New York Report: Jeremy Lin

FanSpeak: Beat the Heat?

May, 8, 2012
5/08/12
1:26
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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: Who takes the last shot?

March, 6, 2012
3/06/12
6:39
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A quick riff on the hottest topic on ESPNNewYork.com: the New York Knicks.

From Anthony comes up short when it counts

"The last shot should go to the best shooter. The best shooter on the Knicks is not Melo."
- The_Woo_Woo_Kid

Ed.'s note -- Really? Who is it? I definitely want Carmelo Anthony taking the last shot if I'm a Knicks fan.

"How quick people are to forget Melo's heroics last year in the playoffs and how we nearly won both games, even when that squad had so much less talent than this one? Or how he made game winners against Philly and Memphis? No one makes all their shots, not even Kobe, dubbed the best closer in this generation, and as shots go, this wasn't exactly an open elbow jumper, this was a guarded fadeaway, off-balance, baseline jumper that was his best option in 2.5 seconds of regulation time left."
- coldwinter95

Ed.'s note -- True, I just think Knicks fans wish that this was settled by now.

From the Opening Tip: Fields or Shumpert?

"Of course D'Antoni will use the less effective defensive shooting guard in his starting line-up.

"People need to realize that Mike D'Antoni is a GLORIFIED OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR.

"Shumpert and Baron need to start over Lin and Fields for the sake of DEFENSE."
- Duane_Wade

Ed.'s note -- I agree with Iman Shumpert starting, but I think Jeremy Lin has earned his spot at the point. Lin is 10-4 in games where he has played more than 10 minutes and Baron Davis is still coming back after his herniated disk. Shumpert gives the Knicks a defensive presence that they don’t have in the starting lineup.

From Could Baron close games over Lin?

"Baron Davis, career .409 shooter ... his *career high* .439 was six years ago.

"There not only isn't any reason to close games with this bricklayer, there's no reason to pay him."
- Baron Harkonnen

Ed.'s note -- Can we all agree that Davis shouldn't take the last shot?

"Wow. You guys turned on Lin faster than a New York minute. There's no way that Baron Davis takes this starting job from Lin; at least not yet. Baron Davis has come back and played under five games. A lot of this heat on Lin has come from bad personnel decisions from D'Antoni. Had he put in Novak for a larger share of STAT's minutes, I doubt the Knicks would have lost in Boston. Novak spreads the floor and doesn't eat up driving lanes like Amare does. Baron has an arrogance on the ball to the likes which I've never seen. Several of his first passes were simply thrown away into the crowd with no teammate in sight. Besides, if you look at the statistics, Lin leads Davis in every essential stat there is. So calm down Knicks fans. The sky is not falling, but the honeymoon phase of Linsanity is over."
- pittpanther91

Ed.'s note -- Agreed, although I would say that most Knicks fans are still behind Lin.

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FanSpeak: Still all Lin?

February, 22, 2012
2/22/12
1:49
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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.

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FanSpeak: Linsanity!

February, 14, 2012
2/14/12
10:53
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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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