Even if you aren’t an NBA fan, if you haven’t heard the name Jeremy Lin during the past month, you’ve been living in a cave.
The Asian-American Point Guard took over the starting spot on Feb. 6, 2012, against the Utah Jazz scoring, at that time, his career high, 28 points and dishing out eight assists.
He shocked the world as he lead the New York Knicks to seven straight wins. Since his initial start on Feb. 6, Lin has lead the Knicks to a 9-3 record creating a worldwide buzz. Lin is now the face of New York, a sensation around the city, including ticket sales sky-rocketing in Madison Square Garden.
There have been hundreds of different sayings that have been put on t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc. all having to do with Lin. Such sayings include, “Lincredible,” “Lin Time,” “Linsanity,” “Lint Condition,” “Lin It To Win It,” “Linsider,” …the list could go on and on.
As for myself, I am loving all this Jeremy Lin hype. Being that my favorite NBA team happens to be the New York Knicks, my opinion may be considered a little “biased” but hey, if this guy hasn’t impressed you yet, you must not know the game of basketball. I mean what hasn’t Jeremy Lin done?
Before the Linsanity occured, the Knicks posted an 8-15 record. He has completely turned the Knicks around, turning their record from a losing one to at just about .500 and up until the All-Star Break, the Knicks were trailing the Philadelphia 76ers by just 3.5 games out of 1st place in the Atlantic division.
Lin has played significant minutes in 12 straight games, spanning from Feb. 4 – Feb. 23. Lin is averaging 23 points, nine assists and four rebounds in those games. That is very, very impressive considering these are Lin’s first starts ever in his career. To make the story even more phenomenal, Jeremy Lin was undrafted out of Harvard University where he averaged just under 13 points per game in his career and was highly doubted by many NBA scouts.
He was signed by the Golden State Warriors in the 2010-2011 NBA season but saw little time on the court and was later released. As all of you may already know, according to several sources Lin was staying at his brothers apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, he was sleeping on his couch.
During this span, the Knicks were on a desperate search for a “true” point guard that could not only score but distribute the ball evenly amongst the team.
A week later, the Knicks saw the potential in Lin and gave him a contract and finally signed him to the team. Sure enough the Knicks saw that the addition of Lin really paid off.
I am a huge fan of Jeremy Lin. Anyone who wouldn’t be a fan of someone who was sleeping on his brother’s couch and a week later dropping 25 and 10 for an NBA team must be crazy. I mean who wouldn’t be a fan of Lin? Well unfortunately there are a lot of people out there hating on Linsanity.
The majority of those haters are found in the Greater Philadelphia area. Hm I wonder why?
All I’m trying to say is that this man, Lin, is a monster. He is a true point guard, with a smooth game, a yo-yo handle and a quick release. He has all the potential in the world. Not to mention he is one of the most humble players I have ever seen. No cockiness or selfishness about him.
In every interview, Lin shouts out his teammates and thanks them for his performance and the teams win that night. Never once does he say he’s the reason why he turned the New York Knicks season around, when in reality he is the exact reason why the Knicks are being talked about for playoff contention this season.
His name was finally called, he took advantage of the chance he’s been given and he hasn’t looked back since. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention he dropped a cool 38 on Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers. Now that’s what I call #Linning.