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Knicks snatch up Jeremy Lin, which might be a good fit for him

Dec 27, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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Jeremy Lin came out of Harvard with a fearless game — he attacked the rim at every opportunity. Even the times he shouldn’t. But his aggressiveness and some good finishes made him a fan favorite in Las Vegas at the Summer League a couple years ago. He’s quick but his game is a bit raw. Still, in the right system could work.

Mike D’Antoni’s system might be the right one, and the Knicks claimed Lin off waivers to give him a shot, reports the New York Post. Another Harvard guy in Manhattan.

“We’ve always liked him as a player,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Very quick. He defends pretty well. But he can really get in the lane and distribute the basketball. We haven’t seen him for a couple of years, but when we worked him out, we liked him.”

Lin was on the Warriors roster last year and played 20 games in the D-League with Reno. The Rockets picked him up for this season but had to release him to make room for Samuel Dalembert.

There are not a lot of PG minutes in NYC — Toney Douglas starts, Iman Shumpert is a D’Antoni favorite, and Mike Bibby is set to return on Wednesday. But none of those guys is looking fantastic, so there are minutes to be earned with good play.

Knicks fans are going to love him, but we’ll see if he can stick.

  1. goforthanddie - Dec 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    It certainly doesn’t hurt that he has Chinese heritage, and NY has something of a Chinese community.

    • yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      Don’t know why that would be Thumbs Down, its true.

      • beagle11 - Dec 27, 2011 at 5:35 PM

        Every city has a Chinese community… They are the most abundant people in the world

      • yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 27, 2011 at 6:01 PM

        @beagle11 Every city may have a Chinese “Community” (which isn’t very specific), but only New York City has “Chinatown” Ever hear of it?? Ever been there?? I have.

        Its only the largest Community of Chinese people in the “Western Hemisphere” <<–Do you know what that is???? Seriously educate yourself a bit bro..

      • slopmcflop - Dec 27, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        @ the bro who has been to Chinatown.

        That’s awesome! So glad that you’ve been there. While this little section of comments is going off into a completely different direction, I’d just like to bring us back on point and say that I seriously doubt that the Knicks signed Lin to appease Chinatown. Just like I doubt they pursued trading for Jordan Farmar just because New York has a large Jewish community.

      • goforthanddie - Dec 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM


        Never heard of San Francisco’s Chinatown? IT’S the biggest Chinese community outside of Asia. Plus, plenty of other big cities have Chinatowns. The Wizards’ arena is dead-center in DCs Chinatown. Nice place. NY ain’t all that son.

      • goforthanddie - Dec 27, 2011 at 6:14 PM

        Idiots don’t understand the marketing involved. Whether he plays or not, he’s a foothold into the massive Chinese market, here and overseas. The better he plays, the better the Knicks do in world-wide popularity, the more money they make.
        But that’s too deep for the average tool to grok.

      • beagle11 - Dec 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM

        No never heard of NY, just lived in 4 out of the 5 boroughs my whole life. I think my Stern school of business (ever heard of it) education is enough to know that you are a hack and that the knicks could care less if Lin is Asian. Your more of NYer than me though because your user name says so.

        BTW I avoid China town at all costs. No parking and its disgusting.

      • beagle11 - Dec 27, 2011 at 6:45 PM

        good god that came off douchey

      • yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

        Look chumps I’ll talk about what I want, and don’t need you two clowns @sloppymcfloppy and a guy named @anddie to guide me. /end of conversation

        @beagle11 I got no beef with you, just a misunderstanding

      • goforthanddie - Dec 27, 2011 at 7:25 PM


        Yes, you talk about what you want and be a big bad “man” while doing it. Just don’t get pissy when you’re proven wrong.

  2. solitaryog7 - Dec 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Hmmm… Harvard grad. Nice to be able to pursue the NBA and if that doesn’t work, get a job that would make as much or even more.

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    I’m going to come running out of the stands if I see another Knick guard gunning. Can we please get Amare the ball in the pick n’ roll………… Please!!!!!!

    One game and I’ve already seen Douglas come down the floor and launch without running any offense to last me the whole season.

  4. themanchine - Dec 27, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    There are not a lot of PG minutes in NYC — Toney Douglas starts, Iman Shumpert is a D’Antoni favorite, and Mike Bibby is set to return on Wednesday. But none of those guys is looking fantastic, so there are minutes to be earned with good play.

    Iman is hurt. Please know what you’re talking about Kurt, and stop hatin’ NY.

    • slopmcflop - Dec 27, 2011 at 5:49 PM

      Kurt is a NY hater now? Please. Some of you on PBT have some pretty crazy conspiracy theories. You all blame Kurt for loving/hating a new team every five minutes. Kurt was saying he’s not sure if Lin was going to stay because of the players they have at PG. Meaning, will there be room for Lin when Shumpert gets back? And it’s not exactly “hating” on NY to say that their PG play hasn’t been mind blowing. They even have Melo running point because of the lack of a quality PG.

  5. theghostofwillisreed - Dec 27, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    their point guard play hasn’t been mind-blowing. quite a synapsis after one game…

    kurt doesn’t exactly hate new york but he has no qualms about making lame quips based on weak observations way past their expiration date.

    lin could work and if he does business, he stays. it’s not like it’s going to be a big deal to drop bibby.

  6. mafiacop - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    What a great call by the writer of this article …it’s like u knew this would happen

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