Interacting With High End Negative Impact Critics
by old & in the way
In Recent weeks and months I have had some very interesting but also frustrating, annoying and occasionally disturbing interactions with…I will use the term only here in the beginning…trolls whatever your own personal specific definition of the term might be. But trolls are what I am referring to in this instance. But trolls do not like to be called trolls and I don’t blame them given the negative connotation of the term. Although given the negative behavior of trolls perhaps it is an appropriate term. Still trolls no more. For the purpose of this article I will use the reference “high end negative impact critics.” I think this is a more accurate and precise description of who and what these people are. High end meaning they are very vocal and virtually impossible to ignore and often rude and aggressive. Negative impact meaning their assessments of Jeremy are almost always negative and much more frequently so than any accolades they send his way. To me a high end negative impact critic is someone who seems to have a pronounced bias against Jeremy Lin, does not have a high regard for his basketball skill set or his performance on the basketball court, often scapegoats Jeremy harshly and unfairly and is dedicated to discrediting Jeremy’s supporters as being irrational and fanatical. One common way to discredit his supporters has been through the use of the spurious argument that Jeremy’s harsh treatment is the direct result of the fact that Jeremy Lin fans are so extreme in the positions they take that they alienate the coaching and front offices staffs of whatever team Jeremy is playing with and that the coaching and front office staff then treats Jeremy worse than they otherwise would. I have, of course, never seen any data or information or resource of any kind that supports this contention. It is absurd on its surface as well as upon a more detailed examination. I have also never seen any data or studies or sources of information that would indicate or somehow verify that Jeremy Lin fans are any different or any more vocal than anyone else’s fans. This is just fraudulent fiction as far as I can tell that is treated as though it were factual when it clearly isn’t. This seems to be a part of the Jeremy Lin bias that is accepted as gospel by the high end negative impact critics. I have heard this notion expressed over and over again by many different individuals. There is, of course, no evidence to back this claim as it is absurd on the face of it. Nevertheless I have heard this claim constantly from many sources and many people in spite of its absurdity.
Another common claim of the high end negative impact critics is that those of us who support Jeremy Lin are extremely irrational or flawed in some way and need to change our behavior in order to be as perfect as they are since they apparently see themselves as perfect examples of how human beings should act. Thus we are senile and they are not so we need to stop being so senile and they do not. We are vile and they are not so we have to stop being so vile but they do not. We are not being honest with ourselves but they are and so we have to be more honest but they do not. We are distorting the truth but they are not and so we must stop distorting the truth but they do not. Again there is obviously no scientific data to support any of these contentions. No more than there is any to validate that Lin fans are the reason he is mistreated.
There are two other major points of contention that are continuously referenced by high end negative impact critics of Jeremy Lin. The first one that people always bring up is game 4 of last years play-off series between Portland and Houston. The infamous alleged Lin turnover that “lost the game for Houston” with 30 seconds left in regulation. This is an absurd claim that has been brilliantly debunked by our own JLintel on his 18 minute video on You Tube. In this video JLintel breaks the play down on which Mo Williams steals the ball from Jeremy Lin after Lin’s aggressive rebound that saved a sure Portland put-back basket. JLintel has painstakingly broken this play down to demonstrate that the person least responsible for what happened on that play was ironically Jeremy Lin himself. JLintel makes a convincing argument that is well illustrated by the accompanying video footage of the actual play. I urge everyone to watch this video if you have never seen it or to re-watch it if it has been awhile since you have seen it. I re-watched it recently and it was very helpful to have my memory of that played rebooted. Each time I see JLintel’s video it is clearer to me that he has correctly dissected this play in an easy to follow and understand sequence that he explains thoroughly and clearly. It is this play that the high end negative impact critics always use to trash Jeremy as though there could be no doubt that this one play was totally responsible for Houston losing the game and Jeremy Lin was totally responsible for this play and thus responsible for the loss. This is a clear example of Jeremy being unfairly scapegoated. The truth is that Houston would have been swept without Jeremy Lin playing at the high level that he did during that series. He won game three outright on his own and he kept Houston in game five until McHale stupidly benched him with the game on the line and, of course, Houston then lost with Jeremy on the bench unable to participate in the last play when Portland won the game. You can access JLintel’s video by scrolling down the home page here at JLintel.com. In the right hand margin under the heading “featured sites” there is a link for JeremyLintel You Tube Channel. Click on this link. It is the very first video listed and is 18:04 in length.
Criticizing McHale for benching Jeremy on the last play of game five of last season’s play-off series between Houston and Portland is a good lead-in to the last point of contention that I want to address in this piece. I am damn sick of being accused of being racist whenever I criticize Byron Scott. My criticisms of Byron Scott are based on his total lack of coaching skills and are not in any way racially motivated. Of course this is one of the classic ways to silence critics and it works both ways. These high end negative impact critics complain when Jeremy’s fans site obvious racist practices directed towards Jeremy Lin but then turn right around and accuse Byron Scott’s critics of being racist. I would like to know just one person who can legitimately praise Byron Scott for his coaching of the Lakers this season. I have heard no one praise Scott’s coaching job this year. That is because no one can legitimately do so. Byron Scott has screwed up everything he has touched this season in his coaching duties. His teaching and development skills have been inadequate. His substitution patterns have been wholly inadequate. His allotment of playing time has been horrid. Adjusting his system to fit the skills of the players on his roster has been non-existent. His starting rotations have been awful. His W-L record is atrocious. He has seemingly been tanking games for much of the season. I have estimated that the Lakers could have won 10-15 more games than they have with better utilization of players like Jeremy but not just Jeremy. Byron Scott has not adequately utilized any part of his roster. It would be racist to refrain from stating these obvious facts just because he is African-American. He should be judged by the same standards by which every other coach is judged. To not do so would be racist in my view. And yet some of the high end negative impact critics have called me racist for pointing out his obvious failures as a coach. These are the same failures that everyone else has also noted and documented. It is blatantly unfair to label as racially motivated any criticisms of Byron Scott in a year when he has been awful and everyone agrees he has been awful. Thus I reject these assertions that I have been unfair or racist in my criticisms of Byron Scott this season. And you should, too, if someone tries to race bait you because you criticize an obviously incompetent NBA head coach who can’t begin to compare favorably with top NBA coaches like Doc Rivers, Alvin Gentry or Mike D’Antoni to name just a few. Gentry isn’t even a head coach but he is light years ahead of Scott when it comes to teaching and developing young players as he has done this year at Golden State as one of Steve Kerr’s top assistant coaches. Pox to Byron Scott who is notoriously incompetent and below the curve of excellent NBA head coaches…well below the curve. And pox to the high end negative impact critics who label as racist those of us who criticize coach Scott for his incompetence and not for his so-called race. It is impossible to know what is in another person’s heart and head but I am not an overt racist and reject any claims to the contrary and especially when it comes to an example of bad coaching as obvious as Byron Scott. My criticisms of Scott are not racially charged or motivated as some high end negative impact critics have claimed but naturally failed to verify. The most ironic aspect of this claim is that the high end negative impact critics themselves may be highly racist and are the last people that should be pointing the racist card at anyone else as they just may be projecting their own racist propensities onto everyone else. From my perspective that certainly seems to be the case.