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Warriors GM Larry Riley on Jeremy Lin’s success: ‘I have egg on my face’

Count Larry Riley as the second GM to admit he made a mistake by cutting Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

The Golden State Warriors signed Lin after he went undrafted, but the Harvard product only played 29 games for them last season. He was cut by Golden State in December and GM Larry Riley says he never envisioned Lin becoming a good starting point guard.

“We always felt there would be some chance he’d be a backup point guard,” Riley told The New York Times. “I have egg on my face in telling you that I did not think he was going to become a starting point guard with a good team. He’s doing that right now.”

Rockets GM Daryl Morey also admitted Thursday that he made a mistake by cutting Lin. Both teams knew Lin was good enough to be on their roster, but they didn’t realize he was good enough to produce as a starter. Now Lin is starring for the Knicks and making each of them (and every other NBA GM who passed on him) look bad.