Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Chris Broussard of ESPN tries to explain the behind-the-scene dynamics resulting in the New York Knicks' refusal to match the Houston Rockets' $29 million offer sheet for Jeremy Lin.

The PG feels this is best for all parties involved.  Houston gets their media personality to put fans in the seats (and get merchandise off the shelves), Lin gets paid BIG TIME and gets to play in an open-style offense not available to him in NYC, and the Knicks save cap space that could have gone to an overpaid back-up coming off knee surgery, had Lin failed to flourish in the half-court offensive style favored by Coach Woodson who wants Stoudamire and Anthony to be the hub of the offense.

I think the Knicks always suspected there was a chance they might lose Lin; because if they really wanted to keep him, why would they let him "test the market" and risk ballooning of the signing price?  The Rockets are building for the future, so the Lin acquisition will help their marketability until they are once again able to put a contending team on the floor.  Everybody wins, except for New Yorkers more attached to the Linsanity hype than the New York Knicks' prospects for this season.

Personally, if I were the Knicks, I would have gone after Ramon Sessions or Darren Collison rather than Raymond Felton (a control pg) - particularly if they were going to bring in J. Kidd for tutelage purposes.  Either Sessions or Collison would have provided more quickness and off-the-dribble elusiveness than Felton. Understandably, however, New York chose to go with the more familiar option.

Of course, what the Knicks REALLY should have done was get D'antoni a speed or pure penetration point guard to run his system two years ago, BEFORE the trade for Melo.


May Your Point Guard Flow...

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