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Linsanity: Round 2

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t believe that Linsanity has taken flight once again.  The Houston Rockets have offered Jeremy Lin a $25 million, 3-year deal and he has signed it.  The offer has a so-called ‘poison pill’ in that the third year is for nearly $15 million.  This would make him one of the top paid point guards in the league.  This leaves the New York Knicks in the unenviable position of having to risk punishment under the new CBA that came into effect.  The new rules harshly castigate teams that go over the luxury tax threshold, and the more you go over, the more severe the punishment becomes.

Aside from the relatively small sample of strong play in February of last year, there really isn’t much to go on.  We all know how big of an impact Lin had on the Knicks last year.  But, when you look deeper, the impact was more of a financial and cultural impact.  He does not deserve top 5 at his position kind of money.  He may earn his way up to that type of contract but at this point, he’s not worth that money.  $5 million a year, which is what he’ll make in the first two years of the deal, sounds more like it.  In the first 12 starts of his career, going in to last years all-star break, he averaged 22.5 points per game and 8.7 assists per game.  That alone is worth some money based on future potential. Continue reading

2012 NBA Draft: View from a Losing City

Can a player be a bust after one year? Can a 6-2 shooting guard shoot 38% from the field? Ask Jimmer! (Photo Credit: NBA.com)

I’m actually writing this post from the international terminal at the Auckland Airport so I don’t know what the view of the draft is like from here.

This Thursday evening June 28th, is the annual NBA draft.  This is the day when the hopeless get hope.  Unless, of course, you’re a Sacramento Kings fan, then you know you’re getting screwed.

Last years draft was a debacle.  The drafting of Jimmer Fredette was a last-ditch effort to attract a crowd to Sacramento home games in a ‘contract year’ for the team and city.  In case you hadn’t heard, the Kings were on the verge of leaving Sacramento at the end of the 2011 season, for the greener pastures of Los Angeles.  They were given a one-year extension to try to work out a long-term deal to keep the team in town.  Knowing that the team had a year to make a good impression, they picked Fredette to try to spark the home crowd into attendance.  He was one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball history and initially, when all of his jerseys sold out, both in stores and online, it appeared to be a success. Continue reading