2011-12 NBA Season | Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks Savior?Category: Basketball
Jeremy Lin who?
Before his coming-out party this week, Lin’s claim to fame is that he is the first American player in the NBA to be of Chinese or of Taiwanese descent. That’s opposed to Yao Ming who is purely a Chinese national for those who might ask.
Lin who graduated from Harvard entered the 2010 NBA Draft but went undrafted. If drafted, Lin would have been the first Ivy Leaguer selected by the NBA since Jerome Allen of Pennsylvania in the second round in 1995.
He was eventually signed by the Golden State Warriors but only played sparingly, averaging 2.6 points per game in 9.8 minutes per game. He was then waived on the first day of training camp after the 2011 NBA lockout.
The New York Knicks claimed Lin off waivers on December 27 after an injury to guard Iman Shumpert. He is supposed to be the Knicks’ third-string point guard.
But against the New Jersey Nets on February 4, 2012, Lin came off the bench to score 25 points (nearly doubling his previous career high), and provided 7 assists and 5 rebounds as his team win 99-92. He even outscored his celebrity teammates, Carmelo Anthony (11 points) and Amar’e Stoudemire (17 points), and outdueled Deron Williams (21 points), the Nets’ All-Star point guard.
In the next game, with Anthony suffering from a groin injury and Stoudemire out due to a family tragedy, Lin had his first career start and he delivered torching the Utah Jazz for 28 points and eight assists as the Knicks win, 99-88.
Then last night against the Washington Wizards, Lin made his first NBA dunk – coming off a crossover against John Wall as the Knicks got their third consecutive win, 107-93. Oh yes, he contributed 23 points and a new career-high 10 assists.
The Lin bandwagon is full blast at the game as thousands of fans came to cheer for him, waving Taiwanese flags and sign – including one that read: “Linning and Grinning.”
Jeremy Lin is having a fantasy week. Will this last? There’s no question that he has now earned his spot as the Knicks point guard of the future.
He is now dubbed as the Knicks’ savior.
Head coach Mike D’Antoni said,
“I think it’s for real. The things that are real are his vision, which won’t change; his speed, which won’t change; his knowledge of the game, which won’t change. I think it can only get better.”
He has now also saved D’Antoni’s job.
UPDATE February 15, 2012: Jeremy Lin is named as NBA’s Player of the Week for February 6-12.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.