If you haven’t heard of Jeremy Lin by now, you’re probably not a basketball fan. The Harvard grad, turned D-leaguer, turned Warriors back-up PG, turned Knicks starting PG has been the talk of the league over the week. Back in early 2010, Jeremy Lin burst onto the scene in the Summer League scorching John Wall over and over. To say Mceezy and I were excited when he joined the Warriors that 2010 summer was an understatement not that we expected him to do much, but just the fact that he made the team was impressive. I’m surprised it took me this long to write about him since I did try buy his jersey for my girlfriend who’s last name happens to be Lin, and her parents are also from Taiwan, but never did because I didn’t think he’d make it. He sure showed me!
I always had my doubts about him, but he is proving to everyone that he does belong in the league. I think the biggest thing is people don’t expect an Asian kid from a Ivy league school to succeed in somewhat of a racial profiling, but he sure is. It’s rare that Asian’s are the big news in the sports world, and for a week I didn’t have to go to Weird Asian News to get my fix. It feels like when Tiger broke into the “white” golfing world. Lin is breaking into the “black” basketball world. Would he get any press if he wasn’t Asian? I doubt it.
Whether he has lasting power or not remains to be seen, but you have to believe he’s going to keep the starting job for awhile based on how bad Douglas and Shumpert have been in the same starting role. It’s not that he’s just starting it’s that he’s lighting up his opponents. Even though he played the Nets, Jazz, and Wizards, he did face two solid point guards in Wall and Williams, and still put up impressive numbers. Sure, the devils advocate would say he let Wall and Deron go off, but D’antoni never cared about defense anyways, and in the end the Knicks are 3-0 when he plays over 25 minutes.
When I watched him play twice this week he reminded me of someone like Jose Calderon or Andre Miller. Most of Lin’s moves are fairly predictable, but he takes advantage of what you give him. If it’s an open lane, he’ll drive and won’t shy away from the contact. If someone is open, he makes the pass in a not so flashy way, basically making the “smart basketball play”. It’s strange because you shouldn’t be overly scared to face him, but at the same time you can’t sleep on him either or he’ll make you pay. He still needs to work on his jumper, but it’s amazing he’s hitting over 50% of his shots from the field. Should be fun to see the Yellow Mamba take on the Black Mamba tonight to see if he can keep it up!
February 10th, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Picked him up in both my fantasy leagues and am loving this kid. I think everyone else left him in the free agent pool because his name was “Jeremy Lin” and they think if a guy’s name isn’t Williams or Jackson, he can’t be a success.
February 10th, 2012 at 12:58 pm
I just missed out on him a few days ago! Urrrrr!
February 10th, 2012 at 1:45 pm
I only was able to grab him in one league, but I’m happy about that add to that squad!
February 10th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Hey looks like just what the Knicks need and man it’s crazy own one missing piece can change everything.
I’m happy fit the Knicks, it did kind of suck to keep hearing about Melo and Amare losing.
February 10th, 2012 at 1:46 pm
I think Amare is going to love him. He has been great on the pick and roll with Chandler!
February 10th, 2012 at 10:21 pm
I am 100% bought in to Linsanity. This thing is the next Tebowtime. 38 points tonight? You’ve got to be kidding me!
February 11th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Except Lin gets it done in all four quarters, Tebow only shows up for the 4th!
February 11th, 2012 at 7:40 am
It gets even better when you consider the Knicks were going to release him last week…
February 11th, 2012 at 8:06 am
Lin is blowin’ up son ! Highest avg to start a three game stretch in an NBA professional debut . Now let’s see if Knicks’ coach Mike D’Antoni has the “balls” to have remain a starter rather than putting him back on the bench to massage and soothe ‘melo’s ego .
February 11th, 2012 at 11:12 am
How would that look if I talked about Lin in the beginning and didn’t pick him up in fantasy? Of course, I too snagged him fairly quickly! hehe
Lin is demonstrating how a team without stars can play together, work hard and still beat teams that are good. Lin has opened the eyes of many people… and the teams that didn’t give him a shot are looking down right now.
I’ve always said he can help the Knicks. The interesting idea is whether he can continue this when Mello comes back. That we’ll have to see…
February 13th, 2012 at 3:41 am
So let me ask you, man.
Is the term “Yellow Mamba” offensive?
February 14th, 2012 at 9:57 am
I don’t think it is, but then again I’m not one to get bent out of shape with the race card…
February 13th, 2012 at 6:25 am
So Kobe says he hadn’t heard of or seen what Lin had been doin’ ? I bet his ##s know ’bout him now don’t you think , especially in light of his stats in the game against the Lakers ? ‘nough said !
February 13th, 2012 at 9:32 am
Do you know Jeremy Lin yet, Kobe? Really, 38 points is something special especially on one of the leagues best teams. It’s too bad you guys let this guy walk. However, if he’s still in a Warriors jerseys there’s no way he gets the amount of publicity he’s now getting.
February 15th, 2012 at 10:41 am
You do realize that both Whitlock and Mayweather might consider you to be biased with regard to this piece don’t you ? That being said what is it with those two a###oles concerning their recent statements and Jeremy Lin ?
> tophatal …………….