Much ink has been spilled on the devolving relationship between the New York Knicks and Jeremy Lin.(1)
Jeremy Lin Decision Day is upon us.
It is almost inconceivable that two weeks ago, the Knicks were well-positioned to return a playoff team headlined by Jeremy Lin, their most popular player, to Madison Square Garden. The Brooklyn Nets, meanwhile, stood a decent chance of losing their only star in Deron Williams and bringing a desolate roster to the Barclay Center for their first season battling the Knicks for New York dollars.(1)
Jeremy Lin was "absolutely" returning to the New York Knicks to start. His contract offer from the Houston Rockets, for three years, $19.5 million plus a fourth-year team option, was one the Knicks would easily match. And Jason Kidd was someone the Knicks were eager to sign and hold up to the limelight—as a mentor to Lin.
With the unfortunate news that Dillon Gee needs to have surgery on Friday to address damage in his pitching shoulder from his blood clot, the Mets now know they need to address Gee's absence in more than a short-term way.
A massive, four-team deal to bring Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets from the Orlando Magic has fallen apart, and now the Magic are preparing to deal Howard elsewhere.
For all the speculation about Jeremy Lin's 2012-13 destination, it's always seemed most likely that he was going to stay right where he is.(6)
David Wright has been making his teammates look good all season.
Thursday night, for example, he had four R.B.I. and a game-winning hit in a 6-5 win over the Phillies, thereby getting Lucas Duda off the hook for atrocious fielding.
Could be, after all that, that Jeremy Lin has gotten too expensive for the Knicks to afford?
It's still hard for me to imagine, for reasons that go beyond mere salary.(1)
It looks like last call for the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. And the Brooklyn Nets, incredibly, could be the winners. But the picture looked quite different even 24 hours ago. And the Nets have appeared close before.
A surprising ruling by an arbitrator on Friday night on the status of Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak will allow the Knicks to keep both players, and make other potentially meaningful upgrades to the roster.