Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wittman on Lin

Ryan Wittman (Cornell '10) is referenced by NESN in the latest buzz surrounding Jeremy Lin.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

that was some awful defense.

But Witt needs to drop the paper shuffling at Morgan Stanley and get back on the court

Anonymous said...

When is Miles coming back?

Anonymous said...

Agree. Morgan Stanley will always be there. Peak athletic years, and a window to play pro, will not.

Anonymous said...

With all the respect for Lin that a CU fan can muster- Is it possible Lin is experiencing the success he is currently having because he is the only player in the NBA who cares?

I have zero interest in the NBA, as it seems like a league filled with overpaid athletes who only turn it on if they are in a game 7 situation.

Lin wants to prove himself, and he's catching guys like John Wall flatfooted who've been told that they are going to be NBA stars since sophomore year in high school and feel like they are just getting their due.

Go Big Red.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Other players care, but Lin APPRECIATES it so much more. He wants it badly and is working hard to get it.

For Jeremy Lin, last night was the Super Bowl to the tenth power.

For John Wall, it was just a midseason, dull, boring game.

Anonymous said...

Lin is a good player but most NBA defenses are an embarrassment. Even though I hate him I can still give him credit for accomplishing what he has.

I watched the Nets and Wiz games. Bob Knight was turning over in his proverbial grave. Defense is 5 guys working together to defend a hoop, not a bunch of 1v1 stuff that today's NBA is full of. That's why I usually stick with college ball.

q'nis said...

Why would any Cornell fan "hate" Jeremy Lin? He played hard, kept his mouth shut and seems well liked by the ex Cornell players. Not to mention his Harvard team was not really a Cornell rival at the time. Sure, I wish it was Lou or Witt or Foot in his place, but there is no point in hating him. I am rooting for him to do well, it's good for the league.

Anonymous said...

Agree with CBB on this. Lin wants it real bad. After being cut by 2 other teams, this is his defining moment. An opportunity to prove the other teams wrong, and a chance to prove he belongs in the NBA.
It's a good thing for him, and for the Ivy League.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the NBA defense is nonexistent, but nobody will talk about it. The NBA is not good basketball. It's just entertainment. It's another channel on your box.

That said, I'm somewhat happy for Lin. Only somewhat because he's not a Cornell guy.

Anonymous said...

The NBA is not even good entertainment.

Anonymous said...

Although I'm a Cornell fan, I've been following this "Linsanity" thing for the last week and am fascinated by it. Would love to see him outplay Kobe Friday night. Go Lin!!!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

The most fascinating aspect of Linsanity is the new conflict of interest between Mike D'Anotoni and the Knicks' Marketing Department.

Marketing is hyping him up--- posters, commercials etc. It is OUT OF CONTROL Linsanity. No player who ever had one good week had this kind of marketing.

In any event, what happens if Lin struggles later in the season? If Mike D pulls him, the fans will explode on him (similar to Denver Broncos/Tebow situation).

So, the Knicks' marketing department (which I happen to know pretty well), has really boxed in its own coaching staff to sticking with Lin.

I think Jeremy has literally solidified a starting job the rest of the season, even if he struggles next week or later on.

The Knicks just became interesting theater. Will Lin go back to the Jeremy Lin of last year? Or will he continue to be a force for the Knicks?

Anonymous said...

If you want to know why Cornell fans don't like Lin, turn back the clock a few years (ie search this blog).
A few years ago, during Cornell's domination, Harvard beat Boston College ranked way too high at the time, and all of the media switched to favoring Harvard to win the league. Lin got a lot of attention.
Following that, remember Lin's family and their t-shirts 'Welcome to the Jeremy Lin show' they sported everywhere? Yes, they made the shirts themselves. His family. Their attitudes have always been NBA-ish. Harvard consisted of a ball hog and some others players they pushed out there because they needed five after all. Before he was coached to pretend humility, he followed his parents lead in believing he was God's gift, and to flaunt.
Well, they subsequently came to Newman and lost by 30+ to a well-oiled machine, t-shirts and all. Lin dumped all over the court. Even his boyfriend broke up with him a few days later.

Anonymous said...

Only time will tell. NYC teams in general have a way of over-hyping young players who get off to good starts (Kevin Maas, anyone?). But it's been a heck of a week for Lin and he's demonstrated skills that are unquestionably NBA-caliber. More than anything, he's injected excitement (and decent basketball) into the Knicks for the first time this season.

Anonymous said...

Coach Donahue on Lin: “He’s got something. He’s got pace and agility and balance. I think he’s got all that. In some ways, the N.B.A. is easier than college for a kid like that. Coming off a ball screen that well just translates to the next level. He can see it and make better decisions. I think D’Antoni is the perfect coach for him. All I saw the last three games were ball screens. That’s basically what Steve Nash did, and no one thought he would be an M.V.P. coming out of Santa Clara.”


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/sports/basketball/coaches-agree-in-jeremy-lin-knicks-unearth-a-diamond.html

Anonymous said...

It's true that all the marketing done by the Knicks puts pressure on D'Antoni to keep playing him. But the Knicks without Lin weren't just terrible, they were consistently terrible. So it's not like D'Antoni has a lot to lose by sticking with Lin.