Jeremy Lin Is The Best Thing To Happen To The New York Knicks In A Long Time
This year was supposed to go a whole lot differently than it has for the New York Knicks. With superstars Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony playing in their first full season together, the thought was that this team could contend for a championship this year. Or, at the very least, NBA analysts thought they’d push the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls in the playoffs and set themselves up for a lot of success in the very near future. However, that’s not how things have gone. The Knicks have been, in a word, disappointing. Stoudemire and Anthony haven’t quite gelled yet. And things have been looking awfully bleak in recent weeks.
But then, something pretty incredible happened over the course of the last week. The kind of thing that usually only happens in cheesy Hollywood movies. A guy by the name of Jeremy Lin—who didn’t even have a guaranteed contract with the Knicks until earlier this week—began starting at point guard for the team…and almost immediately the Knicks’ future looks bright again. In three games as the Knicks starting point guard, he’s scored the ball, he’s dished out assists, and, maybe most importantly, he’s revived the energy that surrounded the city coming into this season. Oh, and he’s also become an instant Internet sensation, too. With his back story—he went to Harvard for four years, he’s Asian-American, and, as of right now, he’s sleeping on his brother’s couch in New York City as he tries to turn himself into an NBA star—spreading quickly, people are interested in keeping an eye on this guy.
And, you know what? That makes him the most important piece of the puzzle for the Knicks right now. With every passing game, his legend grows a little more. Much like Tim Tebow did for the Denver Broncos during the NFL season, Lin is restoring hope to the Knicks team and giving their fans something to cheer for at Madison Square Garden. Is he the most talented guy on the team? Nope. The most athletic? Not by a long shot. As a point guard, does he give them the best chance to go to the NBA Finals? Eh, the verdict is still out on that. But, if nothing else, Lin—or “Linsanity” as he’s being called—is restoring the Knicks fans’ faith in the franchise. It’s been a long time since anyone cared this much about a Knicks player.
We thought this kind of hype would be reserved for someone like Amar’e Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony. But, as it turns out, the savior of the Knicks is an undrafted free agent from Harvard who just about no one was talking about as recently as two weeks ago. Go figure.