Jeremy Lin included in ESPN poll about the best point guard in the NBA

Once again, the folks at ESPN have lost their minds

2/13/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

In a poll on their SportsNation site, ESPN asked readers who was the best point guard in the NBA.

Their options: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Jeremy Lin.

Yes, Jeremy Lin. The one who has only 4 career starts. They're comparing him to Chris Paul, one of the best pure point guards we've seen in years. They're comparing him to Derrick Rose, who singlehandedly led the Bulls to the playoffs. They're comparing him to Rajon Rondo, who is a triple double waiting to happen, and has been the catalyst behind one of the best teams in the NBA over the past half-decade.

Nothing against Lin, but this is what I was talking about when I said people were hyping him up a bit too much.

For some reason, the American sports media can't just let something happen and enjoy it for what it is. We can't watch Lin play and be impressed with how great he has been in a short period of time, despite few prior expectations.

Instead of being reasonable and hoping that he can continue his newfound success, ESPN has to compare him to the best point guards in the game, after he has had only about a week of legitimate playing time.

It's only a matter of time before people start the backlash and try to tear him down from the pedestal that ESPN is putting him on.
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2/16/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

wow...I hate green eggs and spam

2/15/12   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2745 respect

Jeremy Lin does one thing very well in my opinion.  He takes away the entire Sportscenter highlights of one dunk after another by Blake Griffen and anyone wearing a Miami Heat jersey.  Talk about a love fest!  Blake Griffen I am sure has at least three people at ESPN who have changed their children's names to his just because he can dunk a basketball with a lot of power.

2/15/12   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3292 respect

nyheat1 wrote:
ppl need to stop hating on dude...Jeremy Lin is a Beast...He didnt have any hype coming into this season cuz he was undrafted cut and released by 2 teams and being asian didnt help but nor race or hype matter cuz Lin has created his own Hype scoring 109 points in his 4 first starts...better than an other player in NBA history...

In NBA history? Try since merger.

Some guy named Wilt-something has the "NBA history" part down.

2/14/12   |   nyheat1

ppl need to stop hating on dude...Jeremy Lin is a Beast...He didnt have any hype coming into this season cuz he was undrafted cut and released by 2 teams and being asian didnt help but nor race or hype matter cuz Lin has created his own Hype scoring 109 points in his 4 first starts...better than an other player in NBA history...

2/14/12   |   alainpeartree   |   6738 respect

Dont worry ppl- The Knicks are going to do the usual- give away good young talent for a old has been, once he leaves NY- you wont hear anymore of Lin-sanity

2/14/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

I'm just waiting for ESPN to do a Jeremy Lin song...

In case you didn't know
I got Jeremy he shattered the mold
And all he does is Lin All-All-All he does is Lin games

2/14/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

"Once again, the folks at ESPN have lost their minds"

The headline is misleading. It implies the folks at the four letter network had minds to begin with.  It's just the nature of the beast. Whoever is the hot commodity at the time, they force feed them down our throats until we get sick of them.

2/14/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Rose is hands down better than anyone...Rondo, despite his recent game is one of the worst guards i have ever seen scoring-wise, he simply cannot shoot...Paul is wayyy overrated so hey, y not Lin?  Add Deron Williams, and maybe Wall (but not yet)...Nash?   Rondo?  Catalyst?  Decade?  Really?  come on man, you know he can't shoot.  When i saw he had 30+ its in a game i nearly fainted...then I realized it was the NBA and i really don't care

2/14/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

shocked no Kyrie Irving, cause they suck him up too...and Ramon Sessions has outperformed him

2/13/12   |   SGriffin05   |   85 respect

He has played well so far, but let's see his stats at the end of the season.

2/13/12   |   marcus_nyce   |   26042 respect

I believe the *world wide leader* /sarcastic air quotes, is just trolling us at this point. It's like their website is a just another message board on 4chan at this point.

2/13/12   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

 Gawd, do we really need Lin-sus??

2/13/12   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

Maybe they should compare him to a PG the Knicks drafted. One Wataru Misaka, but wait no one knows who he is and would not be able to get an idea of how good this kid has been playing. Sports players get hyped, before ESPN new papers did it all the time. Especially in NY where you have certain papers seem to follow certain teams and talk about that one more. The only team the papers agreed on was the Knicks, just because it is the only team there. He has spark the Knicks where they are winning and if he is just a spark he will burn out and there will be another young player which ESPN will rally behind and hype up. That is sports.

2/13/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

No offense, but who are they supposed to compare him too?  Jameer Nelson and Jarret Jack?  Everyone in every sport is ALWAYS compared to the best.