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Why would any competent coach start Baron Davis over Jeremy Lin?

Let me preface my comments first by saying that I’m a lifelong Laker fan going back to the Magic Johnson era. I, like a lot of people, got caught up in the Linsanity few weeks back. It was like a current day “Rudy” with a guy that had the same heart but was also physically talented. Pulling for the underdog is as American as apple pie…and I like apple pie.

Fast forward to the recent losing streak, which coincidentally started when Anthony came back from injury, and now you have a media and a select fanbase ready to push this guy back to the bench? Lin is the problem? Seriously? If the Knicks don’t know what they have in Lin, then I’d be happy to have him on the Lakers. I’ve been jealous for weeks that the Knicks were able to find a starting caliber Point Guard off the scrap heap, especially when I look at our own “weak-assed” backcourt.

With Lin, you have at the very least an above average PG, with a possibility of a star PG with some experience under his belt. It took Steve Nash years to become the PG that he is now, so how much sense does it make to give up on Lin after 20 or so odd games? Wouldn’t the goal be to accelerate his learning experience in case you make the playoffs, or at least find out how good this kid is so you know how (or if) to tender him at the end of the year? How does starting Baron Davis help this team in the playoffs or in the future?

The reasons for starting Lin over Davis are obvious to me…

1) Davis is on the wrong side of 30, he still has game, but his body can’t hold up to 35+ minutes a game. He’s an injury waiting to happen.

2) Compare Lin’s 20+ game stats to Davis’ first few years and Lin’s numbers are better. In fact, Lin’s PER is the best on the entire Knicks roster, and is better than 93% of the entire league.

3) Lin still has upside…Davis doesn’t.

4) Baron Davis doesn’t make the Knicks the kind of money Lin makes. What? You don’t think ownership is pushing Lin down Woodson’s throat? I think Dolan and his ilk understands “cash cows”. Try cutting Lin, see how many teams come knocking on Jeremy’s door…

Fortune has smiled on the Knicks, don’t overlook it…

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