Not Shaq, Kobe, LeBron, Carmelo, Wade, Durant, Duncan, Garnett… no NBA player has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated two weeks in a row ever besides Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Jordan, and now Jeremy Lin.
Linsanity has swept the nation. I wrote this article on Feb. 4 suggesting that Jeremy Lin be the starter after performing great in one game before ever getting his shot to be the starter. We all know what’s happened since, Lin has shown he can be a very special all-star caliber point-guard for many years to come. Feb. 4 was not-so-coincidentally the same day that the Lin took the Knicks on a seven game win streak.
Lin’s averaging 14.6 points and 5.7 assists on the season and the numbers a deflated because of the times he played mop-up minutes before he got his shot.
During his time as a starter he’s scoring at 24.6 points per game and dishing it out at an impressive 9.2 assists per game. If he can come close to living up to those numbers going forward, then the Knicks are a legitimate championship contender and don’t try to tell me different because you’re wrong. Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony, and a plethora of other options is too much firepower for teams to handle in a seven-game-series.
I prayed to the basketball gods for a point guard to save my Knicks season and they answered me with what feels like a dream. It’s amazing that Lin never got his shot before, but like he says ‘You have to see me play more than once to appreciate what I can do.’
From sleeping on Landry Fields couch to the penthouse in a matter of weeks.