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(New York Daily News)   Sanity returns to the Garden as the Knicks decide not to pay $25M for a point guard who was released by two teams and then only played 35 games for them   (nydailynews.com) divider line 207
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2012-07-19 11:50:11 AM

protectyourlimbs: But I guess you're right, who wants to over pay for a smart enthusiastic team oriented guy when you already overpay for MElo....


Wasn't Carmelo for the bulk of the time Lin was starting?
 
2012-07-19 12:04:44 PM

protectyourlimbs: The money was more than averages, it was for the intangibles Lin brought including a turn around in winning, new fan base and media coverage.


They're the Knicks, they aren't having problems with a small fanbase or media coverage. And the winning thing is ridiculously overblown - they beat a bunch of crappy teams and lost to anyone decent (well, they beat the Lakers and their incompetent PGs).
 
2012-07-19 12:10:01 PM
They had a great 8 game run under Lin, but also a six game losing streak. Ovreall their record with him wasn't THAT much better than their record without.

Lin did literally bring a "turn around" because the Knicks were int he middle of a losing streak when he started. but it wasnt' like he completely changed the caliber of the team.

Their best stretch against good teams (Lin's wins were mostly over weak teams) was actually at the end of the year after Lin was injured.
 
2012-07-19 12:12:22 PM

IAmRight: they beat a bunch of crappy teams and lost to anyone decent (well, they beat the Lakers and their incompetent PGs).


This is a bit of an overstatement though. They beat the Lakers, Mavs, Pacers twice, Sixers, and Hawks when Lin was around. They weren't only beating shiat teams.

But yeah, it still is overblown.
 
2012-07-19 12:21:08 PM

IAmRight: protectyourlimbs: The money was more than averages, it was for the intangibles Lin brought including a turn around in winning, new fan base and media coverage.

They're the Knicks, they aren't having problems with a small fanbase or media coverage. And the winning thing is ridiculously overblown - they beat a bunch of crappy teams and lost to anyone decent (well, they beat the Lakers and their incompetent PGs).


Winning teams have chemistry along with stars and yeah, I get the Knicks are in NY but even they don't mind free publicity and more fans throwing dollars their way. In NY they are fine but global fans dont follow teams, they follow players more.
 
2012-07-19 12:47:36 PM
Stephen A. Smith being 'Melo's soundboard.

You know, I'm really gonna enjoy seeing Melo and the Knicks fail spectacularly. Really, really am.
 
2012-07-20 07:01:09 AM

bhcompy: Lin's contract is a bad idea with the Knicks. If he doesn't work out, he's another in a long long line of Dolan overpaying some loser by tens of millions. If he does work out, yea, fine, but this isn't Denver with Tebow, it's New York. They'll murder him as soon as he sucks as he's not anywhere close to Jeter untouchability.

Now, with Houston, that contract might actually work out. Houston has Chinese inroads already because of Yao, and, despite the fact that Lin is a born and raised American, it would seem that it would generate interest from Taiwan and China given his ancestry and the way basketball is booming there. Basically, Houston is the closest thing to being the NBA's Seattle Mariners


Yes, because there's hardly any asian people in NYC who could identify with Lin...

\\hell, I'm white and grew up in a NYC suburb and can identify with Lin. I went to public school with many 'lins'.
 
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