Random musings on Jeremy Lin leaving Knicks

Knicks wave goodbye to Lin

1. Let’s start with the basketball standpoint. Lin was the best point guard option available. Felton, by all accounts, is overweight and coming off the worst season of his career. Kidd, or the shell that’s left of him, is 39, (though he apparently still has the party habits of someone 20 years his junior). Pablo Prigioni has even less NBA experience than Lin. Are there arguments that Lin isn’t the best of the group? Sure. But then again, this wasn’t a money decision.

2. Nope. This wasn’t about money. This was about loyalty. Jim Dolan gave Jeremy Lin his chance, and Lin stabbed him in the back. And by “giving a chance,” I mean signing the dotted line below Lin’s minimum NBA pay check, and by “stabbing him in the back,” I mean shopping around for a contract because Dolan and the rest of the knuckleheads in the front office told him to. How dare Lin accept a contract for more money to become a millionaire when he made $600 million for Cablevision and single-handedly ended the Time Warner Cable dispute? Seriously, if anyone handed you $5 million dollars, would you *ever* turn that down? Where was it written in stone that Lin had to come back to New York?

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Building the Syracuse lacrosse dynasty — Brad Kotz

KotzIt’s strange when “Syracuse lacrosse” and “dominant” (or some other synonym) aren’t used in the same sentence these days. Since 1983, the Orangemen have won 11 National Championships, produced a pair of Tewaaraton Trophy winners and have seen 12 players become four-time All-Americans.

Yet, there exists a time when the Orangemen were underdogs in the lacrosse world. Before 1983, SU had last won a national championship in 1925 (to put that in prospective, F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby that year) and in the 1982 season, the Orangemen had gone 6-4, losing to a pair of Division II teams while missing the tournament completely.

But that all changed in 1983.

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Syracuse hurdler Jarret Eaton knows he can go faster

Whether it’s a race in the familiar confines of Abington High School or a pressure packed NCAA National Championship 2,500 miles away, Jarret Eaton and mother Sharon have a long standing tradition.

Dominating win or heartbreaking loss, mother and son will convene.

“He’ll call me up, and I’ll congratulate him,” Sharon says. “But I’ll ask him after every race, ‘Jarret, can you go faster?’”

The answer has evolved over time, mirroring the rise of Eaton from a part-time hurdler at a small college in Pennsylvania to an elite athlete at Syracuse University with Olympic aspirations.

“It started off as, ‘I don’t know,’” Sharon says. “It became, ‘I think I can.’”

Nowadays, the answer is, unequivocally, “I can go faster.”

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Can Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony co-exist?

JLinThe question burning on everyone’s mind in the basketball universe recently centers around former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony and current sensation Jeremy Lin. Anthony has been out for the majority of Lin’s amazing run with the New York Knicks—save six or so minutes—and everyone’s wondering what’s going to happen when Anthony returns.

On the one hand, there’s an argument to be made that it’s going to be a pure disaster. The Knicks of the last seven games run a free flowing, motion offense, while Anthony has been one of the biggest isolation players in the league his entire career.

For instance, this season, he’s averaging 32.2 percent of his plays coming from isolations, which leads the league. Last year, he led the league with 37.2. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Anthony would get in the way of Lin’s abilities to get to the basket and create opportunities for his teammates.

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McNabb tries for fresh start with Redskins

Welcome to the Nation’s capital, Donovan.

The former Syracuse university standout and one of the most recognizable faces in the NFL has taken his career to the Washington Redskins after being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles, where McNabb had spent his entire 11-year NFL career.

It was the signature move of the offseason for new head coach Mike Shanahan, who will try to turn around a franchise that went 4-12 last year and has developed a losing culture in recent years. Along with McNabb, the team also acquired former Pro Bowlers Larry Johnson and Willie Parker.

“There’s a vibe that’s going on in the D.C. area in particular. Everyone’s looking forward to great things happening,” McNabb said. “We want to change what’s been happening here the past few years and get this thing in a winning situation.”

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A look ahead: 2010-11 Syracuse basketball

The 2009-10 season was one of the best in Syracuse history. The team received its first No. 1 AP ranking since the Derrick Coleman era and landed in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.

But as Syracuse loses three of its cornerstones from last year and imports a new class of talented freshmen, who will fit in where? Here’s how it breaks down:

WHO’S OUT?

WESLEY JOHNSON: The red-shirt junior had the biggest impact of any one-year player since Carmelo Anthony. His 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds earned him a stockpile of awards, including Big East Player of the Year and First Team AP All American.

“We had a wonderful season and I had a great season,” Johnson said. “But it has always been my dream to go to the NBA.”

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Ever improving Jackson becomes force inside

Bilal Dixon didn’t stand a chance.

Providence’s starting center stands 6-foot-8 and weighs in at around 228 pounds. Against most teams, Dixon holds his own ground in the low post. Playing Connecticut, the freshman’s 11 points and 12 rebounds helped pace an 81-66 over the rough and physical Connecticut Huskies on January 27.

But that was not the case when Dixon played against Syracuse’s Rick Jackson on Febraury 2. That night, Dixon was 0-for-4 from the field, did not score, and contributed just four rebounds in 22 minutes.

As for his counterpart? All Jackson did was score a career high 28 points and grab nine rebounds as Syracuse crushed the Friars, 99-85. It has been another solid season season for Jackson, who averaging a career high 10 points and nearly seven rebounds in 25 minutes per game.

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