Crossing The Rubicon

Crossing The Rubicon…by old & in the way

I have spent the last three weeks licking my considerable wounds. While I grow weary of this it would appear that I have spent too many years living with dogs. I don’t mean my ex-wives but I do mean canine critters. I have always envied dogs for their ability to lick their own private parts which skill becomes more and more appealing as one grows older and the number of private parts-licking volunteers gets smaller and smaller until it finally drys up completely. It would appear that no one wants to lick an old man’s private parts…not even a dog. So I am left wishing I could lick my own private parts like dogs do but unfortunately I never was into yoga when I was younger so I lack the flexibility to do so now. But I do belatedly realize the importance of a discipline like yoga. I have though licked raw the wounds that I can reach with my own tongue so enough of this licking compulsion.

As to where Jeremy Lin may be playing next season I have only one validated and proven preference. There has up to now only been one NBA coach with whom Jeremy has a history who has given Jeremy Lin the freedom and option to play freely and utilize and realize his full basketball potential. That has been, of course, the venerable (to Lin fans) Mike D’Antoni. MDA is the only coach who has put the basketball in Jeremy’s hands and said, “Go forth, young man, and do what you are capable of doing on the b-ball court. Involve your teammates, facilitate team basketball, drive to the basket, play good defense, win games and guide your team to success.” Thus MDA is the only coach I trust to utilize Jeremy Lin in an intelligent and successful manner. The other coaches with whom Jeremy has a history have all been incompetent frauds who are either too biased, too corrupt or too stupid to properly utilize Jeremy Lin’s skill set and enable him to successfully lead his team to victories. Wherever MDA winds up if he is given a head coaching position in the NBA for the 2015-16 season is where I would most prefer Jeremy to sign a free agency contract. The rumor mill has indicated that Denver is most likely where MDA will be employed next season if he is employed at all in the NBA. If Ty Lawson, also a free agent, leaves Denver that would give Jeremy the inside track to be a starter in Denver if he signs there.

Dallas is an intriguing destination for Jeremy given that Rajon Rondo is apparently on his way out of Dallas. Rondo’s departure would open up an available starting point guard position there. I like that Mark Cuban is a maverick with a small “m” NBA owner and he does seem to appreciate Jeremy Lin’s basketball skill set. And Dallas has two prominent players in Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler with whom Jeremy has had a mostly positive playing history. In addition Dirk Novitski does not seem to have a negative Jeremy Lin bias as far as I can tell. I would like to trust Rick Carlisle to utilize Jeremy Lin in a proper and intelligent manner but don’t really know for sure if I can.

San Antonio could be good for Jeremy given their style of play but again I don’t know if I can trust Gregg Popovich and while he has an excellent reputation he can also be a rude individual with a rather abrasive manner and coaching style. So I consider San Antonio to be at best a maybe destination for Jeremy. The San Antonio roster is rich with unselfish players but until it is demonstrated to be so it is not clear to me if San Antonio would allow Jeremy to prosper as a player or not.

I like the Boston coach, Brad Stevens, quite a bit but in the play-offs against Cleveland the Celtics best player has been point guard Isiah Thomas so I don’t know if they would have any interest in Jeremy Lin. In addition I have never heard Boston general manager Danny Ainge say anything about Jeremy Lin one way or the other so I don’t know if Boston would pursue Jeremy even if they didn’t already have a very functional point guard in Isiah Thomas.

Golden State could be an excellent team for Jeremy since they play the type of fast paced team oriented game in which he could prosper and excel. Unfortunately with Steph Curry, probable league MVP this season, starting at point guard Jeremy would have to be satisfied with back-up playing time. Nevertheless, Steve Kerr, who should have won COY but didn’t primarily due to an east coast league wide bias, is the kind of coach that would enable Jeremy Lin to reach his full potential and play in a system in which Jeremy would thrive. So Golden State would and could be a utopia destination for Jeremy. He wouldn’t get starter’s minutes unless Curry were injured but if he were the starter on this Golden State team he could be nearly as productive as Curry has been up to now. Golden State is perhaps the most unselfish team I have ever seen which is in large part how they managed to win 67 games this season. Jeremy as Curry’s backup would make Golden State even better than they already are which is good enough to be one of the favorites to win the NBA championship for the 2014-15 season.

Sacramento is another possible destination for Jeremy according to published reports. None of the point guards currently on their roster, Darren Collison, Andre Miller, Ray McCallum or David Stockton, are nearly as good as Jeremy. Thus he would be the probable starter. But Sacramento is a bad team and I don’t know that either George Karl or Jeremy Lin can change this. And further I don’t know exactly what Karl thinks about Jeremy. I have read both positive and negative things about Jeremy Lin that have been attributed to George Karl. I don’t know which of these quotes if any of them are an accurate assessment of his feelings about Jeremy Lin.

That covers everything I’ve read on this topic and the little I know about where Jeremy Lin shall be playing next season. The only thing I know for sure is that the chances of Jeremy Lin playing for the Los Angeles Lakers next year are less than the chances of me going to bed tonight an old man and waking up tomorrow morning young again (how I wish). Anyway I have to go. It’s time for me to poke some more pins in the Byron Scott, Kobe Bryant and Mitch Kupchak voodoo dolls that I bought on a recent trip into Joseph Conrad’s “Heart Of Darkness.” May Jeremy Lin prosper next year and may the Los Angeles Lakers remain on their super-hero, junk heap path to basketball oblivion.

  • MrPingPong

    ‘Good to hear from you, Old & In! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Lin’s FA.
    I agree with everything you say except for Steve Kerr. I never forget that Kerr bought into that narrative of Lin being a bad defender and favored Pat Bev over Lin while he was a TV commentator for TNT:

    http://spacecityscoop.com/2013/11/07/steve-kerr-states-houston-rockets-championship-contenders/

    And here’s to your health, Old & In! 😉

    https://youtu.be/FnFAu9cY5y4

    • old and in the way

      Dear Mr. PingPong:

      That does change things somewhat. I didn’t know about Kerr’s negativity towards Jeremy’s defensive skills which I think are very good. Perhaps Kerr has changed his viewpoint by now. I think these people who claim to believe that PB was a better defender than Jeremy are just repeating what they have heard everyone else say. It is hard to believe anyone would prefer PB’s defense over Jeremy’s if they had actually researched the topic on their own and looked at the data and evidence. That includes Kerr who hopefully by now has changed his perceptions. But thanks for informing me of Kerr’s deficiency in this regard. I think he should still have been COY this season but he may also he biased against Jeremy…this is sadly a possibility indeed. Gotta hobble. Lunch beckons. Ciao for now.

    • old and in the way

      Dear P&P:

      Thank you for the musical tribute. I didn’t have time to check out this link earlier. I may be “forever young” inside my head but unfortunately my old body betrays whatever is inside my head. At one time I liked Bob Dylan’s music very much. I don’t know how you could know this but your choice of music for me is very fitting and demonstrates a kind of sensitivity on your part that surprises me somewhat. Empathy is sometimes a mysterious phenomenon. I am once again impressed by the people who support Jeremy Lin of which you are one. Those of us who support Jeremy Lin and have responded to his predicament share a sensitivity I think which is unusual in its quality and scope. So thanks again and hats off to your for having chosen such a fitting way to respond to me. It seems to me that many of Lin’s supporters are people with deep convictions and feelings for others which you have aptly demonstrated here. I am moved on a personal level. Peace to you. I wish human lifespans were not so relatively short and did not pass so quickly. Young one day and old the next just like that quicker than it is possible to imagine. Ciao.

      • MrPingPong

        I’m glad you like the song I picked for you, Old & In. It just popped in my mind. My roommate from the young college days was a poet and taught me everything I know about Bod Dylan, when I first came to the USA. One heck of a way to get introduced to the American culture, don’t ya think? 🙂

        • old & in the way

          Dear Mr. PingPong:

          When he was young Bob Dylan was one fantastic poet. He didn’t refer to himself as a poet but his song lyrics were filled with excellent poetic images and imagery. At one time his awareness of social issues was profound. Later in life as he became more wealthy this was not so much the case. But I can’t imagine a more worthy and insightful way to be introduced to American culture than through the songs and writings of Bob Dylan. You were fortunate to have this person for a roommate in college. Of course, Dylan was very, very popular among college students in the sixties and early seventies because of his anti-establishment sensibilities. Good for you to have been open to his music and the social messages contained within it.

  • eric m

    great article phil. i didn’t think about dallas being a good place for lin, but what you said makes sense. Hope he goes to denver w/ MDA or to dallas,

    • old and in the way

      Dear Eric:

      Thank you for the complimentary response. I, too, hope that Jeremy can be reunited with MDA as he is one very good coach who knows how to utilize a player’s skill set and maximize his talents and ability to perform at the highest levels. This was never truer than with Jeremy who made MDA look very good and vice versa. They both made each other look very good and it was no accident. I would like to see a repeat encore performance from these two collaborators. I think we would all like to see this and may we get what we wish for as this is one case where I don’t think anyone would be disappointed by the results. Ciao to you for now.

      • Gary Teng

        Dear old and in the way,

        As usual, another great post!~~~

        The former Thunders’ head coach Scott Brooks is out of a job. That Scott has a career Won-Loss percentage of .620 (338 W and 207 L.) Whereas the other Scott (Byron Scott) has a career Won-Loss record of .429 (437 W and 582 L), but he still has a job.

        As the first-year head coach of the LA Tankers, the other Scott made two infamous records — the most losses (61 L) and the lowest Won-Loss percentage (.256) in one season of the Tankers. Wow! quite a magnificent job which deserves to be richly rewarded!

        In the military, there is a popular slang — It is not who you know, but who you blow.

        The whole world seems to be upside down nowadays!~~~ 🙁

        • old & in the way

          Dear Gary:

          Upside down indeed. In career records Byron Scott is 138 games behind Scott Brooks. So naturally even with all the games lost to injuries Scott Brooks still manages to win 24 more games than Byron Scott this season alone. So Brooks is out of work and looking for a new job and Scott will be allowed to buffoon his way through at least one more season as the marginal leader of the Tankers. I hope the Tankers lose every game they ever play into perpetuity. It would be poetic justice if it could actually occur. It won’t but I can dream, can’t I? I think so and so I shall. It is nice to be back and active here after a three week sabbatical. Later. Ciao for now.

  • Only time will tell right old and in?

    Side note: What advice do you think is most valuable to the young guys like me?

    • old & in the way

      Dear Charlie:

      Advice regarding what? Life, basketball, aging? Could you be more specific, please?

      • Life lessons people in their 20s should follow

        • old & in the way

          Dear Charlie:

          Oh, boy…at first I thought this would be easy. But after thinking about it some I realize that it is very difficult to choose just one thing as being the most important in life. Everything is interconnected and so many things are primary. Honor, integrity and truth both to one’s self and to others with whom one interacts are just a few primary things in life that are of major importance. But if I have to choose just one thing it would have to be to appreciate what you do have as opposed to lamenting what you don’t have. In this regard nothing is as important as good health. If you have your health appreciate it to its fullest and do everything you can to enhance it and maintain it. In this regard if there is anything you want to do in life do it now while you still can. Don’t wait until later in life if you can possibly help it. Later may never come. Do it now while you still can as you just don’t know how long you will be able to maintain your health. It can be taken from you at any time without warning of course. In my view wealth is irrelevant and health is virtually everything. As long as you have enough money to survive in relative comfort that is enough. Wealth alone will not make you happy and it is extremely difficult to prosper without good health. Life becomes so much more difficult if you are dealing with health issues. Thus I would say maintaining good health is the single most important life lesson that you can understand. So do whatever you can to enhance and maintain it. Everything else is secondary relative to both physical and mental health issues.

  • Forrest

    What are the chances of the Knicks picking him up?

    • MrPingPong

      Good joke, Forrest! 🙂

      • old & in the way

        Dear Forrest:

        I have not read anything about the Knicks being interested in Jeremy’s services. I don’t know that I would be eager for him to come under the influence of Derek Fisher, the triangle offense or a perhaps antiquated Phil Jackson. With all due respect to what Phil Jackson has achieved in basketball it may be that the game has changed too much for him to still be relevant in 2015. In spite of how rewarding and productive the Linsanity days of 2012 were I’m not sure that I would want to see him back in New York given the changes in the on court make-up of the present Knicks team but the continuing presence of Carmelo Anthony as their dominant player. Sentimentally it might be an attractive move but practically and functionally speaking it might not be a good move for Jeremy. This is just my personal opinion but I would be quite leery of him rejoining the Knicks at this time.

        • Not to mention how the Knicks told JLin to go test the market for value… and proceeded to claim JLin was being greedy with that Rocket’s contract. It makes me distrustful of their FO for saying one thing and doing another

          • old & in the way

            Thanks, Charlie. For sure James Dolan is not to be trusted in any regard. James Dolan alone would be enough reason for me to not want Jeremy to return to the Knicks at this time. But then added to that are the on court operations which I mentioned above.

  • The Rockets are so lucky to have played against a more dysfunctional team in the first round (the Mavs). Otherwise they would have been blown out like what we are seeing now. McHale probably gets another year just because it wasn’t a first round exit this time.

  • ashley

    I guess you’ve probably all seen JLin’s Chinese rapping video for Mother’s Day. He’s such a cute, dorky, entertaining performer!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O7tk6E-PVo

    • Gary Teng

      This video is indeed very funny, humorous, and entertaining!~~~

      林書豪講中文繞口令慶祝母親節. 林書豪在FB回覆說歌詞是他自己寫的, 而且拍攝時沒有大家說的NG很多次.

      影片中文字幕:(English Translation as below. Sorry, can’t RAP)

      聽說你們不相信我會說中文 ,
      幹什麼啦! 你不相信我用中文,
      那聽一下 (RAP)讓我慢慢影響你們.

      我愛我家人嫂嫂雅雅, 還有林繼明,
      沒有忘記弟弟媽媽,她叫吳信信.
      我最近不健康, 變很胖, 加五六磅,
      最好處不需要喝…媽媽煮的湯.
      中文饒舌(或老師), 讓我告訴你, 沒問題~
      從頭到尾只要用中文…哪裡哪裡~
      我不滿意, 還要進步, 中文繼續學,
      可是這周末的目的, 慶祝母親節!!
      Yeah!!!~~WE DID it!!!

      —————————————-­–
      (English Translation. Sorry, can’t RAP)

      I heard that you don’t believe I can speak Mandarin,
      Why? You don’t believe I can use Chinese.
      Listen to me. (RAP) Let me gradually persuade you.
      I love my family: sister-in-law, Yaya (Joshua Lin, elder bro) and Lin Gie-Ming (dad),
      Don’t forget younger bro and mom, her name is Wu Xin-xin (Shirley Lin).
      Recently I become unhealthier, fatter, and gain weight 5-6 pounds.
      The best matter is that I don’t need to eat my mom’s soup.
      Chinese RAP(or teacher), let me tell you, it’s no problem.
      From beginning to end, just say Mandarin 哪裡哪裡 (no big deal, it’s nothing).
      I am unsatisfied and gonna make more progress. I’ll continue to study speaking Mandarin.
      But the objective of this weekend is to celebrate Mother’s Day!!
      Yeah! We DID it!!

      • MrPingPong

        Thanks for the translation, DGT!

        I think Lin is getting fat from indulging himself with In-n-Out burger.

        “I heard that you don’t believe I can play basketball,
        Why? You don’t believe I can shoot the ball.
        Listen to me. (RAP) Let me gradually persuade you.
        I love my La la team: PnR with ED, JH and Booze..”

        Happy (USA) Mother’s Day to all the mothers who follow this blog!

        • Gary Teng

          Dear Professor MrPingPong,

          I didn’t do the translation, I copied it from the youtube. Thanks for your compliments though. 🙂

          It looks like that Lin will be playing at either Mavericks or Nuggets in the next NBA season.

          • MrPingPong

            Dear DGT:

            Are there reasons for your prediction on Lin’s FA?

            I like coach Carlisle but I do not like Cuban the owner at all. Have you read this?

            http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/5/11/8584527/mark-cuban-deandre-jordan-twitter-free-throws-hacking

            As to the Nuggets, is MDA the frontrunner for HC there? It would be really nice to see Lin reunited with MDA. But somehow my Ouija board doesn’t like the Nuggs FO.

            The Jeremy Lin story is a rather compelling story. My guess is where Lin decides to play next season will be a complete surprise to everyone.

            PS: Are you still with Lakers mama by any chance? 😉

  • Gary Teng

    Dear Professor MrPingPong,

    My premature but educated predictions are based on the following reasons:

    1. It seems that MDA is the frontrunner (90%) for the head coach job at the Denver Nuggets. If that materializes, there is a very high probability (95%) that Lin will follow MDA’s footstep and join the Nuggets team for one simple reason — A true gentleman is willing to sacrifice his life for a friend who understands him and recognizes his worth (士為知己者死.)

    2. I like both the Mavericks coach Carlisle and its owner Cuban, and especially its FO (General Manager Donnie Nelson, the son of the legendary former NBA player and head coach Don Nelson.) Donnie Nelson of the Dallas Mavericks was the only GM who offered Lin an invitation to play in the Summer League literally minutes after no team chose Lin in the 2010 NBA draft. “Donnie took care of me,” said Lin. “He has a different type of vision than most people do.” Cuban is quite a character! He is passionate about basketball and fun to watch both on court and off court.

    BTW: I am still with my future Nuggets or Mavericks mama (at least for the time being.) 🙂 I know that I am not supposed to derive pleasure from other’s misfortune and suffering, but no matter how hard we both are trying neither of us can hide our irrational exuberance from watch the LaLaLand crumbling in from our own eyes.

    “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”
    — Clarence Darrow

  • Gary Teng

    Realist, you must forget to take your anti-psychotic medication.

    You are entitled to your stupidity and ignorance, but you have absolutely NO right to be disrespectful.

    Please quietly crawl back to the snake pit where you belong. I will not miss you.

  • Forthelin

    It is just fascinating how, in the middle of NBA playoffs and the beginning of summer baseball, a troll just has to sneak an attack on a website dedicated to someone he hates. That urge and need to hate is saddening. We wish you some peace and happiness in your life, and hope that you find someone you can follow and cheer for, so you do not have to leak out that poisonous bitterness in your heart. Go Lin!

  • ashley

    I am happy that the GSW beat the Rockets today to get their third win and has secured the championship of the Western Conference–with the past two games so close, I had some worries. I believe many Lin fans want the Rockets to lose, just like me, and I can’t help being petty. It seems losing Lin and Parsons didn’t really affect them this season. Harden, having all the freedom and chances to grow on the Rockets, must have improved his game and Morey did get some decent players to fill up the roster. But still, Harden is no comparison to Curry, a super great shooter and a better team leader. Here’s to hope the GSW wins it all to become the season’s champion!

    • old & in the way

      Dear Ashley:

      Golden State finally played their “A” game except for Klay Thompson’s shooting percentage. But Curry, Green and Bogut were incredible and the whole team played well together. Barnes had a bad offensive game but an excellent defensive game. The Warriors rose to their level of excellence and the Rockets sunk to theirs. Thus a 35 point blowout in Houston. I live in the SF Bay Area so I would be rooting for Golden State anyway. But knowing what I know about the Rockets as a result of being a Jeremy Lin fan I have even more motivation to root for the Warriors. Over the long haul I still think that James Harden is overrated in spite of the season he had this year. He is not a team player as we all know, his defense is lousy and he is totally self-consumed as a player. It is not true that he isn’t surrounded by other good players. Smith, Ariza, Howard and Terry are good players. They just don’t play as well as a team as Golden State does. I was hoping for Golden State blowouts in Oakland and was disappointed that Houston played so well. But as things have played out I now think that a 35 point blowout in Houston is a much better scenario than the reverse…that is a 35 point Warriors victory in Oakland. The fact that it was in Houston just drives the point of Golden State’s superiority home even more. Given the total team concept that Golden State employs and the Harden/Howard heroball concept that Houston employs, the Rockets do not deserve to play Golden State even as they did in Oakland. Game 4 could well be another Golden State rout and that would please me much. I don’t like Harden or McHale or Howard or Fat Morry or those horrid Texas fans that root for the Rockets or their damn announcers or any other part of the Houston Rockets now that Jeremy is no longer employed there. Hopefully he will never play there again. It would be a very hard sell for me.

      Gotta go. Ciao for now.

      • ashley

        Dear Mr. Old,

        Appreciate your insightful post as always. Hopefully I’m not jumping the gun in proclaiming the Warriors’ sure victory. We’ll see tomorrow.

        You do know well about the Rockets, which makes me wonder where you were then– during Lin’s stint with the Rockets? I don’t recall your presence on this blog the past two seasons.

        • old & in the way

          Dear Ashley:

          I don’t remember Jeremy when he played for the Warriors in 2010-2011. But he wasn’t playing much and by then I had pretty much tuned the Warriors out after literally 35+ years of futility. They last won a championship in 1974-75. But between then and 2010 they had not come close to even stiffing a championship let alone actually contended for one. So slowly over the years I became more and more frustrated and ultimately disinterested in them for the most part. When Linsanity hit New York in February 2012 I became an instant Jeremy Lin believer and fan. I haven’t seen anything since to dissuade me from my notion that Jeremy Lin is a very special player who if properly utilized could achieve much more success in the NBA than the notable amount he already has achieved. I guess it took me awhile to discover JLintel. I can’t remember exactly when it was. I use to read other JLin blogs and fan sites. I use to see JLintel posting things there. Eventually I clicked on one of his links and checked out his site. I read his articles for a long time before I even noticed the capacity for readers to write their own comments. I was a little reticent to do so but in short time I snuffed my timidity and decided to start participating in the comments section. In spite of the occasional trolls and no matter how obnoxious some of them can be I don’t regret for a second that I began participating in the comments section and have found it rewarding and mostly gratifying to have done so the harsh critics/trolls notwithstanding as I noted at the beginning of this (way too long needs an editor) sentence.

          Gotta go. Ciao for now.

          • ashley

            Thanks, Mr. Old, for taking the time to quench my curiosity. Curry and the Warriors have been making good progress these years, yet our Lin still needs to find a home in the NBA. Even Lin’s old Knicks teammates Jr. Smith and Shumpert are in a better place on the Cavaliers fighting for the championship. Sigh… Hoping and praying for the best!

  • Forthelin

    Here’s hoping that Jeremy can join the Warriors this summer and return home for a championship next year!

    • old & in the way

      Dear forthelin:

      Jeremy would prosper in a program like Golden State that stresses team basketball, good ball movement, selfless play and great defense both as a team and individually. Given Golden State’s great depth I don’t know how much playing time Jeremy would get but he would thrive when he was playing even if it were only around 20 minutes a game or perhaps even less. My only reservation is that our friend, Mr. PingPong, says that two years ago he heard Steve Kerr criticizing Jeremy in a manner that implied that he did not appreciate Jeremy as a basketball player. So depending on what Kerr’s current opinion is of Jeremy I don’t know how much interest GS would have in him. But he would fit right into their scheme and approach to basketball I am sure.

      Gotta go. Ciao for now.

      • I prefer JLin to go to a place where he has a legitimate chance of being a starter.

  • MrPingPong

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

    I’ve been on the road, so-to-speak, traveling to the Far East like South Korea and Hong Kong. Yes, as of this writing, I’m at Incheon International Airport waiting for my flight to Hong Kong! 🙂 Hello Ashley! 🙂 Please tell me where to go for the best Cantonese food! 🙂

    So it’s the Cavs vs the Dubs in the NBA finals. Of course, I’ll be rooting for the Dubs. Curry is one tough dude. As to his splash brother Klay, I hope he is alright after being kneed on the temple by Ariza. The latest news on Klay is that he is experiencing concussion symptoms. It’s is to tough to compete at the highest level. Injuries can happen any time to anybody.

    Switching topic to Lin’s FA, I’m in the same camp as Charlie, that is, I’d like to see Lin play for a team with a coach who would give Lin a fair shake in competing for the starting job.

    And now back to the NBA Finals: Dubs sweep! My Ouija board can dream, can’t it! 😉

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

    • MrPingPong

      I made to Hong Kong! Anybody here in the HKG area? Give me a call at 852 5921 3637. 🙂

    • ashley

      So nice to hear from you, Mr. PingPong! I can’t advise you on Cantonese food in Hong Kong ’cause I haven’t been there, but food in Taiwan is really great, including dim sum!

      According to the latest news, Klay has passed the NBA’s examination for concussion and is clear to play in the finals. That’s relieving–I would really hate it if the dirty play of the abominable Rox causes irreparable damage to a decent player.

      I guess it’s good to be away from the NBA and the Internet for a while. Have a blast on your trip, Mr. PingPong!

      • ashley

        News updated: Klay still doesn’t feel well, and might miss the first two games. The earlier statement by his agent had been too optimistic.

      • MrPingPong

        OK thanks Ashley. I will make a trip to Taiwan one of these days just for the dim sum alone! 🙂

        • Gary Tng

          Dear Professor MrPingPong,

          Are you in Korea for an extreme makeover after your beloved Rockets team was smashed by the Splash Brothers? 🙂

          • MrPingPong

            Dear DGT:

            Did you misspell your name on purpose for some kind of extreme makeover? 😉

            Funny as I watched the Rockets play against the Dubs, I kept imagining them as our beloved Lakers! 😉

            Now that the West was won, all the Dubs have to do is to splash brother the Cavs to death and sweep them of the floor. I know, Lebron is the best basketball player on the planet, but the Dubs have proven themselves to be the real thing by standing on top of the freaking tough West!

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

          • Gry Tng

            Dear Professor MrPingPong,

            No thanks for asking me this embarrassing question. 🙂

            Now you asked, I have to admit that I did have a (botched) extreme facelift in LA Koreatown last year. Shortly thereafter, I developed a double personality disorder.

            To add insult to injury, ever since then my psychiatrist always charge me double for every visit… 🙁

  • MrPingPong

    Dear Dgt:

    Was that you or your Lakers girl that got a face lift?

    On a more serious note, I plan to visit Taiwan next summer. Any advices? Or should I wait for Lin to publish his 2016 Asia tour schedule and follow suit? 😉

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

    • G/y T/g

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      You must have consumed too much raw monkey brain in Hong Kong?! 🙂

      I want to set the record crystal clear once for all: It is Me who had a failed facelift last year. 🙁 If anything, my Lakers girl badly needs a plastic surgery to make her look less attractive to avoid too much unnecessary attention.

      Some updates about my current mental wellbeing:

      The bad news is my psychiatrist has seriously warned me that my double-personality disorder may deteriorate into a split-personality disorder in the very near future. 🙁

      The good news is that when this happens, she is willing to split the medical bills with me to avoid malpractice lawsuit. 🙂

      I personally recommend that you should wait for Lin to publish his 2016 Asia tour schedule before visiting Taiwan. Lin always attracts a large crowd whenever he goes so the streets may be less crowded during that time period. 🙂

      Have a safe trip back to the USA!

      • ashley

        I’ve been suspecting if Mr. PingPong would really make a sudden turn and journey to Formosa. It’s wise to visit in cooler time before June, but it would also be fun to follow Lin. If you do land in Taiwan some day, other than trying some interesting local foods such as pig’s blood cake, be sure to try bubble tea–milk tea with chewy tapiocas–if it hasn’t appeared in your hometown in the States yet.

        • MrPingPong

          Hello Ashley:

          Are you talking about this?

          http://www.tapiocaexpress.com/

          • ashley

            Yes, it is. So it’s available in Houston and has taken on a fancier Western look–with lots of cream and chocolate. It probably has gotten fattier!

      • MrPingPong

        Dear DG/yT/g:

        Thanks for the safe trip wish!

        Monkey Brain in Hong Kong? I think you’ve read too much into those Urban Legends about 慈禧太后. But come to think of it, I did not spot any monkey in HKG. 😉

        On a separate note, since I ain’t no shrink, perhaps you can help me understand which personality of yours is writing what by using ALL CAPS when the first personality is talking and all non-caps for the second personality. WhAt Do YoU ThInK? 😉

        • G/T

          Dear Professor MrPingPong,

          Are you out off your mind?! I hope you do realize that you were asking too much from a mentally frail and unstable person. Had I known which part of my brain was doing the ramblings, there would have been no need for me to visit my private shrink on a regular basis. 🙂

          To rub salt into wounds, the current Obamacare insurance policy only covers hospital visits for patients with multi-personality disorder. So I have at least one more split to go before I… 🙁

          I am absolutely no fan of 慈禧太后 (Empress Dowager Cixi, 1835 – 1908.) I believe that crazy and nasty bitch almost single-handedly destroyed the Qing Dynasty.

          Unfortunately, there are modern-day 慈禧太后 both in the U.S. and Taiwan who are currently running to be the next imperial ruler of these two nations.

          May God help us all!~~~

  • MrPingPong

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

    I missed Game 1 of the finals. Sitting here at Narita at this moment, I can only watch the highlights. A bunch of Chinese travelers stopped and watched the ESPN highlights with me on my laptop. About half rooted for the Cavs and half rooted for the Dubs. Long live diversity! 🙂

    From what I’ve read, it was one heck of a game. It looks like the Cavs’ strategy was to let Lebron do the shooting. Lebron, as good as he is, cannot do it alone. My Ouija board still says it’s a sweep! 🙂

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

  • MrPingPong

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

    I am happy to report to you that nobody mistook me for Jeremy Lin during my Asian tour. As a result, I was able to make it back to the States, safe and sound, whole as the same ole MrPingPong without any split personality issue. ( Apologies to DG/yT/g! 😉 )

    I was able to watches bits and pieces of the first half of game 2 last night, and unluckily, I watched the full second half of the game to see the Dubs go down by two points. My Ouija board blamed its mis-prediction on jet lag! 😉

    There is no argument that Curry was really playing like garbage last night. Nobody expected Delly to give Curry such a hard time. I hope Curry and the Dubs find ways to adapt and change for the better going to Cleveland. One thing I see as detriment for the Dubs is Bogut. Yeah, they say he is a terror on defense, but last night, he committed quite a few stupid offensive fouls that caused his team to lose possession and momentum. The guy could not shoot free throws to save his life and looked really clumsy on the court.

    Switching topic to the Nuggets’ coach search, my Ouija board is totally mum on it. What can I say? 🙂

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

    • ashley

      It’s nice knowing you had a safe trip home, Mr. PingPong. And thanks for the updates on the finals. I’m glad I didn’t make any pessimistic comments on the Warriors. I read that in today’s 4th game, the coach made adjustments–they played small, Bogut did not start, and the good shooter Curry was back while James was off and the Cavs Beverley-like defender Delly wasn’t as tough, likely due to the exhaustion from the previous game. Hope the Warriors keep it up!

      • MrPingPong

        ‘Good to hear from you, Ashley. There’s not a whole lot of Lin news these days, so we talk NBA finals to keep this blog alive.

        I root for the Dubs now simply because I used to live in the Bay Area and root for them back in the Seventies. I was able to watch the last part of the 3rd quarter and most of the 4th quarter last night.

        Lebron was visibly gassed last night as his FTs were short most of the time. No Lebron no win! From what I’ve read, Bogut played only 3 minutes and committed 3 fouls in the process. I’m not surprised by his non-performance.

        So it’s best two out of three now with the Dubs holding home court advantage. My Ouija board says, ‘Warriors sweep’! 🙂

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

        • old & in the way

          Dear Ashley & Mr. PingPong:

          Now that the Golden State’s “A” game has been relocated I will say Warriors in six. It is hard to imagine that Cleveland will rebound at this time. I think rather things will continue to just get more difficult for them in the next two games. Golden State finally figured out how to increase the pace of the game but mostly I think it was really a matter of just making their shots. We will see what transpires but it is fun to follow the drama of this particular NBA Finals Series. I am no longer a real Golden State fan but I was for a very long time. So it is rewarding to see them finally having some success and having a very good team. I am a fan now of Jeremy Lin having been drawn into his story and a fan of whichever team he plays for. The Lakers were a difficult sell for me and it was not easy for me to root for a Los Angeles team but I did because I want Jeremy Lin to be successful and his team, too, of course. I look for Jeremy news all the time but have seen nothing in recent weeks. I guess no coaching hires even will be announced until after the finals. And free agency doesn’t begin until well into July. I am uncertain of the actual date. Gotta go. Ciao for now. Welcome home to you, too, Mr. PingPong. Wish there was some Jeremy news we could mull over. Soon perhaps. My personal first choice is still a Jeremy Lin and MDA reunion. I think that would be the best fit of them all for Jeremy Lin and most likely make up for lost time as far as his basketball development is concerned. Can’t wait for that.

          • ashley

            Lin will soon embark on his Asian tour–if that’s any Lin news to you, Mr. Old. I guess you’ve already learned about this, but I’ll babble on anyway: Starting June 19, Lin will visit China–there’ll be an evangelic meeting in Hong Kong on Jun. 28, and then he’ll hold a basketball camp and another evangelic meeting titled “Redefining Success” on July 1 for Good TV in Taiwan, where he’ll stay for a week. That’s about what I’ve learned from news.

            I don’t think Lin will reunite with MD, which is a dream too good to come true. Actually, my expectation for Lin’s free agency is rather low–I just hope he gets a few or at least one decent offer. It would be even better if he meets a good enough coach so he gets a fair chance to develop his game. I believe whichever team he lands on, he’ll stand out as a good PG and a solid player. It’s hard for me to think he’d meet a coach worse than BS.

            Yeah, we talk about NBA finals before more Lin news rushes in. Have a nice weekend!

  • ashley

    I just came across MDA’s post on jeremylin.net:

    Mike D’Antoni • 19 hours ago
    I know what you are thinking: If (and it’s still a big “if”) I get hired for the Denver coaching job, would I lobby to sign Jeremy next year?

    The answer is most definitely “yes”. Jeremy is a tough kid who plays the game the right way and I would love to reunite with him and see if we can recreate something special again.

    For both of us, the past few years have been a struggle and I think we both are eager for another shot (perhaps more so for me than him), if things align just right.

    By the way, I think this article below is a fair assessment. Don’t forget to take the quiz at the end of the article.
    http://thesportsquotient.com/n

    Some writers doubted if he was the real deal, but I don’t. I think it’s tempting for MDA to post on a Lin fan site that appreciates him so much and keeps mentioning him. Good to hear from him!

    • old & in the way

      Dear Ashley:

      I heard on KNBR-680 here in San Francisco and read on the ESPN website that Mike Malone has been hired as the new coach of the Denver Nuggets and MDA is still looking for an NBA coaching job. This is bad news for me personally and for Jeremy as I believe that D’Antonio would be a very good coach for Jeremy. So there goes another option that is no longer an option. I don’t know very much about Mike Malone except that Sacramento was much better with him than they were without him. If this had anything directly to do with him I am not close enough to the situation to know. But it struck me as odd that they fired him and immediately began playing worse and it was a pretty dramatic drop-off, too. They were decent under Malone. They just weren’t yet good or great. But without Malone they were terrible. I don’t know what his opinion and assessment of Jeremy’s basketball skills is. I have never heard him say anything about Jeremy one way or the other and have not read any quotes attributed to him that related to Jeremy Lin in any regard. So this Malone hire by Denver doesn’t tell me as much about where Jeremy’s going as it tells me about where he probably isn’t going. Now it doesn’t look like it will be Denver. But where else is still anyone’s guess, I guess. My guess is that I still have no guess other than not Denver, Los Angeles and Houston although I am not completely sure even about H-town. I hope Houston is not a consideration but it could be. Gotta go. Let me know if you come across anything else about Jeremy. I have seen the stuff about MDA from the other website before. At the time I doubted that it really was MDA who wrote the comment. But I suppose it is possible. At any rate at this point it doesn’t look like MDA will be an NBA head coach this coming season. Too bad for Jeremy in my opinion. Ciao for now.

    • MrPingPong

      I don’t think MDA would bother to post on any of Lin fans’ websites. Nor do I think he would waste his time posting on the WEB.

      Anyway, MDA not coaching for the Nuggs does not mean the Nuggs will not make Lin an offer to join them. I personally do not like the Nuggs’ owner and FO, just from their irrational firing of coach Karl. The hiring of coach Malone coupled with the re-hiring of D’Allessandro as Senior VP of Business and Team Operations appears quite odd to me from the context of what transpired at the Kings. I just hope Lin does not end up playing for the Nuggs next season.

      The team that I really want Lin to join is the Celts. But it does not look like the Celts need a PG at all. The news that Charlotte dealt Stephenson to the Clips made me think that the Hornets can be a viable destination for Lin. After all, Lin “worshipped” Michael Jordan in his younger days. And their GM, Rich Cho, is the first Asian American NBA GM. It will be interesting to watch Lin competing with Kemba Walker for the starting spot.

      These are just my random thoughts with little social redeeming value while waiting for Lin’s FA to materialize. Lin is currently in Japan, I think. Here’s a short clip of his training before embarking on his annual Asian tour, in case you haven’t seen it already:

      https://youtu.be/WmKFTFLtrCk

      And in case you haven’t seen Linsanity the movie, here it is on Youtube:

      https://youtu.be/YE_j9ynusg4

      Though I did support the production of the movie via Kickstarter, I don’t think it was as well done as the documentary on Linsanity made by a Japanese TV station made a while back.

    • MrPingPong

      Speaking of MDA, check out this video from ESPN True Hoop TV:

      http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:13097358

  • MrPingPong

    For Warriors fans reading this blog, Congratulations!
    The 40-year wait is over!
    2015 NBA Champion!
    My hardcore Dubs fan friends in the Bay Area are going nuts!
    🙂

  • MrPingPong

    Hello Lin fans/non-fans and non-Lin fans, just some post NBA finals random thoughts here…

    After the Warriors won the championship, the folks at ESPN seem to concur that MDA’s style of basketball is now vindicated. Check out this article, for example.

    http://es.pn/1G2zzMs

    Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry (who will be the HC of the Pels this coming season) is quoted as saying, “Tell Mike D’Antoni he’s vindicated! We just kicked everyone’s ass playing the way everybody complained about!” And Steve Kerr also says, “I think Miami and San Antonio in many ways already vindicated [Mike D’Antoni’s] style. Their personnel is different, but they both space the floor.”

    This makes me think may be New Orleans can use of Lin with Gentry at the helm. Of course Lin will have to compete for the starting job against Jrue Holiday. I think Lin can handle that, provided he is given a fair chance. “May the best man Lin!” Anyway, it’s just another one of my random thoughts on Lin’s FA.

    In the mean time, have a great day/evening everyone wherever you are on this WEB!

    🙂

    • old & in the way

      Hello, Mr. PingPong:

      Yes, I read those articles about Alvin Gentry, too, vindicating the MDA style of play. New Orleans is an intriguing destination for Jeremy and perhaps it would be a very good one with Alvin Gentry being the new head coach. He did wonders with the Warriors this year. And, I, too, think that Jeremy is a better point guard than Jrue Holiday. I just don’t know what Gentry thinks about Jeremy but he was not there in 2010-11 when Jeremy played for Golden State. It gives us some hope though that Jeremy may sign with a team that will appreciate his basketball skills and utilize him in an intelligent and productive manner. I can’t wait for that to happen. Alvin Gentry seems to be a very good coach from what I can tell and he was one of Steve Kerr’s top assistants this season. It is hard to argue with success. Jeremy Lin and Alvin Gentry together just might work. We can hope anyway. Ciao for now, my friend.

      • ashley

        Dear Mr. Old,

        Your predictions of the Warriors’ victory came true! I think if Lin had not been released by the Warriors, he would have realized his dream of winning an NBA championship, but then Linsanity wouldn’t have happened. Hopefully next season–or one day–he goes to a playoff contending team, then we’ll get to watch him play and root for his team.

        • ashley

          Lin is currently in Beijing, China. In his latest interview at Beijing University, Lin said he would need to wait until players like Rondo or Dragic join which team to know what his choices are. It’s sad to hear that. Actually, Lin had said something similar in his Lakers’ exit interview– regarding whether he’d be back to the Lakers, he said he had to wait until Lakers got their draft picks to see what might happen. I think at this point Lin and his agent haven’t had any clues yet as to which team he might go and he’s being quite realistic about it. It’s been reported that the Heat is offering Dragic an 80 million 5-year contract. I’d be exhilarated if Lin got that kind of deal. Hoping for the best!

      • MrPingPong

        Hello Old & In The Way:

        I just thought of a new nickname for Jeremy Lin: Young & On The Way! What do you think? 🙂

        Yeah, Lin is maintaining his way. The folks at JLinportal.com post a lot of Lin pics and videos from his China trip right now. There is this short clip in which Lin shares his thoughts on his criteria for teams in his upcoming FA:

        https://youtu.be/p7qPFIB9BcM

        Yes, most of us LOFs wish for Lin to end up with a team that will give him a fair chance to compete for a starting job. We all believe that Lin is well capable of starting in the NBA.

        Switching topic to the “vindicated” MDA style of basketball, the folks at CanisHoopUs write this amazingly elaborate article on the revolution of NBA basketball and how Karl Towns, their numero uno draft pick prospect, “is poised to be the next big thing in that revolution.” Check it out, if you have the time. It’s a long read!

        http://www.canishoopus.com/2015/6/18/8652109/karl-towns-may-very-well-be-the-next-step-in-the-revolution-kevin?_ga=1.218818385.932715590.1329243804

        Have a great (US) Father’s Day to all the fathers who read this blog!

        • old & in the way

          Dear Mr. PingPong:

          I love “Young & On The Way” as a new nickname for Jeremy Lin. As long as no one asks “on the way to where?” I wish I knew but I think Ashley is correct that Jeremy doesn’t yet know much either about where he might ultimately wind up. And it does, of course, depend much on what a lot of other players do, too, and where the available roster spots actually are. I keep expecting that Jeremy will land on his feet and ultimately achieve even more success than he already has but the reality which Ashley has hinted at is that there is no guarantee than anyone will extend an offer to Jeremy that he can’t refuse. It is possible that he could be squeezed right out of the league as unfair as it would be. I was encouraged by the success of the Warriors this year though as Steph Curry was unheralded coming out of high school and even college and was much criticized in his early years as a Golden State point guard. But in the end he triumphed beyond anyone’s expectations. I think the same kind of success could happen for Jeremy. But will it? No one knows and therein comes a certain amount of anxiety for those of us who support him and are rooting for his continuing success in the NBA. The wait is long. Patience is recommended but difficult to practice. Gotta hobble. Ciao for now.

          • ashley

            Dear Mr. Old,

            You read my words well, at which I’m surprised. I clicked on Mr. PongPong’s link to the video with the English subtitle, and found it failed to include the part Lin said what he said that gave me something to write about, to make some conversation, as Mr. PingPong often puts it. Indeed, we have our worries. However, today I read online that the Pacers might be interested in Lin because they need a back-up point guard for George Hill. Lin would fit into Coach Frank Vogel’s system and Larry Bird might like the idea. I still remember the Rockets’ 2013 preseason game against the Pacers in Taipei where Lin put on a great show with a monster block in a packed stadium in front of Larry Bird. Well, I like the possibility of Lin becoming a Pacer.

          • Gary (the Oracle) Teng

            Freaking news:

            More and more it looks like Lin’s next stop will be at: 1. Dallas Mavericks 2. Philadelphia 76ers 3. Chicago Bulls 4. ???

            BTW: Mike D’Antoni turned down the Denver Nuggets’ offer as their next head coach for unclear reasons. That is why they settled with Mike Malone.

  • MrPingPong

    Dear DG(O)T:

    It’s good to hear from you with all the “freaking” (rumor) news! 🙂

    Of course, FA rumors are good for NBA business. Perhaps, the freakiest of rumor news IMOO (in my own opinion) is the Knicks’ interest in bringing back our Young & On the Way, JL17! 😉

    How would Lin’s PnR specialty fit in the Triangle of New York? In case you wonder, be sure to read this amazingly confusing article on the Triangle at the New York Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/sports/basketball/phil-jackson-knicks-triangle-offense-nba.html?_r=1

    On a separate note, Lin seems to be enjoying his Asia tour. I think it’s therapeutic for him, staying away from all those FA rumors and just having fun making Sushi and feasting on Peking Duck. It’s Peking Duck and not Beijing Duck, mind you all! 🙂

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

    • Gary (the chicken lover) Teng

      Dear Professor MrPingPong,

      Latest Freaking News: It is rumored that San Antonia Spurs joins the hunt for Lin.

      Although I still believe that Dallas Mavericks is the most likely team Lin will be playing at in the upcoming NBA season, if Spurs shows high degree of sincerity, Lin will definitely gives it a serious consideration because of Spurs’ great coach Popo and its team ball philosophy.

      Lucky you because you don’t live too far from either city.

      Peking Duck or Pumpkin Duck, at my age I still prefer to eat mountain hen chicken for health reason. 🙂

      • MrPingPong

        Dear DGT, the Rooster King:

        It is apparent that you have broken up with your Lakers girl, now that Lin is a FA. May I ask which mountain is your hen coming from? 😉

        Switching topic to analytics, check out this ESPN article on the subject:

        http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/12331388/the-great-analytics-rankings

        Mavs, Rockets, Sixers, Spurs are all in, while Nets, Lakers and Knicks are non-believers.

        • Gary Teng

          Dear Professor MrPingPong,

          My new chick is from the Brokeback Mountain. 🙂

          • MrPingPong

            Ha ha, DGT! I haven’t seen that movie yet, though I’ve heard that it was very good one. I will have to check it out sometime to see how your Brokeback Mountain lady is like!

            In the mean time, watch your back! 😉

          • Gary Teng

            Professor MrPingPong,

            If Turkey attacks Cyprus from behind, will Greece help?!

            Thanks for the warning. Yes! I always need to watch my back. 🙂

          • MrPingPong

            Dear DGT:

            Game hens aside, are you into turkeys too? 😉

          • Gary Teng

            Professor MrPingPong,

            I do like turkey breast a lot. 🙂

          • MrPingPong

            Dear DGT:

            I see that you are a white meat kinda guy! 😉 But we are wandering astray from talk of “Lintelligence”…

            Manu has declared in some esoteric Argentinian dialect that he is coming back for one last try at the sixth ring. No more room for Lin in SA…

  • ashley

    According to Lin himself, he said he’d been contacted by 8 or 9 teams. But it’s also been reported that these PGs have signed or agreed a contract with a team:

    Monta Ellis to the Pacers at 4-year 44 million
    Rajon Rondo to the Kings at 1-year 10 million
    Patrick Beverley stayed on the Rockets at 4-year 25 million

    This means those teams will no longer be options for LIn. So which teams are left for Lin? Lin will be back in the States soon. Let’s see.

    • old & in the way

      Dear Ashley:

      Monta Ellis is not a PG so Indiana could still be an option for Jeremy. We all know what kind of a PG Patrick Beverley is so good riddance to Houston once and hopefully for all. And Sac City is a dysfunctional zoo so good riddance to them, too. We shall soon see what we may get. Hopefully it will be something good for Mr. Jeremy Lin. But as an aside the NBA is a bit of a joke when it comes to credibility so I am apprehensive about what may come of our good wishes for Jeremy and his NBA career. But the NBA is so corrupt in so many regards that I wonder what will come of Jeremy Lin’s basketball ambitions. Perhaps he would be better off playing basketball somewhere other than in the NBA where the bullshit is so wide and deep that it is difficult to take much of it seriously. Nevertheless, I shall try to do just that if it is actually possible which it may not be. Later and ciao for now.

    • ashley

      I could be jumping to conclusions ’cause teams might still want Lin as a back-up PG? It seems Lin has to wait for not just the first set of dominoes to fall, but the second. I feel Lin’s still an odd man in a league that favors black and white players. He didn’t get much of a fair shot in the past three seasons, and he may not either in this free agency.

      • Gary (the insider) Teng

        Latest Freaking Insider Scoop:

        There is a 97.6% chance that Lin will agree to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks with the assurance to be the starting PG.

        If this deal does not materialize, Lin will most likely join the San Antonia Spurs to be groomed to succeed Tony Parker as the starting PG in the near future.

        Either way, I will be very happy for Lin.

        • ashley

          Thanks, the insider GT, for this freaking great news. Both scenarios should please Lin and his fans. Just hope the salary offer from the Spurs is decent, too.

          • Gary Teng

            Dear Ashley,

            Please don’t hold your breath or start any premature celebration. Although my predictions on major events were usually pretty accurate in the past, this time I may make myself look like a world class buffoon. 🙁

            Time will tell and we will find out in <48 hours.

  • ashley

    After feeling excited at GT’s 97.6% chance prediction, I tried to catch up on the Maverick’s situation: they’ve signed Wesley Matthews at 4-year 52 million and Deandre Jordan at 5-year 80 million, so it’s doubtful whether they can make that decent offer to Lin with little to spend under cap space (2.8 million?). Lin said he didn’t care about the pay or length of the contract, I doubt what standard he had in mind. IMO, he should take nothing or only a little less than his previous one. Well, speaking of which, I feel we have the Lakers to thank for for having paid the most handsome to Lin among the NBA teams so far.

    • old & in the way

      I just wanted to add that one major irony is that Jeremy may wind up getting less money per season that Patrick Beverley. I believe that Beverley is way overrated by most NBA observers. I think, of course, that Jeremy is better than Beverley in all aspects of the game. I think Jeremy is a much better defender and more effective defender than Beverley with his undeserved rep as a good defender. That Beverley is considered a good defender by the NBA establishment is a classic example to me of the kind of corruption and lack of credibility that plagues this league. The NBA was saved this year by Stephen Curry and the Warriors “feel good” championship run. But in future years there may be no Golden State Warriors championship run to camouflage the holes in the NBA brand. Patrick Beverley 7M/yr. and Jeremy Lin 2.8M/yr.!!! What is wrong with this picture?

      I would be happy with either Dallas or San Antonio for Jeremy in spite of reservations that I have with both Popovich and Rick Carlisle (sp.?). A starter’s role in Dallas could be real good for Jeremy if Carlisle allows him enough freedom to play his game and run the offense sans any bogus “short-leashes.” A starting role and no leashes on Jeremy would be acceptable to me and hopefully to Mr. Lin, too.

      Gotta go. Ciao for now.

      • I would be pretty excited about Lin with the Mavs–especially now that they have DeAndre Jordan. Just a matter of how Carlisle feels about Lin. If Carlisle is an open-minded person, this could be Lin’s chance to finally show what he can do. Right now, Lin with Mavs is a pretty ideal situation, despite the salary situation. I think at this point, I’m just looking for an opportunity for Lin to start and shine. The salary will take care of itself, once Lin finally is given a fair shot to show what he can really do for a whole season.

          • ashley

            The Mavericks have signed Barea at two-year 560 million to fill their PG hole. So things don’t look good for Lin, in terms of which team fits him best. The other day, it was reported that the Mavericks were working on a sign and trade with the Lakers for Lin. Not sure if it’s still true, but it didn’t look feasible even then. For now, we should wait till the 9th (or 10th) to learn further (or final) development about Lin’s free agency, though in Lin’s case, patience doesn’t seem to yield good results.

            BTW, I’d like to make a self correction: instead of thanking the Lakers for giving Lin the biggest paycheck, I probably should blame them for damaging Lin’s NBA career.

          • old & in the way

            Dear Ashley:

            According to ESPN the Mavs have signed Barea to a two year deal worth $5.6 million at 2.8 million per year. Nevertheless “the Mavs still hope to sign free-agent point guard Jeremy Lin and are pursuing avenues to create a salary slot larger than the veteran’s minimum for him, sources said. Possibilities include waiving veteran point guard Raymond Felton via the stretch position or trading Felton in a cost-cutting move.” I don’t know what is meant by the term “via the stretch position” but the rest seems clear and Jeremy could still become the Dallas starting point guard. He would definitely play ahead of Barea who would be a good back-up to Jeremy. No way that Dallas will go into the season with J.J. Barea as their starting point guard. Trust me on this one, dear Ashley. Jeremy will play ahead of Barea if Dallas can satisfy Jeremy financially and sign him to an acceptable (to him) contract. Barea will not be the starter. So this opportunity is still very real for Jeremy. Patience while difficult is highly recommended and especially so in this case. Joy bound it can still happen.

          • Old & In the Way said everything I wanted to say regarding Barea not being a starter and Mavs’s salary situation.

  • MrPingPong

    Hibernation over, Philosopher? Welcome back to your blog! 🙂

    According to Lin, seven or eight teams did contact him. However, according to the rumor mill, only the Mavs seem willing to give Lin the starting job, but with very little money. Sadly the narrative out there is Lin is just an average backup PG. It does not matter what Lin fans like ourselves think. What matters is what the NBA GMs think of Lin. The way I see it happening right now is everyone of them is trying to low ball Lin. Lin will have to prove himself worthy again and again in every game wherever he goes. I can only hope he will be given a fair chance to play to his strength.

    I impatiently ask my Ouija board which team Lin will play for this coming season. And the answer is it will be a surprise! Do I hate my Ouija board! 🙁

  • MrPingPong

    Dear Old & In:

    If you are in for a good headache, check out the section on stretch provision from Larry Coon’s FAQ on NBA salary cap:

    http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q65

    In the case of Felton, the Mavs can waive him and “stretch” his final year salary of roughly $4 M over three years, meaning they can pay him roughly $1.33 M a year for the next three years. In doing so, they are allowed to stretch the salary cap to match, meaning they can pay another player around $2.67 M ( = $4 M – $1.33 M) without going over the cap. ‘Make sense? 🙂

    Now, it is rumored that the salary cap for the upcoming year will be about $3 M higher than the current cap, which implicates that they can pay up to $5.67 M without going over next year’s cap. The new salary cap will be finalized by 5 PM Eastern time, July 08, 2015. And July 09, 2015 is the day players can sign their contracts.

    We shall find out soon (hopefully by July 09, 2015) whether or not the Mavs really want Lin by waiving Felton, using the stretch provision and offering Lin the maximum pay under the new season’s cap. It’s won’t be much compared to what many other guards are getting, but I think Lin will accept it because his number one priority is not money but to be a starter (and finisher).

    • Thanks for all the great information, as usual, MrPingPong!

      • MrPingPong

        You’re welcome, Philosopher. ‘Just trying to keep the folks around here entertained a little bit, and looking forward to hearing from you more here once Lin’s FA is done with.

        In the mean time, here is an interesting TED talk on how computer and stats geeks are using advanced analytics data to help NBA teams better understand the game of basketball!

        https://www.ted.com/talks/rajiv_maheswaran_the_math_behind_basketball_s_wildest_moves

    • old & in the way

      Dear Mr. PingPong:

      Thanks for the explanation of “stretch provision.” If your interpretation is correct and it seems to me that it is…at least it makes sense to me…and Dallas can offer Jeremy $5.67 million for this upcoming season, I believe Jeremy will accept that offer, sign the contract and become the starting point guard for the Mavericks. This could be very good. I have some reservations about Carlisle as he seems to me to be a “bit of a control freak” so I hope this does not become an issue of contention for Jeremy and have a negative impact on his on-court performances. Hopefully though it would not become an issue and Jeremy would prosper in Dallas as we all know he can all the damn doubters and haters notwithstanding. July 9th it is then. That’s tomorrow. I can’t wait. Onward and upward and may the doubters all have cause to shut the fuck up. Here, here. Can’t wait for that either. Later. Ciao for now.

      • MrPingPong

        I’m glad that my explanation of stretch provision makes sense to you, dear Old & In. 🙂

        News flash: DJ is meeting with the Clippers one more time to hear their case. What if DJ backs out of his verbal agreement to play for the Mavs and goes back to his old team? Since Cuban had publicly proclaimed that the Mavs would go into full tank mode, should DJ not sign with them, does Lin really want to play for a tanking team (again)?

        Suspense! 🙂

        • old & in the way

          That’s a definite and resounding “no!” to Jeremy wasting another year with a tanking team. But what has happened to Tyson Chandler? Is he no longer with Dallas? I’m having a senior moment and can’t remember. Was he traded to another team? If there is no Tyson Chandler or DJ playing center for Dallas and that precludes a year of tanking, then pox to Jeremy signing with Dallas. But hopefully DJ will not renege on his verbal commitment and will sign a long-term deal with the Mavericks. In that case Dallas could be very good for Jeremy Lin. We will know much more tomorrow. Wow…the day of reckoning is almost here. Perhaps we shall not have to wait beyond tomorrow to see a bit into the future. I am ready to know much more as we all are.

          • MrPingPong

            Tyson Chandler has agreed to play for Phoenix, and he is not gonna renege on it.

            This whole DJ thing is a circus. Who would have thunk?

          • Gary Teng

            Surprise! Surprise!

            Charlotte Hornets 🙁

  • CHARLOTTE!

  • MrPingPong

    My Ouija board was right: Lin’s next team will be a surprise! 🙂

    And to beat on my chest, didn’t I use to say Lin would play for the MJ’s team since MJ was Lin’s idol? 🙂

    Lin competing for the starting job with Kemba Walker! Bring back those Harvard days! 🙂

    OK, Philosopher, you take on all of this!

    I am all smile, folks!

    • old & in the way

      Dear Mr. PingPong:

      I don’t understand your optimism. Charlotte is not a good team. Is Jeremy by himself enough to make Charlotte a good team? To me it is not clear that he is even if you include the Batum pick-up. This seems to me like another situation where Jeremy could be playing behind another guy, Kemba Walker in this case, who is not as good as Jeremy. Where is the value in this? I am tired of having Jeremy jerked around by the NBA, an enterprise which to me lacks credibility and is in many regards functionally totally corrupt. I know nothing about the Charlotte coach. I think his name is Clifford but I’m not even sure of his actual name let alone his credentials to be coaching an NBA team. And Michael Jordan as an NBA team executive has been as unsuccessful as he was successful as a player. I don’t understand Jeremy’s rationale on this decision. I want to be very wrong but I do not see how this is a good move and a good signing for Jeremy Lin. It does not seem like a good situation to me for him. I am baffled by this move and by this decision. It makes no sense to me that I can perceive. Yet you have written that you “are all smiles.” Can you express to me why you think Charlotte is a good idea for Jeremy? I want him to prosper and be successful. I don’t see Charlotte as an avenue that will afford him the opportunity to either prosper or succeed. But you do? Could you please explain to me your thought processes in this regard? I would appreciate it if you could manage to “clue me in some” as this team does not seem to me like one that is a good fit for Jeremy. Where in your view am I going wrong in my analysis? What is the anatomy (if you will allow me to state it this way) of your optimism in regard to Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. Thank you in advance for your time and efforts in trying to ease my concerns over this looming contractural agreement between Jeremy and Charlotte.

  • old & in the way

    According to ESPN Jeremy will be backing up Kemba Walker and playing on the second unit. It is difficult for me to see how this is a good thing for Jeremy. It does not seem to me to be the case that he will be competing for a starting job. That is not what Cho is saying to the media. This just seems like more nonsense of his skills being devalued and under-appreciated. How is this good? I need a consecutive translation apparently as I can not find the benefits of this situation for him. It just seems like more of the same nonsense to me. Perhaps that is all he will ever get in this NBA world of swiss cheese integrity. I’m ready for Ahi Tuna and they’re trying to give me more swiss cheese. Been there, done that and don’t want anymore. Mr. PingPong talk me off the ledge if you can. Where is JLintel with his insights? Have insights will travel. Gotta go. Ciao for now.