Deal Me In J-Lin…by old & in the way
There are things that J-Lin does on a basketball court that make my heart race, give me pleasure and lift my spirits that the racists choose to ignore, distort and deny. It isn’t easy listening to the biased critics misrepresent J-Lin’s abilities in their ignorant mainstream media fiction. Their assessments of his basketball skills are bogus and illegitimate. Facts are misrepresented. The incessant lies are overwhelming in a process that is as jolting and difficult to experience as 9-11 deniers and trashers. Perhaps not quite that bad but similar nevertheless from the perspective of the consensus opinion failing and refusing to examine the actual facts and data. With Jeremy the trolls and biased critics dominate the narrative. They are copycat robots mimicking what they have heard others say. They must not do their own research and certainly do not think critically and independently. Rather it seems that they just parrot popular nonsense. Their narrative though false has become the accepted reality in spite of a total lack of evidence and credibility to support it. Truth and reality are obscured by lies and shallow perceptions that are based on blind misconceptions. Now though starting in late October of this year Jeremy will be doing his magic b-ball tricks for a new city in Charlotte, North Carolina on a team that is being coached by a protege of Mike D’Antoni, the only NBA coach who has ever given J-Lin a free reign to run a team’s offense. When he did this he allowed and enabled the birth of Linsanity in New York City in the winter of 2012.
Steve Clifford, the third year head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, has made similar promises to J-Lin for this upcoming season about giving him a free rein to run the offense and play his game without restraints. No short leashes like in Houston under McHale and in Los Angeles under Byron Scott. Both McHale and Scott, though former great players in their own right, are nevertheless bad and unimaginative coaches who incessantly misused Jeremy Lin and forced him to often play out of position. Neither coach had a clue in spite of having played on multiple NBA championship teams in the 1980’s. Coach Clifford has promised to let J-Lin do what he has demonstrated and established that he does best like run the pick-n-roll, drive to the basket and create easy shots for his teammates with kick-out passes and hit the open shot himself when he gets one. In addition as a bonus Coach Clifford will also get the very good defender that Jeremy has become especially over the past two seasons. As long as Coach Clifford is being direct and honest with Jeremy and is not trying to mislead him to perhaps make him feel good about playing way under his monetary value, J-Lin should prosper this upcoming season and the Charlotte Hornets along with him in a possible rebirth of Linsanity 2.0. Deal me in J-Lin. I am primed and ready for this immaculate redemption and resurrection. I am cautiously optimistic. I am ready for this collaboration between J-Lin and the Charlotte Hornets to blossom and grow into something more productive than the sum of the parts. I am ready for the nay-sayers to say less and less. Buzz Hornets…buzz Lin. Deal me in. Buzz Lin. Buzz me in Lin. I always did like Al Jefferson.