Mark Cuban – Lin can be another Nash

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appeared on CBS This Morning and talked about numerous topics. in my opinion, there was one topic that really stood out. Cuban compared Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash. Mark meant to compliment Lin but could also be a diss of Nash?

Rose: One basketball question. I’m doing a profile of Jeremy Lin. What do you think of Jeremy Lin?

Cuban: The Mavs were the first team to sign him as a free agent, and we loved him. He’s a kid that was fearless. He was obviously smart having got into Harvard. He was a lot more athletic than people expected. We really looked at him as a potential as another Steve Nash. We wanted to sign for summer league, wanted to sign him to a contract for the Mavs, but he wanted to go play close to home and he grew up in the Bay Area so he went to sign with the Golden State Warriors and the rest is history.

Rose: Can he be another Steve Nash?

Cuban: Yeah, he absolutely can. He’s that good. He’s got that type of talent. But, part of what made Steve Nash great, when Nash went from the Mavericks to the Suns and became MVP, it was a system that he just excelled at. So, Jeremy has got to play in the right environment with the right players and he can be a star. (Dallas News)

For Lin, this is a great compliment. Steve Nash has been one of the best point guards in the league for many years ago and has done things that most people never thought he would do.

This could be a knock on Nash though and here’s why. Look at Cuban’s last answer, he said “part of what made Steve Nash great, when Nash went from the Mavericks to the Suns and became MVP, it was a system that he just excelled at. o, Jeremy has got to play in the right environment with the right players and he can be a star.”

Is Mark saying the only reason Nash became great is because of the system? It’s definitely possible but that’s most likely not what he meant even though it sounds like it.

What Cuban says though agrees with something I’ve said all winter and spring. I’m a diehard fan of the New York Knicks but never fully bought into this Jeremy Lin is a star stuff. I always thought he was a guy who excelled because of the system he was in, which is evident by how many times he switched teams.

Now will Lin excel in Houston? Is it the right system for him?

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