Chris Rock Tweets Defense of Jeremy Lin Amid Criticism

Chris Rock Jeremy Lin Split - P 2012
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Chris Rock Jeremy Lin Split - P 2012

With the Knicks' point guard moving to the Rockets, the comedian takes a shot at the way his value has been questioned.

Jeremy Lin is headed to Houston, and New York is split on whether that's a good thing or not. Chris Rock has a few things to say about that.

"If linn [sic] were a 23 old black kid who came straight from high school and had tat on his neck that said thug life and happened to score 38 points on the lakers I don't think anyone would question his contract," Rock wrote on Twitter on Wednesday; Lin is the first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwainese descent in NBA history

Lin was a revelation during a magical run for the Knicks this past season, keying a 25 game charge that got the struggling team into playoff position. He became a sensation, earning himself a $25 million dollar contract in the process -- but no one expected it to be from the Rockets. And while the Knicks said they'd match the deal, they elected not to do so out of salary concerns, leading to a debate between Knicks fans: was his contract worth matching, given the huge luxury tax implications involved?

Instead, the Knicks chose to sign point guard Jason Kidd, a 40-year old former All-Star, and trade for Raymond Felton, a one-time Knick who was traded in 2011 for Carmelo Anthony.