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Jeremy Lin drops 45 points in a San Francisco Pro-Am game (VIDEO)

Jun 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Normally when a pro player hits the courts during the summer to play against a bunch of non-NBA guys, their exploits aren’t all that impressive.

The level of competition matters, after all, and so ringing up big numbers should be the expected result in games where the defense is questionable, and the overall talent level is a step or four below what someone like Jeremy Lin is used to seeing on a nightly basis.

This video is worth watching, though, for a couple of reasons. Lin is featured prominently, scoring in a variety of ways. And players from both teams are shown converting acrobatic and exciting finishes in traffic, making it one of the better all-around highlight reels from something like this that you’ll see.

Since we’re a long way from actual NBA basketball, consider this your short-term fix.

[via SLAM]

  1. dohoangquan35 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    as an asian, i like Lin but let’s be real, a scoring point guard like him aint gonna shine in houston as Harden is the man there, but if he is the main guy then he wont win a championship

    • divan22 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      And who exactly do you think believes Lin should be “the main guy” in Houston? As long as he’s an effective PG he’ll be just fine.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Lin is over rated, and why is a NBA player with a 40 mil contract playing
        in a Pro Am game Houston, I guess so they can have another broken
        Chinese basketball player on their roster.
        I wonder if Melo could play with Lin, biggest joke ever!

      • jpham420 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        300 milllion chinese have tuned in to watch Lin. He gets a very small portion of that at $8 million.

  2. dylude - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Patrick Beverley + Isaiah Canaan = Lin available for trade to SF ProAM team for the right price

  3. mneril4777 - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Jlin= make me a proud asian american,
    Just attack the rim, don’t hesitate to take the 3pt shot when open and make the game come to you!
    GO Jeremy!

  4. eboneseagles - Jun 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    No one can deny he’s clutch regardless of the setting. It’s crazy how bad he looked on defense though.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      I remember Lin sat out the playoffs while playing
      for the knicks, that’s not clutch, thats’ bush……..

      • eboneseagles - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        I’m a knicks fan and he sat out because he was recovering from an injury. It wouldn’t have made a difference, Miami was soooo much better then.

      • badintent - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:31 AM

        Go to AA , stop drinking , ya fooling ya yourself with the babbling

    • anhdazman - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      S. Curry isn’t a very good defensive player for GSW, but it helps to have a true defensive center like Bogut to help.

      Lin needs a solid defensive Center to offset his defense weakness.

  5. bowmanj35 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Looks like he plays D there about as well as he does in the association.

  6. bigbosscrispy - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    His defense is doo doo

  7. WVLDO - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Lin shines when he needs too.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      he’s always hurt.

  8. htownred34 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    He has got to improve defensively and with his spot up shooting if he wants to remain a starter and not get traded. I still do not think he’s worth the contract he has right now…

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      knicks did the right thing by letting him walk.
      good luck rockets.

  9. jjviolin1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I am sick and tired of all the negative comments regarding Lin’s contract. There are way worse contracts out there that have bewn given out to players way less deserving. lin is a hard worker and has had to overcome so much BS. Hes positive, a good role model, and whether you can admit it or not, he can ball. he can get to the rim better than a lot of PGs out there. hes working hard on his shot too and once that is consistant, watch out. all you haters, hate all you want, its only because youre jealous. you point out all the bad things but are silent when he does good things. yeah Ill say it…Lin has skillz and I hope he will silence all the haters and doubters who dont have anything better to do than point out all the negative things than positive. really, what is there not to like about the guy? hes been underappreciated and underestimated his whole life and he continues to work hard and excel. hes in the NBA getting PAID. accept it, hard work pays off.

    • badintent - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      Brother , I remember the night HE DROPPED 38 ON KOBE’ASS. LAKER LOSS. IN THE GARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDEN !. LIN haters=losers.

  10. jjviolin1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    wanna talk about bad contracts? why dont you talk about… hmmm…. gilbert arenas, rashard lewis, linas kleiza, Nene, brendan haywood, jason richardson, travis outlaw, kendrick perkins …the list goes on..but (haters) have to always mention lins contract. keep crying!

  11. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Yeah you definitely got a good look at that great defense Lin is known for. That guard #2 looks like he can really ball, but he was blowing by Lin like it was child’s play. An overpaid turnover machine who can’t play defense isn’t worth the contract he got. Normal NBA players point to what they’ve done on the court during contract negotiations, but Lin’s leverage had to do with all the money Houston will be making off of the Asian fan base through tickets, jerseys, etc. Yao ushered in a huge Asian following of the Houston Rockets, especially overseas, and Lin’s agent knew just how valuable Jeremy was towards continuing that financial marriage between the Houston Rockets and the ENTIRETY OF ASIA.

    • jjviolin1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      I definetly agree with some of those things, but like I said earlier there are a LOT of worse contracts out there, I don’t know why everyone has to hate on Lins. And as far as defense is concerned, wasn’t he one of the leaders in steals? That’s pretty important defensively.

    • jackntorres - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      +1 for the emphasis on the “entirety of Asia”

  12. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I dont think theres a person out there who can say that Lin is a bad guy, but NBA teams don’t give out big contracts to players for “being a nice person.” It’s not that I think Lin can’t ball, because he clearly can make things happen in this league. I simply wonder whether or not there was 1 single team in the entirety of the NBA that felt comfortable paying Lin anything close to what Houston did…given the fact that we saw such a small sample size from him. If you critique Lin solely upon his performance in the NBA and future potential, 40 Mil is a stretch…

    • jjviolin1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Turnover machine? Are you talking about James Harden?

  13. sportsnut101 - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Lin has moments. He needs to get better on def but so does harden n they both turn the ball over
    T much

    Lin should play more with second team so he can be featured more he can score. It’s just harden a better scorer n passer

    Lin has dumb turnovers.

    If they didn’t get harden. Lin was gonna be featured n they woulda missed playoffs but he would play good enough.

    It’s different from playing no min to 20 min to 40 min a game for a whole season

    • jjviolin1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Harden is definetly not a better passer.

  14. rohlo - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    whats missed in the article is- the fact in the video you see PRO-AM players driving to the basket on lin and lin’s defense sucks against these scrubs.. lin i do like,but he isnt a starting point gaurd..he is better served as a sixth man type coming of the bench! change of pace guy!! his defense is horrible though!!

  15. raycharlesj - Jul 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    The (am) stands for AMATEURS!!! Not impressed by a so-called Pro scoring 45 points against playground level competition, he is supposed to be able to get 45 points every single game against AMATEURS!!!!

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