"What we've actually been asked to do (by Larry [Page] and Sergey [Brin]) is to investigate what technical alternatives exist to Java for Android and Chrome. We've been over a bunch of these, and think they all suck. We conclude that we need to negotiate a license for Java under the terms we need,"
Lindholm is not a lawyer and in particular is not an IP lawyer. So whatever he "concludes" is completely irrelevant.
What if a plumber had a look at that zit you've been nursing and "concluded" you had cancer? You'd laugh your ass off and tell him to get back to his plumbing.