New York Knicks: Linsanity

FanSpeak: Beat the Heat?

May, 8, 2012
5/08/12
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It’s getting warmer and the question of the day is: How can you beat the Heat? The New York Knicks are going back to Miami looking for a way to do just that.

From Hot Button: Should Jeremy Lin play in Game 5?:

"No. Lin should not play in Game 5 for these reasons:
1. He has not completed the targeted rehab that is needed to level of conditions required for the intense physical playoff games. 2. Coach's ability to effectively insert him to the current offense format/stratefy is questionable. 3. Lin doesn't even have a contract for next season and any further injury that may risk ending his hard fought NBA career should be avoided."
- GPT607

Ed.'s note -- 4. It's extremely unlikely the Knicks can win this series.

From Baron Davis out for about a year:

"Knicks fans will never be able to say you didn't give it your all! Speedy recovery, will always be rooting for you."
- algocrazy

"Please all KNICKS fans read this, and I mean DIE-HARD Knicks fans. Do you want the injuries of Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis to go down in vain? If the Knicks don't win the series, yes, I mean if they don't win the series, they won't ever win a championship (assuming the Heat begin a dynasty with only the Thunder and Spurs as their opposition). The Knicks will be back next year wasting very FORMIDABLE players that can contribute. So unless they win this series, and get something out of it, they will waste the energy of Baron (who was playing well until he got hurt), and Shumpert with his defense as always."
- nbalegend87

Ed.'s note -- It's safe to say Knicks fans are pretty united in WANTING them to win the series.

From Video: A look ahead to Game 5:

"A comeback will b so sweet given the circumstance and how the knicks was given no chance to beat the heat by analysts!!"
- ReLL881220

Ed.'s note -- A comeback would be epic. But does anybody see it happening?

From Jeremy Lin long shot for Game 5:

"E-Lin-mination"
- cggw

Ed.'s note -- That's a stretch.

"Anytime you have a game left, you have a shot.......Underdogs are great for sports."
- chiwadog

Ed.'s note -- True, just make sure you keep a firm grip on reality as well.

"Does it really matter? The Heat have this series in the bucket!"
- peterdipersio84

"The award for best comedy of the year goes to......... the knicks. Pretending to be an NBA team. Pathetic at its best. How pathetic that they were celebrating after winning one game in the playoffs. Total joke. Hey knicks fans did you guys have a parade after the game?"
- wolfdc85

Ed.'s note -- It was more of an expression of relief than it was a celebration. What do you guys say: how do you evaluate this season? Use the comments section below to let us know. Hey, at least you know we're paying attention.

FanSpeak: Contemplating Lin's injury

April, 3, 2012
4/03/12
2:05
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So Jeremy Lin went under the knife. What does this do to Linsanity?

From Jeremy Lin has surgery on knee:

"I recall a knicks fan from yesterday saying he'd be back in two weeks. My question to you is, where did you get your medical license?"
- ChicagoSportsFTW8510

Ed.'s note -- Everyone heals differently, but clearly the Knicks are being cautious with Lin.

"Assuming Lin's age and the type of injury, he can heal in 3 weeks instead of 6. Strong rehabilitation can exercise can heal up the knee quickly. Let's hope the Knicks can hold on to their spot, or at the least move up in the rankings until Lin is better."
- SJYankee1

Ed.'s note -- That’s making a lot of assumptions. He could heal in three weeks or it could take more than six. We just don’t know.

From Amare gets treatment, traveling with team:

"we should pick up marbury, lol"
- knickerbockers1994

Ed.'s note -- Stephon Marbury? VETOED!!!!!

From Opening Tip: Will Knicks make the playoffs?:

"I see the Knicks going at least 11-3. I wish you people would look forward and stop dreaming of the past. Woodsanity 9-2 , BD 3-1 as a starter. STAY IN THE MOMENT PLEASE!"
- ANT2172

Ed.'s note -- The past is the best indication of the future, grasshopper.

"seriously in my opinion Knicks shouldnt be worried about facing the Bulls ... The only team that will give the Knicks problems are the Heat & Celtics..... The Bulls are overrated .... if you have offensive fire power & can Rebound you can beat the Bulls same for the Heat & Celtics but the Heat & Celtics have more offensive fire power than the Bulls ... but IMO if you outrebound Boston you win 100% of the time"
- sam07ny

Ed.'s note -- The Knicks have to worry about all three teams, as they only have one win over Boston and haven’t beaten the others.

From If Knicks call, James would be interested:

From Twitter:
@IanBegley How much will his injury affect his contract negotiations for next year?
- JaneL

Begley's reply -- I doubt it will have a big impact. I think the #Knicks will re-sign him, assuming he makes a full recovery.

What would you do with Lin? Comment and let us know.

FanSpeak: Still all Lin?

February, 22, 2012
2/22/12
1:51
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What was the sound you heard in the comments section on the site around 10 p.m. on Monday? That was people jumping off the Jeremy Lin bandwagon and onto the Deron Williams bandwagon (which is still waiting for a nickname: suggestions are welcome in the comments).

From the Rapid Reaction:

"Shumpert was really missed tonight"
- BarcelonaCatalunya

Ed.'s note -- I completely agree. Iman Shumpert was out with a knee injury and he could have helped on D, especially with outside shooting. Ian Begley even wrote about this post-game.

"Bottom line is, any NBA team shoots 31 threes and makes 49%, you have to play perfect offense to beat them. This is a one-off loss, with new people on the floor and the Nets shooting like Bird in an All-Star contest. Move on and get ready for Atlanta. Right now, the Knicks have what I'd call 'positive problems,' like your wallet being too small to hold all your Benjamins...."
- wolf.in.pinstripes

Ed.'s note -- True, it’s not the end of the world and Lin isn’t perfect but that doesn’t mean it’s time for Knicks fans to hit the panic button.

"Melo had freaking 6 Turnovers 4/11 on the field. lol We will see later on if Melo can get his game going."
- Neo21221

Ed.'s note -- Carmelo Anthony wasn’t himself. If chemistry is still a major problem after playing Atlanta, Miami and Cleveland then Knicks fans can start screaming from the rooftops.

"Why blame Melo tonight? Its obviously Lebrons fault"
- Myanks26

Ed.'s note -- I can’t find a reason it’s not LeBron’s fault.

"Face it Lin'wagon fans. DWILL took him to school. He is NOT a good defender. Imagine what's going to happen when he plays against CP3, Westbrook, & Rose."
- Drunyce86

Ed.'s note -- I don’t think Lin could have expected a career 35% three-point shooter to explode and go 8-for-14 behind the arc.

From Carmelo Anthony returns Monday:

"Shouldn't Lin adjust TOO? While all the comments about Melo ALONE having to adjust? They have many new players on this team and are playing together for the first time. They ALL need to adapt and adjust, starting with the person who touches the ball 80% of the time. Melo is a world-class player, Lin is unproven, we don't know where in the NBA food chain he will settle. When Baron Davis is in basketball shape let's see what happens to Lin's minutes."
- 1111Frodo

Ed.'s note -- Lin needs to adjust as well. He is currently adjusting to tons of stuff: being a star NBA player, being expected to be amazing and playing so many minutes. As Jared Zwerling pointed out, the elite PGs only play about 35 minutes a game and Lin has gone from barely playing to 45 minutes every game. I think Baron Davis letting Lin get some rest will be crucial for the rest of the Knicks’ season.

"Melo straight up for World Peace"
- tenthousandlakes1966

Ed.'s note -- Are we talking about peace in the world or that guy who wears number 15 for the Lakers who is averaging 4.7 points per game and used to be Ron Artest? If it’s the former: I say go for it! If it’s the latter, then Knicks fans will be able to really question the team’s chemistry.

We'll run FanSpeak in this space on a regular basis, so keep commenting and make your voices heard! (Hey, at least now you know we're paying attention.)

Mavs' Kidd sold on Linsanity

February, 19, 2012
2/19/12
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Jason Kidd has bought into the “Linsanity” -- and the future Hall of Fame point guard says Jeremy Lin reminds him a little of Steve Nash.

“He’s taken [Mike] D’Antoni’s system, and he looks a little bit like Steve Nash out there,” Kidd said Sunday afternoon after Lin torched the Dallas Mavericks for a team-high 28 points and career-highs of 14 assists and five steals in the New York Knicks’ 104-97 victory at Madison Square Garden.

“Nash has had a lot of success running that system, as have a lot of point guards. I got to go through that system in the Olympics, and it’s a point guard’s dream.”

Lin now has three 20-point, 10-assist performances, and eight 20-point efforts in his last nine games.

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesJeremy Lin made Jason Kidd a believer with Sunday afternoon's performance.
“Why not? Why not? I hope he does,” Kidd replied when asked if thinks Lin can sustain his prolific play. “I think it’s a great story, an opportunity comes ... last year we had the same thing with guys getting the opportunity to play and we won a championship. And so why not have the same thing for him? Maybe not a championship this year, but why not be successful and see what happens down the line?”

Lin was raised in Palo Alto, Calif., and grew up idolizing Kidd, who hails from nearby Oakland.

“We develop some of the best,” Kidd said.

After the final buzzer sounded, the two embraced and shared a moment on the court.

Remember, it was Oakland native Gary Payton that essentially passed the torch to Kidd -- and now he may be passing it on to Lin.

“He’s a great kid. He’s very humble, and he plays extremely hard, whether he makes a mistake or makes a fantastic play,” Kidd said of Lin, who has overcome 52 turnovers in his last nine games to lead the Knicks to an 8-1 record. “He plays the game the right way, and as a point guard, that’s what you love to see.”

“He was telling me coming down the stretch you’re going to make a 3, and unfortunately I didn’t do that [Sunday],” said Kidd, who finished with eight points, five rebounds and four assists on 3-for-9 shooting -- including 2-for-8 from downtown. “The ones I did miss, he thought I made, so I think he was softening me up.”

The Mavericks, who led by as many as 12, went up 73-62 with 3:05 remaining in the third quarter, but the Knicks closed the period on a 10-2 run capped by a steal and slam by Lin to trail by just three heading into the decisive stanza.

Jason Terry’s 3-pointer with 3:26 left got Dallas within 95-93, but Lin ignited the crowd by draining a triple on the other end 29 seconds later, and the Mavericks never got any closer.

“We tried to put some pressure on him [with double teams] to make him feel uncomfortable,” Kidd said. “the game was in our hands to finish them off but we didn’t do it.”

Said Shawn Marion, who got the assignment on many possessions to guard Lin: “He’s a feisty little thing. I give him credit, he plays hard. You have to take certain things away from him.”

At times they did, but it wasn’t enough.

Kidd said Lin has no choice but to go out there and make it happen on the fly.

“There’s so many games, no practices, it’s just go out there and play,” Kidd said. “I’m happy for him. I think we saw it in football, and now we’re seeing it in basketball.”

Lin was actually with the Mavericks’ summer league team in 2010, and it was with them in Las Vegas in July when he went toe-to-toe with John Wall and earned some serious respect -- just no contract.

“They all thought that he had talent,” Kidd said. “We were just a little loaded at the guard position, and I thought he played well in Golden State, but they were loaded there too, and now getting this opportunity here with the right guys, it fits. So it’s awesome.”

Kidd has always had the utmost respect for D’Antoni -- known through the NBA for his offensive genius.

Yet until he found a diamond in the rough in Lin, the Knicks coach’s dismissal seemed imminent.

“In his system, he needs [a point guard], and he has one,” said Kidd, who passed Michael Jordan for second place on the all-time steals list. “I think in his system that’s where it starts. Nash is a two-time MVP in that system. He has won and they’re rolling. They’ll make the playoffs and they’ll scare some teams if not beat some teams.”


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FanSpeak: Linsanity!

February, 14, 2012
2/14/12
10:54
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A quick riff on the hottest topic on ESPNNewYork.com: Linsanity! (What a Linderella story that is, truly Linspirational.) You can’t help but love Jeremy Lin. Or can you?

From Amare Stoudemire returns to NY:

"That's Lin'Mare"
- drewhorn

Ed.'s note -- From Lin’s name we have gotten spinoffs of song titles from Dean Martin to DJ Khaled, awesome. I never would have imagined I would be putting the King of Cool in the same sentence as the guy who did “All I do is win.” It’s Linsane.

"Sickening absolutely sickening ... let me tell you guys a story about a player named Rafer Alston, about 4 years ago this guy was on top of the world and the talk of the NBA. He helped the Rockets to a 22 consecutive win streak, the second longest in NBA history. They also managed to get the 5th best record in the Western Conference a record that could have been easily placed them higher in the standings, had it not been for one of the tightest seeding in the Western Conference in years. Oh yeah and he too had a career game dropping 40 points on who but none other than the Lakers. So what happened to him? he got his 15 minutes of fame, hell Orlando even gave up a potential all-star for this guy. From there he went to china and now? he's in the D-League a forgotten nobody trying to work his way back into the NBA, this is Lin's future."
- johne_86

Ed.'s note -- Every career can have pitfalls and nobody is a sure thing. Alston had problems and warning signs from his days as “Skip 2 My Lou” playing street ball. He had problems missing practices and games and has been arrested. While Lin could still fall under the same cautionary tale as Alston I have no evidence of this happening and really don’t want to think about it. Enjoy the Linsanity while you can.

"I honestly think that Amare and Carmelo are the PERFECT two to add to J-Lin.
Here's why:
Amare is obviously a pick and roll beast. BUT, that is an early-in-the-shot-clock play on ONE side of the floor. While that is going on, Melo (and Shumpert as a 6th man) can be slashing to the basket from the OTHER side so Lin has TWO elite scoring options at his disposal every play.

"I literally could not be happier about what Lin has been doing, but this streak has been built on 50% emotion. People are excited. Lin is excited. His team mates are excited. I have no doubt that Lin is THE guy who can take us to the next level, but people who think Carmelo is going to "mess things up" are flat out WRONG."
- TBone107219

Ed.'s note -- The Lin-STAT-Melo lineup has amazing potential. It’s up to the coaching staff to figure out how to keep egos in check.

From Carmelo Anthony could return:

"Lin will get a Nike Contract b4 Monta Ellis, Steph Curry, or Russell Westbrook. I dont think he can even beat these guys in a game of 21."
- Mario Miles

Ed.'s note -- For the record, Curry has a deal with Nike and has his own line of shoes, the “Steph Curry Away Player Edition Hyperdunk 2010.” If you buy these shoes you MUST write a quote (does not have to be Biblical) on them.

From Facebook, in response to Floyd Mayweather's comments

"i actually 100% agree with mayweather . if any other player did what lin was doing, there would not be national attention on him. in general, america is more fond of the fact that hes an asian basketball player rather than a basketball player."
- ML Cruz

Ed.'s note -- Lin is the first American-born player of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. He attended Harvard. He was undrafted and then cut by both the Warriors and the Rockets and found himself in the D-League. Once Lin got quality minutes, he lit up the court and led his team to wins. Doesn’t this sound like a sports movie? Isn’t this the American dream? This is something we love about sports: the story of the underdog overcoming the odds. Nothing Floyd Mayweather says or does can change that.


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Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2