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Chandler didn’t think Lin ran the Knicks offense correctly

Oct 8, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

Knicks Media Day Basketball AP

The few weeks of “Linsanity” last year, the Knicks offense was really not all that great. The Knicks were winning because they were playing good defense and getting enough points with Jeremy Lin running a pick-and-roll heavy offense with Tyson Chandler and shooters like Steve Novak around the floor.

Chandler likes the Knicks point guards better this year because they are running the offense, and in telling that to the New York Post he said the rookie Lin wasn’t the floor general the Knicks needed. From Newsday:

Chandler said the Knicks didn’t have a point guard to get himself, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire the ball in their comfort zones last season. In Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, the Knicks have experienced floor leaders who already have made a difference through the first four days of training camp…

“Baron (Davis) was hurt and Jeremy was a young point guard who was just learning, trying to learn and figure out an offense,” Chandler said. “It was nothing against them and it was definitely nothing against Baron…. Jeremy was a young point guard who was inexperienced, who brought a great light to the organization. But as far as being able to run the offense and putting players in the right position he just wasn’t there.”

Chandler is right, and the fact the Knicks never went out and got a quality point guard to run D’Antoni’s system really speaks to a failing of management. If you’re going to hire a system coach, then get him the players to fit that system, not different players then tell him to adjust.

Also, Chandler praised Lin plenty last year when Lin was a Knick. But that was then, this is now.

We’ll see how much having a more experienced set of point guards helps the Knicks offense, or if they run into the same challenges of trying to get Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler to play off each other well. I’m not sold the point guard was the issue, but maybe the spacing and interaction will be better.

  1. cosanostra71 - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Lin wasn’t a rookie… he was a rookie for the Warriors in 2010-11…

    • aht66 - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      You’re right, he wasn’t a rookie. But he didn’t have any playing time as a starter under his NBA belt.

  2. recapp - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    It’s pretty unnecessary for Tyson to put down what Lin did last season just to show excitement for the new pg’s. I think Steve Novak and his new $14 mil contract would disagree that Lin could not find people in the right spots. I’m pretty sure Tyson got a lot more easy looks for dunks with Lin than he did with any other pg last season.

    • guyaneserj - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM


  3. hwatt - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    so… Lin was just playing good basketball, impressing everyone from Kobe on down, and the team was just winning games… the horror.

  4. jonesy1155 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    I like Chandler as a player. He has good game but this is garbage. Very hypocritical Last year he was praising Lin in post game conferences and interviews. At least he is faithful to the Knicks organization.

    • guyaneserj - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM


  5. bux1022 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Rookie status is based on the amount of games played. He was a rook! Then we sacrificed him like a pawn!

  6. dafranchise03 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Winning a few regular season games and winning a few playoff games is different. If Lin didnt know the system, it would have never worked. Just look at the team in general. They have talented players but no one believes they have a chance cause of the team concept.

  7. thomaskouns - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Was Lin overhyped – absolutely. However, these guys seem unable to take take responsibility for basically a 500 record.

    You got 2 guys making 20 mill per and it’s someone else’s fault? Whatever.

  8. mogogo1 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    The Knicks…continuing to put the “me” in “team.”

    • qwertify - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      There is no “i” in “team”.. But there is an “i” in “Knicks”.

  9. metalhead65 - Oct 8, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    let’s see the knicks sucked before turning to lin then went on a amazing winning streak once he took over,funny I did not hear anybody complaining about him not knowing what he was doing then. then carmello comes back and the team comes back to earth but it is lin’s fault? this statement goes along way as to why the knicks will never win anything.they are a team of I’s when there is not supposed to be one in the word team.

    • LPad - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      the team also won after Lin got hurt, playing near 700 ball until they ran into Miami. For some reason, I don’t think going back to Linsanity (if Lin was healthy) would have worked again LeBron.

      • badintent - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:43 AM

        You mean .370. They need a 4 game win streak to squeak in at the end to make the playoffs.

      • rcody - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:15 PM

        Tellin’ it like it is.

  10. bux1022 - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    @ metalhead

    The Knicks made the playoffs the year prior without Lin, after not being there for a decade! It takes time to build chemistry. Stat, Melo, and half the roster was injured and was unable to build the necessary chemistry needed. Judge them this year!

    • qwertify - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:25 AM

      Team chemistry ei? How long will it take the Knicks? ‘Cause if i remember correctly it only took Lebron and company 1 year to get it together.. And injuries? Injuries happen almost everyday in the NBA. Even Bosh got injured during the playoffs itself. And i’m not even a fan of the Miami cHeat! You should stop with your lame excuses and accept that the Knicks barely won their first playoff game in more than a decade.

    • rcody - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:17 PM

      It seems to be much more fun judging them off of last year and previous years.

  11. raycharlesj - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    This year will expose how much of Jeremy Lin was really Hype and system and how much was talent and skill. I’m tired of both sides those for and against putting the cart before the horse saying he can’t play or he is the best ever. I will finally get to see for myself if he can even play on the level of Jarrett Jack or if he can have the impact of Chris Paul and Rondo, let the games begin!!

  12. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Lin was the right player at the right time, All those guys did was play ball. Amare and Carmelo were out and they had nothing to lose so they went out and played. What is so wrong with that? They “hype” never came from Lin. Unlike some of the Divas and on and not on the Knicks, Lin never spoke garbage or got full of himself. Was he a little overwhelmed toward the end? Yep!

    But he played ball and so did Fields and some of the other characters. It was fun to watch!

    • rcody - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      The Five Stooges

  13. altruistmanager - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    So Lin did not fit their style, or other players did not fit with Lin?
    Which was it?
    Melo and Amare are lazy ball hogs. Kidd will be rescuing them all year long.

  14. jjangli - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:43 AM


    The Knicks made the playoffs that season because of the great play of the previous roster (pre-Melo trade) and not because of the current roster. Post-Melo trade they had a losing record, if I remember correctly

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