Jackson, Warriors no regrets about Lin

February 7, 2012, 8:04 pm
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OAKLAND -- Jeremy Lin had 25 points and seven assists against NewJersey on Saturday and then followed it up with a 28-point, eight-assistgame against Utah on Monday.

Against the Jazz, the Knicks were without Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
And now you can hear a collective groan from Warriors fanslamenting another player who got away.One word: Relax.Warriors fans might be bummed that Lin has put twoconsecutive good games together, but the Warriors as a team are more than happywith backup point guard Nate Robinson -- the man who eventually came to replace Lin.The Warriors waived Lin at the start of training camp inorder to get as much money off their books as possible so as to make a run atDeAndre Jordan, a restricted free agent center.The Warriors didnt get Jordan because the Clippers matchedthe four-year, 42.7 million offer. But in the process, they also lostLin.Its a stretch, its a stretch, Warriors coach MarkJackson said of those comparing Lin to Robinson. The fact is Jeremy Lin waslet go so we could clear money to get DeAndre Jordan. So, its not fair to sayWhy did you go get Nate? That had nothing to do with Jeremy Lin. Jeremy Linis playing great.I wish him nothing but the very best. I hope he continuesto play great basketball because in my short time with him, he was class andquality.But dont confuse Jacksons well-wishes for regret. Hescertainly not there yet. Nor should he be. Lin wasnt perfect, after all,committing eight turnovers against the Jazz.Eight turnovers wont cut it on most nights, Lin told reporters in New York.
Lins numbers also have gotten a boost because Knicks coachMike DAntoni has put the ball almost exclusively in Lins hand and allowed himto run pick-and-roll after pick-and-roll.At the end of the day, Nate Robinson won games for us,Jackson said. And its not a fair comparison because its not eitheror. Wewent and got Nate when Steph (Curry) went down and we needed help at the pointguard position.

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