Lin wouldn’t be a bad pickup.

ESPN: Jeremy Lin, an undrafted 6-3, 200-pound combo guard from Harvard, is being considered by the Lakers after the team opened contract discussions with Roger Montgomery, Lin’s agent, over the weekend. “We’re just trying to sort out the best roster fit, the best situation for Jeremy, but we’re highly considering the Lakers,” Montgomery said in a phone interview Monday.

The 21-year-old guard should be landing on an NBA roster — the Lakers’ or another team’s — sooner than later. “I think the end game is imminent,” Montgomery said. “We’re having some internal discussions [with the Lakers] that look positive. There’s mutual interest and end game is certainly imminent. The Lakers are definitely in the mix.”

  • Shawn

    Get him fast!!

  • LakErS 3 pEaT

    Hmm… it’s looking good then… Hope he’ll sign with the Lakers

  • Al

    U got to be kidding me right?

  • Long

    this dude can ball. about time we get an asian guard in the league. my dream was to play for the lakers but since im vertically challenged, i’m rooting for this cat lin. he goes hard to the basket and makes good decisions. something farmar loser ass could never do!

    p.s. sun yue dont count!

    • andy2000

      yup he can shoot high percentage, dunk, pass, reb and makes smart decision. shannon + farmar = jeremy lin.
      2 for the price of 1. do it mitch

  • Str8 Ballin

    I rather have Jeremy Lin than S.Brown..

    • http://youtube.com/lakersftw2010 RonRonGq

      yea brown can only dunk which arte nice but do they win ball games, lin’s IQ are out of sight and is a very good play maker to find the open man and can get his own shot also not afraid to take it in unlike sasha pussy ass

  • 09-10-11champs!

    man, i have no idea who this guy is , but everybody talks good about him, i just dont want “no names” on our team, if we´re getting someone, it better be a recognized player who can make an impact on the team, not sure about this guy, but well, i cant do nothing about it, if he signs, i´ll root for him also i guess :S

    • LizzakeShizzow

      Agreed but Lin should be picked up IN ADDITION to Matt Barnes. Maybe Sasha can earn his way back into the rotation and we can scoop up a backup center instead. Lose Shannon though.

      I’m still bitter over Bell’s last minute jump. F**K you Raja!

    • 242LakerFan

      Google him. I guarantee you’ll be impressed.
      As for no-names, let’s see, how about Derek Fisher, for example? He wasn’t exactly a household name coming in in ’96. They sure as heck know who he is now, though. No, players like this just need a chance to MAKE a name for themselves.
      Don’t worry, this guy has nothing but upside.

    • ilikebasketball

      are you like 5 years old?
      no name players don’t make an impact?
      that’s insane.
      stop following nike commercials and follow the nba.

      check our the jeremy lin highlights on youtube.

      also, who is john paxton, or cliff levingston or craig hodges.
      no names that helped michael win championships.

      cut it with that no name equals no help crap.

      • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

        Matt Barnes is going to Toronto, guys.

        • 09-10-11champs!

          yeah i see matt barney is going to the most feared team in the league , the TORONTO RAPTORS lol

          Guys just watched some Lin highlights, and i was wrong, the kid can play , but since i didnt have time to watch the summer league, didnt know who he was.

          I´d welcome him to LA in a heartbeat!

          • KMizzle

            I knew it, I said before I thought Matt was trying to max out instead of going to a contender, it is the reason why he never chose the Lakers or Heat, or Magic (he opted out of his deal like Shannon for $), or Cavs (who had a nice $ stash).

          • justdogm2

            if we can have morrison n luke why not lin.
            he got no name but who is mbenga n brown, even ariza before they go to the lakers?

  • KOBE_24

    I LOVE THIS KIDD. THE ONLY TRUE PG IN A WHILE FOR THE LAKERS..CAN SHOOT..PASS..AND IS SMART..GOOD FUTURE AHEAD OF HIM

    • agoldin

      You’re right Kobe24, this Lin is a fine ballhandler and quick w/ a super bball IQ. Get Him! Somebody may have to be traded.

  • rondo

    The Lakers want to cut the fat plus get younger player they can develope for the future. Shannon Brown is requesting to much cash and the Lakers are going in a different direction. Jeremy Lin will not be asked to lead the Lakers to a championship, all the need from the young player is a little quality time.

  • Edward

    I really really like this kid, and I’m all for him being on our squad. But realize he does need to adapt the the NBA level. He did well in SUMMER LEAGUE. I loved how he played but the NBA is a different story. I hope he can perform day in and day out at that level. If he can he will be an amazing point guard on any team. Steve Nash can’t dunk, he’s not super fast, but he’s smart. This kid is smart.

    • andy2000

      im positive he gonna make it b/c he is a fast learner(with derek and kobe cant go wrong) crazy work ethic(thats what kobe like in player) carry himself very well, well spoken with good family background specially his father was an nba fanatic that teach him all of old timer moves.
      im pretty sure he is not one-hit-wonder. good luck kid.

  • Long

    he is ready. he plays 5on5 pickup with black dudes. thats all i know! and he’s cheap! do it mitch!

    • James wilson

      I don’t know if you know but, that shit you said is funny as hell,

      • Long

        just think about it. would you rather have a dog who trains with pit bulls or a dog who trains with pomeranians? i haven’t been this excited since jenna jamison left porn!

        • James wilson

          you better not let Tito hear you say that!!! you think the lakers are holding back on shannon b to wait to see what some other player might be doing?

      • Joseph

        i don’t think mitch want to do it with 5on5 black dudes

        • Long

          i think if all else fails, shannon b will be a laker. he definitely gets the short end of the stick because he basically sucks.

  • http://www.myspace.com/peopleofthesun Evil Empire

    Wow, Imagine Jeremy lin, Sasha, Lamar, Ebanks and Character as our 2nd string. (Maybe Mcgrady or barns in the mix) Now thats a deep bench.

    • ignard

      Dude, are you serious?! Lamar, Sasha and rookies dont make a deep bench.

      • http://www.myspace.com/peopleofthesun Evil Empire

        It would be deeper the what we had this past season. And we won the championship with a shallow bench.

  • Sir

    Umm….cool…I guess?? So how about we pick up barnes or t-mac now?

    • http://www.myspace.com/peopleofthesun Evil Empire

      By not resigning mbenga or Powell or Brown. Rookies are cheap and that’s a lot of freed up money.

  • nick

    This kid has mad game, and great skills. I say give this kid a chance and let all those bandwagon guys go to Mihami. Those guys are nothing but Hams! I say grab Jeremy Lin quick and lets get this Party started!

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    This cat can flat out play! He’s definitely on the slender side, but based on his work ethic, this kid will definitely work like hell to bulk up.

    He’s been the wrong race, wrong size, etc… all his life, he’s most def gonna make the most of his opportunity to prove his worth and also the doubters wrong!

    For anyone who don’t know who this cat is, just look on youtube. Especially the UCON game! He is fearless and makes good decisions on the court!

    Let’s get this deal done!

  • docholidae

    I’ll believe it when I see it! Seems like the new thing is mention that you are in talks with the Lakers and then sign somewhere else. I have only seen this guy once so I’m not passing judgement on him, just on people using THE SQUAD as a bargining chip!

    • 242LakerFan

      This isn’t a veteran playing games pitting one team against another. This is an undrafted, under appreciated rookie just trying to make a squad. If they say they’re talking, they’re talking.
      No one is going to give him significantly more money than anyone else. That gives us the upper hand. Given the choice, who wouldn’t choose to play for the Champs, learn from a crafty veteran, play with the best player in the game for the best coach in history and know that down the line, as you develop, playing time is going to open up for you.
      Get him, Mitch!

      • Joseph

        also, if he had to choose between hearing a lipfull from cuban every single play or feeling the zen from phil (& VTB), i say he’d pay another year’s tuition to land on the lakers roster. well maybe not, but definitely dr. buss playing with house money when it comes to lin. wait, bad analogy. just give lin a courtside seat to every game and he’ll sign.

        • 242LakerFan

          LMAO!

  • lakerman34

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVVzGm8SbOM

    Don’t know much about the kid, but from that video, seems like he’s not afraid to take it to the hoop, gets in between passing lanes well, and looks for the open man. Also has a nice shot.

    I’ll take anybody instead of Shannon Brown. Still though, don’t understand why we aren’t throwing offers to T-Mac. To me, he’s ideal for a Kobe backup.

    How likely is it that we can sign Kurt Thomas as well?

    • poop

      YES! kurt thomas – solid, veteran, knows how to play some DEFENSE.

      • KM

        he’s 6’9 ur losing size what bout tony battie

  • #1lakersfan

    I completely agree with the lakers trying to get Lin. Honestly he can ball, shoot pass and he can dunk. Its very rare you see an asian guy can play ball and shoot 3 pointers like crazy, if you a real lakers fan you might know our 3 point ratio isn’t the best and adding Lin would impact the outside shooting game a lot. Hopefully we can add another young piece that can grown into a future star. I could see him winning the 3 point shoot out in all star weekend, that’s how confident I am of this young guy. Real fans follow the lakers all the time and if you didn’t know the guy shoot 66.6 % in the summer league this yr, get him lakers trust me, ill help us win.

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Just as I suspected. The lakers was in communication with this pg and now depending on the outcome will depend if Shannon signs with us. Shannon can ONLY dunk and sometimes shoot. He can’t create on his own. This kid can semi dunk, create on his own and dish out. Excellent pickup for the lakers.

  • nick

    Sorry guys but i dont think T Mac or Barnes is going to be coming to the lakers anytime soon. I hope we sign Lin and i know he has a lot to prove, but this kid can play. He’s fast to the hoop and makes good decisions. The biggest thing is this kid has confidence and great passing skills. Also, people say he’s to skinny but so is Blake and he is a really good PG. Last time i checked you don’t have to be big to be a Point Guard as long has you play Big! i would love to see him get a chance and play with the Lakers.

    • http://www.myspace.com/peopleofthesun Evil Empire

      Lack of confidence is what got Sun Yue off the lakers squad. Jeremy Lin is home brewed and most of the time that means they are comming into the NBA with high confidence levels!

  • Moorepower310

    if you don’t think the boy is good check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVVzGm8SbOM

  • Sasha4Lvp

    If the Lakers sign Lin, sign Barnes or Tmac, with the addiction of Blake, this offseasone is a huge success.

  • ignard

    I was watching Coby Karl play during summer league and all I kept thinking was, this dude shopuld have at least one ring but because everyone drank the Sun Yue kool aide he got cut from the team and NOW everyone is doing it again. I hope the Lakers don’t sign this kid and Caracter or Ebanks has to end up somewhere else.

    • Joseph

      Ammo, Machine, Cannon, Luke…. do those names give you the chills? Now, as far as it goes it looks like Cannon is the one FA to dish out since we got Blake for Farmar. Unless you consider Powell and Mbenga dispendable. I forgot to mention them. Phil didn’t play Mbenga any significant minutes during the finals so it would seem Caracter has a shot for his slot. But as far as the Ebanks and Caracter goes, they are the Lakers 2nd draft picks so the Lakers have rights to them and if they choose can send them to D-league. The reason why people are hollaring for J. Re Mi Lin is that since he was undrafted, he’s UNRESTRICTED. And he got a lot of NBA scouts nervous about their draft picks that seem trigger-shy in the summer league. If the Lakers think Brown is overvalued and performance-peaked (which I believe his is) than Lin offers TWO BIG upsides: immediate salary relief and preemptively shutting out his potential services to our Western Conference rivals (i.e. Mavs).
      Therefore, Jeremy Lin is a high priority pickup NOW.

      • KMizzle

        One of the reasons Shannon was erratic with the Lakers was mostly him being paired with Jordan so when he did come off the bench without him, he seemed lost, and even when he started and had his 24 points without Kob he still looked a bit lost. Now, I expect this mind-set to change more throughout the season because of the change in roster and the fact that the Lakers are losing their confidence in him could up his game. You still have to consider every avenue available at that spot, because of the time frame Kobe has which is expected to be a 3-year period– that which the Lakers want to capitalize NOW. You can throw 5-10 names of players who you would want, and most of their stats will be matched point by point minute by minute with Shannon. So if the Lakers want to let Shannon walk they still can, there are still suitors for him, but do not expect this spot to be changed any time in the near future, this will probably drag for the remainder of the month. Boston has expressed some interest in SB

  • jonb

    Can we just get a BENCH please?! We need a scorer, I don’t think an undrafted ROOKIE will get it done for NEXT season. Seriously why NOT Barnes or T-Mac? Make an offer lakers, not everbody is gonna bow down to their knees for u.

    • andy2000

      five years from now and you go oh shit why wouldnt we kept him. open your eyes for the future, dont think small think big.

      • http://Lakersnation.com Heber

        Hmm lakers are playing for rings now dude not in 5 years. We need players that can make an impact now and we know phil does not play rookies. In that case would it be smart to use the limited money the lakers have left on a a a player who most likely will ride the bench if he is signed? Any thougts laker nation?

        • KMizzle

          What I thought too.. Phil does not use rookies so why not get somebody he will use yea.. barnie is off the list. why not roger mason

    • Sasha4Lvp

      lol. u really think the lakers havent made offers to barnes and tmac?! In fact, it has been confirmed that the lakers made an offer to barnes and so have other teams. u dont think the lakers are going to talk to tmac when he works out for the clippers?! mitch knows what he’s doing. the quieter it is about the lakers and tmac, the better. deals never get done when its out in the open. the real deals get done on the down low.

      • poop

        yeah seriously, i think mitch has earned A LITTLE bit of respect after back to back don’t you think? geez, the grass can never be green enough for some people…

        • jonb

          it’s not about respect i have nothing but that for mitch but its just perplexing. These rumors don’t seem to fit what the lakers need for the next TWO YEARS. I’m all for young talent, in fact i’ve preached it, but we already have ebanks and caracter (or will at least). As mentioned, phil does not play rookies much if at all and we all know we need some scoring punch off the bench. Does jeremy lin provide that? i don’t think so. besides, i read on espn that dallas was looking to sign this guy considering he was on their summer league team.

          • Sasha4Lvp

            ummm…there is something called a salary cap. Mitch can only offer guys like tmac and barnes what they can afford, which isnt much. the players u are talking about getting most likely will not accept the money mitch is offering. all mitch can do is make them an offer and its up to them to accept it or not. what do u want mitch to do? kidnap these guys and bring them to staples. he is doing the best he can and trying to get the best players he can win the money buss can afford. and i think he is doing a great job!

      • jonb

        it doesn’t have to be barnes or T-Mac. U don’t need to get so defensive. All I’m saying is that its hard to know what lakers management is doing and that we can hopefully have a more productive bench next season. OBVIOUSLY u cant force guys to sign but my point in mentioning a T-MAC was because there are lots of sources that indicate guys are and have been taking less to play for the heat for example. It’s just surprising that LA hasn’t had that allure this offseason…so far at least.

  • http://nba.com John Robertson

    ice move Mitch… Go for it

  • kisofdeath

    so talks begin with this guy before our 2 draft picks?

    nah dont like it.

    caracter honestly should be first priority rookie. pau, lamar and bynum are our only big man. i think caracter has shown us enough that he could be as effective or more than josh powell.

    ebanks of course is 2nd. i dont have him as first because right now we have 3 players who essentially play the sf position (ron, kobe, and luke all get time 3) as opposed to 3 players in rotation of 2 positions (lamar, pau, bynum at pf and center)

    • Sasha4Lvp

      lol caracter and ebans WILL be signed. they will get rookie contracts, there is nothing to talk about with them. the lakers own their rights. the reason the lakers are talking to Lin first is because he is a FREE AGENT and multiple teams are after him. i hate it when people dont use common sense.

      • andy2000

        you say it for me

      • kisofdeath

        Ok I admit i overlooked that part but would you not agree front court depth should be addressed first?

        And remember till they sign they aren’t a sure thing, meanin our draft steals ebanks and caracter.

        I’ve always wondered why we haven’t been in rumors for any big men including 12th man big men unless a resigning of powell and mbenga is imminent

  • Hunt4Six

    No hard feelings Shannon, but this “undrafted” baller is the REAL deal. I googled Jeremy’s summer league highlights and was thoroughly impressed!!…Particularly when he went up against the Wizards 1st round draft pick, “John Wall”. This young kid, in my opinion, embarrassed and outplayed Wall COMPLETELY!!….6′ 3″ 200lbs combo 2Guard is cat quick, and attacks the basket virtually every time he touches the ball….He has very good defense, a great penetrator and play-maker. From what I see, he looks better than both Shannon and Steve.

    A virtual walk-on with the Mavericks, the Lakers had better snatch this player up quickly before Mark Cuban realizes who this guy is!

    His agent seems very excited about him becoming a Laker. I hope it works out!

    • jonb

      let’s not forget our own (at least up until june) adam morrison looked good in summer league. Guys are trying to get signed but don’t expect him to play the same against the much more talented guys in the league.

      • Kevin

        Have you not seen Jeremy Lin plays? Compare that with Adam Morrison and tell me who is better? Definitely Lin because Lin is a lot faster than Morrison and he can actually drive into the bucket without any fear. Adam Morrison can’t even run normally. He does these funny jerks while running and he doesn’t even seem athletic. Of course I am not saying Lin is automatically going to be a star in the NBA but what I am actually saying is that he has a better shot than Adam Morrison.

      • Hunt4Six

        Point taken….. But you can’t get much more talented than the #1 draft pick, in John Wall……And quite frankly, Jeremy out played him by a huge margin when they went up against each other……Offensively, as well as defensively…….As for Adam Morrison, he can’t ever say that the Lakers never gave him a shot to prove his worth to the team……Nonetheless, he now has two rings. Hopefully, he’ll have a better opportunity to prove himself elsewhere.

  • Ronin99

    I was skeptical at first. But, Lin’s got game! He’s got the high energy offense going on. Sick crossovers, fearless drives to the basket, good jump shot, bullet bounce passes…quickness. He plays good defense too by cutting into passing lanes and the old ‘hand-in-yo-face’ like Ron-Ron. I saw a clip from summer league where he went up again John Wall and he owned John Wall in the fourth…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whVEiYap1F4

    Whats also cool was Joel Meyers was doing the play-by-play…coincidence??? Downsides would be: can this guy be consistent or was that 1 game where he got hot and too many rookies? Because Caracter and Ebanks would make the team in my opinion.

    • Hunt4Six

      Nah Ronin99, he’s no “one hit wonder”. This is how he brings it EVERY game…He’s got more clips on youtube than that one game against the Wizards…..Check ‘em out!

      This would be a very good pick up for the Lakers!

      • Ronin99

        Already did! I agree with you. The more clips I see, the more impressive this guy is…Thanks!

        • KMizzle

          I think the Lakers would get huge overseas more than they are already just by signing Jeremy Lin.. Kob will make sure Lin becomes a household name. Impressed me to no end

          • Joseph

            Lin can help Kobe transition to a Chinese BBall League in 10 years after he’s ready to hang up his NBA laces like what Scottie Pippen did when he was 42y.o.

  • jackiechan

    Does he know Kung-fu? He needs it to survive in the brutal NBA.

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      Who’s he?

  • James wilson

    Do you think the shannon brown thing is taking so long because the lakers are waiting to see what barnes and mcgrady are going to do, or do you really think they can’t come to a number. And, why doeseverytime a player helps win a title, everyone on the team thinks they deserve a raise, Shannon should feel lucky, the lakers restarted his career.

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      I am almost positive that the lakers are taking there time to see what will happen or who might bite on what the lakers are offering before finalizing w/ shannon. I feel though that w/ Lin, it’s a no brainer. He is better than shannon except for post up and dunks.

      • James wilson

        any rookie is a gamble, but I hope his game translate because he definitely looked like the real deal in the summer league.

    • KMizzle

      Indeed

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    WAY TO COMPETE WITH MIAMI…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

      oooo a heat fan. scared your other team(s) can compare to what the lakers and heat are bringing to the table?

  • JenFD

    This better be good.

  • Jonny

    We should consider Lin after we sign Derrick Caracter, he is very good in the post and can rebound the ball well…

  • Robert.

    The FA vets don’t appear to be working out. I.e., Bell, Barnes, etc. They’re off to get $$$ at other places (they are not even considering Miami – it’s clear they want to use this summer to make their ‘last bid’ for $$ – wouldn’t you? They are 4th level players, not like LeBron who can go anywhere he wants, anytime.
    .
    So, at this point it makes sense to invest in a few rookies, that might get ‘some’ playing time in the next few years anyway. Phil ‘mostly’ plays vets, so the rookies can learn the system over the next few years (if Phil stays beyond next year), and then they could easily be part of the ‘next stage’ Lakers.
    .
    Lin can sign MLE, we can still get a vet for the Vet’s min, and can sign our rookies (Ebanks, Caracter). Then it becomes a ‘cash’ issue. How much more is Buss willing to spend over the luxury? (i.e., will he want to ‘add’ Shannon and/or Mbenga?)
    .
    One more point – the Lakers will have several draft picks in the next few years, so if Buss ‘tops out’ this year, it will make it ‘more difficult’ to sign new ‘up and coming’ rookies in the next few years. That is, until Sasha’s (nxt yr) and Luke’s (in 2013) contract expires.

    • KMizzle

      Good point

  • neekero

    instead of getting players paying stupid moneyy lakers have a good teamm just get shannon backk n all the other free agents back then mitch needs too go on a trip somewher till season starts so he wont do dumb trades or have to use his dumb ideas

    • KMizzle

      reason why they arent pulling the trigger is because other teams aren’t. They also don’t see shannon as a system guy. He has athleticism but that goes so far. Lakers would like more of a scoring punch/defender type of SG to back Kobe etc. Roger Mason is a better shooter than shannon

  • nick

    I just read Barnes is going to the Raptors. Is this true?

    • KMizzle

      he agreed in principle to a sign and trade but they are stalling right now their numbers didn’t match up so we will see

  • Joseph

    http://www.nba.com/2010/news/features/david_aldridge/07/19/morning.tip/index.html

    “[John Wall] …didn’t exactly lock down Dallas’ rookie point Jeremy Lin.”

    Of course Wall probably underestimated him when Lin somehow tied him up for their first jump ball; he was completely agitated when Tip N’ Take Lin beat his ass on the second tossup. And he was completedly dumbfounded when Lock N’ Load Lin arched one over his face from deep.

    I think gokinsmen from the basketball-u.com forums sums up his performance best:
    “LORDY, what a game by Lin — even better than his fine stat line: 13pts/4rebs/2asts/2stls.
    Like Penn94 said, Lin *owned* John Wall on defense. By my unofficial count, Lin was on Wall for about 6 FGAs. How many did Wall make? ZERO. JW was visibly annoyed. Wall did break Lin’s ankles once early on, but Lin in turn blew by Wall several times — yes, you read that right. Lin also stuffed Wall on a layup, forcing a jumpball, and hit a 3 in his face. Unreal.
    Anyway, Lin was brilliant today — flashing some fearless drives to the hoop as always. In fact, the Mavs would have won if Lin was allowed to play 30 minutes. The Mavs trailed by double digits whenever Beaubois (-17) was at the point, they surged back within a couple baskets whenever Lin (+14) was in.
    Forget backup PG, Lin looks like he could develop into a potential NBA starter (albeit for a bad team). If there is any justice in sports, and there may not be, Lin just punched his training camp ticket. He went up against Wall for 20 minutes and easily held his own.
    Bravo, Jeremy. I loved his game at Harvard, but he has really made serious strides in just a few months or so. Damn you Joe Scott for not recruiting Lin for the Tigers. “

  • inverse

    I have no idea who this guy is. I watched one of his summer league games for about ten minutes, and he didnt really touch the ball, and didn’t impress me either. But this has got to be the only guy that i have seen on this site that has a unanimous decision by the nation to bring aboard, which must mean something. I wonder if u guys are just jumping on his wagon or you guys have actually watched him play? Im beginning to notice there are a lot of asians on this site, thus the push to get him lol. But seriously guys, this is summer league were talking about. If we sign lin, along with caracter and ebanks, thats three rookies with zero experience. Dont get me wrong, i love building for the future, but we need savvy vets that have been battle tested, because miami is looking dangerous. a bench with ebanks, caracter, lin, sasha, walton, LO, blake, (filler), cant be that much better than our bench from last year. Look, im all for gambling and finding gems, but c’mon three rookies on a back to back champs bench? I guess thats what happens when money’s tight, but i would just rather give one of those three spots to a vet that can come in and demand respect, not try to earn it

    • inverse

      All im saying on the above post is that im not sold on Lin, and if the Lakers do indeed sign him, i hope he proves me wrong

    • Joseph

      The trouble with watching an earlier summer league game of Lin or only the first few minutes of a game is that Dallas is giving premium playing time to Rodrigue Beaubois who they expect to take over the point and Lin’s only getting mins when Beaubois plays subpar. The reason the Washington Wizards game is the one people are using to pass judgment on Jeremy ‘Look Into His Eyes & Fear’ Lin is two-fold: (1) Beaubois was on a total off-night (0pts/5PF/16mins) so they needed a point-guard off the bench to produce and (2) John Wall. For all the talk about doing well under no pressure against no-name/washed-up players in the summer league, any face time against JW serves as a good barometer of how well suited a player is to NBA seasoned players. A for most people on TLN (myself included), Lin is like a 2010 Mustang with *NO RESERVE* price/ no bids and closing soon on Ebay.

      • Hunt4Six

        Very well said “Joseph”………..And to “Inverse”; I hear what you’re saying… However, in regards to “rookies”; let’s not forget that “Magic” was a rookie among veterans when he spear-headed the Lakers to an NBA title…Deavon George was a rookie among veterans when he won his first of (3) consecutive NBA Titles. He may not have been the star, but certainly one of the key role players in earning those titles…..So, all that to say, rookies are not always the weakness to the overall strength of a team. In Lin’s case, he’d definitely be a contributing component, and would be surrounded by veterans; One of which happens to be arguably the best player in the history of the Lakers franchise, and of the entire NBA when it’s all said and done.

        • Hunt4Six

          ……..Lastly, championships are not won on “dangerous looks” alone. They must be earned. The new Miami Heat are not yet battle tested. And to earn that ultimate “Stamp of Approval”, they must defeat the Lakers in a 7 game series of the NBA Finals. But until that happens, they’re just a bunch of impressive names and numbers on a roster……Sort of like Boston….Or what Cleveland used to be…….Can’t wait for next season, though!

    • Alan

      lol @ inverse

      its LA of course theres lotta asians

  • rholly_dreamer

    Lin is a better player that shannon coz he is quite an all-rounded combo guard than shannon.shannon is only good in highlight finishes in open court but in a triangle offense,he doesn’t fit well.He tends to over dribble and he always waste to much time thinking whether to shoot or to drive until he runs out of time and ends up getting a low percentage shot.

    With what I saw in Lin’s game during the Summer League,he is very good in finishing fastbreak and even very impressive in attacking and reading the defense.He knows how to create his own shot and is very quick to react in any situation.

    Giving him time to learn from Kobe and the rest of the team,he will quickly develop into a highly dependable PG to our team knowing that we have older PG’s in our team right noiw.We can assign him in playing defense to the quicker and younger PG’s coz he cat-quick.

    • rholly_dreamer

      Sign him,Mitch.Don’t waste your time in de3aling for the expensive and less efficient Shannon.Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeas sign him,MITCH.Do it now!

      • rholly_dreamer

        Lin is already has a very good defensive fundamentals.It’s easy to learn how to shoot but it’s really difficult to learn defense.He already has a good touch,he only needs a little polishing with his shooting.Chinese are good shooters.

  • bhan

    I think Lin will one day be a solid player in the NBA. And the Lakers should pick him up now, as a future investment. Good work ethic, he can learn a lot from Kobe, his style of play suits the Triangle.

    But it’s true, Phil doesn’t play a lot of rookies, though like Kobe, he does respect hard work, and will give time to those that will benefit the team.

    Actually, out of the three rookies, Lin, Ebanks, and Caracter – with the triangle, and the needs of the Lakers, it’s a possibility that Lin could last longer than either of the others.

    (I think Caracter is great, but at 6-8, he’s a really undersized PF. It’s gonna be tough for him.)

    A lot of these guys look good in Summer League, but in the NBA, things are even faster and tougher. So unless the players are willing to put in hard work, and raise their IQ, they won’t last long in the NBA. Thankfully, all 3 seem to be willing to do the hard work and raise their IQ.

    Lin has the potential to be a more consistent and smarter playing Jordan Farmar. He may not be the most atheletic, but he’s a winner, and brings a leadership winning mentality to a team.

  • nick

    Guys we have two problems. One, none of the Vets want to play for the Min! Look at Raja, Barnes and i bet the same with T Mac. Two, Miami has a lot of guys jumpping on their bandwagon only to get beat by the Lakers. So when you don’t have the Money to get these guys you have to gamble and sign the rookies and find that diamond in the rough. I believe out of Ebanks, Caracter or Lin we have found that diamond!

  • ILoveLakers

    Hi,
    Does anyone know if there will be any autograph signings/public appearances by any of the Lakers in the near future?
    Thanks!

  • harmony_smurf

    Lin would be a great move for business at the very least, given the huge Asian market in LA. Low risk high reward move, do it Mitch!

  • DOODOO

    Sign Shannon back and the rest of our Lakers, and get T-Mac. Screw everybody else. It’s not that hard.

  • XTRO

    i’d rather resign shannon. lin is sun yue all over again.

    • 242LakerFan

      Jeremy Lin is to Sun Yue as:
      a) Gordon Ramsay is to Chef Boy-Ar-Dee
      b) Cabernet Sauvignon is to Wine in a box
      c) Madonna in 1986 is to Lady GaGa in her best dreams
      d) The iPhone is to 2 Dixie cups and a string
      e) All of the above.

      Answer: e) All of the above.

      Class dismissed.

      • TOUCHING_MYSELF

        Hahaha! I love it! I can see that your enthusiasm for Jeremy Lin is second to none and I’m definitely all for the Lakers signing this kid too, but really? … a), b), and d) I’m not quite there yet.

        I’m not gonna dismiss them either because I do think that the upside to this kid is tremendous! The fact that there’s a lot of questions to be answered, I actually see as a plus. The reason is because I know that he’s got somethin to prove and that he’ll work his @$$ off because he DOESN’T have the luxury of takin it easy!

        I’m mos def a fan of yours too 242, you bring sound, logical arguments to the table and you, unlike me, try NOT to stoop down in the lower levels to make an argument. My thing is that I really only counter with the dirty bombs, “only fire when fired upon!”

        Agree with your Larry Hughes assessment as well. That guy is gonna make LO look like a consistent player! This guy’s all over the map. He can’t play with ANY big name, he’ll under perform and wilt under the pressure.

        Keep doin your thing 242!’

        GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

          242LakerFan, what’s you’re real name, so that I can address you and thank you properly for such an enriching and invigorating class session. =D If that is true then I have no clue what the wait is for at the front office.

    • Robert.

      242 does it again. Well, perhaps Kup will actually look at this site and take your advice.
      .
      It looks like Lin (and his agent) are interested in the Lakers (it is a good move for a player like that to hit a big market like LA – it will add to his value – then again, Miami is a destination BUT – he would fit in better with the Lakers).
      .
      I think it will be good to have Lin for the future. I’m not sure what the situation will be like after Phil retires (is he really retiring next year?). If we don’t retain Shaw, then another coach might not use the Triangle, and Lin would be a good commodity. If Shaw does take over and uses the Triangle, he may tend to use more ‘non-vets’ than Phil, and again Lin would work out here.

      • 242LakerFan

        My thoughts exactly.

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Jeremy Lin is nothing like Sun Yue. Lin is aggressive, Sun is passive. Lin will dribble away from a double team, Sun will pick up the ball and get trapped. Lin will take it to the hole and dunk it on someone if possible, Sun will ask permission first from the defender. Lin is not considered the chinese magic johnson, hell, he wasn’t even drafted = 0 hype to live up. Sun was considered the chinese Magic Johnson so anything less was a dissapointment.

  • dumbelf

    are you all nutz? saying things like Jeremy Lin can shoot, pass, run the offfense, defend, dunk, shoot, drive hard, steals, smarts, BUT I DON’T HEAR ANYONE SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HIS REBOUNDING SKILLZ! this kid is extremely smart when it comes to boxing out the big guys down low to get a defensive rebound.

    do it Mitch!

    • ICE CREAM MAN

      so you like him or not?

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5396732 LakersShowtime 80s

    Looks like Lin is close to signing with the Warriors.

    • LakersShowtime 80s
    • 242LakerFan

      Well, that’s a bit of a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, isn’t it?
      I think that’s a great place for him to go, though, if what he’s looking for is to get buried on the bench behind Stephen Curry and enjoy long summer vacations for the rest of his career.
      Let’s hope a Harvard guy couldn’t possibly be that dumb.

      • KM

        Jason Kapono was to be released by his team would any one of you be open to that trade vis-a-vi shannon for him and I know Shannon is a winger but eh

  • LakErS 3 pEaT

    Wow nobody wants to become a Laker huh…

    • 242LakerFan

      Maybe we got kooties?

  • nicholsndimes

    i’m intrigued. no harm in feeling out the asian market and increasing the Lakers marketability overseas.

    i actually liked Sun Yue during his short time with the Lakers, so sure, give Lin a shot if we can get him on the cheap….

    • nicholsndimes

      never mind. looks like he’s going to the Warriors. :’(

  • Robert.

    Yeah … nobody wants to go to Lakers ??? Don’t they want to be on a Championship team?
    .
    Anyway, Lin is close to home w/Warriors, and 242 says it right. He will be playing behind Curry, have a lot of bench time, etc.
    .
    Shannon Brown is looking better right about now. Do you think he wants to play for the Lakers? Shaq, T-Mac, & Iverson are still available.
    .
    Any takers? w da Lakers? (sorry about the rhyme).
    .
    (hope the rookies want to sign w Lakers).

    • 242LakerFan

      It’s us or nothing for them. We own their rights, unless we waive them.

  • Showtime4eva

    I just heard Lin might be going to the warriors. I was really hoping he would be a laker. Their cup runneth over on guards lol! That’s to bad! This kid is the real deal! Our loss

    • LizzakeShizzow

      Yeah I agree. Why would he want to go to a team with Steph Curry and Monta Ellis in front of him in the rotation. Those are 2 future elite point guards jockin for minutes already. Assuming everyone stays healthy, Lin would see more minutes here in LA with D-Fish’s decreasing minutes.

      F**K him, f**k Raja, f**k Miller. Everyone out of the Miami regime wants money instead of a ring. I dont want Barnes’ b*tch ass neither. Ugh why doesnt anyone want to play for a champ besides my man Blake?

  • Joseph

    http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4670299/lin-will-bypass-mavs-to-join-hometown-warriors

    looks like they’re only guaranteeing 250K. if the lakers guarantee the full rookie minimum 500K and a couple of years, we’ll be able to lock him down.

    let’s not have a wesley matthews situation here: mitch make the smart play now!

    http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/07/02/a-year-after-being-undrafted-wesley-matthews-set-to-cash-in/

  • Long

    i wont be surprised if he signs with golden state. he’s from that area and grew up watching them. if its one thing i know, nba is a business. as much as i want him to be a laker, gsw’s uptempo offense is a great opportunity for him to showcase his talents. they’re only offering him a two year contract so who knows, it could be good practice for him until he signs with the lakeshow in the future ;) holler! cant wait to watch him own the lakers. lmao

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    Look, the kid was extremely candid when he was asked before about his “dream”. His response was that his dream would to be playing for the Warriors. He grew up watching the Warriors and going to all the games. His family is in the area and he even stated that his favorite player is Steph Curry.

    He gets more than half of his $500K guaranteed, plays for his favorite team, plays with his favorite player… sounds like his dream come true! Can’t hate on him for that decistion! Good for him and a great pick up for Golden State.

    Best of luck to Lin and I hope that he does the Asian community proud with his play and work ethic!

  • Joseph

    Jeremy Lin for 2012

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

    Lin has signed with Warriors. I’m surprised he grew up watching Warriors.
    .
    http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/warriors_sign_jeremy_lin_072110.html

  • Lakers4life