Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Lin seeks out Hump, calls boos 'unfair'
By Mike Mazzeo
Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin sought out Nets power forward Kris Humphries after the Nets’ 100-92 victory on Monday night to tell Humphries that he thought the boos directed at him by the crowd at the Garden were “unfair,” according to ESPN.com’s Rachel Nichols.
“Now that’s a good dude,” Humphries told Nichols.
The Nets spawned “Linsanity” on Feb. 4. The Garden crowd spawned the “Everybody Hates Kris” campaign on Dec. 21 during the preseason, when they booed Humphries vociferously every time he touched the ball.
The 27-year-old says the boos are motivation, and it certainly showed on Monday night, when he notched another double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
At this point, the boos have mostly died down -- but they’ve continued at the Garden.
The irony in this whole situation is, Humphries isn’t being booed for anything he’s doing on the court. He was married to Kim Kardashian for 72 days. It didn’t work out. But it’s in the past. Hump has moved on. Isn’t it time for the fans to do the same?
PHEW: Those four teeth shooting guard Anthony Morrow lost? Don’t worry. They’re temporary.
Morrow lost them on Jan. 6 in Toronto. He was actually supposed to have a dentist appointment on Tuesday afternoon, but it got moved up to the morning, according to reports.
“Y'all, i just got reconstructive work done I didn't just lose 4 teeth,” Morrow tweet at around 11 a.m. Tuesday
The greater concern is why a travel was called on that particular play, when Morrow got elbowed in the mouth by Carmelo Anthony.
Credit to Morrow for gutting it out, though. The Knicks got within eight in the fourth quarter, but Morrow ended a 3 minute, 1 second scoring drought with one of the biggest buckets of the game, a 14-footer from the baseline with 5:41 left that put the Nets ahead 87-77. And Hump’s three-point play 40 seconds later made it a 13-point Nets’ lead. They were able to survive from there.
BIG PICTURE: A couple big picture quotes from D-Will didn’t make it in my column. Here they are anyway:
“We still need to get some guys in here if we’re going to be a better team. There’s no doubt about that. We’re 10-24 right now. So we have to get some better players. But I think everything will work out. It takes some time to put it together,” Williams said.
Williams added that he was “comfortable” with the direction of the franchise.
[After the season], I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with GM Billy [King] and ownership, and go from there.”
LIN-FERIOR: Lin still got his -- he finished with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds -- but give the Nets’ defense credit for forcing him into a 7-for-18 shooting night. Their bigs packed the paint, and kept him out of it a bit. If Nets’ fans haven’t watched Lin before, they probably figured two things out: 1. He’s definitely for real and 2. He’s much less effective going left than right.
OF NOTE: Center Brook Lopez will go through a hard workout on Tuesday before returning to the lineup and playing on Wednesday night against the Magic. ... The Nets were outscored 40-20 in the paint and 20-11 on the fastbreak, but won the rebounding battle, 46-42, and went 21-for-29 from the free throw stripe. ... A Barclays Center spokesman said Tuesday that construction of $1 billion arena remains on schedule for its Sept. 28 opening.