The Knicks decided to make the controversial decision of not matching Houston’s “ridiculous” contract, as Melo referred to it, for Jeremy Lin. Knicks fans around the world were disappointed that they will not have Linsanity in a Knicks uniform anymore, and would be forced to witness his magic from a far.
The Knicks instead of matching for Lin, traded for Raymond Felton and signed Jason Kidd and if the pre-season is any indication, a new fan favorite, Pablo Prigioni. Jeremy Lin provided the Knicks with 25 unbelievable starts that we should all thank him for, if not the Knicks might have missed the playoffs last season, which would have negated our first playoff victory in 11 years.
However, Jeremy Lin has struggled thus far in the pre-season, shooting a pathetic field goal percentage, struggling with turnovers and his shot from beyond the arc. As controversial as the decision by Glen Grunwald (or James Dolan) was, it is becoming a bit clearer that they might have made the right decision. This conclusion is not only based on how poorly Lin has been playing on a Rockets team that is lottery-bound(pre-Harden trade), but rather how well the Knicks’ guards are playing so far.
Carmelo Anthony has already stated publicly that he will “let Raymond run the show”. Whether Carmelo is being truthful or not, he never uttered such words when Lin was his starting point guard. The Knicks are a veteran bunch and they needed a point guard that demanded their respect. Jeremy Lin is technically a 25-start rookie. Backing up Felton is the 10-time all-star, Jason Kidd. Yes, Kidd is 39 years old and his best days are way behind him, but he is still one of the best leaders in the league. Being a “leader” is a much underrated aspect in the league today. Especially on a Knicks team that has had problems meshing with each other since Carmelo came from Denver. Kidd’s leadership will be very important to everyone.
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