It is absurd that this is even an issue. Would it have been great to have Lin as our third PG? Sure, better him than Flynn but that was not feasible. And even so, if the Rockets did have Lin as their 3rd PG he would have not performed the same way. Hell, he probably would have not even been given the chance to do so. Is that on Morey to visualize every conceivable scenario where a player can perform to their highest potential? Maybe but it is a tall order. And even if Morey had know that Lin would perform this way, what was he suppose to do? Rework the entire team and system to put him in that scenario? If Lin can continue to perform over an extended stretch of time and with a complete team then we could analyze the situation better.
It is like if T-Will is let go and starts tearing it up on the Wizards. Are we suppose to blame Morey for that? No. I wouldn’t. We know T-Will has skills but he has an attitude to go with it. Just because a player can light up on a depleted and crappy team means he can do the same anywhere else. Things like this need time to evaluate it properly taking into consideration how and why the players is performing that way. It could be a change of scenery, could be a by-product of a specific offensive system or it could be the players surrounding them. It could be more things, a combination a things, or none of them.
With Linsanity in full force, the Houston Rockets management in recent days has once again found itself in the crosshairs of vicious skeptics. What’s hilarious is that the criticisms paint the analytics method as some esoteric strategy foreign to common sense. In actuality, it’s in line with what we do in every single walk of life. Ever buy a car? Did you just take it for a test drive or did you check out some consumer reports too? This isn’t rocket science. Consumers gather as much information at their disposal to make informed decisions in the marketplace, especially when millions of dollars of investments are involved. Why is this something so difficult to understand?
Some of the logic out there right now is borderline absurd. I contest that Lin wouldn’t have been producing nearly at this level had he remained with this team, and wouldn’t have even gotten the chance. But let’s say we concede the Rockets messed up and let a gem slip through their fingers. What does that mean? Some paint it as a mark against management; proof in the flaws of their ways. Since when has any methodology been error-free? Since when did random flaws disprove the entire method? No approach is 100% in any scope of nature. If you point to Lin as reason for disbelief, I point to Brooks, Landry, Hayes, Scola, Parsons, and Budinger as reason that it’s working.
There are a lot of things over which one can criticize Rockets management. Holding on to Yao too long. Doing the same with Scola. Perhaps not tanking, though the verdict on that is still out. But holding them to the fire over Jeremy Lin is preposterous.
I threw the Woj piece up on the front page yesterday for your personal edification, but didn’t get a chance to share my thoughts. So I’ll do that here. First, a more pressing matter.
I wrote last night that the Jeremy Lin situation was turning into a complete and utter disaster. Once more, I want to be clear: the disaster is the Knicks draft pick which is losing value with every day; it is not, as some have inferred, that we lost out on Lin.
What Jeremy Lin is doing right now is remarkable. Watching him closely last night, it is clear he belongs in this league. He’s a smart player with all of the athletic tools needed to succeed at his position. But he would not be having this same degree of success were he still with the Houston Rockets.