The Knicks are foolish to let the classy Jeremy Lin go. Yes, yes there are the financial issues as presented by Next Media Animation
But that’s not the whole picture. Kris Locos of Bleacher Report notes
However, if you look at the numbers, the Knicks will already be over the luxury tax, and so that argument really doesn’t have a lot of merit. Besides that the publicity and money Lin brought in would have covered that. Now, they don’t have him there to draw in viewers.
Which, as Stephen Colbert so brilliantly stated, is precisely why Lin was such a great benefit to the Knicks
This kid has single-handedly done the unthinkable: made people want to watch the New York Knicks
Moreover, the Knicks could very well “dump one of its high-priced stars” to make room in the salary cap for Lin and maybe even another fantastic player.
Josh Levin astutely sums the Knicks’ business decisions
A business school could design a whole year’s curriculum around the Knicks’ cascade of self-harm.
The Knicks are thankless, not even issuing a supportive, “all the best” statement to the player who “led an unlikely winning streak that made the long-downtrodden New York Knicks seem momentarily relevant in the NBA title hunt.” Perhaps the Knicks are still stung by their loss in the 1994 NBA Finals to the Rockets.
One may even say the Knicks are racist. Betrayed and deceived are odd words to use about a regular part of the business, but they do fit into some unfortunate stereotypes about Asians. Devin Gordon, in a hard-hitting piece for GQ, calls out the Knicks top brass for their likely racism in their words, actions, and decision:
Lin was reportedly disappointed the Knicks told him to shop around in the first place—he wanted to stay put—but he got over it. Why was Lin aggressively testing the market (i.e., doing what the Knicks told him to do) such an affront? Could it be that Dolan thought the nice, quiet, devout Christian Taiwanese kid would be too cowed by The Great Man to play hardball over money? Could it be that he thought he owned Lin, had made him, and became furious when Lin refused to behave like it? Could it be that he expected Lin to be more – ethnic stereotype alert – submissive?
- Justin Gillenwater