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Early February, when the Knicks were thin at PG, Carmelo  and Amare were suffering from injuries, and the Knicks were reeling. Here comes Jeremy Lin. An Asian American who played ball at Harvard, goes undrafted and skips from team to team prior to landing with the Knicks. When Melo was injured, the Knicks perimeter offense became stagnant, and thus inept. A perfect time for a combo guard as Lin to take advantage and show what he is made of. Lin took advantage of the opportunity, and didn’t look back for about 3-4 weeks. His signature moment against the Lakers: 38 points.

Still, at the time the “Linsanity” hype didn’t cast a a large cloud over the NBA, but networks needed another sensation after “Tebowmania” so Linsanity became the lead story on every network. However, the biggest challenge was how he would mesh with the likes of Stat and Melo when they return from injury. Until then, Lin had to carry the load, while most of us wondered if he would sustain the level of play. Lin didn’t play perfect, and he didn’t make many a believer. I was intrigued by his game and the hype and tuned in to Knicks game to see if he would dominate. I tuned into the Nets – Knicks game that took place in MSG, and conventionally, descending became inevitable. Deron Williams torched the Knicks, mainly Lin, uncovered the flaws that were ignored in Lin’s game and labeled “they will improve, but he has it”.

Oh, and I’m no hater. A team didn’t gameplan for Lin, rather allowed Lin to create his own shots and limit him from frequently going to the lane and force him left because he was terrible going left. The Dallas Mavericks created the blueprint, while the Miami Heat embarrassed him. Chalmers was in Lin’s s!@#. The most consistent aspect of Lin’s game is the constant turnovers and mental lapses. The most absurd thing about “Linsanity” is the money being thrown his way because of his profound global presence. Why would the Knicks want to sign an offer sheet that would guarantee him $14.5 million in his third and final year of his contract? Financially, it puts them in a hole and Lin only played a decent 25 games?

Below is an excerpt from a article written by Sam Amick of SI explaining the affect of signing Lin:

Matching Lin’s offer would have a major impact on the Knicks’ payroll, with the numbers surely daunting even for an organization that — with an assist from Lin — always rakes in the dough. Matching the Lin offer means the Knicks would likely be slated to pay approximately $79 million for just five players in the 2014-15 season, at which point the price tag would start skyrocketing because of the tax implications. Starting in 2013-14, teams that are less than $5 million over the luxury tax threshold (which isn’t yet known for that year but will likely be around $70 million) pay $1.50 for every dollar they are over the tax, while teams that are between $5 million and $10 million over pay $1.75 for every dollar over, teams that are $10 to $15 million over pay $2.50 for every dollar over and teams that are $15 to $20 million over pay $3.25 for every dollar over and there are subsequent fifth center increases for each additional $5 million over. And should a team stay in the tax for four out of five seasons, those rates increase by a dollar in each respective category. A financial day of reckoning awaits, in other words.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/sam_amick/07/15/jeremy-lin-rockets-knicks-free-agency/index.html#ixzz20jtmiJ7C

Jeremy Lin: Overrated and Overvalued

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Ray Allen is Entitled and Shouldn’t Care What You Think!

The term “free agent” has lost its true value, its luster, and in the midst, lost the human rights that come along with it. The Boston Celtics did not draft Ray Allen from UConn (University of Conneticut) in 1996. Niether did they help land him a role in the Spike Lee film “He Got Game” playing as Jesus Shuttlesworth. My point being is that Ray Allen is not entitled to remain with the Celtics as much as LeBron was entitled to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Allen was an acquistion from the Seattle Supersonics, formerly known as the Oklahoma City Thunder five years ago.

The problem I have with this situation is that people are emotionally tied into their sports team and refuse to mix logic into the equation. No one considers the atmosphere in the Celtics locker room as a deciding factor to Allen’s decision. Most coaches can admit to having difficulty handling mega-ego’s, but players have a threshold. If its true that Allen couldn’t handle the persona of Rajon Rondo, then that’s a Boston Celtic problem. Moreover, if Allen couldn’t take commands from his younger breathren, then can it be explained why he would sign a contract with the Miami Heat? Wade is 30 years of age, LeBron and Bosh, 27-28? Its a personnel issue among the Boston Celtics. If Rajon Rondo is a difficult teammate, management has to determine if he is an intricate part of the organization.

The Celtic organization believed they could’ve kept Ray Allen after signing Jason Terry. Idiotic. Pointless. The signing of Ray Allen is more ammo if not the straw that broke the camels back for Allen to sign with the Heat. The Heat are the preemptive favorites to win it all with the addition of Allen. Furthermore, I can truly say that Allen will make out better with the Heat because James’ ability to find the open man.

I tweeted this earlier after hearing the erroneous statement from Skip Bayless:

 

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Summertime Blues, NBA?!

I decided to start this blog off of mere boredom and a way to express my thoughts freely, uncensored, and unequivocally not give a f*!@ what anyone thinks. Hence, the name of the blog, “Vain’s Opine”. During my brief days of my online magazine and constant articles with various websites, I found it quite amusing that I needed to update my site every five minutes a story broke just to get constant visits. I thought it was fascinating, yet challenging, recanting was never an option then. I look back at it now and think that a promoting a my personality would’ve been more of successful and a direct hit, but that was then and this is now!

Disregard the aberrational rant, and let’s focus on the NBA free agency and the potential contracts that average players are getting because of hype rather need. Some teams may consider offering C-Level players a contract worth $40 Million for 4-5 years. This rumor circulated around twitter, but may hold more weight than Dwight Howard heading to L.A. The heralded player, Jeremy Lin, is the player on the other side of that $8-$10million a year contract. Really?!! Lin is a product of a three week hyperbole that swept the country by storm, and when teams decided to take him a little bit seriously, couldn’t manifest the same hype. Lin’s handle is shaky at best. I would rather a team sign him to a $40 million contract which 75% of it is for marketing purposes.

In 2010, Joe Johnson was given a max contract by the Atlanta Hawks and at the time the consensus was that he was overpaid and was pretty much another Rashard Lewis. If you remember Orlando rewarded Lewis with a max contract several years ago and both of these players haven’t lifted their teams past the second round in the playoffs. Orlando has regressed and found it difficult to sign players that would allow them to become formidable in the East.

The highest paid players in the league should be superstars and players who make a huge difference in the organization. There are only a few players under that category…….and they have championship rings that allows my argument to hold weight. Before this becomes a Brooklyn Net bash session, lets think about whether acquiring Dwight Howard after signing D Will, and trading for Joe Johnson is a formula for success. Is Avery Johnson the right coach? Can Dwight Howard handle the pressure? We know what Joe Johnson will do, but does he really make a difference? Honestly, can anyone see them beating the Celtics or Heat? No.

The Lakers are the team to beat in the West. I’m pro-Laker and even though their offseason has been as inept as the last two playoff seasons, hope still remains.

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