I’m sure you’ve all heard Scott’s post game interview in which he mentioned that he played Lin in the fourth quarter to give Lin 20 minutes and to give Ronnie some rest.
Now I don’t know what’s really on Scott’s mind. Is he just making this comment, simply because it’s really none of the media’s business who he’s planning on playing in the fourth quarter? Did he say what he said, because he didn’t want to disrespect Price in public and blatantly state that Lin will be closing out games? Or is he really still sincerely unclear about whether or not Lin or Price would start or finish games.
If it is the latter, then Byron Scott needs to talk to Gary Vitti, because he needs to get his head examined. I mean, are you fucking kidding me with this shit?! Lin is actually fighting for the starting PG spot with Ronnie Fucking Price? See, this is the shit I am talking about when I have said in the past that McHale has brainwashed the league into thinking that Lin is a backup point guard. This is exactly the type of shit that has me concerned and pissed off about what McHale has accomplished. And it’s all very disturbing to me.
Now, I still have full confidence that Lin will be the starting Point Guard once the regular season rolls around. So for now I will be patient and see how it all plays out. But if Lin doesn’t start once the regular season rolls around, then there is something very disturbingly wrong. I’m already pissed off at those comments by Scott if they are a true expression of how he really feels.
To me, Lin not only needs to finish every game, he also needs to start every game as well. It is a no-brainer decision. The fact that it’s even up for discussion is completely insane to me and is just one example of how McHale has brainwashed the entire league about Jeremy Lin.
There are even some Lin fans saying that they’d be okay if Lin doesn’t start as long as he gets to close out games. This is how far McHale’s brainwashing has gone, folks! Even if I wasn’t a Lin fan, I’d feel the exact same way. Just look at all of my tweets and articles ranting about how Ed Davis should start. Starting Lin is even more of a no-brainer than starting Ed Davis, to me. And it should not be up for discussion and no one should think differently about this. I’m sorry, but there should be no debate.
Lin can say it doesn’t matter to him if he starts as long as he closes out games to the media all he wants. But I know that if he was talking in private, he’d be very disturbed if Ronnie Price is starting over him. Anyone in his position would be. Even in those interviews where Lin says it doesn’t matter if he starts as long has he finishes games, what often doesn’t get reported is that Lin still says that he’d like to start, “Who wouldn’t?” So don’t buy into the whole, Lin-doesn’t-care-if-he-starts-or-not-argument. He does. But he’s also not going to be an egomania about it and go all crazy if he doesn’t start. It’s also important for him to finish games and, last I checked, only a few players in the league get to finish games when they’re not starting.
So all these articles about how Lin doesn’t care if he starts or not are not digging deeply enough, as usual. Sure, Lin doesn’t mind backing up a legend like Steve Nash, but backing up a journey man like Ronnie Price is fucking disgraceful. And the thought of Lin fans saying that they’d be okay with Lin not starting as long as he closes out games is ludicrous to me. Stop drinking the Hatorade!
The reality is, starting is actually important. There are only a few rare exceptions in the NBA of players who come off the bench who are great and have respect in the league. But apart from those rare exceptions, starting does actually mean something. Not just from a reputation standpoint, but also from a playing time stand point. Starters generally play more than back ups and starters have like a 90% chance of finishing games.
Admittedly, Lin should play plenty of minutes this season, regardless of whether or not he starts. However, this is also Lin’s contract year and the window for Lin to prove that he is an NBA star in this league is quickly closing. This is probably Lin’s last year to prove himself. It’s his make-or-break-year and also a contract year for him. If Lin ends up backing up Ronnie Fucking Price, then McHale’s brainwashing of the league that Lin is a backup point guard will have been solidified. Lin will remain a back-up with the Lakers (while Lakers try to acquire someone like Dragic) or Lin will go to another team and back-up whoever is there.
Lin is at a stage in his career where he doesn’t automatically have respect in the league enough to be considered a sixth man, like Ginobli. So him being a back-up PG is not going to be seen in the same light as Ginobli being a sixth man. This is clearly evident in the crazy idea that the league actually believes that Lin lost his starting job to Patrick Fucking Beverley! So, no, it’s not alright that Lin doesn’t start as long as he gets to close out games. Lin not only deserves to start, the Lakers NEED him to start and finish games. Anything less than this would be very disturbing. Yep, I’m playing the race card, here!
You can’t make any arguments to me of why it makes sense to bring Lin off the bench. Not even the argument that they need a play maker off the bench, Ronnie Price is a better defender (he isn’t), etc.. This is the similar shit they pulled in Houston. How many times is the league going to play THAT card, just to undermine Lin?
The reality is, the starters need a play maker, as well. Kobe is too old to be doing that consistently. And the reality is, whoever starts generally finishes the games. There’s only a few rare exceptions of this in the league. Lin needs to start and finish games. Period. There should be no debating this. Anyone who feels differently needs to get their head examined. I just hope that either what Scott said is not a true reflection of how he really feels or Kobe sets Scott straight with a quickness!