Thanks to McFale and the Rockets organization, Jeremy Lin’s stock has gone way down and, unfortunately, many in the NBA take Lin’s “demotion” at face value and no longer consider Lin a starting point guard.
The most recent Lin trade rumor has him going to the Warriors: http://bluemanhoop.com/2014/06/26/report-warriors-interested-bringing-back-jeremy-lin/
I think Lin will be psyched about returning to his favorite NBA team and hometown, and playing alongside Curry and Lee, but I don’t think this is a very good situation for Lin’s NBA career. Lin will be coming off the bench, which is really not where Lin belongs. And even worse, he’ll be coached by another Lin hater: Steve Kerr. But at least I don’t think Lin will be relegated to being a spot up shooter. So this will still be an improvement to his situation with the Rockets.
One place Lin may end up that could surprise a lot of people is in Toronto. I think the Raptors tried to get Lin before Morey snatched him away from New York, so they may still have an interest. Many people are overlooking the Raptors, because Lowry is there, but it looks more and more like Lowry is planning on leaving Toronto, so that creates a void at the point guard position. They do have Greivis Vasquez, so Lin will still have to fight for the starting job. The real Jeremy Lin is a no-brainer to start over Greivis Vasquez, but the problem is that the NBA has been brainwashed by McHale and the Rockets’ ill treatment of Lin and so Lin will have to fight for the starting position pretty much wherever he goes now. In Toronto, Lin will get to reunite with his former teammates: Novak and Fields, as well as Patterson. So that’s the one place I’m hoping Lin gets traded to if Lowry leaves. I think the rumors of Lowry joining the Rockets is laughable, though. Because wasn’t Lowry doing everything in his power to get the hell away from Kevin McHale? Why the hell would Lowry go back? But it would be a dream scenario for me of Lowry goes back to the Rockets and Lin gets traded to the Raptors. This way, people will finally see the detrimental effect McHale has on point guards (as well as what playing alongside ball-hog Harden will do to your stats). I have no doubt that Lowry will no longer be the “super star” that he was this past season if he returned to the Rockets under McHale. It’s a little crazy to me that Lowry’s free agency is getting so much attention. If Lin was playing in Toronto this past season as a starter, I’m sure he’d have similar stats. But, unfortunately, many people can’t see this, because they just take Lin’s performance in Houston at face value, rather than understanding that it had everything to do with the coach playing to his weakness and unjustly demoting him. Even in the most detrimental situation for Lin, Lin still managed respectable stats this past season: 28.9 minutes, 12.5 points, 4.1 assists.
I also went through the trouble of calculating Lin’s stats both with the Knicks and in Houston when Melo and Harden are injured or played fewer than 10 minutes: 22.72 pts and 7.72 assists. These are superstar stats. I don’t know how people can keep dismissing how Lin steps up time and time again when he is needed to. Unlike Melo or Harden, Lin is a team player and does whatever it takes to win games, rather than just focus on inflating his own stats. It’ll take a perceptive GM or owner to understand all of this and look past Lin’s time in Houston and treat Lin like the star that he really is. People in the NBA media use words like “backup” or “serviceable point guard” to describe Lin nowadays, completely disregarding what Lin does when he’s allowed to play his game (i.e., Linsanity and anytime Harden is injured). Why can’t people see that the way Lin plays during Linsanity and when Harden is injured is actually a more realistic representation of Lin as a player than when Lin is forced to stand in a corner and back up one of the worst point guards in the league (Beverley is just purely an energy guy and a defensive specialist that McHale/Rockets has hyped up in order to demote Lin).
Thanks to McFale, the immediate future looks bleak for Lin, due to his unjust reputation. Just as an exercise to see what the options are for Lin, I went through all of the NBA teams and picked out the ones where Lin has potential to be a starter. Keep in mind, this is not a discussion on where Lin may end up. This is purely just me going through NBA teams and highlighting the ones that don’t have great point guards. That’s it. I have no idea whether or not these teams have the cap space or desire to absorb Lin’s contract. So a lot of these teams don’t make any sense in terms of being viable trading partners for the Rockets, etc. Basically, this is just a list of teams in the NBA where even McFale’s Jeremy Lin can potentially beat out the current starting point guard:
- Utah Jazz (Trey Burke)
- Miami Heat (Mario Chalmers)
- Indiana Pacers (George Hill)
- Orlando Magic (Jameer Nelson)
- Detroit Pistons (Brandon Jennings)
- LA Lakers (Steve “Please Retire” Nash)
- Philadelphia 76ers (Michael Carter-Willams)
This list is sort of in the order of the point guards Lin has the highest potential of knocking out of the starting lineup, based on my highly highly subjective read.
Of these teams, the place Lin will most likely end up in is the 76ers, since the 76ers GM is Morey’s bitch (he used to work for Morey in Houston). Unfortunately, that’s the place that Lin will have the toughest time of replacing their current starting point guard, who had a great rookie season. I think it’s unlikely that McFale’s Lin will be able to replace Michael Carter-Williams in the starting lineup, so the future doesn’t look good for Lin. Because of McFale, Lin is just going to be seen by unperceptive NBA coaches, GMs and owners as just a serviceable back-up Point Guard. And that’s where Lin will remain, unless he gets rid of all the negative programming that McFale has done on him and, once again, can see himself as who he really is, which is the carefree star who was torching everyone during Linsanity and when Harden is injured.
Lin needs to lead the offense to be at his best. Unfortunately, I don’t think teams are going to give him this role, all because of McFale. The nightmare scenario for me is that Lin stays in Houston, because Houston misses out on both Lebron and Anthony, which is very very likely. I think Anthony will end up in Chicago and Lebron will stay in Miami. I just hope that if this ends up being the case, somehow Lowry amnesia and makes the biggest mistake of his life and agrees to return to Houston so Lin can go to Toronto. That would be the ideal scenario for me. Another nightmare scenario for me would be if Rockets get both Lebron and Melo and end up trading Harden and Lin to the Knicks or to the Heat. In other words, any scenario in which Harden and Lin end up being on the same team would be a nightmare scenario. That’s what I’m most concerned about. Let me know what you guys think about all the trade rumors and where you would like Lin to go.