It seems Kobe Bryant thinks GM Larry Riley, Assistant GM Bob Myers and the rest of the Warriors’ staff should be axed for letting Jeremy Lin go. At least that’s what he told the Associated Press
KOBE: “The biggest thing to me is how everybody missed that. They all would be fired if I was owning a team. I hear this stuff about it coming out of nowhere, and I think it’s (wrong). You can’t play that well and just come out of nowhere. There has to be something there, and everybody missed it, so heads would roll.”
Certainly, in hindsight, Lin looks like a keeper. Even Steve Nash, according to ESPN.com, echoed Bryant’s sentiments that something was there.
NASH: “I think [the Knicks] is a good system for him, but I think every team can use a point guard like him. I don’t think it’s because of the system. I think it’s a good system for him, but I think he’d be good anywhere he played the game.”
Is Kobe on to something? Should someone be fired for missing on Lin? Or does Riley & Co. get a pass since NOBODY knew Lin was this good. Not the Warriors, Rockets or Knicks (who had him on the bench for months). Is this a bigger miss than the one many Warriors fans lament about: choosing Ekpe Udoh of Greg Monroe?