A couple of weeks ago, the only athlete that was receiving attention from the media was Jeremy Lin. Yes, football news had come to a screeching halt and March Madness had not yet started, but Jeremy Lin was everywhere, especially all the annoying puns. But nothing now. All gone. Is it over?
This just shows how starved the media was for a story at the time, and how the NBA season is a long one, even when it is shortened by a lockout. Members of the media, analysts and fans were trying to legitimize the Knicks’ chances at winning the Larry O’Brien trophy after a 2 week run that was quite intriguing. This almost cut point guard was suddenly thrust into the starting position while the superstars on the roster were hurt. The Knicks ran off 7 wins in a row, and he really was the catalyst for it. He was hitting game-winning shots, dropping 38pts against the Lakers, and averaging nearly 10 dimes a game. Madison Square Garden was rocking, and who can argue that it isn’t good for sports? The NBA isn’t trying to lure in the die-hards, but the casual NBA fans. You can roll your eyes if you want, but when the a NY team is doing well, it grabs headlines that more people see.
But then, just like that, it was all over. It somewhat coincided with the return of Carmelo Anthony. But the easy thing to do would blame Anthony for the team returning to how they were playing earlier in the season. There were a few flaws that people were pointing out when it came to Lin during the win streak. He can’t go left, he turns it over, a lot, and his defense is very suspect. While the Knicks were winning, the majority of their competition was, well, not good. But since as the schedule became more difficult, they ran into some trouble. Rajon Rondo put up the game of the season the other day against the Knicks, and pretty much humiliated Lin and the Knicks’ other PG, Baron Davis.
What should be noted is that Lin has done a slightly better job at taking care of the ball, but his scoring is way down, as is his aggressiveness. What made him an exciting player was that margin for error that he had. Take away the style that he played with, and he is very pedestrian. There is a reason that teams cut him before the Knicks gave him a shot. Is there a chance he can find a happy medium and become a consistent NBA player? Of course. He’s a smart kid who works hard, and he is going to have to figure out a way to overcome his limitations.
The Knicks never became a serious contender, but they definitely became a must-see attraction for a couple weeks. Once the Peyton Manning sweepstakes and the Bounty-Gate are over, the NBA should grab some headlines again, but don’t expect the next one to be about Lin and the Knicks.