Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin made his name with the New York Knicks during his “Linsanity” run in 2012. The Knicks had the chance to re-sign Lin this summer but the latest NBA rumors imply that New York passed on him due to his lackluster defense.
The 28-year-old guard went undrafted in 2010 before getting the opportunity to play for the Knicks in 2012. He had an unbelievable run which captivated the entire world but he has failed to replicate it in his stints with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets.
Jeremy Lin had a good season with the Hornets last year that is why the Nets heavily invested in him this offseason. The Knicks were also looking for a point guard this summer but they did not sign Lin due to being a defensive liability.
According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, it is the reason why New York decided not to pursue their former player. Instead, Phil Jackson traded for Derrick Rose, who is in the middle of a rape case, and signed Brandon Jennings, who is still just a year removed from tearing his Achilles’ tendon.
Even though the New York Post cited a source for blasting Jeremy Lin for his defense, several basketball experts have defended the Harvard alum, per Nets Daily. Robin Lundberg of ESPN Radio thinks that Lin will be the best defensive guard on the Knicks roster if they opted to sign him.
Lin would have been best defensive guard on Knicks by a mile. https://t.co/LPVunygUDG
— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) September 18, 2016
Kurt Helin of NBC Sports also opined that Lin is a better defender than Derrick Rose today. He noted that it was not the case several seasons ago but the present day is a different story.
“Today, Jeremy Lin is a better defender than Derrick Rose. That wasn’t the case five years ago, but it is now. Look at figures like defensive win shares or ESPN’s real plus/minus and you can see it in the stats, or better yet watch them both play within their systems and it’s clear,” Helin wrote.
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