Some Knicks fans might be upset that the team isn't planning on bringing Jeremy Lin back next season by matching the offer that the Houston Rockets made to him recently. But, it doesn't sound like there's going to be any love lost between Lin and his soon-to-be former teammates if he ends up in Houston. We've already heard Carmelo Anthony call the contract that the Rockets gave Lin "ridiculous." And, now J.R. Smith is blasting the offer, too, and saying that if the Knicks did match the Rockets offer and re-sign Lin, it'd hurt some feelings in the Knicks locker room next season.
"I think some guys take it personal," Smith said yesterday, "because they've been doing it longer and haven't received any reward for it. I think it's a tough subject to touch on for a lot of guys."
So, from the sound of that quote, some Knicks players feel like Lin doesn't deserve the $30 million contract offer he just received from Houston because he hasn't really proven himself in the league yet. Which is fair. But, don't they realize how much money that guy is going to make for an NBA team regardless of whether or not he pans out as a player? Jersey sales. Ticket sales. Sponsorships. Despite what some players might think, that is the name of game. And, that's what Lin will provide for an NBA team for at least a season or two—even if he sucks on the court. It doesn't sound so "ridiculous" when you look at it like that, right?
[via Sports Illustrated]