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Jason Terry is not a member of the Jeremy Lin fan club

Feb 20, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin walks up the court against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

Sunday may have changed his mind. That is when Jeremy Lin put up 28 points and 14 assists in leading the Knicks past the Mavericks. That included six points and six assists in the fourth quarter when the Knicks took over the game.

Going into that game, Jason Terry was not as impressed as the rest of us.

He saw the 45 in the seven games before that, the fact Lin turns the ball over on 21.6 percent of his possessions used and said his previous coaches wouldn’t have tolerated it. That he would have been benched. Here is what Terry told the Star-Telegram before the game Sunday.

“I’ve been a point guard in this league and (45 turnovers in seven games) would have gotten me on the bench real fast,” Terry said….

“He’s in (Knicks coach Mike) D’Antoni’s system, and any player that plays a guard position in D’Antoni’s system has opportunities to be able to put up good numbers, and I think that’s what he’s been able to do,” Terry said. “The ball’s in your hands a lot and you’re going to have turnovers….

“I think it’s a lot of hype right now,” Terry said. “Is he going to be a good player in the future? If he continues to work, he will. But given the opportunity, he’s taken advantage of it. But everybody’s making a lot out of just the seven games he’s played.”

Terry is right in that Lin has benefitted from the D’Antoni system. Lin has been the perfect fit for the Knicks and that system — he pushes the tempo, sees the court well, plays smart off the pick and roll, plays to his strengths (he goes right) and he’s confidently knocking down outside shots. Is he turning the ball over more than you’d like? Sure. But in his MVP seasons Steve Nash turned the ball over 17 and 20 percent of his possessions — D’Antoni asks a lot of his point guard and tolerates mistakes if other things are going well.

But, as Terry said, Lin has grabbed the advantage given him with both hands.

Other coaches looked at Lin and focused on what he can’t do — his outside shot was shaky, he’s not strong going left — and not what he can do. D’Antoni may have been forced to give him a chance more out of circumstance than desire. But the fact is he does fit.

And after that game Sunday, you would think Terry would be a believer. His response then was that Lin “was a tough kid.”

  1. cakemixa - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Flash in the pan

    • limonadamas - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      if by “flash,” you mean “solid point guard playing with poise and leadership” and by “pan” you mean “in the best basketball league in the world,” then i wholeheartedly agree!

  2. rob0527 - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Jason Terry is a sore loser. Give this guy his props.

    • llfreedman - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      no way. Terry is exactly right. World champ knows all.

    • massivedick - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      jason terry ? … does he still play?

  3. africanballer - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    And all that would explain why he was fouling Lin intentionally in the first quarter? Lol damn Terry

  4. bklynfatpants - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Terry’s comments are a good perspective from a vet guard prior to playing against Lin. Period.

    • africanballer - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      ”But everybody’s making a lot out of just the seven games he’s played.”

      i think that as a vet it’s not too difficult to to swallow pride and give a little praise to an undrafted harvard graduate and former d-league that just saved the knicks from drowning.

      • bklynfatpants - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        From a purely technical vet PG perspective, saying that Lin has taken advantage of his opportunity is a good enough compliment. D’Antoni’s system allows PGs more latitude to make mistakes, and in a more “structured” system he’d be benched.

        I think we all can agree that Lin would still be at best on the pine and at worst cut, and he wouldn’t have even gotten a chance if the Knocks weren’t floundering so badly at the time.

        The stars have aligned and starved Knick fans are ready to rock!

  5. allball23 - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    sounds like Sour grapes Terry. You got beat. The system he is in helps him get better numbers but he has the ability to play. Shumpert and douglas were the point guards before him and they flopped. Lin can ball point blank.

  6. allball23 - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Sour grapes from Terry. You got beat. Yes he benifts from the system but Douglas and shumpert tried to play pg and flopped. Lin can ball point blank.

  7. kurtisilliterate - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    In true PBT fashion, this information is flawed. Terry made these comments before the game, and I am willing to bet he is somewhat impressed now. Nonetheless, Jason Terry seems to always try and top himself when it comes to stupid comments. His big mouth came in handy yesterday while Jeremy was making him eat his words.

  8. djones5176 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    If anyone knows anything about turning the ball over, that would be Jason Terry,…

  9. jbaxt - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Ridiculous! System? What team doesn’t have a system. Every point guard is in a system. Lin is 7 games in and is playing as good as any PG in the league.

  10. yournuts - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I’ll take any point guard that gives me a 6 and 1 record in seven games.

  11. SOBEIT - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Jason Kidd was a class act. He had some nice words to convey to Lin. Yes, both are Bay Area success stories. Obviously Kidd had a lot of fan fare coming into the NBA while Lin was basically invisible. Lin still has a lot to prove. I don’t hate doubters like Terry for doubting. Lin came out of nowhere. There have been many that crashed to earth after huge hype. The only way Lin can end the majority of the doubters is to do it consistently over time. But until we get there, watching the games is a treat for NBA fans.

    But even for mega-hyped players, Lin is doing what no other or a select fe NBA player has been able to do, in their first 8 games as a starter, since the merger of leagues. His stats speak for themselves. Terry cannot deny that fact alone. I am really looking forward to how the Knicks gel as a team as everyone awaits the final piece to be added…Melo. If Lin can average 10/10…he will have a great career with the Knicks.

  12. xrateplaya - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Lin schooled u u dumb turtle lookin skinny pg who shoots too much

  13. rastaraider - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Hating on california

    Cali is we’re all the talent comes

    Once a warrior

    Always a bay area native

  14. losangelasbasketball - Feb 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Terry can say that because he has a ring…. And lin doesnt.

  15. nyasdad14 - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Very well said, SOBEIT

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