening Tip: Give Dolan credit?

By Ian Begley

Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the New York Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: Does James Dolan deserve (gulp) credit for his call on Jeremy Lin?


James Dolan's the owner everyone seems to love to hate in New York.

And he's provided Knicks fans plenty of fodder over the years, whether it was backing poor management decisions or dragging the Knicks through an embarrassing sexual harassment case in court.

But, if you're being fair, you have to give Dolan some credit for his decision regarding Jeremy Lin.

Popular sentiment was that the Knicks would be crazy to let Lin go. He was a marketer's dream and a solid young player.

But Dolan decided that Houston's poison pill, 3-year, $25.1 million offer was too much to swallow.

So he let Lin walk.

GM Glen Grunwald brought in Raymond Felton to replace Lin.

It was a move many Knicks fans seemed uncomfortable with at the time.

But it's worked out so far.

Felton seems to be a great fit for the Knicks and Lin has struggled in Houston.

I thought the Knicks should have re-signed Lin if for no other reason than to trade him for picks or players if it didn't work out.

Looks like I was wrong. Lin on this team might have been a mess. They probably don't get off to as hot a start with Lin running the show as they have with Felton. And they definitely aren't as careful with the ball if Lin is the point guard.

So I think Dolan deserves some credit for making a tough call over the summer.

Question: What do you think? Does Dolan deserve credit for his call on Lin or will it come back to bite him?

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