In the comments section of my post about the McFale/Lin Dynamics, I mentioned that I think McHale is actually irritated by Lin, because he thinks Lin is a young player who is more interested in padding his stats then helping the team win. I said this at the time with the caveat that I know it’s crazy that I would think this, but then this article in The Daily News came out after the Nets game and it confirms my suspicions about McHale. I made this comment before the article came out and I made this comment without any factual data. It was just from pure speculation and my usual “reading between the lines” and just my understanding of people. But in this article, McHale said it right out:
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
The Houston coach calls his playmaker “a home run hitter,” and doesn’t mean that in a good way.
“Sometimes he’d rather have 29 points and nine turnovers and I tell him, ‘Jeremy, we’re trying to win,’ ” McHale said.
WOW! Pretty unbelievable. But I guess, not really, since I had suspected as much. Here’s an excerpt from my comments that I made from the McFale/Lin Dynamics post before this article came out:
“My thoughts on McHale’s attitudes towards Lin has evolved to the point now that I think Keven actually doesn’t like Lin very much. I speculate that it’s because McHale thinks Lin is more concerned with how Lin does than playing the right way. I know it’s crazy that McHale would think that, because Lin is like the biggest team player there is. But one of the reasons I think this is because whenever McHale talks about Delfino, he always feels the need to say that Delfino just plays the right way. He’s not concerned about his stats, etc. And he says that a lot of young players are still worried about their stats and such. And I think when McHale says this, it’s a little dig at Lin. I think the reason why McHale thinks Lin is more concerned with Lin’s performance than helping the team is that McHale is playing Lin in a way that doesn’t capitalize on Lin’s strengths and so whenever Lin plays the way Lin feels comfortable playing, McHale thinks Lin is purposefully ignoring McHale’s orders to pad Lin’s stats. Not sure if that makes any sense. As a result, McHale thinks Lin is overly concerned about matching his Linsanity performance and that irritates McHale about Lin. When, in reality, Lin is just playing the way Lin knows how to play. Of course, this is all pure speculation on my part.”
Just wanted to draw your attention to this, since many of you probably didn’t see the Comments I made.