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Warriors, Rockets feel regret about letting Jeremy Lin go

Feb 10, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

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Golden State had Jeremy Lin for a full season last year, but decided he just wasn’t going to work for them. Monta Ellis handles the ball a lot, Stephen Curry is the starter at the point and Golden State went another direction with his backup.

The Rockets had Lin earlier this season, but they also have Kyrie Irving (who should have been an All-Star) as the starter and Goran Dragic as the backup. They didn’t have room for him.

Think those teams are watching Lin now and feeling some regret? You bet they are, as they told Howard Beck of the New York Times.

“We always felt there would be some chance he’d be a backup point guard,” said Larry Riley, the Warriors general manager. “I have egg on my face in telling you that I did not think he was going to become a starting point guard with a good team. He’s doing that right now.”

Daryl Morey, the Rockets’ general manager, was even more blunt, declaring on Twitter: “We should have kept @JLin7. Did not know he was this good. Anyone who says they knew misleading U.”

Unless you are an All-Star level player (and sometimes even then), fit and system matter a lot in the NBA. Elite teams usually have a couple transcendent stars that would succeed regardless of the system, but the other 10 players are guys who fit well in the system the team runs. You pick players that way.

Lin is in a system that really fits him right now — the pick-and-rolls, the freedom to make decisions, the need for a point guard who can push the pace then get into the lane all play to Lin’s skill set. To use an easy example, Lin would wilt in the triangle offense (as would a lot of pure point guards, remember Gary Payton on the Lakers?). But Lin and D’Antoni are a match.

And the Knicks are a lot better off for it. And the fact the Warriors and Rockets didn’t realize what they had.

  1. cakemixa - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    “The Rockets had Lin earlier this season, but they also have Kyrie Irving (who should have been an All-Star) as the starter”

    Had no idea the Rockets traded to acquire Kyrie from the Cavs! Good lord, do you proofread at all before posting things? Also, I look forward to at least 4-5 more Lin articles today. Thanks!

  2. acdc363 - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Kyrie = Lowry

  3. toegoat - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    when did the rockets get Irving? and who does lowrey play for these days? Cleveland?

  4. acdc363 - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    I’m pretty much uses to the typos and mistakes at this point

  5. aboogy123456 - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Kurt why do you have to be such a jerk?!?!

  6. redbullenergydrink - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Thankfully this article wasn’t about Jerem… Oh wait.

  7. danielwold - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    This is awful. please edit this!

    • aboogy123456 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      A lot of people would love to do Kurt’s job and it’s not like he knows more basketball than everybody. How can I apply to do this? At least show some respect to the readers, you lose all credibility by constantly writing articles like this. Look at all the comments, if you had just read this ONCE before putting it out there you could fix it. How lazy can you be?

      • drunkenjunk - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        Agreed, this guy is a joke. How do you mix up Kyle Lowry and Kyrie Irving? Is it because they both play point Kurt?

  8. dgbk - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    let’s see both of their names start with k both play point what else do they have in common that will make kurt mix them up…. hmmmmmm theh both have low hair cuts??

  9. GT - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    What is this “good team” that Riley refers to in his quote? I thought Lin played for the Knicks?

    And you can’t say he would wilt in the Triangle until he plays in one and proves you wrong/wright. He wasn’t supposed to be an effective player at all at this level and plenty were wrong about that. Isn’t that the original premise of this post? That he was underestimated by all the “experts”?

    Jury is really still out on this kid, but I’m glad my Paisan is getting a shot finally.

    • SOBEIT - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Compared to the Warriors, I guess the Knicks can be considered a good team from Riley’s perspective. And yes, I am a Warriors fan and a fan of Lin because he is a Bay Area local.

  10. andrejohnsonforpresident - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    HAHA this guy is great! I’ll watch him put up 38 on the lakers any day of the week. O yea he’s crazy good too, I don’t see him slowing down much (minus the once and awhile bad night). The only thing that i’m worried about is how well he does when those big money stars come back and expect the ball 75% of the time between the two of them. O an the defense drops off significantly :\

  11. glink123 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Chill. At least there’s a bball site we can bash people on.

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