Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry apparently hasn’t bought in to “Linsanity” and thinks New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin’s success is simply a result of head coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system.
When asked how much Lin’s incredible success has been due to D’Antoni’s up-tempo, point guard-centric attack, Terry said, “To me, it’s 100 percent what it is.” Then he stopped himself and said, “Ninety-five percent.”
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Terry didn’t mean it in a rude way, he was just honestly expressing his feelings on the subject. He seems to just be skeptical that Lin was really as good as the hype he has received.
Well, Terry that before Lin scored 28 points, dished out 14 assists and had five steals in New York’s 104-97 win over the Mavericks on Sunday. But even after the game, the veteran guard wasn’t moved.
He had the following to say after Sunday’s contest:
“If you play 46 minutes (a game) in this league, you have an opportunity to put up some nice numbers. Again, it is what it is. He’ll have to maintain this pace. It’s going to be tough. Ask anybody: give them an opportunity, put the ball in their hands, 20-plus shots and you better do something.”
There is something to Terry’s claims, but the fact of the matter is, while Lin fell into a perfect situation with the Knicks, he has taken that chance and run with it. I get what Terry is trying to say, and there is some truth to it, but that doesn’t completely explain what Lin is doing.
Jeremy Lin’s run of incredible success may be an anomaly, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been really good for the NBA. In fact, I hope it continues because it really has been fun to watch.