So when I wrote this article, I was still not sure where Scott stands on Lin, but after reading a recent ESPN LA article, I’m more and more convinced that Scott has been brainwashed by McHale, because he does appear to be sincerely debating whether or not to start Price or Lin, based on who he thinks is better. Scott’s debate doesn’t even revolve around the idea that they need Lin to help the second unit.
For Scott, “It’s all about who I feel gives me the best chance to win basketball games.” Scott appears to be sincerely conflicted about whether or not Lin or Price gives him the best chance to win basketball games. Are you fucking kidding me?! It’s like I’m living in some sort of dark comedy skit about the insane ways in which people view Lin based on the fact that he just doesn’t “look” the part (again, this goes beyond just race). It’s about lack of perception or narrow-mindedness. It’s also about McHale’s brainwashing about Lin taking hold of the league.
If you’re seriously debating whether or not Lin or Price gives you the best chance of wining, there is something seriously wrong with you as a human being. I’m not trying to be harsh, just being accurate. Again, I hope, for Scott’s sake, that he is just saying things to the media, because he wants to keep his decisions private and not disrespect Ronnie Price to the media. I’m still holding out hope that this is the case. But if it is not, regardless of whether or not Lin ends up starting, there is something disturbing about the fact that Scott sincerely is not sure whether or not Lin or Price gives him the best chance of winning games. To me, if Scott is sincere, then the “damage” has already been done. If you don’t know what I mean, then read this post I wrote and my comments to the post as well.
Although Scott not believing in Lin (I interpret Scott equating Lin to Price as him not believing in Lin, which I think is fair) and what I discussed in this post appear to be two different things, they stem from the same issue: that Lin just doesn’t quite belong in the starting lineup (due in large part to McHale’s brainwashing). Scott’s statement is just a blatant way of conveying the idea Lin doesn’t quite belong, while the “rationale” that I wrote about in the previous article is a more subtle way.
Basically, with Lin, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. And, again, as I’ve discussed in previous articles, this is not conscious. Coach Scott is not racist or anything like that for how he apparently feels about Lin. There’s just something about Lin that he’s just not convinced of no matter what Lin does, it seems. And I don’t think he can quite put his finger on it. Just something not quite right, is all. But we’ll see if Scott is able to change his perceptions, unlike McHale.
The other crucial piece of information from the ESPN LA article is that Scott says, whoever he starts is going to play 30 minutes or more. I’ve seen people rationalizing that Lin doesn’t have to start to have a major impact on the team and I warned Lin fans to not drink this Hatorade. “The reality is, starting is important. The reality is, starters generally get the most playing time. The reality is, starters generally finish games. Somehow, when it comes to Lin, simple logic goes out the window.”
Sure there are exceptions (e.g., Ginobli) to this rule, but those are exceptions that PROVE the rule. So anyone feeding you this load of crap that starting isn’t important is either fooling themselves or they’re trying to assuage Lin fans, who they think don’t know any better. These are the same people who are all too eager to report that Lin doesn’t care if he starts or not, as long as he closes games. They, of course, neglect to hear the part where Lin says: “Of course I want to start. Who wouldn’t?!”
So if you are a Lin fan, don’t drink the Hatorade out there! It’s definitely not in high supply, like it was in Houston, but it is out there. These people in LA do mean well, though, but the end result is the same damn thing, whether or not these well-meaning people realize it or not. The result is Lin not starting and having the impact on the team that he should. And that would be a travesty in LA for Lin and the team, as well as the fans.