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Tyson Chandler Says Jeremy Lin Couldn’t Run Ofense

 

Apparently no one got the memo, but Jeremy Lin is no longer a member of the New York Knicks.

Mar. 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (17) and center Tyson Chandler (6) react on the court during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 106-87. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Yet, everyone feels the need to talk about him every day as if he were sitting right there in the locker room.

Sure there will be questions about Lin leading up to the season and during the early parts, especially if the point guard trio of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni struggle. But instead of the Knicks’s players saying they won’t comment about Lin,  the stance that head coach Mike Woodson or general manager Glen Grunwald have taken, almost every player has commented on Lin throughout the first week of camp.

The former Knick point guard is currently over 1,600 miles away in Houston, but is proving to be a distraction nonetheless- talk about Linsanity.

The latest to chime in on the Lin situation was center Tyson Chandler, who had some disparaging things to say about Lin’s ability to run the Knicks’ offense.

“Jeremy was a young point guard who was inexperienced, who brought a great light to the organization,” Chandler said. “But as far as being able to run the offense and putting players in the right position he just wasn’t there. We got some veteran point guards that are capable of doing that.”

Now I’m sure Chandler was just trying to have his current point guards backs, but his comments made very little sense, considering Lin averaged 7.7 assists as the starting point guard in New York (while also contributing 18.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals) and helped lead the team to 15 wins.

Chandler of all people should know the impact of Lin as he played 23 games with Lin as the starter and had his best numbers of the season during that stretch.

The Knicks’ play at point guard wasn’t strong last season. Lin, Baron Davis, Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby and then-rookie Iman Shumpert all started at some point and neither played particular well.

But while I feel the Knicks made the right moves going with a veteran trio, pretending like Lin had no impact during his stretch as a starter is a little foolish. It may have been more off a case of a young guy playing over his head for a handful of games but he did have an impact on the Knicks’ offense and the numbers speak for themselves.

Hopefully for the case of the current group of Knicks, the deeper we go into training camp, the more they can talk about the current team and less about the people that aren’t.

Until then, Lin will prove to be a distraction that this Knicks team doesn’t need.

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Topics: Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks, Tyson Chandler

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  • Occupiednba

    wtf teammates Lin got before?

  • http://www.facebook.com/anna.lu.77 Anna Lu

    Why this garbage news shown again and again? All of us know Knicks need to draw fans eyes on, but could they talk some topic else? Or except ” Jeremy Lin”, there are not any surfing key words for Knicks?

  • norbak123

    Its negative comments, that drives someone to work more harder!!!
    GO JLIN!!!

  • Leo

    I am just perplexed with this comment. I think it is simply against the facts. One has the freedom to make any comments, but other people have the freedom of judgement with “FACTS”.

  • Leo

    You have your comment, period. Be prepare to eat your words soon!

  • jh

    He is worry about be a loser.ball is not lie. why michael jordon has a good comment to Lin.May be Tylson better than Michael Jordan. Time magazine and all the knick’s fan, they paid $200 min ticket to see Lin. All are blind except Tyson.Now is marketing time!

  • bobemah

    . . . and I thought Tyson Chandler had some sense and some appreciation for having Lin give him the best numbers during the time they played together. The fact that Tyson is still talking about Lin, ought to tell you something, they still aren’t over Lin. Go Jeremy Lin! Jeremy Lin has moved on! I don’t read about Lin talking about the knicks, except in positive terms. Which means Jeremy Lin is light years ahead of them that hate.

    • SammySauna

      Attention to details is required. He did not say Lin did not contribute to wins, he said he lacked the ability to run the offense. Lin created his share of points and assist but it was using a very hectic loose style of play. After some of the better teams would have adapted that style would probably not work long term or during playoff basketball. With the difficulty making the Amare and Melo combo work a more veteran PG is probably a better fit. The Knicks are obviously trying to be competitive for a title during the next 3 years. They did not necessarily have time for the Lin learning curve despite him proving he is NBA worthy. Plus that Houston contract offer was surely bloated.

  • SammySauna

    Attention to details is required. He did not say Lin did not contribute to wins, he said he lack the ability to run the offense. Lin created his share of points and assist but it was using a very hectic loose style of play. After some of the better teams would have adapted that style would probably not work long term or during playoff basketball. With the difficulty making the Amare and Melo combo work a more veteran PG is probably a better fit. The Knicks are obviously trying to be competitive for a title during the next 3 years. They did not necessarily have time for the Lin learning curve despite him proving he is NBA worthy. Plus that Houston contract offer was surely bloated.