In my latest New York Times Off The Dribble thingy, I pen a post-Valentine’s Day mash note to Jared Jeffries.
Jeffries fits right in with the above quartet – a player straight out of the Island of Misfit Toys. A former Indiana Mr. Basketball, he carried the Hoosiers to the final of the N.C.A.A. Tournament on his spindly shoulders and was picked 11th in the 2002 draft, but became an outright offensive liability upon turning pro. Driving the lane, he can resemble a giraffe on roller skates, arms and legs flying manically outward, seemingly without purpose. The possibility that he might dare to launch an open jumper often prompts groans from the Garden faithful.
And since the new CBA requires me to write extensively about Jeremy Lin every single day, here are some musings over on ESPN
5. How long will this Linning winning streak last for the Knicks?
Robert Silverman, KnickerBlogger: As a devout student of the feckless entity known as “The Knicks,” I tend to, as Lin put it recently, “hope for the best and prepare for the worst.” My heart says this streak reaches the magic 8-ball, but my head says they cough one up to either of the league’s lesser lights at some point before Saturday, with some imp of the perverse like Gustavo Ayon breaking out to the tune of 25 points and 10 rebounds.
If you can’t git yerself enough Bob today, here’s a link to the whole article. (Be sure to turn off auto-play on the video or else you get 5 minutes of Stephen A. screeching and eating exactly zero cheezy doodles.)