The Charlotte Hornets traded in the mercurial Lance Stephenson for another player who about whom fans have wildly differing opinions — Jeremy Lin. Lin brings a sunny disposition and a well-rounded game to Charlotte, two things Stephenson — despite great promise — was unable to deliver. Lin looks poised to get time starting at off-guard in the backcourt with All-Star-caliber point guard Kemba Walker, and also play some point when Walker takes a breather. The Hornets look solid, with first round pick Frank Kaminsky able to develop at a somewhat leisurely pace while Tyler Hansbrough grabs one ferocious rebound after another. Even the unfortunate injury to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist may have an upside, forcing coach Steve Clifford to experiment with a team that has a roster ripe for experimentation.
Still think Jeremy Lin was a flash in the giant Madison Square Garden pan — and Linsanity was a fluke? You might want to head back to basketball 101 then. Because this guy named Michael Jordan thinks Lin, who he called Charlotte’s biggest acquisition, is a real asset. Jordan listed numerous Lin qualities in an interview in China, saying that he likes Lin’s “penetration, his shooting capability, his point guard savvy. He can really pass the basketball, his energy about the game of basketball.”