WASHINGTON, D.C. — This has been an offseason full of surprises, but maybe the biggest is that the New York Knicks have reportedly decided not to match the Houston Rockets’ lucrative offer sheet for Jeremy Lin.
From a basketball standpoint, it’s a reasonable decision, even though New York’s back-up plan is the mediocre Raymond Felton. The marketing side is whole ‘nother issue, and that’s why it’s such a surprise that the Knicks would let Linsanity continue in Houston.
Here in Washington, where the U.S. National Team is preparing for the Olympics, two of Lin’s (former?) teammates had a chance to react to the news.
“I would love to see him back,” Carmelo Anthony said, “but I think he has to do what’s best for him right now.
But it’s really not up to Lin anymore. He signed the offer sheet and the ball is in the Knicks’ court.
“It’s not up to me,” Anthony said laughing. “It’s up to the organization to say that they want to match that ridiculous contract that’s out there.”
Say what you want about ‘Melo’s game. But the guy almost always gives you honest quotes. There’s no media speak with him and he’s not afraid to tell it like it is.
There are a couple of different ways you can take that quote if it stood on its own. But ‘Melo made it clear that he doesn’t have a problem with Lin. And he also didn’t seem as surprised as the rest of the world that Lin might not be returning to New York.
“I think a lot of people kind of jumped the gun with that, that he’s going to be back no matter what,” Anthony said. “At the end of the day, he was a free agent so he was testing the market. Houston threw a big deal out there on the table and I haven’t talked with anyone in the Knicks organization as far as what’s going to happen, what’s the next step.”
Tyson Chandler isn’t too surprised either.
“No,” he said. “I mean I’m surprised about everything, but that’s the way it’s been the whole year.
“It’s a tough call. Ultimately, they’ve got to do what’s best for the organization. So we’ll see how it goes.”