Los Angeles Lakers: Steve Nash Or Jeremy Lin?

Los Angeles Lakers: Steve Nash Or Jeremy Lin?
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
The Lakers have a couple of questions about who to start, but their biggest starter question is Steve Nash or Jeremy Lin at point guard? Steve Nash has won 2 MVP’s and is one of the best players in the history of the NBA, but he’s 40, injury prone and is no longer that effective, while Jeremy Lin is young, productive and a perfect fit starting at guard with Kobe Bryant. This seems simple, but Steve Nash is likely to be the starter which would be a mistake, as the man for the job is Jeremy Lin.
Why is Nash going to start? Well he has the name recognition, the 10 million dollar salary and it is difficult for a player his age to go through the stretching, running and all of the things that players have to work on to get ready for a game and sit on the bench. However, it makes no sense. Jeremy Lin is an excellent scorer, a strong distributor and his talents pair with Kobe incredibly well. They …

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Sponsor Ditches Rockets for Lakers Because of Jeremy Lin

While the Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, the team is still beyond profitable. Despite losing 55 games last season, the franchise made a whopping $100 million+ in profit.
While the team might not be much better this season, they’ll still be raking in the dough. The addition of Jeremy Lin to the team’s roster has proved to be valuable off the court already, with the Lakers signing on Taiwanese company Maxxis as a major sponsor for the upcoming season.
“We are excited to welcome Maxxis as a new marketing partner of the Los Angeles Lakers for this season,” commented Tim Harris, senior vice president of business operations and chief operating officer. “We showcase similar values, including commitment to providing high-quality products and ensuring that our products measure up to the toughest competitors in our respective industries.”
While the company had sponsored the Houston Rockets the past couple of seasons, the trade of Lin to the Lakers likely

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Lakers Expect to Start Steve Nash Over Jeremy Lin

Over the past three years, almost every decision the Los Angeles Lakers have made has been highly questionable. From giving Steve Nash a three-year contract to signing Kobe Bryant to a two-year, $48 million extension, to hiring (and firing) Mike D’Antoni and Mike Brown, the Lakers have struggled making good decisions.
While we’ll know better if they made the right hire with Byron Scott once the season begins, the newest Laker coach seems to already be continuing Los Angeles’ recent tradition of shaky decision-making. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Scott anticipates starting Steve Nash over Jeremy Lin, among other odd line-up decisions.
Scott will spend training camp figuring out his starting lineup, which he says will currently feature Nash, Bryant, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill. He is leaning toward starting Wesley Johnson at small forward because of his defensive potential and relying on Nick Young’s prolific scoring off the bench.
Kobe Bryant and Jordan Hill being included in the startin

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Jeremy Lin ‘comes to life’ at Madame Tussauds (Video)

Last month, Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin attended the unveiling of his wax statue at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco.  While he was there, Lin used the opportunity to pose as a statue himself and scare some of the museum’s guests as he “came to life”.Looks like Lin is still “taking no prisoners”.Video via Madame Tussauds. Related posts:Jeremy Lin dunks on his mom in her kitchen (Video)Jeremy Lin sticks chocolate cake in mom’s face on her birthday (Video)Video: Troy Polamalu Pretends to be Wax Sculpture, Scares Unsuspecting Visitors at Madame Tussaud’s Museum in Hollywood
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WATCH: Jeremy Lin pretends to be wax statue, scares visitors

As previously noted on this website, Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin recently received the honor of getting a wax statue at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco. As many could attest to, the wax figures at Madame Tussauds are pretty life-like and Lin decided to prank some unsuspecting folks at the museum. Check out the below YouTube clip from Madame Tussauds which showed Lin pretending to be a wax figure and pranking some patrons-family members by “coming to life”: *** Jeremy Lin pretends to be statue [Bleacher Report] Lin image courtesy of Getty Images

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Jeremy Lin Pretends to Be Wax Statue, Pranks Fans at Madame Tussauds SF

On August 14, 2014, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin was honored with a wax statue at Madame Tussauds wax museum in San Francisco. For those who have never seen a Madame Tussauds wax statue in person, know that they are incredibly lifelike.

Naturally, Jeremy Lin saw the opportunity for a great prank, pretending to be a statue and then coming to life.

If this prank looks familiar, perhaps you saw it performed with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who executed it to perfection back in 2011.

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Lakers PG Jeremy Lin Endorses Rapper Lecrae and ‘Anomaly’ Album

On Tuesday, Jeremy Lin’s pregame warm-up playlist will be released, at least a sizeable portion of it.

His favorite rapper, Lecrae, will drop his seventh studio album titled Anomaly.

Lecrae, 6’4”, can dunk. Lin, 6’3”, can too.

But this isn’t why Lin, an outspoken Christian, identifies with Lecrae’s music. It’s because of their shared faith. Lecrae won the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album in 2013.

When Lin was still in school, his older brother Josh introduced him to Lecrae through the song “Prayin’ For You.” Years later, Jeremy needed inspiration as he fought for his NBA life as an undrafted rookie in 2010. His success of signing with the Golden State Warriors was followed by starting the season on the inactive list and being sent to the D-League three times.

“This was one of the low points in my life,” said Lin, “if not the lowest point.”

That fall, Lecrae released his fourth studio album, Rehab, and it contained the inspiration that Lin needed: the song “Background.”

“I was struggling so much in the trenches,” said Lin. “And then I heard the song,” which is about, as Lin applied it, “Letting God take the lead, surrendering my life to him and letting him work through me.”

“Background” became his theme song.

“That’s incredible. That’s exactly what I need to hear,” said Lin. “I kept listening to that song. I got sent to the D-League. I was getting benched—all these different things, all these tough scenarios. That song reminded me God has my back. God has the lead. I’m his servant. I’m his steward. I will go where he calls me to go, and I will do what he calls me to do. That was really, really impactful for me.”

Lin scored just 2.6 points per game in 29 appearances for the Warriors that year. The following season, they waived him on the first day of training camp. The Houston Rockets claimed him off waivers three days later, but they only kept him for 12 days before waiving him again.

“Background” kept Lin’s trial in perspective. Two months and another D-League stint later, Linsanity happened, which he credited to God. And this isn’t even the greatest impact that Lecrae has had on him.

One Houston evening, Lin entered the Toyota Center to watch Lecrae perform. Lin came early to connect with Lecrae before the concert, and the point guard brought his friend Noah with him to the green room. Noah had just started learning about Christianity and had questions.

Lin greeted Lecrae, introduced Noah and turned around to meet a couple of employees of Reach Records, Lecrae’s label. What Lin saw when he turned back around left him even more impressed than the concert.

“The next thing I know, Noah is sharing his life story, and Lecrae is just sharing everything,” said Lin, “explaining everything, breaking down the gospel.”

Lin stood in awe at the humility and transparency of Lecrae, an entertainer with over three million social media followers, delaying his concert to share his heart with someone whom he never knew existed minutes prior.

“What?!” said Lin. “This guy is about to perform in front of like 10 … 20,000 people, and he’s telling the person who keeps rushing him, ‘Hold on, give me a sec,’ because he’s talking to one of my friends that he has no idea about, just met and will never see again probably. When I saw that, I was like, ‘OK, this is ridiculous.’”

If Lecrae’s music didn’t give Lin enough motivation to participate in the hip-hop artist’s social media campaign this summer about Anomaly, that did. #Anomaly trended worldwide on Twitter after Lecrae tweeted a picture of what he wrote in a notebook about why he’s an anomaly, and his fans followed.

Not only does Lin identify with Lecrae’s music became of their shared faith, but he’s also the definition of an anomaly—a deviation from the norm. Lin was the first Ivy League player in the NBA since 2003, the first Harvard athlete since 1954 and the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.

Everyone is an anomaly in a certain way, Lecrae said. He raps about marriage, self-worth and self-doubt in a genre stereotyped by misogynistic, violent and vain subject matter. This deviation has garnered support and opened doors.

Lecrae has guest spoken to an NFL team on cut day and encouraged teary-eyed players that their identity doesn’t lie in whether or not they make the roster. He’s mentored individual athletes, including Dwight Howard when he hit free agency in 2013 (Lecrae denied that he persuaded Howard to go to Houston, the artist’s hometown). Josh Hamilton, Stephen Curry and Justin Tuck also participated in the #Anomaly campaign.

Professional athletes relate to “fighting to be themselves and walk in their convictions in an environment that is constantly pushing up against that,” Lecrae said.

Lin agreed, who Lecrae believes is a deviation from the norm for more reasons than his education and ethnicity.

This July, as the Rockets attempted to win Carmelo Anthony’s heart in free agency, they Photoshopped Anthony in a No. 7 Rockets jersey on the Toyota Center billboard. While Anthony is number No. 7, so was Lin, who remained on the roster.

This is how Lin responded to what ESPN called a “dis.”

“Obviously there are very few people who would’ve taken that approach,” said Lecrae. “It’s not a pious, ‘I’m better than you, so I’m going to quote scripture.’ It’s saying, ‘Of course this affects me, but this is the response that I need to have.’ … I think that flies in the face of a lot of his peers. That’s anomaly stuff right there.”

The new Los Angeles Lakers guard said, as someone who isn‘t a franchise or max contract player, he won’t be able to orchestrate for Lecrae‘s music to sound throughout the Staples Center during warm-ups this season. 

“But maybe somewhere down the road,” Lin said.

 

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Jason Terry Won’t Replace Jeremy Lin for Houston Rockets

Desperate times call for desperate measures, which helps to explain why the Houston Rockets have resorted to a 36-year-old sixth man who’s seen better days.

Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the, “Rockets have reached an agreement in principle to acquire Sacramento Kings guard Jason Terry, league sources told Yahoo Sports.”

The Rockets will send a package centered on non-guaranteed contracts, including Alonzo Gee, that the Kings can ultimately waive and gain salary savings and roster space, league sources said,” Wojnarowski adds. “Sacramento will send Houston two second-round picks in the deal, including one via the Knicks, league sources told Yahoo.”

For the record, the trade may take some time to go through.

The Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen explains that, “The deal will take several weeks to complete and will include additional non-guaranteed contracts, likely either Josh Powell, Scotty Hopson or both.”

From Sacramento’s perspective, this is merely an attempt to cut costs and potentially open up another roster spot.

In July, The Sacramento Bee‘s Jason Jones noted, “The Kings still are looking to gain roster flexibility by trading one or more of their power forwards and possibly dealing guard Jason Terry, who has said he would prefer not to play in Sacramento.”

Indeed, Terry made it abundantly clear he wanted out of Sacramento ASAP.

“I wouldn’t say it’s rebuilding, but a building process,” Terry told ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Fitzsimmons and Friedo Show in July, per ESPNDallas.com’s Bryan Gutierrez. “DeMarcus Cousins a huge talent. Attitude, a little shaky. Rudy Gay, not a proven winner in this league but a tremendous talent and a guy you can build around.”

They’re in transition right now. For me, at this point in my career, I want championships,” Terry added.

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Houston emerged as a natural trade partner. Even after losing restricted free agent Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks (and replacing him with Trevor Ariza), the Rockets are light-years closer to a title than the Kings.

But does the Jet’s landing in H-Town bring them any closer to one?

The 15-year veteran played only 35 games last season for the Brooklyn Nets, and the results weren’t especially reassuring. Terry averaged a career-low 4.5 points per contest and shot a career-worst 36.2 percent from the field.

If you’re in the business of making excuses, one might argue that Terry’s 16.3 minutes per contest weren’t nearly enough for him to develop a rhythm.

On the other hand, the absence of rhythm may have been precisely what precipitated the diminished playing time—and ultimately resulted in his trade to Sacramento. 

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is clearly betting that a change of scenery could elicit one more season of strong bench play from a guy who calls nearby Dallas home. 

Even under the best of circumstances, though, Terry probably won’t have any easy time replacing last season’s sixth man.

Morey and Co. traded Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer in a bid to carve out enough cap space to land another superstar—namely Chris Bosh.

In retrospect, the move appropriately encapsulates an offseason that didn’t go as planned. The loss of Parsons. Whiffing on premier free-agent targets like Bosh and Carmelo Anthony. Dealing away Lin and Omer Asik unnecessarily.

These Rockets have seen better days.

Acquiring Terry on the cheap is a noble attempt to make up some lost ground. More importantly, it’s a low-risk venture that won’t cost the organization much in terms of assets. By almost any metric, this is a wise move.

It’s just not nearly enough.

Though some bemoaned the fact that Lin never rose to superstar heights in his two seasons with the Rockets, he proved a valuable weapon whether starting or coming off the bench.

In his most recent campaign in Houston, the 26-year-old averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists in just 28.9 minutes per contest. The year before that—when he started all 82 games—Lin tallied 13.4 points and 6.1 assists per game. In both seasons, his shooting hovered around his career mark of 44 percent from the field.

Terry really hasn’t produced at that level since his 2011-12 season with the Dallas Mavericks, the last of eight go-arounds with the club.

It’s telling that the Mavs parted ways with such an integral part of their rotation, a key component of the franchise’s title run in 2011. If Dallas lost confidence in Terry then, why should we believe he still has anything left in the tank two years later?

Terry’s lone season with the Boston Celtics may offer some silver lining. In 2012-13, he averaged 10.1 points per game and made 43.4 percent of his field-goal attempts.

Even better, Terry has made at over 37 percent of his three-point attempts in each of the last three seasons—including that clunker in Brooklyn. By comparison, Lin’s best performance from beyond the three-point arc (35.8 percent) came last season with Houston.

But don’t get too carried away.

Lin is entering the prime of his career, plays solid defense and—most importantly—can run an offense without exclusively looking for his own shot. While Terry’s veteran presence should yield value on an otherwise youthful roster, Lin gave head coach Kevin McHale a legitimate floor general who could anchor the second unit and finish out close games.

At this point, Terry is little more than a three-point specialist. He won’t create much for others, and he won’t get stops.

He fills a narrow role, but he does little to stabilize a backcourt rotation that’s sorely lacking depth.

As USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt notes, “Terry likely will compete with second-year point guard Isaiah Canaan, shooting guard Troy Daniels and rookie combo guard Nick Johnson for minutes behind starting guards Patrick Beverley and James Harden.”

Put another way, Terry instantly becomes the most reliable option among arguably the most unproven platoon of reserve guards in the league.

Perhaps he can even rebound from last season’s precipitous decline.

NBCSports.com’s Brett Pollakoff speculates that, “He may not have been right physically, and taking the second half of last season off could help him regain his form, to where he can once again become a viable contributor off the bench.”

Either way, Terry upgrades a position of need.

Just don’t expect him to replace Jeremy Lin.

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Los Angeles Lakers: An All Star Season For Jeremy Lin?

Los Angeles Lakers: An All Star Season For Jeremy Lin?
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t a playoff team, as they are at best the 10th most talented team in the Western Conference. However, with their cap space they have a chance next offseason to be big spenders to build a contender and in 2 offseason, they have a near clean cap. The Lakers can be competitive and could be .500, but it will take 50 wins to make the West Playoffs and about 35 wins is likely for Los Angeles. Regardless, although there will be a lot of L’s in their record, this season isn’t a loss, as they can see if Kobe Bryant can stay healthy, how Byron Scott acts as coach, but to me the most entertaining story of the season for the Lakers will be seeing how Jeremy Lin plays in a Lakers jersey. Why? He is going to have a big season.
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Los Angeles Lakers Should Give Steve Nash’s Starting Job to Jeremy Lin

Back in 2012 when Jeremy Lin was blazing his path to notoriety, another point guard—arguably our generation’s most iconic—took notice.

“It’s amazing. He’s a great story,” said Steve Nash at the time, per Jared Zwerling (then writing for ESPNNewYork.com). “It’s a great story for the league. I think it’s phenomenal that it happened in the media capital of the world in a desperate team with a desperate fanbase. It’s just a beautiful thing to see somebody come out of nowhere to most people and shine the way he has.”

With Lin readying to debut his talents in another media mecca, it’s worth recalling Nash also mused that, “I think every team can use a point guard like him.”

Apparently the Los Angeles Lakers agreed.

Now Lin joins Nash in what should be a formidable floor-general platoon, at least if it remains at full health.

Now here comes the hard part.

While new Lakers head coach Byron Scott may be reluctant to separate the legendary Nash from his starting job, there’s a strong case that Lin deserves the nod this season. This isn’t about who deserves to start. Nor is it about managing egos. 

It’s about what’s best for the team.

Nash remains a one-of-a-kind leader regardless of where he’s situated in the rotation. Indeed, his presence could have a transformative effect on Lin himself—and Lin knows it, telling reporters, “I can’t wait. I remember when he was in Phoenix and was 20 and 10 every night. I can’t wait to learn from him.”

But wisdom and know-how aren’t reasons Nash should start.

Lakers Nation’s Ryan Ward wrote in July, “Moving forward, the consensus appears to be that Lin will be the starter with Nash likely set to come off the bench and rookie Jordan Clarkson being third on the depth chart.”

The reasons for such an approach are many.

At minimum, Los Angeles should keep a close watch on Nash’s minutes—perhaps even occasionally sitting the 40-year-old in back-to-back situations. Though that’s conceivably doable in the event Nash starts, there’s a risk Nash’s uneven availability could impact the starting lineup’s chemistry.

In the interest of building and sustaining rhythm, you’d like to see the Lakers deploy a consistent starting lineup as much as possible. With Nash’s playing time (and health) jeopardizing that, Lin becomes a more reliable starting option.

After a season in which he played just 15 games, it’s probably unwise to rest too many hopes on Nash.

There’s also a chance Lin could blossom in a way we haven’t seen since his New York days.

This is a fresh start for him, potentially a departure from a Houston Rockets experiment in which he started just 33 games during his second season with the team. While making the most of his new opportunity ultimately depends on Lin, the Lakers would do well to increase his confidence.

Lin is still young in basketball years.

Lin told Basketball Insider’s Alex Kennedy in July:

I definitely don’t think I’m close to my prime yet. I’m 25 years old and I think because of the way things have happened, people always think I’m older or I’ve been around longer than I really have. I’ve played two full seasons in the NBA – two full seasons and those 25 games in New York. I guess people have been very quick to write me off just because they saw how it started and then they saw what I was like in Houston, but I have to just keep reminding myself it’s a marathon.

Kennedy added, “As he continues to expand his game, he’ll have two Hall of Fame guards alongside him in the backcourt, which should do wonders for his development. Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant have been injured in recent years, but Lin is hoping to pick their brains and learn as much as he can from his legendary teammates.”

In short, there’s reason to believe that Lin can rise to the challenge a starting role presents.

After starting 82 games for the Rockets in 2012-13, Lin averaged a respectable 13.4 points and 6.1 assists per contest. It may not have lived up to the 20.9 points and 8.4 assists he tallied with New York in February 2012, but it demonstrated that Lin can produce on a full-time basis.

Under the right tutelage—something he lacked in Houston—that full-time production could improve.

There’s also something to be said for what Nash could do with the second unit.

The Lakers already have one ball-dominating playmaker in the starting lineup. Rather than asking Nash to compete with Bryant for touches, why not make him orchestrator-in-chief of the bench? It would ensure the veteran more touches, and it just might translate into better performances from other reserves.

Nash has a way of bringing out the best in his teammates. Perhaps he’d have a force-multiplying effect on L.A.’s depth, making the most of guys like rookie Julius Randle and potential sixth man Nick Young.

Moving Nash to the bench could very well be a win-win scenario for him and Lin alike.

Some aren’t especially high on Los Angeles’ resources at the point guard spot. 

CBSSports.com’s Matt Moore recently wrote, “At point guard you’ve got an inconsistent player who’s had minor but considerable injury issues the past two seasons in Lin, Nash who is barely able to get on the floor, and a second-round pick [Jordan Clarkson] who’s probably more of a shooting guard.”

After a 27-55 2013-14 campaign in which all that could go wrong did, the pessimism is understandable. General manager Mitch Kupchak improved the roster to the best of his ability, and recovery from injuries will make a significant difference.

But things could go south. Fast.

Lin registers as one of the principal reasons to hope otherwise. His pedigree doesn’t rival Nash or Bryant’s but the Lakers’ fortunes are no less dependent on his contributions this season.

Contributions he could very well make as a starter.

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