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Monday, October 21, 2019

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Jeremy Lin wants to ‘find a home’ in free agency, Hornets fear losing him

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After bouncing around the NBA, Jeremy Lin wants to land somewhere where he’ll be staying for a while. It’s appearing likely that that place will not be New Orleans.

Lin told the World Economic Forum that he wants to find a permanent home, as well as a team that can maximize his potential.

“I’ve played six years in the NBA; I’ve played on five different teams. I’ve played for two D-League teams — so seven cities in six years,” Lin said, via ESPN’s Ian Begley. “I’m tired of boxes, I’m tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home.

“I want to see how good I can become. I’m 27, and an athlete’s prime, or at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27-30. That’s when you kind of peak physically (and) mentally and that’s where most players perform their best. So I’m going into my prime and I want to see how great I can be as a player, and that’s my purpose in free agency — so I’ll just exhaust every opportunity to see which one will be the best for me.”

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Hornets would like to keep Lin, but other priorities and the fact that they don’t own Lin’s Bird rights may make that impossible. Charlotte is prioritizing the re-signing of Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams, and they might not have the cap space to retain Lin even though they’d like to.

Lin is said to have meetings with three teams in the works, but there is no word on who the interested parties are. The Knicks will not be one of them, as they reportedly weren’t all that interested even before acquiring Derrick Rose.

Report: Knicks looking at point guards, Jeremy Lin return unlikely

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The New York Knicks may be hunting for a point guard this summer, but don’t expect Jeremy Lin to be on their shopping list.

Coach Jeff Hornacek implied that he wanted the Knicks to bring in a point guard to cover for injury-plagued Tony Wroten and aging Jose Calderon, but there are not a ton of options on the free agent market, with the team distancing themselves from some of them already.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Jeremy Lin is unlikely to return to the Big Apple as they consider his defense too weak. Ty Lawson has also reportedly been ruled out due to fears about his off-court issues.

All eyes then turn to the consensus top two set to hit the market: Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo. The Knicks have been linked to Conley in the past, but there are indications that he would prefer to stay in Memphis. Rondo is a favored choice of Carmelo Anthony, but Berman reports that some in the organization believe he keeps the ball in his hands too much to work in the team’s offense.

Alas, whatever the case, Linsanity sounds as though it’s well and truly finished. May it rest in peace.

NBA responds to viral video about hard fouls on Jeremy Lin

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The NBA has responded to a viral video that shows some hard fouls Jeremy Lin has received and the lack of proper response from officials some fans feel was in order.

Lin is four years removed from the “Linsanity” phenomenon that swept New York during the point guard’s surprising run of dominance with the Knicks. But he has found a home with the Charlotte Hornets this season and is averaging 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game. However, he may not be receiving the proper respect from officials that he deserves.

A Lin fan put together this video and uploaded it to YouTube last week. It shows many hard fouls Lin has received this season and how similar they are to plays that were called flagrant fouls in other circumstances. The video has received over 800,000 views since it was uploaded.

The Charlotte Observer took note of the video and asked Lin about it. Lin said he had watched it after many friends shared it with him, but he downplayed the video.

“It is what it is. I just want to keep playing hard,” Lin said via The Observer. “It’s one of those things where I made a rule of myself halfway through the season that I’m not going to argue with refs. Whatever happens, happens. It helps me stay focused on basketball.”

Lin joked that the video may have impacted officiating in his most recent game. He was sent to the free throw line 10 times on Monday, which tied for his second-highest amount of the season (he made all 10). The NBA apparently took note of the video, too.

A fan relations employee sent a response to the fan who uploaded the video, saying the plays were reviewed:

“Contact that is deemed flagrant by referees and other hard contact (whether called or not) is reviewed by Basketball Operations after each game. During its review, Basketball Operations uses a set of criteria (which you can find here), multiple video angles and enhancements, and its comparable database to calibrate its judgment. When deemed appropriate, a postgame Flagrant Foul can be assessed (including for contact that was not called in the game), and applicable points, warnings, fines and/or suspensions are issued.

“While some of the plays in the video you referenced involved hard contact, none was subsequently deemed a Flagrant Foul given the full circumstances, angles and comparables from past games. Referees do make mistakes, which means they miss calls that should have been made. When that occurs, we collect the data and provide referees with feedback to ensure improvement.”

Maybe Lin wasn’t receiving the respect he deserves and this video will help him achieve that. And Lin’s response isn’t too surprising either; the man is used to disrespect coming in multiple forms.

Jeremy Lin gets videobombed by Nelly after Hornets win (Video)

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The Hornets turned a 23-point deficit into an improbable 91-88 win on Monday and Jeremy Lin had a lot to do with it.

Charlotte scored just seven points in the first quarter and was down 51-36 at halftime to the Spurs, who looked like they would comfortably be on their way to another victory. However, the Hornets had other ideas.

Courtney Lee scored 14 points in the third quarter and Lin took over in the fourth, dropping 15 of his 29 points in the final period. The end result was the largest lead surrendered by the Spurs since Tim Duncan was drafted in 1997.

After the game, Lin received a well-deserved ice water shower during his interview with Dell Curry. He also received a visit from Nelly.

It wasn’t quite Linsanity again, but it wasn’t far off. And, that the Hornets comeback was against the Spurs makes it that much more impressive and completely justifies Nelly temporarily going crazy.

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

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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:

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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.