It’s really a weird thing, because as much as Knicks fans grew to love Lin last year, fans have quickly turned their backs on him. Now, I understand that he’s no longer with the team, pronouncing him as an enemy, but what Jeremy Lin did for Knicks fans, as well as the city of New York, should not be forgotten.
Tyson Chandler didn’t back away from talking about Jeremy Lin, as the rest of the organization has, but rather, he was completely straight forward, saying that Lin was too “inexperienced” and they upgraded their point guard depth chart this year over last.
Last night, Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets came to terms on a four-year deal worth $29.8 million. The deal will give Jeremy $5 million in the first year, $5.2 million in the second year, $9.2 million in the third year and the fourth year is a player option of $9.2 million. Somehow, Jeremy Lin will be signed for less guaranteed money than Landry Fields. After signing Jason Kidd to backup Lin, the Knicks were prepared to match any offer Lin received. As Marc Stein of ESPN said the Knicks “will match any offer on Lin up to 1 billion dollars.”
Yesterday, in a conference call, Mike Woodson said that he’s “not counting” on Jeremy Lin returning to the Knicks’ lineup in time for Wednesday’s game five. This comes on the heels of Melo shooting down a Lin return this year by saying “he’ll be ready to go next year”, without a mention of the remaining playoff games, after Sunday’s victory over the Heat.
Tonight, the Knicks battled back from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Cavaliers by 17, 120-103.
After getting back Shumpert, Harrellson and Davis, the Knicks believed that had one of the deepest teams in the league, and tonight, they backed that notion up.
(Illustration from Bobby Bernethy)
Barring an NBA Finals featuring the two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers only visit Madison Square Garden once, this year. The occasion is a one time chance during the season to see Kobe Bryant and what exploits he’ll have at the Garden. In 2009, it was his 61-point performance; In 2008 it was a near triple double performance of 39 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists; In 2006, he dropped 40 at the Garden. Time and time again, the Lakers visit to the Garden brings about questions of, “What will Kobe do tonight?”