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Spike Lee texts Mark Jackson “thanks” for cutting Jeremy Lin

Feb 11, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

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Linsanity cannot be stopped in New York… well, until Carmelo Anthony comes back and takes the ball out of Jeremy Lin’s hands. But we’re not going to worry about that yet.

The legend of Lin grew Friday night when he dropped 38 on the Lakers and led the Knicks to their fourth straight win while Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire are out of the lineup. New York cannot get enough of Lin, who has become the biggest thing in the city since “The Producers.”

Among those going crazy for Lin is Knicks superfan Spike Lee, which leads to this exchange with Golden State coach Mark Jackson, via Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com.

According to Jackson, Lee “thanked” Jackson for making Lin available so that the Knicks could pick him up.

“I got a text message from Spike Lee this morning,” Jackson said after Warriors’ practice on Saturday. “I had nothing to do with Jeremy Lin. I never saw him do a layup. So for the people … stop asking me. He never practiced for us so leave me out of it.”

Jackson is right. Lin was let go by the Warriors before training camp because they needed his salary (just $300,000) to go into the big free agent offer the team made to DeAndre Jordan (a $10 million a year deal the Clippers matched).

Besides, Lin never played this well in Golden State.

Thursday night the Lakers were the first team to play Lin by the book — make him beat you with his shaky jump shot. Except Lin did — he was 4-of-6 from 16 feet out to the arc and 2-of-4 from three.

The legend of Lin just continues to grow.

  1. klownboy - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    As a long-suffering Knicks fan desperate for some good vibes, I am on board the Lin bandwagon. Let’s get that 5th win in a row fellas!!!

    http://theklowntimes.net/2012/02/11/lin-sanity-is-here-to-stay/

  2. doctorfootball - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Your wish is granted, Klownboy. Knicks over T-Wolves 100-98.

  3. sfm073 - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Surprised lee is willing to like someone that isn’t black.

    • qdog112 - Feb 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      You’re confused. You’re the racist – not Spike.

    • makjak2 - Feb 12, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      Yeah, Spike just wears his Fields jersey to show the world how much he hates white people.

    • njsteeler - Feb 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      sfm073…, I tend to remember him wearing a Danilo Gallinari jersey a lot back in the day. Along with his little hand gesture that he use to make whenever Danilo did something nice. Good try, but your comment was a HUGE FAIL!!!!

  4. theghostofwillisreed - Feb 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    it’s not a kurt helin piece without a lame-brained shot at the knicks….

    isn’t it time for another puff piece of lebron love, kurt?

  5. anhdazman - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    I disagree Coach Mark Jackson. When you signed on as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, you became the head coach of this team. You should have done some more home work. You should have scouted the talent on your roster. That means on ALL of your players. Not only did management, the scout team, the entire coaching staff failed, but you also dropped the ball on Lin’s talent. If you did not know enough about Lin, then you should have pulled out some tape, study what GSW had for a whole year in Jeremy Lin. You should have asked around, speak to some people who coached him, played against him, instead showing us that you were just as clueless as the rest of the Golden State organization.
    Time and time again, GSW just giving away talent for nothing. No wonder we’re always in the cellar. Yes, a life time suffering Warriors fan waiting for the franchise to get a clue.

  6. goforthanddie - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    Did Spike text Denver “Fsck you guys” when they traded Carmelo to the Knicks?

    • raidmagic - Feb 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      Now that would have benn funny.

  7. losangelasbasketball - Feb 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    A movie director starting drama??? But that doesnt make any sense…..

  8. AlohaMrHand - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Knicks fans should text Spike and say thanks for pissing off Reggie Miller.

  9. africanballer - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    i think people are analizing jeremy lin with too much unecessary philosophy, the way i see it if you can have 5 good games in the best basketball league in the world, well you’re damn good, that’s why as a kobe fan i was dissapointed with his negative comments on jeremy i take my hat off to you man for dropping 38 in LA

  10. yahmule - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Smack talk from a 5’5″ jock sniffing wannabe. Good times.

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