Have The Knicks Struck Gold?

The Knicks may have lucked into exactly what they needed when they needed.  The team was floundering, thanks to not having anyone who could truly man the point guard position in Mike D’Antoni’s offense.  But, thanks to the Giants, NYC wasn’t paying a ton of attention to them.  As we know, the Giants run ended Sunday and just in time, the Knicks discovered Jeremy Lin.

Lin had been singed back in December when the Knicks were banged up at guard and then sent to the D League for a few games.  Last Saturday, with the Knicks at 8-15 Lin got his chance to play significant minutes and he delivered.  In three games, he has scored 76 points and handed out 25 assists.  He is excellent at the pick and roll, something that will hugely enhance Amar’e Stoudemire’s game.

But can it keep happening.  This is a guy who wasn’t recruited from high school and went to Harvard.  He then was undrafted by all the NBA teams and the Knicks are the third team he has played for in the league.  Can this many people have been wrong about Lin?

We’ve certainly seen it before.  Jerry Rice played D-2 ball, though he was a first round pick in the NFL draft when the Patriots traded their pick to the 49ers.  Tom Brady played at Michigan, but he was a fifth rounder. Victor Cruz went to UMass and was undrafted, but basketball doesn’t have as many examples. There is one I can think of though.  A guy who just like Lin was undrafted and then signed by Golden State.  A guy who then was signed by the Knicks and became a pretty good player for them.  I am talking of course about John Starks.

For the Knicks to have found another John Starks would be a miraculous turn indeed and provide them with some hope in a season that looked to be a downer.  But before we all succumb to the “Linsanity” let’s see how he does over a longer period of time.  Flukes can happen, but if Lin can do this for 20 games or so, the Knicks may have hit the lottery again.


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  • blmeanie  On February 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

    it will be interesting to see how he does as it continues to build hype

    Last night (5) he missed a ton of shots, practically anybody, I mean anybody, in the NBA today can score 20 if they shoot 24 times in a game.

    I’d go so far as to say that he hurt the team more than he helped last night.

    I’ve only seen clips, but nice outside touch (except last night) but I’ve never seen anybody force him to his left.

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

      I didn’t see last night’s game, but you are right the stats are awful. Bad shooting and too many turnovers. But, he hit a couple of big free throws down the stretch and that seems to be all anyone is talking about.

      Very perceptive comment about forcing him left, Walt Frazier said the same thing in one of the articles I read.

      What will be very interesting is to see what happens when Stoudemire and Anthony come back. Lost in all the hoopla is the fact that the Knicks and Lin have been operating without both of them this week. Amar’e comes back tomorrow and Anthony is about a week away, I am very curious to see how Lin works with them on an extended basis.

      Finally, this is a pretty interesting take on Lin from the guy who started Baseball Prospectus


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