Linsational! New York Knicks Point Guard Jeremy Lin has Taken New York and the Rest of the Basketball World by Storm
(Point Guard Jeremy Lin has become a sensation of late and could be the next big NBA star)
First it was Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and now it is Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks. It’s seems as though New York is getting all the young talent these days. The point guard from Harvard University has become a sensation overnight dating back to Feb. 4 when he came off the bench against the New Jersey Nets. He would later make his first career start against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 6. Ever since then the Knicks have won seven straight games in a row and at the moment are 15-15. Before Lin began to become a starter, the Knicks record was 8-15 to start the season.
So, why is Jeremy Lin so important and popular with so many people? Well for starters it is his background story. Lin was a Harvard graduate who began his NBA career undrafted. He was later picked up by his hometown team the Golden State Warriors in 2010. The Asian American (the first American player in the league of Chinese of Taiwanese descent) struggled and was later put on waivers. He bounced around the league from the Houston Rockets to playing in the D-League (minor league basketball). It was not until Dec. 28, 2011 when Lin was picked up by the Knicks that he was playing for a NBA team again.
Lin did not become a star right away and was actually demoted to the D-League in mid-January. Then with an injury to starter Carmelo Anthony and a leave of absence by Amar’e Stoudemire (death in the family), Lin returned to the Knicks line-up. He came off the bench against the Nets and began to showcase his talents to the world. It was actually Carmelo who insisted Coach D’Antoni to give Lin more playing time. It was a good choice as Lin had 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists, all career highs in a 99-92 victory
With this display, a sensation was about to begin as Lin continued to play consisted basketball and leading New York to impressive wins including one against the always favorable Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Lin also had an amazing win on Valentine’s Day in Toronto when he shot a game-winning three-pointer to break the Raptor’s hearts. During the streak, Lin has scored more points in his first five games as a starter, passing Shaquille O’Neal. The fans of New York and across the country are getting fanatic over him. The Knicks have rushed to sell Lin’s number 17 t-shirts and jerseys as their online store increased 3.000%. The MSG network saw a 70% increase in their ratings during the Knicks games. The fans everywhere have given Lin so many nicknames such as Linsanity, Linderalla, and my personal favorite Super Lintendo.
The reason why Lin has become a sensation is not just because he is the only Ivy Leaguer or that he’s from Asian descent. It is all because he has performed at a high level in a very competitive league. He came from absolutely nowhere, being bounced around the league and was even days away from being cut by the Knicks. Opportunity had open doors for Lin when injuries occurred and he was able to showcase what he had to offer. He is a true underdog and that is why so many people right now adore him. The country, especially the New York Metro area, loves a good underdog story.
Although many people are buying into Lin, others are not. With success story like this also comes controversy. The fame boxer Floyd Mayweather was quoted on Twitter saying that:
“Jeremy Lin is a good player, but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.
Yes, race does play a factor with Lin. He is after all one of the few Asian-Americans to ever play in the NBA, but with that saying you can’t not under estimate a player or person base on race nor over hype him because of it. A black player would get as much praise if he was in Lin’s shoes just base on his clutch shots and bringing a team back to .500. The hype also helps when you are playing in the City of New York where there is a large Asian population. You can interpret the Jeremy Lin craze all you want, but one thing sure this guy is special.
I know how it feels to get eliminated from the post-season by the Cardinals after posting the best regualr season record. If you want, we can talk about this over some coffee.
A Heart broken Mets fan who suffered pain after A Game 7 loss in the 2006 NLCS