lakerfan2 wrote:1. We didn't want to commit to big lengthy contracts like the one Isiah got ($32M/4years). Especially for an undersized scoring guard? No thanks.
lin's a scoring guard who can't defend his position...like Thomas...except not as good at scoring. as for the years--I don't care. we saw what cap space can net you this year: MOAR CAP SPACE NEXT YEAR! I'd rather try to build a team than keep waiting for superman.
not to mention that all the furor about unmovable contracts has been vastly overblown. supposedly, jose calderon was unmovable after signing a similar deal to Thomas's last year...teams willing to operate over the cap to win have clowned some of the cap space hoarders in recent years, imo. gs almost snagging Dwight out of nowhere should have been the sign everyone needed: you don't have to hoard cap space when some hopeful bottom feeder will do it for you. those guys will rent their space to you for useless things like late first rounders...oh wait...those guys are now the lakers. dammit.
2. Why does the Lin move have to be about money and not his game? Sure he has a bigger fanbase than the norm, but he's more than capable than the everyday guard. Why does he have to get discounted? Because Dwight and Harden put the blame in his hands? Because McHale didn't know how to properly use a point guard? Everything about Jeremy Lins career has always been like this. It's disgusting. Oh, we just signed him for money or for ratings, all because he has a bigger fanbase. BS, outside of Fisher being a perfect triangle guard, Lin is probably the best PG skillwise we've had in awhile, unless you can prove me otherwise.
because his game isn't that strong? imo, he's really a backup pg. you can only name a handful of teams in the league (3 or 4 maybe) that would start lin over their current pg. and being the best pg the lakers have had is a dubious distinction--he's better than old fisher, chucky atkins, tierre brown, smush parker, Jordan farmar, darius morris, and the like? hooray?
but again, my issue with the lin trade was the lakers being the team willing to take the lowball asset in tow. I said before the trade ever happened: the team that won Jeremy lin really lost, because they folded before the other interested parties. that was the lakers this time.
This notion that Lin is a bad defender is blown way out of proportion. It was shown entry of times that Lin is actually a decent defender, when Harden and Beverly struggled with Lillard in the Portland series.
Offensive, Lin is more than just a "scoring" guard. He has a much higher bball iq than Thomas. Lin works well in The pick and roll and is a lot more unselfish than Isiah. The reason we currently value cap space so much is because we don't have any assets yet, so our asset is money. Is that hard to understand? How else do you expect to obtain players without any assets because the ones you had got vetoed and turned into nothing after.
He's a back up in YOUR opinion. Except, he earned his starting position in NY and his first year in Houston and is expected to be ours. You can downplay his game all you want, like everyone else has, a lot of it was because he hasn't followed up with Linsanity. So what? He's still a gamer who wants to play, unlike some guys are just looking to get paid.
Honestly, getting the picks were a bonus. Mitch wanted Lin for a long time, and to get picks along with it, conditional or not, we got them and they're assets now to use in the future.