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John Wall vs. Jeremy Lin

John Wall earned a huge ovation from the crowd at Cox Pavilion during introductions Thursday night, easily the biggest cheer for any of the Wizards or Mavericks players. By the end of the game, the crowd had turned on Wall and was cheering for Dallas's Jeremy Lin, the undrafted point guard out of Harvard who scored nine fourth-quarter points.

When Lin split two defenders and was called for a charge, the crowd erupted in outrage, and media members joked that it finally sounded like an NBA game, what with fans yelling at refs. When Lin later guarded Wall closely and was called for a foul, someone screamed out "quit protecting him!"

There were also a couple times when Lin scored, and Wall seemed to attempt an immediate offensive response on the other end.

"I wasn't getting into no back and forth," Wall said. "He was just making great plays coming off pick and rolls and getting into the paint and making shots."

And if you watch the video above, a great many of Lin's highlights didn't actually come against Wall. Still, for a third game of Summer League, it offered a nice little diversion, and Chris Webber certainly seemed to enjoy the matchup. So did Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm, who wrote (via True Hoop):

"The kid from the Ivy League refused to back down from the YouTube sensation and while Wall walked away with the highlight reel, Lin walked away as the fan favorite."

(Via The Big Lead)

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 16, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
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that asian kid can ball

Posted by: ttn703 | July 16, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Born and raised in California. You might want to call him American.

Posted by: silent-bob | July 16, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

asian american....happy?

Posted by: ttn703 | July 16, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Everybody's happy! This is a comment section on a blog - how can we not be happy?

Posted by: Urnesto | July 16, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I'll be happy only if he makes the Mavs roster.

Posted by: silent-bob | July 16, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: merajc86 | July 16, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

We should bring Lin to serve as our backup pg...he was undrafted

Posted by: Havemercyplz | July 16, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Jeremy Lin is making the most of his playing time, and is one of the most productive and efficient per-minute players on the Mavericks summer team for scoring, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He's shooting over 50% from the field, and over 60% from 3-point land.

Even though he showed he can hold his own (if not dominate) against the #1 overall draft pick John Wall, he still has a TON of potential to grow, and the sky's the limit for him. He is learning more every single game.

For those naysayers pointing out the turnovers, those will cut down the more experience he gets. Also, John Wall had 8 turnovers for 2 straight games leading up to the Mavericks matchup, for some perspective.

Posted by: Observer157 | July 16, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

What else does Jeremy Lin have to do to prove he belongs in the NBA? He outplayed John Wall in the summer league, and was one of 20 college finalists for the John Wooden (best DI player) and Bob Cousy (best DI point guard) awards. Simply due to race, he was California's only HS State Player of the Year in history who wasn't offered any college DI basketball scholarships. He keeps getting no respect his entire career, and is the biggest sleeper in this year's crop of rookies.

Internet comments about Jeremy being less athletic are completely bogus, lazily made simply because he's Asian American. Lin has been the most athletic player on the Mavericks summer team, with eye popping spin moves, out-rebounding other guards, and getting steals and blocks no other guard is able to do. The disparaging comments about Jeremy Lin are ignorant fans who have never actually seen the kid play. Anyone who sees him play becomes a fan and know he can play at the NBA level. I've watched Jeremy Lin since his college career against players drafted in the 1st round, and he is NBA legit. His game is already good enough to play 15 minutes off the bench and give a team positive +/- differentials.

Posted by: Observer157 | July 19, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Jeremy Lin is NBA ready. I have no idea what these scouts are thinking. Mavs need to sign this guy fast. He is the type of player that will do well in a system where he can learn from Jason Kidd. Besides, Stern need to lobby to get his kid in the league. How many Harvard grads and econ majors are playing in the league? This is the type of guy who deserves a shot. SOMEBODY PLEASE SIGN THIS GUY.

Posted by: indaview | July 19, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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