One Ball For All

One Ball For All……..by old & in the way

No one likes to be criticized. Especially those who deserve it the most. I don’t know why this is so but I know nevertheless that it is so. So…Carmelo Anthony is an unconscionable egomaniac and ball hog. He needs to have the ball at all times because that is the only way he knows how to play apparently. He is offended when presented with this reality. James Harden is a gunner and me-first basketball player who also needs to have the ball in his hands to be effective. He loves isolation one-on-one basketball that freezes out his teammates. He thinks he is a point guard. He is not. He passes too infrequently and shoots too much. Kobe Bryant is a gunner and a shooter who is uncoachable according to Phil Jackson who ought to know. Kobe has an ego the size of a 500 pound sumo wrestler. At least Kobe has five championships to back up his ego. Carmelo Anthony and James Harden have zero championships combined. None of these three players have any concept of team play in basketball. Or if they do they disregard it as much and as often as they can.

Communication, trust and effort. Jeremy Lin has had the misfortune to play with all three of the above mentioned so-called elite players. Jeremy Lin is not a star. He does not want to be a star. He wants to play team basketball and involve all of his co-workers. Jeremy Lin wants to win first and glorify himself secondly if at all. Jeremy and Kobe together is a work in progress. Perhaps they will succeed where Jeremy did not with Carmelo and with James. What would happen if Carmelo, James and Kobe all wound up on the same team? All three demanding the ball. All three gunning away without restraint. All three freezing out their teammates. None of them defending. This year Kobe is shooting under 40% which is terrible for someone who takes more than twice as many shots as anyone else on the team. So…will Jeremy Lin ever land on a team that has no elite star/ball-hog gunner and a team that genuinely wants to play a team oriented brand of basketball? This is the question. The answer is hanging in the balance along with Jeremy’s professional basketball career.

11-22-14

  • Gary Teng

    Dear old & in the way,

    Another thought-provoking piece!

    Q: What would happen if Carmelo, James and Kobe all wound up on the same team?

    A: It will be the new “Three Dog Night” band performing their brand new #1 smash “Joy to the (Dog) World.”

    • Dear Gary:

      Well stated, my friend! Three dogs indeed. For poetic justice I would love to see the three ballhogs all united on the same sorry ass team. The only way a three dog night team could operate would be to play with three balls simultaneously. One ball would lead to a dogfight over possession of the one poor ball. In whose hands would the ball land most often? BS would, of course, have to be the coach. He would be in heaven. Three ballhogs to handle his balls. It makes the mind spin to contemplate such a moment. Meanwhile I long for Jeremy to find a real team to play for and with. Timberwolves in six minutes. Let’s hope for a good outcome for Jeremy. Lakers lose, Jeremy wins. Go. No Lin no win. Ciao for now.

  • It is crazy whenever I think about how Lin has had the misfortune to play with three of the biggest ball hogs in the NBA, as well as the worst coaches in the NBA. Nothing comes easy for Lin. Linsanity only happened because the Knicks ran out of players. Nothing is ever given to Lin. Has to work harder than anyone else in the NBA.

    I made a video comparing Lin vs. Harden and made the point you made a point about how Lin is all about winning and Harden is about himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtQGQjQ-rGo

    • Dear JLintel:

      I have seen several of your videos on YouTube but I don’t remember this particular one. I will check it out when I have the chance to do so. I have found your videos to be very informative so I look forward to this one, too. I was listening to the Lakers game on the NBA radio feed but it sickened me when Kobrick passed Jordan on the alltime scoring list and they stopped the game to “honor” his achievement. Of course, they didn’t both to mention that he has also taken more shots and missed more shots than anyone else in NBA history. Minor points both I guess to all the hero ball worshippers. In my view Michael Jordan was a much better all-around player than Kobrick as there is much more to BB than scoring although I don’t need to tell that to anyone here, do I? I sure don’t. Ciao for now.

      • Thanks, “old & in the way”!

        I’m a sucker for historic events, so I liked that they stopped the game to honor the moment, since it is a significant achievement, regardless of how one feels about Kobe. But I hear you. Kobe will always be seen as Jordan’s clone, while Jordan was the original. But if there is anyone that comes close to Jordan in terms of style, that would be Kobe. They have a lot of identical shots. It’s uncanny. Kobe really studied Jordan and mimicked Jordan to a T.

        Kobe has an unmatched work ethic, though, and that’s something I have immense respect for.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Jlintel:

          With all due respect (this IS NOT like “I really do” but in may be similar I will concede) I am nevertheless not trying to “rain on your parade” or be contrary but I do think that career stats illustrate that even at the offensive end of the court Michael Jordan was clearly a superior player to even Kobe Bryant. It took Bryant 197 more games to score the same number of points as Michael. He had 371 more fga’s, his fg % was .047% lower…that is, .452 compared to .497…he averaged 4.6 fewer points per game. Kobe has averaged 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists. Michael averaged 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Steals Kobe 1.5, Michael 2.3. Michael Jordan was extremely long and his career steals average is phenomenal. I couldn’t find actually a statistical category in which Kobe exceeded Michael. In free throws it was a wash. Kobe .837 and Michael .835. Three point shooting was also pretty much a wash, also. Kobe .334 and Michael .327.

          At the defensive end of the court Michael was the consummate defender both one-on-one and in team defense. They both had multiple all-NBA defense first team appearances but I couldn’t find a breakdown on the actual times each one won this particular award. But Michael had no equals on defense as a 2 guard. I don’t think Kobe subjectively speaking ever reached Michael’s level defensively. Kobe has had some great years but he has never in my view come that close to matching Michael Jordan’s performances throughout his career. They may be similar type players but in my view Michael was clearly better. And now, of course, Kobe is a mere shadow of what he once was and has turned into a shameless gunner and ball-hog something which I can not recall Michael Jordan ever becoming or ever doing. So that’s my assessment on these two great players. And given his current persona and demeanor I was turned off by all the accolades Kobe received for having passed Michael in total points scored. In my view Michael clearly had a much better career and total points scored is irrelevant by itself. I like history, too, though. But I like the history that Jeremy Lin is making and has already made to this date more than I like the history of Kobe Bryant scoring more points than Michael Jordan, thank you very much. As far as Kobe having an “unmatched work ethnic” I don’t know how to objectively measure such a thing. But I will say that I don’t think there is such a thing as a professional athlete that doesn’t have a very good work ethic. Unmatched? How do you know? How do you reach this conclusion? I am curious. Can you say or explain what you mean by an “unmatched work ethic”? I certainly couldn’t but maybe you can.

          • I’m not sure what you’re referring to when you say this is not like “this IS NOT like “I really do.”

            Regarding Kobe and Jordan, I said that Kobe comes closest to Jordan in terms of STYLE. Didn’t mention anything about performance. I just said that Kobe is the one who comes closest to mimicking Jordan in that their shots and such are uncannily similar.

            In terms of Kobe’s work ethic, it’s something that is the subject of much awe by Kobe’s teammates. Also has been discussed a lot in many articles, including a very long profile of Kobe in the New Yorker recently. Finally, Phil Jackson, who coached both Jordan and Kobe said that Kobe’s work ethic was better than Jordan’s. So that’s saying a lot. Jordan was known to have an intense work ethic, so to surpass Jordan in work ethic is where I get the idea that Kobe’s work ethic is unmatched.

            I’m not sure if anyone, besides Kobe could be playing like Kobe is playing at 36 coming off of major injuries. That has a lot to do with work ethic and doing everything you can to figure out how to continue to perform at a high level.

          • old & in the way

            Dear JLintel:

            Thanks for the clarification. I should have said there is no such thing as a successful professional athlete that does not have a very good work ethic. I’m sure Kobe has one but so do many other people. Better than others is hard to measure and it is tricky going by someone else’s subjective opinion.

            Regarding the phrase “with all due respect” I simply meant that it is often used in an insincere way which makes me cringe a little when I am forced to use it myself and mean it in a sincere way. Certain phrases rub me the wrong way. This is probably a very subjective thing on my part. “I really do” is one and “with all due respect” is another because often the speaker or writer means just the opposite. I meant it sincerely when I used it but it still made me cringe that I had to use the phrase. I wanted you to understand that I wasn’t trying to be difficult but rather was just trying to make a point. Perhaps the point was not worth the effort or not important enough to make in the first place. Sorry if I offended you.

          • That’s very interesting, “old & in the way”, I also feel the same way you do about “with all do respect”. I also cringe whenever I have to use it, because people tend to use it insincerely. So thanks for that!

          • MrPingPong

            I beg to differ… ha ha…

  • MrPingPong

    Not that really matters, Melo, Kobe and Harden played in the 2012 USA Olympics team under coach K. I did not watch much of those Olympics games and don’t remember much. However, if I can borrow words from Dr. Teng, coach K doesn’t seem like a coach who would feel good about his balls being in the hands of his players. 🙂

    • old & in the way

      Dear Mr. Ping Pong:

      I didn’t pay any attention to the 2012 Olympics. So how did the American team do? Gold? Probably but I don’t really know. And anyway an Olympics team would not be quite the same dog as an NBA team with an 82 game schedule, would it? Not really. I do recall a tidbit or two about that team from osmosis I guess. Didn’t Harden largely get ignored on that team? Can you educate me on the dynamics of that team and how all those “elite” played managed to perform together if you know? Thanks.

      • MrPingPong

        Dear Old & In the Way,

        I don’t remember much about the 2012 Olympics game. The USA won gold of course. And I agree with you that the Olympics tournament is nothing compared to the NBA regular season. There was a heated (and fun) debate about a hypothetical match up between the 1992 “Dream Team” and the 2012 team lead by King James though! 🙂

        http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1276986-team-usa-basketball-how-2012-starters-would-match-up-with-1992-dream-team

        • old & in the way

          Dear Mr. Ping Pong:

          Yes, even though I didn’t pay any attention to the 2012 Olympics I do remember those debates. They were kind of silly and nonsensical but it did seem to me that the 1992 team was theoretically much stronger than the 2012 team. But since it is impossible for the two to play each other on even terms given the aging process on this planet the entire discussion was too abstract to take seriously in my view as are many so-called “sports debates.”

    • Gary Teng

      Professor MrPingPong,

      Thank you deeply for borrowing from me the words of wisdom. I am very honored. However, I am seriously considering using the “pay-per-view” system for posting more quotes in the near future. 🙂

      I have completely (100.1%) lost my patience with Kobe and BS. So I pray to the almighty God everyday to bestow more patience to me, and I want it NOW!~~~

      • old & in the way

        Dear Gary:

        I’m with you, oh Quote Master. I am totally sick, too, of both BS and KB. One is worse than the other. I need more patience, too, but being an atheist I have no god to pray to. Thus may I have your permission to pray to you as my proxy godly friend. I won’t curse you with the “god” label as that would be a hell of a thing to have to try to live up to. But I need “to pray” to someone for more patience. I am a pacifist even. I don’t believe in war or violence or killing. But I think nevertheless (tongue in cheek here, oh moderator) I could chop both BS and KB up into little pieces and eat a fucking pizza while I was doing it. And I hate pizza but not as much as I hate BS and KB. I am joking, of course, but it is a kind of prayer for me to imagine that I could actually do such a thing as chop BS and KB up into little pieces. I feel better already. Thank you. Did you notice that Jeremy was benched for the last six minutes of the Indiana game and Clarkson played instead. Like I said I could eat a fucking pizza while I was doing it. Free agency and/or a trade for Jeremy can’t come too soon or soon enough. Later, my friend and ciao for now.

        • Gary Teng

          Dear old & in the way,

          Let’s just make a very simple prayer: We sincerely hope that Lin stays happy, healthy, positive, and productive. We also make a mutual pledge that should anything really bad happens to BS and/or Kobe, we won’t shed crocodile tears, dance on the street, or join a ticker tape parade. 🙂

          I am seriously considering writing a book titled “Why Good Things Always Happened to Bad People?” I have reserved Chapter 1 to Kobe and Chapter 2 to BS…

          The book will begin with the following quote from Winston Churchill:

          “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

          • old & in the way

            Dear Gary:

            Always a keen, intelligent, clever and insightful response from you. And the bonus of a pertinent quote from your definitive book of pertinent quotes. Winston Churchill had many vices but he, also, said many clever things. You have managed to find two of them in recent days to add to your stat padding resume. I was raised a Catholic so I do remember and was well-schooled in the fine art of praying and especially for what I wanted. So though I am an atheist now I can still engage in a little healthy if not pagan celebration of a well-founded prayer. I pledge and promise to you that I shall never shed a crocodile tear when, for example, BS is fired from his job for being such a pathetic coach or when KB pulls his hammy from his butt to his knee from over usage, playing too many minutes and jumping too high while laying one of his many bricks. However, I will refrain from pledging that I shall never dance in the street or join a parade when these events occur as I don’t want to make a promise on something I may not be able to deliver. One for three is all I can manage at this time but if this were baseball .333 would get me in the HOF. I eagerly look forward to your book and if you want me to co-write it with you I could make many suggestions of potential subjects for subsequent chapters. Let me know. If you run out of material before you have enough chapters for a whole book I can easily fill-in the empty spaces for you. And the Winston Churchill quote to open the book is a show-stopper so don’t change that part. You’re solid through chapter two. After that I’d be happy to give you advice and consent. To Jeremy happiness, health and positive productivity. For now ciao, my friend.

  • old & in the way

    Dear Ashley:

    I hope you read this. I believe you were asking a couple of days ago about McScottie’s contract. On another site I read that McBeamMeUp has a 4 year 17 million dollar contract of which 12 million dollars is guaranteed. This means that if they fire his ass before the end of the contract they are obligated to pay him 12 million dollars even if he has only coached for a year or two or some period of time not sufficiently long enough to have already have received 12 million dollars for his services. In other words they are obligated to pay him 12 million dollars even if they fire his sorry ass today which, of course, they aren’t going to do. But even if they did he would still get 12 million dollars. Again I hope you get to read this as it addresses your recent inquiry regarding his contract.

    • ashley

      Dear Old & in the way,

      Thank you so much for your information. I read about BS’ contract before the season started but only vaguely remembered it being something guaranteed. Now with your explanation, it’s become clear that the guaranteed 12 million pay would likely keep BS from being sacked. The multiple interviews worked in BS’ best interest in the end. How foolish the Lakers’ front office was! I’ve seen more than one citing of BS’ past win-loss record, which posters used to evidence BS’ miserable coaching this season. I wonder why the GM didn’t take it seriously enough; Magic Johnson’s and Abdul-Jabbar’s support for BS must have played an important role.

      The other day, I learned that the owners Jeanie and Jim denied in an interview that the Lakers were tanking. If they aren’t this season, they’re doomed with BS in the years to come, unless they fire him in spite of the financial cost. Actually, it probably won’t matter since our Lin may not be a Laker after this season. Thanks again, Mr. old & in the way. I truly enjoyed your posts.

      • old & in the way

        Dear Ashley:

        I think our only hope is for Jeremy to get out of Los Angeles or at least away from the Lakers if not out of Los Angeles. There is always the Clippers who are much better and have a proven coach who might use Jeremy more intelligently. But obviously he would have to play behind Chris Paul. I can’t remember at the moment who is the Clippers back-up PG but I don’t really want him going to the Clippers. I would like him to be able to start and play significant minutes in a system that suits his strengths. It is difficult to determine where exactly that would be unless someone hires MDA to be their head coach. But given the lack of respect that Coach D’Antoni has received over the years from the NBA establishment that is not likely to happen. He had some great years in Phoenix though when Steve Nash was still in his prime and I think that he is a very good coach. Unfortunately I don’t know if anyone else and most notably the NBA owners thinks so, too. It is mysterious to me why Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would think that McBeamMeUpScottie was a good idea. I, too, read about his deplorible W/L record in his last four seasons as a head coach. I think he had one successful year in New Orleans but I can’t remember exactly when that was. But his last 4 seasons before this one were all awful and now this year makes it 5 straight years of outright failure as a head coach. I hope next year as a free agent Jeremy can determine for himself which team is best suited for him and then convince that team to give him a contract. Otherwise he may be forced out of the NBA without having been able to demonstrate his true value and talent level. And this will be largely due to the extreme bias exhibited against Asian-Americans in this culture of which the NBA is a part and subject to the same biases and discriminatory behaviors. Ciao for now.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Ashley:

          Forgot something. I intended to mention the following above but forgot to do so. I read somewhere at another site that the Lakers are already still paying off guaranteed money to their last two head coaches, MDA and Mike Brown. This makes it even more unlikely that they would fire McScottie before the end of his contract or at least until Brown and D’Antoni have come off the payroll and I do not know when exactly that will be. It appears certain that Jeremy will leave the Lakers before BS does which is why I think only a trade and/or free agency will save Jeremy from his current fate. It is sad but true that he is stuck in another horrid situation and one that seems to be even worse than the preceding one in Houston with McFrankenstein. Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news. Ciao.

          • Gary Teng

            Dear old & in the way,

            I believe that Kobe single-handedly helped BS get his current coaching job. (To the best of my knowledge, it is The first time in the NBA history that a coach was interviewed three times before his finally received the job offer.) Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Co only showed their support and blessing after the fact at the Lakers’ new coach introduction news conference.

            When Magic Johnson made his wish very loud and public that Lakers should just tank this season, this action clearly implies his major disappointment about BS’ coaching style, philosophy, and outcome.

            It seems that BS believes as long as he grips his top dog’s legs firmly and sucks its a– 24/7, his job will be secured. Therefore, BS has shown to the whole world his unique and unmatched ass-sucking skills. That’s it! Coaching?! What about coaching?! Just pass the ball to Kobe…

            In short, a great quote from Winston Churchill can best describe BS’ true character:

            “A modest little person, with much to be modest about.”

            I am so sad and depressed. I will stop here because I don’t want to waste any more time to talk about this despicable Kobetard.

  • Forthelin

    Probably one element that would ameliorate the tension(or fistfights) of three ballhogs on the same team would be the issue of trust. Each ballhog trusts that if he doesn’t get the points, at least he would get the assist because he can trust the other ballhog to make his shot. As Kobe alluded to in his press conference about passing MJ, he talked about being in a certain category, a culture, or brotherhood of peers. This is much different than running an 82 game season, where you’re trying to get your stats to justify your paycheck to your owners. Your observation is one that right on the money. The Spurs’ teamwork model defy the conventional thinking of the former Heats’ individual stars, but most teams defer to the latter. Part of this could just be the entertainment value of having superstars to love and hate. At the Lakers/Pelicans game, I was taken back by how many Asians were at the game, probably at least a third, but the oohs and aahs were for Kobe whenever he touched the ball. In most business models, I imagine the Spurs would be the epitome of an excellently-run enterprise, but they seem to be the equivalent of Tennis’ Pete Sampras or Novak Djokovic–technically skilled, and exciting for the purist, but not as fun or as polarizing as Ille Nastase or McEnroe for the masses. That said, I would love to see Lin run a team offense with competent no names as he did with the Knicks. I think his team would do well. I had hoped that he could do it with the Lakers, but apparently it is the Kobe show, and that sells.

  • old & in the way

    Indiana. Third game in four nights. The NBA schedule is a killer and too often dictates the outcome of games. Virtually the whole team was awful with one or two exceptions. Jeremy doesn’t even play the last six minutes of garbage time. Clarkson is now ahead of him? Better not be or I may just decide that the NBA is too racist for my continued attention. It is no longer acceptable in this country to be overtly racist to African-Americans. But it is apparently still peachy-keen to exhibit extreme racism towards Asian-Americans. I am sick of it and sick of Jeremy being treated like a backdoor outcast who is lucky to even be given a bone and some crumbs by the dummies and stooges who run the NBA. Here in California it didn’t rain for two years and now for the past 18 days it has rained virtually without let-up. It rains even when the sun is shining and there are no clouds in the sky. It rains on Jeremy, it rains on the NBA and it rains on all of us. Enough already I say. Jeremy now third string!??????? Truly unbelievable.

  • pistolpete

    Unfortunately with Kobe, “Swaggy”, Boozer and Ellington the Lakers have almost as bad a situation as if they had Carmelo, Harden and Kobe on the same team. All four will only pass if they have no other choice. The Lakers look like a playground pick-up team with no coach to rein them in. Indeed BS stands stoically on the sideline with his arms crossed and lets this selfish, egocentric style of play continue. He only seems to criticize the one person who tries to play team ball and who actually tries on defense. I read a lot of complaints on different web sites about Jeremy’s “lack of aggression” because they are disappointed that he is not scoring more. The truth of the matter is that Jeremy brings the ball up, calls a play and passes the ball almost never getting it back. What is being more aggressive – keeping the ball himself and forcing up a shot like the rest of the team does? That is not the style of play that drew us to Jeremy during the “Linsanity” days. It is also not a winning formula – just watch San Antonio sometimes. Unless a miracle happens (a good time of year for that) I don’t see things changing anytime soon. Hopefully he will get traded soon or become a free agent and go to a team with a strong and fair coach.

  • MrPingPong

    About Kobe’s work ethic…

    I am sure Kobe has high work ethic, otherwise he would not be where he is now skill wise and fitness wise. But there are a few “hoaxy” stories about his superhuman work ethic floating around like this one:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/19o38z/hi_rnba_my_name_is_robert_and_im_an_athletic

    There is no mention of Robert Alert in the US Olympics Men’s Basketball training staff, BTW.

    The same story is told with the name Kobe replaced by Lebron:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/19st7s/hi_rnba_my_name_is_robin_and_im_an_athletic/

    The Internet is a great source of information but at the same time is also a great toilet dump of misinformation!

    🙂

    • old & in the way

      Dear Mr. Ping Pong:

      Great detective work and thanks for illustrating my point so well. How did you ever find these. The two articles are like a “form letter” format and identical to the tee or whatever that figure of speech is. My point is that you can’t believe much of what you read and hear and to be a successful professional athlete one must have a very demanding work ethic. But unless you are there watching the workouts it is impossible to know who is working harder than whom. My guess is that all the top athletes are probably putting about an equal amount of time and effort into their workouts. I simply don’t believe stories about one premiere athlete “outworking” another. I think they are all highly motivated and working damn hard to maintain whatever small edge they may enjoy. It is impossible to know in my view who is working the hardest and it is somewhat silly to believe you can know. As you say there is a lot of bullshit on the internet along with all the good stuff. It’s like You Tube. One must wade through a lot of shit to get to the good stuff. You Tube has a lot of good stuff but it also has a lot of shit. Just like the NBA. A lot of good stuff and a lot of shit. Later, my friend. And ciao for now.

      • MrPingPong

        Dear Old & In the Way: Google makes me look like a great detective! Whenever I read a story that seems full of BS, I google for it. In this case, all I did was google for “Kobe Bryant work ethic”, and voila! 🙂

    • Great detective work, MrPingPong!

      I think if this was the ONLY anecdote on Kobe’s work ethic, then that’s one thing. But with Kobe, his legendary work ethic is like the first thing people talk about, whereas that’s not something that people talk about with, say, Lebron. Of course, when you play at that the NBA level and you’re a superstar, you have excellent work ethic. I still go back to Phil Jackson comparing Kobe to Jordan, since he knows both players very well. So, I guess at least when compared to Jordan, Kobe has even stronger work ethic, which is saying a lot.

      But I’m sure we’re just splitting hairs here, because I’m sure there are other players who work just as hard, but they might not get the same attention for their work ethic. Again, at this level, you have to have a pretty strong work ethic to make it. That being said, there are definitely guys who work a lot more than others. And I guess it is MY OPINION that Kobe works the hardest of all, based on a lot of things I’ve read about Kobe and based on what his teammates and his former coach says. I guess no one ever knows what goes on behind the scenes, but I also go back to the fact that it takes a very strong work ethic to be able to still do what Kobe does at 36 after major injuries. I don’t think there’s any player in the NBA who would be able to return strong from major injuries at 36 years old. Of course, that could be about genetics. But I think Kobe really pays attention to every single detail of conditioning and is dedicated in implementing conditioning routines to maintain his body, etc. That takes a great deal of work and I don’t think a lot of players are able to be that focused to keep going well above and beyond to do all the little things to be able to compete at a high level.

  • bob space

    As much as i crap on harden, he doesnt seem anywhere as bad as carmelo or kobe in terms of selfishness or ego, with carmelo being the worst. I think hardens problem is he is being too coddled as he is the best player on the team.

    Someone posted a comment about fans complaining about lin not shooting the ball enough. I agree that it is a faulty criticism; lin plays the right way but a lot of fans only look at the number of pts to judge a player. I dont see boozer nor ellington inherently playing selfish ball but honestly if im on a team with kobe, im jacking up shots and padding my stats on this terrible team. As much as i hate to say it, this is a contract year and lin should start doing the same.

  • A little change in subject. The Mavericks are in serious talks of trading for Rajon Rondo. If that happens, JLin has no home there. Also, the Spurs are pretty deep in the PG. Hard to see them looking at JLin either =(

    • old & in the way

      Dear Charlie:

      I, too, read at the ESPN-NBA website about the trade talks between Boston and Dallas regarding Rajon Rondo. If Rondo does go to Dallas that might make Boston a possible free agency location for Jeremy given his Harvard connections and fan base there. Boston is not very good and the roster is not very strong but the Boston coach, whose name escapes me at the moment, is young and innovative and is suppose to be real good. Perhaps he would be able to better utilize Jeremy’s strengths. It is a thought to perhaps give us all some hope for Jeremy’s future in the NBA. He needs a coach who understands how to play to his skill set and not someone like McScott who is stuck is old quicksand and wedded to an inflexible system that forces his players to fit into it rather developing a system that best suits his players and roster. McScott is a relic who wants his team to play in the past. As we have seen it is not working and especially so when it caters to a damaged over-the-hill former elite player who no longer is the same guy he use to be. Sans Rondo Boston may just be a good place for Jeremy to play given a young and innovative coach that may know how to feature him and his specific skills as a point guard. We shall see what happens but it is difficult to remain positive given the treatment Jeremy has received up to now from the NBA establishment.