Before I get into Lin and the Knicks Id like to say 2 things. 1. This decision shows whats wrong with NYK. Im a Brooklyn Nets fan so maybe it looks like Im flaming but it really seems like they took the day to read the stock of MSG and decide on Lin. By which I mean this was a straight up financial decision in regards to MSGs profits and not a basketball decision. The Knicks do have a nice team but Dolan isnt helping out all when on the other side of the bridge, Prokorhov is laughing at the luxury tax. Dolan has to let basketball people make basketball decisions and just finance them.
That being said, IMO Its the Knicks fault. They told Lin to go out and get the best offer and they would match it. Thats what he did. He got the best offer he could. They should have come together and agreed on a 3 year pact with a team option for a big 4th season salary. Hes good. I think guys like Stephen A. underrate him. Hes an NBA point guard and at the very least hes a great back up. He can get to the basket, has a good IQ (even though he turns it over a few more times than the greats) and has knocked down shots in big spots. Houston has a pick and roll offense now so Lin will do well there but Howard wont go there and they have the hardest time getting stars to play there for some reason so theyll probably become a treadmill team unless one or two of those rookies are studs.
I will concede that he isnt the proper point guard for Woodsons system neither was Nash though. Neither provide any true defense and these guys do like to run a bit. Woodson with a full training camp will implement his system. In Atlanta, the system included lots of half court sets with isolation for Joe Johnson. They even called the offense ISO Joe. So get ready for tons of Carmelo isolations which is what Carmelo wants more than anything else.
This Knick season is all about Amare anyway. He had good chemistry with Felton in 2010 and would ****ing explode to the hoop. This past year he kind of looked overweight and just stiff in general when he had the ball. If you could get him going, youre looking at a team with easy home court advantage in the first round and a possible Atlantic Division title. Thats a big if though...