Is Linsanity for Real?
For the past couple of weeks, the stellar play of New York Knicks point guard, Jeremy Lin, has swept the nation in a phenomenon known as “Linsanity”. Lin has averaged 24.6 ppg and 9.2 apg in his past ten games (and his first nine starts). His zero to hero story and his highlight reel plays have won over the hearts of countless basketball fans across the country.
Lin entered the league last year being signed by the Golden State Warriors after going undrafted. He then went on to average an underwhelming 2.6 ppg and 1.4 apg while playing about 9 minutes in the 29 games he played in. Lin spent the past ten months being cut, signed, and waived from several NBA teams before being signed by the New York Knicks. Even on his newest team, Lin had little expectations. However, after an incredibly disappointing start, the desperate Knicks subbed Lin in during a game with the New Jersey Nets. Lin exploded, scoring 25 points, dishing 7 assists, and grabbing 5 rebounds. Ever since then, Lin has been making headlines on a daily basis.
Despite his newly found popularity, there are those who question whether “Linsanity” is for real, or if Lin is just a one month wonder. Some of his critics wonder if Lin will be able to keep up his all-star-caliber play once opposing teams begin to lock-down on him defensively. Lin has already shown that he is turnover prone, averaging over 5 turnovers a game. Lin has also shown difficulty using his left hand, something the New Jersey Nets used to their advantage in their recent victory over the Knicks.
Probably the biggest reason why” Linsanity” has become such a phenomenon has been the fact that it came out of nowhere. Lin came out of high school, not highly recruited, and went on to play basketball at Harvard university, as school not known for its basketball players.
When asked if Jeremy Lin could continue his stellar play, junior Josue Reveron said, “I think he can keep it up. He exploded in his first couple of games, but I think he’ll slow down a little because of his turnover problem. But I think he’ll stay consistent. He’s a great player and I’m surprised he was on the bench so long.”
Lin’s shooting, passing, energy, and leadership have turned him into the most popular player in the NBA. While I personally would be surprised if Lin slipped back into obscurity, the man himself said “You can fall as fast as you can rise.”