The New York Knicks organization has told the Houston Rockets “You can have Lin.” Ok, don’t quote me on that because it’s not exactly what they said. That’s certainly what they’re portraying though. Last night the Knicks decided not to match Houston’s 3-year $25.1 million offer sheet for PG Jeremy Lin, the man behind a story that took over the basketball world last season. Yes, the 23-year old guard that began “Linsanity” (or whatever coin phrase you prefer) for New York, acquired a contract that the Knicks deemed too expensive/risky to take on. Word around the league early yesterday was that the Knicks had no intentions of matching the Rockets’ offer sheet but it because official last night as the deadline passed without NY making any kind of move. Rumors also surfaced of a rocky split behind closed doors but Jeremy Lin certainly didn’t show it, tweeting “Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year…easily the best year of my life#ForeverGrateful,” on Tuesday night. Shortly after that another tweet “Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!!#RedNation,”
I don’t live in New York and don’t know many Knicks fans but from what I’m hearing and reading it seems like more fans around the NY area are angry that the Knicks decided not to match the offer. From a PR point it’s a disaster because the money that Lin would make for the organization far outweighs whatever they would have to pay Lin. The other side of the argument is that Lin wasn’t a proven player in the NBA and the risk was too high for a player that had some bad games. Seems like a silly argument because he’s 23 and has been starting in the league for three weeks, of course he’s going some bad games. It’s certainly the hot topic around the basketball and sports world. What do you think? Should the Knicks have matched Houston’s offer?