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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

  • http://www.ispithotfire.com Michael Nguyen

    Hoorah! 50 win season coming. Ok, 40!

  • A’s in 2010

    Nice move. He played John Wall well in Vegas. Low risk, this could end up being a steal.

  • dew

    Hahaha SWEET!!!!!! Asian Brian Scalabrine! finally a Taiwanese person in the NBA…i’m so happy I could possibly shed a tear through my Taiwanese eyes… that is if men cried.

  • http://jayshealthycoffee.com Jay

    Good Move!!!!!!

  • John Starks

    All for it! Jeremy Lin represent! The fans will go nuts for this guy. He will get the full force of Dubfan support. Considering the Asian population in the Bay Area, he may even overtake Curry and Ellis in jersey sales.

    OK, Lacob. I gotta start giving you some credit. Nice move, buddy.

  • http://jayshealthycoffee.com Jay

    Oh I almost forgot…David Lee dislocated his finger in the first thirty minutes of his first Team USA practice. The Curse continues…..

  • Mullin Fan

    Can he play??? Is this simply a marketing move by front office to sell tickets. If he was from Minnesota and his name was Jeremy Lynn would the fans be excited about the signing.

  • Kenny Seagle, Emperor of the North

    cool

    kenny will email lacob 2 ax him 2 sign tolliver and make sure never ever 2 bring back thunder…. mascots suck

    ANY QUESTIONS???????

  • Silverstreak

    Yess! The new owners are all over this. In my view, letting go of CJ Watson was a step back then we take two steps forward! This makes sense. I’m in a loss for words.

  • jscrilla

    WHATS UP NOW Gunn High School. You might make the top 10 list of schools but who do you have in da Association? BAMMMMMMM EAT IT!

  • Jeremy

    This team might sniff 30 wins now!

  • http://feltbot.com/ feltbot

    “Lin is really an undersized shooting guard.”

    That’s what everyone said about Curry. Obviously, Nellie feels differently.

  • Tony Hicks

    Funny he played summer league for the Mavs – on the highlight reel (and I don’t mean to go overboard here -it was the Ivy League) but when he pushed the ball through traffic he looked a little like Jason Kidd. If nothing else, he looks fearless and strong. I even saw him post up nicely. He seems to play bigger than he is.

  • dan

    holy smoke !!!! Lacob signed off on this deal?

  • Son of Ahmed

    Nellie has nothing to do with this methinks, and Marcus is right. His game is more 2 than 1. Was at the game where Lin played against Wall. Surprised by his athleticism and impact on the game. Don’t know if it will work at the next level, but I like the signing for the terms that are being reported.

  • Son of Ahmed

    Tony Hicks,

    re: “He seems to play bigger than he is.”

    I had the same impression seeing him in video and live in Vegas. He looks longer than 6’3″, and he plays longer. His ceiling, imo, is John Barry, who had a nice supporting role on the 90′s Kings.

  • Willy

    Wow, Warriors fans sure get excited easily.

  • Willy

    Mullin #7,

    Exactly.

  • infamous w’s

    #7 and #18, you guys have unwittingly setup the next voices of doubt that Lin must overcome – whether this was marketing or a bball move. Scouts have been wrong at every level and there are plenty of real basketball people have said he can play at a high level. Jim Calhoun said he coulda been D1. After seeing Randle and the other Cal guards play I think it would have been very likely Jlin could have helped Stanford to a Pac-10 title if they saw past their limited thinking.

  • infamous w’s

    instead of D1 I meant Big East

  • Come on

    Why? He should go to the Lakers if he wants to see playoff action (or have a chance to win a ring without doing much). Hes a project for now…

  • Steve

    Mullin Fan and Willy #7 and #18, could Azubuike play? Could Morrow play? How about CJ Watson and Tolliver, could they play? Scouts for the Warriors have done a great job finding undrafted players that can get it done in the NBA. That said, my money says yes, Lin can play.

  • Dave

    I’m so happy. Great move by the Warriors. Not a huge transaction, but a smart one. C.J. was a nice, but probably won’t improve much more in his career. Lin has a chance to be great.

  • Noyze

    If anyone doubts Lin can play, check him out against Wall in the Summer League. I know summer league doesn’t prove anything, but i think we can agree he deserves to start his career in the NBA, and not the NBDL.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvkXmMcGfLo

  • robert rowell

    since when is an ivy league grad considered “underdog?” you gotta be kidding, right? you gotta $100K+ piece of paper with “HARVARD” stamped on it, friend, watch the whole white world open for you.

    sign iverson. quit fooling around with the scrap at the bottom of the barrel.

  • John Starks

    Iverson will need social security and/or hip replacement by December. Jeremy Lin deserves a chance, especially if they can get him on the cheap. He’s got game and his presence alone will create a bigger buzz than Iverson would here in the Bay Area.

  • Hook Mitchell

    Props to Jeremy Lin.

    I’m familar with the whole Asian pride thing that follows him.

    I’m Cambodian from WEST OAKLAND.
    but am a Jeremy Lin hater.
    (only because I feel I should have been first one to make it to the league. )

    all that said. Bruh do got game.

    He don’t hoop. He play BASKETBALL and is good at it.

    Smart player.
    Court IQ is comparable to Steph Curry but won’t be able to make half the plats curry can.

    You can’t go wrong with a player that knows/understand the game.

    He will make plays. But will also get ABUSED out there.

    I’m sure he can handle it.

    He been proving everyone wrong ever since he touched a hoop rock and stepped on the court.

    For the record. I’m a Jeremy Lin HATER.
    Only out of spite and jealosy.

    I’d score on him all day. He can’t hold me.

    I do wish him the best of luck tho.

  • Hook Mitchell

    Oh yeah.

    Just a side note.

    I predict a Guber funded movie/biography/story about Jeremy Lin and his “rise to the top despite many Asian sterotypes”

    A movie that may rival “The Blind Side”

    Just my two cents.

    Take it for what it’s worth…

    two cents to be exact.

  • Gunner

    Just a PR move. This is to get the interest up in the Asian community.

    The way they gave away so many players for nothing, instead of keeping them, shows that they will run it like Cohan did.

    Control salaries and make PR moves that draw fans > building a winning team.

    They know fans will keep going despite losing. They just need to make a PR move once in a while to keep interest

  • linlin

    I’ll buy his first jersey

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  • http://NBADRAFT.NET Jon C

    Lin was a very good college baller. He should have been drafted. This is a smart pick up by the Warriors.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    He showed up that midget Randall from Cal state.

  • now a warrior fan

    Based on Jeremy Lin basketball IQ. he can be a future Steve Nash or Tony Parker

  • FoReal

    You’re right Gunner, it’s a great PR move, but one that’s deserved. Signing a player for less than Patrick O’Bryant who’s shown he already can hang with this year’s #1 pick… It’s seriously a no-brainer. How soon can I get my Lin jersey?

    This has been a great offseason. We lost some fan favorites in Randolph, Turiaf, Buike, and CJ, but I think we’re still a better team going forward with the guys we have. We’ll finally get some rebounds with David Lee and Curry is going to be a star this year.

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  • Life Long Dubs Fan

    To call this just a PR move isn’t giving Lin the credit he’s due. He’s continually performed at the highest level of basketball – high school, college.

    Just because he graduated from an Ivy League school doesn’t mean he’s not an underdog. As noted, an Asian American player is a rarity in the NBA. Despite leading his high school to a state championship and being Div II HS player of the year, he still wasn’t offered an NCAA Div I spot. Lin went on to Harvard, outplayed those players who were drafted & then showed up John Wall in summer league. He’s not a fluke.

    Don’t cut Lin short, he’s worked hard to get where he is. He’s had to put up with racial slurs during his games in college and overwhelming doubt about his game – because of his last name and the way he looks.

    Whatever color this guy is, he can play. Let’s at least recognize that.

  • ArmChair GM

    Ummm, the reality is that both Dallas and the Lakers(who last time I checked were the World Champs)were both interested in Lin.

    If you watched the Summer League, he held his own and made plays against the number one pick in the draft, John Wall.

    There’s a saying that ‘Misery loves company.’ Some of you ‘fans’ are so pessimistic about every little thing. But if the Lakers had picked Lin, these same people would be up in arms saying that the Warriors missed out on a good, smart, homegrown talent, who is fearless on the basketball court, and has tons of potential.

    Stop being hypocrites. It’s time to ‘Believe’ again or go root for somebody else.

  • TownLove

    Gonna miss CJ and Morrow. They were both fun to watch. Oh Well.

  • OliverS

    gonna love this new kid in town.. go go.. warrior.. go go.. jeremy lin

  • PhillyJ

    Man, bunch of J-Lin haters in here. I’d much rather have Lin than “Jeremy Lynn” as #7 pointed out. We know the success the Warriors have had with slow, white dudes: Murphy, Dunleavy, Fuller.

    J-Lin can flat out play. He’ll ball on Derek Fisher, Beno Udrih, Steve Blake, and all the other backup PGs in the West.

  • Dancing Bear

    Good move. Go Warriors!!!! Can’t wait to watch Lin and Curry play.

  • HankT

    Jeremy Lin is not taiwanese. His parents even said they are Chinese that settled in taiwan. there’s no such ethnicity as “taiwanese.” And Jeremy Lin said he’s an American of Chinese descent.

  • DL

    @Gunner – It is a PR move to a certain extent but a very good and calculated one. It is one that if it works out, everyone will benefit. Jeremy Lin will be playing his hometown team, in front of friends and family.

    The Warriors get great marking opportunities to Jeremy’s family and friends, in addition to the Asian community. Plus, it’s a low cost, low risk and high reward for the Warriors.

    However, I sense that you have a negative take. I believe the Warriors are going to try and give Jeremy Lin a shot to play. This isn’t a sign him and let him go thing. If that was the case, Asian fans wouldn’t care at all.

  • Steve

    Article from before the draft on Lin, including some good video clips.

    http://www.channelapa.com/2010/06/jeremy-lin-works-out-with-nba-teams.html

  • Steve
  • Gunner

    I might sound pessimistic but I am an Asian American and I am excited about the addition of Lin as well.

    BUT… if you thought our defense sucked last year, hang on tight because this year will blow your minds off:

    - rotation of Curry + Ellis + Lin at guard
    - Dorrell Wright (plays some D but can’t score) + Reg Williams (plays no D)
    - David Lee (productive but doesn’t play D)
    - Biedrins with Turiaf gone

    Downgrade defensively at all 5 spots…

    I am thinking about opponent PPG of 120 (we were 112.4 last year)!

  • RolePlayer

    If Lin wasn’t Asian-American would we be more proud of a home grown product, who led an underdog high school team to the division 2 championship over a southern california powerhouse. Even though he was named california state player of the year, he wasn’t offered a scholarship, went to harvard and had one of the greatest careers ever in their school’s basketball history, still didn’t get drafted. He got his one shot with Dallas’ summerleague and shined when he went against Goliath in John Wall, the #1 pick of the draft and more than held his own. He eventually choose to return home, if he wasn’t Asian American, wouldn’t his story of a local underdog getting his shot with the big boys get all our support?

  • WarriorDragon

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

  • Earl Monroe

    For all those Asian hoop fans, the Warriors also had another Chinese player in summer camp in the 60;s he was the last man cut by Alex Hannum, incredible
    player by the name of Norman Owyang, range to 30 feet shot with both the left and right hand and could make hook shots with either hand from 15 feet.
    Pound for pound I have never seen a better player than him, and I got to see him play when he was much older.