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Nets’ Stackhouse said Rockets overpaid for Jeremy Lin

Jul 20, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

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Way more than fans, NBA players get that they are commodities in a business. They want to get as much as they can while they can because they know the window closes fast. Guys may be a little jealous of other players’ deals, but nobody really begrudges each other making money.

So long as they feel the player earned it.

Which is why what Jerry Stackhouse told Sports Illustrated (transcribed by the New York Post) about the Jeremy Lin contract is telling. Guys around Las Vegas (where everyone is melting and going to Summer League) were shaking their head.

Stackhouse, an 18-year NBA veteran, said in a video interview on that the Rockets’ three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet was too much to match “for a guy that’s only played 25 games for you…

“I think it’s too much, I think they’re gonna look back three years from now and say we maybe could have used this to go out and get another player,” Stackhouse said. … “I think it’s going to hamper them.”

I’m not going to rehash the Lin debate — the Knicks made a bet that Raymond Felton can regain his old form (or close to it) and that was more affordable. It’s a fair bet on the court, the off-the-court intangibles are hard to measure. New York made its call.

But what Stackhouse said is the fit-for-print version of what a lot of players around the league think.

  1. monkeyhateclean - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    The current system pretty much ensures decent RFAs will get overpaid, whether they stay or go. Its a fun way for GM’s to screw each other over.

  2. watermelon1 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Jerry Stackhouse? SO RANDOM! But I was actually a pretty big fan of his back when Grant Hill was still a Piston. Anyway, thanks for the laugh.

  3. kelsey412 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Come on peeps Can’t you see. Massive contracts through out NBA and a Asian American makes some money and there is a problem. This is racial all the way

  4. huskersrock1 - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Lin’s contract is all about marketing in China. For that he is worth it.

  5. ptestonm - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    i love how “fans” actually think they know more than players……f’n internet gangsters always talk shite

  6. trickybastard - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    I don’t think you’d hear him say that about another black player

  7. halfbaht - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    I’d much rather pay Jeremy Lin $25m for 3 years than pay that scrub Kwame Brown $12m for 2 years. Lin’s contract doesn’t seem so ridiculous now, does it?

  8. seanb20124 - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Stacks been stealing money for 18 years, but I agree with him. Market out of line for Lin’s contract.

  9. magnetik713 - Jul 21, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Since when do players comment on other players contracts?

  10. The Overtime Sports Talk Show - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    I didn’t know Stackhouse was still in the NBA. LOL, see how relevant this story and his comments are… I think Stackhouse has been overpaid over the span of 18 years, he’s been average at best..few above average years..that’s it.

  11. fanz928 - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Everyone is saying that he’s overpaid now he’s just got to prove them wrong next season and then we could judge if he’s worth that much or not

  12. jshipolito - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Sport’s athletes are all grossly overpaid.

  13. cowboychris5xchamps - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    I’m willing to bet $25 million dollars that I don’t have that Jeremy Lin will earn that money on the court instead of sitting on the bench stealing it!!!

  14. southbeachtalent - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I’ve never seen a players contract be so criticized. There have been more bad than good contracts all over sports, and I believe this contract is justified. Sure Lin was a flash in the pants, but to deny that he has great potential and can take in some huge marketing dollars would be dumb.

  15. michellewong1227 - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Wise man only speak when he has something to say (Jeremy Lin); fools just want to.say somerhing…….

  16. michellewong1227 - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Sour grape mentallity?

  17. cantonbound13 - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Stackhouse has no business being in the league anymore.

  18. junebucket - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    As a black man, there is nothing that makes me want to throw up more, than seeing other blacks emulate the petty prejudices of Tea Party rednecks, by belittling the achievements of someone, or suggesting that that person is undeserving of his success, clearly because of race. Jeremey Lin is an excellent basketball player, and an even better young man, who has had to put up with alot of unnecessary crap, from racial slurs on espn, to having his name mocked, to now being told by jealous colleagues that in essence he doesn’t deserve the living that he has earned. This is unprecedented from a profession, which accepted a lockout to obtain a collective bargaining agreement to enhance the standard of living of all NBA players. That there is griping that Lin is being paid 25 million, after playing 25 games, while these same critics have no problem with lottery picks, who have never played a day in the NBA, making substantially more money, underscores the blatant racism and hypocrisy driving the anti-Lin campaign. Jeremy Lin is better off without New York, and the media circus, and has been blessed with the opportunity to play for a franchise that respects him and allow his considerable gifts to flourish.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Whenever someone says “as a black man” or “i’m black” in comments sections like on this site or youtube etc at least 90% of the time they are white guys trying to get thumbs up

  19. proballerslounge - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

  20. proballerslounge - Jul 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    vote. Who would Scottie Pippen have the toughest time guarding

    and Lin’s contract is crazy. What if he never pulls off that run he had last season again

  21. jayquintana - Jul 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Why didn’t we hear NBA players talking about the contract of Arenas, Curry. Brand, and so numerous others? Why is $8.3 million a year for one of the most recognizable names and faces in the NBA the most ridiculous contract in history?

  22. omniusprime - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Jerry Stackhouse has it right when he says that Linept is overpaid, then again all sports pros are grossly overpaid for doing what amounts to nothing in the grand scheme of things. Thanks Kurt Helin for providing some sane commentary regarding the most Linept player in the NBA, so unlike that dim bulb Matt Moore. Linept was a mediocre player for years and then had a few good games because teams didn’t bother to defend him since he’d always ben pathetic at best on the floor.

  23. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Remember when Stackhouse called out Jordan? I can’t see he’s gotten any less bright! I seem to recall times in his past career (of being a famous BUST), when he was pretty much grossly overpaid! The franchise player who was never.

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