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Jim Dolan just made his biggest mistake ever as owner of the New York Knicks, which is pretty telling. Choosing not to re-sign Jeremy Lin ranks above hiring the walking punchline known as Isiah Thomas and subjecting New York to the coaching tactics of the much maligned Larry Brown. One can only wonder what was going through Dolan’s mind as he failed to re-sign his 23-year-old point guard who averaged 18 points and eight assists per game. While many boast that Houston’s offer sheet was ‘ridiculous’, the Knicks failed to make an initial attempt to re-sign Lin. This Linsane circus could have been avoided at the start of free agency. Instead, the Knicks will rue in their lack of persistence to get a deal done. 

Instead of locking him up on July 1st, the Knicks reached out to a pair of 38+ year old point guards (Steve Nash and Jason Kidd) while working out a trade for the human blimp known as Raymond Felton. Had the Knicks made an initial competitive offer, Houston may have turned their attention to re-signing their own point guard, Goran Dragic. Instead, the Knicks told Lin to hit the market and see what he could get. In essence, the Knicks fed themselves a ‘poison pill’ by making this decision. To make matters even worse, the Knicks will simply let Lin go to Houston without receiving any sort of compensation. Talk about shafting a guy that single handedly ended the ugly, bitter Cablevision-MSG standoff last winter. 

While it’s easy to argue that Lin’s small sample size of games played doesn’t warrant a hefty contract, Lin has demonstrated that he has star qualities. Lin’s 38 point performance against Kobe’s Lakers was masterful. Lin’s late game heroics against the Toronto Raptors demonstrated poise and leadership. Those qualities obviously don’t matter to Dolan’s Knicks. As a 23-year-old point guard, Lin’s poise and statistics put his contemporaries (Kidd and Nash included) to shame. 

The Knicks have never been shy to spend money, so it’s baffling that they would let one year (Lin’s $14 million 2013-2014 salary) stand in their way. Nevermind the luxury tax predicament–things frequently change in the NBA. One of the Knicks’ larger, expiring contracts (looking at you, Amare) could be moved to free room. If Joe Johnson’s albatross, three-year contract can be moved, one team will definitely take one year of Amare Stoudemire on. However, the Knicks won’t have to make that decision now as they let their floor general go to Houston.

While we are on the subject of Joe Johnson, Nets owner, Mikhail Prokhorov doesn’t seem too worried about luxury tax or salary cap hits. Prokorov invested nearly a $300 million of long-term commitments in an effort to take over New York basketball. On paper, the Nets appear to be the superior team and Prokhorov will keep encouraging to the Knicks to let their star players go. 

At the end of the day, all roads in the Eastern Conference lead through Miami. By simply letting Lin leave, the Knicks have taken a giant step backwards. Lin did struggle against the Heat last season, but he only had one chance to play them. The prospect of Felton engineering the Knick offense surely doesn’t scare LeBron James or Dwayne Wade. 

Jeremy Lin had something that the rest of the Knicks simply don’t have–the ‘It Factor’. Lin’s desire to win and be successful was second to none. Here’s to hoping Houston can enjoy a player that gave New York basketball fans hope for the first time in over a decade. 

The Knicks have until Tuesday night to match Houston’s contract offer for Jeremy Lin. On Saturday night, the Knicks completed a sign-and-trade for point guard, Raymond Felton, casting doubt that the Knicks will match Houston’s offer. Currently, the Knicks have Felton and Jason Kidd under contract for next season, so point guard isn’t a dire need. However, Jeremy Lin is a poliarizing figure on and off the court. Before blowing out his knee, Lin was dynamic and helped restore New York basketball–something Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire have failed to do. Not only did Lin add wins to the Knicks record, but he added dollars to the MSG’s declining stock price. At 23-years-old and entering the prime of his career, the Knicks would look foolish if they just let Lin go.

While Houston’s three-year, $27 million contract offer from Houston represents some financial ramifications, the Knicks are in ‘win-now’ mode. Why would they just let one of the NBA’s most exciting players just walk away? If anything, James Dolan has always been emotional owner and he may be upset that Lin structed a deal that will hinder the Knicks’ long-term growth. In addition, Anthony never seemed to fully embrace Lin. Perhaps, Anthony has gotten into Dolan’s ear and has told him that the Knicks should move on without him. Ego can cloud one’s decision making, but can it happen with a young, budding point guard only tapping into his potential? Letting Lin go would be a decision that the Knicks will regret for the next decade.

Since Monday, we’ve seen a plethora of NBA trades and free agent signings. While the biggest trade chip (Dwight Howard) remains in Orlando, the Nets re-signed center, Brook Lopez to a four-year, $60 million contract. While some may wonder why the Nets locked into this massive contract, consider that the Net had until Monday night to offer a contract to (and sign Lopez) before he became unrestricted free agent. With rumblings that the Charlotte Bobcats were interested, the Nets couldn’t take any chances. Under the new Collective Bargining Agreement, the Nets cannot trade any 2012 signed free-agents until January 15, 2013. Should the Nets trade for Dwight Howard, know that it can’t happen until then.

On the other side of town, the Knicks completed a sign-and-trade for old friend, Marcus Camby. Camby averaged 23 minutes per game last season, pulling in nine boards, five points and a block and a half. The 38-year-old Camby agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract and will backup Tyson Chandler. To land Camby, the Knicks had to surrender Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrellson, and two future second rounders. While it seems like a lot to give up for an older player, the Knicks know they have a three-year window to win now.

Finally, Jeremy Lin remains a free agent, but the Knicks are expected to match Houston’s offer sheet. The same goes for Kris Humphries and the Nets. The Nets are hopeful that they’ll be able to retain the Hump.

On Friday, Todd provided an overview of the Knicks’ point guard situation. The Knicks agreed to terms with free-agent Jason Kidd and have an opportunity to match Houston’s offer sheet for Jeremy Lin. Houston offered Lin a four-year, $30 million ‘poison pill’ contract that is heavily back loaded.

On the surface, that’s a large contract for a player who has only started a handful of games, been cut by multiple teams, and has been questioned about complementing Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. With Houston’s offer on the table, Lin is in the driver’s seat and will soon become a very rich man. However, playing in New York is not an easy task and should the Knicks match the Rockets’ offer, Lin will deal with the NY scrutiny for the next four seasons. Given his recent success in New York, should Lin head for a less stressful situation and join the Rockets?

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Jeremy Lin and Jason Kidd

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Jeremy Lin has verbally agreed to rejoin the team that cut him loose, opening the door to Lin-sanity with the New York Knicks. The offer for around $30 million dollars over 4 years is quite the deal for someone who was cut multiple times just a year ago and played under 30 games at the NBA level. But Jeremy Lin brings the global marketing appeal of Yao Ming to whichever team he decides to sign with and that’s why sources have quoted the Knicks as saying they will match any deal up to a billion dollars for the young point guard.

Let’s step out of the marketing office and onto the court to look at this deal for the Knicks.

Everyone within ears’ reach of the NBA knows Lin tore it up as a featured player last year before Melo came back from his injury and continued as a more than serviceable quarterback for the Knicks, who won their first playoff game since the merger this past post-season (or at least that’s what it felt like) from there on out. Is the 23 year old ready to take the stage coming into the season on that big poster for the Knicks alongside Melo, Amare and Tyson Chandler?

With the Knicks also acquiring veteran guard Jason Kidd, who won the championship two years ago with Tyson Chandler and has made a few trips to the finals over his 18 year career, not only will Lin have an all-time great as a mentor to help him reach his full potential, but he’ll have real competition in training camp for that starting spot and for minutes on the floor. If he does return, it’s clear that Lin will be the point guard of the future for this team, but right now Kidd could give him a run for his money for that starting spot.

That competition leading up to the season and for minutes throughout could help push Lin’s game even further along and with the guidance of Kidd.

A few more notes on Jason that are interesting:

  • 7th in total rebounds of active NBA players
  • 3rd all time in 3 point field goals
  • 8th all time in assists per game
  • 2nd all time in total steals (1st among active players)
  • 1st in steals per game among active players

Todd Giannattasio is a guest blogger for New York State Of Sports. Todd also contributes to Ironman Fitness, a sports performance training facility. You can follow him on Twitter @TresnicMedia

Even though the Knicks got their first playoff win in over a decade and their NBA odds were not bad, the 2012 postseason for Knicks fans was almost as bitter as previous years. Last season, the Boston Celtics swept the Knicks in the first round, and this season, they lost in five games to the Miami Heat.

With a lot of cap space tied up, and a large mountain to climb; the Knicks are desperately in need of a full training camp and preseason to get their chemistry right. A lot of things happened this season to the Knicks, let’s take a look back, see if their regular season had anything to do with their early postseason exit.

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As the seconds ticked away on Wednesday night, the Knicks faced the realization of another first round exit and another off-season filled with many questions. With over $50 million committed to the Big 3 of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler, the Knicks won’t be able to do much fishing in the free agent pool. However, the Knicks most prized free agent acquisition, Jeremy Lin, remains the most important piece for next year’s team.

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It’s one thing to lose Amar’e Stoudemire. It’s another to lose Jeremy Lin.

On Friday, the Knicks learned that Jeremy Lin will be out for six weeks with a torn meniscus. Effectively, Lin will miss the rest of the Knick season, regardless of a playoff run. Plus, no one really expected the Knicks to go far into the playoffs. Since coming on to the scene in February, the Knicks have been running Lin rampant. During February, Lin averaged 35.1 minutes per game which was one of the highest averages in the league. The Knicks eased up on him during March, averaging just 31 minutes per game. Still, the Knicks ran a career back-up point guard into the ground. Lin was this team’s X-Factor–and their lack of quality depth behind will cost them dearly.

The Knicks will use Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert at the point for the rest of the season. Mike Bibby will come off the bench and the team may even dust off Toney Douglas. Still, we can’t reasonably expect the Knicks to make a playoff run with B-Diddy running the point. Plus, with Ama’re out indefinitely, the Knicks have no shot at winning a title this season. If the Knicks make the playoffs, expect them to be a Round One casualty to either Miami or Chicago. 

Mike Goodson’s ‘No Nonsense’ attitude has transformed the Knicks. Under Goodson, the Knicks are 4-0 and have allowed 89 points per game. The Knick defense has been swarming to the ball and Carmelo Anthony looks like a completely different player. Take Melo’s performance last night against the Raptors. Anthony shot just 5 for 15 from the field, but he was able to get to the line and put pressure on the Raptor defense. Melo rounded out his line, adding eight boards, five assists, and three steals. 

In addition to Anthony, Amare Stoudemire has looked like the Amare of old. Last night, he scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Jeremy Lin may not be scoring in bunches, but his 18 points and 10 assists will help every single night.

It’s clear that the Knicks have rallied behind Goodson and bought into his ball-swarming defensive mentality that Mike D’Antoni never bought into. The Knicks have a big test tonight in Philly against the Sixers. Remember, the Knicks were booed out of the Garden two weeks ago when the Sixers came to town. Let’s see how they tackle their first true road test under their interim head coach.

After a franchise-rejuvenating seven game winning streak in February, the Knicks have fallen back into a funk. Since the All-Star break, the Knicks are just 1-4, dropping four straight road games. During the four game losing streak, the Knicks have surrendered 112 points per game. That’s not going to get it done. Sure, Tyson Chandler missed the last two games against the Spurs and Bucks, but that doesn’t mean the entire defensive effort should stop. 

As of today, the Knicks are 18-22 and only two games ahead of the Bucks and Cavaliers for the eighth playoff spot. How depressing is that? 

All of the Linsanity momentum is gone. Since returning from injury, the Carmelo Anthony led Knicks are just 1-5 while giving up an obscene number of points. Blame Anthony all you want, but this disaster is squarely on the shoulders of Mike D’Antoni. We’ve always heard about how much of a basketball wizard this dude was and hasn’t done anything. Heads will roll if this team doesn’t make it into the second round of the playoffs.