If you are a New York sports fan and do not yet know who Jeremy Lin is, then you must be living under a rock. Or not be a Knicks fan.
Last night, mouth agape at how this kid has exploded onto the scene virtually overnight, I tried to summon up a comparable sense of someone coming from out of nowhere to take over a sport. My first thought was Kurt Warner but then I stopped.
This kid Lin is doing a Cruz on the Knicks!
It has only been 4 games. Is it a flash in the pan? James Worthy doesn't think so. Will other teams defense him and expose him? Well, they didn't with Cruz. As we know, teams resorted to doubling him in order to stop him. If they have to do that with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony coming back (oh, did I forget to mention that this kid is doing it w/o the "help" of two offensive powerhouses?!!!), then it is going to be a picKnick.
Speaking about powerhouses, guess where Lin played basketball? Yep, that Cambridge, Massachusetts hotbed of basketball recruiting, Harvard.
The Knicks have been wandering through the NBA Dolan desert for a while now. Can Lin lift the Knicks the way that Cruz did it for the Giants in 2011? That would not be a bad template, getting doubled in the NBA Championship. Time will tell. For this moment, let's just enjoy the linsanity.
Still hung over Andy?
I am a knicks fan too but comparing Lin to Cruz or the Knicks to the Giants is a little bit of a stretch.
It's a great story for now but the Aliens have not landed yet!
At least it's some more good stuff when all we have is the "Messiah" in Washington and the pretenders to scare us at night Lin is a much needed break.
I am pulling for the kid and still waiting for Kris Kringle to show up. Maybe this really is Bizzaro land we live in but I wouldn't bet the Farm just yet!
Andy... I thought the same thing as you. Victor Cruz....In fact I will take the analogy even further....."I'm All - Lin"
Loving this. I'm a Knicks fan, but last night was the first time I watched an NBA gave in its entirety in a few years.
What happens when Anthony comes back? Anthony doesn't seem to fit very well into the style Lin plays (actually passing the ball, pick and roll, etc). It will be interesting to see what happens when Anthony and Stoudemire come back.
@jfoster Not worried about Stat because he played with Steve Nash. Lin and Amare will be fine. As far as Carmelo goes...he's not stupid. The Garden will crucify him if he doesn't buy in. Lin will find him on the wing, the results will be Lincredible!