So, King James has spoken and the dominoes have fallen! I’ve actually been embarrassingly captivated by this off season. I’ve had more fun with the NBA in the past couple of weeks than most of the regular season. So far, all the big free agents are making the right decisions in my view. I thought it was crazy for Lowry to even think of leaving the Raptors and he stayed. I thought it would have been the best choice for LeBron to return to Cleveland, and he is. I even sent out the following tweets:
@KingJames needs 2 go 2 Cavs and win some titles b4 he can even be POSSIBLY considered GOAT. Jordan is still greatest. No one comes close! @KingJames U need 2 go 2 Cavs and win some titles. Jordan won titles w/o Big 3 and faced tougher competition when hand checking was allowed.
I think LeBron has a great chance of winning a title(s) with Irving and if he was unwilling to take that chance, then he doesn’t deserve to be in the same conversation with Jordan. LeBron may have been holding back a little when he was in Miami, deferring somewhat to Wade–especially in the beginning. I think, without having to defer, LeBron may even be more dominant in Cleveland. This is why I think he’ll be able to win a title there with Irving. To me, LeBron going to Cleveland is the best move for his legacy. It also makes for a great story and I’m all about great stories. Anyway, I’m happy for LeBron. And Chris Bosh going to Houston is a no-brainer to me for Chris Bosh. I think it was stupid of him to wait for LeBron, but I admire his loyalty. I think he’ll do very well in Houston and is a great fit for Houston. So the Rockets ended up getting what they want. Lin, on the other hand, got completely screwed in this deal, once again, in my book.
Lin going to the Lakers is shocking to me. I never thought the Lakers was in the conversation for Lin. So, once again, Lin got screwed by the Rockets in my view. I would have been happy with the Sixers, which, it seemed like was more or less a done deal. Then this shocking news out of nowhere! Man, Lin’s had a string of very bad luck after Linsanity, in my view. He is being tested, for sure.
I don’t know much about the Lakers, but I just don’t see him fitting in very well alongside Kobe. Kobe is worse than Harden, or at least just as bad, when it comes to ball hogging and having an ego. One glimmer of hope I do have is the belief that Kobe secretly respects Lin’s game. I know he did after Lin dropped 38 on him and he does respect Lin’s defense, having experienced it first-hand (at the 4:10 mark of this video. I’ve noticed Kobe hesitating to drive when Lin was on him (at 5:00 mark of this video. But I’m not sure if this is enough. So things don’t look good for Lin at all, but I’m hopeful. Lakers also have like a thousand guards on their roster, so we’ll see if they get rid of some of their guards. I think this move by Lakers is purely for the sweetners that come with getting Lin, and maybe for Lin’s popularity in California. I don’t see the Lakers respecting Jeremy Lin’s game at all. The Lakers, to me, is not going to be much better than the Rockets if at all. Hopefully, they bring in a coach who is perceptive and is at least above average or average at his job. I would ask for a coach who also respects Lin’s game, but I think that’s asking too much at this point.
To me, Lin going to the Lakers is probably worse than Lin staying with the Rockets. Here’s the reason why. This upcoming season is critical for Lin–especially if he joins a new team. When you go to a new team, people see that as a fresh start. But Lin to the Lakers is not really a fresh start. He’ll face a lot of the same issues he faced, playing alongside a selfish ball-dominant guard. As a result, Lin will have to defer and not be able to play his game and will get average stats. So it gives people more evidence to day that Lin is just a serviceable PG. At this point in Lin’s career, he can still change people’s perceptions of him, but if he has another couple more seasons of what he had in Houston, the NBA, which is already biased against Lin, won’t give him another chance and he’ll just move from team to team as a serviceable PG journeyman, unless he finds a perfect situation. But Lin’s time is running out. If he stays with the Rockets for another season and does the same thing, it’s not as big of a deal. It won’t count against him as much. Some people may still be willing to wait and see if he was held back, because of the Rockets and see how he does on another team. So this is why I think Lin going to the Lakers is probably worse than Lin staying with the Rockets. I’m not sure if I was able to explain this clearly enough.
To me this is the worst possible news for Lin. What do you all think?