Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  67 responses

Jeremy Lin Hasn’t Impressed Jason Terry Too Much

Prior to the Knicks/Mavericks showdown at MSG yesterday, Jason Terry let it be known that he wasn’t in awe of Linsanity — saying Jeremy Lin is a product of Mike D’Antoni’s system, and a media-created star — and then went out and got handed a loss (behind 28 points and 14 assists from the Knicks’ point guard sensation.) Per the Star-Telegram: “I’ve been a point guard in this league and (45 turnovers in seven games) would have gotten me on the bench real fast,’ Terry said. ‘Terry believes Lin has benefited handsomely from Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s uptempo system. ‘He’s in D’Antoni’s system, and any player that plays a guard position in D’Antoni’s system has opportunities to be able to put up good numbers, and I think that’s what he’s been able to do,’ Terry said. ‘The ball’s in your hands a lot and you’re going to have turnovers.’ Terry also said that a lot of what Lin has accomplished is media-driven. ‘I think it’s a lot of hype right now,’ Terry said. ‘Is he going to be a good player in the future? If he continues to work, he will. But given the opportunity, he’s taken advantage of it. But everybody’s making a lot out of just the seven games he’s played.’ And what about those seven games? ‘I’ve been in the league 13 years, and seven games don’t necessarily make a career, but he does have great buzz right now,’ Terry said. ‘But we’ll see when he face the (world) champs tonight.’”

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  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Kevin Durant isn’t impressed with Blake’s dunk on Perk.

  • Arnold Woo

    Seen enough Mr. World champ? LOL

  • Jetfuel

    Stats aren`t media-created fool

  • bull22

    lin is overhyped, but as a player all these games against teams with weak point guards are simply building blocks to establish himself as a player.
    biggest test of his early career will come against 5 of the 6 teams they face
    the beginning of march..

  • Han Pham

    if he’s a product of the system, how come shumpert, bibby, and billups didn’t put up numbers close to this? AND they’re WINNING now! thats all that really matters…

  • rahsaan

    How is the system hyping him up when he’s taking everyone to the cup on a nightly basis? Or shooting 3′s in someone’s face. The kid is good. As far as weak PG’s he’s facing: Deron Williams, Devin Harris, John Wall, Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, Tyreke Evans, Jason Kidd


    good point @han Pham

  • diego

    why the hate??

  • Snyper 48

    Haters will hate.

  • Tempest

    Terry’s jealous. Everyone loves an underdog story

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    yeah comes of as a hater, but they were about to play them, what is he supposed to say? This guy is so cool, mvp 4 sure!???

  • D

    He is a hater , it’s not that hard to give respect to your competition , and what Lin is doing is impressive no matter who’s saying it isn’t

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Lool, Damm I had respect for JT up until reading this article, why you gotta blatantly hate JT, why? Btw I’ve been watchin the NBA for a while now & I can’t remeber the last time you played PG. 0_o

  • http://slamonline.com bballgenius

    Jeremy Lin is good, but honestly, he’s overhyped like crazy. Look at the defenses he’s encountered: Nets (defensive rating: 30th (of 30 teams), Jazz (24th of 30), Wizards (25th of 30) Raptors (17th), Kings (28th of 30), Hornets (21st of 30; lost w/ 9 TO). Against good teams, he was guarded by Lakers’ 37-year old Derek Fisher (whom Jose Calderon dropped a career-high 30pts on the following game), and 38-year old (39 next month) Jason Kidd. Let’s wait until he encounters Boston, Chicago, and Miami…

  • truthteller

    Let’s not forget that Lin didn’t do much when he was in Golden State. So terry might have a point. The system works. Look at all the players who played for D’Antoni in Phoenix. how many do you still hear about today?

  • LP

    Lin is a product of the system, Let’s be honest guys…Steve NASH got 2 MVPs from this system. He is a good guard, but c’mon, D’Antonio has him on the longest leash ever, he can turn it over 14 times and know he won’t be taken out….. the 14 assist don’t look great with 7 TOs beside it, it means that you are basically playing careless…but he is playing well, hitting big shots..

  • angus

    jet jumpin on the mamba hate train, funny how lin puts up his best numbers and wins against his biggest haters.

  • chris

    The NBA is my league, but I think it’s a travesty that pass-first EFFICIENT scoring is considered a novelty. Yeah, he’s got some flaws, but he’s also not shooting 44% or sucking the life out of his teammates like a lot of ‘stars’.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jeremy Lin busted that ass yesterday. Unimpressed and defeated.

  • Yesse

    I think the article is misunderstood. He does make some valid points on what he says.

  • jeremy lin

    in yo face champ

  • JB

    “Jet”…more like “putt-putt”

  • D

    D’Antoni is a over hyped coach Pheonix is what they are because of Nash don’t get it twisted , D’Antoni is garbage

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    any coach that can make Jeremy Lin look like the best PG in the NBA for any stretch of games is not garbage.

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    Man, we live in a world of extremes devoid of nuances.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Was it this ridiculous before the internet?

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    wow… he had strong very strong points, but got that @ss served. but answer the question above, shumpert has none to little bbiQ for pg, bibby just a corpse. & take a look back billups was saving NY ass last year with heroics. the System plays a major part. But Damn did lin save pringles Job.

  • Shifty

    Just look at what Raymond Felton accomplished…..not saying he is crap but still. Was playing like a all star before he got traded. I believe that it was from mikes system.

  • riggs

    shut up poot.

  • DerekG

    Runs his mouth then gets lit up for 28 and 14! Think the JET’s impressed now?

  • Zeus

    I like Terry and Lin. Terry’s got a point ! Nash is the most overrated 2-time MVP because of Mr. Pringle’s SYSTEM. Agree with Shifty, Felton was putting up All-Star #’s pior to Melo trade, back to average #’s with the Blazers. Black, White or Asian, you’re an All-Star if Pringles is the coach. Love Terry’s competitive, outspoken nature.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    what JET said wasn’t hating. he said that D’Antoni’s system gives PG’s “opportunities,” and that Lin’s been able to capitalize, which is very different from saying anyone could do what he’s doing as a PG under D’Antoni. Terry even somewhat rationalizes Lin’s high turnover numbers, explaining that he plays in a fast-paced offense that puts the ball in his hands the majority of the time. sure, his last remark about seeing what he can do against the Mavs had a bit of an edge to it, but so what? it just reflects what a tough competitor he is. like Allen said, it’s a world of extremes. if you’re not loving, everyone thinks your hating.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    crap. you’re*

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Here goes the typical “if you’re not impressed or worshipping at the Lin shrine” you’re a hater nonsense.

  • manu

    don’t even bring nash into this….i can’t rmr the last time he had 7 turnovers in a game….hes one of the best offensive players ever

  • dazzy

    Here goes the typical “I’m not impressed and I’m sick of the hype but I’m gonna search the internet for every Lin related article” nonsense.

  • Chukaz

    Kobe’s averaged 40+ points a game for a whole month a few times during his career and his career scoring average is 25. If anybody can play out of their mind for a short period of time. Let’s wait til there’s a full scouting report out on him before we name him the best PG on this side of D. Rose and Westbrook. Not to mention talent tends to manifest itself. Shaq couldn’t contain Kobe, Durant and Westbrook can’t contain each other. Let’s see how Lin does once he’s playing with both Melo and Amare

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    I am a Melo fan, always have been always will be. the knicks robbed themselves in their bid to get Anthony. That’s a gm choice, not on Melo. With respect to that the knicks have to find underdogs and diamonds in the rough to compensate for that, Lin man. He needs to clean up his turnovers i can handle 4 a game from an awesome guard. What’s I saying is come playoff Time this kid needs to clean that up or else the heat, chicago, philly are looking at 14 easy points a game.

  • sir mike

    As Knicks fan Im still in a wait and see apporach but people expect KOBE to drop 40 not jeremy lin… The guy is playing great but he has to log more games as a bonifide star but he is playing out his mind and no one can deny that

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    Lin is a great player on his own, is boosted by D’Antoni’s system, no, not every point guard can play that system, very few can, D’Antoni is a crap coach with a good system.
    Did I miss anything?

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    yeah any guard can play mike’s system, JET. Look how well Shumpert and Douglas did in it. GTFO. he just mad because Lin took over and they lost

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Shumpert and Douglas are’t PG’s. NO matter what anyone tried to tell you.

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    I don’t understand how Toney Douglass went from balling the same system to playing horribly. Wasn’t he good last year and the year before. I mean, not “good” but he showed flashes, right?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Not as a PG,. he’s always shot too much. And he’s always been inefficient. Which became glaring with more minutes.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Spinning and Linning, hey guys on another note, carmelo is back tonight… I predict a blowout against the Nets. Brook Lopez is also back, hey guys a major subplot here! Deron vs Lin, if Deron had shut him down about 8 games ago, would Linsanity come to fruition? I don’t know guys, OK GUYS, I’m bored… Bring on the HEAT ALREADY!!!!!

  • l2ising Phoenix

    melo and j.r was in the garden brawl, pretty ironic I might add. Wheres mardy Collins at?

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Steve Francis and Fred Jones were Knicks one time. That ish cray.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Knicks should sign j. Cole to a 10 day contract. That would be hott, ight I’m done.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lin is not a great player, not yet anyways.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Agreed, when he’s a decent shooting & passing role player one who will be a key for Knicks future but not a great player. I’ve pointed out how he takes too many shots and has too many TOs already.

  • CP31

    co-sign jetfuel.

  • Guahan

    Quality win against the champs and put up amazing numbers hate him or love him those numbers don’t lie. He does jump to pass in the lane tho think he stops doing that it might reduce his turnovers.

  • Yep

    nash haters lol. so funny.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    The Lin story is a great story because he came from virtually nowhere and now doing it on the NBA’s biggest stage. You can’t make a career based on 7-8 games, but you sure can tell a great story (see Tebow). I don’t buy the Dantoni system thing, otherwise they wouldn’t have been in such a ‘desperate’ place trying to find a PG to run his system. If it was that ‘easy’ for a PG to put up numbers, then someone would have done it already. Unless of course Jet was making a hidden insult at douglas etc. Bottom line, we’ll see how good Lin is/isn’t by the end of the season when there is more of a data set to look at, and we can also see how well Baron Davis does in the same system. Until then, just enjoy the story as it may/not last too much longer.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Virtually nowhere? He was undrafted but he played for the warriors & played too but he sucked.

  • TJ

    Between Terry and Cuban, they just never know when to shut up.

  • iSlash

    At Zeus who said that Nash is the most overrated 2-time MVP, explain why Nash has had equally good years last year and this year without D’Antoni? Don’t be stupid, Nash is an excellent player and the only reason why I don’t consider him to be one of the greatest PG’s of all-time is his mediocre defence. Nash makes all kinds of scrubs in Phoenix better.

  • phamie

    Jeremy Lin and Jason Terry is no match with Steve Nash. That’s it!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Jason has a lot to say know about any other guard…. and I love it. “If you want it you should’a put a TATT on it”?!?

  • Justin G.

    Yeah that’s it, a system makes a player an MVP. What a completely moronic statement! Can’t stand the Nash haters who have no idea what they’re talking about. As for Lin, yes his turnovers are up but that can be attributed to trying to adjust to having the ball all the time. Given experience, those turnovers will come down. Probably slowly for now given there’s no real practice time but with a full training camp, familiarity with his teammates etc., it will happen. I can’t believe there are so many Lin haters though. How can you not just sit back and enjoy what this kid has done since being inserted into the starting lineup? I know the media blows it WAY out of proportion but don’t blame Lin for that. He’s doing and saying all the right things and playing great. Isn’t that enough?

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    I love Jeremy lin.. he is a good player!!!! But lets face it Terry was right!!!! playing for Mike D’ Antoni will have your stats explode!!!
    Why!!??? offense wins championship and defense wins couple of games – d antoni

  • D

    Does Mike D’Antoni have a system , is running a system not to mention no defense , its funny cause everyone on this site knows defense wins yet a multi million $$ professional coach can’t figure it out . Too many people are giving D’Antoni too much credit , peoople on here saying he made Nash . Lets not compare Lin to Nash cause there is no comparison , Lin has played a good month of basketball and if D’Antoni’s system is so amazing why is one of the best offensive players (Melo ) having so much trouble

  • http://slamonline Michael B

    I’m African American, I have not been inspired by Kobe,Terry, Lebron,D-wade. I’m inspired by a guy who came from nothing. Its the humanity, the spirit, the encouragement outside basketball that you hoop official’s don’t understand. Jeremy Lin is good for a stale, ego laden industry, that needed to see change. What he has done in 2 weeks overshadows all the championship rings, the trash talk and inflated seat prices. He brought god back to the game. Hope to the masses, and love for the individual. Nothing…absolutely nothing…tops that.



  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You can’t win a single game in the NBA without a system. Just because you don’t understand it, or the plays don’t start from a static position doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. TO suggest that D’Antoni’s teams don’t have a system is to say, matter of factly, “I don’t know what I’m talking about”

  • http://www.racialicious.com/2012/02/15/memewatch-adventures-in-linsanity/#more-20490 Allenp

    Why do people find it offensive to hear that D’Antoni’s system made Nash MVP?
    Was he an MVP candidate before Phoenix? Did his skillset or play change drastically in Phoenix? Was he surrounded by far more player talent in Phoenix?
    The answer to all three questions is no. So, if none of those things changed, exactly what changed? It’s pure logic.
    Many great players excel in certain system. Jason Kidd was always better up tempo. Gary Payton was always better when he got post touches, and struggled in the triangle. Magic Johnson loved being uptempo. Scottie Pippen’s talents were enhanced by the triangle.
    There are very few players whose efficiency and success is not impacted by the system they play in. Some are just impacted more than others.

  • Payday

    Lin is an overhyped average point guard at best. Miami just exposed everything JT said, and the exposing will continue into March.