JEREMY LIN IN PERFECT SYSTEM TO ATTACK RIM - SPANOULIS WASTED IN HOUSTON
The Jeremy Lin story has been a great thing to watch, of an underdog kid from Havard University finally getting his shot to show what he could do with the ball from the point-guard spot in the NBA. After being let go by the Warriors and the Rockets, Lin got his chance in New York, and the internet and sports talk radio has been Jeremy Lin all day long, and many sports talk shows have interviewed former NBA players, along with NBA coaches to get their opinion on how so many teams missed on Jeremy Lin.
Mad Dog Radio and Murray in the middle show interviewed former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, to get his thoughts on how so many scouts and NBA coaches missed on this true point-guard and it got EUROJOHNBBALL to think about some guys who never really get a shot to show their stuff in the NBA. Jeff Van Gundy is the same coach that had European and Greek star guard Vassilis Spanoulis during the 2006-07 season, and used him as though he was just a spot-up Kyle Korver type of 3 point shooter, who stood in the corners while Tracy McGrady and Rafer Alston pounded the ball at the top of the key, as the main ball handlers. Jeff Van Gundy and Spanoulis got into it about playing time, and how he was used, and at times, Luther Head, along with John Lucas Jr., were ahead of Spanoulis in the rotation.
Spanoulis returned to Greece, and won a Euroleague title with Panathinaikos, and was named MVP of the Final Four, as he got his chance to share the top of the key with Dimitris Diamantidis, as he did with the Greek national team at the 2006 World championship, in their upset win over Lebron James, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and coach K, when Spanoulis led Greece with 22 points. Spanouils and Jeremy Lin have similar games, as they are both smart players, who love running the pick and roll, and though both can hit the open jumpers, they love to turn the corners to attack the rim for layups. Both Lin and Spanoulis were behind other players, and in the back of their minds, they were thinking, if they just get a shot at the top of the key with the ball, they could show the coach and the NBA their skill level.
Fans in Europe, and NBA announcers Doug Collins, along with Mike Breen, already knew the stuff Spanoulis could do with the ball, but Jeff Van Gundy never gave him his shot to be the man on pick and roll plays. Jeremy Lin got his shot with his coach in New York, and he has not looked back, with amazing numbers in his first 7 games as the point-guard, and if Vassilis Spanoulis played for another coach, who used him in the proper way, more basketball fans in the NBA would know his name, just like the European basketball fans do.