Originally written on Knicks Fanatics Blog  |  Last updated 11/13/14
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Do we want to go into next season with Ray Felton and Jason Kidd as our point guards?  Felton in 2012 is not the same as Felton in 2010.  I question if he is in NBA basketball shape and if he can recover his outside shooting--only 30% from beyond the arc last year.   Similarly, If Jason Kidd's recent DWI arrest is an indication of how he intends to behave off court, I would be quite concerned if I am MSG management.  Kidd was presumably brought in to mentor Lin, but what sort of role-model does he provide?  Is his recent drunken misconduct incident a one time occurrence or is it part of a larger alcohol problem previously hidden from the public.  Did the Knicks do a proper background check? . Kidd and the Knicks have some serious damage control, including a show by Jason of mea cultpa and much remorse (and/or rehab if Kidd ihas an AA problem) and/or some community service, before introducing Kidd to the fans and children at the Garden of Dreams.
 

I hope the above elements enter into MSG thinking before allowing Lin to walk away for nothing.  I cannot believe that the Knicks will be better without Lin and receiving nothing in return going into next season.  The absence of a penetrating point guard who can run a pick n roll and dish off was sorely missing in the playoffs.  Lin has demonstrated pure point guard skills who made his teammates better--Novak and Fields especially, but also Chandler and Jeffries. He also inspired the fans, juicing ujp the Garden crowd, and his teammates in what for the Knicks was the most exciting part of the season:  See MSG Countdown Highlights of Linsanity Moments.

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