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LeBron says he expects to cover Jeremy Lin some Thursday

Feb 22, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland Reuters

Jeremy Lin has stood up pretty tall to every test he’s faced the past few weeks — the Knicks haven’t won every game, but he’s not wilted in the spotlight.

However, the Miami Heat’s defensive energy and athleticism on the perimeter is a whole different ballgame. And Lin is going to get all of it on Thursday when the Heat host the Knicks. Here is what LeBron James said, via the twitter of ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh:

“I know I’m going to end up guarding Lin at some point.”

So is Dwyane Wade. The Heat are very aggressive on the perimeter, pressuring the ball, jumping passing lanes, trying to create turnovers so they can get out and run (where Wade and LeBron are unstoppable). That energy is why the Heat have won seven in a row by at least 12 points.

James joked around about not watching a lot of Harvard basketball, but was complimentary to the Knicks young superstar. Here are some comments, via the twitter of Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“I never watch Harvard basketball. I never watch Harvard.’’

LeBron said he doesn’t subscribe to the Ivy League Network. But said did watch Jeremy Lin the summer league game in 2010 against John Wall… LeBron says celebrate Lin more as a just good player and not dwell on Asian-American aspect: “I think it’s taken away from it, obviously.”

LeBron on Lin 2 straight SI covers: “Make sure he doesn’t take that for granted & get those covers and frame them and put them in his house”

The Knicks have the offensive tools to make the Heat pay for their aggressive play, but with Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Lin still trying to get used to each other they may not have the execution to exploit it yet.

  1. highpowered350 - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    But who will guard Lebron’s hairline

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Lin is good and tough. Hope LBJ can at least contain him a little. Maybe the Heat get a break or two and pull this one out. We’ll see.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM


    • phaden27 - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM


  3. 808raiderinparadise - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Sorry Lin, anytime he is one on one with LeBron he isn’t getting anything. LeBron is having his best year and his defense is elite, if it weren’t for Howard I would say he could be Defensive Player of the League but he will get MVP instead …. he still needs to work on his help D and switching but when he locks one player down he strangles player strengths.

  4. cantonbound13 - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Did LeBron mention anything about choking in the 4th quarter?

    • 808raiderinparadise - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      No, he won’t need the 4th quarter in this one … or trolls like you trying so hard to be funny? I guess? or something?

  5. lameasish - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I’m not sure if he did. He might have said something about attention seekers trying to get a rise out of people even though they know he is the best player in the league.

  6. drewzducks - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Cover him with what ?

  7. dysraw1 - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    I these guys would stop referring to J Lin as a superstar hes a good player in a good spot period

  8. jesse1834 - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    In baby powder I guess.

  9. rooney24 - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Of course, he would cover him at some point, even if just on a switch. So, not too much to be read into that.

    As a side note on LeBron, am I the only one that is hating LeBron a little less the longer he keeps his mouth shut? I will still cheer against them winning the title this year, as that makes for better basketball and I don’t want to see more of the superteams.

  10. losangelasbasketball - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Lebron only needed 46 follicles to shut d rose down in the playoffs last year, he can probably bury lin with no follicles.

  11. steelerswin6 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    LeLoser has been sporting the amish look for a while now….. The beard is very weird looking…remember no Amish has ever won an NBA championship ….nor will LeLoser..

  12. asublimeday - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    “I’m hoping to leech some attention from him physically.”

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