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Return of Linsanity? Jeremy Lin wearing No. 17 for Lakers

Jul 24, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

Jeremy Lin wore No. 7 as a rookie with the Warriors, and he wore No. 7 during his most-recent underwhelming seasons with the Rockets.

Between, he donned No. 17 for the Knicks while capturing everyone’s imagination during Linsanity.

The Lakers hope that magic returns, and they’re giving him the number he wore when the Harvard-groomed, Asian-American pick-and-roll specialist dominated the league.

I’m wary of Lin moving the needle much on the court, especially in the stacked West. The Lakers, including Lin, are a collection of ill-fitting and mediocre pieces who probably wouldn’t even make the playoffs in the East.

And they don’t have a coach.

But as much as winning would serve this goal beyond all else, the Lakers are in decent shape to entertain – and sell tickets – next season. Putting Lin in No. 17, even if the impact is minimal, furthers that agenda more than any other number would have.

Expect a lot of No. 17 Lakers jerseys to sell.

  1. jzone954 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    @kb24 you gettin yours right?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      This is Bynum’s old number so maybe people will just tape over the name.

      • cpcheung - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Don’t get jealousy when 17 is the best seller!

  2. 4thquartermagic - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Coincidentally 17 may also be the number of games the Lakers will win next year.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM


      they’ll win 17 games in the first and half then win 17 more games in the 2nd half of the season…

      34 wins.

      And that would be a 7 game IMPROVEMENT for the Lakers from last season so their fans would have to be pleased with that.

      • dablakdrphil - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        No way we will be satisfied with a losing record. When they drop those ridiculously high Laker tickets then we can be pleased. As long as those tickets remain very high fans will expect a better team to compete barring any crazy injuries

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        too bad SO much money is going to one player…

        the team could have put a much better product on the floor for you and those high priced tickets if they had another $12 million or so to spend on strengthening their roster for you fans…

      • cpcheung - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        71 winnings is the correct idea!

    • cpcheung - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Do you mean 71 victories for Lakers including both pre-season and regular season?

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Sht how many games do you think they play in preseason?? Even if that was the case, combined, I’d take it!! 63-19 here we come!!!!

  3. rrhoe - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    People are gonna get tired of buying Lin jerseys if he keeps switching teams…….

    • cpcheung - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Never tired. It just increases the sales each team and this time Lakers should be called Luckier!

  4. 88heatnation - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    I wish the best to Lin, great journey and story to kids all around the world.

    • cpcheung - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Lin is a good role model for all kids. He is a combination of education and athleticism, an integration of intelligence and physical skills, and a transformation of street violence to a team spirit! Above all, he is a symbol of humility and gentleness! NBA is traditionally full of flopping, violence, hypocrisy, and arrogance. Lin can change the negative image and the negative culture of NBA!

  5. fordmandalay - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    I’ll definitely be selling my West, Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar and Magic jerseys to buy a #17 Lin!

  6. musician0785 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Ugh, Thank God it’s only for one year

    • cpcheung - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Thank God! Very few fans agree with you!

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Lin’s the best PG we’ve had since Nick Van Exel, how you gonna have a problem with Lin already?

      • musician0785 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        Where do I begin…..he’s bad on defense, the jumper is shotty, and the most success he’s had came from running a system the OLD coach ran……I’m not saying he’s a terrible player, but he’s not someone i want running point on my team

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        Yeah, 9/10’s of the league is “bad at defense”. So what. He’s a good player. Just watch.

      • musician0785 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:41 AM

        I’ve watched…..not sold….not even close

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        Where were you when he dropped 38 on the Lakers back in his Knick days? lol

      • musician0785 - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:18 AM

        Derek Fisher was guarding him….plus D’antoni is the point guard whisperer and he’s gone (not complaining)

      • loungefly74 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        how about we just give the guy a shot. who knows…he may pleasantly surprise us all.

  7. money2long - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I feel there’s a great chance Kobe and Jeremy mesh well. Kobe and Lin both have that fire.

    • imakcds - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      Kobe respects hard work and intelligence, and Lin definitely fills those requirements.

  8. mazblast - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    ” while capturing everyone’s imagination during Linsanity”

    Not everyone’s. Some of us weren’t on the bandwagon. We knew he was a curiosity, a short-term success in the media capital of the world. He sells stuff, but doesn’t necessarily win. In other words, he was a perfect player in the David Stern NBA, where your value depended strictly on how much sh**ty merchandise your name sold.

    • cpcheung - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Lin can do all: winning, selling, and modelling !

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        Are you Jeremy Lin’s antistratfordian? lol

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      Doesn’t win? He drug NYs sorry but to the playoffs when that ship looked sunk when Melo got injured. He single handedly brought them back to life. He’s a winner.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:45 AM

        That’s why he left NY: he’s a winner and they aren’t. Break out the Kleenex: Cruzan’s gonna cry!

  9. felisberto - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Jeremy Lin the top PG in the NBA. List of top 5 PG 2014/2015:
    1 Jeremy Lin
    2 Tony Parker
    3 Chris Paul
    4 Westbrook
    5 Conley

    • lazegowizfan95 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Top 5 PG in the NBA are
      Chris Paul
      Stephen Curry
      Russel Westbrook
      John Wall
      Tony Parker
      That’s just by the numbers though.

      • limonadamas - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Don’t feed the trolls…

      • sonnysuave - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        U serious??? By the numbers, Parker is not even top 10! Under the 1st four you mentioned… Parker’s 17/6/2 avg was trumped by MCW, Lowry, Lawson, Rondo, Irving, Holiday, Kemba Walker, Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Bledsoe, Lillard, Jennings, Conley, Teague, Brandon Knight… and still keeps goin.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:14 PM


        by the numbers you say? please look at these numbers then.

        John Wall career PER of 18.3 (3 of his 4 seasons below 20 including this past season)
        Kyrie Irving career PER of 20.9 and each of his 3 seasons has been above 20

        John Wall career true shooting % of .511% (league average is right around .504%)
        Kyrie Irving career true shooting % of .548% (.550% is considered very good)

        John Wall career turnover % 17.4%
        Kyrie Irving career turnover % 13.7%

        John Wall career 17.7 points per 36 min’s of court time
        Kyrie Irving career 22.1 points per 36 min’s of court time

        John Wall career 3 pt % of .308% (way below league average)
        Kyrie Irving career 3 pt % of .378% (way above league average)

        John Wall career free throw % of .790%
        Kyrie Irving career free throw % of .862%

        John Wall IS a good basketball player, but Kyrie Irving is a little better than Wall and not in only one or two stats, but in basically all across the board from PER, shooting %, fewer turnovers etc…

      • tomasekradek - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:48 AM

        sportsfan18: And then we get to defense and you relize Kyrie is not even close to Wall. And what about leadership and being good locker room guy? If i had 20 opportunities, I draft Wall over Kyrie 20 times. You can have Curry light, I’m getting Parker in the making.

    • cpcheung - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Lin might not be the top five but he can help Lakers win for sure!

  10. therealdave123 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I would hardly say he dominated the league. Guy had a nice little 30-40 game stretch but has been nothing but an average player since. Calm down everyone.

    • sonnysuave - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      He was supposed to be the man in Houston, since they picked him up before Harden. But Harden ruined any chances of Lin flourishing… since Harden always demands the ball at the top of the key (pushing Lin to the corners, making him ineffective). Maybe if Harden learned to play his SG role better & learned how to drive from the wings… Lin may have been able to run the offense like a PG should. If Lakers get the right coach… Lin should be able to shine again.

    • cpcheung - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      You are so ignorant!

  11. iammr713 - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Y’all know The Lakers backcourt (Kobe, Lin) will be starting in The All-Star Game this year right.. #PurpleAndGoldAffect

    • sonnysuave - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      The correct word is ‘EFFECT’. Smh… Lakers fans.

      • dablakdrphil - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        No @iammr713 has the right word, ain’t nobody seeing any special “effect”. YOUR dumb a** has the wrong word trying to clown us Laker fans smh

      • sonnysuave - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Lol! Pls BlakPhil (Dr should be removed from your screen name until you show some intelligence)… don’t say another word, because you’ll make yourself look worse. The word ‘affect’ is a verb… and the word ‘effect’ is a noun. When you use the word ‘afffect’ (verb)… it has to be done to something. Example : You affect others with your comment, making then dumber. You can’t just say : You affect. You affect, what? Doesn’t make sense. Hence, Iammer meant to use the word ‘effect’ (noun)… which can be used alone.

      • stephenlin - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        Right, because millions of people all over the world all collectively don’t know how to spell. -_-

      • sonnysuave - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:49 AM

        No… just Iammr & BlakPhil.

  12. 3s2ng - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Lin should be a backup point guard. He is the type of player that come off the bench and he will fill the score sheet while the starters takes a rest. He can take over games. He is more effective when he create shots for himself.

  13. 00maltliquor - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Lakers would MOST DEFINITELY make the playoffs in the East.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:50 AM

      That means every western team would make it. Not a Lakers hater but lets face it Malt: they haven’t done much except get Lin to improve. Lucky they didn’t add Melo, though.

  14. don444 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    Nothing personal against the likable Lin, but time has proven him to be exactly what most NBA insiders thought he was when he first hit the pro scene, a very average player with more than his share of deficiencies. All this Linsanity nonsense is a part of history and the sooner those childishly wishing for its revival accept the simple reality of that the better off they’ll be.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      Most NBA insiders didn’t even have the kid in the league. The undrafted Harvard kid is now in his 5th year with career averages of 11.9/4.8/2.6/1.3 stls playing 27.3 min. a game.

      While that may be “average” ain’t no one thought he’d even make it that far. No one.

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