Smooth Sai"Lin" for the Knicks

If you keep up with the NBA or watch Sports Center at all then you’ve probably heard about the newest New York sensation, Jeremy Lin. He is the first ever Chinese or Thai born person to ever play in the NBA. Jeremy Lin is the driving force behind the new “Linsanity” craze that has spread throughout the country. In his first 4 starts he set the record for most points scored by any NBA player in history; averaging over 20 points per game. He started his first game on February 6th against the Utah Jazz in which he scored 28 points. He has an in your face mentality that is much needed on the Knicks offense, especially with the absence of Stoudemire and Anthony. Lin is exactly what the Knicks needed because he is a real point guard by definition compared to Carmelo Anthony who is better suited as a scorer. Lin’s ability to drive to the basket as well as sit back and orchestrate an offense keep defenses on its their toes night in and night out.
Born in Los Angeles, California to Taiwanese parents, Lin attended Palo Alto High School where he was named first team All State and Northern California Division II player of the year his senior year. Lin is a rarity among his NBA brethren because he not only finished college, but he graduated from Harvard with a degree in Economics. The majority of NBA stars spend one year at their respective schools and then enter the draft. That’s barely enough time to take a college level algebra class and tennis, believe me, I’ve been there. Unlike most Harvard students, Lin went there only after exhausting his efforts to attend a school more suitable for basketball. Unfortunately schools like UCLA and Stanford were only interested in having him as a walk on.
Lin came out of Harvard undrafted in 2010. If he had been drafted he would’ve been the first person from Harvard to play in the NBA in 58 years. He was, however, offered 11 minicamp invitations which resulted in only one summer league offer from Dallas Mavericks owner Donnie Nelson. “Donnie took care of me, he has a different type of vision than most people do,” Said Lin (San Francisco Chronicle). He made the regular season roster for the Golden State Warriors in 2010 and signed a 2 year deal that reportedly paid him close to $500,000 a year. He played well but never got a chance to thrive and spent most of the 2010 season playing with the Warriors D-League affiliate The Reno Bighorns.
After the NBA lockout Lin was claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets, but saw minimal minutes, playing in only 2 preseason games. He was signed off waivers by New York on December 27, 2011 and even then continued to sit the bench, but after only a few weeks with the team he was sent back down to the D-League again. Due to the amount of injuries being suffered by the Knicks, head coach Mike D’Antoni decided to give a Lin a chance to prove himself and he has made believers out of his peers.  Since his first start on February 6th, Lin has taken command of the Knicks offense and shows no sign of slowing down. He capped off his captivating week by hitting a 3 point buzzer beating shot in Toronto on Valentine’s Day. The only surprises left is whether or not Lin will still have the same impact when Stoudemire and Anthony return later on this month.


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