After watching the New York Knicks win eight of their first 10 games, you can rest assured: These ain’t Jeremy Lin’s Knicks.
Yes, that’s a good thing. And I am not the only one saying so.
On Friday night, when the Knicks take on Lin and James Harden in Houston, we’ll be reminded of the fact that James Dolan ultimately decided to let Lin walk, for free, to the Houston Rockets. The decision to let such a valuable asset walk, for nothing, was bad — even if the timing circumstances and the financial ramifications played a part.
But the decision to move on from Linsanity was not.
For the Knicks, Linsanity was fool’s gold.
Now, in the end, everyone wins. Lin is on a Rockets team that isn’t expected to contend for a championship, so he can grow and develop at his own pace, with his own team.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have a three-headed point guard monster that has given the team exactly what it needs from the “1” spot: great decision making, 3-point shooting, and defense.
Lin would not have provided the Knicks with that, at least, not yet. Lin is averaging 2.8 turnovers per game as a member of the Houston Rockets while shooting just 33 percent from the field and 22 percent from behind the 3-point line. Defensively, we’ve seen opposing point guards undress Lin, and if that were happening alongside Carmelo Anthony after Lin signed a deal paying him $25 million over three years, all hell would have broken loose by now.
Through 10 games, Lin’s Rockets were just 4-6 and, entering play Friday night, are leading the league in turnovers per game with 16.9.
The Knicks, on the other hand, won eight of their first 10 and lead the league in fewest turnovers per game (10.3).