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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Knicks Claim PG Jeremy Lin

NY Post’s Marc Berman reporting the Knicks have claimed Jeremy Lin off waivers:

The Knicks have claimed former Harvard PG Jeremy Lin off waivers, according to a league source. Lin spent his rookie year in Oakland, but was waived by the Warriors, and new coach Mark Jackson, on Dec. 9.

The Rockets picked Lin up, but waived him Sunday to clear roster space in order to sign Samuel Dalembert. Lin, 23, was undrafted out of Harvard but appeared in 29 games for the Warriors as a rookie last season, averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest.

Obviously the Knicks need a PG due to lack of availability from Iman Shumpert, Mike Bibby, and Baron Davis, but Lin’s stats show him to be a steal machine. In his one season for Golden State, Lin averaged 4.2 stl/36, and in the D-League he managed 2.3 stl/36.

Also Lin has perhaps one of the oddest twitter icons I’ve ever seen.

Lin's Twitter

UPDATE: Official word from the Knicks Front Office.

NEW YORK, December 27, 2011 – New York Knickerbockers Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations and Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has claimed guard Jeremy Lin off waivers.

Lin, 6-3, 200-pounds, averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds over 9.8 minutes in 29 games with Golden State last season and in 20 games for Reno of the NBA D-League, he averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 20 games. The Torrance, CA-native, signed with the Warriors as an undrafted free agent on Jul. 21, 2010, following a four-year playing career at Harvard University where he appeared in 115 games (87 starts) and averaged 12.9 points on .481 shooting, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.96 steals over 29.3 minutes. Waived by the Warriors on Dec. 9, 2011, Lin was claimed off waivers by Houston on Dec. 12, and later waived on Dec. 24.

75 comments on “Knicks Claim PG Jeremy Lin

  1. jon abbey

    nice.

    am I the only one who notices that NY seems to be making the right move (either going after available guys or passing on them) in pretty much every case since the lockout ended? I like Grunwald more than Walsh, sign that guy up for a few years and give him some job security.

  2. Frank

    @1 – totally agree. Obviously the season has to play out first but I have to give this guy an A for the work he’s done so far. Not like this is his first rodeo either – he was GM for the Raptors during their only successful period. Between him, Warkentien, and I think John Gabriel is on the payroll too, there is a lot of experience in the front office.

    Re: Lin – it seems likely he’s gone as soon as Shump and Baron are healthy, or certainly by the time K-Mart hopefully makes it to us. But here’s to hoping that 4.6 steals/40min holds up. Also, at P&T Seth has posted an awesome mix of him going up against John Wall in summer league 2 years ago:
    http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2011/12/27/2663287/stein-the-knicks-might-want-jeremy-lin-if-he-clears-waivers#storyjump

  3. Mike Kurylo Post author

    jon abbey:
    nice.

    am I the only one who notices that NY seems to be making the right move (either going after available guys or passing on them) in pretty much every case since the lockout ended? I like Grunwald more than Walsh, sign that guy up for a few years and give him some job security.

    “In Grunwald We Trust” doesn’t have a good ring to it though.

  4. Frank

    meanwhile if you guys don’t follow @netw3rk on twitter you should. he is just killing it today. and as a taiwanese guy that once got grounded for 6 weeks for getting a B+ on a math test in 3rd grade, I’m not even sure if this tweet is true or not true:

    netw3rk: Little known fact about Lin: He’s an NBA player & Harvard grad but his parents won’t talk to him because he once got a B.

  5. Tim Tennell

    I’m a dreamer…. how about this…. an undrafted FA, cut by the Warriors gets a shot in NY. Works his ass off & gets PT due to injury. Becomes a Huge part of a Championship contending Knicks Squad. Jeremy Lin = John Starks!

  6. Count de Pennies

    Mike Kurylo: “In Grunwald We Trust” doesn’t have a good ring to it though.

    Might I humbly suggest “In G. We Trust”?

    Not only does it roll trippingly off the tongue, it would require but minor revisions at the Mint when the decision is ultimately made to imprint that motto on all U.S. currency.

  7. Z-man

    Yeah, I’m liking Grunwald and am thinking that Dolan likes him too. While the likes of Lin and Novak aren’t very exciting, they certainly aren’t going to disrupt team chemistry, like Nate or Arenas or someone like that might. Having that mini-mid-level in our pocket is nice, you never know what needs might come up as the season progresses and who might be cut from other teams.

    The schedule-makers were very kind to us, with 3 days off afgter a tough game 1, and playing GS and Lakers under favorable circumstances. Injuries to Jeffries and Shump will give Balk, Jorts and now Lin and Novak some opportunities on the road away from Garden pressure. How about the freakin’ Lakers opening with 3 straight games and their starting 5 suspended?

  8. Richmond County

    Maybe Lin (Harvard) and Fields (Stanford) pair up to reformat the old “Andy and Landry” show into something resembling NPR.

  9. citizen

    guess which PG had the highest PAWS40 out of the 2010 rookie class? I bet we just made certain poster(s) really happy!

    But seriously, will it ever translate?

  10. Matt Smith

    I never saw the guy play, but from what I read on Hollinger’s bio, he drives to score and gets fouled a lot but has poor court awareness and distribution. Also, he has good size for defense (great steal/block rate) but is slow-footed (bad for the help D / traps we’ve seen Woodson use so far).

    He’s a PG, but it looks like he can’t really do the one thing we need him to do. Granted, he’ll average 10 minutes (and to be fair PGs don’t really pick up distribution skills in just their first year), but I doubt he’ll really alleviate our issues at PG.

  11. Mulligan

    Btw, did anyone watch the postgame interviews on Knicksnow.com? What is up with Melo’s tie? That is a crazy look right there. Would he wear that if this wasn’t NYC?

  12. stratomatic

    Lin is not going to solve any of our PG issues, but he’s a hard worker, hustler, and high IQ player that will probably pick things up quickly. He was also very popular in GS. If he can give us a few minutes a game until the team is healthy again, it’s a good move.

  13. TDM

    jon abbey: nice. am I the only one who notices that NY seems to be making the right move (either going after available guys or passing on them) in pretty much every case since the lockout ended? I like Grunwald more than Walsh, sign that guy up for a few years and give him some job security.

    Couldn’t agree more. One of Lin’s best traits is that he isn’t Nate Robinson.

  14. JK47

    The current second unit of Balkman, Jorts, Jerome Jordan, Lin, Bibby, Novak and Walker is, um, colorful. This is gonna be a crazy couple of weeks.

  15. Z-man

    JK47: The current second unit of Balkman, Jorts, Jerome Jordan, Lin, Bibby, Novak and Walker is, um, colorful. This is gonna be a crazy couple of weeks.

    That is one thin-ass bench!

  16. massive

    I hope Grunwald has an eye on the situation down in Charlotte. DJ Augustin is likely a goner to create more minutes for Kemba Walker. I’d like to have Augustin on this team. But I’m hearing Lin may be cut before the end of the season, sad stuff. But I guess this is what happened with a shortened preseason.

  17. Jafa

    Z-man:
    Digressing for a moment, did anyone else notice that Cousins was an absolute beast last night?

    I did. And he was making plays in the 4th quarter until he started jawing with Gasol and the coach took him out. Before that he was out hustling and outsmarting Gasol, a very savvy veteran. Was very impressed.

  18. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    Jafa: Great.Was scared of facing another Rondo, albeit a great shooting one.

    Rondo was actually hitting the 15-18 footer on Sunday — you know, the shot that last year opponents used to stand back and dare him to shoot. If he can nail that consistently, sweet fancy Moses, Rondo is in the conversation w/Deron and CP3 for best PG in the NBA.

  19. bobneptune

    Jafa: Great.Was scared of facing another Rondo, albeit a great shooting one.

    u think td will have an easier time with monta ellis with the ball in his hand 90% of the time?

  20. Z-man

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta): Rondo was actually hitting the 15-18 footer on Sunday — you know, the shot that last year opponents used to stand back and dare him to shoot. If he can nail that consistently, sweet fancy Moses, Rondo is in the conversation w/Deron and CP3 for best PG in the NBA.

    Hope not for our sake, but pretty confident it won’t happen. His shot is just too ugly.

  21. jon abbey

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta): Rondo was actually hitting the 15-18 footer on Sunday — you know, the shot that last year opponents used to stand back and dare him to shoot. If he can nail that consistently, sweet fancy Moses, Rondo is in the conversation w/Deron and CP3 for best PG in the NBA.

    he’s always had games where he does that, his issue has always been consistency.

  22. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    Z-man: Hope not for our sake, but pretty confident it won’t happen.His shot is just too ugly.

    I would have said the same thing about David Lee in 2007, Charles Oakley in ’88 and Kurt Thomas in ’99. They all were awful , ugly-looking shooters but over time managed to develop a consistent mid-range jumper. Rondo’s shot is always going to be hampered by his huge hands, but if those three can do it, I don’t see why Rondo can’t too.

  23. Z-man

    Interesting that you compared Rondo to 3 PFs. I would actually compare him to ex-Celt PG, the late, great Dennis Johnson.

  24. Z-man

    PS I believe that Kurt Thomas led the nation in scoring in college, so probably shouldn’t be included in that group.

  25. Jafa

    bobneptune: u think td will have an easier time with monta ellis with the ball in his hand 90% of the time?

    No, but at least Monta probably won’t have double digit assists and may not shoot is as well as Curry. Rondo killed us not just with scoring buckets, but with those 13 assists.

  26. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    Z-man:
    PS I believe that Kurt Thomas led the nation in scoring in college, so probably shouldn’t be included in that group.

    Thomas in college was quite the high-flyer, believe it or not. He blew out his knee in his 2nd pro season but he wasn’t scoring at A&M by shooting jump shots. If you watched him during the ’99 season, fans would groan whenever he launched one. It was only in the mid-2000′s that he became a deadly pick and pop guy.

    DJ’s a good comparison. I was just bringing up players who developed a consistent shot when early in their careers they couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean from 15′ away

  27. DRed

    Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta): Thomas in college was quite the high-flyer, believe it or not. He blew out his knee in his 2nd pro season but he wasn’t scoring at A&M by shooting jump shots. If you watched him during the ’99 season, fans would groan whenever he launched one. It was only in the mid-2000?s that he became a deadly pick and pop guy.

    DJ’s a good comparison. I was just bringing up players who developed a consistent shot when early in their careers they couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean from 15? away

    True, but he was at TCU. I think he lead the country in both scoring and rebounding.

  28. Frank

    So I got a great present for Christmas – a subscription to Synergy Sports, which is the service that all the ESPN/SI guys use to talk about players’ tendencies, strengths/weaknesses based on iso, PnR, etc. I’m still feeling it out but here are few things that stood out–

    Since we’re talking about Monta Ellis, it looks like he uses almost all of his possessions in iso (24%), PnR as ball handler (27%), spot-up (12%), and in transition (14%). He’s great at scoring as a PNR ball handler, averaging 0.96 PPP (9th in the league), and only ranks 117th in iso with 0.83 PPP. Douglas presumably will be guarding him, and he’s not awesome at defending the PNR ball handler @ 0.84 PPP (124th in league) although presumably that will be much better this year with Tyson guarding the rim. Interestingly, despite TD’s defensive reputation, Synergy ranks him as the 283rd best overall defender in the league allowing 0.92 PPP when he is the primary defender. Some of that is just bad team defense, but supposedly Synergy assigns blame to the guy who got beaten, not the secondary defenders that (don’t) help.

    Anyway, I’m still figuring out how to use this thing. But just looking at Carmelo for instance – he’s very good at a few things but surprisingly not awesome at others. For instance – he’s 3rd in the whole league on PPP when he gets an offensive rebound, at 1.39 PPP. He’s top 30 in the league in PPP in transition (1.39), isolation (0.97), and near that in PPP off basket cuts (1.4 PPP). In fact, while he’s overall about as efficient than LBJ (1.02 PPP vs. 1.01 PPP) he’s actually superior to LBJ in iso, spot-up, hand-off, off cuts, off O-Rebounds, and in transition. LBJ bests him as PnR ball handler and in the post – the big difference is that LBJ gets 18% of his offense in transition while Melo only gets 9%, and Melo spends 37% of his possessions in iso whereas LBJ only does 22%. So I guess the lesson is that Melo needs to get out in transition a LOT more.

  29. Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta)

    DRed: True, but he was at TCU.I think he lead the country in both scoring and rebounding.

    Right. I forgot which football-centric univ. Kurt went to

  30. Caleb

    The interesting thing about Lin is that he can D up, at least on the scouting report (and in those steals #s). If the coaching staff likes what they see, I think he’ll stick around at least until Baron comes back. At that point, they could choose between Lin and Bibby or even keep 4 PGs… they could also drop Jerome Jordan or Novak to make room.

    IMO they are keeping that $2.5 million warm for Kenyon Martin, and he can’t come before some time in March.

    These 15th man pickups are usually pretty low wattage, it’s a longshot for anyone in that position to manage a real NBA career, but the guy fills a need and has some upside, so bravo.

  31. Gamecockerbocker

    An interesting side note: I live in myrtle beach SC and we have a huge high school basketball tournament every christmas holliday and I’ll be watching coach D’Antoni’s son play tonight against the number one high school basketball player in the nation. Idk if his kid is any good but I couldn’t believe it when I found out (didn’t even know he had a kid still in high school).

  32. daJudge

    That’s good stuff Frank. I might want to check it out to improve my stat knowledge, which is not the best. The thing about the numbers you cited, they seem to correlate with my own observations, which is not always the case. Thanks for the info. With respect to The Kid, is he a point guard or a combo? I know very little about him. I think I watched one Harvard game. Hope he’s an actual 1. Robert Silverman, with regard to the shooters (D. Lee, Oak and Thomas), they all took set shots, while Rondo was hitting a jump shots off the dribble, if I recall correctly. IMO, these are two very different skills.

  33. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Lin is definitely a 1. Now as for his mediocre assist rate in the NBA, I dunno. It is clear that players’ rates tend to carry over even if they see an increase in minutes, but I figure that there has to be some sort of “small sample size” argument to be made when a guy averages less than 10 minutes a game in just 29 games played. 10 minutes per game over 82 games is likely enough to get an accurate picture of a guy’s performance – but I dunno about 29 games.

    Also, when players so see improvements in their numbers, it is almost always in their first few seasons in the league (Nash, for instance, is clearly one of the greatest passers that any of us will ever see, and he didn’t crack a 30% assist rate until his fifth season in the league. And now he hasn’t been below 40% in seven seasons!!!)

    Finally, Lin played a lot better after he returned from the D-League later last season. So I think that there is a lot of upside here. And if he sucks, they can just cut him, no problema.

  34. ess-dog

    Mike Kurylo:
    @21 THCJ was thrilled with Landry (cause of stats). But this is a hidden gem:

    http://knickerblogger.net/thn-mock-with-the-38th-39th-picks-new-york-selects%e2%80%a6/#comment-291338

    ess-dog says:


    Once we trade half our cap space for Baron Davis, they’ll be all set… mwah ha ha haaaaa…

    LOL, 7-figure salary Baron Davis, no thanks. 6-figure salary Baron Davis….. sure let’s do it.

    I know, he’s getting 1.4 mil, but you get the point.

    Speaking of Landry, he’s still my biggest concern. All he needs to do is D up, make the extra pass and hit open threes to keep his job in my book, but can he?

  35. nicos

    Lin’s AR was over 40 which isn’t bad- in line with Baron Davis, Jameer Nelson, etc… but his assist% was pretty poor at about 20. That tells me he probably played a decent amount of minutes with another player that dominated the ball- Monte Ellis, perhaps? I’m not expecting too much but if can run the P & R (or the fast break) with any success at all he could see 10-12mpg until BD returns.

  36. JK47

    Maybe Balkman will Wally Pipp his way into D’Antoni’s regular rotation. If he could repeat that first season he had in Denver he’d be a godsend. He looked so good in the preseason… Maybe he’s figured something out.

  37. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Lin’s AR was over 40 which isn’t bad- in line with Baron Davis, Jameer Nelson, etc… but his assist% was pretty poor at about 20. That tells me he probably played a decent amount of minutes with another player that dominated the ball- Monte Ellis, perhaps? I’m not expecting too much but if can run the P & R (or the fast break) with any success at all he could see 10-12mpg until BD returns.

    The thing is, though, is that even in the D-League, where he simply must have been the main 1, while his numbers were all much higher (as you would expect, seeing as how it was the D-League), his assist rate was still just a mediocre 23%. That’s not bad exactly (better than Toney last year), but it does not standout.

  38. DRed

    Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin): The thing is, though, is that even in the D-League, where he simply must have been the main 1, while his numbers were all much higher (as you would expect, seeing as how it was the D-League), his assist rate was still just a mediocre 23%. That’s not bad exactly (better than Toney last year), but it does not standout.

    We’re not going to sign the next John Stockton out of the D-league. We just need someone to give us some decent minutes for the next month. Lin seems like he might be able to and has a bit of upside as well, so it looks like a good pick up to me. He might not work out, but the decision making seems solid.

  39. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally down with signing Lin. I’ve said as much already. I’m just confused by how mediocre his assist rate is and I’m trying to figure out if there is some explanation as to why it would not be representative of his abilities.

  40. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Maybe Balkman will Wally Pipp his way into D’Antoni’s regular rotation. If he could repeat that first season he had in Denver he’d be a godsend. He looked so good in the preseason… Maybe he’s figured something out.

    That would be awesome. I am definitely rooting for Balkman to resurrect his career.

  41. Ben R

    Brian – Lin was not a pure PG in college either. His assists per 40 have held pretty constant since college. His senior year he averaged 5.5 asts per 40, with the warriors he averaged 5.9 asts per 40 and in the D-League he averaged 5.5 asts per 40.

    His biggest strengths at the college and d-league level were steals, rebounds, getting to the line and hitting 3 pointers. In his brief stint with the Warriors only the steals and to a lesser extent the rebounds were present but his stint was short enough that his long range shooting and ability to get to the line might carry over. He should be fine passing the ball but he is not a pure distributor type PG.

    With that said I think it’s a great signing, I actaully wanted him last year. I think he will be a good fit and should surpass Bibby in the not too distant future.

  42. daJudge

    Brian–was he the main 1 in the D league or perhaps used as a 1 and 2? I don’t know, but surely he looks like he will be fine and maybe he will be able to quick study Stat’s tendencies and cop a few extra dimes. I heard he is adept at the PnR and has a good mid range game. There was an article about him by some Columbia Grad who played with him, but I don’t remember where I read it today. He’s not dumb, so I think he will be able to ascertain the needs of this team—passing and flow. The signing feels solid to me, within its context. Can’t wait till game time tomorrow.

  43. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    I checked his D-League team, and Lin was, in fact, the main 1 for the team while he was there. He came in after Aaron Miles (then leading the NBDL in assists) got hurt. Poor Miles. He was playing really well but then got hurt and got waived due his injury.

    But yeah, I guess Ben is right and we can’t expect good assist numbers from Lin. Ah well – if he only plays strong D and hits an open shot or two, I’d still rather have him than Mike Bibby.

  44. jon abbey

    there’s seemingly no other option but playing Balkman at least 20+ minutes now, but we kept saying that with Anthony Randolph too.

    on top of everything else, Rondo is one of the few people who can guard LeBron one on one successfully at times. I think Boston maybe got lucky not to trade him for Paul, not sure I’d make that deal.

  45. JK47

    Bibby has shot .389 or better from 3PT for three straight years. TS% of .570 last year. Lin in his wildest dreams is not going to sniff those numbers and he’s not a great passer, so he’d have to play some pretty hellacious defense to be a more valuable piece than Bibby unless Bibby completely falls apart.

  46. Z-man

    I thought this was a typo, but Kevin Love was 13-15 from FT line with 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter.

    Anthony Randolph has no tleft the bench, despite 2 fouls each on Milicic and Beasley.

  47. jon abbey

    JK47:
    Bibby has shot .389 or better from 3PT for three straight years. TS% of .570 last year. Lin in his wildest dreams is not going to sniff those numbers and he’s not a great passer, so he’d have to play some pretty hellacious defense to be a more valuable piece than Bibby unless Bibby completely falls apart.

    is Bibby definitely playing tomorrow? I’ve seen conflicting reports.

  48. swiftandabundant

    This is a good pick up. Nate I just don’t think would be right for the chemistry and we gotta save that mid level for Kenyon Martin or someone else of that level. Who knows? Maybe Lin can catch fire in Dantoni’s system and be a keeper. Certainly cool that he went to Harvard.

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  49. bobneptune

    Jafa: No, but at least Monta probably won’t have double digit assists and may not shoot is as well as Curry.Rondo killed us not just with scoring buckets, but with those 13 assists.

    jafa,

    my point was ellis is much more dangerous turning the corner on the pnr than curry is. ellis will cause all sorts of havoc with the ball in his hands as much as it will be with curry not in the game.

    gl toney staying in front of monta…………….

  50. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Bibby has shot .389 or better from 3PT for three straight years. TS% of .570 last year. Lin in his wildest dreams is not going to sniff those numbers and he’s not a great passer, so he’d have to play some pretty hellacious defense to be a more valuable piece than Bibby unless Bibby completely falls apart.

    Bibby is d-u-n done. What he did two years ago means little and what he did three years ago especially means nothing. In an elimination game this past postseason, the Heat felt that they were better off playing Eddie freakin’ House as the backup point guard over Bibby, that was how done Bibby was then. Now he is even done-r. Lin might very well be awful, but I’d rather a “probably not” versus a “definitely not” at this point.

  51. bobneptune

    Frank:

    Douglas presumably will be guarding him, and he’s not awesome at defending the PNR ball handler @ 0.84 PPP (124th in league) although presumably that will be much better this year with Tyson guarding the rim. Interestingly, despite TD’s defensive reputation, Synergy ranks him as the 283rd best overall defender in the league allowing 0.92 PPP when he is the primary defender. Some of that is just bad team defense, but supposedly Synergy assigns blame to the guy who got beaten, not the secondary defenders that (don’t) help.

    i just lol when they say a guy who isn’t really a pg is touted as “a good defensive player”. i realize he was acc defensive player of the year, but they play 80% zone in college and a guard with quick hands that cheats into the passing lanes is a “good defender”.

    this reminds be when a guy comes up to the majors as a catcher and the home announcers tell you “he’s a good defensive catcher” in english, that means he can’t hit an ounce.

    after baserunners steal 88% on him, they gleefully tell you, “he ‘handles the pitchers well’ and calls a great game behind the plate” :-)

    anyone who has watched td get torched by quick guards for 2 years know “he’s a good defender” against quick guards is an aesop’s fairy tale.

  52. JK47

    Bibby shot .440 from 3 LAST YEAR. Had a .570 TS% last year. Yes, he was bad in the playoffs
    but he was 5th in the NBA in 3-point percentage just last season. He has one discernible NBA skill: shooting. That gives him one more discernible NBA skill than Jeremy Lin, who couldn’t throw the ball into the ocean in his one NBA stint. Lin had a sub-.400 eFG% last year.

  53. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    You’ve seen Bibby play in the preseason, right? Does he look like he has even a smidge of anything left in the tank?

    And Lin clearly has a discernible skill – he’s a good defender. The Knicks need a defender at the 1. Bibby, meanwhile, looks like he’s moving with cement shoes on out there.

  54. jon abbey

    we need someone to get Amare more involved, and until Baron is here, Bibby may scarily be our best bet there.

  55. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    As mediocre as Lin’s assist rates are, they’re better than Bibby the last couple of seasons (and, again, I think Bibby now is even worse than those numbers show).

  56. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    That said, I certainly cannot say that Bibby cannot still hit the NBA three as obviously he can. He likely will still be able to hit the open three five years from now. Bibby clearly is a talented shooter. He just cannot do anything else. He’s like Steve Novak.

  57. steveoh

    I watched Lin a bunch out here in the Bay Area (or, at least, whenever he played). Here’s the deal: His biggest attribute is that he plays within himself. But by saying that, he’s still learning the point guard position, but he’s smart enough and savvy enough to usually do the right thing. He does look for his shot more than you’d like, but he’s a good scorer nonetheless. Defensively, he’s not gonna stop Rose or Rondo, but then again, who will? He’s bigger than you’d think and probably quicker too. And he’s not the worst athlete.

    He’s not a starter in this league. But he’s a good backup, as long as you don’t ask too much from him.

    I don’t think we will.

  58. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    Especially since D’Antoni has all but said that Lin won’t play at all before Shump returns unless Bibby or Toney misses a game.

  59. Tony Pena

    Meanwhile Norris Cole has been kicking ass. @#$%. Well at least Shump is 6’5 and hasn’t been too shabby himself.

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