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.