Interacting With High End Negative Impact Critics

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.

  • MrPingPong

    I learned a new word from this essay: Pox.
    And now, we have a new acronym: HENIC.
    Wow!

    🙂

    • old & in the way

      Dear P&P:

      HENIC. HENIC. That could float. That could float. I hate to say it (no, I don’t!)…but pox on the Lakers and peace to Jeremy Lin. I love that kid and may all the HENIC’s go straight to MF-ing…well, you get the idea–that place that doesn’t really exist but if it did no one would want to go there and that includes all those damn HENIC’s, hey? I’ll say. HENIC heaven is just another hell to me. Somebody stop this cornball nonsense as I certainly can’t stop myself. And I hate to leave a straight line like that just lingering there but hopefully all the HENIC’s are dozing off about now and will miss a golden opportunity to pounce on it as they love to do. Pox pounce I mean. Ciao.

    • old & in the way

      Dear P&P:

      You know the possibilities are endless. These things just keep popping into my head. Get your damn HENIC out of my way. HENIC in, HENIC out. A HENIC a day will keep the doctor away NOT NOT NOT. I’ll match your HENIC and raise you a HENIC. Is any of this stuff silly enough for you? Gotta go. More HENIC nonsense a little later in our presentation then. Ciao again.

  • Kinda sounds like Heimlich Maneuver. To deal with HENICs do the HENIC maneuver.

    • old & in the way

      Yeah…the HENIC Maneuver! Roll a big fat one and inhale deeply!!! Works every time. Guaranteed.

    • old & in the way

      Okay…this is the last one. I promise. Then I really have to be going.

      patient: Well, doctor, first had a panic attack and then I had a HENIC attack.

      doctor: wooooo…that sounds serious!

      • Chirico

        LOL, you surely posses a great sense of humor. Mr the old & in.

        Again, this direct sun light from you just kills a ton of bacteria.

        I wonder why this type of behavior of HENIC (high end negative Impact critics) seems to be universal. I’ve observed similar behavior in some of the poster on Chinese Lin fan forums as well. In other words, I just consider them Linsanity doubter/hater.

        However, this type of human behavior must be related to a sociological phenomenon in which a great event took place, there are certain amount of people in denial of such event and this lingers then on. Like building a castle or walls after walls, they just kept coming. Some even go out and take scouting jobs to hunt down or target specific group of people whose common idea toward such event is against their believe. Your just coined this term, Professor the old and in. HENIC.

  • JT

    Every popular figure has plenty of praisers and bashers. Some are more rational and constructive with their comments and some are just bone headed. We all are free to say anything we want and free to choose who we want to interact with. I failed to see the purpose of your post. Frustration is part of life. Picking a fight or fight just comes to you without a reason is also part of life.

    • old & in the way

      The purpose of my post was to post. What is the purpose of your comment? To comment? So I need a purpose to post but you don’t need a purpose to comment. You sound like a damn HENIC to me. Are you? I think that most people who felt this post was purposeless whatever that means wouldn’t bother to comment. But you commented on a purposeless post. Why? You contradict yourself, do you not? What is your motive?

      • Gary Teng

        Dear old & in the way,

        Another great post. Two thumbs up!~~~

        I feel your pain.

        Lefties and progressives always like to play the race card, sex card, etc.

        If you disagree with any of Barack Hussein Obama II policy, you will surely be accused of a racist. If you dare to question the motive of Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton concealment of her emails, you are for sure a sexist.

        Even when you just call a spade a spade, you will be labeled a suspect of professional card counter.

        You just can’t win… 🙁

        • old & in the way

          Dear Dr. Gary:

          I think existence on this planet is suppose to be painful. At least it sure turns out that way a lot…way too often I would say.

          Unfortunately for all of us the conservatives in America are even worse if that is possible than the liberals. They are all killer thieves and liars or at the very least owned by billionaire killer thieves and liars. Certainly the political thugs in D.C. are all liars and virtually all of them are killer thieves whoring for empire regardless of political party affiliation. I know. People don’t like me to be so bluntly honest. But I’m old and senile so WTF do I know? Not much except, of course, quite a bit. People just don’t like hearing the truth whether it is about American politicians or American basketball players. Tell the truth about anyone of them and “you are eating alone tonight, sir!” And it can get you killed to be an honorable politician or to have formerly been one that is as none seem to exist any longer. But in the old days you could have asked a dead John Kennedy what happens to politicians who try to combine honor and politics. Gotta go. Last night Jeremy did the most he could with the 22 minutes he was given. It kills me to see him playing behind stiffs he could be schooling. Ciao for now.

          Oh…I almost forgot. One more HENIC pun. I’m a HENICphelia. If I get cut by a HENIC I don’t stop bleeding for a very long time. I’m sure there will be more or these HENIC semi-precious gems. But for now I think I should stop. Really got to go this time. So ciao again.

          • old & in the way

            Sorry…that should have been “I’m a HENICpheliac.”

      • JT

        All I am trying to comment is that most things in life are shades of grey. We are all different in some way and that will always be the case. I guess even with what I thought was a benign comment, I received an unexpected reaction from you. I will stop myself from commenting your post going forward. Good day.

        • old & in the way

          Dear JT:

          I apologize for misunderstanding your intent. I mistook you for someone who was trying to ridicule the Lin fan’s point of view. It seemed to me that the purpose of my post was apparent. It seems to me that there is so much purpose in my post that one would need hip boots to not be engulfed by it. Apparently that was not the case. The serious and non-flippant answer to your question which I didn’t give you the first time is that the purpose of my post was to continue to shed light on Jeremy Lin’s situation, to debunk the Portland-Houston game 4 nonsense about Jeremy’s late regulation time turnover and to urge people to watch Jlintel’s video which I think is an important one. Another purpose of my post was to expose race-baiting. Another purpose was to expose the double standards employed by Jeremy’s harshest critics. It puzzles me that I have to tell you these things. Weren’t they apparent? I thought they were. Since your inquiry was apparently innocent I am sorry I didn’t just give you a serious answer. Having been pounded by various harsh criticisms from comments on this blog I grow weary of the personal attacks and mistakenly thought this was just another one. I think Jeremy’s harsh critics need to be confronted and held accountable for what they write about him and us that is inaccurate. I think this view has as much merit as the view that they should just be totally ignored. If they would go away on their own I would just ignore them. But they keep coming back and it is unclear to me why they have such a need to disturb others who are doing nothing to disturb them. Why can’t they just leave us alone and let us believe what we want to believe? That’s what I want. I don’t want critics of Jeremy coming here and trying to tell me how I should feel about anything. What’s it to them? If I want to believe that Jeremy is the best thing since Michael Jordan, so what? Who cares what I think and why do they care so much?

          Do whatever you want to do as far as future comments are concerned and what you feel you need to do. I am sorry I mistook you for a HENIC.

  • Forthelin

    “The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks.”

    Old, I enjoy reading your informative posts and I get a lot out of them. However, on a personal note, I tilt toward JT’s take on this. Trolling is just an adult version of bullying. I don’t bother to respond past a couple of posts with trolls because it’s a waste of time. It’s fine if you choose to, but I don’t really understand the point of arguing with no possibility of convincing the other, and really nothing is at stake except for ego. I like and follow Jeremy Lin, and I understand jealousy and projections of self-hate and all of that, so I try not to go there. It’s a cliché, but why devolve to that level?

    • old & in the way

      Dear Forthelin:

      As I tried to explain to JT above I think it is important to confront people who are misrepresenting and distorting the truth as I perceive it. Differences of opinion are common in sports and everything else in life. But some people go way beyond the pail with their criticisms and have truly malevolent motives. I think doing nothing just makes the problem worse. Social change takes a very long time but to me is worth the effort. One thing I left out in the above post to JT is that one of the main purposes of my post if not the main purpose was to express my feelings on all of the issues that effect Jeremy Lin. To me that has great relevance from a personal, social and political perspective. I don’t think ignoring a problem is often the best solution. Sometimes it is but my guess would be without having access to any actual data on this topic that more often it is not the best solution. So if you disagree I don’t know what to say as I’m not likely to change my perspective on this matter. I think people need to speak up and not shut up. If we all united together as one entity and confronted the trolls/critics they would have no choice than to go away. But sometimes I feel like I am the only one here at this website who wants to take a strong anti-troll stance. So I don’t really know where to go with this. I want the unreasonable critics to go away and leave us alone. If you are saying, that will never happen I respect that view. I don’t know if that is the case or not. I would like to try to rid this site of the unreasonable critics. That’s all I’m saying. I feel better trying to get rid of them than doing nothing. I feel better doing something whether or not I ever get the results I want. I just may get the desired results. One can’t know without at least trying to alleviate the problem. Well, I have a life here I have to try to fit in between all of this JLintel stuff so I really gotta go. Ciao for now.

      • ashley

        Mr. Old, you’re not alone. I believe in doing something too. I think comments on this site could be read by thousands of people and if anything false about Lin is posted here, we as Lin supporters should do something to right the wrong. Last night I was glad to discover Sage’s post about Game 4, which gave valid points to rebut the false, biased perception about Lin, so we’re not alone. Nevertheless, I was also aware that all those arguments could be boring, since they’re about an old issue, and unpleasant, to Mr. PingPong and GT, who were playing the role of wise, humorous peacemakers.

        Mr. Old, you must be angry about the false claim of racism against you, but I don’t want you to get too riled up, because that’s what the HEINC wants, and that’s bad for your health. Since anyone could post here, it may not be possible to rid this site of trolls, unless a moderator could do something about it.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Ashley:

          Thank you for your support and kind words. It is good to know that I am not the only “truth seeker” who comes to this website regularly. Sometimes it gets lonely out here in the cold. So thanks for joining spirits with me. You are certainly welcome and I am grateful to know we are one on this issue. Ciao to you for now.

        • Chirico

          Dear The old & in,

          Do you know you could just remove any comment under the articles listed by you?

          if you don’t like the HENIC comments just simply trash them.

          And as much as I enjoy reading you post when I saw HENIC comments I just laugh.

          • Chirico

            I mean please relax and don’t take it too personal.

            I did saw some comments I my previous post that crossed the line and was definitely a personal insult or attack.

            However, I was more amazed by the replies from you and others in which I feel it was a classic example of displaying the huge moral difference between trolls and us. True Lin fans would easily know who is telling the truth.

        • MrPingPong

          Thank you, Ashley, for your kind words.

          An instinctive reaction to when being attacked is fear. Fear can be expressed in many ways, like getting angry, running away, hiding, sticking one’s head in the sand (like an ostrich), etc… I choose humor as my expression of fear, nothing so wise about that, if that makes any sense at all!

          😉

      • Forthelin

        Old, I understand what you are saying. I think the issue for me is not whether the trolls will leave because enough people challenge them; it is that that is precisely the heightened response they crave. They make racist, untrue statements for shock value, to arouse anger and foment hate. I resort to silence because it is an effective response to idiocy and hate. Haters never respond to their own venomous comments–they steam inside when no responses confirm their inadequacies as a person. They know when someone has just judged them as a waste of life and is slowly retreating toward the door.

        • Chirico

          Forthelin,

          I agree with you. Spot on!

  • MrPingPong

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

    It’s game day again for Lin and our beloved Lakers against the Knicks. Boy, there is absolutely no interest in the game on PostingAndToasting, the Knicks fans site. At the time of this writing, there is no game preview there. Those folks on that site have decided to watch College and D-leagues balls instead. They briefly mention their beloved Knicks playing a late night game against the Lakers in their discussion of College and D-leagues balls. Lin is a distant memory to them. Time has the usual effect of erasing memories, even good ones.

    On our side, SSR does not have much to say either. Nobody cares about winning “meaningless” games any more. It’s all about tanking to get a high draft pick. As to me, I always root for the Lakers to win, because Lin and many of his teammates play to win. Lin has a bruised thigh as result of a big collision with one of the Bad Boys a couple of nights ago, but he will play, provided that he is given minutes to play. With Jabari Brown inserted into the line up, I will not be surprised if Lin’s minutes get even more reduced. Oh well… I’ll tell you about my Ouija board’s prediction later tonight, after the game! 🙂

    Letzzz Gooo, JL17!

  • MrPingPong

    Some quick thoughts after the Knicks game.

    I missed the first quarter and 2/3 of the second quarter. Got to watch Lin play in last part of the third and the first part of the fourth. When BS took Lin out with about 7 min left in the game and our beloved Lakers down by 10. I switched to the Cavs and Spurs game because my Ouija already predicted a loss! (Yea, I’m just BS’ing of course).

    Well, Lin played fewer minutes and did good as prophesied by my Ouija board. And that block! This time the NBA cannot deny Lin credit for that block! Ha ha!

    Have a good night everybody!

    • ashley

      I watched the end of the third quarter and the video of that block. It’s amazing that the announcer said he’d never seen Lin do that! He didn’t know Lin could block! Wow! Lin really has a lot to prove! BTW, according to the news, BS threw a fit blaming the entire team for not playing with the right attitude, including Lin, who had 7 assists but didn’t play the last seven minutes of the 4th. If BS were tanking, then he surely put on a good show.

      • old & in the way

        Dear Ashley:

        Interesting about BS’s postgame interview. But I would say this. Tanking doesn’t mean you want to lose every game. You want to lose selected games and you want to win selected games. I think this Knicks game was one of the selected wins games. Losing to this current injury-depleted and somewhat disorganized (in spite of Jackson and Fisher) New York Knicks team is disgraceful, embarrassing and humiliating and even more so that it was a home game for Los Angeles. But BS is so incompetent that even when he wants to win a game against a very weak opponent by NBA standards he is unable to do so. Jeremy was one of the few Lakers playing well enough to guide the Lakers to a win. So what does BS do? He sits him down for the last seven minutes of the game. DUH. He plays him fewer minutes than both Ellington and Clarkson who shot a combined 8-25 and Jeremy was 4-9. Boozer and Davis were playing pretty well but they played 19 minutes and 23 minutes respectively. Wesley Johnson was having a very rough night but he got more minutes (33 of them) on the court than anyone else who played in the game for the Lakers. So I think that BS wanted this game but as he has done all year long he f’d it up completely. And then after the game as he has done all year he blamed his players and threw them under the bus to cover for his own ineptness as a coach. This is not racism. This is coaching 101. I think Byron flunked that class. Don’t you? Okay…where are the HENIC’s now to attack me for being racist? Here’s hoping you will help me defend myself, dear Ashley, when and if the personal attack comes. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

        • ashley

          Dear Mr. Old,

          You have defended yourself well through your genuine, brilliant discussions that have enlightened us all, I believe, and if any HENIC should ever come attacking you with the same illogical nonsense again, they would be idiots or morons–yeah, perhaps we might as well just resort to trash talking, as Chirico suggested, in case the HENIC is impossible to reason with, or perhaps better yet, just laugh it off or leave them alone, if not points of contention need debating and clarifying, since it would be a waste of time, emotions, and life, as has been kindly advised by several posters here.

          Indeed, as many Lin’s and Lakers’ have observed, there are games that BS wants to win, which explains why Lin got to play through the 4th quarter, but this game against the Knicks turned to be an exception. Perhaps he was too confident thinking they could beat the weak Knicks without using much of Lin. It is said BS was showing empathy to Fisher about how frustrated a rookie coach could become in his first year. And it turned he’s no better than a rookie coach. Well, I’m just glad Lin still got decent stats, despite being underused.

          • Gary Teng

            Dear old & in the way,

            The justice is on your side, so you will never be alone.

            To paraphrase President George W. Bush’s famous quote: I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you, and the people who knocked Lin down will hear all of us soon.

            Dear Ashley,

            I, on behalf of myself, want to express my sincere gratitude for your compliments to Professor MrPingPong and me. 🙂

            As Edmund Burke? aptly put it: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

            Please keep up your great work in defending Lin against the dark forces!~~~

  • Chirico

    I don’t care about how good JLin perform for the rest of the season. I know he is that good. Leakers doesn’t deserves him100% contribution with such treatment from coach and FO.
    My only concern is, is the current treatment of JLin going to make him more vulnerable to getting hurt?

  • Chirico
    • ashley

      Check out the commercial that Lin did for the product:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeiNHmiGq-E

      • Chirico

        Ashley,
        Thanks for the link. it was great to watch the commercials.

        • ashley

          You’re welcome, Chirico. To me, this endorsement deal of Lin is a surprise, an unexpected bright spot in this rather gloomy season of Lin. It shows Lin’s character and what he stands for is well recognized by this European company–the appreciation for Lin transcends ethnicities.

          • Chirico

            Love you last line. Ashley,

            “The appreciation for Lin transcends ethinicities.”

      • old & in the way

        Dear A:

        Nice. Thank you. Jeremy is tough and durable which only the HENIC’s seem not to know but that is, of course, because they are so supremely biased and ignorant. Go JLin.

  • MrPingPong

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

    By now, you’ve probably heard that BS plans to start Lin in the last 10 games. Of course, nothing is set in stone per Mark Medina:

    http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2015/03/15/lakers-byron-scott-plans-to-start-jeremy-lin-in-last-10-games-of-season/

    Why 10 and not 0? ‘Beats me! I’m pretty cynical about the whole thing. It will not surprise me to see BS starts Lin with a bunch of “scrubs” who will not be with the Lakers next season. Setting Lin up to fail, remember? According to the above article, BS wants to see how Clarkson will perform coming off the bench. Big FA PG in the works for next season, I presume. It just dawns on me that Lin (and perhaps his crazy LOFs) have driven BS linsane! Ha ha!

    So it’s game day today for Lin and our beloved Lakers against the Hawks, the best in the East! There is absolutely no interest from fans at SSR, it seems. There is a short preview there with no comments at the time of this writing, which is about less than two hours away from game time. On the other hand, the folks at PTH (PeachTreeHoops) can’t wait to get their revenge!

    OK, I have no illusion about Lin’s ability, but still, I believe if Lin is allowed to run the show, he and his “scrub” teammates will make the game competitive and fun to watch. Of course, that’s not gonna happen, and we will witness the same BS again. Lin will do well with the 20 min play time tonight. That’s all my Ouija board has to say folks!

    Letzzz Gooo, JL17!

    • old & in the way

      Yo’ Mr. PingPong:

      I, too, am cynical about anything that BS says he is going to do since he has been so duplicitous up to now and I don’t expect him to change any time soon. I will believe that BS is going to start Jeremy when he does and no sooner than that. But even if he starts Jeremy but doesn’t take the cuffs off the results will be the same as in the beginning of the year. If he allows Jeremy to play point guard and run the offense we all know what Mr. Lin is capable of delivering to a team concept of b-ball. His track record is well honed. The non-believers have two good eyes most of them but still can’t see. I think that it is pretty remarkable that Jeremy has been as productive as he has this year given everything to which he has been subjected that is designed to set him up for failure. But he hasn’t failed even under these horrid Lakers circumstances. It has been one obstacle or another all season long and we all know what they have been. Nevertheless, he is still standing and producing and many others around him are not and have stopped producing at all like Nick Young and Koby. This is because Jeremy Lin is one tough son-of-a-gun. In time even the HENIC’s will have to admit this. It is only a matter of when. He will prosper tonight although as you have predicted probably in a BS imposed reduced role. But even BS can’t stop him completely. Go, Jeremy. Ciao for now.

  • old & in the way

    Of the ten Lakers who played last night against Atlanta Jeremy played a team low 19 minutes. Clarkson and Ellington played 31 and 24 minutes respectively and were a combined 6-24 shooting. BS and Mac Hale are the two worst head coaches I have ever seen in the NBA and Jeremy has been stuck with both of them. Can you spell l-u-c-k-l-e-s-s? Except, of course, for MDA and that was very l-u-c-k-f-u-l. I think it is way past time for Jeremy to ying-yang his way back to someone like MDA next year and I can’t wait for this to happen. The Leakers and BS are the scourge of the league right now for Jeremy and every other player. It is very difficult to hang with this shit. If I didn’t like Jeremy Lin so much I wouldn’t hang with this shit. As it is I simply have no choice but than to continue to witness this total Leakers debacle and dismemberment as it were. I love Jeremy. I hate the Leakers and BS. 17 more games to suffer through and then emancipation proclamation. April 20th. or bust. I live now for July 2015 and free agency.

    • MrPingPong

      Hey you are up early there on the West coast, dear Old&In! Good morning to you!

      Yeah, it’s tough to hang with this sh*t! I stopped watching when BS took Lin out at the 9 min mark in the 4th. My Ouija board pretty much on the dot with the number of minutes played for Lin. The silver lining here is the fewer minutes Lin plays the less chance for injury. But then the draw back is his stats won’t look good. I guess you win some and lose some. For me, staying healthy is more important at this point. I don’t really see the point for Lin to bleed and sacrifice his body for this sorry team.

      Onto the Dubs tonight! Hey, you might want to consider attending the game, Old&In! Dunno how one goes about getting “cheap” tickets for Dubs games, but here in Houston, I was always able to buy tickets to Rockets games at 50% discount on the Web.

      Have a great Northern California day!

      • old & in the way

        Dear Mr. PingPong:

        Good morning to you. I am up early every morning. Medical issues have turned me into a “farmer.” Prior to a few years ago I had been a lifelong night person but one must roll with the punches and adjust to the trials and tribulations with which life tests all of us. It is just a matter of when and where. Once I got use to it there wasn’t that much difference in my mind between being a night person and a morning person. It is even quieter at 4 and 5am than it was at 2 and 3am. At 2 and 3am I use to still hear some traffic sounds in the deep background. But at 4 and 5am I hear nothing. And to hear nothing is what I want. It was one of the reasons I was a night person in the first place. For the relative silence of it. I love silence. It is good for writing and thinking and reading. I prefer the ambient background noise to be low or non-existent. An urban environment is way too noisy for me much of the time. But I can not change it or move back to the countryside again because of medical issues. Moving would be too disruptive for me anyway in my present physical state. I am stuck where I am. Fortunately the S.F. Bay Area is a survivable place to be stuck culturally and intellectually as well as physically.

        I, too, turned the game off when BS yanked Jeremy at the 9 minute mark. I knew he wouldn’t put him back in and he didn’t so I didn’t miss anything as it turned out. I agree that at this point Jeremy’s health is the most important thing. So in that regard, “bravo!” to the 19 minutes. I definitely don’t want Jeremy to injure himself for this as you say “sorry ass” team. Me, too, all the way P&P!! Sorry ass coaches, too, and even more so than the roster of players. Probably much more so. It may be that a head coach is just a reflection of his assistants. He can’t be good unless they are good. It may be that BS is just the one we see but in reality they all have to stink for him to stink this badly.

        I would like to see an NBA game like the Warriors for sure but medical issues again make it too problematic for me to do so. People here in the Bay Area can not believe that this Warriors team has become as good as it has. It is surreal as this franchise has been floundering for decades. But apparently no longer. I know it is happening but it is so hard to believe that the entire thing seems unreal. If Jeremy is ever able to achieve equity from NBA officials like referees and coaches it will feel similar I am sure to the fact that as of today the Golden State Warriors are 52-12. I see it in print. I have listened to more and more of the games as Jeremy’s season has slowly vanished. But I still can’t believe that it is real. If Jeremy ever gets back into a good for him situation in the NBA it, too, will seem as unreal to me as this current Warriors’ team if you know what I mean.

        Gotta go. Ciao for now. Have a great Texas day if that isn’t an oxymoron.

    • Almost there! Soon we’ll be at single digit games left.

      • old & in the way

        Dear Charlie:

        Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero…NIRVANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MrPingPong

    I watched the Dubs game last night until Lin was taken out with about 3 min left to play. Though our beloved Lakers lost, it was a rather entertaining game. Lin was scratching and clawing and blocking and taking charges and attacking, trying so hard to win. So many botched assists by Boozer and Kelly! 🙁

    Anyway, the topic du jour is TOs. Yeah, Lin committed 5 TOs. I went back and reviewed Lin’s TOs at the NBA.com site. I think the first one was caused by a foul on Lin by Curry that was not called. You could see Lin complaining to the refs after he blocked Green’s shot. Then there were two botched high-risk passes: one to Booz and one to ED. That was Lin’s style: high-risk/high-reward passes. I think Lin gambled because going all out seemed to be the only way to beat GSW. Lin gambled and lost. (Suddenly, I think of our friend DGT’s trip to Vegas). So BS sat Lin down. In case you don’t know it, here is an article about BS vs Lin on the subject of TO:

    http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2015/03/17/lakers-jeremy-lin-byron-scott-at-odds-over-his-turnovers/

    In this article, Lin revealed he’s been playing with an injured right wrist. Of course, the HENICs will jump on it and call Lin injury-prone. Speaking of injuries, Klay Thompson will be out at least a week due to a sprained ankle. Injuries are hitting key (and non-soft) players of many playoff bound teams. Without its star players healthy, no NBA team can go the distance and win the big one. It’s freaking tough out there and luck does play a non-trivial role.

    So let’s hope the next couple of days will give Lin time to rest and heal his shooting wrist. Lin will give it all, no matter what. I love this guy! 🙂

    • Gary Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      I am glad to learn that I was in your thought (even in a negative way.) 🙂

      I just arrived at home (by walk.) I have left the key (and title) of my car at Vegas. 🙁

      Just to set the records straight:

      1. I only played with the $$$ originally budgeted for watching the Tankers games live at the Staples Center.

      2. Although I lost some, but at least I had a great time at the Sin City. In contrast, watching the Tankers games has become a costly form of self-torture.

      3. Everything is upside-down at the Tankers. So Lin gambled and did WIN a badly needed loss for the Tankers.

      • MrPingPong

        Dear DGT:

        As they say in Vegas, you win some and lose some… And so Lin won and lost at the same time! Beautiful, DGT! 🙂

        I’m glad that you made it home on foot OK, DGT. Your treacherous trek home made me think of this:

        https://youtu.be/0_J4TRYxpmU

        Did you get home in time to watch the Dubs game on your B&W TV using the last bits of your TWC subscription? I watched the game on the TWC stream and not the nationally televised ESPN channel. May be it was me, but Stu and Bill seemed quite complimentary and appreciative on Lin’s all out effort on both ends of the floor. What’s happening? You win some and lose some! 🙂

        • Gary Teng

          Dear Professor MrPingPong,

          Thank you for sharing this inspirational “Wise Sayings” video with me. Had you shared it with me three weeks earlier, I would have appreciated it even more. 🙂

          As I walked semi-nakedly (I forgot to mention that I lost my shirt too) on I-15 south passing the Death Valley, I was constantly reciting the Psalm 23 from the Bible, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”

          They are 16 more games left for the LA Tankers. Right after the very last game, I will say “sayonara” to the TWC.

          BTW: There is another great article “BYRON SCOTT IS A SERIAL TEAM KILLER” by Nathan Gottlieb:

          http://afansnotes.posthaven.com/byron-scott-is-a-serial-team-killer

          • MrPingPong

            You must be really thirsty, DGT!

            https://youtu.be/8beRangHSog?t=1m37s

          • Gary Teng

            Dear Professor MrPingPong,

            I was indeed thirsty, frightened, …

            But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed,
            Though I have seen my head (grown slightly bald) brought in
            upon a platter,
            I am no prophet – and here’s no great matter;
            I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
            And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,
            And in short, I was afraid.

            The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by the Nobel Prize in Literature winner T.S. Eliot (1915)

          • old & in the way

            Dear Gary:

            I have been following your semi-naked trek across California with great anticipation and am glad to learn of your successful return to your Los Angeles Basin abode. Hope you consider keeping your money in your pocket the next time you pass thru Las Vegas or any other part of Nevada. Nice little T.S. Eliot verse to celebrate your successful crossing of the Rubicon. I predict that in the future your humbling gambling experiences will haunt you no longer as you have now learned how to beat the house and that is to abstain at all times. Just don’t do it. A winner is just someone who knows when to say, “no!” May that be you from now on. Just say, no! And I like your new shirt, too. Hope you didn’t get too sunburned on your journey home.

            In another matter it kills me that anyone in the Leakers front office was stupid enough to think that Byron Scott was a good idea when MDA was not. Talk about the blind leading the blind. Although as blind people go I am also quite sure that Helen Keller were she still alive today could easily out-coach Mr. BS himself. I’m not a Vegas man but if I were I’d put all my money on Helen to dominate BS in a coaching duel to the death. I would be more than happy to trade even a healthy BS for a dead Helen. She was that good and he is that bad. I will further predict if I can get my tongue out of my cheek that once BS’s tenure with the Leakers ends he will never coach in the NBA again. About this I am serious. Even NBA owners and GM’s learn which way is up eventually when it comes to unqualified coaches who can’t coach and never should have been allowed to. Byron Scott’s NBA coaching career will end with his current job. And then we shall not have BS to kick around any longer. I won’t miss BS but I will miss the kicking around part.

            Gotta go. Ciao for now.

  • Chirico

    What can I say? As humble & patient basketball player like JLin can not hold his frustration by the BS coaching anymore.

    http://sportige.com/los-angeles-lakers-jeremy-lin-getting-tired-of-the-byron-scott-bs-03-17-2015/

    • Chirico

      Double standards. Compared with the “rising star” J Clarkson who received a pat after a TO when JLin got benched after a TO.

  • Man with JLin’s help, the Lakers almost beat the 2 best teams in the NBA. Imagine how many wins are possible if he had a coach on his side.

  • Gary Teng

    Dear old & in the way,

    I did cross the Rubicon twice last week. The only difference is that the first time I did it on my high horse (Ford Pinto) and the second time on my bare foot. 🙁

    I totally agree with you that Helen Keller could beat BS in coaching hands down with both of her eyes closed.

    However, the thing upsets and frustrates me most is that Every time BS opens his f–king mouth during an interview, he cannot help but utter something stupid and/or self-contradictory.

    BS reminds me a famous quote from Abraham Lincoln — “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”

    BTW: I am anxious to find out Professor MrPingPong’s mother board prediction BEFORE the upcoming Tankers game tonight.

    • old & in the way

      Dear Gary:

      Silly you…instead of typing in Porsche you typed in Ford Pinto. That’s okay. I know you don’t drive a Ford Pinto and I do know a good joke when I read one. Pinto indeed. I don’t know what will happen in tonight’s Leakers game given BS’s propensity for stupidity but I do know that if you put the ball in Jeremy’s hands and leave him alone and don’t fuck with him good things will happen. So let’s hope BS puts the ball in Jeremy’s hands and leaves it there long enough for Jeremy to do something good with it. Utah played last night so perhaps they will be a bit weary tonight and make Jeremy’s task a little bit easier. And that Abe quote you came up with sure fits BS. Maybe Abe had a crystal ball that allowed him to look into the distant future. Then again BS is probably not any more foolish than the fools who lived during Abe’s era. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

  • MrPingPong

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

    It’s game day against the Jazz for Lin and our beloved Lakers. According the latest Lakers tweet, BS announced Lin might not play due back spasm. My Ouija board says Salonpas will take care of it. Personally, I think Lin should take a medical leave of absence for a few days. Why risk aggravating your injury for this sorry BS of a coach? But knowing Lin, he will paste on Salonpas and play!

    The Jazz are really jazzing, winning 8 of their last 10 games, while our beloved Lakers are in reverse gear, losing 8 of our last 10 games. Our enemy is French this time, an Eiffel tower look-a-like center who tends to swat away any shot coming to the basket. C’est la vie!

    Lin will play less than 20 min tonight and will do well with whatever time on the floor BS gives him. C’est la vie!

    Letzzz Gooo, JL17!

    • MrPingPong

      Lin played as well as he could with what I would characterize as a serious back spasm due to an “6 to 8 inches misalignment.” His shots weren’t going in but his defense was good in my Lin-centric view. The NBA pundits went easy on Lin because they knew Lin was playing hurt. May be, just may be, Lin is converting a few more over. 🙂

      In case you haven’t read it, here is an article about Lin’s back injury:

      http://www.insidesocal.com/lakers/2015/03/19/lakers-byron-scott-praises-jeremy-lin-for-playing-through-back-spasms-in-loss-to-jazz/

      Amazingly enough, BS was praising Lin. May be, and just may be, BS is realizing Lin is really one tough tissue! 😉

      And here is Lin’s postgame interview, in which Lin briefly described his injury:

      https://youtu.be/kkP-2X9UAcI

      You can tell he looked “un-well.” Lin plans to continue going all out for the rest of the season. I wouldn’t, but then I’m not Lin. The HENICs would say Lin wants to pad his stats for the next contract. But we all know that more than likely your stats are bound to drop if you play hurt.

      Have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are on this WEB!

      • old & in the way

        Dear Mr. PingPong:

        Thanks for the great links to the article and Jeremy’s postgame interview. It is reasonable to assume that the back spasms were the reason for the 1-8 shooting. He is one tough son-of-a-gun. In time even the HENIC’s will come to realize this. Hopefully given his youth and flexibility which must be high he will recover by Sunday and be his old self for the Philly game. Philadelphia is the next game, right? I think it is. They play on Sunday but I’m not certain of the opponent. But I think it is Philly. I have been busy all day and just had time now to watch the postgame interview now. These pro athletes are all so goddamn tough. For a lay person to call a pro athlete soft is a joke. All these people who have never played a pro sport ever and they can be so critical. It’s amazing really. I respect them all but Jeremy especially for having to put up with so much nonsense from all comers. Gotta go. More later and ciao for now.

        • MrPingPong

          Dear Old & In:

          Yeah, the Lakers play the Sixers this Sunday at Staples Center. Lin has been saying he’ll be ready. If Lin plays then I will watch the game and root for our beloved Lakers to win. The irony is there are a non-trivial number of so-called Lakers fans (including Magic Johnson) who root for their team to lose in the name of the draft lottery! 😉

          Lin and the bench have been torching the starters during practice lately from Lakers media tweets. My guess is Lin was going all out during practice and got hit hard and fell. Anyway, yeah it’s tough to play any pro sports at the highest level. The NBA app running on my Android phone keeps popping news of NBA players getting injured: Durant, Ibaka, TJones, Davis, etc… I hate to see anybody get injured, but 82-game season is grueling tough. The HENICs just don’t want to see Lin play in the NBA at all. They will marginalize Lin in every way they can. The problem is Lin is like a Timex watch: it takes a licking but keeps on ticking. Yes, I know Lin is now part of the Tag Heuer watch team. But I like Timex better because I can afford it! 🙂

          Have a good evening over there!

          • old & in the way

            Dear Mr. PingPong:

            Timex or my favorite Casio for all. I had never heard of Tag Heuer before Jeremy did the ad for them.

            The 82 game NBA schedule is a little bit like slave labor or maybe not so much just a little bit maybe a big bit like goddamn slave labor. Pro athletes and especially NBA players earn every damn penny they can get out of the cheap billionaire owners who have done what to become billionaires? That’s right. They have exploited the planet and the rest of us in some criminal and anti-social way in order to have become as rich as they are. The vast majority of the players and athletes are paupers compared to the owners. In addition the physical harm done to pro athletes from their careers is often incalculable over a lifetime. Being a pro athlete can be at times a glorious life for a very short period of time. But then after that they often face a lot of suffering and more physical pain for whatever is left of their lifespan. I’ve never seen any data on this that I can recall but it wouldn’t surprise me if pro athletes die at a younger age on the average than the general population.

            As far as the Lakers go I primarily root for Jeremy to do well and then on a secondary level for the Lakers to win and only because I know Jeremy is playing always to win regardless of all the Tankers around him. So for Jeremy’s sake I want the Leakers to win. But the internal sabotage is overwhelming in this case. Jeremy can not win games by himself nor can anyone else. Basketball is still a team game.

            Gotta go. Ciao for now.

  • ashley

    Here’s an article that provides great insight into Lin’s seemingly poor performance last game, BS’ coaching, and the team:
    http://sportige.com/los-angeles-lakers-jeremy-lin-with-back-problems-03-20-2015/

    Numbers don’t lie, but numbers don’t tell everything about such a unique team player as Lin. Lots of fans, me included, wish that Lin hadn’t played injured ’cause it hurt his stats. Some think he should take a good rest for a few games or perhaps won’t even play for the rest of the season. But our boy’s passion for basketball knows no bounds. I believe Lin would like to start for the last ten games, if BS really meant it. Why 10? Someone jokingly said BS only knows the multiples of tens. Perhaps somehow BS knows in his heart that Jeremy deserves to start. Whether it’d be truly better for Lin or not given the circumstances, I’ll take it at face value. After all, being a starter is still an honor, even though it might have been compromised on this Lakers’ team by BS’s whimsical lineup changes or experimenting this season.

    • old & in the way

      Dear Ashley:

      Thank you for the link to Greg’s article. He is someone who has supported Jeremy for a long time. He was writing pro-Jeremy Lin articles last year, too. I’m not sure by whom he is employed but I have always enjoyed his Jeremy Lin articles because of his honesty about Jeremy’ mistreatment by certain factions in the NBA community.

      I want Jeremy to start every game as he should be. So I am definitely looking forward to the last ten games of this year. But Jeremy’s performances will still be controlled by how BS uses him and to what degree he allows him to play his own game. Utilization of players is everything and what a good coach does well. We have seen how good a coach BS is and we are all appropriately underwhelmed by him as we should be. But starting is an honor and a privilege that Jeremy has demonstrated he deserves. It is only because BS is such an unqualified and incompetent coach that Jeremy and the entire team have struggled so much at times and in general overall this season. The Lakers coaching staff in my view bears most of the responsibility for the Leakers poor record.

      I, too, wish Jeremy would not play when he is injured but that does not seem to be his style. Jeremy is always about team and that is why he will always try to play whether or not it is always the wisest thing to do for him personally. How can you not like this guy? The HENIC’s baffle me with the contempt they hold for him and his game. I love this guy and they seem to hate him. It’s the same guy but they see him in a totally different light than I do. I wonder why…besides bias and racism that is. One’s bias and racism would have to be extreme to make one dislike someone as likeable as Jeremy Lin.

      Anyway gotta go. Thanks again for the link to Greg’s article. The only thing I don’t like about Greg’s articles is that they are way too short. I wish he wrote longer articles as I like reading them. But as is they end way too soon and almost as soon as they begin. He must have a mean editor. Yo’…Mr. Editor: Give us the whole thing next time. Ciao for now.

      • ashley

        Dear Mr. Old,

        Thanks for the nice not-too-short response that gives further perspectives on whatever trivial thoughts I had tried to convey.

        As to why Lin played injured, a post on another forum said he probably knew there were fans coming from far to watch him play. I also learned that the Lakers gave out (30,000?) Linsanity DVDs to the audience of that game. Good for the fans!

        I think I can see where the hate toward Lin comes from. First, it obviously has too much to do with Lin being of Asian descent, an odd man in the NBA, which makes him the easiest target by ready-made or potential racists. See how quickly that boneheaded HENIC made a malicious attack on Asians, who even falsely assumed you and likely all Lin fans were Asians!

        Second, they think he is hyped-up by that short stint of Linsanity and his crazy fans. Unfortunately, quite a few times they have a good reason to, when Lin has statistically poor games. No doubt fans know too well what’s been going on: the limited playing time, misuse by the coach, etc. However, I’ve also come to realize that Lin’s teamwork approach is also a factor. He’s a pro athlete that would sacrifice his own stats for what he believes in. He’s one of a kind, in a cruel competitive world of NBA. His style of play surely will benefit whatever team he’s playing for. And I just hope he’ll be well appreciated during this coming free agency.

        The third reason for the hate I feel is the evil nature of human beings; it could be jealousy or cruelty—something Chirico has before mentioned–that blinds the eyes of the HENICS and keeps them from acknowledging nearly everything positive about Lin. Therefore, as Lin is much praised and loved by fans, he and his fans are doomed to a fair amount of ridicule as well as unreasonable attacks. Thanks for bearing with me this long post of mine, which may have been stating the obvious, what Lin fans have always known in their mind.

  • MrPingPong

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

    It is game day for Lin and our beloved Lakers against the Sixers. The biggest news though is the passing of coach BS’s mother (see Lakers.com). So first all, I would like to extend my sympathy to all surviving members of the Scott family.

    Coach BS will be missing tonight’s home game and the following road game against OKC. Paul Pressey will be the acting HC in BS’s absence. This will be nothing but a bleep in Lin’s tenure with the Lakers. But hopefully, we will get to see how Lin will be utilized in these two games.

    Lin is supposedly healed and good to go, but I personally have doubt about his back condition. Lin will play hurt because he wants to help the team in every way he can. He does not care about his stats. He just want to win. So I root for the Lakers to win tonight. And my Ouija board says it’s a Lin for the Win!

    Letzzz Gooo, JL7!

    PS: To Play or Not to Play? This is the answer:

    http://www.liftable.com/cbatorski/basketball-team-refuses-play-another-team-incredible-reason

    • MrPingPong

      Oops sorry I misread the news. BS will coach tonight and will miss the next two road games.

      My Ouija board’s prediction still stands though.

  • old & in the way

    Tonight its the Los Angeles Linkers!!!!!!!!!!!! Lin for the win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MrPingPong

      You beat me to it Old & In!
      Are we having fun?
      Doesn’t Lin make BB fun to watch?
      Lin for the Win!
      (I’m surprised that BS let Lin finish the game.)

    • MrPingPong

      In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a long Lin highlights for you, Old & In:

      https://youtu.be/WMYXa-2cIUA

      And this one is for our friendly DGT for obvious reasons: his Lakers is in there cheering for Lin:

      https://youtu.be/_2fHYnWN6f0

      • Gary Teng

        Dear Professor MrPingPong,

        Thank you for sharing these cheerful and upbeat video highlights with us.

        Lin Win, We Win!

        In fact, I might be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Lin’s Linsanity-type of performance last night:

        1. I won twenty-five (25) cents from the office pool. This meager wager/winning indicated that even the most ardent Lin haters dared not to bet their houses against Lin.

        2. It is the first night in a long long time that I did not have to resort to Salonpas to help me make it through the night. 🙂

        The only small drawback is that if Lin keeps on playing at this level, I soon have to order another truck-load of the blue pills. 🙁

        Oh! what the heck! Let the good time roll~~~

        • MrPingPong

          I meant to say “Lakers girl” but you got the drift, DGT! 🙂

          There are 15 more games left. Lin will be starting in the upcoming games. You will need an 18-wheeler to haul your blue pills for your longevity and Dom Peri barrels for your bubble baths, amigo!

          Yeah, let the good time roll!

          😉

      • old & in the way

        Yo’ Mr. PingPong:

        Thank you for the great highlights of the Philly game. Lin and Davis together were great. It has taken BS 68 games apparently to notice how effective Lin and Davis are together. I know in life you have to take the ping with the pong but BS is too damn slow and unaware even in his so-called field of expertise (basketball) to tolerate for long. As far as coaching goes he has no expertise. Further it is disturbing to realize that these Leakers could have been playing more like they did in this Philly game all year and would certainly have an additional number of victories to show for it. With a qualified and progressive coach who actually knows how to utilize and develop his players this Leakers team with its current roster even with all the injuries could have been close to a .500 team if not a bit above .500. With an incompetent coach like BS they are 18-58. This says it all. Granted Philadelphia is not a good team. Nevertheless, this game illustrates that the Leakers are capable of playing at a much higher level than BS has allowed them to. It will be interesting to see if anything changes in the next two games with Paul Pressey as the head coach. I doubt that we will see any changes in any regard but you never know. Thanks again for the great highlights of this superb game and the Lin-Davis show. Two of Jeremy’s assists were spectacular…one to Davis and one to Johnson featured great passes from Jeremy. Sensational stuff and yes, JLin does make it fun to watch basketball games. He is a joy to behold when he is allowed to play his game injuries and all. Gotta go. Ciao for now.

  • ashley

    Wow, we’re on a roller-coaster ride! Don’t quit on Lin or the season yet! 82 games is long, but patient fans might get some good surprises! Keep it up, JLin!

  • Forthelin

    76ers coach had a lot of good things to say about Lin. Hopefully, Lin can take this momentum into the final stretch. I watched a replay of the game and saw that Lin was playing against a familiar face–Isaih Canaan, a former Rocket. I think when LIn has his confidence going, he can play well against anyone. I’ve watched him when he starts poorly, especially with turnovers, and he starts doubting himself and there goes his game. Yesterday, he was getting calls, other players stepped up when he got trapped, and he got his mojo back. Great game, Lin, was looking for this breakout game!

    • MrPingPong

      Yes, Forthelin, coach Brett Brown had high praises for Lin because he threw everything at Lin and could not stop Lin. And Ish Smith who had to guard Lin summed it up, “You have to give 100 percent credit to Jeremy…”

      http://www.csnphilly.com/basketball-philadelphia-76ers/win-win-situation-nba-draft-lottery-pick-sixers-fall-apart-late-loss-los-angeles-lakers

      But Lin himself gave credit to Davis in the postgame interview. It was really the Lin-Davis show. Still the Lin haters would downplay Lin’s performance by saying it was just against a bottom-feeder team. I was scanning the game thread at one Lakers fans site and found a poster hoping that “Lin doesn’t get to 30.” The haters just don’t get Lin, do they? Lin does not care about getting 30 pts. He just wants to get everybody involved and play as a team and win! He only cares about one stats column: W/L.

      Lin started out rather slowly with a shot clock violation while the ball was in his hand. (That was not considered as a TO on Lin though.) Then he turned over the ball at the end of the first quarter with a bad pass, then another one at the beginning of the second quarter, having scored only 2 pts at that time. I think BS did not pull Lin because Clarkson already had two fouls. That allowed Lin to settle down and play the way he is capable of playing. And then came the fourth quarter, and our Mr. 4th Quarter went to work and what a show! 🙂

      Just like any other player, from superstars to scrubs, Lin needs the trust of the coach and his teammates and meaningful playing time to establish the rhythm and get going. Being jerked around on a short leash will mess up anyone’s confidence. Lin is no exception to that. Somehow Lin has found a way to push the reset button during the ASB and is playing Linsane right now, bad back, bad wrist, bruised thigh, et al.

      Stu, the Lakers TV expert commentator, openly expressed his appreciation for Lin’s toughness because, as a former NBA player, he knew how painful and difficult it was to play with a back spasm. Lin got whacked so many times out there on the court. But this time he got calls! The fouling was so obvious. Lin laid everything out on both sides of the court. How can one hate this man, and marginalize him in every way, is beyond me!

      Around the Association, players are getting injured left and right as the regular season is nearing its end. Lin is no exception. Luckily, since he has been rather under utilized, he has a lot more left in his tank than most. For the remaining 15 games, he has promised to go all out and play to win. I have no doubt that he will deliver!

      My Ouija board says, ‘Linsanity, baby!”

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and non-Lin fans! Just making conversation here..

    It’s game day for Lin and our beloved Lakers against the thunderous Thunder. We’ve all read about the new (and improved) starting lineup for the Lakers, right? What can we say when Jeremy Lin gets to start together with Ryan Kelly? Where is Ed Davis, we might wonder? What is BS thinking? Setting Lin up to fail again and again? Paul Pressey will be the standing in coach, but from what I’ve learned he was BS’s assistant coach at the Cavs, so I doubt he’ll do anything differently.

    I don’t know about y’all, but I’m excited about this game because I’ll get to see Lin matching up against the incredible triple-double machine Westbrook. Lin is a fierce competitor and I believe he welcomes the challenge. Lin will not back down nor back off, bad back et al. Lin will do well! My Ouija board says so!

    I will miss the first half due to work schedule. But I will not miss the 4th quarter, Lin’s quarter!

    Letzzz Gooo, JL17!

  • old & in the way

    In my view the Lakers coaching staff did not make a serious effort to win the game last night against OKC. This was a prime example of how to tank against a superior team. That is, to concede the game by handicapping and sabotaging yourself as much as possible to assure a loss. OKC is the number one rebounding team in the NBA. In the past eight games rebounding had been a Lakers strength as they had out rebounded their last eight opponents prior to the OKC game. So what do they do? They sit two of their best rebounders for the entire game on the grounds that they are developing the younger players. Nonsense but they do it anyway and get outrebounded 48-28!!. In addition it was apparent that the reason the Lakers had beaten Philly on Sunday was because of the Lin-Davis tandem and connection. Granted Philly is not OKC. But you don’t separate Lin and Davis if you are serious about at least trying to win after their performances together in the Philly game where they ignited each other and fed off of each other. So what do they do? They don’t even let them see the floor together for the first ten minutes of the first quarter. And they only let them player together sporadically throughout the rest of the game. After letting Jeremy run the offense in the first half they turn it over to Clarkson for the second half. Clarkson puts up good numbers for himself but doesn’t make the players around him better as do Lin and Davis. He is not as team oriented as Jeremy Lin although I liked Lin and Clarkson together in the first half with Jeremy playing the point and Clarkson as the shooting guard. The Laker coaching staff is not as stupid as they are coaching right now. I assume they figured they wouldn’t beat OKC anyway and no one would expect them to so it was a safe game in which to insure a Lakers loss by tanking or helping to make sure that OKC couldn’t possibly lose by playing the wrong players together and in the wrong roles all night long essentially.

    So in my view there never was a serious attempt to try to win this game. The players were doomed from the beginning. Paul Pressey seems to me like BS’s identical twin when it comes to coaching. They both seem to be using the same coaching basics primer but it is one that must have been written by Mr. Magoo. Either that or they are deliberately tanking. In this game I would say without a doubt they were deliberately tanking by helping OKC to win a game they most probably would have won anyway even if the Lakers coaches had coached more wisely and conventionally and less haphazardly or in ways not seemingly set up to insure a Lakers loss and an OKC win.

    That’s just my take but I’m sticking to it until someone convinces me otherwise. This Lakers organization and these Lakers coaches are a very toxic group. I don’t trust any of them in any way. The league should fine the Lakers or any other team that is deliberately trying to lose games. Otherwise the NBA has no credibility and is a fraudulent enterprise that is not what it claims to be. There is, of course, nothing unusual about misrepresentation on this planet. Nevertheless I don’t like it. I don’t like duplicity anywhere in spite of the fact that it is so common.

    • Gary (the-mad-dog) Teng

      Dear old & in the way,

      Numbers don’t lie, but people do lie with numbers all the time!~~~

      The following is a great example: In last night’s game, AT LEAST 1 steal, 1 assist, and 1 block shot were stolen from Lin’s stats. 🙁

      Why bad things always happen to good people?!

      I have to put a titanium muzzle on my own foul mouth to refrain myself from using the four-letter words to curse those evildoers! 🙁

    • MrPingPong

      I missed the first quarter of the OKC game. But from what I read and the highlights, Lin seemed to have done very well in that quarter, against all odds! Lin claimed to be a bit under the weather in the postgame interview. I just don’t think he should kill himself out there on the court, not for this sorry bs of a coach.

      Paul Pressey is just BS’s hired hand, so he will not do anything against his boss’s brilliant game plan and preparation. It’s comical!

      Clarkson played very well. I wish this young man good luck!

  • MrPingPong

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

    It’s game day for Lin and our beloved Lakers against the 7 samurais Wolves. Yes, the Wolves only have 7 healthy players and yet they beat the Jazz this past Monday and are on a one-game winning streak! There is not a whole lot of interest in this game by fans on either side. Sad story!

    Lin will do his job and play to win as he has promised! And that’s why I will watch this game and root for our beloved Lakers to win!

    Letzzz Gooo, JL17!

    • MrPingPong

      Some quick thought about the Wolves game last night…

      I missed about half of the first quarter. Lin started out missing some shots but he got to stay and play, which was all he needed. He kept attacking, working on ball movement, making assists, and before long the shots started falling, and of course, the Lin-Davis show got going! 🙂

      Lin played well (29 min is fine by me). The Lakers won. Lin seemed content. BS and PP are so inept, they don’t know how to win nor to tank! 😉 Everything is so random from these “coaches.” Ha ha… I’m loving it!

      Ball movement was much much better when Lin was running the show. Clarkson still has a lot to learn. Clarkson is a diamond in the rough, I think. He was getting some tutoring from Nash and seemed to have improved a lot. I hope he gets more good tutoring. He is somewhat an underdog in my view. I’m a sucker for underdogs and I root for Clarkson to succeed.

  • MrPingPong

    I missed the first quarter of the Raptors game tonight. From the boxscore Lin seemed to start out red hot. He cooled off a lot in Q2 and Q3. I stopped watching when Lin was taken out in the 4th. Then I later learned that Lin was re-inserted into the game with about 4 min left and the Lakers down by 16! What was going on with BS? It’s comical.

    Anyway, Lin made some sloppy passes. He did not look well to me. His stats looked good though! 🙂

    In case you don’t know it already, here is an article about Lin by Pablo Torre, a Lin supporter from the days of Harvard:

    http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/12561636/inside-jeremy-lin-life-linsanity-new-york-knicks

    Torre wrote several articles on Lin when he was still with Sports Illustrated during the time of Linsanity, as I remember.

    Have a great weekend everybody, wherever you are on this WEB!

    • ashley

      I only took a few glimpses of the game. And this is what DancingBarry’s report on Lin:

      “Lin led the team in scoring and assists (and turnovers) tonight. He took some hard fouls in the process. The first, of which, he was in a lot of pain and had to gather himself. He said he took some pain killers and relied on adrenaline.”

      Maybe Lin didn’t look well because he was hurt from the fouls. And it’s a bit shocking to learn that he had to take pain killers. This is one good reason why fans would hope the season would end as quickly as it could, even though Lin would start for the remaining games.

      A downside of Lin being a starter is that he likely won’t get to finish the game–the coach just isn’t going to be generous about Lin’s playing time, as the past two games has confirmed. Today’s game is an exception though–Lin was re-inserted because the Lakers were losing too much and the coach didn’t want their stats to look too bad, as I figured and thus wasn’t surprised. Lin couldn’t save the day, but he got to stat pad a bit and played the longest 36 minutes so far as a laker.

      • MrPingPong

        Thanks Ashley. Dancing Barry is one serious and knowledgeable BB fan. He gives the most concise and accurate recap of every Lakers game. He has always been fair with Lin. I really appreciate the man.

        So, just about every analyst and game observer concurred that Lin was playing sick and hurt. It does not matter what Lin does, the HENICs will call him soft, deriding him of padding his stats, etc. If I were Lin I’d call in sick and sit out the next two games just to get well and let the tank take its normal course. If it walks like a tank, quacks like a tank, then it is a tank, right? 🙂

        But of course, Lin will keep taking pain killers and antibiotics in order to be able to play. Our man loves the game and is playing with abandonment right now. It’s only basketball, right?

        Letzzz Gooo, JL17!

        • Chirico

          Thanks, Mr Pingpong $ Ashley, for your links and insightful comments about JLin. Torre’s article on ESPN helps us realize what JLin has been going through from a up close and personal perspective. As a distant supporter, I feel for him and know how much BS he has been dealing with. All I could do, besides logical but passionate and sensible comment about Lin, is to leave him alone and wish him the best of luck.

  • MrPingPong

    I was on the road this weekend and missed all the NBA rumors.

    I got home in time for the second half of the Nets game just to learn that Lin was too sick to play. Upper respiratory infection they say! Fever and lack of oxygen in your lungs will sap all the energy from anyone.

    I hope Lin gets better soon. And call in sick tomorrow, OK, Lin! It’s not worth it. Not with this sorry bs of a coach!

  • NINE GAMES LEFT!

    • MrPingPong

      One game at a time, Charlie! 😉

      According to the latest Lakers tweet, “Byron Scott confirms that Jeremy Lin will return to the starting lineup tonight against New Orleans.”

      My Ouija board says it’s an April Fools prank! 😉

  • old & in the way

    I am so turned off by the Los Angeles Lakers. Before Jeremy Lin I disliked the Lakers very much. During Jeremy Lin I have disliked the Lakers very much. After Jeremy Lin I shall continue to dislike the Lakers very much. A perhaps slightly above the average rookie but no more, Jordan Clarkson, is given a green light to play point guard and run the offense and Jeremy Lin is once yet again forced to play out of position as the 2 guard. I am so sick of the disrespect and bias against Jeremy that I am becoming hostile towards the NBA as it becomes apparent to everyone who isn’t deeply in denial about everything that the NBA perhaps like everything else in American society and American culture is fraudulent, phony baloney, fake and corrupt. There seems to be NO honor and NO integrity anywhere in sight. The only NBA head coach who has ever appreciated Jeremy Lin and allowed him to do what he is capable of doing is Mike D’Antoni. The rest of these people are so transparently biased that it saps the NBA of any credibility it might otherwise have. The NBA is a fucking joke and I am sick of it. I am sick of seeing Jeremy Lin treated like a comparative bum and comparative bums being exalted. Just for the damn record Jordan Clarkson plays terrible defense, gives up as many points as he scores and does not play team basketball. WTF was Ed Davis last night? Ever since the Lin and Davis combo defeated Philadelphia Ed Davis has been a virtual DNP=CD. I am sick of incompetent and unqualified coaching staffs and I am sick of the Los Angeles Lakers and except for the Golden State Warriors I am sick of the NBA. The Warriors have demonstrated this season what can be accomplished if team basketball is embellished. If this bogus shit league gives the MVP to Haren over Steph Curry it will be a travesty that nevertheless will fit right in with everything else. The NBA has become a huge, colossal joke. Jeremy should tell the NBA to go screw themselves. Jeremy Lin is bigger than the NBA. Maybe that is why they seem to fear and ostracize him as much as they do. The money brokers behind the NBA do not seem to want an Asian face on the NBA in any regard. This is repugnant and ought to be challenged by all of us together as one force to combat this horrid treatment of Jeremy Lin as an Asian-American athlete by the NBA power structure and the biased individuals who run it and control it.

    • old & in the way

      I forgot to say, “amen!” Do rants get “amens”? This one does. It’s long overdue and has been simmering for awhile now. So f-ing “amen” indeed.

      • MrPingPong

        Religious people of various religions say “amen” at the end of a prayer, I believe. But “amen” after a rant, that’s novel! To educate myself on this subject, I googled around and found this:

        http://www.nairaland.com/283217/pagan-origin-word-amen

        Check it out in case you have time to burn! 🙂

        Back to the Jeremy Lin story, Ed Davis (ED) is now a subplot. I think ED is being “punished” for playing PnR to well with JL17, the kind of game that BS loves to hate. However, according the horse’s mouth, there is “no rhyme of reason” to BS’s line-up changes:

        http://www.lakersnation.com/lakers-practice-byron-scott-talks-reasoning-for-lineup-changes/2015/04/02/

        Read the article if you want to get some laugh. There are plenty of rhyme and reasons to why ESPN ranks BS 29 among the current 30 NBA coaches. 🙂

        Have a great weekend everybody, wherever you are on this WEB!

        • old & in the way

          Dear Mr. PingPong:

          If you are going to raise my curiosity, please give me the satisfaction of knowing which coach ESPN ranks below BS. I can’t even venture a guess. I would need to see a list of all the coaches as I’m sure I am forgetting some but who oh who is it that is even worse than Byron Scott? I have no final answer. You will need to give it to me, thank you very much for your input. I will now check out the links you gave us so thanks for those, too. And here’s hoping Jeremy gets some point guard action tonight. I hate when the 29th. worse coach in the league insists on playing Jeremy out of position in preference to a rookie who has no business playing ahead of Mr. Lin who has already more than paid his dues and deserves to be treated more wisely. But I am willing to accept that the twenty-ninth best coach in a league of thirty teams can not perhaps behave any more wisely than the knave he may be and most likely is. Gotta go so ciao for now.

          • MrPingPong

            Dear Old & In:

            Derek the Fish, another Lakers “great”, is the fairest of them all! Does that surprise you? 🙂

            http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12561256/2015-front-office-rankings-top-coaches

          • old & in the way

            Dear P & P:

            After asking the question I asked myself which team had the worst W-L record in the entire NBA and it is, of course, the New York Knicks. And so I thought it must be Derek Fisher but I still didn’t know for sure. But, no, I am not surprised that it is Derek. But I don’t know if this is fair to Fisher or not as I know nothing other than the Knicks W-L record about Derek Fisher’s coaching techniques and skills. But isn’t he doing what P-Jack is telling him to do? So maybe the once great Phil Jackson is no longer so great. Maybe what once worked in the NBA no longer works. Byron who? The relics live on old and in the way indeed. It is one thing to be old and in the way like me but quite another to be doing it in the NBA in front of millions of patrons. I call myself old and in the way as a form of facetious irony as I am hardly in anyone’s way but these obsolete NBA coaches are I think another matter and they really are old and in the way. They deserve this name much more than do I. Ciao and thanks for the info.

    • MrPingPong

      I watched the Pels game on the Pels stream just to get some ideas what the Pels commentators were thinking about the Lakers. At one point, the Pels expert analyst started laughing and said something like, the Lakers were really playing old school basketball, the kind of basketball in his old playing days. I don’t know who that was, but he sure did not sound very impressed.

      In case you haven’t read it already, here is a rather unflattering editorial on the Lin-BS dynamic at LakersNation.com:

      http://www.lakersnation.com/what-byron-scott-and-jeremy-lin-can-learn-from-each-other/2015/03/31/

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and non-Lin fans, it’s game day/night for Lin and our beloved Lakers against the Blazers, our Philosopher’s team! 😉

    If you haven’t done it already, I recommend the game preview writeup by the folks at BlazersEdge.com. Boy, are they serious about this game! In contrast, there is only a terse preview at SSR. Very sad!

    OK, Ouija board, how will Lin perform tonight?
    – No more coughing, no more fever, still a little winded, but ready to play against the Dame! Lin will boss!

    Before I leave my computer and head home, here’s some highlight for our muted DGT:

    https://youtu.be/zYM6yADsCFM?t=1m12s

    • The outcome of this game was not surprising looking back. The majority of the minutes were for Clarkson, Brown, Kelly, and Johnson. None of these people have proven to be reliable scorers (to be fair Clarkson and Brown are rookies). So it’s no surprise the Lakers only scored 77 points. Davis and Boozer have disappeared and I’m guessing JLin wasn’t fully himself yet despite whatever he may say to the press.

    • Gary (Alone Again Natually) Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      I believe that you still remember vividly that on September 1, 1983, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was shot down by a heat-seeking missile fired by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor west of Sakhalin Island, in the Sea of Japan.

      The then Soviet Union government initially completely denied any involvement or even knowledge of the incident. It was two weeks after the incidence, the Pravda (literally means Truth) finally made the following short terse announcement:

      A Russia peace-seeking missile traveling over Russian territory
      Was intentionally hit in the mid-air by a Korean jumbo military transporter carrying 269 super spies
      There was no loss of Russian life
      But the missile was a total loss

      Just like that poor Russian missile, this Tankers season is a total loss for me. To say anything otherwise would have been a total lie. 🙁

      • MrPingPong

        Yes, I remember that KAL 007 tragedy, Doc Gilbert O’Sullivan. 🙁

        For me, I have to wait for the result of Lin’s left knee MRI before computing the final grade.

        We did have some fun exchanging jokes on this blog, didn’t we? 🙂

  • Chirico

    While I do not have time to provide my own view of how I think of Torre’s recent article about JLin. This one pretty much speaks from how I felt.

    https://dtonsports.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/torre-on-lin-an-overcast-take-of-clearing-skies-or-truth-lacking-context/

    • MrPingPong

      Thanks for sharing the article, Chirico.

      As you already know, I’m in the same age group as Lin’s parents and my children are in Lin’s age group. One thing I’ve learned as a parent is to trust that my children can take care of themselves as adults.

      I think Lin’s parents have done an wonderful job raising Lin to become the wonderful person he is now. Lin is a full fledge NBA adult and can take care of himself. IMOO (in my own opinion), Lin has handled himself superbly. Lin will be just fine. I have no doubt about it whatsoever.

      Letzzz Gooo, JL17!

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and non-Lin fans!

    Just got home to find out that Lin is sitting out tonight due to a sore right knee. Bad sign! Rumors abound that Lin has had this knee problem for quite some time. Let’s hope it’s nothing serious like the one he had when he was with the Knicks.

    In the Clippers game last night, I saw Lin slipped and lost his footing quite a few times. Not good! And as usual, Lin got whacked big time whenever he drove to the basket. And did you see Lin going up against Griffith and took a Mack truck charge? Talk about Charmin soft heh!

    No watching Lakers ball tonight for me!

    • At this point it’s best to shut it down for the season. BS wouldn’t be in a bunker with the guys so why lay yourself out for him.

      • MrPingPong

        Yes Charlie, if it were me, I would call in sick and stay home. But of course, we all know Lin would never do that. Lin will give 200% playing tough physical basketball on both ends of the court every time. The HENICs see it differently somehow. Sad story!

        On a separate note, taking advantage of Lin not playing last night, I watched a little bit of the Spurs-Rockets game. The Spurs seemed to have peaked in time for the playoffs and soundly beat the Rox. Granted the Rockets were a little bit short-handed with D-Mo and PB out for the rest of the season due to injuries. But still!

  • It’s official. JLin is out for the remainder of the season. Let the FA talks begin!

    • MrPingPong

      Yes, Lin is out for the rest of the season, per BS, according to the Lakers tweet. Unfortunately, Lin’s FA value will take a hit due to news of his knee injury. It’s beyond Lin’s control. Let’s wait and see what the FA market has to offer for Lin.

      Let’s stay in touch via this blog!

  • MrPingPong

    In case you haven’t read these articles and have some time to burn, check out this flame on NBA tanking by Kevin Ding:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2426293-late-season-fight-for-draft-picks-again-shows-need-for-changes-to-nba-lottery

    and this rather non-flattering assessment of BS by the folks at SSR:

    http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2015/4/11/8373507/la-lakers-byron-scott-head-coach

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

    • Gary Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      This Takers season is like a recursive nightmare to me. Just I thought that it couldn’t go any lower, then it quickly did.

      Luckily, even bad thing eventually has to come to an end. As the most tragic tanker battle in the human history is nearing its tragic end, we need to start focusing the aftermath, i.e., the future of Lin’s NBA career.

      Lets begin the conversation.

  • MrPingPong

    Dear DGT:

    Yes it’s a nightmarish season for Lin and us Lin fans for sure. I’m concerned about the knee issue. It’s best for Lin to sit out for the rest of the season, even if it means taking a big hit on his FA value.

    Let’s take a breather and continue our conversation when Lin announces what he wants to do next.

    • Gary Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      As the sad saga of this Tankers season is mercifully going to close its final chapter once for all tonight, it’s time to start the speculations of Lin’s next move.

      The floor is yours. Pease fire the first shot. 🙂

    • ashley

      According to Yahoo Sports News, Lin already announced his next move to his fans through Line: He’s going to eat hamburgers and lots of ice cream and candy!

      • MrPingPong

        Ha, it’s Ashley who fired the first shot!
        Thanks for latest Lin’s move news, Ashley!
        🙂

        • ashley

          You’re welcome, Mr. PingPong. But I don’t think I fired the first shot GT was expecting; I was just replying to your post. You see, we might have to wait a long, long time for Lin’s real next move. Thank you for posting till the last moment of the season, and for being so positive and optimistic. Let’s hope for the best for Lin’s first free agency!

  • Forthelin

    Ironically, the Rockets are rumored to be interested in Lin, who would have helped them greatly this year. They are quite loaded, and should do well in the playoffs this year. The fans there are another thing–a lot of hate for Beverly this year, who was their darling last year. The Warriors owner has always had a keen interest in Lin, and has expressed regret that Lin was cut. I expect them to make an offer, but Lin will have to consider playing behind Curry permanently. It will be his best chance for a championship. D’Antonio is rumored to have a chance at the Denver job. Lin reuniting with him is a long shot. My bet would be that Lin returns to the Warriors. Even if he will get limited minutes, he can win there, and Lin is all about winning.

    • Gary Teng

      Dear Ashley,

      Thank you for your humorous first shot.

      I am normally not too crazy about sweet stuff. But, to be honest, in the past week I did eat a whole box of Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond ice cream bars. I badly needed some comfort food for my shattered dream and broken heart. 🙁

      Dear Forthelin,

      Thank you for your excellent second shot.

      Just as I predicted, Beverley became one of the biggest victims as a result of Lin’s departure from the Rockets because Beverley could no longer reply on Lin to clean up the messes he created.

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      Please stop hiding under your computer desk. It’s your turn. 🙂

  • Forthelin

    Mark Cuban is reportedly interested in Lin, as Rondo is on his way out over there at, http://masterherald.com/jeremy-lin-also-thinks-he-will-not-be-playing-for-the-lakers-next-season/14571/

    Some of this rumor stuff about Lin staying with the Lakers is pretty bunk. I had hopes for the Lakers at the beginning of the season, but it has been an unmitigated disaster with Scott at the helm, and management that has been sickening for a pro brand like the Lakers. How one can be a professional and try to lose is beyond comprehension. How can you dignify a reply to a Laker fan who wants to lose so they can get a high draft pick? For all Scott’s hypocritical talk about old school, he is a Machiavellian tool, when you do not honor a professional creed, a Wooden maxim, to do your best, win or lose. Laker management and Scott is now all about selling your soul, and it not difficult for Lin to see that. And, Lin knows that is not what he is about.

    • Rumors sure are starting to fly about a Mike D’Antoni JLin reunion

  • MrPingPong

    Yo Lin fans/non-fans and non-Lin fans, just making conversation here… I’ve been under the weather lately, but since DGT just keeps pushing me, I have to comply and write something. I’m still under the influence of cough medicine, so don’t take me too seriously here. 😉

    I guess everyone here has listened/watched Lin’s exit interview, in which Lin talks about finding what will best fit him. So, which team will best fit Lin’s affinity for hamburgers? If I remember correctly, it’s not just any hamburger. It has to be In-n-Out hamburger. In-n-Out Hamburger website indicates the chain only does business in five states: California, Texas, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada.

    California, ok, we all know LA, the Bay Area, and Sacramento all have lots In-n-Out burger joints. The Lakers already groom Clarkson as their PG of the future, so Lin is not coming back, I am sure. GSW have Curry and are winning like crazy. Plus, Kerrr thinks Lin is not as good as Pat Bev. And so GSW don’t need Lin. That leaves the Kings as a strong possibility. I like coach Karl, and he spoke highly of Lin in the past. But then BS also said he really liked Lin when he first got hired! Aside: I do not like the way the Kings owner treated the coaches before Karl at all.

    In Texas, only the Dallas-Forth Worth area and San Antonio have In-n-Out burgers. Nope, H-town ain’t got no In-n-Out burger. The Mavs are thus a fit provided Rondo leaves for the browner grass in La la land. Aside: I really dislike Cuban, the Mavs owner. The Spurs are out of reach because those guys have been playing as a team forever and never grow old: no room for Lin.

    Phoenix has a lot of In-n-Out burger joints, but the Suns already bet their franchise on Eric Bledsoe. This is the case where the burger fits but the team doesn’t for Lin.

    Salt Lake City does offer In-n-Out burgers, and the Jazz can use Lin, I think. I dunno anything about the Jazz FO, but I like Quin Snyder and his un-Mormon like hair style! 🙂

    Does Las Vegas have an NBA team?

    Still on the subject of food fits first (FFF), we all know Lin is of Chines/Taiwanese descent, and thus must really like Chinese food. If we add Chinese food to the mix, the sky opens up for Lin! Name me a major city in the USA that does not have great Chinese restaurants! Outside of the USA is Toronto. And there are plenty of really awesome Chinese restaurants there, I can assure you. Unfortunately, the Raptors have a GM who likes to swear publicly at the opposing teams and are stuck with Kyle Lowry as their max PG. Another case where the food fits but the team doesn’t for Lin.

    OK, that stuff is the cough medicine is making me drowsy. I leave you for now. Enjoy watching the NBA playoffs if you have a team to root for.

    DGT, my friend, your turn to shoot! 🙂

    • Gary Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      Excellent analyses!~~~ Especially so given the fact that they were done under the influence of …

      I am sorry to learn that you have not felt well lately. I did not mean to push you, I am just always interested in finding out what you have to say regarding to Lin.

      Have a speedy recovery. I will present my thoughts/predictions on Lin’s future tomorrow.

      • Gary Teng

        Dear Professor MrPingPong,

        The followings are my wishing thinking + uneducated guess:

        Scenario #1: Jeremy Lin made it clear in his exit interview that he wanted to take advantage of his being a free agent (for the very first time) by signing up with a team where he would best fit. It is rumored that Mike D’Antoni is the leading candidate of taking over the coaching reigns of the Denver Nuggets. Where ever D’Antoni lands his next coaching position, I believe that it is highly likely Lin will join that team to reunite with his mentor. If that happens, we can expect to relive the good old Linsanity days. 🙂

        Scenario #2: Although San Antonio Spurs’ key players have been playing as a team forever, they are growing old by the minute and, in addition, their point guard Tony Parker is injury-prone. Spurs badly need some infusion of new blood and they may want to start grooming Lin to succeed Parker who may retire in the very near future.

        Scenario #3: I have never fallen in love with Mark Cuban either, but Dallas Mavericks have been a championship-contending team in the past few years. Plus, Mavericks’ coach is pretty smart and competent too and almost 1/3 of the Mavericks’ players are Lin’s former teammates at Knicks and Rockets. If, for nothing else, just imagine Rondo + ColdBrick at LA Tankers… 🙂

        Note: The above guesstimations are subject to change without prior notice.

  • MrPingPong

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

    So far only Ashley, Forthelin, Charlie and DGT have fire some shots on Lin’s NBA FA scenarios. We need more such shots to keep this wonderful blog going while waiting for FA season to start. We are just fans here, and fans have the right to speculate and debate on their speculations, no! 🙂

    Since Charlie brought to our attention rumors of MDA and Lin reunion, I started googling around and sure enough there are plenty of such rumors. Of course, such a reunion would be nice, but you know what, I’d like to see Lin make it big under the tutelage of another coach, just to show that he is not just a D’Antoni system kinda player.

    Going back to my FFF (Food Fit First) principle, I’m thinking of Main lobsters cooked Chinese style in Boston. I’m sure Lin loves those. I believe Lin will do well with Brad Stevens and the Celts. Unfortunately, from what I’ve seen in the playoffs so far, the Celts need a Big and not a PG. That brings us back to Texas with the Spurs and the Mavs.

    I was joking about the Spurs not getting old, of course. Parker is showing the wear and tear of 15 years of playing professional basketball. But from what I’ve seen, SAS seem to have a thing or two for foreign players from Europe and South America, and Lin is not a foreigner, though he looks foreign enough. Forgive me if you think this is a bad “foreigner” joke. Blame it on my cough medicine! 😉

    What about the Mavs? Have y’all read about the bad chemistry between Rondo and the rest of the team including coach RC? If I were Rondo I would have done everything possible to mesh and play well with the team in order to jack up my FA value. But as of now, it seems like Rondo’s FA value is rather low and perhaps Kupchak can get him for cheap! That will make the Black Mamba happy! I’m all for it! 😉

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

    • Parker is showing his age. So JLin as a possible replacement? Spurs do have plenty of backup PG on the bench so maybe not a likely destination.

      Boston is also pretty deep in the PG position so not likely there.

      Mavs need a PG because Rondo will not be there. Plus with plenty of former teammates on that team and a good coach, looks like a solid place to be.

      Maybe Lin gets a max contract to stay in LA. I kid. I kid.

    • Gary (th dreamer) Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      One of my most favorite songs by the Foreigner — Double Vision

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3oVsxSgo6E

      Please stop drinking cough medicine (or Kool-Aid.) 🙂

      If MDA lands the coaching job at the Denver Nuggets, I really hope that Lin joins Nuggets so he can reunite with MDA and also go fishing on weekends with Jared Jeffries. (Jered is one of Lin’s best friends from NY Knicks who is currently working as a pro personnel scout for the Denver Nuggets.)

  • ashley

    Scott Brooks just got fired by the Thunder’s front office, obviously for failing to bring the team to the playoffs. Whether this is fair to Brooks–no, it’s not–it makes a strong contrast with the Lakers’ insanely nice relationship with BS. Maybe the only sensible argument would be that one holds a very high standard for their coach ’cause they wanted to win and not making the playoffs is unacceptable no matter what, while the other just wanted to lose so BS could say he thought he did OK this season.

    This unfortunate news of Brooks may seem to have nothing to do with Lin, but someone said this might affect Denver’s choice of coach since Brooks with his decent win-loss record at the Thunder would be a good candidate for the coaching position at Denver. However, I seem to recall Brooks saying something nice about Lin, so I’d hope even if MDA didn’t make the Nuggets’ coach, Lin would still be appreciated by enough coaches and GMs.

    Mr. PIngPong and GT, I have to say I know very little about the other teams so won’t be able to provide good information about Lin’s next destination. I’m just ranting a bit, and passing on something I learned. BTW, I had a good laugh reading Mr. PingPOng’s In-n-Out burger analysis. Lin definitely should take that into consideration, if he gets a few decent offers.