Linsanity taking over the NBA

LT Shamrock's picture

The American sports media is going all kinds of "lin-sane", pretty much using a derivative of Lin (Lin-sation, I'm all Lin!) in every headline in their foracious coverage of the nobody turned superstar.

Former Golden State Warrior turned reserve for the New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin has become somewhat of an overnight sensation in the NBA seemingly coming from nowhere to become one of the most talked about athletes in pro basketball.

Lin, a Harvard graduate and the first American in the league of Chinese or Taiwanese descent has been the starting point guard for the New York Knicks for the past few weeks, getting his start from the bench during an extremely low point for an increasingly underwhelming New York team.

The long suffering Knicks fans thought this condensed season could be the start of something better, especially since the recent signing and arrivals of megastars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire but a combination of injury and poor form had the New York press writing the same old story.

That was until February 4th, 2012, when Lin got the call up from the bench to play against the New Jersey Nets scoring a career-high 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists in a 99-92 victory.

The Knicks with Jeremy Lin starting, have not lost a game thus far, sparking all kinds of excitement and attention in the Big Apple. With stirring wins over some cellar dwellers and most notably a victory over the LA Lakers (where Lin outscored Kobe Bryant), Knicks fans finally have a reason to cheer.

WBC welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made headlines yesterday for remarks he made on his Twitter, claiming all the hype around Lin is based on his race and while this may be true in some respects (he's already the most famous Asian-American basketballer in the NBA), I think it's taking away from what has been a great story of a potentially great player in a condensed and pretty lacklustre year of the NBA.

Zerô's picture

Re: Linsanity taking over the NBA

It's been pretty fun wathcing all the hype around, especially all his Asian fans rocking up to games.

But can't help but think he'll burn to brightly before fizzeling out. Hopefully he's making some money.

Re: Linsanity taking over the NBA