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How Linsanity Came To Be!

It's Linsane! IKR, when will this pun will stop!?
by Gelo Gonzales | Feb 17, 2012
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We’ve all seen and heard of the surreal two weeks Lin has had as the starting point guard. Whether it’s scoring the most points of any player in NBA history after their first five starts, or dropping 38 on Kobe Bryant’s mug at MSG, or even single-handedly rallying the Knicks against the Toronto Raptors, capping that one off by hitting the game-winner with five-tenths of a second left.

The phenomenon of Jeremy Lin, or “Linsanity” has everyone has described it, is as inexplicable and mystifying as anything we’d ever seen.

Or is it?

The thing that has made Linsanity so popular these days is that we’ve allowed ourselves to be swept up by the sheer LINcridulousness of it all. A Harvard grad-turned NBA underdog - FYI: this is probably the only time in history where you’ll see the words “Harvard” and “underdog” share the same sentence - turned NBA superstar in a span of two weeks? Even Disney would’ve scrapped a script like that on grounds of improbability and overall absurdity.

But is it so much improbable that we don’t address what could be the real reason behind Jeremy Lin’s rise to stardom?

Maybe he was a pretty damn good ball player all along
That may have been the case except that he wasn’t given the opportunity to show that he’s more than just a novelty player that was signed to help sell some tickets.

Warriors GM Larry Riley, the same man who cut Lin in order to clear enough cap space to make a run at Clippers center DeAndre Jordan admitted to having “egg on his face” upon seeing what Lin has done to the Knicks. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, he off the statistical analysis expertise, also whiffed badly on Lin after cutting him before the season started. “I didn’t know he could play this well, and if I did, we would’ve kept him,” Morey said.

Such regrets and second-guesses are normal in the world of the NBA, but it’s become magnified in this particular case because of the way Lin has exploded into the scene. Riley and Morey could have excoriated from missing out on Lin if they only gave him a chance. Even the Knicks shouldn’t pat themselves on the back because they didn’t think Lin would amount to anything at the beginning. The opportunity was only born as an act of desperation from a coach trying to save his job.

But then again, an opportunity given is an opportunity taken. No matter their reasons for doing so, the Knicks gave Lin a chance, and to the kid’s credit, he took that chance and showed the Knicks and the NBA - and the entire world, for that matter - that none of us know shit until we see what the product is all about.

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WORDS BY KIRBY GARLITOS
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