Takeover Thursdays – Lin, “Now I’m definitely relieved”

I’m trying to move on from all this Jeremy Lin craziness, but I was intrigued by Ian Begley’s interview with Lin the day after the Knicks decided not to match Houston’s offer.

What I expected was the usual talk when a beloved athlete leaves, “I love the fans” and “I wanted to play here for the rest of my career”…  Except, what I read made me look differently at what Lin might have been thinking as talks started to heated up.

One particular comment from Lin that caught my…

“Honestly, I preferred New York,” Lin told Sports Illustrated. “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.”

2 things stand out with what Lin said; “my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me”.

Lin told SI that he met with Mike Woodson in late June and said that Woodson talked about Lin being the starter and being a big part of the team.  Lin also stated that Dolan told him before Game 5 versus the Miami Heat,

“I have plans for you in the future,”

“This is a long-term investment. Don’t rush back (referring to Lin returning from knee injury).” – James Dolan

Now that to me sounds like the Knicks met Lin’s “main goal in free agency”

So what happened?

In my opinion the last sentence of Lin’s quote says it all…

“I wanted to have fun playing basketball. … Now I’m definitely relieved.”

All Lin talks about is how he loved the NY fans and that he preferred playing in NYC, so if you’re not playing in the preferred city you wanted to play in…  What exactly is he so relieved about?

After all the Linsanity and winning an Espy, could it be that Lin was feeling the pressure?  I mean at the end of the day this is still NYC, and the media here builds you up just so they can knock you down.  And with the Knicks fan base resting all their hopes and dreams on the shoulders of Lin, may be just may be basketball would not be as fun as he thought he could be.  Yes the Knicks have Amare and Melo, but it was Lin who had the Garden rocking like no other time during that EPIC 8 game winning streak.

There was no question Lin was going to sign with someone, so I just don’t get the relief he felt.  Of course I could be over analyzing this, smh.

How many more days until NFL Kickoff???

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

WTF/WTH Wednesdays – Knicks do not match offer sheet for Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin

After an amazing 26 game stretch that was covered by both the national and international media; the era of Linsanity in NYC is officially over.

Even though Linsanity may be over in NYC, the debate  on whether the Knicks should have matched Houston’s offer for Lin is farrrrrr from over.  Knicks fans were torn between keeping Lin or letting him walk; for the record I was for letting him walk.  Don’t get me wrong, Lin did what was best financially for him.  In no way do I as a Knick fan begrudge him for getting the best deal possible but at the same time I agreed with most sports columnist and Carmelo Anthony

The contract Houston offered was “Ridiculous”.

Like every other Knicks’ fan I enjoyed Linsanity, it was one of the highlights of last season.  But during those 26 games there were also troubling signs, no defense, and turnovers.  The pace of Linsanity slowed and many will blame the return of Melo but at the same time the NBA was figuring out Lin.  Then there is also Lin electing not to play in the playoffs when he stated he was at 85%. The Knicks were desperate for point guard help after Shumpert and Baron Davis were injured, some would say if Lin wanted the Knicks to take a chance on by matching the $25 million dollar contract… May be he should have when he decided to sit out the playoffs.

As I stated earlier this is far from over, I would not be surprised if one of the major NYC papers run a weekly comparison of what Lin is doing versus what the Knicks are doing when the season starts.

Dear God I hope that doesn’t happen….

We may not know at this point if Lin will succeed in Houston or if the Knicks will be a winning team next season, but one this is for sure.  Lin’s 1st game back at the Garden will be an EVENT!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Tebowmania Invades NYC

Ever since the New York Jets finalized the deal for Tim Tebow he has been the talk of the town.

How will Sanchez react to Tebow?

Can Tebow really challenge Sanchez?

How many plays will Tebow play?

etc…..

The news of Tebow coming to the Jets even surpassed the Roger Goodell‘s punishment of the New Orleans Saints for “Bounty-Gate”.

As a New York Giants’ fan (Super Bowl Champs) I really have no cares for what the Jets do as a team. They will forever be the little brother of the Giants, HAHA!!!

But what’s funny to me and has caught my interest is how the media in NY has jumped all over the Tebow phenomenon.  In one breath the NY sports media will tell you that NY is more sophisticated than the Denver media, and how they will not get caught up in the “Linsanity”…. My bad I mean the Tebowmania and that it will not be the spectacle it was in Denver.

Yeah Right!!!!

All this weekend ESPN radio (1050AM) promoted the Tebow press conference set for Monday; before the promo was read show host like Ian O’Conner would spend 30 minutes analyzing the trade. At certain points he would talk about the sophisticated NY fan and that he doesn’t believe the hype of Tebowmania will be that crazy.  Then he read the promo hyping the same event he was trying to down play just a few minutes before; several hosts were guilty of this.

NY sports media and fans may want to get off their high horse and just accept the fact they will be all about Tebowmania like everyone else.  I recall watching football this past season at Ainsworth when everybody was watching Tebow do his thing, and like everyone else I was even chanting “Tebow, Tebow, Tebow…”

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!