I got an email from a reader the other day. The amount of exclamation points tipped me off to the excitement of the sender.
The Warriors fan said he emailed new owner Joe Lacob asking Lacob to sign Jeremy Lin, the Palo Alto-bred guard from Harvard. And the fan could not believe that Lacob took the time to respond to his email. So you can imagine how excited that fan will be when he finds out that Lacob not only answered the email, but he also … excitement warning … ANSWERED HIS REQUEST!!!!!
The Warriors are close to landing Lin, a player who wasn’t drafted but is already somewhat of a cult figure. A source told me Lin and the Warriors are hammering out a two-year deal. The first year has a partial guarantee and the second year is a team option, I’m told.
I highly doubt it was because Lacob got an email from a fan. Lin had a good workout with the Warriors. And, after his play in summer league, Lin has been on the Warriors radar. Other teams were looking at Lin. But no doubt the local kid, who led Palo Alto High to a Division II state title in 2006, waanted to play for his favorite team.
Certainly, training camp with Lin and point guard Stephen Curry going at it should be pretty exciting.
Lin, who played for the Dallas Mavericks summer league, is wildly popular for having a game loaded with charisma. (Click here to see highligts) He is known for handling the ball and getting to the basket with some flair, making him a fan favorite at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas last week. Especially a certain showdown with John Wall. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s Asian-American, which is a rarity in the NBA, and his Ivy League background, makes him an underdog people want to root for. That he’s from Palo Alto makes him a perfect fit for the Warriors, as evidenced by the relentless plea from fans to sign him.
Even a plea to the new owner.
The Warriors need a point guard after trading C.J. Watson to the Chicago Bulls. Lin, who is more of a tweener than a true point guard, is going to get his chance to fill that void. The Warriors are probably comfortable with adding an inexperienced player at point guard because guard Monta Ellis will serve as the back-up point.
Still, don’t be surprised if the Warriors still pick up a cheap vet at point guard and give Lin time develop without any pressure.
Lin is really an undersized shooting guard. But he has some skills that, with developing, could make him a pretty effective point guard. The likelihood is that his chances at lasting in the league are linked to his ability to play point.