The game starts off no different than most games this season. The starters with the twin towers gives up a big lead in the first quarter. And, the second squad comes in, usually only 2 players, and gets some points back. Except, tonight, Lin was in that second squad along with Casspi and Houston made up a 20 point difference before half time.
However, Houston had a horrible second half as Clippers made defensive adjustments while the Rockets only tried to plow the ball to Harden. Quoting McHale:
We were on the line trying to get it to 13 and then it just snowballed from there. We missed some shots and we started doubting it and we stopped taking some shots that we needed to take. Then we got a lot of turnovers and then we just got really passive. The Clippers really took advantage of it.
So, after the game, I hopped around to a few sites and found a few comments on Facebook that I thought were a bit disturbing. A few Asian Americans were posting on the Rockets’ Facebook page trying to educate other Asians on how to be “good” fans. I find that this type of commnique to be similar to how Houston PR were employing writers in the past to condition fans to accept certain unfavorable scenarios such as moving Jeremy to the bench. It’s more peculiar that they are sharing the exact sentiment which is if you care about Lin then you will not flood Facebook with your comments.
I honestly don’t know whether these are real Asian American Lin fans who honestly feel other Asian Lin fans are giving Lin a harder time fitting in with the Rockets because of their flooding the Rockets’ Facebook page or they are not who they seem to be. I think the timing of the posts are especially conspicuous since this is the first game right after the Lakers game where there were alleged incidences of scapegoating the loss on Lin by teammates and coaches.
Anyways, I took screen shots of the posts to save for posterity sakes:
It is in my opinion that the purpose of social media such as corporate pages on Facebook are specifically for fans/customers to reach out, so these businesses can hear the “voice of the customer”. I am not sure how it would be beneficial to either Lin or the Rockets by remaining quiet. And, for change to occur, we might as well use the media tools available and create a ground swell that the Rockets organization cannot ignore.
Last observation. It appears there were a lot of Asians at the game this evening. I don’t think the organization don’t want to focus on the concerns of their largest growing market segment.
Just got back from the game.
No exaggeration: I haven’t been among so many Asians since I went to Tokyo (different nationalities of course).
If we traded Lin we’d lose 30% of our fans.
Harden had no business being out there. There comes a point when you must tell your player “no, you won’t play today”.
Basically, our team is this: two centers tripping over each other and a bunch of three point shooters who, when they aren’t hitting three pointers….
Meanwhile decent players rot on the bench. How Brewer would have helped on perimeter D today.
McHale, God love him, nice guy and all, this MUST be his last year as our “coach”.