The last time Harvard had a player in the NBA, the Lakers were champions — the Minneapolis Lakers. With George Mikan. Dwight Eisenhower was president and children were just getting the first polio vaccines.
Jeremy Lin could change that.
Fans at Summer League in Las Vegas loved him — he won over a crowd that had come to see John Wall play. And he has won over NBA executives.
The Los Angeles Lakers have started negotiations with his agent, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. Lin played on the Dallas Mavericks Summer League team and is negotiations with them as well. There may be other organizations talking with him as well.
Both Dallas and Los Angeles are pretty stacked at the point guard position, Lin would not see a lot of minutes. But these are also two teams looking for affordable players who can be developed to put at the end of their rosters, and Lin could be that guy.
He’s a coach’s dream in that he just plays hard. He is fearless going to the rim. He is not a guy who is going to get by in the NBA on his athleticism, but he is a guy who has gotten everything out of the talents god gave him as anyone in Vegas.
Looks like he is at least going to get a shot in training camp. And maybe make the roster of a contender.
Joel Embiid on Monday will have an MRI on his injured left knee and is now listed as out indefinitely.
Embiid has been experiencing swelling and soreness in the left knee injury that has caused him to miss 16 out of the last 17 games. Bryan Colangelo announced back on Feb. 11 that Embiid has a minor meniscal tear. In his most recent press conference last Friday, Colangelo had targeted this Friday’s home game against the Knicks as a possibility for Embiid’s return. Now, that isn’t the case.
Embiid had been the biggest ray of hope for Philadelphia, but the 76ers shouldn’t chase watchability down the stretch. Sit Embiid until he’s fully healthy and secure the best draft position possible.
Maybe Embiid’s body just can’t handle the rigors of NBA basketball, but Philadelphia has no choice but to hope for the best with him and Simmons. And hope the nail the their first-round pick this year and get the Lakers’ first-rounder.
This could still be a dangerously good team in coming years. The Process created that potential.
But the threat of injury always looms around the corner, maybe especially so for Embiid.
Report: Knicks’ Joakim Noah likely to miss rest of season after knee surgery
Prepare for the talk next fall about Noah feeling refreshed and ready to help the Knicks.
But this surgery won’t reverse the underlying problem: Noah is a 31-year-old big man with heavy mileage. He can manage his knees, but it’s probably too late for him to regain enough athleticism to reliably contribute.
Just three years and $55 million+ remaining on his contract, which already looked like the NBA’s worst deal and is now even more unfavorable.
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