Apparently no one got the memo, but Jeremy Lin is no longer a member of the New York Knicks.
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.
Follow Matt Shetler on Twitter for news, reaction and analysis from around the NBA.