Where’s the face that says he’s a lying sack of shit?
SI.com - Late Tuesday night, in his inaugural hour as a Rocket, Lin opened up to SI.com about how the most popular basketball player in New York City ended up in Houston, where he’ll have his official team physical on Wednesday. He spoke about how Knicks management — which had spoken to him and his representatives only once this month before that call from Grunwald — finally let him go. “Honestly, I preferred New York,” Lin said. “But my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me. I wanted to have fun playing basketball. … Now I’m definitely relieved.” While surfing the Internet last Sunday, Lin read that Felton was reportedly en route to the Knicks from Portland via a sign-and-trade. Earlier this month, New York had already signed Kidd; now, Lin saw the writing on the wall, along with everybody else. “Felton’s signing was the first time when I thought, ‘Oh, wow, I might not be a Knick,’” Lin said. “I love the New York fans to death,” Lin said. “That’s the biggest reason why I wanted to return to New York. The way they embraced me, the way they supported us this past season, was better than anything I’ve ever seen or experienced. I’ll go to my grave saying that. What New York did for me was unbelievable. I wanted to play in front of those fans for the rest of my career.” “If I really wanted to, I could have triple-digit endorsements,” Lin pointed out, but he does not. Instead, and in large part because Lin wanted to concentrate on basketball, he declined to cash in on the Linsanity gold-rush — namely, the mountain of business opportunities in Asia — and picked only three companies: Volvo, Steiner Sports and Nike. “A year ago, I was just trying to stay alive and fight day by day, just to be on a roster,” said Lin, who famously slept on couches upon his arrival in New York. “What I have now is way more than I ever would have dreamed of, and way more than I need.”
“Honestly” bro, you didn’t prefer New York. If you preferred New York you wouldn’t have flown to Vegas without telling anyone from New York to restructured a deal that you knew couldn’t match by New York. Which is fine. The Knicks certainly the end all be all in the NBA these days and if you don’t wanna play there, go wherever you want. Thats why you’re called a free agent. But don’t play the “Oh I guess they didn’t want me” card after you did exactly what you needed to do to make it almost impossible to take you back. You knew the Knicks situation. You knew what they were capable of and what they weren’t capable of in terms of money, and you worked on a deal with Houston to price the Knicks out.
And don’t talk about Stretch Provisions and spreading out his contract over the course of like 10 years. Thats not a reasonable expectation for a relatively unproven player. This time around, the Knicks played within the realm of sanity when it came to their money and free agency and Jeremy Lin and the Rockets structured an insane deal to dick them over. Again, not a big deal from a hoops perspective. Just don’t be all “Woe is me I had to go to Houston because the Knicks didn’t want me.”
PS – Must feel great for the Rockets. Drop $25 mil on a dude they cut last year who’s now going public saying he never wanted to go there in the first place.
PPS – “I could have had triple digit endorsements” Jeremy? For a dude that knows just how hard it is to achieve success in the NBA, and a dude who’s already missed significant time to a knee injury, you might wanna cash in on those opportunities you dickhead. Gotta be the stupidest Asian ever.