Jeremy Lin Admits He And Teammates Were Not Classy In Win Over Warriors
Jeremy Lin just missed out on a starting spot in the 2013 NBA All-Star game. (Photo: Reuters)
The Houston Rockets' 140-109 win over the Golden State Warriors two nights ago ended in controversy when the Warriors, acting on behalf of coach Mark Jackson, intentionally fouled the Rockets three times -- one of which was a flagrant -- despite the outcome being long decided.
The Warriors resorted to the hacking tactic because they didn't want the Rockets to set the record for most three pointers made by a team in a game. (The Rockets had made 23 and were one away from breaking the record.)
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Coach Jackson defended his decision to foul to the San Francisco Chronicle.
"We're not going to lie down. I was an old-school basketball player. I'm an old-school coach. If you can't appreciate that, that's on you. If you're going to try to get the record, we're going to stop you."
Of course, the Warriors didn't simply "stop the record," they fouled three times, including a hard foul that drew an ejection for Warriors bench player Draymond Green. Both sides, understandably, expressed their distaste over Twitter. Chandler Parsons of the Rockets tweeted a Mark Jackson quote to mark the Warriors ("Hand Down, Man Down!"), while Warriors center Andrew Bogut tweeted that he can't wait to see the Rockets again soon.
But Jeremy Lin, ever honest, actually played neutral and conceded a bit of fault from the Rockets.
"Only thing I think we need to apologize for was the reaction after the dunk. To be honest, that wasn't totally classy on our behalf," the 24-year-old Taiwanese American told reporters.
It's refreshing for an NBA player to actually admit fault in a heated situation. The Warriors, of course, are no strangers to beef this season. They've recently gotten at it with the Los Angeles Clippers and the OKC Thunder too.
What can we expect? They're an Oakland squad with a Brooklyn coach.