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N.Y. couldn't wait for Lin to be great

If Knicks remain mired in mediocrity, departure of J-Lin will be the last reason why

Updated: July 19, 2012, 1:49 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

In the end, it wasn't about a billionaire whining over losing potential millions, petulance getting the best of everyone or James Dolan and the rest of the New York Knicks exhibiting the same alarming level of ineptitude that has made the franchise a laughingstock for years.

It was about Jeremy Lin not seeing the forest for the trees, salivating over green instead of orange and blue -- choosing to play for a team on a track to nowhere instead of continuing to help his former team position ...

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