ESPN: Charmin comments from Kobe still rub Jeremy Lin the wrong way

AsAm News: 

Last December an article titled Time for Jeremy Lin to get into Kobe’s face ran in AsAm News. It came after Kobe Bryant accused Lin of being soft like Charmin in front of all his teammates and the assembled media. Four months later, the incident is something that still bothers Lin.

In an excellent piece in ESPN Magazine by Pablo Torre, Lin said

Just because I have a certain demeanor, it doesn’t mean you can tell how much I want something,” Lin says. “You can’t just say that the more you talk, the more you care,” said Lin in apparent reference to Bryant’s more vocal leadership style versus.

“I’m not very outspoken. I might not be the guy who’s going to cuss somebody out.

“Asians are very easy to make fun of. We’re the model minority. So everyone can joke about Asians: They’re nice people, respectful people; they won’t do anything. People look at me, and they’ve always jumped to conclusions. They don’t see toughness. But how do you define that?”

His reinsertion into the starting lineup for the Lakers, notwithstanding, this has been a very frustrating season for Lin.

You can read Lin’s very candid comments about the lowest point in the season and thoughts from his former coach, Mike D’Antoni, in ESPN Magazine

CBS: LA Lakers could feature an all Asian-American starting backcourt

AsAm News/CBS Sports:

CBS Sports is reporting that Jeremy Lin could join Filipino American Jordan Clarkson in the starting line up. This would be an NBA first–the first line up featuring an all-Asian American starting backcourt.

Speaking of Lin, coach Byron Scott was quoted in Lakers Nation as saying “He’s really started to get into a groove, ”

Lin scored seven of his 14 points in the 4th quarter of the Lakers 101 – 93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He also added four of his six assists in the fourth quarter, according to Sportige. Earlier this week, Lin dropped 25 in a victory against the Utah Jazz. The Lakers have won three straight.

Clarkson has also been playing well. He scored 16 in last night’s win over the Bucks. Since joining the starting line up, he has averaged 14 points a game.

CBS says Clarkson would play the point and Lin the shooting guard. Lakers Nation also reported that Scott planned to put Lin back in the starting line up, but was uncertain if he would play the point or shooting guard.

The line up change could happen sometime in the next week.

Rockets trade Jeremy Lin, 1st-round pick to Lakers

There's a lot of noise about Jeremy Lin being traded.
 

CBS Sports:

 

The Houston Rockets have traded Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers, as first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and confirmed to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger. News that the two sides were talking was first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein.

This is a part of Houston’s strategy to open up cap space to sign free agent big man Chris Bosh in the wake of LeBron James’ decision to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bosh will soon speak with Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, and is “moving closer” to joining the team, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

It was previously reported that the Sixers would be likely trading partners for Houston, but the Lakers make sense as well. Los Angeles has all the cap space in the world, and Lin’s contract expires next summer. The Lakers took advantage of an opportunity to acquire extra assets from the Rockets, plus add a legitimate rotation player to a team that is full of empty roster spots. It’s just a shame this couldn’t have been done while Mike D’Antoni — the head coach who oversaw Linsanity — was still with the team.

The Rockets just needed to be free of Lin’s contract, as they intend to sign Bosh and then match the Dallas Mavericks’ offer sheet for Chandler Parsons. As a result of the Parsons offer sheet, the Rockets only have a couple of days to get all of this done. Looks like they’re moving as quickly as possible.

The Rockets will send Lin and their first-round pick next season plus a future second-round pick to the Lakers to move Lin’s contract. Lin is due to earn roughly $15 million in the final season of his three- year contract with the Rockets, but would count $8.37 million on the salary cap. The Rockets will receive draft rights to an international player to be determined that the Lakers own the rights to.

Lin averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists with the Rockets, coming off the bench in all but 33 of the 71 games he played.