I just wanted to gauge folks' opinion of Lin. I've somewhat followed him from a distance since his Rookie season summer league games. I was impressed then with his creativity and athleticism and I'm impressed now.
Now the fact I'm posting about our third or fourth string PG might be more of an indication of my desperation for a bit of creativity in our stagnant offense, but I like to believe I'd still be vouching for the guy even if the Knicks were playing better. You be the judge of that.
In his limited role, during garbage time mostly, he's shown he has floor vision, a good dose of tenacity and aggressiveness. He's coughed it up here or there, but in those cases, at least from what I observed, those turnovers were due to him trying to be aggressive and break down the D as opposed to just plain dumb mistakes. And he hits the boards. I know its garbage time, but it should count for something, right?
Toney D... I don't know....He overplays at times, and when guys get around him, it's a foul or the help defender's man is open for a dunk or three depending on who's rotating. The guy tries and makes up for it in others ways at times on the defensive end, but I wonder if his reputation of a solid defender is preceding him now, when maybe it shouldn't be. Offensively, there's nothing I can say that hasn't been said already. He's not a PG, and his decision making is shaky.
Back to Lin. I cant pretend to know more than our coaching staff. They see him in practice; they want to win. If he helps their chances of winning, he'd play, right?
I'm not sure. Our experiences in the real world tell us that sometimes loyalty and hidden agendas don't allow folks to get their fair shake at an opportunity to prove themselves. But then again, I don't see what goes on in practice and Lin didn't break the rotation in GS behind Ellis and Curry.
Also, I never took into account what what written about AR. I never understood why he didn't get more of an opportunity on a Knick team that wasn't too big, couldn't board or D last year. Seems like Lin, at the very least could be a change of pace player off the bench, but I'd like to believe there are legitimate reasons way beyond me for why that hasn't happened.
That's it for me. My patience for blogging via an IPAD has run thin.