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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Articles tagged: Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin had to convince Hornets security he is a member of team

Jeremy Lin laughing

During February 2012, Jeremy Lin was the toast of the NBA and New York, sparking a craze that became known as “Linsanity” following a string of impressive performances by the undrafted point guard from Harvard. Now, he’s apparently having a hard time convincing NBA employees who he is.

After spending last season with the Lakers, Lin signed a two-year deal with the Hornets this summer. When he showed up to the Time Warner Cable Arena for the first time, Lin had to convince a member of security staff he’s actually a player on the team.

That must have been pretty awkward, to say the least. Remembering how big Lin became during his time with the Knicks, it seems crazy he could go to an NBA arena and not be recognized. But, here we are.

After playing in big cities like New York, Houston, and Los Angeles, a smaller market like Charlotte may turn out to be a good thing for Lin. He can continue his career without the super intense media scrutiny that comes with larger cities, not to mention the added pressure. Perhaps he can even remain relatively anonymous, as hard as that is to believe.

Video proof Byron Scott told Jeremy Lin not to foul?

One of the more mystifying plays from the weekend came on Friday night when Kobe Bryant went nuts on Jeremy Lin for not fouling Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley in the final seconds of their game.

Lin knew how silly the decision not to foul was and tried to say he was just following coach Byron Scott’s instructions.

In our original post on the matter, I said I wasn’t sure whether Scott was covering for Lin or whether Scott really was behind the seemingly dumb move. Well a commenter sent us a link to this video, and we think it deserves your attention.

Apparently Scott really did not want Lin fouling at that time. It’s a bad strategy, but I guess it’s what we should expect from the same guy who didn’t want the Lakers taking 3-pointers and who wants Kobe taking more shots.

Lin was so embarrassed by Scott’s coaching decision he couldn’t keep himself from giggling:

Jeremy Lin laughing

Kobe Bryant goes nuts on Jeremy Lin for not fouling (Video)

Kobe Bryant foulKobe Bryant had a freakout on the court in the final seconds of the Lakers’ loss to the Grizzlies Friday because he was upset with Jeremy Lin for not fouling.

Bryant had just made a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left to make it 106-105 Memphis. The Grizzlies got the ball and Mike Conley was dribbling out the clock. Kobe wanted the Lakers to foul and was screaming at Lin to foul Conley to stop the clock. When Lin didn’t act, Bryant took matters into his own hands and fouled Conley, who made one of two free throws.

The Grizzlies held on for a 109-106 win after Kobe missed yet another shot in the final seconds.

Even though it looked like Kobe was the only basketball-savvy Lakers player on the court, it turns out that Lin was just following instructions from his coach:

Either Scott is covering for Lin, or he is just not a very good coach.

Jeremy Lin seemingly responds to Rockets ‘giving’ Carmelo Anthony his number


While trying to flatter Carmelo Anthony before his free agent visit on Wednesday, the Houston Rockets also insulted Jeremy Lin. Photos of Anthony wearing No. 7 were plastered on the Toyota Center to show him what he would look like in a Rockets uniform. The issue with that is No. 7 currently belongs to Lin, who is still under contract with the team.

Shortly after photos of Anthony on the Rockets’ arena went viral, Lin sent the following tweet.

As many of you know, Lin is very religious. We’d be shocked if that Bible passage wasn’t directed at Houston’s disrespectful gesture. But we’re not surprised that Lin, who has been overlooked throughout his career, seems willing to turn the other cheek.

Everyone¬†knows Carmelo wears No. 7 and that Lin’s salary would probably need to be dumped if Anthony decides to sign with the Rockets, but there are other ways the team could have courted ‘Melo. They didn’t need to toss one of their own aside.

Photo via @MarkBermanFox26

Rockets have signs with Carmelo Anthony wearing Jeremy Lin’s No. 7


The Houston Rockets are hosting Carmelo Anthony for a free agent visit on Wednesday. Just like the Chicago Bulls did on Tuesday, the Rockets have decorated their arena with photos that show Carmelo Anthony in a Houston uniform. The Rockets, however, may have insulted one of their own players in the process.

The videoboard outside the Toyota Center featured Anthony wearing a Rockets No. 7 jersey — the same number he wore with the New York Knicks. Jeremy Lin, who is still under contract with the Rockets, wore No. 7 last year.

It is widely assumed that Lin and his $8.3 million salary for next season will have to be cleared if Anthony decides to sign with Houston. Still, that’s kind of messed up.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk
Photo via @MarkBermanFox26

Knicks reportedly would love to trade for Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin RocketsThe New York Knicks lost Jeremy Lin in a widely unpopular move when they failed to pony up the cash to sign him long term following the “Linsanity” phenomenon in 2012. Less than two years later, it sounds like they would love to have him back.

Chad Ford joined Bill Simmons on the “B.S. Report” Tuesday and was asked about the action leading up to the NBA trade deadline. Ford mentioned that he believes the Knicks are trying hard to make a deal and that they want a point guard. He mentioned Lin as one player the Knicks would love to have.

Ford said the Knicks were “going after a point guard — Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague … another guy they’d love to get their hands on is Jeremy Lin.”

Ford mentioned that the Knicks want a point guard and want to shake it up. The Knicks are currently 20-33 and are not in the playoffs despite playing in the weak Eastern Conference.

Lin is in the middle of the second year of his contract with the Houston Rockets. He had somewhat of a shaky season last year as he was coming off knee surgery. He has settled in this season as a sixth man and has started at point guard when Patrick Beverley has been hurt, and he’s produced. He’s averaging 13.3 points, 4.5 assists, a steal and 1.1 3-pointers per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 80.3 percent from the line. The Rockets signed Lin to a “poison pill” deal that calls for him to be paid nearly $15 million next season. That was supposed to be a deterrent to keep teams from matching their free agent offer to him, but the Knicks might be willing to make it work. The question is would Houston be willing to part with him for the right offer?

Chest bump to Pro Basketball Talk

Chris Paul toys with Jeremy Lin (Video)

Chris Paul Jeremy LinChris Paul just abused Jeremy Lin on Monday night during the Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Clippers game in LA.

On one possession in the third quarter, CP3 broke out all the tricks on Lin. He went behind his back, then to the stutter step, then between his legs, then past him for a layup. Talk about getting worked. That was just unfair.

Earlier in the quarter, CP3 caught a pass by the three-point line and switched direction, causing Lin to slip.