Now that he’s the most famous New York Knick in the history of the NBA, surpassing Bill Bradley, John Starks, Patrick Ewing, Stephon Marbury and Rick Brunson combined, Jeremy Lin is getting everything he has ever wanted. Date offers from Kim Kardashian, new Nike shoes, his family being hounded by Taiwanese press wherever they go — all that good stuff. He gets it all. That’s just what happens when you dominate New York.
And now, he’s even getting a chance to punch one of his haterz in the face. John Scott, a former Chicago Blackhawks player who was recently traded to the New York Rangers, offered a mea culpa for daring to utter that Derrick Rose was a better basketball player, which is something the defenseman said back in his Chicago days. From the New York Times:
“No, it’s O.K.,” Scott said, laughing. “You can’t kill a guy for offering his opinion. I was just saying he had one weakness to work on. Most of us have a lot more than that. Look at me. No one thought I could make it to the N.H.L., and there are a lot of people who still don’t think I belong.
“I haven’t come close to reaching his level, and I never will, but I can relate to Jeremy. I hope I get to meet him soon at the Garden or the practice facility. For what I said, he can even punch me in the hallway if he wants to.”
Seems fair. If anyone ever says something bad about someone else, for any reason, and then the person proves the naysayer wrong, that person should get to punch their accuser in the face. That is 100 percent how this sort of thing should work. Very Old Testament and very reasonable.
Just a couple of pieces of advice for Jeremy Lin when he punches this guy in the face, which he will surely do. First and foremost — stick, gloves, shirt, as that is the hockey way. Second, don’t use your shooting hand. Other than that, please go forth with this perfect plan.