Houston, We Might Have a Problem!

By Jerald L. Hoover
Updated: July 20, 2012

Houston, we have a REAL problem...

Houston, we have a REAL problem...

NEW YORK, NY (BASN) Oh boy, even Jerry Stackhouse who was drafted out of the University of North Carolina in the year 1976 chimed in on Jeremy Lin’s contract: “Lin was great for them [New York Knicks] last year but going forward, I feel it was a little too much to pay for a guy who only played 25 games.” Stackhouse, who was a guest on SI.com’s “Behind the MIC” show with Larry Smith is echoing what a lot of people, both NBA types and fans are feeling.

However, most NBA player’s won’t come out and admit it; they will go with the company line of, “hey, I never begrudge a player for getting as much money as they can…” That’s garbage! Player’s do judge and look at other player’s by what they make. Remember back in the day when Jon Koncak, a reserve center (nicknamed, Jon Contract) signed that ‘then’ ridiculous contract with the Atlanta Hawks; 13 million over 6 years, Isaiah Thomas had a complete fit over that! He didn’t necessarily dislike Koncak personally, but he didn’t feel that his skill set was worth that amount. At that time, get this that amount of money was more than what Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird was making. In the end, those types of salaries can help ‘other’ players in negotiations with their perspective teams.

But in the case of former New York Knicks guard and current Houston Rocket, Jeremy Lin, he and his handlers should have played it smarter. The Linsanity that hit the world just a few months ago was yes a Knick and exploded when two star players weren’t playing at the time: Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. In former coach Mike D’Antoni’s speedball and free wheeling offense Lin was able to put up crazy numbers. But his defense suffered and he didn’t have a great ability to go to his left—scouts saw that. He had buffers however, when Melo and STAT did return. He also had the privilege of playing with one of the NBA’s best perimeter defenders in rookie phenom Iman Shumpert.

Stick in the Siberia of Houston, Lin’s new team could very well become this years, Charlotte Bobcats (of last year). Last year’s Bobcats won only 7 games out of a 66 game schedule. One almost has to wonder what the Rockets are actually doing by gutting their roster the way that they did. On the outside it looks like mindless transactions, especially when you’re trading or letting guards leave and you’re replacing them with power forwards.

The fans of the Knicks are understandably upset at the loss of Lin. Most site, Dolan as the villain for not shelling out the money. But, one thing is for sure, no one can accuse Dolan of being cheap and stingy with his cash. If you were to put him and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (who also is said to be a billionaire) in a room and if you were to ask a NBA player to put one hand on their wallet and with the other hand point to the owner they’d rather play for, Dolan would win in a landslide.

It appears that Lin and his camp took advantage of a situation to make more money by going back to the Rockets and adjusting the language on the deal. That meant that Lin would have gotten 15 million guaranteed in the deal as opposed to 9 million which was first reported. That really apparently ticked Mr. James Dolan all the way off. Of course, the Knicks haven’t publicly responded, so the real truth of the matter hasn’t come forth as such.

Houston and Lin could be in for a dynamite ride for the next 3 years or they could crash and burn and Linsanity could be turned into DoneSanity. His endorsement deals that seemed endless especially while he was dazzling Broadway with the Knicks, could dry up like the desert sun. One also needs to keep an eye out for un-drafted point guard Scott Machado out of Iona who was signed to the Rockets Summer League Squad and is said to be quite impressive. Stackhouse also thought Houston will regret signing Lin for so much money and so many years. Consequently, in the end, nobody might win this one.