Jeremy Lin goes “Linsane,” making Warriors’ failed pursuit of DeAndre Jordan even more painful

Plenty of “Linphomaniacs” are running their mouths these days, calling the Warriors stupid for letting Jeremy Lin go. He was a fan favorite, and the Warriors let him go without giving him a fair shot.

Now, he’s a dominant player, with three straight wins over the Utah Jazz, New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards … BY HIMSELF!!!

It’s an unbelievable scenario turned plausible, for several reasons:

1. Lin is a confident yet desperate player (you would be too if you were released by two teams in the past few months) who dominates the ball, and the Knicks’ resident ball-dominators (Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire) are currently
absent.

2. Lin’s clearly comfortable in Mike D’Antoni’s offense.

3. The NBA is totally weird this year. So many games, so little time. Omar Samhan could probably come in and score 20 ppg for a week this season.

4. The Jazz are incredibly bad on the road (ask the Warriors). The Nets are just … bad. The Wizards aren’t bad. They’re historically awful.

5. Teams aren’t gearing up to stop Lin … yet.

Joe Lacob was a huge defender of the Lin signing last year, which was seen by many as a marketing ploy. That view looks ever-cynical now; Lin clearly has what it takes to keep an NBA roster spot. However, Lin’s talents (intelligence, fearlessness when taking it to the rack) aren’t exactly ones that teams value highly — otherwise the Warriors wouldn’t have kept two second-rounders over him, and the Rockets wouldn’t have let him walk either.

After Golden State released Lin and amnestied Charlie Bell in hopes of signing DeAndre Jordan, they were left with negligible backcourt depth (Ish Smith, anyone?) and were forced to add Nate Robinson — since Charles Jenkins is still pretty much anonymous. Robinson’s had his moments, but Lin’s walking across the Hudson as you read this.

The Warriors have the Knicks’ former combo guard who used to light up the crowd at MSG; now Lin’s going to elicit louder cheers than he ever did at Oracle, which is saying something.

The question now: is Lacob pissed, or is he PISSED?

Okay, one more question: who was the one who decided Lin was expendable? Lacob seems to be the one making the decisions, so it was probably he who decided he could do without Palo Alto’s hero.

But what if it was Larry Riley who kept pushing and pushing and pushing to let Lin go and work on finding “known products” with “track records” to stick in Lin’s place? If Bob Myers is handling the GM gig by himself later this week, we’ll know Riley was on the unfortunate end of the “WEEK … OF … LIN.”

Is “Linsanity” a permanent condition?

All I’ve seen are highlights of these three games, so I have no idea. The highlights look good, I’ll give him that. Perhaps Lin’s truly figured out the NBA game and he’ll average 18 ppg and 8 apg for the next few years … nah. He’s a bench player who loves to shoot who just happens to be on fire. Did you see that bank shot he made against the Wizards on Wednesday night? Lin’s feeling it, and good for him. It doesn’t mean he’s going to be able to keep this going when the Knicks’ “stars” come back.

Plus, Lin’s not exactly a fan of dribbling with his left hand.

Even if Lin goes back to bench-riding by next Wednesday, this still adds insult to injury for Lacob and the Warriors. Just a few days ago, people only ripped Golden State’s off-season because they could’ve either held onto the amnesty provision or used it on Andris Biedrins (who went almost stat-less in over 13 minutes on Tuesday night, save for 1 steal and 5 personal fouls). Now that last season’s crowd favorite has become a full-fledged celeb in NYC, Warriors fans have another thing to complain about. The list grows…

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29 comments
The gooseLG
The gooseLG

Lin has what Curry doesn't and most of the Warriors team for that matter- a high percentage post up game. One of the biggest problems the Warriors have and why they loose so many close games is that when the game is on the line they rely on outside shooting which in the big picture is high risk low percentage basketball. Lin has been posting up guards and teams at will driving and getting high percentage shots. He's also an outstanding rebounder for the position and a much better defender than any Warriors guard on the team. On a KNBR note, I'll give Tom Tolbert credit for asking tough questions of Lacob on their recent interview as most of KNBR has been throwing him softballs in interviews or kissing up to him on air.

Stan
Stan

I did it again..I was first to Linophile. How do I do it? Pure Genius. NY over LA..and Lin had oodles of points.

The gooseLG
The gooseLG

Linsaity continues. Lacob may be smart but not basketball smart. If Lacob was NBA smart, the Warriors would be tanking to get a high Lottery pick. What will be the excuse when we finish not in the playoffs nor in the lottery as our pick goes to the Jazz if higher than seven. Fitzgerald and Brooks are the worst sports tandem in the history of KNBR. Hacks, lackeys and the main reason Damon Bruce is tolerable.

Stan
Stan

One last-Jerry West is paid 900 thou..Lin was being paid 700 thou by the Warriors!..it just gets worse the more I look at it.

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Backdrop

Wow. What a freak out over 3 games. Ralph and Tom skewered Riley for "giving up" on Lin yesterday. I don't understand. When he left, he'd shown nothing in his limited play and had no value. Keeping him made no sense, b/c the Warriors don't have a need at his position unless you believe he's a better player than Monta, S Curry and Robinson. And apparently Riley wasn't the only one to "give up" on him, b/c Houston let him go, too. Let's see what he does over a 15 to 20 game stretch against teams of varying strength. Fans in the SF Bay Area seem to be wetting their pants over him more for personal/cultural motivations than anything else. It's all well and good to have cultural icons, but you don't need to impose those biases on other people or let your preferences cloud your judgment. Get a grip, people.

Stan
Stan

Jeremy Lin has done more in four games then Beidrens has in the last three years. And that highly paid Warrior braintrust has done everything they can to keep him. Highly? Maybe just high braintrusts.

Dan
Dan

Lin fans are very reminiscent of Tebow fans.....its like, you want to like the guy, but his spaz fans almost create a backlash themselves with the unhinged optimism.

Licky
Licky

Relax people! Has anyone noticed there is a gaping vacuum on the Knicks right? Both Amare and Carmello are out! Uh, who else is going to contribute and distribute in their absense? The answer is no one. Jeremy Lin has stepped in very nicely, but when the two ball-hogs step back on the court I'll bet you 2-to-1 we start seeing him come back to Earth. To me, Lin reminds me of a Beno Udrih. A player, who when is hot, can be very serviceable.

goodjudgement
goodjudgement

"One last-no worries Lin will lose huge diamond earings on the court. He doesn’t have any." .....OUTSTANDING!!!!!!

Stan
Stan

As the first bay arean to pick up on Lin's success..The bottom line is,the Warriors gave him away for nothing. Thats a Larry Riley specialty isnt it? And as I posted here,I remember Riley like an arrogant GM rip Lin as just a waste of a roster spot-I HEARD IT. And that was BEFORE the Charlie Bell fiasco of salary cap clearing. Dont give me excuses Warrior apologists like Papa..they had him,they gave him away. And hearig Lin say its great to play for a team that puts ego aside and plays the beauty of five man basketball..well,he sounds like educated man putting his finger on the pulse of the loser Warriors. One last-no worries Lin will lose huge diamond earings on the court. He doesn't have any.

Bitter Fan
Bitter Fan

Err..no since there, sorry for that.

Bitter Fan
Bitter Fan

It's a great story but it's being ballyhooed out of all since of proportion since Lin is a local kid from a sports-crazy part of the fanbase that gets hardly any representation in the NBA, or any other major sport. I suspect these will be some of the best games he ever has in the NBA. I hope he proves me wrong, since I know some people affected by acute Linsanity.

jim
jim

your view point of the warriors is interesting. your analysis of lin, however, is absolute garbage. you have no business talking about his game in the manner you have when you haven't even seen how he has played in the past three games. you highlighted a section with "is linsanity a permanent condition", followed by "i haven't watched the games so i have no idea". smh. why the hell would you even bother writing about his game if you haven't even seen it.

Stan
Stan

Yep..I was shocked to see Lin do what I NEVER see Monta or Curry do- go deep into the paint and outmuscle for a rebound. No,Riley like his players to be balerina's ..Remember we also had years a go Derek Fisher..who was never given a fair chance..thne went to the Lakers and two more W.C.'s. btw,My bad typing has caused me to spell Lin as Lion a few times. How fitting.

Stan
Stan

Ok one more last...Why did I catch on to Lin before KNBR or the GAME?..Because I'm part of the cosmopolitan bay area. Not the good old boy laugh at something new conservatives who dominate sports media. Me and Tim so far...

Stan
Stan

No-the bullshit put out by KNBR and Warrior apologists is "who knew?"..I knew..everytime he played he was better then the last time. And he played like a bulldog. Thats what the Warriors lack..for decades now. There was a place for Lin on this weak Warrior team..and it shows how Lacobs group has fumbled every big move so far..Lin,amnesty,Bell,Jordan,..and it adds up..and its a pathetic start for a team that has "Geniuse's" in Meyers and Jerry West. For them to ask "who knew?" is bad news for Warrior fans.

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Backdrop

An emotional, ad hominem kind of argument. Basically, Biedrins sucks, and Lin is better than a sucky Biedrins based on a tiny sample size, therefore Lin is great. That's just silly. Lin has a a short string of good games after messing around a little in the D-League and showing nothing in his short stints with the Warriors and Rockets. The reality is this: You're talking about an undrafted player who showed little or nothing to his first 2 NBA teams. He didn't fulfill a position of need for the Warriors even if he'd shown more ability, and there was no reason whatsoever to give him $800K guaranteed for essentially no value. They were right to get rid of him. Now, if Lin maintains this current level of play, you may have an argument for him to continue at this level. But that still wouldn't have any bearing on the Warrior situation b/c they simply have no need for him and wouldn't get much value down the road for a guard with limited athleticism and shooting range.

Stan
Stan

Also-your take is conventional. I see it. But what you miss is he IS DOING IT. Its not just the novelty factor. And as far as the excuse makers for the Warriors ? F-them. Riley and Meyers and West..Jackson, are paid MILLIONS to not make this kind of mistake. Just laughable that Jeremy Lin was just let go..

Stan
Stan

Well then what do you call Lacob and Mark Jackson who are Andres Beidrens fans? passing a chance to unload him too?..and they PAY him.

T
T

Lin is good when running the pick and roll. He's been doing that with Tyson Chandler and he can do that with Amare. But how does Carmelo fit into all this?

Stan
Stan

Bitter and ignorant.

BASG
BASG

I watched him play in person for the Warriors at least a half-dozen times, and on TV several others. It's not like I just heard of Lin this week. I think he has skills that are of NBA quality. He's a pretty decent defender (who's especially adept at stealing the ball). He's fairly strong for a PG. He's not afraid to take it to the basket. However, he's not a great shooter and he's been a fringe NBA player until this week. Also, this version of Lin who averages 8+ assists per game is totally new to me. He was kind of a black hole with the Warriors, although the crowd always went crazy yelling for him to shoot in his short stints on the floor, so maybe that had something to do with it. It's a magical run, no doubt. But let's see how he does over a 10-game stretch and/or when Melo and Amare return and demand the ball on 2/3 of the Knicks' possessions.

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No, it was pretty much a rip job on LR yesterday. Bob Fitgerald and his sidekick are the Warrior lackeys. Ralph and Tom hoovered Don Nelson, but they don't seem to give a fig one way or the other about the Warriors at large. And playing like a "bulldog" doesn't amount to jack squat for this team. Monta plays like a bulldog. Curry plays like a bulldog. Even Lee plays like a bulldog at times. Jeremy Lin doesn't give the Warriors the interior play they need - period. He's basically a curiosity and a cultural icon right now. That may be a nice human interest story, but it doesn't generate wins, and that's the only thing that matters after 30 years of garbage. Scrappy play is fine for CYO basketball and the Patriot League. It doesn't amount to anything in the NBA.

Jason
Jason

limited athleticism? limited shooting range? that's so funny. :) please watch LA vs Knicks game. you'll see how limited LIN is. but aside from how "limited" he is, have you any idea how intelligent he is? have you ever tried to see how LIN sees the court? how he elevates his teammates play? how accurate his passes are? maybe, you want to see how high he jumps? or how many KPH he's using while driving to the basket? My point is, BB is not all about strength, speed and athleticism. You also have to see his overall impact to the team. TEAM GAME >>>>> Individual game. Got it?

Stan
Stan

Well,we agree on the Warriors taking fans for granted. They sell themselves as fine Mexican cuisine..and serve you Taco Bell's no meat,meat!

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Howard doesn't want to be here. No marquee player wants to be here. After 30 years of failure, the Warriors need to rely on luck, the draft and very deft value trades to improve their lot. There's no other way. Un-fortunately, that formula starts with a good front office and HC. LR and Jackson are not the people to pull this off. With all that said, we should be focusing on the macro rather than the micro issues. As important as they may seem, basketball operations is not the main issue. The main issue is the ridiculous culture of acceptance in the Warrior fan base. Why in the world do 17-18K "fans" regularly pay good money to watch a failed franchise tease for 3 quarters and ultimately fold to superior competition? The consistency in this team is uncanny and revolting at the same time. You have to admit though that this team's brain dead fans have made the Warriors a can't-miss business proposition for Guber and Lacob. They pack the house to watch crap, let the owners make nosiy but ineffectual hires like West and Jackson and justify a $650-$750M sale price a few years down the line. It's the same as it's ever been -- pure garbage turned to gold....Personally, I think it's pretty funny.

Stan
Stan

IF this Warrior org. truly knew what they are doing,what talent is, they would have packedged off Curry or Ellis,kept Lin, amnestied Beidrens,cut Bell,trade players and picks for Howard, and hired that St Marys coach! Instead,they fucked up every single deal. Amazing.

Stan
Stan

You dont know what your talking about. Curry and Monta bulldogs???lol..since when? Monte goes off for 48 points..and the team loses. Lin has lead the Knicks to five in a row now? Dont you get it? He's a winner. And to hear Riley say sarcasticaly "Oh,do I have egg on my face"..or Meyers say "We can't get them ALL right"..Bob-you haven't gotten ANYTHING right..and should be ashamed of it. This Warrior ORG. has made, you could say, ALL the wrong moves. Including keeping Fitz and starting with a wasted season of Smart. Even signing Jerry West for a mill a year-for what??? He wasn't even here for the draft!. this isn't a sports group..it's a entertainment group of comedians..