Linsanity: Wherefore Art Thou?

Linsanity: Wherefore Art Thou?…..by old & in the way

This is a complex question that requires a complex answer. So please bear with me as this may take awhile. I want to summarize Jeremy Lin’s professional basketball career with some detail but not an excess of detail so you will understand not just intellectually but in your gut what he has experienced up to now and continues to experience on a daily basis. Along the way I will try to explain why Linsanity happened, where it has gone and how to get it back. There are reasons why people are who they are. Or to put it another way behavior is contingent upon circumstances. It is most difficult to succeed when you are fighting city hall in the form of bias, prejudice, discrimination and non-support. It is much easier to succeed and exude confidence when peer and supervisory support is prominent. In the particular case of Jeremy Lin, the basketball player, it is clear to me that he is currently getting little of either. In the dog-eat-dog world of pro sports it is damn tough to be tough enough no matter how tough one may actually be. To succeed at all in professional athletics it is clear that one must be very tough. It may be that there is no such thing as a professional athlete who isn’t very tough and strong mentally as well as physically. But perception is everything even when it is folly and based on nonsense. In Jeremy Lin’s case that very much seems to be the case. Why did Jeremy light the sky on fire during Linsanity in New York in 2012? There are some abundant reasons as I see it. He had the total support of a coach who believed in him and he had the luxury of teammates with the one exception of Carmelo Anthony who were egoless and had no personal agendas that superseded playing as one in unison as a team for the purpose of winning basketball games. In this milieu confidence and success embellish one another. In order to succeed at anything but most profoundly an activity as highly competitive as professional athletics one must be supremely self-confident. However, self-confidence is always buoyed by the support of those with whom one interacts such as teammates and coaches. In New York with a coach, Mike D’Antoni, who believed in him and supported him 100% Jeremy prospered tremendously and the sky was literally the limit. He set statistical records for total points and total assists for a player in his first seven starts that exceeded all who preceded him. This was not a fluke but the result of talent, confidence, support and a system that fit his style of play. Only when a dominant, false hero, “star” player, Carmelo Anthony, returned from injury time off to be inserted back into the line-up did the egoless success of Linsanity begin to unravel and become compromised. Only then did things begin to change from what they had been. Still Linsanity wasn’t destroyed immediately but rather just diluted and weakened. But as long as the right coach, right system and right  teammates remained Jeremy Lin continued to play at a high level. It wasn’t until Mike D’Antoni reluctantly resigned from this toxic New York Knicks dilemma that Jeremy Lin’s level of play began to slowly deteriorate. Not because of his skill level and talent but because he no longer had the support and approval that he had under coach D’Antoni and the full support of all his teammates.

Jeremy has had the misfortune of playing for a succession of second rate, incompetent and ineffectual coaches. First there was Keith Smart who clearly wasn’t very. His bias was so strong that he cut Jeremy for someone whose professional basketball career was extremely short lived. Then came Kevin McHale who may be one of the worst coaches ever. This wouldn’t be so unusual if weren’t for the necessary fact that he had a HOF career as a player on a Boston Celtics team that won three championships. But it is as though he either has forgotten or never understood exactly why and how Boston managed to win those three championships of which he was an integral part. First they had a real coach, K.C. Jones, who utilized the skills of every player on his roster. They played as a team. There was no prima donna treatment for anyone including their best player, Larry Bird. Few of them were great defenders but they played great team defense. Coach Jones didn’t have an inflexible system that he forced his players into. Rather he adjusted his system to fit the players he had. DUH…..!!! Hello, Byron Scott but I will get to him later. Let me finish with Boston and McHale first. During McHale’s career in Boston he played with many different players. But all of them always worked together and played for each other rather than for themselves or for personal agendas. McHale had the good fortune to play with Nate Archibald, Robert Parrish, Cedric Maxwell, Dennis Johnson, Danny Ainge, Bill Walton and, of course, Larry Bird along with many others too numerous to name. These were great players but they buried their egos and played together as one with only one agenda and that was to win basketball games and as many championships as they could. But when it comes to his own coaching it is as though McHale remembers nothing from his experiences in Boston as a player. He, too, cut Jeremy for another marginal player who is no longer in the league.

Then it was on to New York for Jeremy where he hooked up with MDA for two glorious months and the only time in his professional career that he was allowed to play freely and spontaneously in a team concept and style that fit his skills. In this setting he was very successful. Only when Carmelo returned from injury and was re-inserted into the lineup did the one-for-all team concept begin to breakdown. When Anthony refused to stifle his own ego and the Knicks began to lose again D’Antoni suddenly resigned surprising even the toxic Knicks ownership. He was replaced by Mike Woodson, an assistant, who was typically yet another unimaginative NBA retread coach of marginal quality. He quickly marginalized Jeremy and slowly the success of Linsanity began to fade. It didn’t die but it became much less bright and dazzling under Woodson. The team concept began to breakdown as Anthony refused to do anything but go to his favorite spot on the floor and demand the ball for his iso moves and contested shots. He occasionally tried to play some defense but not often enough to matter. At least he tried some unlike Harden who has never even tried to seriously defend anyone as a Rockets player.

So Jeremy moved on to Houston and was reunited with McHale beginning a two year nightmare. It is well known what happened there. He was marginalized, misused, abused, scapegoated and dragged through the hot, humid, swampy, marshy Texas bijou mud. He was chumped by ClutchFans and barbecued by hillbilly rednecks. They showed no mercy. Fat Morey had him for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was brutal and it was ugly but finally it ended. Unfortunately Los Angeles has been no better and perhaps even worse. Byron Scott was also a player on several championship teams with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played with two of the greatest players of all time, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Magic Johnson, to apparently no avail. Like McHale he seems to have learned nothing from his playing experiences. The 1980’s showtime Lakers played consummate team basketball. Their coach, Pat Reilly played no favorites. Everyone was treated equally. There was no prima donna treatment for even Kareem or Magic. It was one for all and all for one. Together we win championships. Apart we win nothing. But as a coach Byron Scott is a biased tyrant and a dictator who has his favorites and his scapegoats. Guess who his biggest scapegoat has become and rather quickly. A real coach would adapt his system to fit the players he has. A fake tyrant coach forces his players to adapt to his system regardless of their ability to do so well. A fake coach benches his best players and starts his scrubs. Even a lesser player will perform better and with more confidence when he has the support of his coach even if that support is artificial. Likewise even a starter may play worse off the bench and lose his confidence when he loses the support of his coach. It is called human nature but it is really a learned behavior. It is a behavior we have all learned well.

It is not nice to blame the victim but it is nevertheless a very common practice. At Jeremylin.net there are many trolls who seemingly just love to blame the victim. They say that Jeremy needs to play better and ignore the constant obstacles placed in his way. They use Carlos Boozer as an example. They say he has continued to score his points and get his rebounds in spite of losing his starting position. They ask, “what’s wrong with Jeremy?” Carlos Boozer is not Jeremy Lin. Carlos Boozer is not the only African-American in the NBA. He is not under a microscope. He does not face the same pressures that Jeremy faces on a daily basis. Jeremy can’t even take a piss without everyone wanting to know why and what color it was. Carlos Boozer has not faced a lifetime of marginalization by coaches both on an amateur and professional level. He has not been discriminated against and received biased treatment throughout his professional career. Carlos Boozer is not Jeremy Lin. Blaming Jeremy for the fact that he played much better in November when he thought he had his coach’s support than he has in December when it has become obvious that he does not is blaming the victim. Anyone who blames the victim has inadequate vision and is seeing only the largest rocks while missing all the pebbles. Jeremy has said many times that he knows what he is capable of and so do I. He is capable of Linsanity when treated with respect and in the manner that everyone deserves. When he is not undercut by his own coaches and teammates he is capable of reaching great levels of achievement and he will again as soon as he is freed from the chains and shackles that are currently binding him. As soon as he is playing for a coach who appreciates his skills, supports him, does not scapegoat him, does not insist on playing him out of position and allows him to play point guard and run the offense Linsanity will once again bloom in full abundance. But will this happen and when will it happen? These are the questions. The answers are hanging in the balance and blowing in the wind along with Jeremy’s NBA career.

But the NBA does not care about Jeremy Lin. The NBA is a very, very large business enterprise. As such it only cares about one thing or actually two things. It cares about its profits. It cares about making money. And it cares about its own survival. If it has to kill a few poor souls along the way so be it. And right now the NBA is killing Jeremy Lin. It is what large corporate businesses do. They make money and they kill with impunity if necessary. Exxon killed the Gulf of Alaska and got away with it. BP killed the Gulf of Mexico and got away with it. Tepco killed the Pacific Ocean and radiated the entire planet and got away with it. Western imperialism kills third world countries for profit and gets away with it. War is a business. It is the biggest racket of them all. This was documented by General Smedley Butler in his famous expose, “War Is A Racket,” which was published 80 years ago but is no less true today. Will the NBA get away with killing Jeremy Lin’s career? Only time will tell for sure. In the meantime I plan to do whatever I can and whatever is necessary to get in the way and stop the NBA from disappearing Jeremy. I want Jeremy back. I want Linsanity back. I want the joy back. I want to weep tears of joy and not tears of frustration and despair. I want Jeremy back. I want him back now. So the answer to “Linsanity: wherefore art thou?” is to give him a coach who will trust him, appreciate him, support him, put the ball in his hands and let him run the offense freely and with a no prima donna team first approach and Linsanity will cascade back into existence to thunderous applause and accompanied by tears of joy and ecstasy. But will it happen? Only if the NBA lets it happen or perhaps makes it happen. Otherwise it is a crap shoot and who knows what may happen then? Seven, eleven or snake eyes?

  • Amen to that. People in the NBA and the corporate world are so by the book. They can’t see the gold in front of their faces.

  • Gary Teng

    Dear old & in the way,

    Excellent read! Full military salute to you!~~~

    Just a very very minor correction: Mike D’Antoni resigned as Knicks’ coach on March 14, 2012.

    (ESPN. March 14, 2012)

    Maybe there’s a big-name coach out there who can bring out the best in Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.

    Mike D’Antoni decided Wednesday he wasn’t that guy. And so, he resigned, surprising even his bosses…

    • Phil Cicchi

      Dear Gary:

      Oops…thank you. I will have to clean up that part. And there were quite a few typos which I didn’t see until after I posted this article. I cleaned up the typos just now. I hope I didn’t miss any. I proofed the damn thing many times before I posted it and still missed some of the mistakes. I had completely forgotten that MDA resigned. He shouldn’t have but I don’t blame him for wanting out of New York. The owner…I guess he’s still the owner today as I don’t remember reading anything about him selling the team…whose name I can’t remember is a real big a-hole according to media reports. And who would want to deal with an ego as big as Mr. Anthony’s? He didn’t and certainly I wouldn’t. Woodson apparently didn’t mind. I wonder how PJ and the current coach, old what’s-his-name…Kobay’s former sidekick, like having Carmelo for a co-worker!? It wouldn’t surprise me much if they didn’t much like working with him.

      • Gary Teng

        Dear old & in the way,

        I have come to the necessary conclusion that BS is either the greatest tank commander in the history of humankind or the most stupid and incompetent coach in the history of the NBA.

        He has one and only one coaching strategy in his armpits:

        When KoBrick is playing, make sure KoBrick breaks his own bricking record.
        When KoBrick is not playing, make sure there is no reemergence of Linsanity.

        Lately I have contracted a new neurological disorder called PBA (Pseudo Bulbar Affect — sudden outbursts of uncontrollable crying or laughing.) Therefore, I may have no choice but stop watching the Lakers’ games and start watching the curling competition (a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area) of the Winter Olympic game. 🙁

        Life sucks!~~~

        “I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”
        — Stephen Bishop

        • old & in the way

          Dear Gary:

          Great quote. Stephen Bishop the singer? It sounds like it could be one of his lines but I don’t know for sure. I do have this feeling though that I’ve heard this sentiment before somewhere so perhaps it is from one of his songs. I like it regardless of which Stephen Bishop it was. I googled Stephen Bishop and there are many of them but the only one I already knew was the singer so I will assume for now that is the correct one.

          Is PBA more of your excellent satire or is a real neurological disorder. It sounds like it could be real but knowing you as I do here my guess would be that it is more Mad Magazine material. But clever enough to be believable.

          I am familiar with curling but it absolutely has put me to sleep whenever I have tried to watch it which must have been in my younger days when I was known to inadvertently watch the Winter Olympic games which I no longer do and haven’t done for decades. But when I was younger and dumber I use to occasionally watch curling. It is beyond me how anyone could seriously become engaged with or by curling. Hit a stone with a broom and try to hit a target? I don’t think so, thank you anyway. Later, my friend and ciao.

          • MrPingPong

            Dear Old & In:

            GT was pulling your legs. It’s not Stephen Bishop but his Lakers mama talking! 🙂

            As to curling, it can be made more exciting by turning it into a summer Olympics sporting event.

          • Gary Teng

            Dear old & in the way,

            Great guess! The quote is indeed from the one-and-only popular American singer and song writer Stephen Bishop.

            PBA (Pseudo Bulbar Affect) is a real neurological disorder which affects nearly 2 million Americans. I am most unfortunately becomes one of its latest victims, courtesy of BS and ColdBrick. 🙁

            Your most recent article about Linsanity is so well written and thought provoking that Chirico intends to translate it into another language. This is the highest form of flattery and recognition.

            Congratulations! Please keep up being a voice of truth and justice on behalf of Jeremy Lin!

            Dear Professor MrPingPong,

            My beloved Lakers grandma has never uttered a word that might send me to the dictionary. 🙂

            As to turn curling into a summer Olympics sporting event, it sounds a very interesting idea. However, by so doing, then this summer Olympic can only by held at the Antarctica. 🙁

            What’s the latest spiritual enlightenment made by your trusted Ouija Board on tonight’s Lakers game?! I am eager to find out your talking head’s live prediction. 🙂

          • old & in the way

            Dear DGT:

            Thank you for your kind words regarding my latest article. It is indeed remarkable and unbelievable to me that Chirico would want to translate my work into another language if indeed that is what he/she wants to do. It would be the highest form of praise and a great honor. But it is not clear to me whether he/she was simply expressing that it would be a good idea for someone to translate it or if he/she was asking for permission to actually translate it. Either way I am amazed that anyone would hold it in such high regard. The article has been building up inside me I suppose for the entire duration of Jeremy’s professional career since Linsanity began. It came gushing out of me in one stupendously creative burst Friday morning. I worked on it all day Friday whenever I had some free time. I revised it and rewrote parts of it and polished the language until it shined as much as it could or as much as I could make it do so in one day. I am very pleased with the outcome although it is not quite as good as I would like it to be. Some of the ideas I had in my head got away from me before I could express them on the page. That happens…I couldn’t write fast enough. But I got enough of the ideas down on the page to be satisfied enough with the final piece. If Chinese speaking people who care about Jeremy Lin could read it, too, I would be utterly blown away by my good fortune. Good things don’t happen often but when they do happen…WOW!! Now if only something really, really good would happen for Jeremy I would be over joyed and ecstatic beyond my own personal comprehension. Buoyed by the support I get from all of you I will go out on the proverbial limb and predict a bit of Linsanity from Jeremy tonight against Phoenix in the City of Angels. I don’t know about the angels part but if my article can get translated into another language there just may be at least a figurative angel or two somewhere on this planet after all. You never know I suppose but for now I’ll hold my bet off those real angels which, of course, for an atheist like me is a little bit like saying real fairy tales or real democracy.

            Gotta run…make that hobble…on outta here for now. More later. Wait…I almost forgot. If you make curling a Summer Olympics sport the ice would melt, the stones wouldn’t slide and the brooms would be worthless. Under these conditions I might find curling worthwhile after all. At least it would be better than the winter version of this cure-all for insomnia, hey!? Absolutely and now I must really be going. I’d like to stay but I really must be going. Later.

  • Nelson

    Seriously doubt that we will ever see Linsanity…

    • Phil Cicchi

      Dear Nelson:

      I doubt it, too, cause I don’t think the people who control the NBA want to see it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see it or don’t hope to see it. It beat to hell anything going on currently in pro basketball and just about everything that preceded it in pro basketball history whether the bigots in America ever want to admit it or acknowledge it. For me it was the pinnacle of pro sports during my lifetime and I’m older and have been paying attention for much longer most probably than you can possibly imagine.

  • I love this comedy that is BS.

    To paraphrase him:
    Start the season 0-7 “I’m going to wait 15-20 games to make changes”
    Jeremy double double “I’m benching him”
    3 games without Kobe “OMG SEE! WE NEED KOBE!”

    • old & in the way

      Dear Charlie:

      Here’s a good BS is clueless story for you. I am presently watching the Lakers-San Antonio game from 12-12-14 which someone has so kindly posted on You Tube. It’s halftime and Jeremy had a great first half with 12 pts. and I think 5 or so assists. Israel Gutierrez, the courtside analyst, interviewed BS at halftime. They were talking about the Lakers 3 pt. shooting as they made a lot of 3’s in the first half. BS says, “3 pt. shooting will get you to the play-offs but it doesn’t win championships.” Then right after the BS interview they go to Jeff Van Gundy who is doing the in-game analysis with Mark Jackson. And Van Gundy says, “Well…ahhh…6 or the last 7 NBA champions were among the league leaders in 3 pt. shooting.” Why am I not surprised that McSmiley didn’t know this? Clueless and inept beyond belief. He is as you have written a living, walking comedy although an infuriating one. If he didn’t have such a negative impact on Jeremy I would be on the floor laughing for sure. But he does and so I am not. Still he is pretty funny accidentally I must admit. Later and ciao for now.

  • wow! Beautifully written, “old & in the way”. You’ve said so many things that I’ve wanted to say, but never had time to really sit down and coalesce everything. It’s a great summary of Lin’s career in the NBA thus far and points out all the reasons why Linsanity happened and why it went away. Unfortunately, most people are not very perceptive and can’t see beyond the surface of things. I wish everyone could read this article you wrote so they can hopefully wake up from their ignorance and finally see the truth.

    In your last paragraph, you made a point how the NBA is killing Jeremy Lin. And this is something that has always baffled me. Jeremy Lin is actually very good for business. The NBA has long been trying to increase it’s audience overseas–especially in China. And Jeremy Lin is the perfect athlete to help the NBA do it. So I would think that the NBA would be going out of their way to make NBA refs give Lin favorable calls. But, yet, Lin gets a disturbingly inordinate number of bad calls/non-calls. I think it’s more of a personal bias (unconscious or otherwise) by individual actors (in this case, refs) than it is an institutional or systematic thing. I think it’s more that there’s just a lot of individuals (coaches, refs, players, analysts, commentators, media, etc.) in the NBA who are biased against Jeremy Lin due to Jeremy Lin not looking the part (undrafted, Aasian American from Harvard), than it is bias that’s institutionalized from the top of the NBA. But what baffles me is why the NBA commissioner doesn’t do things behind the scenes to get these individual actors to act favorably towards Lin. I figured the NBA commissioner would be trying to do everything in his power and maybe even try to get away with breaking rules in order to help Lin succeed, because Lin succeeding helps the NBA’s bottom line. NBA owners should also be aligned in trying to do everything they can to help Jeremy Lin succeed, since it’s very good for their bottom line. So it just baffles me that this isn’t going on. And Lin is just left out there to constantly fight against intense and unrelenting bias in the NBA.

    One minor note, just as an FYI. I don’t want to come off as some sort of annoying “know-it-all”. But I think you may have misinterpreted Shakespeare’s famous line. If so, no worries, because you have plenty of company. People commonly mistaken “Wherefore” to mean, “where”, because both words sound very similar. But “Wherefore” actually means “why” as in “WHY are you Romeo”. When Juliet delivered that line, she wasn’t really looking for Romeo or wondering where Romeo went. She was just pondering to herself their tragic situation. Literally translated, she is saying “Why are you Romeo?” As in, “WHY do you have to have the name of the enemy of my family?” As in, “I wish your name wasn’t ‘Romeo’ so we can be together and not be star-crossed lovers.” Hope that makes sense. And I hope you don’t take offense to me pointing this out. Like I said, it’s a very very common misinterpretation, so just thought that you would like to know just as an FYI.

    Thanks, again, for a beautiful, comprehensive write up. It would have been very painstaking and time-consuming for me to write this and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to write it so beautifully. So I’m so thankful that you did! I hope it gets read widely!

    • old & in the way

      Dear JLintel:

      Thanks for your kind words complimenting my piece. I am not offended but embarrassed that I didn’t already know the true meaning of the old English word “wherefore.” Perhaps I should change the title although most people are probably as ignorant as I was before you educated me about the correct meaning and usage of “wherefore.” I will think about changing it but it has also just now occurred to me that “why” also fits but in a kind of slightly more awkward way. If I can think of a better title I will change it. What is your advice in this regard. Do you think I should change it? Please advise. Thank you.

      • Heh, I was thinking of the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

        • old & in the way

          Dear Charlie:

          “Linsanity: Where Art Thou” might be a better title since as JLintel has pointed out the Old English word “wherefore” doesn’t mean exactly what I thought it did. Thanks for the suggestion. I just may use it. The O/T Lakers-San Antonio game on You Tube was great. Lakers win 114-112 or was it 112-110? One or the other. At any rate the Lakers won and Jeremy had the assist on the winning basket by Nick Young.

          • Yup yup, that game where BS and Kobe almost gave up the game with 3 turnovers in the last minutes of regulation. We had to have OT to beat them.

          • I haven’t seen “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” So don’t know if it applies. But it does sound right to me. Totally up to you if you want to change the title.

          • old & in the way

            Dear JLintel:

            I have decided for now to retain the original title. I think most people are unaware of the correct meaning and usage of “wherefore” so that will enable me to “get away with” using it incorrectly as I am. I like the Romeo and Juliette connection too much to let go of it. Linsanity is kind of a love story, too, in a sense. Obviously not in a romantic or sexual sense for us heterosexual males but in a cultural and human sense. I love Jeremy as a close friend, brother or son and this love relationship is as star-crossed as the romantic love in the classic Shakespearian tale of Romeo and Juliette. “O Brother, Where Art Thou” just doesn’t have these emotional connections to Linsanity for me in spite of the fact that it was a fine film. I just like the emotional relationship between the Romeo and Juliette story and the Jeremy Lin story too much to not use it. I think it is a connection that “grabs readers” and their interest and attention. So for that reason I want to keep it and for now or until someone gives me a better reason to not use it I will keep it.

  • james

    Nice write up. I hope the NBA will give Jeremy a legitimate chance to show his talents but I seriously doubt that he’ll be given that chance. The marginalization of Jeremy is almost complete. And I think smart people know that it’s not by accident.

    Here is the honest truth, and it may be hard to hear if you’re Chinese, the NBA does not want an Asian(Chinese/Taiwanese) to be the face of the league. The owners do not want “Asian Invasion” at the arenas. At some point during and after Linsanity, they looked up and saw a whole lot of Chinese faces and Chinese signs in the stands. Yes they will take your money but they don’t really want to see your face in the arena. Most of the players in the league are black but what do you think will happen if more blacks fans were in the arena. Just look at the leaked memo from the Atlanta Hawks organization about black fans.

    When Linsanity began, everyone loved it and connected to it. As soon as Chinese/Taiwanese took ownership of Lin, the hate started pouring in because now it was an Asian thing.

    If you look at Jeremy, there is really nothing about him or what he’s done to warrant the vitriol from the anti-fans. The Knicks and Carmelo Anthony’s agency floated false stories about Jeremy being greedy in taking Houston’s offer and ever since there’s been a cascade of assertions as to why Lin is not all that.

    Just look at what the haters say about him.

    After the breakout game agaist NJ Nets- Everyone too shocked
    After 3 games.- Well it’s only 3 games
    After 5 games- Well those were bad teams, let’s see how he does against
    Dallas.
    After the Dallas game- Well let’s see how he does against the Lakers
    After the Laker game- Well let’s see how he does against Miami
    After the Miami game- SEE I TOLD YOU HE SUCKS!
    After a 38pt, 9ast, 7rb, 3st game- Look at those turnovers
    After repeatedly getting in the lane for a score- He can’t go left
    When all else fails- His defense sucks.

    Haters and racist can only see what they want to see.

    Not even the worst defender among point guards. Point guards that are worse defenders(minimum 20 mpg) include:

    -0.66 – Jeremy Lin
    ———————————-
    -0.71 – Norris Cole
    -0.83 – Ronnie Price
    -0.84 – Deron Williams
    -1.00 – Jerryd Bayless
    -1.01 – Jarret Jack
    -1.04 – Ty Lawson
    -1.09 – Kemba Walker
    -1.15 – Shane Larkin
    -1.20 – Donald Sloan
    -1.30 – Brandon Knight
    -1.44 – Alec Burks
    -1.53 – Calderon
    -1.60 – Devin Harris
    -1.69 – D.J. Augustin
    -1.75 – Kyrie Irving
    -1.87 – Isaiah Thomas
    -1.89 – Mo Williams
    -2.25 – Jennings
    -2.27 – Reggie Jackson
    -2.33 – Tony Parker
    -2.91 – Aaron Brooks
    -3.64 – Trey Burke
    -3.86 – Zach LaVine

    Source: ESPN Defensive RPM numbers

  • old & in the way

    Wow!!! Right-on, James. And great data on the defensive ratings. I’m inclined to agree with you that Jeremy will never be given an even playing field but I keep hoping that just one open-minded coach like MDA…not MDA because I think he, too, has been banned…but another coach like him may let Jeremy back in through a “back door” while no one is looking too closely and we may have a rebirth of what Jeremy began in New York with Linsanity. Thanks for the great follow-up to my article. I love your breakdown of all the anti-Lin criticisms that mounted up during the first seven games of Linsanity all by way New York Knicks wins. Ciao for now.

  • Chirico

    Dear old & in the way,

    What a beautiful , powerful master piece ! You made my week.

    I’ve waiting for hear some voice like this. Thank you very much!

    • old & in the way

      Dear Chirico:

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you liked my article. I don’t know about masterpiece. I did spend a lot of time on it yesterday revising it, proofing it and rewriting it. I wanted it to be perfect or as perfect as the ideas I had in my head. In that regard it is not perfect. Some of my ideas got away from me before I could get them onto the page. But I’m satisfied with the end result. It is as good as I could get it in a day and I simply couldn’t put more time than that into it right now. Thank you again for your appreciation. I’m gratified that it made your week. Next time I will go for “your month!” Just joking or trying to make a good joke. A week is enough especially since this probably means you didn’t get laid this week. (Another joke.) I wouldn’t want you to have to go a month without getting laid especially if you’re young. At my age getting laid doesn’t matter much but when you’re young love is everything. So I hope you have someone to love and someone that loves you. It makes life much easier. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

      • Chirico

        No problem. old & in the way.

        In fact, I believe your article is thousand times better than those I saw in yahoo sports or the likes.

        Truth, honesty and love beat them all.

        I have a flash thought about your article, I wish I could translate it into other languages. Just to get you words out there.

        BTW, Thanks for your jokes. 🙂

        • old & in the way

          Dear Chirico:

          I’m relieved that my jokes did not offend you. You never know how humor will be perceived by others. When an amateur comedian tries to be funny there is always the risk that the jokes will not be clever enough to work. And from one culture to another or one ethnicity to another perceptions of humor can be quite different and interpreted in different ways. So I’m glad that my jokes worked for you.

          If you are asking for my permission to translate my article go ahead and thank you again for such kind compliments on my writing. If you have ever done any translations in the past you will already know how difficult it can be to translate a work into another language. Depending on the particular piece involved it may not be easy to translate it into another language and retain the original nuances and connotations. It can be trying, frustrating and very time consuming to get it right so I caution you before you begin to consider the difficulty if you have never before tried to translate something. But if you are eager and have the desire to do it go ahead. You have my permission. I just hope it is worth your while and your time to translate my article. Good luck if you do decide to translate it and let me know how it goes. Speaking of goes I must go now. I am hungry and my breakfast awaits me. So ciao until next time.

          • Chirico

            Dear old & in the way,

            Thank you for permission. Also, your advice. I have never done translation work from English to other language but I’ve done many times the other way around . So I fully agree with you that to be as close as possible to the original meaning of the ideas, thoughts, theories, passion, emotion is very tough. And it could be pretty time consuming. However, as a Lin fan knowing and feeling for his story, i feel the urge thatI might give it a try.

            I think I will be very careful not getting my own idea get in the way when I do this. That would be one of the tough challenges to me. Also, there is no equivalent word by word or phrases between two languages. anyway I will definite let you know when I finish it. ( or stuck with something 😉 )

          • old & in the way

            Dear Chirico:

            I am excited by this project that you have proposed of translating my article into one of the Chinese languages. If you e-mail me I will send you a copy of my article that you can print up and work from. Also, we can discuss in privacy any clarifications you need on what I have written. My e-mail address is: cicchip@peoplepc.com. I look forward to working with you on this project and assisting you in any way I can. Thank you again for your interest in pursuing this project. Ciao for now, my friend.–O&ITW

          • That’s awesome you’re going to attempt to translate this, Chirico! Definitely let is know where we can find the translation if/when you finish. The more people who can read “old &in the way’s” article, the better.

  • Nhawj44

    Hey Phil!
    Thank you for another well written and beautiful article on Lin! Are you on Twitter by chance?

    • old & in the way

      Dear Nhawj44:

      I’m afraid I have no idea how to twitter or tweet or do any of that stuff. I guess I’m too old to twitter or tweet. My twitter has set never to tweet again…not that it ever has. But certainly not now. I just don’t know how to do it. Sorry. Some things shall remain unknown. It goes with the territory of being old & in the way I guess. Ciao for now.

    • Great seeing you on here, Nhawj44!. Hope to see you on here more often.

  • MrPingPong

    Dear LMBF (Lakers Mama’s Boyfriend):

    BS says Kobe will be playing tonight for about 30 min. My Ouija board when asked what will happen to Lin then, it responded, ‘Simple math says 38 – 30 = 8, so Lin will inherit the 8 minutes from Kobe and play 20 + 8 = 28 min. On the other hand, chances are Kobe will play 40, and since 38 – 40 = -2, Lin will play only 20 – 2 = 18 min.’

    I have no idea my Ouija board is taking over my comic relief job. 🙁

    Enjoy the game tonight!

    Letzzz Gooo JL17!

    • Gary Teng

      Dear old & in the way,

      I am so happy to learn that Chirico has confirmed that he/she is going to translate your great article into Chinese.

      I have done quite a lot translations (English to Chinese and vice versa) in the past so I know first-hand it is a very very tough and time-consuming job. So I want to commend Chirico for voluntarily undertaking this difficult task in order to let more Lin fans to share your wonderful insights.

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      Your talking board was almost right on the money: ColdBrick played 32:12 minutes and Lin 25:58 minutes. Had ColdBrick not stolen about 2 minutes from Lin’s allotted time, Lin would have played around 28 minutes as predicted.

      But I am not to worry about this because ColdBrick is playing with the borrowed time. This will only hasten the final demise of his controversial career. And it seems that fateful day will come fairly soon, albeit maybe not soon enough for our Lin fans. 🙂

      “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
      — Mark Twain

      Dear All,

      The official records indicate that Lin had 2 assists in last night’s game. But I believe that Lin should be credited for at lease 4 assists. Similar things (i.e., stealing from his stats) have happened to Lin too many times in the past to be merely innocent mistakes. It seems that Lin never be able to get his fair shake and is always screwed one way or the other.

      (It should be noted that the reverse is also true for those so-called NBA superstars. In the first 12 games of this season alone LeBron James has already had two of his triple-double records revoked by the NBA due to padding.)

      • old & in the way

        Dear Gary:

        Thank you for the wonderful Mark Twain quote. MT is one of my all-time favorite writers. Mostly by osmosis I guess there is a lot of Mark Twain inside me. I’m not sure how it got there other than the aforementioned osmosis from having read many of his books. I was born 110 years after he was and lived my entire life with a working class income and he was both born into wealth and extremely wealthy from his extremely successful writing career during his lifetime. Unlike some writers he didn’t have to die before his writing was appreciated. Nevertheless, given our different backgrounds my view of the world is very similar to his. I, too, am extremely grateful that Chirico is willing to translate my article into Mandarin or Cantonese given the difficulty of translating written languages from one to another. Jeremy had a very good game last night and the Lakers lost. The best of both worlds, hey!? He missed two free throws at the end of the game or he would have finished with 21 points in a mere 26 minutes. He was 8-11 in fg’s but only 1-4 in ft’s. How could this be? Tomorrow night Denver in Denver. Go Jeremy!!!

  • MrPingPong

    Thank you, Old & In, for your awesome discourse. Hats off to you! I would like to add a few more things on D’Antoni’s support for Jeremy Lin.

    D’Antoni, just like the other NBA coaches that had Lin before him, considered Lin as the last option. He played Lin in that breakout Nets game because he had almost no other choices. In his own words, “we were lucky.” Here is an excerpt from

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-knicks-mike-antoni-correct-call-jermey-linn-article-1.1020854

    “We didn’t get him until ( Dec. 27),” D’Antoni said. “He had one practice. We’re trying to get our team together. We had to see if (Iman Shumpert) was a point guard, if Mike Bibby could do it, if Toney (Douglas) could do it….”

    The FEP (Flat Earth People) of the NBA are completely in the dark when it comes to Lin, and D’Antoni was one of them. D’Antoni was honest about his ignorance of Lin’s game though. Here is an excerpt from

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-07/jeremy-lin-scores-28-in-first-nba-start-to-lead-new-york-knicks-to-victory.html

    “When he worked out for us last year or two years ago, we noticed he has a burst of speed that can get him there,” D’Antoni said. “I didn’t know he could play defense, I didn’t think he could shoot well enough and I didn’t think he could go up and finish. I’m going, ‘He can’t finish, can’t shoot, can’t play defense. I like his speed, but I don’t know.’…”

    After seeing what Lin was capable of doing in that Nets game, D’Antoni followed his instinct to “go back to the well” and started Lin two days later. Check out this highlights video at around the 30 sec mark for why D’Antoni came to his decision.

    http://youtu.be/Mm-UHAWPpxo?t=30s

    For extra credit, you can relive Knicks fans’ orgasmic reactions in the game thread against the Jazz, Lin’s first NBA start, here:

    http://www.postingandtoasting.com/2012/2/6/2776359/game-thread-knicks-vs-jazz-2-6-12

    🙂

    After the game, Tyson Chandler summed it up:

    “What Jeremy is doing is incredible! Because he’s moving everybody to their natural positions. Nobody’s having to do anything that they’re not accustomed to doing.”

    And Lin was humbly grateful to D’Antoni for believing in him:

    “He left me in, through all the mistakes,” Lin said. “And I think that’s huge, when you’re a player and you have eight turnovers in a game and he lets you play through it. That’s unbelievable.”

    The above two quotes can be found here:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/sports/basketball/jeremy-lin-scores-28-as-knicks-beat-utah-jazz.html?_r=1&

    After Lin left the Knicks, he never had the trust of his teammates and his coaches again. It pains me to see McHale tie Lin on a short leash and throw Lin under the bus every chance he got. Things got even worse with BS. The mistreatments on Lin after his fairy tale like season with the Knicks by the Rockets and Lakers are simply Linsane. Yet Lin just puts his head down and play, laying everything out on both ends of the floor. How can people hate this man?

    Seeing what the NBA is made of, the realistic part in me says ‘Lin will never ever get a fair shake in his NBA career.’ But watching Lin trying to play basketball the beautiful way even in chain and shackle, seeing his heart, the optimistic and idealistic part in me says, ‘Lin will triumph in the end, because the cream will always rise to the top.’

    Have a great morning/afternoon/evening everyone, wherever you are on this WEB!

    🙂

    • Thanks, MrPingPong for all the information. I’m so glad you pointed out that MDA was FORCED to give Lin a shot and that’s how Linsanity happened. The only major difference between MDA and other coaches Lin has had is that MDA was at least willing to let go of his initial perception of Lin and embrace Lin after he saw what Lin could do, rather than continue to hang onto his initial perception of Lin, like most people do.

      • old & in the way

        Dear Mr. P/P And Everyone Else:

        Yes, that is the difference between MDA and everyone else in the NBA coaching establishment. MDA didn’t dismiss what Jeremy could do when he finally saw it. Instead he embraced it. I am well aware that MDA only played Jeremy out of desperation due to injuries to other players. But that is one of those details that I decided to omit as I believe it is already well-known by Jeremy’s fans and followers. I tried to include just the essentials in my article as had I included everything it would have been 3-4 times longer than it was and it is already a little longer than I wish it were. I wanted to just include enough details to make my main points but not so many that people would start drifting off. I wanted to maintain total interest and attention in readers to what I had written. So it is sometimes a matter of time, space and numbers to decide what to include and what to omit. But I do truly appreciate the additional details about the support and reactions from D’Antoni and his teammates like Tyson Chandler who was one of the Knicks who gave Jeremy the most unconditional support after Linsanity became a reality. MDA’s original perceptions of Jeremy are interesting but more interesting for me is that he let go of his original perceptions when they proved to be false. As JLintel pointed out that is something that other coaches have been unable or unwilling to do. When I watch the old videos of those early Linsanity games I get very emotional because it is so obvious that Jeremy could under the right circumstances still be playing at those same levels of efficiency and proficiency. It is stupefying to me that people can be so biased that they are willing to dismiss these games and his skills and what he achieved playing for the Knicks in the spring of 2012.

        • “old & in the way”, I’m so glad you brought up the point about how, as a writer, you have to choose to omit certain details for the sake of readability. This is why I find it sometimes painstaking to write about Lin, because someone is going to inevitably bring up something that I chose to omit due to either lack of time or for the sake of brevity. So I totally understand your frustration here and apologize if I appeared to be picking apart your beautifully written and comprehensive article. You made the absolute right choice in omitting that detail about MDA that MrPingPong brought up.

          When I wrote my piece about Jeremy Lin Doubters (http://www.jeremylintel.com/2012/05/20/jeremy-lin-hatersdoubters-are-like-the-flat-earth-people/), it became so lengthy, because I TRIED to include everything. Since the article was addressed to Lin doubters, I had to really make sure that I was very comprehensive, because we all know how Lin doubters love to cherry pick to “prove” their point. That article was very painstaking and time-consuming for me to write. And I think you’ve given a similar level of effort in this article. But, unlike myself, you managed to strike a PERFECT balance between brevity and comprehensiveness.

          • old & in the way

            Dear JLintel:

            Thank you for your comment but there is no need for you to apologize as I was not offended. I was just trying to explain why I left something out that some might consider to be important. Clearly in the beginning MDA wasn’t any different than Jeremy’s other coaches. The difference as you pointed out is that he let go of his prejudices as soon as he perceived that they were prejudices. He was open-minded enough to acknowledge his misconceptions whereas the rest of the NBA coaching establishment has been totally unable to do the same thing. So given that I didn’t want to go on and on any more than I did I decided to omit the fact that MDA had the same misconceptions as the rest of the league. What intrigued me more was that he allowed Linsanity to occur and in his own words “he rode Jeremy to victories like Secretariat.” I am still to this day dumbfounded that people can be so close-minded regarding Jeremy’s basketball accomplishments and especially what he accomplished in New York in 2012 when he was given a free rein to run a team’s offense.

    • Mr. PingPing, you know I have not posted for a longggggg time. But I like your forever optimistic spirit, which makes me to post today. I love your quotation, ‘Lin will triumph in the end, because the cream will always rise to the top.’ Not only that, I think there is a purpose for Lin to be in NBA destined by Lin’s God. In HIS time, Lin will be exalted in the end. We just need to be patient to wait Lin’ glorious day to come in NBA. You can say I am frantic. But I truly believe that day will come. At the mean time, I am still hoping one day Lin will play for Coach Pop.

      • MrPingPong

        Hello Charishope,

        It’s good to see you post here. Come and share your optimistic point of view often, OK! 🙂

        • CH

          MR. PP,
          I don’t think you recognise that this is CH here. Don’t know why my name did not show up as CH like it used to be. Thanks for your replying.

  • It probably helps that MDA has international experience from Italy. That probably forced him to be more open-minded and creative as the talent there wasn’t as great. As a result, he is more able to see basketball talent rather than rely on hunches, superstitions, etc.

    • old & in the way

      Dear Charlie:

      That’s interesting about MDA having international experience. I didn’t know that about him. I wish he and Jeremy could hook up again. Also, I think a lot of the NBA establishment hacks are lazy and not doing their homework. I think many of these insiders who either coach or are so-called journalists are merely repeating what they have heard others say and are believing what others have told them to believe. But as far as observing with their own senses and making up their own minds this quality seems to be a great rarity. This may not be something that is unique to the NBA but may be a learned behavior that is prevalent throughout all human cultures on this planet. It may just be more pronounced in America where racism is so wide spread and ubiquitous. I can’t believe I actually spelled “ubiquitous” correctly on my first try. I was expecting to get a red line on that one. Lucky me. Now Jeremy, too, tonight. Here’s wishing him a Linsanity mixture of good luck and great skills and another great and prosperous game against all MF-ing odds. Yeah!!!!

  • Amazing isn’t it? After a job well done last game, JLin is rewarded a season low 15 minutes of game play. Price gets a season high 33 minutes of game play.

    I also wonder how many people will ignore Kobe’s 9 TO.

  • Sage

    @ Charlie,

    Yea. only 15 minutes. I am glad I did not watch it. If the situation does not change I am pretty much done with the NBA.

    My league pass which I got to watch Lin in Houston/LAL auto renews. I will make sure it does not.

    Even though I got started watching the Lakers when Magic was there, I think I am losing my interest in them too.

    Still voting for Lin for Allstar every day. I don’t vote for anyone else, why should I help them out.

    • old & in the way

      Dear Charlie, Sage et al:

      The NBA is fucked. There is no nice way to say it and I am a lifelong nice guy. But the NBA is fucked an even the beloved Helen Keller could literally see it. Ko-Bay is now the de facto point guard of the Leakers (no typo) and his 9 TO’s are, of course, not to be mentioned or even noticed. He has become a joke along with the Leakers team and Leakers management. That Jeremy has to be caught in the middle of all this is a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions. And no, Linning, Jeremy did not work his way to the bench and does not deserve to sit for 33 out of 48 minutes. You are blaming the victim and lack adequate vision. You may call yourself a fan but you are more like the scorched earth to me with your “blinders” vision. In case you are unaware blinders are those things they put on race horses so that their peripheral vision is obscured. You need to take yours off and look again with greater clarity. You see only the largest rocks and miss all the pebbles fan or no fan.

  • Linning

    I’m a Lin fan, but he fouled his way to the bench today, and Price had a hot start. While I also wished BS have more faith in Lin, Lin did not make a strong case to stay on the floor against the Nuggets.

    • old & in the way

      And not only that but the fouls called against him are a joke and especially so when measured against all the fouls committed against him that aren’t called. You do Jeremy no justice and help him in no way by making such inane judgments that are apparently based on your lack of vision. No more nice guy for me with perceptions like yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Gary Teng

        Dear old & in the way,

        It seems to me that Linning meant well.

        I find that most true Lin haters are missing two extremely important facts:

        1. Lin tends to have more fouls committed because Lin IS the one and only Lakers player who always gives 100.1% in defense. He not only defends his counterpart PG well, he also consistently helps his teammates in defense and that is why he tends to commit more fouls.

        2. Price is hot lately because ColdBrick, BS, and his goons want him to be hot by constantly feeding the ball to him whereas the opponent teams don’t even bother to defend him because they view him as nothing but a joke. They want to make that “Clown Price” to look like the “Crown Prince” to justify the benching and marginalization of Lin.

        How low and despicable!~~~

        Dear Professor MrPingPong,

        In the hyperlink below you will find three enclosed video clips which show the so-called “pre-game morale booster rituals” Lin invented during his stay at Knicks, Rockets, and Lakers, respectively. Hope you will enjoy them. 🙂

        http://udn.com/news/story/7489/609159-三連發打氣法-林書豪新武器

        • old & in the way

          Dear Gary:

          I wasn’t challenging Linning’s sincerity. I was rather challenging his/her perceptions. I apologize for being a grumpy old man but I do not apologize for challenging false perceptions. It is very difficult to witness Jeremy’s further marginalization by the NBA in general and the Leakers in particular. False perceptions by people who consider themselves to be Lin fans just make matters that much worse. Thanks for backing my arguments with additional data but how much data is necessary to convince people of what to some of us is so very obvious. I agree with James above that there is a concerted effort by the entire NBA establishment to freeze out not just Jeremy but any future Asian-American or ethnic Asian players who may excel and to thwart/limit their success . I agree with James that the NBA establishment wants to maintain the dominance of a black playership and a white paying audience. The reasons for this are not entirely clear but it seems clear that this is what they want. I’m sure you already understand what is happening here, too, even if you don’t understand what is behind it. It couldn’t be clearer in the case of Jeremy Lin that the power structure of the NBA does not want him to succeed beyond a certain minimum level. So it aggravates me no end when even Jeremy’s supposed supporters can see clearly what is going on here just beneath the surface. Bear with me if you will. I am old and there is so little time left. And what time is left passes so quickly as it will even for Jeremy and younger people. Even you younger folks will be old before you realize it. Time passes that quickly.

        • MrPingPong

          Thank you, Dr. Teng, for the link to Lin’s pregame rituals. It seems like Lin is connecting with the bench players now. It is important to have camaraderie among teammates. Lin is doing the best he can under the current toxic circumstances.

          I also think Linning and many other posters here meant well. I don’t think the trolls want to hang out in this blog. It is just different people expressing different opinions on what is happening to Lin as well as different opinions on what Lin should do or could have done.

          As you all know, I am a LOF and am rooting for Lin in every game he plays. By his own admission, Lin is having a really tough time right now. I wish I could find a way to get to Lin and tell him just to relax, don’t overtrain, and just play. I do not play basketball but I do practice martial art. Of course, martial is not a sports, but the one principle that applies to sports as well as martial art is ‘one must stay relax’. It is easier said than done, but all that training is to be able to relax and not fear take over your mind and body, causing you to do the wrong thing.

          I did not get to watch much of the Nuggets game, just the last two minutes of the 3rd quarter and the 4 or 5 min of Lin in the 4th quarter. OK, so Lin was unable to get a triple double in those 15 min! 🙁

          So let’s move on to the next game. Just relax folks! Lin will be fine. The cream will always rise to the top. And IMOO, Lin is the cream of the cream!

          Happy New Year to ALL, wherever you are on this WEB!

  • Chirico

    Guys,

    i just finished the translation work of this great article (in Chinese) and posted it onto these places. It was much harder than I thought but it was a very enjoyable experience.

    You should be able to read it on my facebook account.
    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=389973704496268&id=100004509241555

    This is the one of Lin fan’s Chinese forum, hosted by Baidu
    http://tieba.baidu.com/p/3500275000

    I plan to post it somewhere else as well.

    A question for JLintel, would it be possible that we have this translated version somewhere on your blog as well?

    Thanks,

    • Gary Teng

      Dear Chirico,

      Excellent job! 🙂

      Boy! You are just Lincredible. Kudos to you!

    • old & in the way

      Dear Chirico:

      Let me thank you again here for your kindness and hard work. I would hope and think that JLintel would be very open to you posting it here. That would be great and thank you again for your diligence, patience and dedication in translating my article. Ciao for now.

      • old & in the way

        Dear Chirico:

        Yes…lincredible!!!! It is a real trip if you don’t mind my vernacular to see my article translated into Chinese at the Baidu website. I like all those roses. I think they must mean that they like it. Real nice feeling for both of us, right? For me and it must be for you, too. Thanks again. Gotta run…I mean hobble. Goodnight.

        • Chirico

          Dear old & in the way and Gary Teng,

          Thank you both for you kind compliment! It is an all new experience to me doing such translation from English to Chinese. Also I feel more that we are connected spiritually.

          Yes, those roses are applause from forum visitors. And your article has been promoted into the premium collection of that forum.

          I’m happy as well as you are that people from the other side of the pacific could enjoy reading it. I’m just hoping by reading this article, people may understand JLin’s situation and keep supporting him.

          Peace out

          • old & in the way

            Dear Chirico:

            Yes, I hope that people on the other side of the Pacific will continue to support Jeremy and that they may understand the obstacles that he faces daily in the NBA and the biases and prejudices that he deals with all the time. I hope JLintel comes back soon. He must have gone somewhere. I can’t wait to have your translation posted here for everyone who is Chinese-American to read in their first language. I am extra motivated now to try to write another good article that you may also want to translate. We can make a great team together perhaps. I’ll write and you can translate. Ciao for now.

    • MrPingPong

      Hi Chirico:

      I do not read Chinese, but according to Dr. Teng, you did a great job translating this article. Congrats!

      I notice on your FB page that you studied CS at Pace University. Prof. Joe Bergin was the main man there at that time. I know him well and he knows me well too! Small world! 🙂

      • Chirico

        Thank you for you kind words, MrPingPong.

        yea, it’s a small world. I love studying at the CIS department. John C. Mollluzzo was my favorite professor.

    • Hi Chirico,

      Apologies for the very late reply. I haven’t been on this site in a while so only saw your comment now.

      Yeah, I’d love to have this translation on THIS site. Let me know how you think this can happen. My first thought is for you to go through the process of gaining permission to post on this site, so you can go ahead and post your translated version however you wish. But let me know if you have any better suggestions.

      Thanks again very much for all your hard work in translating “old & in the way” article.

      • Chirico

        Not a problem, Philosopher.
        I really appreciate your genorousity.

        I will find the time to apply for the permission.

  • old & in the way

    Jeremy had a great first half. 6-8 fg’s and 13 points but McScottie took him out anyway after only 13 minutes of playing time. Real dumb move. Hope Jeremy still has it in the second half. I just heard that if Denver fires Brian Shaw and apparently they are thinking about it the number one candidate to replace him is MDA. I like it. Jeremy needs to play for him again in order to excel as he would if given a free reign to run a team’s offense. There is hope yet that Mr. PingPong’s tireless optimism will be rewarded and Jeremy shall prosper against all odds. Let’s hope for a MDA and Jeremy reunion and the rebirth of Linsanity.

    • MrPingPong

      I just caught the last 4 min of the second quarter. TWC half time report showed Lin highlights! Big smile on my face! 🙂

      OK, one more half to go. Hopefully Lin will get another 13 min!

      Letzzz Gooo JL17!

  • Predictable result. The Grizzlies go on a run without JLin playing in the final minutes of the 2nd and almost all of the 3rd. Because Price is a defensive guy… or something.

    JLin keeps them in the game until Kobe reenters and becomes the primary ball handler again. This game Young and Kobe were able to make their 3s to keep this game close. But I won’t be surprised if Kobe cools down again late in the next games. I’ll give Kobe some credit, he tried to distribute the ball more (even letting Ed Davis try for the tie at the end). But in the end, JLin never had a chance to win the game (2 for 3 from beyond the arc).

    • old & in the way

      Yo’ All:

      Ko-Bay misses his 13th. straight game-winning or game-tying shot at the buzzer. Why did not Jeremy take this shot? His role was to inbound the pass to Kobrick for the predictable miss. McBeamMeUp is predictably upidstay which for those of you who are not sophomorically educated is “pig-Latin” for “stupid.” I might as well just come right out and say it. McByeByeBaby is stupid, lacks adequate intelligence, is unimaginative, is a dummy, is a stoic stooge. Jeremy was 3-6 in the second half and 9-14 in the game. He should have taken the final shot but we all know, of course, that by design that shall never happen on this team. So last night we were treated to the best of both worlds. Jeremy plays great but was ignored at the end of the game and the Leakers lose again. Bravo. MDA where are you?

      • MrPingPong

        Yo’ Old & In: May I suggest you write an open letter to BS in pig-latin? It seems like BS is coaching at pig-latin NBA level or something! 🙂

        pig-latin LOHs are now coming down on Lin for following BS’s pig-latin order not to foul Conley with time running out. Never have I seen a coach at any level telling his team to run down the clock while they are behind, do not have possession of the ball, and time is running out.

        How do you say LA Lakers in pig-latin?

        • old & in the way

          Dear Mr. PingPong:

          Recalling my childhood which was a long time ago which was the middle of the last century in pig-Latin that would be: ethay Oslay Angelesay Akerslay. But in any other language it is still pure shit and especially with McSnuffie making decisions. I have given up trying to make any sense out of anything Yronbay Ottscay does or says and that goes double for LOHers who may be even dumber than Oachcay Ottscay. I can’t believe we actually talked like this just to have some privacy from our parents. But at one time I was pretty fluent believe it or not and I find it hard to believe in pig-Latin even speaking it. Now it racks my brain to try to do it. It’s like my father late in his life trying to speak his first language on the phone to the relatives and my mother would be in the background coaching him because he couldn’t remember words he wanted to use. For me though aside from English pig-Latin was it. I was raised in an era when immigrants wanted to be
          American and shunned their ethnicity. Thus I missed a golden opportunity to be bilingual. So in that regard for me it was pig-Latin or nothing else. Kind of sad actually when I think back on it. I don’t know why European immigrants were so eager to embrace America since America never did a very good job of embracing them. And now today it is no different for Asian immigrants or even those who were born here at Jeremy so poignantly demonstrates. The NBA is just a microcosm and a sub-culture of the USA. I always suspected that the “A” stood for assholes and not too much has happened in my life to disprove that rather ironic suspicion. Later, my friend.

          • MrPingPong

            Thanks Old & In.
            How about this?

            Ethay Oslay Angelesay Akerslay is in deep ooday ooday with one upidstay of an oachcay!

            🙂

          • old & in the way

            Dear Mr. PingPong:

            Deep doo-doo indeed. I’m still laughing as I didn’t expect you to answer me in pig-Latin. Well done, brother. I read your 3 pt. shooting stats below. Any decent coach would use them, of course, and I concur with your order of shooting preference in general. But since Jeremy was so hot last night one could also make a strong argument that he should have gotten the last shot. At any rate we can agree that going to Kobe every time is especially stupid considering The Brick’s 29% figure on 3pt. fga’s. Stats are important of course and I fiercely disagree with these people who claim that the so-called “eye test” is as good as stats and actual data. This is subjective nonsense of course. The “eye test” tells one nothing about real performance which stats measure quite accurately most of the time. Ciao for now and thanks for making me laugh. It is too somber trying to make sense of the Lakers coaching staff and the way they handle Jeremy’s minutes and playing time. I needed the laugh right now so thanks again and don’t stop now.

          • old & in the way

            Dear Mr. PingPong:

            One thing I left out about this whole “eye test” bullshit is that this is how BS has made the determination that Price is a better defender than Jeremy Lin. But if you look at actual defensive stats Jeremy is actually the better defender. But even if you watch the games and use the highly subjective eye test it seems to me that Jeremy is still the better defender. Some of the Leakers games have been posted on You Tube. I recently watched game #18 which was a Leakers road win against Detroit back when Jeremy was still starting. In that game Jeremy really shut down Brandon Jennings. Defensively Price wasn’t doing anything. How anyone can conclude that Price is the better defender even using the eye test is beyond me. Gotta go. More later. Ciao for now.

      • MrPingPong

        According to

        http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/LAL/2015.html

        Kobe has the lowest 3P% at 29.1%. Clarkson has the highest 3P% at 45.5%, but he has attempted only 11 3-ptrs, too small a sample size to be reliable. IDM with 123 3PGAs is the de-facto best 3P shooter sitting at 43.9%.

        In do-or-die situations like last night when you need a trey to tie the game with practically no time left, the best chance is to go with the guy with the highest 3P%. Just follow the math! So, have a tall guy in bound the ball (ED in this case), use Kobe as a decoy, and toss the ball to IDM, or Johnson, or Eddington, or Lin in that order. Run this kind of play in every practice! Let the law of statistics rule! 🙂

        Apparently, none of the Lakers coaching staff understands nor believe in stats. BS chose to go with his blind faith in Kobe, which was totally predictable. The end result was a predictable rickbay. Sad but nevertheless comical story!

  • old & in the way

    We are all, of course, familiar with the global, geo-political term the BRIC countries…Brazil, Russia, India and China. This term is now obsolete. The new designation is the BRICK countries…Brazil, Russia, India, China and Kobe. Thank you very much. All of you who work for the United Nations please put on your hard-hats. And here’s one more silly one: A brick a day will keep the championship away. I know…I should just change my name to Silly Man. But in regards to BS and Ko-Bay and their incessant nonsense I am reminded continuously of Albert Einstein’s famous classic definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Amen. He must have been thinking of basketball fan-boy coaches and player prima donnas when he expressed this observation. It would take hundreds of McScotties and McKobays to make one Albert Einstein by conservative estimate. Okay…it’s time for me to take my smartie pants britches off and go home. Later and ciao for now.

  • http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/12115240/los-angeles-lakers-coach-wants-more-shots-kobe-bryant

    After a decent game from Kobe, BS remembers that he needs to tank and therefore wants Kobe to shoot more. This may also be followed with JLin being told to give the ball to Kobe more/shoot less/be more consistently inconsistent/and whatever other BS you can think of

    • old & in the way

      Dear Charlie:

      I, too, saw this article at the ESPN NBA website and meant to mention it but forgot to do so. Thank you for bringing it to everyone’s attention. I am inclined to agree with Gary Teng that Kobe will not last much longer this time than he did earlier in the season. McBeamMeUp is too stupid to not overuse Kobe no matter what he says he is going to do. I think KoBay will self-destruct with help from his dummy coach sooner rather than later. So far he hasn’t really cut his minutes back that much. I think he will slowly increase them until they are virtually the same as they were. And he wants Kobe to shoot more which will just wear him out sooner, too. Unbelievable really that BS is this dumb. Ciao for now.

      • All you need to know about the kind of public pressure JLin is under is that all people can talk about is the non foul at the end.

        Never mind he was on fire, never mind he stopped the bleeding when the Lakers blew the lead, people are yelling at him for listening to the coach. As if people think not listening to the coach will help JLin convince BS that he should be a starter again.

        Always amazed with JLin’s inner strength, may it guide him to many more awesome games!

        • old & in the way

          Dear Charlie:

          I couldn’t agree with you more about Jeremy’s inner strength. His mental toughness exceeds even his physical toughness both of which he manifests on a daily basis. These morons who criticize Jeremy would have cracked years ago already. They have no idea which way is up where Jeremy is concerned. His critics couldn’t be any more ignorant and arrogant than they are. And, of course, ignorance and arrogance together are deadly and will get you literally killed every time. His critics are a joke. They haven’t a clue about anything. Gotta run. More later. Ciao for now.

  • Sage

    Several Random thoughts.

    (1) In the last play of the 1/2/14 Laker Memphis game, Kobe jumped and rose above his defender and had a good look at the basket. He can indeed create his own shot even at his age. No way Kobe misses 13 or is it 14 game winning/tying shots in a row unless he is in on the Laker tank. Having him shoot into triple coverage is not a good play, but he should have made 2 or 3 of those shots.

    (2) I think if Lin gets a chance, he could be a top 3 point shooter. His motion is simple and quick (he fixed it between the 1st and 2nd year at Houston). The problem is, he does not shoot enough of them in any game to get into sync. They should feed him 3 points shots until he starts hitting them.

    (3) Going back to Woodson, coaches and announcers keep on saying that Lin needs to learn and does not understand his position, and that he does not listen. I mean, Lin went to Harvard. He does what the coach tells him.

    (4) Regarding the lack of a foul, at least BS said in his interview that he told Lin not to foul. Seriously, it sounded like BS wanted to run out the clock before the Lakers had a chance to send the game into overtime and potentially win.

    (5) Pete Rose never went to the Hall of Fame, because he bet on baseball. Betting on baseball is bad for the sport because it calls into doubt the integrity of the game. Similarly having teams tank to gain higher draft picks and so forth does not give me a lot of confidence in the integrity of NBA. Why would anyone pay to see teams tank?

  • Haven’t been following Lin and Lakers for a little while, but based on the comments I’ve seen here, it looks like nothing has changed, unfortunately. Same old same old nonsense that has nothing to do with winning basketball games. It’s gonna be very tough for me to continue keeping up with Lin as long as this nonsense continues.

  • old & in the way

    Hello All:

    Byron Scott is truly despicable. Jeremy scores 20 points on Friday and shoots 9-14. Tonight he plays 7 minutes in the first half and takes two shots. It is truly disturbing to have to watch the way BS treats Jeremy. BS is a total scumbag. It is sickening to watch this biased dismissal and marginalization of Jeremy by a totally inept and incompetent coach. Early in the third quarter now and the Leakers are down 10. Disgusting and no Jeremy sightings on the floor and none coming anytime soon. Ko-Bay will not make the trip to Portland for tomorrow’s game. Johnson also injured now and not making trip to Portland. But I doubt that either of these developments will translate to more playing time for Jeremy. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • old & in the way

      I don’t know what I can write that may help anyone although I may be writing to myself here. Everyone seems to have abandoned this site and Jeremy, too. Am I the only one left? Nothing new, nothing changed but I’m not going away. Kobe took all the shots during the last 2:52 of the game. He took 5 shots in all and made 2 of them. On 2 of them he was awarded free throws. He scored the last 9 Leakers points but more importantly every one else was frozen out. The Leakers are not a team. They are a stupid coach and a glory hog over-the-hill former superstar. As for Jeremy he scored 7 of his ten points in the last 48 seconds of the third quarter and then only took one shot in the entire fourth quarter and that was at the 9:07 mark. The last nine minutes of the game he took 0 shots and barely touched the ball. He did, however, play some great defense for which he received virtually no recognition in the media. According to media reports it was Kobe and Kobe alone who saved the Leakers and brought them the victory. This is, of course, utter nonsense as he did nothing on the defensive end of the court. He relied on his teammates to play defense for him while he scored the points during the last three minutes of the game. I am rooting now for Denver to lose every game they play just in case the rumors about Shaw being fired and MDA replacing him are actually factually correct. I don’t know if they are as my source on this is the Leakers radio broadcasting team of John Ireland and Mychal Thompson and they did not reveal their sources so I’m not sure where exactly this rumor originated. But I do hope it has some merit. Denver already has a very good PG in Ty Lawson but I would still opt for Jeremy to play for MDA even if it were off the bench. MDA off the bench would trump starting for most other coaches in the NBA since they are all so predictably unimaginative and apparently highly biased against Asian-American players like Jeremy Lin. If anyone is reading this it would be nice if you could respond. Otherwise if I am writing to myself I might as well stop doing so. I am not going to stop monitoring at the very least and listening when I can bear to do so to Jeremy’s games but it is pointless to continue posting material here if no one is reading it. Thank you for hanging in there so far but now is not the time to stop supporting Jeremy Lin. He needs us now more than ever and by “god” we need him, don’t we? We certainly do.

      • Hi “old & in the way” just wanted to let you know that I am here and listening in the background. i haven’t watched any Lakers games in a while, so it’s hard for me to write about them without having seen the games. So it’s great to get updates from you and others here as to what’s been happening with Lin and the Lakers. Keep writing, because I’m always listening.

        • Yep, I’m still here. It’s hard to update when nothing has changed. I’ve taken a pragmatic approach of only following the Lakers during the 2nd and 3rd quarter. That way I can enjoy the moments when JLin rallies the troops without having to worry about the predictable outcome in the 4th, which is just Kobe time to make or miss (mostly miss).

          I’m sure JLin also understands this reality but is making the most of it. We see a nice crowd reaction and a noticeable higher energy in the team when he enters. So I call this Linsanity 2.0. It isn’t that immediate impact from New York that comes out of nowhere. This one will slowly grow until it can’t be ignored anymore.

      • jeffbb22

        nice idea….. but I think Lin is better than Lawson. What do you guys think?

        • old & in the way

          Dear jeffbb22:

          Ty Lawson is very good. Better than Jeremy? Not sure. If Jeremy is used properly by a coach that trusts him like MDA he might be better than Lawson. It is hard to say. They are both among the quickest and fastest PG’s in the league. Jeremy at his best and Ty Lawson at his best would be a photo finish I believe. They would be a killer combo if they played together. Like 1A and 1B.

      • MrPingPong

        I don’t follow the Nuggs and thus pay no attention to Nuggs rumors. But I’ll say this: I do not trust an organization that fired their head coach after he led the team to a franchise record of 57 wins and won the COY award.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Mr. PingPong:

          I’ll never understand why George Karl was fired. And the Nuggets have been mostly bad ever since. I don’t trust the Denver front office either but I think a MDA/Jeremy reunification might be worthwhile for Jeremy’s NBA career. Take MDA out of the equation, however, and I wouldn’t want Jeremy to go anywhere near Denver. It’s just a rumor anyway and may not have any substance to it. I heard it on the Leakers radio broadcast last Friday night. But haven’t heard anything more about it since then. Here’s wishing Jeremy the best tonight and I hope your Ouija knows which way is up. It does, right?

      • Chirico

        Old & in the way,

        I’m still here. But just to let you know that I was putting more focus on Chinese JLin forums these days trying promote you article if possible.

        Here is another baidu forum with much lager Jlin fan base.

        http://tieba.baidu.com/p/3508658175?sc=62627176194&from_search=1&src=2&mo_device=1&pn=0&

        • old & in the way

          Hello, Chirico!!

          Thank you for everything you are doing to support Jeremy and promote my article. I missed the end of last night’s game. My schedule dictated by medical issues forces me to miss the end of west coast games. But it looks like Jeremy had a great fourth quarter. He sat the entire third quarter and I was so pissed. Going into the fourth he had only played 8-9 minutes. I had him at 8 minutes but he wound up with 21 minutes. As 8 plus 12 is 20 this must be some kind of new NBA math. It frustrates and disturbs me that Byron No-Brains Scott insists on giving Price more playing time than Mr. Lin. It is a travesty that Jeremy is so misused by these idiot NBA coaches. I will check out this new baidu link you have provided me when I have the time to do so and thanks again for all your efforts to support Jeremy Lin. Ciao for now. Gotta hobble on to other matters right now.

          • MrPingPong

            Here’s a Youtube link to the full game last night, Old & In:

            http://youtu.be/2yaxB9_Atw4

            The Blazers announcers were saying that the Lakers bench are better than their starters as far as scoring goes. I was surprised that BS drew up a play for Lin to to shoot the tying trey. Unfortunately, Lin rushed and air balled his shot.

            Don’t get too upset. This season for Lin is shot anyway. Lin will just have to make do with whatever minutes he can get. And for us Lin fans, we’ll just have to relax and amuse ourselves with BS’s shenanigan.

          • old & in the way

            Dear Mr. PingPong:

            Thank you very much for the You Tube link to last night’s Blazers’ game. I look forward to watching it and especially the fourth quarter with Jeremy. It may be though that the only reason Jeremy played the entire fourth quarter is that Price got elbowed in the nose and was no good to go the rest of the game. Otherwise I don’t know if Jeremy would have gotten the entire fourth quarter in spite of the fact that he certainly deserved to play the entire quarter. I am aware that this is yet another lost year for Jeremy and this saddens me very much. I, too, hope he can calmly as you prescribe make the most of the playing time he is allotted by his screwball coach and play as well as he can when he is in the game. I’m starting to feel like an old Brooklyn Dodgers fan…wait til next year!!! How long can we wait? And let’s hope the ultimate payoff is great. Do you know what has happened to our silent partner, Mr. Gary Teng? I miss his amusing quips and great quotes. Gary Teng: Wherefore Art Thou? I think this could be my next article. But, of course, I would have to post it in the Tongue In Cheek section under Lost & Found. Gotta go. Ciao for now and if you see the good doctor give him my warmest regards. Thanks and old man out for now.

          • Gary Teng

            Dear old & in the way & Professor MrPingPong,

            The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.
            — Mark Twain

            The last time I checked, my heart was still beating. I am just very busy lately. However, I have not missed one single of your post given my hectic schedules.

            Do I deserve some applauses?! 🙂

            I shall return.

          • MrPingPong

            Your Lakers girl is keeping you busy, heh DGT? 🙂

          • old & in the way

            Dear DGT:

            Hello…what’d you say? I can’t hear you over all these clapping hands.

            “Busy is just another word for too much left to do.”–I think I said that.

            “You bring out the best in me!”–Don’t know who said it first but it has been said too many times to count but count me in for sure.

            Glad you’re there. I’m still here. Pleasure is whenever we meet or tweet. (I don’t tweet but it rhymes with meet.) Or greet the grand day when Scottie lets Jeremy play. That’ll be the day.

            Too much to do so I shall say let me do it and I’ll be back later in day, hey!

          • MrPingPong
    • MrPingPong

      Dear Old & In:

      Hang in there old friend. Since the whole LA Lakers “thing” has become such a comical act, I see my role as a comic relief diminish as well. Let’s just relax and laugh at the whole thing instead! 🙂

      I missed most of the Pacers game last night. Luckily, I got home in time to catch Lin scoring in the last part of the 3rd quarter. And to my surprise, Lin got to play all but the last 12 secs of the 4th! This is a good sign I think. May be BS is coming around the idea that Lin is Mr. 4th quarter! However playing one whole quarter without a breather game after game is bad for your health.

      The fact that Lin as well the rest of the team were deferring to Kobe once he got back in is of no surprise and may be a blessing in disguise for Lin. That way Lin got to save his energy for the following night.

      Well, the bottom feeder Lakers are playing the elite Blazers tonight in Portland. I guess our Philosopher is still too disgusted with the whole thing to go watch Lin live. Lin needs all the support he can get, Philosopher! Lin always played well against the Dame in past games. Unfortunately, since Lin doesn’t start, we will miss that match up for sure.

      Anyway, Lin will do well. Trust my Ouija board folks! Lin will play well tonight. 🙂

      Letzzz Gooo JL17!

  • Kobe is sitting tonight against Portland. Which just means more minutes for Clarkson rather than JLin. With Wesley Johnson out, Young may be in the starting rotation.

    This could actually work well for JLin. If both Young and Kobe sit while JLin is playing… who knows what could happen =D

  • MrPingPong

    I’m watching the Blazers stream right now. The Blazers announcers seem very fond of Lin. Their McDonald matchup for tonight is JL17 vs the Dame!

    • old & in the way

      Dear Mr. PingPong:

      There can’t be a McDonald matchup if McBrainless refuses to play Jeremy Lin. Jeremy gets 8 minutes in the first half which is the lowest figure of anyone who has played so far including goddamn Clarkson. I hate fucking Byron Scott. I hate the man. He is too stupid not to hate. I’m sorry to be so emotional. I know your Ouija board wants me to remain calm. But who can remain calm when Jeremy is being controlled by a moron coach who continuously misuses him? Deep breath, deep breath. I am calm. But you know what? Calm or not I still hate the way McDummy treats Jeremy. Ouija board me…I need it. Ouija board me good. Old man out.

      • MrPingPong

        Of course there is no match up between Lin and Lillard. The Blazers announcers are just dreaming about it! Drink some Ginger Tea! It helps calm you down! 🙂

        • old & in the way

          Gulp, gulp. I prefer herbal fennel tea!!!!!!

      • MrPingPong

        Highlights of Lin vs Blazers: here you can hear Blazers announcers praising Lin in their pregame analysis!

        http://youtu.be/7P67VfFkdNk

        • old & in the way

          Dear Mr. PingPong:

          I wasn’t able to watch the Blazers game because it has been removed by the user whatever that means but it is no longer available unfortunately. I wanted to watch the fourth quarter especially which is when Jeremy got most of his playing time. I did though get to watch the highlights from the Blazers game and those were pretty exciting by themselves. The Blazers broadcasters were extremely supportive of Jeremy. They were literally gushing over him. In fact I haven’t seen that much Lin gushing since the early days of Linsanity when lots of people were gushing over him. Unfortunately the gushing stage was relatively short-lived and then the haters moved in and tried to rain on everyone’s parade. They can try all they want to rain on my parade but I will continue my personal gush all the way to the Lin Bank of Hope and Trust. Haters are like tayters. Raw and ugly they aren’t much but fried and salted they’re not bad. Gotta go. Next game. Go Jeremy #17!!! Haters and beraters eat chit.

  • Welp, Lillard had his way with Price. And then when Lillard got hot in the end of the 4th, guess how he did it? Not just single screens, but DOUBLE screens. It’s hard to fight through one. But TWO?! Lillard must really respect Lin’s game to call for double screens.

    And in comes Kobe Jr (Young) to handle the ball in the last minutes. And on a cold night, Young decides to pick up where Kobe left off. Hero ball.

    In one of the last possessions. Lin had a good look at a 3 but didn’t put enough on it. All this talk of Kobe being able to calm down the troops is pure BS. Not only does he commit turnovers, but he then doesn’t pass.

    • MrPingPong

      Yep, Young was stoned cold tonight but kept on shooting. What can we say? 🙁

      Man, it would have been wild if Lin made that trey and tied the game! Lin stayed calm and made a layup in a hurry though. Lin did his job passing the ball to the open men, but his teammates could not hit the open shots. If only Lin was given more time to run the floor, establish his rhythm, keep things under control and creating plays for every one… Sigh!

      Again, I think Lin was very calm out there on the court. And I like that. It is a very good sign. Lin will be fine!

      Onto the next game! Letzzz Gooo JL17!

  • MrPingPong

    In case you haven’t read about it, check this out:

    http://t.co/AOSfXcOKjP

    It looks like Lin is connecting well with the Charmin bench! 🙂

  • Well written piece and probably much appreciated by all Lin fans and true basketball fans in general.

    I take a much more relaxed approach towards Lin’s progress in the NBA mainly because of how much of a minority he is in that business surrounded by teams and people with different motives and agendas, there is so much one man can do in that kind of environment.

    But let me say this, Lin has already won.

    Some of you might remember Chuck Cooper. He didn’t receive any fanfare or contracts nor did he set any records or whatever to make him famous, but history remembers that he was the first black american player ever to play in the NBA. You might even try to ask any black person if they knew who CC was, and they probably won’t, nor would they care.

    Lin, is the first Asian American player ever to play in the NBA (Walt Misaka doesn’t really count as he didn’t really play enough).

    He went through a recruiting process that was designed to prevent players like him to ever make the NBA.

    He faced racism and being marginalized by players, coaches and teams alike because he is not black or white.

    He faced opposition from even his own team mates because he is not black or white.

    He faced constant criticism because critics and fanboys refuses to accept that he was in the NBA, let alone be a part of it.

    But Lin has beat them all, he has already won. He’s proved everybody wrong, and he’s proved that he can play with the best of them in the league.

    And this is what gets the haters because they can’t reverse or twist around the incredible things that Lin has achieved, all we are really dealing with are the constant rants of complainers with nothing going for them in life, so they try to bring successful people down to their level. We’re just dealing with JEALOUSY. 🙂 It’s that simple.

    That’s why I’m not at all worried about what people say or do to undermine Jeremy because we’ve seen enough of how great Jeremy is as an NBA player. It’s too bad that Beverley, Price, Daniels, Felton, Law etc etc never had the kind of success that Lin had but maybe they’ll have later on in life at a different capacity, God bless them all.

    Linsanity was not just an incredible moment of basketball, it is the PROOF that Lin was always going to be an incredible NBA player.

    That’s why I can still smile and recreate and enjoy those moments, and the haters are hating every minute of it 🙂

    • MrPingPong

      Thanks Baki, for your upbeat writeup and your tidbit of NBA history on Chuck Cooper. I’ve never heard of CC until now!

      Yes, Lin has already won. He is a winner and he will keep on winning! 🙂 No player in the history of the NBA has accomplished what Lin did during his Linsanity days in New York! Nobody! And the LOHs will spend the rest of their miserable lives trying to deny Linsanity has ever happened! Sad bunch of people! 🙂

      Switching topic somewhat, I got to only watch the first half of the blow out loss to the Clips last night. Though I appreciate all the minutes Lin can get from BS, I really do not like to see Lin (nor any player) play the whole first quarter. There seemed to be no team chemistry out there on the floor, especially when Kobe was “doing his thing”. Do they practice together? If they do, what do they do? BS is really one sad story of a coach. How could the Lakers front office not know that about BS? It blows my mind every time I think about it.

      Onto the next game then, JL17! Letzzz Gooo!

      • old & in the way

        Dear Mr. P & P:

        Last night’s game was as much a result of the NBA’s scheduling debacle as the ineptitude of the Leakers themselves. It was the third game in four nights for the Leakers a scenario in which they have performed poorly all year. It is a manifestation of many factors only one of which is their talent level. The Clippers were well rested or at least much more so than the Leakers. This often dictates the outcomes of games in the NBA. But beyond this factor the responsibility for losses like last night falls mostly on the coaching staff and front office. The front office for personnel moves and for hiring the head coach who I believe hires the assistants. The entire Leakers coaching staff is horrid in my view. When I watch the games on You Tube I can see the assistants sitting on the sidelines. I recognize none of them. I have no idea who any of them are or what their actual names may be or how much coaching experience they have. I would like to know who they are because they are as a group highly incompetent. The Leakers do not play as a team. Their offense is a joke. Their offensive sets are highly predictable, unimaginative and redundant. It’s like Einstein’s definition of insanity. They keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. They are like 5 guys playing together who seem to have never played together before. Jeremy is totally misused. They play too slowly I assume to accommodate the old man former superstar stud in the mix, Kobe Bryant. Their interior defense in non-existent by design or poor execution is not clear. All this is on the coaching staff. And it is extremely mind-boggling that anyone in the front office could think that MDA is not a good idea but Byron Scott is. The Leakers have become a huge and colossal joke. My only regret is that Jeremy must be caught in the middle of this athletic calamity. He only has so many years in his physical prime and he has already lost too many of them. As his major assets after his intelligence seem to be speed and quickness and since speed and quickness are often the first athletic skills to diminish I hope his intelligence can somehow carry him through when he is no longer as quick as fast as he remains today. Still I remain somewhat optimistic that he can in the long run reach his full potential against all odds. And yes, on to the next game indeed. Ciao and out for now.

        • MrPingPong

          Dear Old & In:

          I don’t know much about the Lakers coaching staff either. Here is the announcement of the coaching staff back in Sept of 2014.

          http://www.nba.com/lakers/releases/140916_coachingStaff

          One of the staff members is Thomas Scott, BS’s oldest son. From what I’ve read, the only NBA experience TS has is serving as assistant coach for the D-fenders last season.

          • old & in the way

            Dear Mr. PingPong:

            Thanks for the official press release from last fall regarding the Leakers’ coaching staff. I do know two of them but I guess because of aging I didn’t recognize either one of them. Paul Pressey I know as he was a former player back in the 80’s. He was a pretty good player and had a reputation for being a good defender. He was selected to the all-NBA defensive teams on several occasions. Mark Madsen is also a former player who is a bit younger than Pressey. I think he played in the late 90’s to early 2000’s. He had a marginal NBA career by which I mean he wasn’t really very good by NBA standards. But he did have a good collegiate career at Stanford. So he’s no dummy but can he coach? I don’t know but if the Leakers are any indication perhaps not. He was an undersized center in the NBA but big enough to excel at the collegiate level. The rest of the staff is a mystery to me. But the results on the court with this current Leakers roster have been dismal to say the least. Thanks again for the information. It helps me a lot to at least know something about Scott’s assistants. So far my assessment of their coaching skills would be that only Pressey has the resume to justify having been hired. The rest of them seem underwhelming to me.

          • MrPingPong

            Here is some tidbit about Mark Madsen:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Madsen

    • old & in the way

      Dear Baki:

      Thank you for complimenting my writing. And your comment is also well written and “probably appreciated by all Lin fans and true basketball fans in general.” You have a good attitude towards Jeremy’s career, achievements and accomplishments. I share it with you in part. I certainly agree that Jeremy has already won in many ways having overcome a totally racist and discriminatory system that was intended to block his very entrance into the NBA on any level or in any way. I agree that the haters are shallow individuals who lack empathy and compassion. But I guess I am also a greedy glutton. I want more for Jeremy in spite of the fact that he has already achieved much. I want it for him more than for myself and his other millions of fans globally. I want him to somehow reach his full potential against all odds. It may never happen but that is what I want and what I wish for. Perhaps as you seem to suggest and I hope I am not putting “words in your mouth” I should be satisfied with less than his full potential. But so far I think it is still within his grasp and so that is what I wish and hope for. Again for him more than for us. I can fully appreciate though your more relaxed perception of his fate. I have never seen your name commenting here before but I hope you will continue to do so in the future. Ciao for now.

      • Dear “old and in the way”,

        I only have time to write coming back from work with a couple of beer in hand and in a complete relaxed state of mind, so whether I write well is the least of my concerns 😀 I’m just glad that there are avenues like this site that are not constantly plagued by groundless negativity by haters and non-thinkers, and I do enjoy the technical commentary because *surprisingly* Lin fans do know something about basketball right? 😉

        I know how you feel about wanting the best for Lin, as a lot of people do but it’s easy to turn into a tiger mom sometimes. Sometimes I don’t know if it is to educate Lin or educate the public. I remember once hearing that Lin should get a shrink to deal with his fluctuating confidence, but to me I don’t think its about his confidence but more about communication and rapport with team mates. The friendships on the Lakers seem to be a temporary and superficial one. I think Lin just needs to have good friends and people who are not caught up by racism and the *oh the whole world owes me* mentality. The rest of the situation is literally IN HIS COURT, and that’s the best that I can hope for because we’re dealing with how the organisation and its personnel handle the situation, and that’s completely out of Lin’s control.

        • MrPingPong

          You are a very wise man, Baki! I wonder what kind of beer you drink after work! 🙂

          I also have the impression that the camaraderie between Lin and his Lakers teammates is rather shallow. Except may be Nash, but then Nash is really not part of the team any more, is he? Still I think Lin is trying to connect with them somehow. I remember reading somewhere that Ellington was surprised that Lin knew his birthday and wished him happy BD on his BD. Of course, you’ve read about Lin’s Christmas presents to all his teammates right?

          Our Philosopher here has been suggesting Lin to seek help from some motivational guru guy, whose name simply escapes me. I personally don’t think it’s necessary. Lin is well capable of motivating himself. Linsanity is the living proof!

          Have another beer! Gesundheit!

        • old & in the way

          Dear Baki:

          Lin fans do certainly know something about basketball. That is precisely why we are Lin fans and appreciate Jeremy so much.

          I agree that there is nothing wrong with Jeremy’s confidence level or his mental attitude and mental toughness. He is as mentally tough as it is possible to be. I do think his religious convictions are misguided but religious beliefs are very personal so I stay away from that element of his psyche. What he believes in that regard is his business and no one else’s. But I agree totally that the argument that he needs “to see a shrink” for his fluctuating confidence is a totally bogus one. His confidence level does not seem to me to fluctuate. It is always high and as he has said many times, “I know what I am capable of doing.” He certainly does and so do I and so do all of his true fans. Ciao for now.

  • MG9

    I just realized JLin had become the foul leader on the team, and ive seen so many BS call against Lin this season. Something is fishy going on

  • old & in the way

    Dear MG9:

    Could you please clarify what you mean by “foul leader”? Do you mean he has committed more fouls than any of the other players? If so, that is an unbelievable stat. I think rather that the reverse ought to be true. I think he is fouled more than any other Leakers player in spite of the fact that most of them are not even called. Too bad that stat doesn’t exist. Fouls against not called…I am sure he would be the league leader in that category if it existed. Thanks for the clarification if you have time to give it to me. Ciao.

    • MG9

      Yea..I was really in shocked Jeremy is leading the foul foul number on Lakers, have been watching Lin on league pass since NY days till now, JLin is having mistreat by ref this year, he’s been calling for charging, and reaching foul in a ridiculous way, but whenever he drive in the lane, ref ignored him being attacked by defenders.