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Warriors Signing Bay Area-Product Jeremy Lin

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.

Marcus Thompson

  • Earl Monroe

    If Watson was a point guard in the Nelson system then for sure Lim can be a point guard, Watson is overrated a product of the Nelson system where he was allowed to shoot whenever he felt like it.
    Nice guy though

  • Earl Monroe

    Jeremy Lynn is the son of Loretta Lynn-

  • Walt Frazier

    Earl Monroe, played against Norman Owyang in the 60′s – he had a hook shot like Jerry Lucas and could shoot it from the deep corner.

    As for Lin, let’s take perspective, if they sign him it will be a rookie minimum like $500k. Remember we paid Mikey Moore $2 million for about 3-4 useless games, Raja Bell maybe the same for 1-2 games, and Brandon Wright about $5 million for 5 games. This is a cheap chance. As for playing, I saw him drop 40 on UConn and 30 on Boston College, so he has some game. Can’t see him as good as Nash, but, possibly a Steve Blake.

  • Walt Frazier

    Pandering is drafting guys like Todd Fuller in the first round at #6 before picks like Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady. Pandering is paying $11 million per year for Biedrins who shoots the ugliest free throw this side of Shaq and is too weak to bump a true Big out of lane.

  • Rockets’ Red Glare

    # WarriorDragon Says:
    July 21st, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Jeremy Lin is Steve Nash. He plays better defense than Nash, toss the dimes like Nash, but Nash is a better shooter.

    Nash can finish anywhere on the court… except from above the rim. With some polishing, unlike Nash, J Lin’s gonna be able to finish anywhere on the court!

  • Tdubb

    I spoke to Lin’s former coach from the SF Pro Am League last night. He thinks Bay Area fans will be pleasantly surprised. The coach said the skill set is there to play in the NBA.

    He said Lin’s challenge will be to fight being timid at times. He said Lin would take a backseat to more aggressive players on the floor at times even when Lin was the obvious better player but he thought that was more just basketball maturity.

    As a backup, I see Lin game being like Udrich in Phoenix. We saw what he did in the playoffs after two years.

  • Paul

    This is exactly the type of player the Warriors need as their back up pg. Already loving the Lacob regime.

  • Abe Sanders

    I wonder which jersey is going to sell more. Lee’s or Lin’s?

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  • deano

    I do like the Lin signing, but I recall that Anthony Randolph was the star of that year’s Las Vegas Summer League. As is often said, it’s only Summer League.

  • Sleepy in Hollow

    Wow! Absolute home run in the PR department! If this was all Riley then he might have saved his job, but I suspect Lacob has his fingerprints all over this. With 4 open spots on the roster this is a genius move: 1)fan base (especially Asian and their $$$) enthusiasm for local product signing. 2) cash in on this year’s Summer League hype on an undrafted player. 3) potential for great story if J Lin is productive role player. 4) almost guarantees Oracle sell-outs.

    Still leaves roster spots to mine Summer League standouts or D-League for bigs and another guard while retaining expirings and exemptions for bigger fish down the road.

  • DKnight007

    ^^^^^^^
    I have said plenty comments of substance….you need pull your head out of your ass and pay attention…you delusional loser Warrior fan and realize the team is going through a FIRE SALE!

    Do you know what a FIRE SALE is moron?

  • DKnight007

    ^^^^^^^^
    I have said plenty of comments with plenty of substance….you need pull your head out of your ass and pay attention…you delusional loser Warrior fan and realize the team is going through a FIRE SALE!

    Say it…FIRE SALE!

  • DKnight007

    DubFan,

    ^^^^^^^^
    I have said plenty of comments with plenty of substance….you need pull your head out of your ass and pay attention…you delusional loser Warrior fan and realize the team is going through a FIRE SALE!

    Say it…FIRE SALE!

  • DKnight007

    Earl Monroe Says:
    July 21st, 2010 at 7:59 am
    If Watson was a point guard in the Nelson system then for sure Lim can be a point guard, Watson is overrated a product of the Nelson system where he was allowed to shoot whenever he felt like it.
    Nice guy though

    ^^^^^^^^
    Wow….another delusional kool aid drinking Warrior fan huh?

  • DKnight007

    WarriorDragon Says:
    July 21st, 2010 at 7:02 am
    Jeremy Lin is Steve Nash. He plays better defense than Nash, toss the dimes like Nash, but Nash is a better shooter.

    ^^^^^^^
    Wake up from Dream Land buddy! LOL

  • Q

    Congrats to Jeremy Lin! Shows that if you continue to follow your dreams it will pay off. I think we need to not over hype him and give him some time to develop. Could be a solid backup PG for years to come.

    Also, love that the Warriors aren’t committing to long term contracts for role players. Hopefully we can pull off a trade with our expirings at the Feb deadline or sign a FA next year.

  • Earl Monroe

    #42 no one said Lim was going to be a star… you are reading way too much into it bro, just that Watson is overrated especially by the Warriors.
    Dknight007 you sound an awful lot like CC

  • Earl Monroe

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha if you are not CC you are related

  • Boycott_CC
  • Willy

    Not a hater here. Happy for the local guy but want some bigger changes to happen for GSWs than just the signing of an undrafted player.

    I know when someone is appealing to my basal instincts. Can’t say I wouldn’t do the same thing as an owner or GM. Smart move. I just hope it’s not the only move?

    Know what I’m sayin?

    P.S. I guess I’ll carry the small smirk with me for a few hours of knowing that both L.A. and Dallas wanted to sign him and lost. But we are talking about an undrafted player here. I’m not pulling out the champagne yet.

  • Chris Webber

    This has the making of a great movie.

    David “Bruce” Lee and Jeremy shao-Lin in Kung Fu Hustle 2 – Dawn of the Cohanator

  • ArmChair GM

    Boycott_CC,

    Man that’s a beautiful, inspirational story about this Lin kid and his family. I already have tremendous respect for him and his family. I’m rooting for him 1 hundred percent, and I’m sure the whole league will be too soon.

    Yes he’s undrafted, but the bottom line is that he has skills, straight up! His coaches, scouts, and obviously thr Mavericks and the Lakers all said the same thing.

    This kid has been overlooked because he’s Asian. Well I say it’s time for this kid to get the true shine that he deserves.

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  • WarriorDragon

    OK.. Jeremy Lin is a “poor man” Steve Nash. GS got the backup PG. Now, I was thinking the backup SG is taken care of, Charlie Bell is a defensive SG with no offense, Reggie Williams is a offensive SG with no defense. I just cannot understand why SG cannot put their offense/defense game together. There is a serious lack of talent in the NBA league.

  • jack meyhoffer

    worth a shot no contract is bad in the nba
    played good against u conn
    develops a shot might be a good player someday
    better story though
    just from interviews you really hope and pull for the guy seems like a good Christian kid

  • Oakland fan

    This guy won’t make opening day roster

  • Marques8

    Mike Dunleavy Sr. should be remembered as the guy who passed over Jason Kidd and Grant Hill in order to sign Glenn Robinson. If you don’t remember, the first two play defense and make plays for other people. The third, well let’s just say he’s out of the league. Dunleavy seems to have more talent for buddying up to owners than for running franchises or coaching teams. For those who think he would be a real improvement over Nellie, you are living in a dreamworld. His offense is boring, mostly isolation plays. He works out players by playing horse with them, and he has shown no great talent for assessing players. If he has anything to do with the Warriors, disenchantment will return. Remember, he was last a Clipper.

  • Jeremy

    Now… can they just please resign Chris Hunter already? No one wants to see Dan Gadzuric actually on the floor……… right?

  • Q

    Why is Robert Rowell giving interviews for the Warriors? If Lacob and Guber really want to show fans it will be a different era, the first thing they need to do is FIRE ROWELL. Otherwise, it will be more of the same. Also, please don’t hire Dunleavy, there have to be better options out there.

  • Linyo

    now YAO MING!!!!!!!!!

  • WarriorDragon

    GS still wheeling and dealing. The sale won’t be finalize until 30-90 days. It would be training camp time. Why is Lee getting David Woods old number 10. LOL… please have David Lee change his number!

  • WarriorDragon

    I like the rumor Chris Paul trade to GS. Chris Paul to GS for Monta Ellis, maybe package more players. Hornets will “punish” Chris Paul by trading him to GS.

  • WarriorDragon

    Chris Paul and Okafor is a good deal for GS. Both players won’t go to a winner. They be in the cellar team trying to make the playoffs in the west.

  • WarriorDragon

    I predict GSW season tickets sales increase by 30% in 2010/2011 season.

  • Land of the Rizing Dubz

    Shaolin Warrior, bring it! And death to opposing teams that come into the Temple that is Oracle!

  • http://aol.com teezel weezel

    it shows how hard work pays off when this kid was in high school he was a pretty good player he worked and worked and now it has paid off for the young man. A great story for every kid that has a dream of becoming a nba player that it can be done peace.

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    i’m from the bay area and i’m also asian. its exciting to have jeremy play for the warriors especially when he grew up cheering for the team as a child. this is truly a dream come true for him and is a monumental step for asian americans. go jeremy!

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