He comes from a sabermetric world, and some people even tell you he helped pioneer a new way of thinking about the NBA game. Which makes us wonder this about Daryl Moray: Are he and other MIT Monsters of Math less inclined to fall in love with their teams? Especially when they’re only 6-4, which is not the kind of start one would hope for a team with title expectations? "I have to think about that one," the architect of the Houston Rockets said before his team survived an entertaining 109-106 pulse-beater at the Garden last night. "We all wish we were playing better, but you can’t deny we have a lot of good things happening. And at the top of the list is Jeremy, who’s playing the best ball of his career, or at least since his time here in New York." Jeremy Lin, of course. He’s the 25-year-old point guard the Knicks let skip town a few summers back — not because they were dubious about the three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet the Rockets dropped on him, but because it was backloaded for a cap-busting $14 million in the final season. It was a shrewd move by Moray, who has made his share the last few seasons, including the luring of two of the league’s 10 best players — Dwight Howard and James Harden — to Houston in the past two markets. The Knicks shared Moray’s objective but not his foresight, so their decision on Lin doesn’t seem very astute now, given that Raymond Felton is barely adequate on most nights. Lin is tearing it up like he did in that magical month of the lockout season, so it’s safe to assume that Moray is still smitten. "I don’t know if his ceiling can be (determined) yet," the GM said. "If you go back to his first time around the league, the two criticisms people had about his offense were shooting and his left hand. And now he’s cleaned up both those things.
Houston's Jeremy Lin returns to MSG a better player
Newark Star-Ledger | Nov 15