Sunday February 12, 2012
The Knicks spent a lot and sacrificed a lot to get All-Stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. They also paid a price when they let go Chanucey Billups to acquire Tyson Chandler. The hole at point guard took affect, and the Knicks started to fade. Then, a pickup cut by the Rockets and Warriors helped them get back on their winning ways.
PG Jeremy Lin from Harvard spent his days in New York sleeping on a couch. He also did a stint in the NBDL (National Basketball Developmental League). Enter February 4th, when Lin scored 25 in a victory over the Nets. Lin hasn’t slowed down since. His first start was against the Jazz, and he excelled. He scored 28 and had eight assists. Lin recorded a double-double in his next start against the Wizards. He even took part in beating the Lakers on Friday night. The Knicks are on a five-game winning streak during Lin’s emergence. The basketball world is taking notice, and the Knicks are making waves again.
Is Jeremy Lin the missing piece, the last key element the Knicks searched for all along? He might be. “Linsanity” has struck in New York and apparently isn’t slowing down. But the real issue involves the Knicks’ future. Lin could not only put the Knicks in contention but also save Mike D’antoni’s job. The Knick coach’s system needs a point guard to run it, and Lin could be exactly what he needs. Also consider that Stoudemire and Anthony have not played with Lin. Imagine what that would bring.
It seems the Knicks are back in the hunt. Remember, it takes time for a team to gel. The Knicks mixed and matched for so long, they might have the leadership needed to get their stars the ball. Lin needs to keep up his play. Otherwise, the Knicks are back to square one again, a talented team without a point guard.
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