Linsanity moves to Houston

The New York Knicks made it official last night. The declined the opportunity to match the offer sheet from the Houston Rockets, so Jeremy Lin is moving on and Linsanity is officially over in the Big Apple.

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Jason Kidd bolts to the New York Knicks

I’m not sure who is worse off after this move – fans of the Dallas Mavericks of fans of the New York Knicks?

Are the Knicks really better after signing an ancient point guard? It also sounds like they’re going to pay big money to keep Jeremy Lin. He’s a good player but will he be worth the salary? The Knicks are still a mess.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks that won a title last year are officially dismantled. They made a big push for Deron Williams, but that smart strategy didn’t pan out. Now Kidd is gone along with Jason Terry and most of the gang that surrounded Dirk for the title run. Now what?

ESPN “dismisses” employee responsible for Jeremy Lin headline

New York Knicks Jeremy Lin stands on the court in the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 15, 2012. The Knicks defeated the Kings 100-85. UPI/John Angelillo

ESPN has released a statement following the backlash over Friday’s headline “Chink in the Armor,” which was either in reference to the Knicks losing their first game in 13 days or as a way to describe Asian-American Jeremy Lin. (Or both.)

Here’s ESPN’s statement, which is currently posted on the network’s official website:

At ESPN we are aware of three offensive and inappropriate comments made on ESPN outlets during our coverage of Jeremy Lin.

Saturday we apologized for two references here. We have since learned of a similar reference Friday on ESPN Radio New York. The incidents were separate and different. We have engaged in a thorough review of all three and have taken the following action:

• The ESPN employee responsible for our Mobile headline has been dismissed.

• The ESPNEWS anchor has been suspended for 30 days.

• The radio commentator is not an ESPN employee.

We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin. His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.

I would rather believe that the headline was unintentional and just a massive oversight by ESPN employees because then that would mean racism never entered the minds of those involved. They simply posted “Chink in the Armor” because it served the purpose of describing that the Knicks finally displayed a weakness or a flaw since “Linsanity” started.

But then again I’m not that naïve. There are tons of other headlines that ESPN could have used to describe the loss. Here’s one: “Flawed after all.” It’s short and sweet, it rhythms, and hey, it’s devoid of any ethic slurs, which I think is its best attribute. Win-win-win.

Even if this situation was just a bad mistake, how anyone could be that dim as to not think the headline would cause a stir is beyond me. Headlines are supposed to draw attention, so you’re telling me people at ESPN didn’t stare at that thing 20 times before posting it to the site? It’s almost more believable that someone posted the headline as a terrible crack at humor rather than foolishly thinking it wouldn’t create controversy. And to use the slur twice in one day (once in print and once out of an anchor’s mouth) is brutal.

What’s done is done. ESPN took measures to correct the mistake and apologized, so it’ll take it’s medicine and hopefully learn from the experience.

Lin for the win!

This is crazy. Jeremy Lin drains a last-second three to beat the Raptors.

Jeremy Lin drops 38 on Lakers

New York Knicks Jeremy Lin drives to the basket in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 10, 2012. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 92-85 and Lin scores 38 points. UPI/John Angelillo

The Jeremy Lin story keeps getting more amazing. Naturally, some were questioning whether this kid from Harvard could sustain his incredible run against the Los Angeles Lakers, and then Lin went out and dropped 38 points on them.

Stop the Lin-sanity? The Lakers tried and tried. And failed. Badly.

The New York Knicks rolled over the Lakers, embarrassed them, really, fielding a lineup that would be laughable if not for Jeremy Lin.

The Lakers weren’t amused after Lin had 38 points and seven assists in the Knicks’ 92-85 victory Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Kobe Bryant was seething after the game, kicking a trash can in the locker room before quietly stewing at his locker in the corner. Lakers Coach Mike Brown tore into the team, telling players they needed to compete much better than the alleged 48 minutes they’d just logged.

It was another head-scratcher for the Lakers (15-12) in a season already filled with them.

This is a great story, though you have to wonder why Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni waited so long to play the kid. If it weren’t for injuries, the kid would still be wasting away on the bench. Didn’t he show off these skills in practice?

In any event, the NBA has a new star, at least for the moment. Let’s see if the Lin show continues.

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