In the midst of a lock-out shortened NBA season, the Knicks find themselves at a distant 3rd place in the Atlantic Division at a disappointing 10-15. Carmelo Anthony, now injured, has been lazy at times. Amare Stoudemire and his paper mache knees has seen his scoring drop from 25.3 ppg last year to 18.2 ppg so far this season. What can you do with those STAT and Melo jerseys collecting dust in your closet? Turn them into a Jeremy Lin jersey.
If you don’t watch much NBA you may be asking yourself, who the f*@k is Jeremy Lin? Let me educate you on the Knicks leading scorer for the past 2 games. After amnestying Chauncey Billups the Knicks acquired near-paraplegic Baron Davis, Mike Bibby’s corpse and rookie Iman Shumpert to run the point. The Houston Rockets, realizing Jeremy Lin wasn’t tall enough to fill the Asian roster void left by the retired Yao Ming, waived him in order to sign Samuel Dalembert. With two wasted roster spots the Knicks needed another point guard and claimed the rights to Lin.
The Knicks are on a 2 game winning streak thanks to the undrafted Harvard graduate, #17 Jeremy Lin. After spending most of last year with the Golden State Warriors and a little stint in the D-League, Lin popped off for career highs of 25 points and 7 assists off the bench against the Nets Saturday night. D’Antoni rewarded the guard with a start and Linsanity followed up with 28 and 8 against the Jazz on Monday as “MVP” chants filled Madison Square Garden.
MVP might be a stretch, but with two big games in a row the words “fluke” and “flash in the pan” are starting to dissipate. Lin has never seen major minutes like this in his brief career and he has seemingly flourished in D’Antoni’s system. Finally, Knicks fans have something to cheer about this season.
You can’t spell ballin’ without ‘Lin’.