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    感謝何穎怡的大耳朵的翻譯。

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    林書豪驚天落淚後,我就知道要「糟」。

    1.男兒家,哭什麼?
    2.NBA男子漢,更不該哭,冷靜毅力恆心必備之。
    3.已經賺了那麼多,哭什麼?
    4.已經打了九年,還躺著賺冠軍戒,哭屁!
    5.不是信上帝,交給上帝啊,NBA比上帝重要?

    如果你跟我一樣追隨林書豪九年。為了他訂購NBA League Pass,確保自己無論到了哪裡都不會錯過一場他的球賽轉播,跟我一樣,為了他開始研究NBA進階數據,每場比賽不僅看現場,還要跟其他球迷討論,之後,還上遍各大網站論壇讀球賽分析。

    你也會跟我一樣心疼,他的哭,怎麼忍那麼久?他的哭,多麼勇敢!如果沒有信仰,今日,他在華爾街賺錢就好(他是哈佛經濟系),何必一再證明自己,因為他深信上帝比籃球大,籃球是上帝交付給他的責任。

    去年,他受到大傷(這種程度的傷,NBA史上只有三個球員能復出,只有一個球員撐過一年),復健過程痛不欲生,他屢屢想放棄,每次都禱告問上帝:你要我堅持下去嗎?答案是「是」。因此,他走下去。

    我當然明白,受傷後的林書豪今非昔比,但是NBA真的已經沒有他的一席之地嗎?你只要回想今年的季後賽,暴龍隊的替補控衛Fred VanVleet多少場抱零,毫無貢獻,教練卻始終不放棄,一直用他,直到他突破瓶頸。

    相同的機會,林書豪為什麼沒有?為什麼?我不想說「種族歧視」,但是下面這篇「富比士」雜誌專欄作家的專文幫我列出數據、類比對象,然後提出「?」。

    他是籃球專家,他的質疑比我專業。你我一起來問「為什麼」!

    下面是我的全文翻譯:

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    他現年三十歲,他的表現去年打折扣,缺少顛峰時期的爆炸力,外界也懷疑他的耐力。

    嗨,咱們別再提Jeff Teague,我們是要聊林書豪的。

    我在開玩笑。不過老實說,再也沒有比這更好的例子來證明NBA圈裡,你只要是曾有建樹的老將,通常都會得到Jeff Teague的「寬容待遇」。他目前的合約是三年五千七百萬,第四年(就是今年)是一千九百萬球員選項,他選擇留在原球隊。林書豪呢,時序進入八月,還沒找到東家。

    林書豪的真實命中率、失誤比、防守勝利貢獻值都比Jeff Teague好。就算把林書豪在表現不佳的暴龍隊期間算進去,也一樣,更別提他在老鷹隊期間經過完整的訓練營準備,還有教練團的信任,表現更是遠勝在明尼蘇達待了完整球季的Jeff Teague。

    說這些,不在貶抑Jeff Teague,他顯然也是個有能力的控衛,在NBA應有一席之地,他也的確有。

    但是三十歲的林書豪,已經在職業生涯的每一個階段做到所有的要求,因此,當他質疑為何他永遠得證明自己,一次又一次,這種情緒值得理解。

    林書豪的坦率誠懇令人耳目一新。過去幾年,他對自己扮演的角色了解更深,他的坦率能幫助未來的亞裔球員在NBA求存與成功。說來並不公平,林書豪的職業生涯過程裡必須扛負這些重任,非他所求,也非他能決定,那是外界強加於他,他也勇敢承受。

    因此,這就是為什麼真實命中率超過55%, 在持球分球(distributor,控衛中使用率低,功能在閱讀場上狀況,把球分出去該有位置,也就是所謂的地板型傳統控衛)上素來聲名卓著的球員,能在自由市場拿到一份多年合約,在2019-2020成為一個可以幫助球隊的資深控衛。

    等等,不,我講錯了,這是Derrick Rose跟他的兩年一千五百萬合約。不是林書豪。

    難怪林書豪的球迷會說:每次,他都拿不到跟他的身手、數據、成就相等的機會。這一定是種族歧視。

    答案顯然遠為複雜。球隊如果真的相信林書豪就會簽他。NBA,贏球就是一切。

    但是在這下面隱藏第二議題:為何NBA的評估員看到攤在檯面上的東西,總是看不到林書豪能有的貢獻?從大學畢業選秀落選,到每一次現身自由市場?

    在這個聯盟,表現與潛力受到相同重視,林書豪的第一項永遠被低估、第二項永遠被嗤之以鼻,對他的表現評估側重弱點。

    至少這個故事有個快樂結局:這個2018-2019正規球季表現不弱的球員
    ,雖然在東區聯盟季後賽被棄用,最後還是找到一個家,與印第安那溜馬隊簽下兩年七百萬合約,能夠把自己的籃球智慧與老將歷練傳承給一支迫切需要的球隊,讓我們恭喜———

    對不起,我又搞錯了,這是T.J. McConnell,此人的真實命中率、助攻率、失誤比,全部跟林書豪相同!

    難怪,林書豪質疑。難怪,我們許多人也質疑。

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    作者:Howard Megdal (WNBA/MLB/NCAA專欄作家、編輯)
    出處:《富比士雜誌》

    原文 : https://www.forbes.com/sites/howardmegdal/2019/07/31/what-does-jeremy-lins-story-tell-us-about-the-nba/?fbclid=IwAR1CFmY9jBosa7MiCmFGq_dWxQACvzgKGZl2IRPscptlsDMx0pBkQ-VQE2M#31bb2b6c66d0

    Howard Megdal

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    What Does Jeremy Lin’s Story Tell Us About The NBA ?

     

    SHANGHAI, CHINA – JULY 29: NBA player Jeremy Lin of the Toronto Raptors attends the 2019 CBA Draft on July 29, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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    He’s past 30, his production has suffered this past season, he lacks the explosiveness of his best campaigns and there are questions about his durability.

    But hey, enough about Jeff Teague, we’re here to talk Jeremy Lin.

    I kid, but seriously, there’s probably no better example of the kind of routine beneift of the doubt established players in the league typically receive, and Lin simply never has, than the difference between Teague’s current contract, a three-year, $57 million deal that included a fourth-year option at $19 million he opted into this summer, and Lin, who remains unsigned as the calendar turns to August tomorrow.

    Lin’s true shooting percentage, his turnover rate, his defensive win shares were all superior to Teague’s in 2018-19. This was true including his difficult time in Toronto, but especially so comparing his role in Atlanta, where he had a training camp and full buy-in from the coaching staff, to Teague’s full season in Minnesota.
    All of which is not to denigrate Teague, a clearly capable point guard who has a job in the NBA and should.

    But Jeremy Lin, now 30, having done all that’s been asked of him at every stop, can be forgiven for wondering why he’s needed to prove himself, over and over and over again.

    Lin’s honestly is refreshing. He’s spent the past several years with a greater understanding of the role he plays, the ways his openness publicly will help advance the cause of Asian-Americans in the NBA by seeing the challenges as well as the success. It’s also, at some level, unfair that Lin must carry these burdens with him while building a career. But he understands that is not his choice to make, it has been made for him, and so he has embraced it.

    And that’s why this 30-year-old with a true shooting percentage north of 55%, with a proven track record as a distributor, got a multi-year contract on the free agent market to help a team in 2019-20 as a veteran point guard —

    Wait, no, I’m sorry, that was Derrick Rose and his two-year, $15 million deal in Detroit.

    It’s a simple construct for many fans of Lin: he doesn’t get the opportunities other players at his skill level and proven track record do at every turn, therefore it must be racism.

    The answer is almost certainly more complicated than that. Teams who believed Lin could help them would sign him. The imperative to win is greater than almost anything else in the NBA.

    But there’s a second-order question: why are NBA talent evaluators looking at Lin and NOT seeing what he brings to the table, from his undrafted status out of college through every single time he’s hit the market?

    In a league where potential and performance are both rewarded, Lin’s ample supply of both have been minimized at every turn, the potential dismissed, the performance parsed for weaknesses alone.

    At least there’s a happy ending: the guy with the strong regular season in 2018-19, but who was marginalized during his team’s Eastern Conference playoff run has finally found a home, a two-year, $7 million contract with the Indiana Pacers to bring his basketball IQ and mentoring ability to a roster in need of both. Congratulations to —

    Oh, sorry. That was T.J. McConnell, whose true shooting percentage, assist percentage, turnover percentage, you name it were virtually identical to Jeremy Lin’s.

    No wonder Jeremy Lin wonders. No wonder so many others do, too.
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    Howard Megdal

    I am a writer/editor on WNBA/NBA/NWSL/MLB/NCAA women’s, men’s basketball and more. I’ve worked to equalize coverage between men’s and women’s sports, both in my own work and through creating infrastructure for it to do so in more permanent ways. I’m always curious, always seeking the deeper story, the connection between a stat and how it got that way, looking to shine a light on what is missed elsewhere. I’ve written at numerous outlets, including The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Deadspin, The Athletic and many more.

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