A look back and a look into the future of the Knicks.
Lin-sanity has officially swept the nation. At this time last week, we were all talking about the Super Bowl halftime show and MIA’s obscene gesture. Jeremy Lin had come in off the bench Saturday night and had put up what most people thought was just a “flash in the pan” performance against the Nets. Mike D’Antoni was so impressed by Lin’s performance that it earned him a spot in the starting lineup in last Monday’s game against the Jazz. And Lin has not disappointed his coach. In his first 4 starts, Lin has average over 27 points and over 8 assists per game. His most impressive performance came up against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, when he outshined the future Hall of Famer with a double-double consisting of 38 points and 10 assists.
The most important thing, however, to come out of this revelation is that the Knicks now have the point guard that they had been looking for. The Knicks, and their fans especially, were frustrated with the fact that over the last year they had compiled a team of Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler and yet had a losing record. Most of the troubles originated from the lack of a true point guard that can spread the defense, create space, and complete a pick and roll. Toney Douglas, Iman Shumpert, and Mike Bibby couldn’t fill this void, and the Knicks couldn’t wait for Baron Davis to come back from injury. Desperate, D’Antoni turned to his third-string guard, and now, the Knicks have won five straight and their future looks bright with the Harvard grad at the helm.
It’s also good to point out that Lin-sanity has been happening without the presence of Carmelo, who is sidelined with a groin injury, and Amar’e, who is mourning the death of his brother. I can’t wait to see what the Knicks can do with those two back in the lineup with Jeremy Lin running the point.
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