February, 14, 2012
By Greg Newman | ESPNNewYork.com
A quick riff on the hottest topic on ESPNNewYork.com: Linsanity! (What a Linderella story that is, truly Linspirational.) You can’t help but love Jeremy Lin. Or can you?
From Amare Stoudemire returns to NY:
Ed.'s note -- From Lin’s name we have gotten spinoffs of song titles from Dean Martin to DJ Khaled, awesome. I never would have imagined I would be putting the King of Cool in the same sentence as the guy who did “All I do is win.” It’s Linsane.
"Sickening absolutely sickening ... let me tell you guys a story about a player named Rafer Alston, about 4 years ago this guy was on top of the world and the talk of the NBA. He helped the Rockets to a 22 consecutive win streak, the second longest in NBA history. They also managed to get the 5th best record in the Western Conference a record that could have been easily placed them higher in the standings, had it not been for one of the tightest seeding in the Western Conference in years. Oh yeah and he too had a career game dropping 40 points on who but none other than the Lakers. So what happened to him? he got his 15 minutes of fame, hell Orlando even gave up a potential all-star for this guy. From there he went to china and now? he's in the D-League a forgotten nobody trying to work his way back into the NBA, this is Lin's future."
Ed.'s note -- Every career can have pitfalls and nobody is a sure thing. Alston had problems and warning signs from his days as “Skip 2 My Lou” playing street ball. He had problems missing practices and games and has been arrested. While Lin could still fall under the same cautionary tale as Alston I have no evidence of this happening and really don’t want to think about it. Enjoy the Linsanity while you can.
"I honestly think that Amare and Carmelo are the PERFECT two to add to J-Lin.
Amare is obviously a pick and roll beast. BUT, that is an early-in-the-shot-clock play on ONE side of the floor. While that is going on, Melo (and Shumpert as a 6th man) can be slashing to the basket from the OTHER side so Lin has TWO elite scoring options at his disposal every play.
"I literally could not be happier about what Lin has been doing, but this streak has been built on 50% emotion. People are excited. Lin is excited. His team mates are excited. I have no doubt that Lin is THE guy who can take us to the next level, but people who think Carmelo is going to "mess things up" are flat out WRONG."
Ed.'s note -- The Lin-STAT-Melo lineup has amazing potential. It’s up to the coaching staff to figure out how to keep egos in check.
From Carmelo Anthony could return:
"Lin will get a Nike Contract b4 Monta Ellis, Steph Curry, or Russell Westbrook. I dont think he can even beat these guys in a game of 21."
- Mario Miles
Ed.'s note -- For the record, Curry has a deal with Nike and has his own line of shoes, the “Steph Curry Away Player Edition Hyperdunk 2010.” If you buy these shoes you MUST write a quote (does not have to be Biblical) on them.
From Facebook, in response to Floyd Mayweather's comments
"i actually 100% agree with mayweather . if any other player did what lin was doing, there would not be national attention on him. in general, america is more fond of the fact that hes an asian basketball player rather than a basketball player."
- ML Cruz
Ed.'s note -- Lin is the first American-born player of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. He attended Harvard. He was undrafted and then cut by both the Warriors and the Rockets and found himself in the D-League. Once Lin got quality minutes, he lit up the court and led his team to wins. Doesn’t this sound like a sports movie? Isn’t this the American dream? This is something we love about sports: the story of the underdog overcoming the odds. Nothing Floyd Mayweather says or does can change that.
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