Originally written on Knicks Fanatics Blog  |  Last updated 7/18/12

The New York Knicks decision to not sign the Houston Rocket’s offer sheet to Jeremy Lin was an emotional "don't mess with me" decision by Knicks Boss James Dolan: Nothing more, and nothing less.

Ego trumped simple logic as previous economic arguments against signing Lin have been nullified in recent days with a slew of articles here, here, here, and here. So have notions that Lin’s signing might inhibit dreams of Chris Paul.

Whether Lin "did it to himself" during his contract renegotiation with Houston is only a useful explanation if talking to Jeremy Lin. The FINAL decision rested with James Dolan. It is Dolan who ultimately "did it to me" and "did it to Knick fans" who wanted Lin to remain a Knick.

As a Knick fan, I expect executives to put the very best basketball team on the floor, or at least the DESIRE to do so. Next year The Knicks will put a lesser basketball team on the floor.

But as many have already pointed out: the arguments against signing Lin are emotional ones since the Knicks lose absolutely nothing by signing Lin. Just as starry eyed Linsanity lovers had their Linflated opinions based on emotion, so did Lin's biggest critics -- perhaps even as a direct response to the original love affair with Lin whose public displays of affection proved just mildly nauseating.

Ultimately, both Lin's extreme lovers and his extreme critics are guilty of excess. We can talk all day about Lin's deficiencies, but I was at that Wizards game sitting in the 10th row when I personally saw Lin break the ankles of a very speedy John Wall. I know for a fact that you can't teach that no matter how many hours you spend in the gym.  You just do not give away that first step and many other attribures of a 23 year old, and receive nothing in return.

You just don't do it. You play that card. If your hand busts, then so be it. But you play that card. Period.

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