This week, Jeremy Lin went on HuffPost Live to discuss his charitable foundation and other various topics. The host of the show was Marc Lamont Hill, who wrote an article titled “The Linsanity Sham: Why Jeremy Lin Can’t Play” in 2012. You can watch the first minute of the interview here, when Lin “confronts” Hill about the article.
I put air quotes around the word confronts because it’s less of an angry confrontation than an acknowledgement of the article. Here’s some of the things Hill said about Lin in his piece:
This season, despite ditching New York for Houston, Lin remains a big deal to fans, media, and marketeers. From his all-star votes to his jersey sales to his high number of nationally televised games, Jeremy Lin continues to receive superstar-level attention.
There’s only one problem: Jeremy Lin can’t play.
To be clear, I’m not saying that Jeremy Lin isn’t an NBA level player. Even before Linsanity took hold, Lin proved that he deserves to be in the league. Furthermore, no one puts up the record-setting numbers that Lin did over those 14 games last year and doesn’t have a place in the league.
The question, however, is what that place is.
Yes, Jeremy Lin is better than the undrafted journeyman that we understood him to be a year ago. But he’s nowhere near the player that the Houston Rockets thought they were signing when they gave him what Carmelo Anthony properly called a “ridiculous” three-year $25 million contract. Lin definitely belongs on an NBA team, but he should be nowhere near anyone’s starting lineup.
To his credit, Hill did not back down when Lin mentioned the article, saying that he likes Lin as a player but thought people were overreacting during Linsanity. He went onto say that Lin is a good NBA player, but thought people were crazy to be comparing him to John Stockton.
Lin also took the whole conversation in stride and admitted that placing him in the good not great category was probably right.
One thing is for sure: we all miss the magical ride that was Linsanity, still one of the most surreal sports stories of my lifetime.
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