Lies from Scott can not cover our sight

Disclaimer: The article and data gathered are based on a Chinese forum by poster 默默陌陌默默陌. According to him, these numbers are generated by official NBA records. Here is the English translation of that article.

Author: 默默陌陌默默陌. Interpreter: Chirico.
http://tieba.baidu.com/p/3564449419?pn=1

February 1st, 2015, New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 80-92. Lakers swallowed the bitter pill. Coach Scott again accused Lin’s poor performance. He also mentioned that it is unrealistic for Jeremy Lin to reach the performance of Linsanity level unlike a lot of fans looked forward to.

This is the third anniversary of the world’s madness sweeping day – Linsanity. Jeremy Lin, under the command of Scott, the Lakers coach, had not the slightest encouragement to his players, but as always, used Lin as his scapegoat and blamed him whenever he could. Yet, it was not finished, he began throwing out sarcastic comments about Lin’s fan base, his speech was simply indicating it was ridiculous for Jeremy Lin to play Linsanity-like. Lin’s fans are simply daydreaming. Scott said with certainty that Lin fans are not pragmatic, now let’s take a look at the reality of Lin’s performance this season, what is the truth behind all the smoke.

So far, Lin, since joining NBA, played a total of 264 games, including 163 starts, averaging 27 minutes played, averaging 43.9 percent shooting, averaging 34.6 percent three-point shooting, and averaging 79.6 percent free-throw percentage.

We searched all Point Guards in NBA history, namely: played less than 265 games, starting less than 164 games, averaging less than 28 minutes played, and averaged more than 43 percent shooting percentage, averaging three points more than 34%, averaging more than 79 percent free throw percentage.

Among all qualifying PGs, Lin’s stats:
• Ranked first in Assists, averaging 4.8
• Ranked first in Steals, averaging 1.3
• Ranked first in Rebounds, averaging 2.6
• Ranked first in Score, averaging 11.6 points

This data tells us that when comparing with other NBA PGs who had similar career situation with Jeremy Lin, no one performed better than Jeremy Lin in the above areas. Even if we expand the search to all players, not just limited to the Point Guard position, Jeremy still ranked first in scoring, assists, steals, etc.

Scott compared Jeremy Lin as of today vs Jeremy Lin when his was playing for Knicks, trying to create an illusion in which Jeremy Lin seems to turn into a worse player. In fact, Scott deliberately ignored a vital factor, coach played a significant role in influencing the usage of the players, aka usage rate. Let us compare the facts.

Knicks season: Averaged 26.9 minutes played, averaging 28.1% usage rate, averaging 14.6 points +6.2 assists
Lakers season: Averaged 25.8 minutes played, averaging 20.8% usage rate, averaging 10.4 points +4.7 assists
Rockets season in the first year: Averaged 32.2 minutes played, averaging 20.5% usage rate, averaging 13.4 points +6.1 assists
Rocket season in the second year: Averaged 28.9 minutes played, averaging 20.4% usage rate, averaging 12.5 points +4.1 assists
A note about usage rate formula: usage rate is defined as such: at the end of the offensive round, a player is being used. Players formula : (Player field goal attempt + 0.44 × player in free throw attempts + players turnovers) × (total team players playing time ÷ 5) ÷ player playing time ÷ (total team field goal attempt + 0.44 × team all players free throw attempts + team all the players turnovers)

We can visually see this. At different times, different coaches have vastly different usage of Lin. Jeremy did not regress but how come he could not perform well as expected? At least in stats? In fact, usage rate is one of the main contributing factors. After leaving New York Knicks, both in Houston or Los Angeles Lakers, he has not been given the same tactical position as he had with Knicks, especially with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant, Scott’s over-reliance (a career-high 34.7 percent usage) and go to guy. On the one hand, conduct ed shamelessly tanking, on the other, put Jeremy accountable for the losses, this is a coach who did not care or have any remorse whether he is strangling a good player’s career.

Besides, during the first year with the Houston Rockets, Harden had usage of 29%, next year is 27%, although not as high as Kobe Bryant, in comparison with usage rate when Jeremy Lin was with Knicks, both are well-matched. In contrast, when Harden was with Thunder:
09-10 season, usage rate of 20.4%, averaging 22.9 minutes played, averaging 9.9 points and +1.8 assists.
10-11 season, usage rate of 19.5%, averaging 26.7 minutes played, averaging 12.2 points +2.1 assists;
11-12 season, usage rate of 21.6%, averaging 31.4 minutes played, averaging 16.8 points +3.7 assists.

Of course, Harden is a shooting guard or two-guard, and Jeremy’s strength and specialties are different, but only in this instance, what a player can exhibits his skills and performance are greatly affected by the offensive/defensive tactics employed by the coach pluses in regards of his usage and play time stability. This applies to other outstanding point guards as well.

When Jeremy was given sufficient usage and not just 20%, he had following outstanding stat:

December 10, 2012
Rockets VS Spurs: Jeremy Lin played 42 minutes, 38 points +7 assists and steals +2 +2 blocks, 12 of 12 shooting free throws, went 4 5 three-pointers. Harden absent.

February 10, 2012
Knicks VS Lakers: Jeremy Lin played 39 minutes, 38 points +7 assists and steals +2. Anthony absent.

November 13, 2013
76ers VS Rockets: Jeremy Lin played 49 minutes, 34 points, +12 assists, single-game hit nine three-pointers. Harden absent.

February 19, 2012
Knicks VS Dallas: Jeremy Lin played 46 minutes, 28 points and +14 assists and steals +1 +5 blocks. Anthony absent.

February 14, 2012
Raptors VS Knicks: Jeremy Lin played 43 minutes, 27 points and +11 assists. Anthony absent.

February 8, 2012
Wizards VS Knicks: Jeremy Lin played 36 minutes, 23 points and +10 assists and steals +1 +1 blocks. Anthony absent.

March 9, 2012
Bucks VS Knicks: Jeremy Lin played 41 minutes, 20 points and +13 +5 assists and steals. Played with Anthony.

December 25, 2012
Bulls VS Rockets: Jeremy Lin played 34 minutes, 20 points and +11 assists and steals +1 +1 blocks. And played with Harden.

February 29, 2012
Knicks VS Cavalier: Jeremy Lin played 33 minutes. +13 19 points and assists. Played with Anthony.

April 1, 2013
Rockets VS Magic: Jeremy Lin played 30 minutes, 19 points and +11 assists. Harden absent.

March 20, 2012
Knicks VS Raptors: Jeremy Lin played 29 minutes, 18 points and +10 assists, and played with Anthony.

November 28, 2014
Lakers VS Wolves: Jeremy Lin played 30 minutes, 18 points and +11 +4 assists and steals. Played with Bryant. (Fourth quarter was benched in the clutch moment)

November 27, 2012
Rockets VS Raptors: Jeremy Lin played 38 minutes, 16 points and +10 assists and steals +3. Played with Harden.

December 22, 2012
Rockets VS Memphis Grizzly: Jeremy Lin played 35 minutes, 15 points and +11 assists and steals +1 +2 +6 plate blocks, and played with Harden.

April 3, 2013
Rockets VS Kings: Jeremy Lin played 34 minutes, 15 points and +10 +1 steals assists, and played with Harden.

February 1, 2014
Rockets VS Knight: Jeremy Lin played 29 minutes, 15 points +10 +11 rebounds assists steals +2 +1 blocks, and played with Harden. (First Triple double as a bench player)

November 18, 2014
Hawks VS Lakers: Jeremy Lin played 31 minutes, 15 points and +10 +2 assists steals, played with Kobe Bryant.

November 9, 2014
Lakers VS Hornets: Jeremy Lin played 33 minutes, 21 points +7 assists, and played with Kobe Bryant.

March 3, 2013
Rockets VS Dallas: Jeremy Lin played 25 minutes, 21 points, assists +9

These are not exactly the highlights of the Lin’s game statistics, in these outstanding game, because of the absence of so-called franchise player, Lin led the team and thus received a higher usage rate, which as a result reflected on stats. In addition, even when he played with a ball hog but received relatively stable playing time, his performance in general was still decent. Those naysayers who say Lin cannot be the core of the team, and remarks that he could not coexist with these franchise players is completely misleading and nonsense. Jeremy either can be the core of the team, or provide the necessary fire power that super star needs to sharing score loads. This is a fact, no doubt about it.

Coach Scott and his perverted claim and efforts against Lin is nothing more than having the right to dictate playing time and offensive tactics in order to serve two purposes. First, to provide greater opportunities for the other players to “look” good on the stats sheet at expense of reduced play time for Jeremy Lin. Second, to suppress the opportunity that Jeremy Lin (the ethnic yellow icon) could produce for the team with reduces minutes, roles, and enforcing offensive/defensive tactics that favors all players but PG. They began to create such regression illusion by a simple comparison between the Linsanity Lin and Post Linsanity Lin. This means that they can only fool themselves, and those casual fans perhaps. The true basketball fans know the truth lies beneath the surface.

Yes, the world has never been a world with no dark side, but that does not mean that the light will never pierce through the darkness.

  • Gary Teng

    Great work! Kudos to you!~~~

    Just a minor correction: It is (Cleveland) Cavaliers, not Knight.

    • Chirico

      Thanks, Gary, I will correct that ASAP. Great catch!

        • Chirico

          Yes, I did. Quite insightful and to me is objectively covering JLin’s situation in each stage in three years after Linsanity. besides, very articulately written and with firm voices.

        • MrPingPong

          Yes, Mr. Gardner, I’ve seen and read your article many times over. Dunno if you read the readers’ comments there, but I did post one there as Anonymous. Somehow, my friend here, Dr. Gary Teng, spotted me right away! (Yes, DGT is a frequent poster here).

          To rephrase what I wrote on your site, I truly appreciate your well-crafted discourse on the “curious case” of Jeremy Lin, with every claim backed by facts and numbers. I figure you must be a Knicks fan, because of all the fans from all the teams on which Lin played, only the Knicks fans have embraced Lin totally. I guess that is because they were the ones who actually witnessed Linsanity unrolling in front of their eyes, game after game after game. Nope, one cannot fluke his way thru 25 games in the NBA!

          Linsanity was real! And Jeremy Lin is a gift:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOGCr2ThvF0

          The Lakers fans just had a taste of Linsanity in this recent game against their arch rival the Celtics. A little too late, I think.

          Mr. Gardner, you seem to enjoy crunching numbers and apply your knowledge of stats to analyze the political scenes in America. Here is some recent state-of-the-art research on using Machine Learning techniques to analyze complex data such as the US congressional voting records, by some post-doc at MIT that might of some interest to you:

          http://arxiv.org/abs/1206.3713

          Nice to have met you on the WEB, Mr. Gardner!

          🙂

          • Tom Gardner

            Mr. PingPong, thank you very much for this reply! Thank you for the link to the MIT document, I will enjoy the read if I can understand it! You are right, I was there when Linsanity occurred and it was absolutely thrilling.

  • old & in the way

    Dear Chirico:

    Thank you for translating this article from China. It reinforces and validates everything we already know and it uses real data and factual information to do so. There is no hype here…just common sense through observation and intelligent deduction. The moaners, groaners, complainers, doubters, haters need to ignore the facts and data to draw their ridiculous and unsubstantiated conclusions about Jeremy Lin’s lack of basketball skills. This article blows the nay-sayers right out of the water to use a common figure of speech. The truth will set you free obviously but the Lin deniers are not interested in the truth. They are interested only in rationalizing their own invalid notions. Thank you for exposing their incompetent and corrupt agendas. Obviously to any open-minded person Jeremy’s usage rate directly effects his stats and his productivity. Usage rate is everything for a professional athlete. Freeze him out and wa-la…self-fulfilling prophesy. See…I told you he couldn’t play. The deniers are self-deluded haters. There is no nice way to say it. They delude themselves into hating and rationalize the entire process. Denial ridden haters. But those of us who are not in denial regarding Jeremy’s basketball skills know better. So thank you for shedding more light on what we already know. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

    • Chirico

      Thanks for your kinds words. The old & in. I think it was you who reenforced things we discussed about JLin. There are ton of data out there but certain people just choose to ignore for various reasons. After all, that’s human nature I suppose. The fact that traditional media played a huge role in terms of delivering message, information about fact can not be overlooked. That is unfortunately not well perceived by a large population of any society. In the other hand, there are much value and attributes in JLin’s bball playing skills and sportsmanship that these data can not quantify. The ironic part of this is JLin is not a stats padding machine, he could, in fact, be the stats defying machine.

  • hariss

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Great stuff! I love smart people. People like Scott who badmouth Lin are either low IQ, poor relationship with their parents or extremely prejudiced and in many cases all the above. These people are jealous they can never be the combination of high character off the court and high skill on. I feel sorry for them for I promise you that their personal relationships are toxic.

  • MrPingPong

    Thanks Chirico for all the hard work translating from English to Chinese and vice-versa. Great article!

    Yeah, it looks like the Chinese websites have the tendency to call the Cleveland Cavaliers the Cleveland Knights! Speaking of team names, in case you wonder where the name Lakers comes from, check this out:

    http://www.lakersweb.net/lakershistory.htm

    Switching topic to trade rumors: I predict there will be a 8-way trade between 4 eastern conference teams and 4 western conference teams in such a way that Goran the Dragon will end up playing for the Lakers. 😉

    • Chirico

      Thanks, Mr. Pingpong,
      Yup, you are right, I even came across chinese sports media translated the name of Pacer into 步行者. In Chinese, it actually means “walker”. That is considered incorrect. And thnx for the link, now I know where the name lakers came from.

    • old & in the way

      In my view Goran is a fool if he thinks playing for the Lakers is a good idea. And the irony for me is that the Lakers are ignoring Jeremy Lin who could be every bit as good as Goran if he were used properly and given the chance to play the way he is capable of playing. But, of course, he has not been allowed to play his game and he has not been used properly. What makes Goran believe he will be treated any better and especially if the current FO and coaching staff stays intact? Byron Scott and Mitch Upchuck are the reasons L.A. is 13-39 or whatever it is and not Jeremy Lin. But the Lakers are so inept they think they still need a “top-flight” point guard when they already have one. What they need is a new FO and a new head coach. Can they trade for that? That is what they need and not a different point guard. Koby Bryant will not be any better for Goran than he has been for Jeremy Lin. The Lakers are totally toxic and should change their name to the Tankers since they are no longer in Minnesota and should have changed their name as soon as they moved to southern California where there is much less rainfall and many fewer lakes than in Minnesota. The Tankers have no honor and no integrity and deserve a name like the Tankers much more than a name like the Lakers. Not that there aren’t lakes in and around L.A. but can you name more than one of them? Or any of them? The Lakers name is as fraudulent as the management and coaching staff of this team have become. Goran can have the Tankers if that indeed is where he winds up. I don’t know what makes him think Koby Bryant will treat him any better than he has treated Jeremy Lin. “Did everyone’s I.Q. drop 50 points while I was sleeping?” (Sigourney Weaver as Officer Ripley in “Aliens-2.”)

  • MrPingPong

    Happy Lunar New Year to ALL!

    May the Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram bring you good health, prosperity and Linsanity! 🙂

    In case you are curious about what animal we are talking about here:

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/439841/lifestyle/artandculture/is-2015-the-year-of-the-sheep-the-goat-or-the-ram-google-weighs-in

    🙂

    • old & in the way

      Dear Mr. PingPong:

      And a happy Chinese New Year to you, sir. Goat, sheep or ram? All of the above depending on nuances I guess. The only personal thing I can recall are those dreaded but mighty Los Angeles Rams (remember them?) from my childhood now the pathetic St. Louis Rams at the near-end of my life so that’s a wash. Goat or sheep…I guess I have no real preference so I’ll just wish everyone a happy new year and let it go at that. I think I was born in the year of the monkey (1944) but I’m not sure and I can’t remember what the monkey signifies and represents anyway. My parents use to take me to the Chinese New Year’s parade in San Francisco when I was a wee child and those were always fun even though I doubt that I understood much about what was going on then. But I remember loving all the colorful costumes and those fantastic dragons that blew real fire out of their mouth’s through some bit of pyrotechnic magic. Even as a four year old I knew they weren’t real dragons but I loved the theater of it very much. Now though as an old man I wonder why people get so excited about the beginning of yet another year that is just like any other year unless, of course, this is the year that Jeremy Lin finally gets treated like a real live adult professional NBA player and not like a novel commodity to be merchandized but not actualized as a true human person and enabled to reach his full potential. To that I would say bring on all the damn rams, ewes, sheep and goats you can find and we shall finally have a real parade for the real Jeremy Lin, thank you very much. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

      • MrPingPong

        Dear Old & In:

        Jan 25, 1944 to Feb 12, 1945 was the year of the Monkey. I did a little bit of Googling for you here to see if what they say fits your character or not:

        http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/monkey.htm

        Lunar new year celebration is the BIGGEST thing in Asian countries like China, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, etc. ( Dunno about North Korea though 😉 ). Amazingly enough, the Japanese do not celebrate the Lunar new year.

        And yes, those fond childhood memories of parades, fire crackers, lion dances and dragon dances… 🙂

        • old & in the way

          Dear P&P:

          Thank you for the link. 2-11-44 so yes, I was born early in one of the years of the monkey. Some of the characteristics listed for people born in the year of the monkey apply to me and some do not. It is hard to generalize but fun to try as least as long as one does not take any of this stuff too seriously. In now 71 years on this planet I think I have seen more exceptions to the general rule…any general rule…than actual adherences. Whew…adherences. Try and say that 4 syllable trickster quickly multiple times without sliding all over the place and twisting one’s tongue around one’s vocal chords. And our very own Mr. Jeremy Lin is certainly a remarkable exception to the generally accepted bias that Chinese-Americans are not basketball players. In spite of all the efforts from the flat-earthers to demonstrate that he isn’t what he is we, his supportive fans, can all see that Jeremy Lin is very much a gifted and talented basketball player indeed. So he is clearly an exception, too, to the accepted belief. Generalizations are helpful sometimes but also incorrect in many instances. So go Jeremy #17. Yes. Embrace the dragon in all of us. Ciao.

          • MrPingPong

            Happy Belated BD, Old & In!

            It’s game day for our beloved Lakers and our man Lin. The Nets are diving fast to the bottom. But our beloved Lakers are sinking faster with the best tank commander in the NBA.

            My (lunar) new year wish is for Lin to get to play a little bit.

            Letzzz Gooo JL17!

          • old & in the way

            Hello Again Mr. PingPong:

            Thank you for the belated birthday wish. I didn’t mention it at the time because frankly I am not really glad to be another year older. The numbers have become so fantastically large that I simply can not comprehend how I could possibly be as old as I actually am. Time passes so quickly and is so difficult to process in terms that have much relevance to anything except that damn final conclusion which most of us would like to avoid but can not. The closer I get to the end the more I would like to pretend that I am not. Thus ignoring my own birthday is one small way I can remain in denial for as long as possible. Even though life is painful and sad much of the time I still don’t want to die. I’m not entirely sure what it is that I think I will miss so much if I could after I die. Perhaps it is just the small pleasures in life like JLin and this blog. But whatever it is I find it helpful to pretend as long as I can that I didn’t just have yet another goddamn fucking birthday…geez! 70 doesn’t sound good until it becomes 71 and then all at once 70 becomes desirable…when it is too late. What can I say. I think it might be better if we were born old and grew or became younger the longer we were alive but that would have to be another planet in a much different physical universe than this one.

            For Jeremy Lin this lunar new year I want tons of playing time, good stats, a much better coach and team and most of all I want him to be appreciated by all the people who currently are unable to see past their own prejudices. That might also require another universe much different from this one. But I hope not and hold out for unprecedented progress in this regard. Gotta go-go for now. Remember go-go dancers. Now that was another universe indeed. Ciao.

  • old & in the way

    ESPN is reporting that their sources are telling them that Goran Dragic is being traded to Miami. So it looks like he is not foolish enough to want to go to the Lakers just yet. Miami’s starting line-up will now be Whiteside, Bosh, Deng, Wade and Dragic. Not bad but good enough? Hard to say. Lots of trades at the end of the trading period but no Jeremy yet. Has the deadline passed? I know it is sometime today but I’m not sure when today. Maybe it has already happened. I’m not sure. But Jeremy seems to be staying in Los Angeles for now. Twenty-nine more games I believe. Twenty-nine games to hell and then hopefully no more Lakers-Houston nonsense. I can hope anyway and so I do. For Jeremy I hope to see better days next season if not sooner. Ciao to everyone for now.

    • MrPingPong

      I was joking about the 8-way trade for the Dragon, of course. Though there was a rumor that he only wanted to be traded to the Knicks, the Lakers or the Heat. Why the Knicks or the Lakers, I dunno. But the Heat makes sense. Best of luck to Goran with his new team. He has been complaining about having to stand around at the corner waiting for the ball. No more of that with Wade’s knees slowly falling apart, I am sure!

      Unfortunately, our man Lin will have to continue trying to fit in BS’s offense scheme, if there is such a thing. Yeah, 29 more trying games. Let’s hope for no DNP and no injury!

      Letzzz Gooo JL17!

  • MrPingPong

    I missed the first quarter of the Nets game, but got to watch the rest of it. Totally surprised that BS let Lin and the bench play the whole 4th quarter. The crows got excited when Lin injected life into the game. Lin hates to lose but there is only so much he can do coming the bench, trying to feed the ball to IDM, which now means “I Do Miss.”

    Onto the next game and boss the Celts, JL17!

    • ashley

      I watched the end of the 3rd quarter till the end. Lin scored as soon as he came in, cutting to the rim. Then he played just like that for the rest of the game–so quick and efficient! Before I knew it, he’d racked up 18 pts to become the highest scorer on the team. It would have been perfect had he not missed those three free throws. I barely watched games this season but this is the second time I found the missed free throws kept his score under 20. Well, still feel so glad for his strong comeback after the all-star break.

      Like Mr. Pingpong, some fans were surprised that Lin got to play the whole 4th quarter. One said it was because of the Chinese New Year that the Asian guy got to play. Perhaps BS did want to win this game at their home court? But just as Mr. Pingpong said, Lin could only do that much in his limited 24 minutes’ playing time.

  • Chirico

    Glad you guys watched it. Regarding to why JLin got to play the rest of the game, I see it differently, I thought when JLin and bench stayed on the court for the entire 4 th qtr, BS thought the game was lost already before the end of 4th qtr since the Nets led by a large number. So that was trash time. but that is fool’s trash time.
    Go JLin!

  • MrPingPong

    Lin did boss the Celts, didn’t he?

    🙂

    Can Lin play Jazz?

    Letzzz Gooo JL17!

  • chirico

    Very glad for JLin tonight VS Celtics. He did boss tonight. funny BS looked like a pedestrian as soon as the game was over. It looked like Lakers players were so happy except their coach.

  • LOL BS still trying to give credit to Price. Apparently Price’s D on I. Thomas helped win the game…

    • ashley

      It remains a mystery why BS thinks so highly of Price and has to mention his merits whenever he can while ignoring Lin’s when it was so obvious that Lin’s outstanding performance, along with Johnson’s and Young’s scoring, was the bigger contributor to the win. No wonder many Lin fans would think racial bias is the reason behind BS’s unfair treatment of Lin. Actually, it still remains a mystery to me why McHale and Sampson often dodged or ignored the reporter’s questions about Lin and downplayed Lin’s good performance.

      • chirico

        Dear Ashley, It is simple. just replace Lin’s name with Kobe Bryant. BS would praise Kobe like there is no tomorrow if he had such performance this year.

        What remains a mystery was why BS let Lin play for extended time in both 4th qtr and OT.

        This is what you get out of JLin if you let him play his game.

        One new record JLin set, by last night’s performance was that he became the player who came from bench, had 25pts, had more than 5 assists and FG percentage was more than 60% in 19 years in Lakers history. The last Lakers player before JLin was Magic Johnson in 1996.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Chirico:

          I am surprised that no one else has done the 25-5-60% off the bench since Magic in 1996. Do you mean on the Lakers or in the whole league? I am confused. If it is just the Lakers then I am not so surprised but if it is the whole league then I am very surprised. At any rate Jeremy has been very good the last two games. I am very happy and at my house today the sky is just a little bit bluer. Anywhere else this blue, blue sky? If BS would just get out of the f-ing way and let Jeremy be Jeremy more often the Leakers would certainly lose their top-5 draft pick ’cause the wins would occur much more frequently. Gotta go for now. Ciao.

          • chirico

            Sorry, I was not clear enough, the old & in. JLin was the player who achieved this being a bench player after Magic in 19 years in “Lakers” history.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Chirico:

          Thank you for the clarification. Lakers history is what I thought as the whole league didn’t seem possible. But it is still quite an achievement for Jeremy and just shows what he is capable of if given any chance at all…like last night especially. Scott is a very weird man. He did not seem the least bit happy about his team’s win. And in the postgame he referenced Price as being most responsible for the victory and didn’t credit Jeremy at all in spite of the fact that it was apparent to everyone else that Jeremy was the best player on the floor last night. Even the comparatively weak radio team of Ireland and Thompson noted that Jeremy was the best player in the game against Boston. BS is so blatantly biased against Jeremy and yet people get accused of being racist for criticizing Byron Scott. It seems to me that no one is any more racist than BS himself. His prejudice towards Jeremy couldn’t be any more obvious than it is. The Boston coach was very complimentary towards Jeremy and acknowledged that “Jeremy Lin hurt us all night.” But BS won’t say anything good about JLin. What a terrible situation for Jeremy. Utah next in Salt Lake City Wednesday night. If Jeremy plays and is allowed to run the offense, the Lakers will have a two game win streak. But you know the formula…no Lin no win. Obviously no win is what BS wants. The Lakers organization is disgusting…throwing this year’s team under the bus for a future team that may never materialize. What absolute fools the Lakers have become. It would appear that success has spoiled the Los Angeles Lakers and all those damn trophies in Jeannie’s office won’t make a damn bit of difference. It will be a very long time before L.A. sees number 16…a very long time. Jeremy will win a championship somewhere else long before number 16 for the Tankers. Gotta go. More medical duties for an old man. But if I want to keep breathing and I do I have no choice. Medical procedures 101. Bad trip medical procedures. Good trip Jeremy. Go #17!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Gary (the cry baby) Teng

            Dear Professor MrPingPong and old & in the way,

            Last night was a great night for me until after I heard with my own eyes what BS said during his postgame interview. (I just could not believe what I heard with my own ears.)

            In that circus interview, BS repeatedly said that it was Ronnie who turned the game around for the Tankers… It was so farcical were BS not so serious. At that moment, I could not help myself but start sobbing uncontrollably. 🙁

            “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.”
            — Groucho Marx

          • chirico

            Dear Gary,

            I’m NOT going to be surprised if JLin got another DNP CD.

            Otherwise, a reduced minutes as soon as JLin makes two TOs.

          • Gary Teng

            Dear Chirico,

            Even if Lin is immediately put on shackles and sent to the Gulag Labor Camp right after he commits more than two TOs will not surprise me any more. 🙂

          • old & in the way

            Dear Gary (gtcbt) & Chirico:

            Great Groucho quote. One of the best quotes yet and they have all been good. Mark Twain and Groucho have to be two of the funniest smart guys of all time. BS’s postgame routine was tearful absolutely but for some reason I remained buoyant…I guess due to Jeremy’s non-tanking all-star performance. It was almost Lakersanity. You could tell the tank commander wanted to lose but Jeremy said, “no way, Turkey…not today!” He was magnificent and so not even BS’s BS could bring me down. I send you my condolences that BS brought you to tears but I understand completely. And thank you, Chirico, for the well wishes regarding my health. I don’t have anything that is going to kill me any time soon that I know of. I just have issues that will make me suffer a lot. I have a long lifeline. I will live long and suffer plenty. Sometimes there is no other way. That is why I cherish Jeremy’s basketball success so much. It helps to compensate for many other things and he is such a wonderful person. One wants to see good things happen to good people. And conversely I suppose bad things happen to bad people. Byron who?

            Gotta hobble. Ciao for now and a good night to all except to Jeremy’s nasty critics of course. May they have a lifeline as long as mine and suffer just as much at least if not more.

          • MrPingPong

            Dear DTCBT,

            Your name is getting longer and longer. Please go easy on those blue pills.

            I just don’t read nor listen to anything about what BS has to say any more. There is a theory floating around at SilverScreenAndRoll that Price is BS’s illegitimate child or something…

            I’m looking forward to Lin toying with the Jazz in the upcoming game. The Jazz has this new 7’1 Frenchman by the name of Rudy Gobert who has been giving the opponents fit with his shot blocking prowess. The Jazz is on a 2-game winning streak, soundly beating the Blazers and the Spurs. They don’t have any super stars but seem to play with renewed energy as a team.

            Whatever, just give Lin the key and he will get his all his teammates involved and play Linsane and win! Of course, BS is not gonna give Lin the key. But I can always dream, can’t I? 🙂

  • chirico

    Dear old & in,

    I wish you good health. Good night.

  • MrPingPong

    In case you haven’t seen it, ChristineCheng60 always provides the longest Lin highlights:

    http://youtu.be/TKVHXxfaHCM

    Let’s see if you can spot my comment there! 🙂

    • old & in the way

      Dear Mr. PingPong:

      Thanks for the great JLin highlights by ChristineCheng60. These were much better than what I had seen previously. I hope to see more of her highlights in the future so thanks for the link. I just wanted to give you a quick update on salonpus or is it salonpas? I can’t remember how to spell it at the moment. I have been to Walgreen’s several times but I have yet remembered to ask about salonpas I think it is so I have still been unable to try it. But one of these days I shall remember it. When I do I will let you know what I think of the product. It might help me with my back problems which tend to be chronic these days. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

      • MrPingPong

        It’s salonpas, old friend! 🙂

    • GT

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      Although my figure gets artificially inflated, the Thing that really counts stays deflated after pumping all those blue pills. 🙁 Figuratively speaking, of cause. 🙂

      Dear old & in the way,

      Oh! Welcome to the Salonpas Club.

      Breaking news: Lakers guard Ronnie Price is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow morning to remove a bone spur from his right elbow… A timetable for his return will be given at the conclusion of his surgery.

      “I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.”
      — Irvin S. Cobb

      • old & in the way

        Dear Gary (gtcbt):

        Well, there goes the #5 pick. Price injured and out. Jeremy will have to play more…maybe even…RUN THE OFFENSE!? Wins will pile up. The top-5 pick will disappear. Jeremy will sign with another team. Perfect. I’m salivating over the possibilities. On your mark, get set…GO!! Jeremy prospers. The Lakers prosper in the win column but lose the draft pick. And Jeremy goes to Boston/San Antonio/Sac City. I can’t wait. Begins tomorrow night in Salt Lake City. Wow. Ciao.

  • MrPingPong

    Stats geeks at Harvard are coming up with ways to model basketball defensive skills using the massive data provided by SportVU, the NBA players’ tracking system. Check out this brand new article on defensive basketball analytics:

    http://grantland.com/features/department-of-defense/

    I skimmed thru their academically peer-reviewed paper at:

    http://arxiv.org/pdf/1405.0231v2.pdf

    and found Lin listed as the number two top defenders in one of their defensive categories (see Basis 1- Efficiency in Table 4 of the above paper). I e-mailed the authors and asked them for the tabulations of their complete findings. I’ll let you know if I find anything new.

    • But, but JLin is a bad defender. The biased eyes of bad coaches said so! The numbers must be wrong!

      • old & in the way

        The numbers have to be wrong. The eye test couldn’t be wrong. Could it?

        • MrPingPong

          Dear Charlie and OITW:

          If I were the reviewer of this paper, I would have rejected it on the ground that it made a false conclusion about Lin’s defensive skills. EVERYBODY knows Lin is a bad defender.

          I don’t think the numbers are wrong. It’s just these authors purposely decorate their formulae with a lot of Greek letters in order to confuse BB royalties like Sir Charles and make Lin look good. We all know how these Harvard men support one another, don’t we? 😉

          • chirico

            That is nice imitation for being a Lin doubter/hater.

    • chirico

      Thanks for these links! Professor Pingpong. I really enjoyed reading them.

    • Gary Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      Another masterpiece by the one-and-only Chris Baldwin from your hometown:

      Jeremy Lin trade failure still haunts Rockets: Dumb disrespect fuels Daryl Morey’s trade deadline bungling

      http://houston.culturemap.com/news/sports/02-20-15-jeremy-lin-trade-failure-still-haunts-rockets-dumb-disrespect-fuels-moreys-trade-deadline-blunders/

      • old & in the way

        Dear Gary:

        Greetings and thank you for the link to this excellent article by Chris Baldwin. He makes many excellent points but I do hope that Jeremy can go to some team other than Houston. And, yes, BS may be the only coach in the league worse than McWail. And yes, he has misused Jeremy even more than did McFrankenstein. Jeremy has had dismal luck with coaches during his NBA career with the one exception, of course, of MDA who enabled and allowed Linsanity to unfold. “I’m riding him to wins like Secretariat.” How I wish those days had continued between D’Antoni and Lin. What could have been had Anthony not re-entered the picture and allowed his own ego to taint and eventually disintegrate what had begun to occur with the Knicks. We will never know what might have happened had Carmelo been able to keep his ego in check and played team b-ball rather than what he did do which was dilute Linsanity to the point where the Knicks returned to being mostly ineffective as a team. Damn…so close and yet so far. But it may come back at the right time in the right place. Will Utah tonight be the right place? It could be. Three very good games in a row. The only thing that concerns me a little is that Utah has been playing very well since they got that European player from France. We shall see what we shall see. Go, Jeremy. Less than an hour. I’m ready already.

        • ThaRealist

          Do you fools and that idiot Baldwin not see how much better the Rockets are without Lin? They are stacked this season. Deep at every position. Every single player on their roster is better than Lin.

  • chirico

    BS said in the practice that such celebration was “unprofessional”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX3wAZ0yr7w

    Guess who may be disciplined for the rest of the season?

    • old & in the way

      Dear C:

      Okay…I give up. Who? Nick Young isn’t playing tonight due to a knee injury. Is this a legitimate injury or is he being disciplined? He was the loudest of the celebrators. But I honestly didn’t find anything he or Hill or Boozer did to be that offensive. A little immature perhaps but it didn’t seem like that big a deal to me. They were just having a little fun after a very long victory drought. They stopped after a relatively short period, too. I don’t think disciplining them is required really. But we’ll see what happens. Ciao for now.

      • chirico

        Dear old & in,

        I don’t know the answer to who will be diciplined but I’m sure we’ll know pretty soon as the rest of season unfolds.

        Btw, BS. Had been doing a great job preventing the fire of Linsanity from sparking, but it seemed that he failed last Sunday. As predicted , it is evident that BS insisted in starting Clarkson over JLin tonight.

        Good for the Lakers players tonight win over Jazz, it sorta showed they were not buying into tank commander’s losing scheme.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Chirico:

          In spite of the back-to-back wins Scott is still obviously trying to tank games as illustrated by the fact that Jeremy was the 2 guard most of the time last night and both Ellington and Clarkson played more minutes. Had Jeremy been running the offense like he should have been and playing more minutes which he should have this game would not have been quite the squeaker it was and the Leakers would have won by more than a fucking point. Scott is repulsively stupid, rigid and inflexible and a horrid and rotten coach. His W-L record speaks for itself. I am sick of him misusing Jeremy Lin and can’t wait for this Leaking Lakers shit to end. I am sick of Scott and sick of the Leaking Lakers win or lose. I want Jeremy unchained and shall not be happy until he is. Unchain Jeremy Lin. Later my friend(s).

          • Yup doesn’t matter how good JLin plays. 25 min max. Oh well, JLin just gets really efficient with the little time he gets. Makes his per 36 minutes look really really good.

          • ThaRealist

            Yeah, Jeremy needs to be put in his proper position where he can succeed!! Its obvious: http://youtu.be/7lDlfDtJYF8

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and non-Lin fans, since it game day for Lin and our beloved Lakers, just some random thoughts here…

    I called BS tank commander not because I think he wants to lose intentionally, but because I think he does not know how to coach to win. Just look at his coaching record before coming to the Lakers! How could the Lakers FO decide to hire a coach with a losing record to lead their proud franchise is beyond me. Now that Price in out for the rest of the season, BS is forced to play Lin, unless he wants to develop Clarkson by playing him 48 min. Lin will play his heart out to win, no matter how badly BS misuses and mistreats him. Lin is not Rondo who publicly clashes with his coach. I root for the Lakers to win in every game because of Lin. Period!

    Speaking of Price, I feel bad for the man. I actually like him. He seems like a decent person both on court and off court. He does not have much talent, but is determined to give everything to hang around. He did not ask to “head of the snake”. It’s BS that called him that way and made him the laughing stock for the fans.

    Chris Baldwin is a “crazy” LOF, for sure. Lin has nothing to do with the Rockets any more. I personally don’t care about what happens to the Rockets any more. I guess CB just doesn’t want to let it go.

    Have a great day/afternoon/evening wherever you are on this WEB!

    Letzzz Gooo JL17!

    🙂

    • Gary (the Great) Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      You are absolutely right — Chris Baldwin is a “faithful and devoted” LOF and an excellent professional sport writer. Even long after Lin has left that ghost town, he continues to write several great articles in praising and supporting Lin. It seems that he would really like Lin to come back to Houston to play for the Rockets again.

      There is another unwavering supporter of Lin from Israel who himself is a professional basketball player — Ido Amir. He has written many replies in praising Lin and posted several youtube videos in documenting the mistreatments of Lin (e.g., cheating of Lin’s stats, etc.)

      When Lin was dumped by Rockets, I immediately predicted that Patrick Beverley would be the biggest victim of this stupid move because he would have no longer had Lin to clean up the mess or as a scapegoat. Once again, my prediction is proven to be 100.1% correct.

      What a smart axx I am!~~~ 🙂

      I am going to make some bald (do I mean bold?) predictions about Lin in the coming months. But this time they will be on pay-per-view basis. I am going to smile all the way to the bank. 🙂

  • MrPingPong

    I think BS has finally figured out how to win now, don’t ya think? 🙂

    Thunder next! Lin vs Westbrook? Should the Lakers trade back Lin for Bev to the Rockets? Too late, right? Nah, Lin can defend Westbrook. It’s not easy, but Lin can do it. If only BS would believe in Lin. I can dream, can’t I? 🙂

  • ashley

    Lin got the last three points for the Lakers to get their final score over 100 to beat the Bucks at 101: 93. This gave the audience free tacos–again! If Lin’s stats as a Laker this season aren’t going to be impressive, the so far two time’s taco treats thanks to Lin definitely is a fun record be memorized!

    • ashley

      A correction: “to” be memorized. By the way, according to yahoo sports news, BS got on the instagram, found out about accusations against him for tanking and angrily denied it. If he hadn’t been tanking, which means the only excuse for losing is gone, then he would be the most clueless, stupid coach ever! The news also said BS might put Lin back as a starter. We’ll see.

  • THAREALIST

    These articles are always hilarious. Everyone will be so much happier when Lin is playing in the CBA where he can actually be truly competitive. As long as he doesn’t go to a team with a black PG like Will Bynum or Stephon Marbury. Then he’ll end up in the same situation he always does. It makes me sad to see all my yellow friends cling to a dying dream that we all know just isn’t going to happen. Like those balding late 40’s guys in bands that just never had a hit. Linsanity was years ago, and just the toll from those 2 great weeks blew out Lin’s ACL. Like so many things made in China he just wasn’t built to last. It’s sad, it really is.

    • Sage

      @Tharealist

      Lin had a meniscus tear while at New York. Since apparently you do not know the difference between and ACL and a meniscus tear, it is hard to imagine that you know much about sports.

      • ThaRealist

        Nah, I know the difference, just remembered it differently. Actually, that’s an even weaker injury. And he’s never been the same sense. You know the old saying, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, weak knees!

        • old & in the way

          No!!…I don’t know the old saying but I do know that you are a racist individual with inadequate intelligence and a faulty memory. Why do you bother to display your ignorance and lack of intelligence? Do you like being a damn troll with nothing better to do than ridicule others? If you disrespect us first, you give us an open door to treat you similarly. Is that truly what you want? Wouldn’t it be better to find others with your same perspective with whom to communicate rather than harassing those who see things differently than you? Or are you just an ass you likes to stir things up for no damn good reason?

    • old & in the way

      They are not as hilarious and laughable as you. You’re really a smart one, aren’t you? Today against OKC Jeremy scored 20 points off the bench along with 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 turnover in 32 minutes. Too bad he isn’t good enough to be competitive in the NBA, hey? Too bad there isn’t a CBA or D-League for commentators so we could send you there as that is certainly where you belong. Is there anything else you’d like to add to your brilliant commentary on Jeremy Lin? Or do you just want to shut-up for awhile and maybe everyone will forget in time how damn racist and unintelligent you actually have demonstrated that you are. You will probably never understand just how far from the truth you actually are. So I’m probably wasting my time ridiculing you but it sure feels good nevertheless to be giving ridicule rather than receiving it. It truly is better to give than to receive, isn’t it? I think it is. Goodnight, Mr. KKK. Or would that be Mr. CIA maybe. KKK. CIA. Why do you come here with your racist comments? And don’t try to argue that “Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, weak knees” isn’t a highly racist and offensive comment as it most assuredly is. No one could be stupid enough to believe such racist nonsense so take the racist nonsense somewhere else, please. I am not Christian. I do not “turn the other cheek.” I challenge racists and racism as everyone should as that is the only way it shall ever change and the only way racism will ever stop. We all need to challenge it whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head. So I challenge you to stop with the racist comments, No Reality. Or go elsewhere if racist comments and arguments are all you can manage.

      • Sage

        @old & in the way. Why are you arguing with Therealist. He sounds like a slovenly basement rat, with an IQ of about 10 (on a good day). Weak, limp, and a total loser. Losers only make good in movies.

        It would be funny to see him go to the Kodokan (center of Judo in Japan) and talk trash about Japanese. Or go to the Wing Chun Dojos in Hong Kong and talk trash about Chinese guys. WTH. If he walked down any street in the Philippines and talked trash about Filipinos, he would last like 5 seconds.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Sage:

          Indeed you are correct and now I see why you call yourself “Sage,” Sage. I think 10 might be a touch high as far as I.Q.’s go. Sayeth thou what in this regard? Maybe a minus quotient would be appropriate. I will try to follow your advice in the future but I also think that it is important to directly challenge and confront racist’s views. But I agree that it is probably futile in many cases. Better perhaps to just have him walk down one of those streets that you referenced. But thanks for helping to make me feel better about the racists. I know they are out there. Jeremy’s story drives this point home continuously. Ciao for now.

          • ashley

            Dear Mr. Old,
            Please do your best confronting the trolls, if you can and feel like, even though it might take you some time. Yesterday, I was eagerly awaiting your post; I really hate to see trolls/racists trampling this site. As a non-native English speaker, I can’t write as well as you do. So thanks a lot!

          • chirico

            Dear the old and in, Sage,
            Really appreciate you both challenge this kind of racist comments. I don’t quite agree that his IQ is that low but I felt it was a cunning comment.
            I really learn something from you today.

        • THAREALIST

          LOL Wing Chun?!?! Kodokan?!? We already have MMA here, we took the good parts from your worthless Asian arts, got rid of all the useless nonsense, and streamlined martial arts into the most effective fighting system in the world. I’m not worried about ever losing a fight to an Asian person. There’s a reason they all break like glass in MMA. Just like Jeremy’s body can’t withstand an NBA season without turning him into an injury prone joke!

          • Sage

            @ThaRealist.

            But I am not talking to an MMA star. I am talking to a basement rat. I find it hard to believe that you could win a fight against anyone. The fact that you WATCH MMA on TV while drinking your beer and snarfing down a pizza or two or three, does not make you any more of an expert at martial arts than watching James play basketball.

            Go to Asia, talk trash about Asians, end up in the hospital. No kidding.

          • Gary Teng

            ThaRealist (aka TheTruthHurts), you have to immediately stop devouring and regurgitating your own vomits.

            If you can’t afford the wholesome food at the Whole Foods Market, then go to the local PetSmart and get a big bag of Purina Puppy Chow. Your twisted tiny brain badly needs some deliciously healthy nutrition, or you will continue spewing hateful bull craps from your mother-flower pipe hole.

            If you don’t stop excreting evil fruits, may God show no mercy to your hell-bound soul~~~

      • MrPingPong

        Family and friends of ThaRealist must be very proud of his racist comments posted here. I recommend them read this news article and reflect on it a little:

        http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/11/us/mississippi-hate-crime-sentencing/

        As to ThaRealist himself, sad story…

        • old & in the way

          Dear Ashley:

          Thank you for your support in my efforts to challenge the racist comments that some posters have written on this website. To me a troll is someone who postures with a contrary point of view mostly for provocative reasons that have nothing to do with accuracy and everything to do with personal agendas. In this case the personal agenda of trolls is to attack Jeremy Lin and his supporters and to discredit both Jeremy as a professional basketball player and his supporters as rational human beings. The red flag for me that exposes trolls is a deep disrespect for both Jeremy and his supporters. I am willing to debate the Jeremy Lin issues with anyone who is rational and respectful of my views as well as his own. But I am totally unwilling to engage anyone who opens an exchange of ideas with disrespectful comments or racist comments as well as ad hominem or personal attacks that ignore reality, data and information. Using these standards it becomes quite easy to decide who is a “shit-disturbing” troll looking for reactionary interactions and who is someone looking for an intelligent exchange of ideas. I am opposed to the former. I am interested in the latter. They are worlds apart. “Shit-disturbing” is an American-English colloquial figure of speech that means “looking for trouble” or “looking to cause conflict.” I will do whatever I can to challenge such individuals when they post objectionable comments on this website. Again thank you for your support. It is greatly appreciated. I, too, hate to see trolls trampling this site. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Chirico:

          Thank you for the kind words. But I am curious. What did you learn from Sage and I today? Can you elaborate if it’s not too personal. I can’t find anything that Sage and I wrote that you wouldn’t already have known. So what was it then that you learned? Gotta go. Ciao for now.

          • chirico

            Dear old & in,

            I just learned that this social network of Internet has far greater power than most of us can possibly perceive. Call me fancy but I dd feel the way we communicate through web is somehow more touching than speaking In front of a live person.

            don’t we forget that literature is one of the seven art forms?

          • old & in the way

            Dear Chirico:

            Haven’t forgotten. I have always felt that I am closer to my true essence as a person when I am writing than when I am speaking. But this is not the case for everyone. When one is almost housebound with medical issues like I am social media is all there is so, yes, it is and can be a very powerful tool and form of communication. Thank you for clarifying what you meant.

            And let’s hope that Jeremy can continue tonight in Charlotte his high level of play since the all-star game break. Breaking myths and stereotypes seems to be the path he is on. May it continue against all odds and obstacles. It would be grand if eventually he could play well enough that even his harshest critics and all of the racist fools would have no choice than to just “shut the fuck up” once and for all. I can see it happening. All he needs is the right coach and the right situation. It is coming. I can feel it.

            Gotta go. Ciao for now.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Mr. PingPong:

          What a hideous and cowardly crime. It takes a lot of balls…sorry, figure of speech…it takes a lot of bravery to attack a drunk, alone and homeless man, doesn’t it? This is what hatred can lead to in the worst of cases and should give pause to everyone who considers themselves to be civil and human. I find it very difficult to even look at the picture of the teen-ager who lead the assault on this poverty-stricken and probably or most likely military veteran who happened to be…what do you know?…an African-American in the very deep south. Damn. Where does this stuff end? “Can’t we all just get along?” Is it really so difficult?

          • old & in the way

            Sorry. I got that Rodney King quote wrong. It should be, “Can we all get along?” I think that’s it. Maybe I should leave the quotes to DGT if I can’t get them right. I will try to do better in the future.

          • Gary Teng

            Dear old & in the way and Professor MrPingPong,

            There is a very well-known Chinese saying — Dogs can’t help from eating shit. (Translation: As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.)

            ThaRealist (aka TheTruthHurts), every time you opened your f–king pipe hole, you were spewing nothing but venom and hatred.

            It’s time for you to change your dietary habit of eating dog shit all day long and start consuming something wholesome and healthy.

          • MrPingPong

            Dear Old & In:

            James Anderson, the murder victim, was not a homeless person. He was just a regular guy who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Unchecked racism can lead to heinous hate crime. Here is what the judge of this case had to say at the sentencing of these (young) criminals.

            http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2015/02/12/385777366/a-black-mississippi-judges-breathtaking-speech-to-three-white-murderers

            And speaking of homelessness, JL17 just posted a new video that has something to do with homeless people.

            http://youtu.be/k76YbbkN-EQ

          • THAREALIST

            It’s funny that because he was black you assumed the man must be homeless. What an interesting world view you must have. The way you talk about Ronnie Price, Byron Scott, Kobe Bryant, Patrick Beverley, and everyone you perceive to get in Lin’s way is very racially charged, and now you assume this victim must be homeless if he’s black. You were probably one of the Asians that saw the LA riots as an opportunity to shoot black men. I bet you’ve committed atrocities when not arguing online and pretending to be some altruistic old man. You are a violent savage and an awful, vile, man.

        • THAREALIST

          Asians are the most racist people on this entire planet, that’s what makes your comments so funny. They hate the other Asian races more than anyone. They open businesses in black neighborhoods and refuse to hire any black people. They call white people “ghosts”. I’ve never seen a population of people less likely to integrate and more likely to be racist than Asians. You guys just don’t like it when it happens to you.

          • old & in the way

            To ThaReality:

            I am vile? I am vile? And you are not? You who are consumed with your own hatred and project it onto everyone else. You are not vile? You who distort and misinterpret everything I write in order to justify your own biases. You who then use those distortions and misinterpretations to attack me personally in an ad hominem manner. You are not vile? You who are rude and crude and sexist enough to refer to Ashley as an “Asian bitch.” I am not even aware of Ashley ever having specified her ethnicity. But that is the minor point. The main point is that no woman or man for that matter deserves to be referred to as a “bitch.” Only a hostile, uncouth, belligerent individual would refer to another human in this manner. You have done so. And you are not vile? Ashley is someone I would like to know better. You are someone whom I would like to get as far away from as I possibly could.

            Criticizing Byron Scott by itself does not make me a racist. It is a false and foolish assumption to make. Other behaviors may make me racist but criticizing Byron Scott is not one of them. American culture is extremely racist. Human behavior is culturally selective. Therefore we are all capable of being racist. In this way I concede that I may be racist at times. But so far you have not adequately verified a single example of when I have been racist toward anyone in this forum. But more importantly to me I don’t even believe in racial categories as I have already explained on multiple occasions. I view racial categories as an imperial construct utilized to divide people who ought to be united. There is no genetic basis for racial categories. From this view we are all one. We are all the same. We are all equal. One species. Homo sapiens for better or worse. We are all brothers in that sense. Some of us are bigger fools than others at times but we are all brothers nevertheless. I do not believe in racial superiority on any level in any way or in any regard. I challenge you to treat me with respect and to see through your own biases. Ad hominem attacks will accomplish nothing other than to waste your time and mine.

            I am exactly what I appear to be which is an idealistic and perhaps altruistic old man. To correct your ignorance I am not even Asian. One does not have to be Asian to appreciate and love Jeremy Lin. If you are not what you appear to be, then perhaps it is time for you to start being more honest with both yourself and with those with whom you interact both on the internet and in person. When you look in the mirror what do you see? Are you in love with yourself? Is your ego big enough to allow you to justify anything you say or do? I hope not but only you know the answers to these questions I pose. And only you can do anything at all about them and only if you wish to. And lost in all of this is Jeremy Lin. This is suppose to be a Jeremy Lin fan website and not a forum to mindlessly attack those of us who support him. I think that anyone who reads these exchanges between us will be able to tell who is vile and who is not. What do you think in this regard? I ask this rhetorically and am not necessarily soliciting a response I’d just as soon not get. But rhetorically speaking, what do you think about the ability of people reading this stuff to determine on their own who is vile and who is not vile in this case? I think it is highly probable that people who have no trouble making this distinction at all.

          • old & in the way

            To ThaRealist:

            Regarding James Anderson I didn’t assume anything. The article clearly states that most of the victims of this crime wave were homeless individuals or people who were very drunk. It does not state one way or the other into which of these categories James Anderson fit. Once again you use misinterpretations of what I have written to make ad hominem attacks against me. I challenge you to use your brain in a more constructive and intelligent way and to stop with your bigoted and biased analyses of what I write. Your misinterpretations of what I write and misrepresentations of who I am are not appreciated. I will not allow you to define who I am. Period. Will not allow it.

          • Sage

            DuhRealist (Duh for short) Said: “You were probably one of the Asians that saw the LA riots as an opportunity to shoot black men.”

            You (Duh) must mean that Korean grocer (who most likely immigrated from Korea) who was defending his store with a gun during the LA Riots. Admit it, you were one of the looters, that is why he made you so mad. You wanted to get lunch and not pay, and he took out his gun and stopped you. Hunger is a serious thing man.

            Koreans are known to be a little hot headed. Plus all Koreans in Korea are required to serve in the military and therefore have martial arts training. It would be funny to see you go to Seoul and yell insults about Koreans. Oh I forgot, your IQ is 10. (Maybe if I talk slowly, you might get it). S-E-O-U-L is in K-O-R-E-A.

            BTW. Lin is American (born here) of Taiwanese decent. You’re apparently too dumb to know the difference between an American Chinese and a Korean.

  • ashley

    Julius Randall broke his leg in his NBA debut for the Lakers, and the Bulls’ Rose injured himself three times during these past two seasons. Nash talked about what damage playing in NBA games has done to his body. So I don’t think any sensible person would go on judging whether an NBA player was built to last by one injury. I believe Jeremy got that meniscus tear partly because before the Linsanity run he had barely played in the games. Since then, for almost three seasons, he’s been doing fine in terms of health and I’m thankful for that, as a fan.

    • THAREALIST

      Hey sweetpea, I love Asian bitches.

      • ashley

        I don’t think you get the point. You kept saying Jeremy is weak, but the truth is injury can happen anytime to any player in a competitive NBA game. Both Julius Randall and Rose are black, and both unfortunately couldn’t withstand the season. Hopefully both come back strong next season. By the way, glad you do love some Asians. Love is better than hate.

        • ashley

          Let me use this space in this column, instead of starting a new one, to thank Mr. Old for the kind, wise words in his recent responses to the latest visitor of this site. And I also enjoy reading posts from other writers. Though I’d like to believe in the decency of human beings and that people are rational and capable of healthy, constructive discussions, I’ve come to realize I may have been too idealistic and our efforts to communicate could be futile. One thing I’m positive is that I am learning a lot from these exchange of thoughts, whether they mean well or not. And the best thing all this time after the all-star break is our Lin is doing great–he’s gotten more playing time and trust from the coach and the season may not be a complete loss.

          • old & in the way

            Dear Ashley:

            Yes!! Lost in all of this troll hatred is the fact that Jeremy has been sensational in the 7 games since the all-star game break. It appears that BS is allowing him to play more freely as the Leakers have run out of other options. Jeremy could have been playing like this all year had he been allowed to and been given more playing time. But even during this latest run since the all-star break he is still playing under 30 minutes a game and not starting. Nevertheless he is leading the team in scoring and assists at 17 points and close to 6 assists. The Leakers are in every game and winning some which is more than they were doing earlier in the year when you-know-who was BS’s favorite go-to guy. I think Clarkson and Jeremy play well together. Clarkson isn’t bad on offense although his defense doesn’t seem great. But it hard to assess defense or at least harder than assessing offense. The Leakers though are giving up fewer points now and playing better team defense. Jeremy, Clarkson and Ellington have played well together in general. I like this young team better than the one they started the year with. Gotta go. More later. Ciao for now.

          • Sage

            @Ashley, Old & in the Way, and Lintel.

            Letting Lin play a little might be consistent with Lintel’s earlier theory that the Lakers want to resign Lin as a point guard off of the bench. However, if they do not give him any hope, they know he will leave, no matter what. So they are letting him play a little more freely, so that they can try to resign him for next year.

            I note that BS is still making some weird substitutions at the end of the games, so the tank is still on. So everyone looks good, but you lose by a few. If they win one or two by accident, it won’t change their draft picture that much.

          • TheTruthHurts & THA REALIST

            I have got to admit, Lin has been playing great since the all star game. This little stretch of games is what’s going to keep him in the league for another contract, so good for him. And while, yes, I do troll here and say things to purposely get riled up, I can admit when Lin is playing will. But see, that’s the difference I find. When he isn’t doing well the people here, especially Old & Senile, will immediately start blaming all the other players, the coach, and a league wide racist conspiracy to stop strong Asian men from achieving. I happen to think that opinion is just as racist as some of the bullshit I’ve posted on here to piss people off. There’s too much money in winning, any coach that thinks Lin can help them win (if they aren’t tanking for a draft pick) will use him. Because they all want to win more than anything else. These are multimillion dollar careers on the line for GM’s and coaches, nobody is going to push an anti-Asian agenda at the expense of those jobs. So again, Lin lately has actually been a very good and useful player. I hope that when he struggles you all will be able to see him own faults rather than blame everyone around him for his struggles.

            To some of the other angry opponents of mine on here, I actually am not a racist, in the KKK, or in the CIA (LOL!). I date a Korean girl, have a very normal to above average job, do not dwell in a basement, nor do I devour my own vomit or hurt for food. No beautiful Korean girl would put up with such a monster. And to the other guy trying to get me beat up in Judo schools, I’m actually a 255 pound man with a purplebelt in jiu jitsu, and 12 years of recreational and amateur muay thai fights. Not a pro by any means, but not too scared of your wing chun guys.

          • old & in the way

            To: TheTruthHurts & THE REALIST

            I think it is incorrect and a mistake to be dismissive of socio-political issues like racism, personal bias, cultural mores and cultural norms in effecting inter-personal relationships in all social interactions. I think it is also incorrect and a mistake to believe that they have not played a pivotal and important role in the treatment Jeremy Lin has received during his NBA career. I also think it is incorrect and a mistake to believe that those of us who believe that these issues are significant factors are then somehow racist for having done so. What is the source of this position that you have taken? Books, films, papers, studies? Can you verify or document this alleged racist behavior? What makes this behavior racist? Can you explain? Or is this rather your opinion? An opinion is different from a fact that can be backed up by data and information.

            If you have in fact dedicated a couple decades of your life to martial arts where is your respect for others? It has always been my understanding that people who are serious martial artists believe is respect as a way of life practically. Respect life, respect your opponent, respect other people. It has been my observation over a long period of time that general respect for everything is an important aspect of martial arts in general. Yet you seem to have no respect for anyone? I challenge you to treat me with respect and you call me senile. We’ll see how you like being called senile if you are fortunate enough to live long enough to get there. You still refer to Asians as “wing chuns” whatever that means but the minimalization of Asians couldn’t be clearer. And to state the obvious just because you are dating a Korean woman (lucky you based on the Korean ladies I’ve been fortunate enough to have known) doesn’t mean that you’re not still very biased towards other Asians and possible even your own girlfriend. You may not even be aware of it. If you call your girlfriend “wing chun” I hope she makes you sleep on the damn couch where you probably belong.

            Given these loopholes in your comments that I have referenced and there were others I still am no where near ready to trust you or anything you write. For what it is worth though I do appreciate that you can at least acknowledge the obvious which is that Jeremy has been playing very well since the all-star break. By the way I don’t know a single Jeremy Lin supporter that doesn’t concede that Jeremy has periods when he plays consistently poorly. What we argue rather is that Jeremy Lin is just like every other NBA player. They all have periods when they play badly. What we argue is that it is incorrect to argue that Jeremy is inconsistent. He is no more or less inconsistent than any of the other good players including the very best ones. I concede that he has bad periods. I disagree that he is inconsistent or any more so statistically than anyone else.

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and on-Lin fans:

    It’s game day for Lin and our beloved Lakers against the Westbrook-less and Durantula-less Thunder. The Lakers have a chance if only BS let Lin run the show. OK, I know it’s not gonna happen, but I can dream, can’t I?

    The last time the Lakers played them Durant was out but Westbrook feasted on the head of snake for 31/10. However Lin brought the team back and fought tooth and nail against the OKC until, you know it, the Mamba bricked the last shot.

    Back to tonight’s game, here is what Mark Medina tweeted about Scott Brooks on Jeremy Lin:

    https://twitter.com/MarkG_Medina/status/572155081631514624

    It seems like our man Lin is gaining some respect from the opposing teams as of late.

    Letzzz Gooo, JL7!

    • chirico

      Dear Mr Pingpong,

      JLin frequently gets opposing team’s respect. You can easily see it in the last two games vs Hornets and Heat. He pretty much get double teamed whenever he attacked the rim at late of the games. Actions speaks louder than words.

      • MrPingPong

        Yeah Chirico, double teamed and even triple teamed at times! Somebody has got to be open for Lin’s crazy pass, right? Before soon, Lin’s teammates will get the hang of Lin’s playmaking and get open and connect! Lin, considered by LOHs as scrub, is playing with “scrubs” right now, and he is making them all look good! All (scrub) bench players were in double figures in the Heat game! It’s like the Knicks days again. Linsanity baby!

        It’s ironic that opposing coaches like Stevens and Kidd are giving Lin props while BS tries to marginalize Lin every chance he gets. Something must be eating BS up inside to see Lin playing so well! Ha ha… 😉

        • Gary (the heart-broken) Teng

          Dear Professor MrPingPong,

          Are you out of your mind?! What we are witnessing in the past seven Tankers games is by no means Baby version of Linsanity, it IS full-blown Linsanity 2.0. 🙂

          I consider myself one of the biggest and poorest victims of BS’ brilliant tanking skills:

          1. Once Lin safely landed at the LA Tankers, I immediately subscribed the Time Warner Cable SportsNet so I could watch every single Tankers’ (self-mutilating) game live. Boy! it surely costs me a thumb and a toe.

          2. Although I am color-blind, I still purchased a (certified pre-owned) color HD TV in order to get a better picture of the greatest tank battle of the 21st century.

          3. …….

          This long list does not even include all the broken B/W TV sets and Dom Perignon bottles, the wasted blue pills (brand name, not the cheap generic ones), etc. 🙁

          For all these heavy-duty emotional as well as financial investments, the only small return I have received so far is that I finally get to watch the sports media is chewing and feasting on BS’ lone surviving ball right now. (The other one has long been crushed by the Weapon of Mass Distraction — ColdBrick.)

          I hope you all joint me in filing a class-action lawsuit against the Tankers for commercial frauds. 🙁

          • old & in the way

            Dear Gary:

            Frauds indeed. All the Tankers have had all year is Linsanity itself in the flesh and it takes them nearly a whole season to utilize it and even then only because all other options have failed just like the first time in NYC. The NBA: “Got two good eyes but still can’t see.” (Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead circa early 1970’s.) The Leakers have lost two close games to teams going in it was reasonable to think they could win. Then tonight in a couldn’t possibly win it game against Memphis and so this will be the one they probably get. The one least likely. Only, of course, if Jeremy is allowed to continue his Linsanity encore and that means plenty of playing time with the ball in his talented hands running the offense, thank you very much. It could happen and just may. Go, JLin.

  • MrPingPong

    Lin played like the boss out there against OKC. Mr. 4th quarter! Mr. Floor General! ESPN commentators were praising Lin. 🙂

    Lin played with such calm and composure, getting everybody involved, no rush, no panicking when down, just team basketball. Lin must have delivered a dozen point blank and/or wide-open shots to his teammates, who unfortunately failed to connect or were fouled, depriving Lin of a double-double.

    Lin will play MJ’s team next, right? Remember Lin idolized MJ when he was a kid? Lin will beat MJ’s team this time! My Ouija board says so! 🙂

    Letzzz Gooo, JL17!

  • Forthelin

    Nice to see Lin doing well after the all-star game. Getting some rest and some perspective must have helped him. He is a consummate team player in a league that rewards selfishness. Even after the Spurs won the championship with something like 90% non-Americans, one would think the NBA would start to shift its focus from individual play to teamwork, but that hasn’t quite happened, except maybe in the case of the Atlanta Hawks. I had high hopes for the Lakers to be like the Atlanta Hawks, but Byron Scott must be tanking deliberately, because it’s hard to believe he is just this bad of a coach.

  • chirico

    If you are interested. Check out this article.

    http://sportige.com/los-angeles-lakers-jeremy-lin-makes-the-most-of-opportunities-his-team-doesnt-04-03-2014/

    Replace JLin’s name with another player, should a player with such high efficiency and performance after all star break be starting from bench?

    It better to see JLin gets more playing time especially in 4th quarter. However, is it time to thank BS for granting JLin more playing time? Not so fast.

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans, non-Lin fans: just making conversation here…

    First, this is for DGTBH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sN05AMV9gY

    So it’s Lin and our beloved Lakers tonight against the Grizz. I skimmed over various BB websites and nobody gave Lin and the Lakers a chance. Well, let’s see: Sacre vs Gasol – checked, Boozer vs Zeebo – checked, Kelly vs Green – checked, Elli vs Lee – checked, Clarkson vs Conley – checked. Hmm, on second thought, I like Conley better. I have always liked Conley. There is some coolness about this very unassuming but solid basketball player. If the starters can keep it close, then Lin will come in late in the third and play with high energy the whole fourth, swishing and dishing with the now famous scrub bench, and pull off an upset. My Ouija board says so!

    Again, this all depends on whether or not BS lets Lin play his game like these last seven. Why such a change in BS’s handling of Lin’s role, I dunno and I don’t want to speculate. I’m just taking whatever I can get and enjoying watching Lin play with poise and confidence, getting everybody involved, causing the opponents a lot of headaches, bringing excitement to the game.

    Letzzz Gooo JL17!

  • old & in the way

    Dear Mr. P & P:

    We both know how this one goes. To Lin for the win. If he gets the playing time with the ball in his hands to run the offense, the Lakers have as good a chance to win this one as the previous two in spite of the much tougher opponent tonight. The Leakers are due a gift from the BB gods after two tough losses against Charlotte and Miami. Maybe Memphis will play poorly tonight and a Jeremy lead Leakers will play better than they are suppose to. It could happen. I am ready for the upset. It could happen and just may. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

  • MrPingPong

    Just some quick thoughts after watching our beloved Lakers lose tonight to the Grizz.

    Lin did not shoot well (1-5) but made it up with 3 asts and excellent defense (4 drebs, 2 stls, 3 blks). Then BS took Lin out with 3:17 left in the game with the Lakers leading 85-84. Offense and defense went downhill from there. Too bad! BS only put Lin back in at the 0:45 mark because WJ fouled out. Too little too late! Lin only played 27 min. BS just does not trust Lin, period. And that’s the Lakers’ loss.

    Clarkson had the hot hand and a career high of 25 pts tonight. He played really well but in some strange way it was a “curse” in disguise because he ended up iso’ing a lot and as a result there was not a whole lot of ball movements when he ran the floor.

    Dallas is next in La la land. Lin will be ready. I am sure. I like Carlisle, the Dallas coach, but I don’t have a very high opinion on the owner, Cuban. That’s just my prejudice, I admit.

    Letzzz Gooo JL7! Beat the Mavs!

    • Lin playing defense? That can’t be right hehe.

      Lin has been playing amazing since All-Star break. Look forward to the next game!

      • Gary Teng

        Directly from the horse’s mouth:

        LEGENDARY PRINCETON COACH PETE CARRIL TALKS LIN, BYRON SCOTT AND MORE by Nathan Gottlieb

        I used to cover Princeton basketball when I was with The (Newark) Star-Ledger and they were coached by future Hall of Famer, Pete Carril, inventor of the Princeton Offense. I got his phone number and called him. He’s 84 now. We talked about Jeremy Lin, the Princeton Offense, and Byron Scott. Carril told me he copied the Princeton Offense from watching two teams: Bill Russell’s Celtics, and the (1969-70) Knicks with Bill Bradley.

        NATHAN GOTTLIEB: Would you have recruited Lin when you were coaching at Princeton?

        PETE CARRIL: Absolutely, no doubt about it. The thing I like about him is he comes to play every night, and he’s always happy to be on the floor doing anything he can to help the team win. He’s not a superstar, but he’s awful damn good. He had so many things to overcome and he did it. It’s not easy to make it to the NBA.

        NG: What is your opinion of him as an NBA player and as a person?

        PC: I’ve always liked Lin. I actually met him once in California. I was coaching a team in a summer league and we lost three straight to this team from Taiwan. Lin played with them and he was killing us.

        NG: Byron Scott said in training camp he was going to run your Princeton Offense with a few changes. Have you seen the Lakers play, and do they run the Princeton?

        PC: Yes, I’ve watched them, and so far I haven’t seem them run the Princeton. In today’s NBA, people say you’re running the Princeton if you make two passes (laughs). If you watch the Spurs, they come close to running it with the way they pass, the way their players move. But they run more than I did at Princeton. The thing I did as a coach with my offense is after I’d seen what my players can and cannot do, then I’d adjust my system to them.

        NG: What do you think of Scott as a coach?

        PC: Well, he made the Finals twice with the Nets. But the thing with Byron in New Jersey, he had players like Kidd who could run, pass, and move the ball. Byron knows how to do it (uptempo). But when you have ball stoppers you can’t do it.

        NG: Kobe Bryant is a ball stopper, don’t you think?

        PC: (laughs) I take the fifth (amendment) on any controversial questions. (laughs)

        NG: Some of my Lin friends want to see him sign next year with the Knicks. The Knicks run the Triangle Offense. Would Lin fit in the Triangle?

        PC:That’s hard to say. He’s really good in the open court, so to the extent they’d get him the ball in open court, he’d be fine. It’s not a perfect fit for him, but Lin can fit in any system. He’s a winning type kid, that’s why.

        NG: Do you think he’d fit in with San Antonio?

        PC: Yes, I do with the way they play.

        NG: Anything else you’d like to say, Pete?

        PC: If you see Lin, tell him I hope he keeps doing good work.

        http://afansnotes.posthaven.com/legendary-princeton-coach-tells-me-about-lin

        • MrPingPong

          Thanks, DGT, for the article.

          The majority of Knicks fans like Gotlieb fully embraced Lin because they actually witnessed Linsanity live in front of their eyes.

          As to the interview with Pete Caril, I am somewhat disappointed that this 84-year old legend would take the 5th on discussing Kobe. But joke aside, this is an indication how “powerful” Kobe is in the NBA circle. Nobody, except our DGT here, dares to say anything negative about the Black Mamba! 😉

          • Gary (the fearless) Teng

            Dear Professor MrPingPong,

            Thank you for your compliments. 🙂

            I have been through so much adversity in life that now I am even immune to the black mamba’s deadly poison. I am afraid of no one, NOBODY!~~~

            Oh! My Tankers grandma is screaming on top of her lung from the bedroom. She must be not 100.1% satisfied with the temperature of the morning coffee I just made for her. Got run… 🙁

    • chirico

      Dear Mr Pingpong,

      BS is determined to keep pace with other tanking teams. It is quite obvious that he knows what he is doing and his mission is, although he made it looks like that Lakers are trying to win games.
      Check out this article.

      http://sportige.com/los-angeles-lakers-jeremy-lin-keeps-getting-thrown-into-the-same-situation-03-05-2015/

  • TheTruthHurts & THA REALIST

    I already admitted in an earlier post that Lin has been playing better. Now I have to admit that some of what you have written about BS seems to be true. He is either actively sabotaging Lin, or he’s tanking hard for that top 5 pick, but rather than being honest about it he’s saying dumb things. He’s now telling Lin to stop running the pick n roll. I still don’t think this is a league wide conspiracy against Asians, but I can see why Lin has to get to a different team. No coach goes out of his way to take away one of his most productive player’s best weapons without some ulterior motive. I figure this article will ruffle some feathers, and rightly so:

    http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20150307/jeremy-lin-byron-scott-debate-merits-of-la-lakers-pick-and-roll-play

    • Gary Teng

      Dear TheTruthHurts & THA REALIST,

      Although very reluctantly, I have to give you some credits for your courage and open-mindedness.

      As you know full well, the blog is a sanctuary for We the Linfans. However, none of us are crazy and/or fanatic enough in believing that Lin as a professional basketball player is perfect. He is far from it. We are all open to criticisms and different opinions of Lin as long as they are factual-based and constructive.

      Just like your black people fought extremely hard for civil rights during the 60s, all we want is that Lin is given a fair shake by his coach and teammates. Nothing more, nothing less.

      I personally welcome you to join us for the constructive debates about the pros and cons of Lin’s abilities and performances.

      Take care and God bless!~~~

      • ashley

        The article doesn’t strike me as much as a strong or plain evidence of BS actively sabotaging Lin, at least one can say they’re just disagreeing with each other in terms of offensive strategy and as long as Lin gets some freedom to do his thing, it shouldn’t be a big issue. What annoys me most and leads me to suspect whether BS is racially biased against is BS’ negative comments about Lin, such as “Lin lacks PG instinct” and “Lin isn’t as tough as Ronnie,” etc. And it appears he only singled out Lin’s “flaws” while almost never mentioned others’. Some fans–more likely on other Lin fan sites–might have been harsh on Ronnie and Beverley, but I don’t recall writers on this forum have, even though we’re all aware that Ronnie has relatively poorer stats than Lin, which made it even more unfair and unreasonable to start him over Lin. Being a starter is one of Lin’s dreams, and fans believed he’s qualified to be one, as evidenced again by his strong performance after the all-star break. On the Rockets, he got to start the game and delivered superstar stats whenever Harden is out. But on the Lakers under BS, it seems he’ll never regain that role.

        • Gary Teng

          Dear Ashley,

          Great minds think alike. 🙂

          Tanking in any sports is unethical and unprofessional. It hurts the players on the team, is unfair to the team’s audiences and supporters, and will damage the reputation of the franchise.

          From a purely business point of view, it is understandable why the Tankers front office decided to adopt this lowly strategy early on. If BS just slavishly followed the front office’s secret fiat and marching order, I had no issue with him. I, just like you, my problem with BS is that every time the Tankers lost yet another very winnable game, BS (almost always) singled out Lin and used him as the scapegoat for the loss.

          As long as BS keeps on doing this, I will call him out and chase him to the gate of hell~~~

    • MrPingPong

      Thank you, TTH, for sharing the article and your candid thoughts on BS and Lin.

      As our friend DGT here has been saying, we Lin fans just want to see Lin get a fair shake, which is clearly not happening.

      I think “tanking” is a euphemism for “incompetence” when applied to BS. As to his ulterior motive, only the head of the snake knows, I think. OK, forgive me for being mildly sarcastic here! 😉

      I dunno how hardcore you are as a Lakers fan, but I would like to hear from you and perhaps other Lakers fans who visit this site what y’all think of the prospect of BS coaching the Lakers for the next three seasons. He does have a 4-year contract, doesn’t he?

      Have a great day/afternoon/evening wherever you are on this WEB!

      • TheTruthHurts & THA REALIST

        I’m actually a Rockets fan. Which started my initial rivalry with LOF’s that I feel somewhat bad about now. But please understand from my perspective what it was like to have every message board on the web overrun with fans that not only didn’t care about the Rockets, but took every opportunity to trash the organization, city, coach and other players as well as the fans. Lin fans never really tried to get along with us Rocket fans and then it got ugly on both sides. So I came here and did the same to you guys which was misguided and rude. Anyway, there is no way Scott finishes a 4 year contract with the Lakers if this is how he really coaches. But I think he’s taking orders from the GM and ownership which is “keep our draft pick at all costs”. If it wasn’t only a top 5 protected pick they’d probably let Lin loose more, but with so many teams tanking, they have to be pretty egregious just to make sure the year wasn’t a total waste and they get a good player to draft in return. From that perspective it’s somewhat understandable. Because rookies are the most valuable assets, since they have a rookie pay scale. It’s the only way to add talent while Kobe is getting his enormous payments as a reward for his body of work, not what he brings to the table now. So I think Scott is actually doing the job he’s being paid to do, for now. The development of Clarkson and whoever they draft this offseason will determine whether or not he stays. He is a Lakers legend, so he won’t be fired before year 3. I know it’s upsetting for Lin fans, but the Lakers only took him on because he came with a 1st round pick and they are rebuilding. They knew he and Kobe would keep a certain amount of fans in the arena and tuned in, but they need him to also not win for their long term goals. This offseason Lin gets to be an unrestricted free agent and for the first time in his career truly chose his own location and destiny. If he chooses correctly, he could have another 6-7 years in the league. If he doesn’t, it could be more of the same. I know for a fact the Rockets will be making an offer. They might not have started him, but they did give him minutes and value him as a 6th man. They just didn’t want to pay 15 million this season for a 6th man.

        • MrPingPong

          OK, Rockets fan that is. I live in Houston and used to be a “life-long” Rockets fan. I remember vividly watching live on TV Ralph Sampson’s last second miracle shot that beat the Lakers and won the WC for the Rockets. My Rockets friends and I went crazy!

          http://youtu.be/LF740MqYbOs

          I was very happy and enthusiastic when Morey poison-pilled Dolan to get Lin. I went to just about every Rockets home game to root for Lin (and the Rockets of course). I was completely disgusted to hear Rockets fans boo Lin when he got on the court in Game 5 of the Blazers playoff game last season.
          Here’s a video I took:

          http://youtu.be/RgViXDZFwWw

          Things did not work out as expected. That is life, I guess. I was never a fan of the Lakers until Lin’s trade to the Lakers. And things are not working out here either. Lin will move on, and I, a LOF, will support whichever team Lin plays on.

          BTW, good luck to your Rockets. To win the big one, they will need a lot of luck. It’s so freaking tough in the West Conf. But anything can happen, especially injuries to key players.

          • ThaRealist & The Truth Hurts

            Oh shit, my man!!! Haha you’ll be back. How can you abandon the franchise that embraced and loved Yao and made Jeremy Lin a multimillionaire? Maybe win Lin comes back this off season to take over our 6th man/ back up PG role we’ll get you back in Rockets red. This years team is deep and they love each other. When someone fouls Harden hard, TJones, Brewer, Smith, they’re all in the other guys face. The culture this year is much more professional and focused. They almost seemed like kids last season. If Lin joined this team, and ran with that bench unit with Brewer and Josh Smith I think we’d be stacked. A playmaking guard when Harden is off the court is exactly what we need.

        • Sage

          As a Rockets fan, you should be anti-McHale and not anti-Lin. Instead of wasting your time trolling the Lin website, you should spend your time lobbying for McHale to be fired. Last year, Houston should have been competing for the finals. But McHale misused not just Lin, but Asik, Casspi, Daniels, Garcia, Hamilton, Canaan, and Montiejunas who are all talented players. Plus he cannot game plan. He was encouraging Harden and Howard to do ISO plays, when all they have to do is pass the ball to get open shots. He also has no class. He threw Lin under the bus in game 4, when they played in overtime (and Lin did not play in overtime). Since Lopez had fouled out, Houston should have dominated in overtime, but they lost instead. I have not been watching Houston this year, but since McHale is still the coach, I suspect that they will continue not to go deep in the playoffs.

          • ThaRealist & The Truth Hurts

            The team is much better and deeper now, and I feel like McHale has improved drastically. The progressions that Dmo and TJones have made are nothing short of miraculous, and he even has Josh Smith playing within a system. We definitely were out coached in the playoffs last year, but it wasn’t all about Lin. This what I’m talking about, you automatically think he sucks because of one game Lin wasn’t used the way you think he should have been. He had some very costly turnovers in the playoffs and was definitely responsible for one loss. He also had an assist to Troy Daniels in a win, I know, I’m just saying the whole world doesn’t revolve around him. No Rockets fans were happy after being bounced in the first round, but like I said McHale has gotten better. We’re running more plays, especially out of time outs, and we are playing tremendous defense. You should try to check out some games, because there’s a good chance Lin will be a Rocket again next year. I know Morey has said he’d be interested. After this Laker experience, I think you’ll be surprised how much Lin misses a nice players coach like McHale.

          • Sage

            @TheRealist

            “He had some very costly turnovers in the playoffs and was definitely responsible for one loss.” This is like the narrative.

            (1) Turnovers are part of the game. Harden, Beverly had costly turnovers in the playoffs. It is part of the game. WTH: Chris Paul had some really costly turnovers in the LAC OKC playoffs last year. Might have cost them to lose that playoff series. So what, he was trying to win the game. But every time Lin makes a turnover, it is the end of the world.
            (2) No, he was not “responsible for one loss.” The loss you are talking about was game 4. As mentioned above, the turnover put Houston-Portland into overtime. McHale benched Lin for the whole overtime. Lopez had fouled out. Harden, Beverly, Howard, Parsons were responsible for not beating Portland in overtime against a Lopez-less Portland. Yet they blamed it on Lin. Lin was not responsible for any of the losses.
            (3) You forgot that in addition to the Troy Daniels pass that won game 3, Lin also scored 21 points in game 5. Lin had a key role in both wins in Houston’s 2-4 loss.

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans, just making conversation here…

    It’s game day for Lin and our beloved Lakers at home against the Mavs. As of this writing, SSR does not have any preview yet, but the Mavs Money Ball site does. The Mavs folks are calling our beloved team the Tanktastic Lakers and are quite upbeat about helping the Lakers’ cause. So it seems the Lakers Tank-a-thon show has gained tremendous notoriety.

    To match up against Rondo, Ellis, Parsons, Dirk and Chandler, BS is now featuring the new Tanktastic Five lineup: Clarkson @PG, Elli @SG, Johnson@SF, Hill @PF and Black @C. No problemo!

    The big question mark for LOFs like myself is whether or not Lin will get to play PnR at all, now that BS has public denounced PnR plays. Burning with pre-game anxiety, I hastily rubbed my Ouija for a quick answer. All I get is some Shakespearian like response: To P is not to R. May be DGT’s Lakers mama can help us decipher this prophecy. 🙂

    On a separate note, just in case you do not live in the USA and do not know that we have changed our clock to daylight saving time, be sure to advance your USA clock by one hour so that you get the USA game time right!

    Have a great Lin game tonight everybody, wherever you are on this WEB!

  • Chirico

    Another article about Lin, Clarkson and of course, Laker’s shameless icon BS.
    http://sportige.com/los-angeles-lakers-jeremy-lin-is-a-better-point-guard-player-than-jordan-clarkson-03-08-2015/

    • old & in the way

      Dear Chirico:

      Thanks for the link to another good article from “Greg.” I agree with all of his points. From my perspective he is very insightful. I remember him from last year writing articles about Houston. But it is not clear to me for whom he is writing these pieces. Do you know by whom he is employed? Or is he a free-lancer? He has always been very supportive of Jeremy Lin and continues to be.

      • Chirico

        Dear old & in,
        Unfortunately I do not know his boss. Or does he have one?

        Clarkson is young and has good potential but JLin is clearly far better if we compare both directly. Besides, I’m looking forward to when Kome comes back, Leakers sink faster.

  • MrPingPong

    Some quick thoughts on the Mavs game, as our beloved Lakers lost again.

    Lin got hit on the nose a couple of times in the game and had to sit down due to a bleeding nose with less than 5 min to play in the game. Lin was hit on the face and was called for an offensive foul. A dubious call in my view, but this was not the first time Lin got called that way. I am used to that by now. At that time the Lakers were up 90-89. But everything went downhill once Lin stepped out.

    Lin did not shoot well again. But he did get the balls many times to the bigs in close range, but they failed to convert or simply turned the ball over. May be it’s just me, but Lin didn’t seem to care much any more. I think he is tired of playing for BS, who does everything to marginalize him. There is only so much a man can take. Why bleed for nothing?

    Good night everybody!

    • Sage

      @PingPong. Did you see how happy Boozer was with Lin when he dumped off a potential layoff so that Boozer could get an easier shot. After that, BS sat down both Lin and Boozer and Lakers could not buy a basket. I am convinced BS is trying to tank. He rotates in players in the last few minutes that are not going to be able to score or play defense. Well, if you cannot score and you cannot play defense, you will lose.

      • ThaRealist & The Truth Hurts

        He has to tank. Look at how many other teams are openly tanking. If the Lakers accidentally climb out of the top 5 and have to give up their first round pick, THEN, BS will be fired. Other teams like the 76ers try to lose every game, so BS can’t risk it. Early picks are too valuable, and with Kobe’s huge contract they can’t sign more free agents to improve, it has to be through the draft. Giving away a pick after a year like this one would be a travesty for the Lakers. Sucks for Lin and anyone on the team trying to win, but its not going to change.

      • MrPingPong

        Yep, that’s typical of Lin’s game: pass the ball to the teammate who is in a better position to score. BS just doesn’t want Lin and his teammates to have fun playing team BB, does he? The euphemism here is tanking. And yes, as TTH says, it sucks for Lin and his teammates who are laying everything on the court trying to win.

  • ashley

    This one thing that The Truth Hurts said about Lin in the playoffs last season–“He had some very costly turnovers in the playoffs and was definitely responsible for one loss”–is untrue and unfair to Lin. I don’t recall Lin had “some very costly turnovers” but that he did have one that lead to the overtime, NOT the LOSS! It was Beverley’s turnover that cost them the game. And it was obviously their superstar Harden’s ball hogging and very poor shooting that cost them the first two games against the Blazers. On the other hand, Lin was directly responsible for the Rockets’ only two wins–one with the hassle play and assist to Troy and the other with his amazing Linsane play. At that time, Lin fans were unhappy about the fact that McHale threw Lin under the bus and the Rockets’ media, as well as some fans, were again, scapegoating Lin, with The Truth Hurts being one of them. The Rockets’ fans were so outrageous that they even booed Lin in the fifth game. No, the world doesn’t revolve around Lin, but that definitely is strong evidence of how Lin, the Rockets’ bench player, who played his heart out for the team, who hassled for the ball and then unfortunately lost it, could easily be targeted while his teammates could do nothing wrong.

    • ashley

      “hustled” instead of “hassled.” By the way, Lin’s teammates really did “nothing” in that last nine seconds’ play in the 6th game against the Blazers.

    • ThaRealist & The Truth Hurts

      That’s a straw man argument. I never claimed that his teammates could do no wrong. The Blazers defended Harden well, and we did not have a solid backup plan. You all seem to think the only thing holding us back was not playing Lin more, I disagree.

      • old & in the way

        You are not acknowledging what you said. You said that Jeremy was responsible for one of the Rockets losses against Portland in last year’s play-offs. He was not. It takes a very biased view to come to this conclusion based on what actually occurred. Do you want to respect your own position or do you want to change it when it pleases you…all 255 pounds of you? Oh, I forgot…I’m senile and you aren’t yet. But you creep closer to it by the day. I’m already here. I’m use to it. I guess that gives me an advantage over you. What was it that Mark Twain said? Don’t argue with a stupid person. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

      • ashley

        My point is Lin was being unfairly blamed for the loss of game 4, and what you said in your post is untrue.

    • old & in the way

      Dear Ashley:

      All of your points are valid and correct in my view. Jeremy was not responsible for one of the Houston losses to Portland in last year’s play-offs as TTH has incorrectly and irresponsibly stated. Your memory of events is consistent with mine which are in contradiction to TTH’s memory of those games against Portland. I agree with you that Jeremy was consistently scapegoated in Houston and blamed for much more than he deserved to be blamed. Now the same biases and prejudices are being displayed in Los Angeles under the coaching staff there. This is no coincidence by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. It is called racism and the deniers can deny all they want. Denial does not change anything on the ground in any way. Racism is racism and it is unacceptable no matter who the victim is. The so-called “race” of the victim is irrelevant. It is still racism in all cases. It doesn’t stop being racism because the victim is Asian. Hello. Am I talking to children here? I should apologize to children as I suspect children would have less trouble understanding this than the adults. And isn’t that sad? I think it is and it says a lot about American culture in my view. And it is not good.

      • ThaRealist & The Truth Hurts

        You are so delusional, and people like you are the reason LOF’s are despised by the fans of every team he has been on. When I see this play: http://youtu.be/vh_wLpQjh6k
        I see an out of control, panicked player turning the ball over at the worst possible moments, and costing his team a win. If we have a game won, and you send it to overtime, thus giving the other team all the momentum, even if you don’t play in OT I think the loss is your responsibility. Because there should be no OT to begin with. And the fact that you play the race card for even criticizing Lin is weak, cowardly and absolutely false. I would have the exact same opinion if it was Beverley in that video, and would believe he should be benched all of OT if he made those exact same mistakes. If you get to cry racism for any difference of opinions about Lin, then you are also a racist bigot for your criticisms of Byron Scott, Kobe and all the other black men you constantly insult. As for your little 255 comment, I’m not that far away, I live in Vegas. Anytime you want to verify if I’m the real deal, you just let me know, old man. But just know you are the reason Laker fans constantly come to Rockets forums and subreddits asking if we had the same issues with Lin fans. Crying racism at any basketball critique, when race has nothing to do with it. Its ignorant, weak, and a complete cop out.

        • ashley

          After Lin got picked, there was still quite some time left for a few plays to happen–the Blazers player didn’t make the basket, both Beverley and Lin hustled for the ball but couldn’t get it, then a Blazer player hit the ball with Lin running up trying to defend him. So how could you blame Lin for the loss? And why don’t you blame Beverley for the turnover in the OT at all? Isn’t it common for teams to have OT in both regular games and playoff games? And why did you say Lin panicked? Didn’t you see in that little stretch, both teams’ players were hustling and playing hard against each other? Are players on other teams blamed for sending the game to the OT? In that video, Lin’s play wasn’t even the final deadly one that sent the game to OT. One can even argue it’s the Rockets’ poor defense that did it.

          I like the fact that The Truth Hurts has somewhat come to his senses and has been offering some different but rational enough opinions regarding Lin. However, I have to point out what I think is untrue and unfair, which might serve to reveal some underlying biases against Lin.

        • old & in the way

          You distort the truth to accommodate your own biases. It is ironic that you have chosen the online name that you use given the reckless manner in which you deal with the truth and reality as well. Whose truth and whose reality? Your world is pure fiction and exists only in your own head and nowhere else. The guy who runs this website has made a video that is on You Tube that painstakingly breaks this play down and demonstrates that the turnover was not what Lin critics and haters have made it out to be. If you do a search on JLintel at You Tube you can watch his video and listen to his presentation. I urge you to do so to get another perspective. I doubt that it will change your mind as your mind seems a bit closed to me but at the very least it will enable you to see that there is another perspective on this play whether or not you agree with that perspective. I do not see as you state “a panicked player turning the ball over in the worst moment.” What I see is a player hustling and trying to make a crucial play in a pivotal moment of an important game. Jeremy Lin had no way of knowing that Mo Williams was behind him and his teammates especially Harden did nothing to help him out or let him know what was going on behind him even though they could clearly see what was going on. You should watch Jlintel’s video on You Tube on this play and perhaps you will better understand it.

          Regarding me you are very reckless with details and the truth. I am not a LOF and have never claimed to be one. I love Jeremy Lin’s basketball style. I love the way he plays. I love his story from New York and Linsanity. But I am not a LOF. I have been following the NBA for 58 years. I was originally a Bill Russell fan. When he was drafted by Boston I became an instant Boston fan as did many other people living here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have had many favorite players in the NBA like Purvis Short, Jamal Wilkes, Larry Bird, Doctor J, Dennis Rodman, Akeem Olajuwan and Tim Duncan just to name a few. But even if I were a LOF it would not change the fact that people who expose racist behaviors are not responsible for the racist behaviors and are not themselves automatically racist for having exposed the racist behaviors of others. Your argument that LOF’s are responsible for Lin’s bad treatment is absurd and ridiculous and exposes you for the hater and biased individual that you are. You can remain in denial over your own biases for as long as you wish but it will not alter my perceptions of you one bit. You distort the truth to accommodate your own biases. I am not saying that you are the only one on this planet who does this. Everyone does this to a degree. But you seem to want to absolve yourself of any bias at all which is nonsense. To me denying racism is much weaker than exposing it. You say that “crying racism,” which is an extremely provocative use of language, is a weakness and is cowardly. I say it is just the opposite. Crying that it doesn’t exist when it clearly does is weak and cowardly. And your argument that my criticism of Byron Scott is racially motivated is unsubstantiated by the facts. I have been in the past just as critical of Kevin McHale as Byron Scott. It is your interpretations of my criticisms that is racially charged and not my actual criticisms. You need to clear your head of all the misconceptions and bogus perceptions that fill it before you will be able to objectively assess anything I write.

          Also, I do not care how much you weigh, how big you are, how strong you may be physically, who you can beat up or who you can’t beat up. Posturing as though these things should matter to anyone older than junior high school age is immature and silly. I care about your ideas. How big are your ideas? How strong are your ideas? Can your ideas beat up my ideas? That is the question. Do your ideas have any validity or credibility? That is the question. Your physical size and your ability to defend yourself are irrelevant on this website and in this forum. Can your ideas defend themselves? So far to me your ideas are absurd and beyond the ability of anyone to defend.

          • ThaRealist & The Truth Hurts

            So, just ignore the fact that Beverley would be and has been benched for similar plays right? Yeah, don’t address those points. And its Hardens job to tell Lin that someone might be coming to steal the balk with less than a minute in a close playoff game? Really? You just grab the ball and wait for the intentional foul. You don’t start dribbling like a moron. Your own biases blind you more than what you accuse me of, but you’ll never be honest.

          • old & in the way

            Just watch JLintel’s video on this play and you may learn more about it than anything I or anyone else can write about it. The video breaks the play down in ways that are convincing to me and have been convincing to others. Maybe to you, too.

  • MrPingPong

    OK, I apologize for inadvertently re-open the old wound of Rockets vs Blazers of last post-season.

    TTH’s opinion is that of most Rockets fans. We, Lin fans, have a different opinion. There is no point in debating this any further. I really believe that THH has made peace with us. So let’s agree to disagree and move forward to another episode of the Jeremy Lin story. The Tank-a-thon is nearing its end. Will there be a cliff hanger? 🙂

    Having said that, I would like to invite TTH to read this old article by our Philosopher, JeremyLintel, on Game 4. 😉

    http://www.jeremylintel.com/2014/04/27/mchale-benches-lin-for-not-having-eyes-in-the-back-of-his-head-rockets-lose-game-4/

    And of course, since this is the Internet, you don’t have to click on the link and read it if you don’t want to, right? 🙂

    • old & in the way

      Sorry. But I disagree. TTH needs to be held accountable for what he writes. You do not need to apologize for anything. And there is no need for things to always be peaceful and copasetic. Sometimes disagreements make the ground shake. There is nothing wrong with that. Forced peace is phony anyway so what purpose does it serve? If TTH is going to write things that are incorrect he deserves to have his false arguments exposed for what they are. That is the way it is on a two-way street. It isn’t a personal attack if one argues actual points of discussion. I think so far everyone is doing that. It is okay to me that last year’s Portland-Houston play-off series is a point of contention. I think Ashley’s post was right-on. I think TTH’s response was weak and didn’t do anything to embellish his argument and POV.

      • Gary (the broken glass) Teng

        My Dear old & in the way,

        Warmest greetings from the City of Lost Wages (aka Las Vegas.) 🙂

        Lately, TTH seems to start saying something rational and sensible, albeit I also personally believe that most of his conclusions are still very misguided and/or plain wrong. Maybe this is just because he has a very different belief, perspective, or angle from that of We the Linfans’.

        In addition, our beloved Professor MrPingPong had jumped out to play the role of peacemaker. Out of respect of him, we should give TTH the benefit of doubt and have a temporary ceasefire unless TTH starts to revert to his old self.

        The former President Nixon once famously said that, “Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”

        Another former President Lincoln said something even much more wise and true — “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

        I really hope that we can win over TTH’s heart in the long run. Anyway, who needs enemy?!

        Please take good care of yourself and have a wonderful day!~~~

        Time for me to go back to the table, forget anything and everything related to Tankers and nonsense BS, and win some $$$ to but yet another used B/W TV set. 🙂

        • ThaRealist & The Truth Hurts

          I responded to him, somewhat angrily, but not with racism. I live in Vegas too and have no issue with you. If you’re ever in summerlin I’ll buy you a drink and show you that I am who I say I am on here anytime.

        • MrPingPong

          Thank you, DGT, for your kind support!

          Boy, you are one crazy dude trying to beat the House in Vegas heh!

          Check this out:

          http://youtu.be/l2sMU8qsUl4

          • Gary Teng

            Dear Professor MrPingPong,

            Your enclosed scarecrow micro movie won’t affect me a bit in my determination to play some Russian Roulette at the Paris Casino. In fact, I not only intend to beat the house, but also to bring down the Eiffel Tower. 🙂

            Unfortunately, so far I have won only enough $$$ to buy a used rabbit ear (i.e., set-top antenna.) 🙁

            And miles to go before I slip,
            And miles to go before I sleep.

            BTW: Please don’t open anymore Pandora box in your sleeves. 🙂

            Dear ThaRealist & The Truth Hurts,

            Thank you for your gracious offer. I will gladly take a rain check.

            As you may not know, I don’t (normally) drink any alcoholic beverage. So you just need to buy me a Shirley Temple (or a Roy Roger will do.) Please make sure it has three maraschino cheery and an umbrella on top of it. 🙂

            I have noticed that you have stopped name calling in your latest reply. This is a good step in the right direction. Please keep up the good work and let us have an adult debate.

            If everyday we wake up angry when we find out the milk in our cereal is white or the soy sauce on our eggs is black, life will become extremely miserable and intolerable. Wouldn’t you agree?!

            Have a pleasant and joyful day!~~~

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and non-Lin fans, just making conversation here…

    First thing first, this is for our Ruskie Roulette DGT to wish him lots of luck against the Eiffel Tower:

    http://youtu.be/ucubLr3ZLbw

    It’s game day for Lin and our beloved Lakers against the sputtering Pistons. While the folks at SSR seem to have lost interest, the fans at DBB, though depressed by their team’s 6-game losing streak, do make an attempt to provide a “detailed analysis” of tonight’s game.

    Ever since their star guard Jennings went down with a season ending Achilles tear, the Pistons have not been the same. Their playoff hope is pretty much dashed. They traded for Reggie Miller, who does not seem to know how to share the ball and consequently has not helped the team at all. So the main attraction tonight will be Clarkson vs Miller.

    I like Clarkson and I think he is doing very well and hope that he will continue to do so, but I only care about Lin. I was told by my Ouija board that Lin will get about 25 min, give or take a few seconds. And yes, he did get to practice PnR in preparation for this game, by himself!

    Before I forget, I just have to quote here a comment made by a Pistons fan on their DDB site: “…(I) am optimistic about maybe watching this team look competent against a team who’s coach is dumb enough that he might think it’s smart to start Ryan Kelly.” This guy must be one of those closet LOFs, I’m sure. 😉

    Letzzz Gooo, JL17!

    • Maybe DGT will make enough to buy the Lakers hehe

      • MrPingPong

        Good one , Charlie!

        Letzzz Gooo, DGT!

  • MrPingPong

    Some quick thoughts after the Pistons game.

    A miracle happened: BS actually let Lin run the show to close the game! Lin made some clutch FTs as time ran out. Lin was calm and composed as usual. And guess what? The Lakers won 93-85.

    DGT, my friend, I hope you are winning too!

    Have good night/morning everyone, where you are on this WEB!

    • Gary Teng

      Dear Charlie S and Professor MrPingPong,

      Thank you both for your well wishes. 🙂

      Although the chance of winning enough $$$ at the City of Lost Wages to become the new owner of the Lakers team is smaller than the probability of my giving birth of octuplets next month, I will definitely give it my best shot at the crap table.

      If miracle does happen, the first thing I plan to do is to marry a Lakers girl and then take a month-long honeymoon vacation to the Paradise Island, Bahamas. I will think about the second thing to do after my honeymoon trip. 🙂

      BTW: This is the 1000th game BS coaches. That is why he let Lin play the whole 4th quarter to close out the game to ensure a win in his pocket. Deep inside BS’ heart, he knows that Lin is a much safer bet than…

      • MrPingPong

        Dear DGT, the Gambler:

        In retrospect, I think you are right about why BS let Lin close out the game. So no miracle there after all for a sucker of fairy tale ending like myself.

        And speaking of fairy tales, I’ve heard that Vegas is a great town for fairy tale weddings. I’m also a sucker for romance, so keep us posted on your pursuit of your Lakers dream girl.

        Finally, a video for DGT, the Gambler:

        https://youtu.be/Jj4nJ1YEAp4

        • Gary Teng

          Dear Professor MrPingPong,

          Too little, too late. It is all over!~~~ 🙁

          Why didn’t you share this excellent YouTube video with me some 37 years ago when this smash was first released?!

          My problem at the casinos is always that I either left the table one hand too early or N hands too late.

          This trip I am a total loser:

          1. I did not win enough $$$ to even replace my broken TV set, let along marry my dream Lakers girl.

          2. Upon learning my secret intention, my Lakers grandma decided to take preemptive strike to ensure that bitch (that’s how she called her) would get at most 1/4 of my remaining assets (if there was anything left.) My Lakers grandma never gets mad. She just gets even and gets everything. 🙂

          Oh, what a night
          You know I didn’t even know her name
          But I was never gonna be the same
          What a lady, what a night…

          The Four Seasons – December, 1963

          • MrPingPong

            Easy come easy go, as they say, Dear DGT. Sorry about your broken TV and broken romance. Back to rooting crazily for Jeremy Lin then! 🙂

            37 years ago there ain’t no Youtube, no Internet, no Lin fans websites, and NBA fans don’t go fight each other in virtual reality. Those were the good ole days, as our friend Old&In can attest to that. The full Gambler movie can viewed on Youtube in case you haven’t seen it already.

            BTW, Woody Allen made a movie called Midnight in Paris. I strongly recommend it.

    • Chirico

      Good to see BS let JLin close the game.
      However, like other fans noticed, JLin did not receive any block on his stats last night.

      http://twitter.com/Gadgetomi/status/575519693513056256/photo/1

      It was obvious that JLin should at least got two blocks last night vs Pistons but NBA record keeper decided to ignore them and grant them to other players.

      @old & in,
      Did you mention this in one of your brilliant articles?

      • MrPingPong

        Yes Chirico, as we all know, a notoriously bad defender like Lin with no athletics ability, could not have blocked any shots from anybody. The photo was obviously doctored, right? 🙁

        Just to bring back some good memory, here is a video that I took a couple of seasons ago:

        https://youtu.be/7qrrxlQ1Leg

        • Gary (the empty pocket) Teng

          Dear Professor MrPingPong,

          Facing the facts you painstakingly laid out, it pains me to admit that your (lame) defense does have some merit and validity. I therefore only held you 99.99% responsible for my latest heavy loss at the City of Lost Wages. 🙂

          Yes, easy come easy go. Just like money come money go. The problem is always that it goes much faster than it comes. 🙁

          No more ghost movies for me for the time being. I am studying the classic book “Beat the Dealer” by Professor Edward Thorp right now.

          I shall return (to the City of Lost Angles.)

      • old & in the way

        Dear Chirico:

        Thank you for the kind and flattering words about my articles. But I doubt that any of them are truly “brilliant.” Rather I think they are just honest. But I can honestly say that I have now written enough of them that I can’t remember for sure everything that I may have mentioned in any of them let alone all of them. If not in my articles though perhaps in the comments section I have long voiced the well known fact that Jeremy gets short-changed on his stats on a regular basis. There doesn’t seem to be anything that anyone can do to alleviate this problem. The question becomes then, “are all the players being similarly screwed on their stats?” I simply don’t know and have no way of knowing. I don’t have access to any data in this regard one way or the other. I would like to know more about this topic than I do. It may just be that the NBA is not very accurate when it comes to keeping stats on everyone and not just Jeremy. But Jeremy is the only player that I monitor closely enough to be aware of the problem though it certainly does exist. To what degree and whether or not it is league wide is unknown to me.

      • MrPingPong

        OK, good news for Lin: the NBA has corrected their mistakes and gave Lin credit for the block shown in the above twitter message. Check out this NBA video for all of Lin’s blocks in all of the games in March (yes, Lin did make a few blocks in more than one game):

        http://on.nba.com/1BvjFM0

        Chirico mentioned two blocks, but I’m not sure which other one he was talking about. There was only one block credited to the whole team, and Lin was the one who got the credit.

        • Chirico

          It’s great to know that NBA corrected it.

          Anyway, another one might be a marginal block by their standard.

          As for if this is a norm for NBA to miscount stats, you are right, we do not know as I do not close monitor stats of other players either. However I recall we had an link which points out how inaccurate NBA stats are in general. I guess it was posted by one of the regulars.