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Jeremy Lin arrives in Houston, but how he got there best part of story

Jul 19, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

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Jeremy Lin was in Houston, saying all the right things and sounding excited to be in Texas at his press conference on Thursday. He talked about wanting to win, wanting to be part of the community, how good the fans have been to him.

But the interesting part of the story is still how he got there in the first place. Lin himself still sounds a little mystified by it all, according to the AP.

“It’s been an unbelievable ride,” Lin said. “Just a lot of things I didn’t expect to happen, in terms of just the way last season went. I still have to kind of remind myself that this is all actually happening, sometimes. But it’s a huge blessing. I can’t believe how it all shaped up and for me to be here right now. I’m definitely excited and thankful.”

How it actually happened is complex, like any good story. And like any story, how you perceive what happens depends on where you stood — in the Lin camp, in the Knicks camp, in the Rockets camp or elsewhere. Henry Abbott at TrueHoop has done a better job than anyone breaking it down in a six-part story that looked at how it went down.

To whet your appetite, here is what he said about the perspectives of Lin in this process and the Knicks.

“Only Jeremy and his agents know for sure what their motive was,” one league executive said. “But it does appear like they overplayed their hand if he truly hoped to stay in New York. They got the strong impression that the Knicks would match anything. They didn’t anticipate [New York] had a backup plan.”


From the New York point of view, was Lin worth an average of $8 million per season — plus penalties — when they could get Felton for less than half that?
Furthermore, the Knicks calculated that Linsanity might not be worth as much as assumed. While the value of the Lin phenomenon has been much discussed, the Knicks saw it differently from most observers. Their season-ticket sales were strong and their sponsorships were stronger. Any money from the sale of Lin jerseys or Knicks’ merchandise around the world goes into a leaguewide pool, with the Knicks getting the same portion as any other team, according to revenue-sharing rules. Likewise, their share of the league’s TV contracts would not change whether Lin was on the team or not, no matter how many people in New York or Asia were watching.

Go read the entire breakdown, it’s worth it.

  1. jtchernak - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    By the best part is how he got there I thought maybe he literally got to the arena in a crazy way

  2. monkeyhateclean - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Sans Dwight, Houston won’t merit any attention for at least the length of Lin’s contract.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:10 AM

      30 win team, if THAT.

  3. smartbutlazy - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    He took the money, as we all would have. Good for him. Plus his game sucked while playing with CarMElo Allforme. Good luck to him.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      You’re not only lazy but also stupid.

      • knightrider1755 - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:13 AM

        Mr. Wright212: You are further proof, make no mistake about it, that Knicks fans are by far the dumbest fans in the world.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Yeah, unbelievable like anything that comes out of your mouth, kid. I ain’t gon’ hate on you though.

    However, people acting like he got a ton more money from Houston need to just STOP. He didn’t “take the money”, he weaseled behind Dolan’s back and will be out of the league by 2015.

    • gammagammahey - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      And the Knicks didn’t “go behind his back” to try and land Steve Nash? Loyalty in sports is somehow only expected to extend one way where the guys doing the actual work are expected to be loyal to the billionaires who control them.

    • dexterismyhero - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      No he didn’t weasel behind anyones back. Are you really CarMElo Allforme?

  5. rocketsbb - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Rockets in my opinion will probably get 35-45 wins next season with this current roster. They need to rebuild through the draft so hopefully they go down to the 20-30 win area.

  6. moseskkim - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    Heard Royce white can be a star. Well Lin made Jeffries look like an all star at times so white or Patterson along with possibly asik could be a good pick n roll combo. They’ll definitely be fun to watch. Hope Lin stays healthy

  7. badintent - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Will everyone that doesn’t make as much $$ as Lin NOW does, please leave this blog now !! Silence is golden. I’ll just write something for myself from now on .Just got my quarterly bonus from JPMorgan folks, it’s 7 figures and growing, gotta love those oil futures derivatives.

  8. 1historian - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    I’m no nix fan but IMO they made a smart move on this one – Lin is NOT worth the money he got and the Rockets will rue the day.

  9. klownboy - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    I guess the Lin story will not go away. I still say he is not worth all that money in the last year of his deal…

  10. meroyero - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Ironic that the title of this article sounds like an Asian with broken English

    • meroyero - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      FYI, i can say it cause i’m Asian, so don’t anyone feel obligated to take offense.

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