I hope this is the first and last time I'm going to have to write about this, but I'm tired of hearing and seeing the Melo bashing over Lin leaving. It's over Lin isn't here anymore and just dwelling on it isn't going to make it better, and blaming Melo for it is just using him as a scapegoat just like the media is. In reality if anyone is to blame for that its one man and its Dolan not Melo. More so we will NEVER know the true reason (unless Dolan should tell us which i doubt he will) for Lin's contract not being matched, and honestly as the days leading up to the deadline showed us many were divided on the issue.
Let me first point out that Linsanity was arguably one of my best times as a knick fan in a long time since the late 90's. I will never forget more so not for what Lin did but for what he represented. The reason why Lin became so loved by this city is because he represented us and the dreams that we have all shared at one point or another in our lives of being able to play in the NBA especially at MSG. Lin didn't go to a Division I powerhouse school, he wasn't highly recruited out of high school, and he was overlooked during his stints in the D-league and Summer league. More so Lin transversed a racial and stereotype boundary in a manner that no-one had ever done before him in any sport and we were the luckiest ones in the world to witness and experience it firsthand. Does that mean his 25 game stretch warranted the lucrative contract he was offered by Houston? I can't truly answer that and i believed the situation was a very catch 22 like. From a basketball standpoint and negating for the moment the impressive numbers that are his overall stats out of the 25 games he played/started
14 teams were Sub-.500 in which he lost to 4 of those teams and against those he won he shot a FG% of around 48%
11 others were above-500 and or division/playoff teams in which he lost to 7 of them and shot a FG% of around 34%-35%
During his run he averaged around 5-6 TO's a game and struggled greatly against good defensive teams
To me that shows he has potential but doesn't merit Chris Paul money year 3 because we don't know how he is going to end up down the road. For those that argue if we kept him and could trade him away his 3rd year should he be a bust yet again it own't be possible. According to the new CBA for those teams that would be in luxury tax hell (which is going to be us) in order for us to trade him it would have to be a player for player matching salary exchange which means somebody who has 15 mil contract which more than likely is a superstar. If Lin was a bust by then who in their right mind would trade a valued asset for a bust player, we would have to essentially trade him to a team who is under the cap and get nothing in return, except a huge tax bill. For those that argue Lin would make back what we would pay in taxes you are somewhat right but if Lin turns out to be a bust than his value shrinks and all those marketing and endorsements will go away, thus drying up the income well. What I'm trying to argue and point out is that while Lin can play and has upside there is too much inconsistencies and unknown factors to promise a contract on that as by the time of his injury it was showing that better defensive teams could actually stop him.
Lastly i would like to point out that Melo is at no fault to anything here and is constantly being used as a scapegoat by both emotional fans and the media alike. I remember two years ago when Lebron decided to go to south beach everyone was ready to offer the city us to get Melo and we got him. This past season when Woodson took over and he dominated the league for the last month everyone rooted for him. But when trouble came along he was the easy out. D'antoni got fired it was Melo's fault even though we all complained about D'antoni's lack of commitment on defense, lack of holding players accountable, stubborn and easy to figure out gameplans and sub patterns, and more so lack of drive as a coach. He is fired and Melo is at fault for it? PLease, just like Melo had nothing to ultimately do with Lin staying it was up to one man that was Dolan. Yet again the media is playing the blame game and exploiting the emotions of Knicks fans towards Lin to turn on Melo as a way to sell stories. I feel that Knick fans should wish Lin the best in Houston, and really look forward to this season, our roster is stacked currently and i truly believe we have an opportunity to do something here. You can't dwell on the past anymore, and doing so or trying to place blame for isn't going to bring him back. As the saying goes "it wasn't meant to be" Lin wasn't meant to be in NY and thats it, what we should al be doing now is supporting our team and get pumped for next season because before you know October is almost here.