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Rockets & Warriors GMs admit Jeremy Lin mistakes

Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:50 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 9:51 pm
Jeremy Lin is making his former GMs look bad. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

How crazy is this Jeremy Lin story? So crazy that two NBA general managers have publicly admitted that letting him go was a mistake.

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey took to Twitter on Thursday morning to cop his plea.

"We should have kept Jeremy Lin," Morey wrote. "Did not know he was this good.Anyone who says they knew [is] misleading you... Really happy Jeremy Lin. Very hard working, nice, & humble. He has a great, great future." 

Then, in an interview with the New York Times, Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley did the same.
“We always felt there would be some chance he’d be a backup point guard,” said Larry Riley, the Warriors general manager. “I have egg on my face in telling you that I did not think he was going to become a starting point guard with a good team. He’s doing that right now.”
Lin, the Knicks' Taiwanese-American point guard sensation, has scored 23 or more points in three straight games to help lead New York to consecutive wins over the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.

Undrafted out of Harvard, Lin earned his first NBA contract with the Warriors after impressing at the 2010 NBA Summer League while playing for a team affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks. Lin wound up playing in just 29 games for Golden State, averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 assists in just 9.8 minutes per game.

When the Warriors released him prior to the 2011-2012 season, Lin signed briefly with the Rockets, but was released before he could appear in a single game. 

The Knicks wound up claiming Lin off of waivers on Dec. 27, and the rest is history.

And this really is history. Basketball operations executives admit mistakes at a rate of approximately one per lifetime. For the same player to produce two admissions of error in less than 24 hours is almost certainly a league record.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:28 am

Rockets & Warriors GMs admit Jeremy Lin mistakes

I guess they just wanted to save face. LOL

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:42 am

Rockets & Warriors GMs admit Jeremy Lin mistakes

ev: good point, I did not intend to label him as fickle as a GM but in this specific situation I think it is fickle to be making these specific statements after a couple of good games. Lin is a great story but he has a lot more to prove before anyone should be saying "He has a great future". or labelling him as a " starting point guard on a good team."

One problem with NBA GM's in general is they make huge conclusions about a player's ability and their future after a very short period of time. That is why there are so many bad contracts out there. Look at all the duds that teams have gotten into bidding wars over: Hedo is one of many examples.

More realistically it would make sense to say "Lin has had an amazing week or two. If he can maintain this caliber of play over the long term, he is going to be a great starting PG in this league."

That being said, Lin has raised to the challenge every night so far. Good for him!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:26 am

Rockets & Warriors GMs admit Jeremy Lin mistakes

Fickle? Do a little more research on Daryl Morey.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:20 pm

Rockets & Warriors GMs admit Jeremy Lin mistakes

I love the Lin story and I hope he continues to do well but seriously? How fickle are these GM's to be raving about him after he has played well for a few games? His big challenge comes when opponents figure out exactly how to play him. If he is still excelling after 35 games, it is time to get excited!

I hope he does :0)

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