Has there ever been a calm period in the New York Knicks’ history? Like a time when whatever they were doing wasn’t completely newsworthy for a variety of reasons?

Just in my lifetime, they’ve had the Patrick Ewing frozen envelope conspiracy, a bunch of good, sweaty teams who could never get over the hump and found hilarious ways to lose big playoff series, became the only eighth seed to advance to an NBA Finals, had a terrible season after stealing Larry Brown away from the Pistons (which in itself was a big to-do), went through everything with Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury, tanked a few seasons to have a shot at getting LeBron James, failed at getting LeBron James, had that whole Chris Paul toasting Amar’e Stoudemire about becoming a Knick at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding, dealt for Melo and watched the Denver Nuggets notch a better record since the trade, hired and fired Mike D’Antoni, found Jeremy Lin on accident and watched him wow the world, saw Jeremy Lin get injured right before the playoffs, had one of their highest-paid players destroy his hand punching a fire extinguisher casing and that’s just off the top of my head without looking anything up, while still knowing I missed a bunch of stuff. At least for the past 28 years, the Knicks have always been drama queens. I have to imagine that’s always been the case, especially considering we all know that one of their championship wins came after their MVP hobbled to the floor and played what has become the most famous 4-point appearance of all-time.

So really, we shouldn’t be surprised at all about this. From the New York Times:

Jeremy Lin is heading to Houston, leaving the bright lights of Broadway and a legion of heartbroken Knicks fans behind. Linsanity, the exhilarating rush sparked by Lin’s meteoric rise to fame, is over, at least in New York.

The Knicks cut ties with Lin on Tuesday night, ending a brief, spectacular and now-bittersweet love affair between Lin, a 23-year-old point guard, and an adoring fan base. Lin will play next season for the Houston Rockets, who signed him to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet that the Knicks chose not to match.

Of course the Knicks decided to not match a fairly reasonable offer sheet — check out this list of players the Knicks have paid at least $8 million a year in the 2000′s — on the best thing to happen to them since 1985. That’s so Raven Knicks. They could have just said, “Of course we’re matching this offer sheet because it is our most well-liked player and there are a variety of salary cap maneuvers we can use when the poison pill year of his contract hits. No duh we’re doing this.” But they couldn’t, because they’re the Knicks. It just wouldn’t be right.

Instead, the Knicks are heading in to a season where they will be joined in New York by the Nets (a team who might be way cooler) with 39-year-old Jason Kidd and 39-cupcakes-at-a-time Raymond Felton as their point guards. Hmm.

But that’s only one half of things. The other half is that Jeremy Lin is now headed to the Houston Rockets, finally netting Daryl Morey his “star,” if that’s what you can consider a dude who had 25 good games and is coming off a knee injury that kept him out of the playoffs. It’ll be his third team in three seasons, and technically his second stint with the Rockets, after they cut him during training camp last year.

He’ll immediately be the biggest name in Houston, and since he’s used to having songs written about his exploits, I figured he’ll want to be properly introduced to his new city. That’s why I chopped and screwed last season’s “All I Do Is Lin,” just so he can get a feel for what things are like in Syrup City.

Drive slow, homie.

Comments (14)

  1. And you’re missing Pablo Prigioni, who will be the oldest NBA rookie EVER at 35 when the season starts. That’s so Knicks.

  2. I found 2 mistakes. I will not tell you where they are. Good luck.

  3. But what about the “jersey sales alone will pay for his salary” arguments?

    I know! Dolan is just going to buy up all those firesale jerseys from Modell’s right now, then flip them for a 1,000% profit after he trades 5 1st round picks to get Lin back next year.

  4. What’s most amazing to me is how time and time again Knicks management is able to overhype their team and the fans keep on believing it. They did it with Marbury, they did it with ‘Melo. Can they do it with Felton?

    and what about JKidd? Drinking himself into a stupor once he saw the writing on the wall. He’s probably going to be drunk the entire season.

  5. I’m assuming that enough has been said about the Rockets being a familiar brand in China thanks to Yao and now they’ve got Lin…?

    Exhibition games in Shanghai, Taipei, etc, anyone?

  6. I don’t get the Knicks’ thinking here. He was by far your most popular player. At 5 million the first and second season, he would have been a steal. Like others have said, the merchandising alone would have more than paid for itself. And from a basketball standpoint, even if he was a fluke last season and ends up sucking, the first two years aren’t bad at all, and he’ll be a 15 million dollar expiring contract his final season that any team that’s willing to trade a superstar that year will happily trade for.

    • your mistake is that you’re analyzing it using common logic……..that’s not how the knicks roll

    • I really dont think he will replicate the kind of superstar numbers he had during that stretch. But it’s safe to say he can probably produce decent starter numbers.
      He has played only 25 games of meaningful minutes for christ sake, and he’s only 23. Only a fool would think he won’t improve, considering how hard he works.

      It’s not even just the merchandise, the exposure to the MASSIVE chinese market alone is enough to warrant that money. $5mil/yr for the first 2 is an absolute steal, and if he really doesnt work out after 2 years, $15mil expiring contract is very valuable…

      Having an asset > not having one. Dolan is a complete idiot, that’s all that needs to be said about this ordeal.

  7. The number of people that suddenly became interested in watching basketball because of linsanity probably outnumbered number of basketball fans… I have no proof, but if you had any asian friends, you knew how ridiculously into linsanity they got, even those that dont watch sports/basketball

  8. There has been approximately 25.1 million stories posted about this over the course of the day and it’s becoming more and more clear that this looks like a win-win situation.

    It looked like New York just didn’t have confidence in Lin’s ability to play in this system centered around Melo and some of Lin’s teammates were annoyed with him not playing in the playoffs last year. New York will function better without Lin, but they are still not gonna go deep in the playoffs.

    Now this doesn’t mean that Lin is a bad player, that’s still to be determined. However, we know that he plays better when he runs the offense where can get his shots off so Houston might be a much better fit for his development, if he can do what Dragic did last year, it’ll be a success. But Houston will struggle to make the playoffs.

    The fuckup here is how the Knicks and Dolan handled this situation (surprise) If they didn’t want to pay him, they should just offer him a lower contract from the start. Instead they are playing the loyalty card and blaming Lin for actually taking what the market gave him. That is petty shit. Melo also unnecessarily ran his mouth about the contract, that didn’t help.

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