Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top 12 reasons why the Knicks didn't retain Jeremy Lin

12) Wanted to make all of those people who own his jersey or merch feel like true, long-time Knicks fans, which is to say, the biggest chumps in the Association

11) Really didn't care much for his game, what with all of the passing, scoring, hope and excitement

10) New York area teams can never compete with the money thrown around by these Texas maniacs

9) Couldn't match the memories Lin had of never playing and getting cut by the Rockets before

8) Would rather see how much of an international phenomenon they can make out of Ray Felton

7) Knicks' owner Jim Dolan was in danger of becoming liked by someone who is not paid to like Jim Dolan

6) The Knicks didn't need Lin to get curb stomped in the first round of the playoffs last year, and they won't need him to get curb stomped in the first round of the playoffs this year, either

5) By refusing to comply with this huge contract, Knicks' management will be able to keep ticket prices at the low, low, low rate that New York fans have always truly appreciated

4) Letitng Lin go may be a PR disaster, but it's not as if New York basketball fans have some other option, with a brand new arena, splashy swag and new free agents, to potentially steal them away from this glorious franchise, with its rich history of playoff success

3) Matching Houston's offer sheet would have just been disastrous to the Knicks' cap and luxury tax situation, and the organization has decided that it's high time to start actually giving a damn about that

2) Now that the Knicks have Jason Kidd behind the wheel, everything's going to be on the straight and narrow path to sober personnel decisions at the point guard position

1) Seriously did not fit in with the rest of the team's talent, in that Lin is young, getting better, actually tries hard, cares about winning, and isn't ready to get his coach fired if his touches go down


snd_dsgnr said...

Here I was under the impression that expiring contracts frequently became valuable trading commodities in the NBA. Did that change and I just missed it?

Because honestly the contract structure seemed like genius to me. You get the kid at a relative bargain for two years, and then when the big third year hits either he's a star and it doesn't seem like such a stretch, or he isn't and you shop around the $15 million in expiring salary.

DMtShooter said...

You are assuming the Knicks had a measure of sanity about the process, or any other...

What seems to have really happened here is that Lin leveraged the Knicks to get an extra $5 million from Houston in Year Three, and this rankled Jim Dolan to the point that he cut the nose to spite his face.

Which is simplistic and stupid to the point where it really doesn't seem like it could possibly be true...

Except for the fact that, well, this is Jim Dolan we're talking about.

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