LINcredible. LINsational. LINsanity. LIN baby LIN.
Jeremy Lin the first Asian-American player in the NBA. He is a Taiwanese with a Chinese decent, Jeremy Lin made a big impact in the NBA this past couple of weeks. He came from the Palo Alto high school in California, he went to Harvard with no scholarships, he is 1 of 4 players from Harvard that actually played in the NBA, he was undrafted in the NBA, played his rookie year usually on the bench of the Golden State Warriros, was waived and picked up by Houston then was waived again. He played in the NBA D-League, posted a 28 12 & 11 game and was signed by the New York Knicks.
The life of this Asian-American, Ivy league student is never the same again.
When he got that opportunity to come off the bench in that game against one of the top point guards in the league in Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets, Lin gave the Knicks a spark. He torched the Nets with 25pts and 7ast coming off the bench.
The next game, Lin was at it again. Torched the Utah Jazz to a 28 point game that also featured his passing skills with 8 assists. Knicks found themselves a point guard.
The next game, against last years #1 overall pick, John Wall. He made John Wall look like a rookie again. Jeremy Lin had 23 and 10.
And comes the Laker game. He destroyed the Lakers with a LINsational performance. 38pts and 7asts.
Next game, going up against the rookie, Ricky Rubio who is great young point guard and maybe a future rival of Lin’s (Actually, I also like Ricky Rubio but Lin’s story captured my attention much more). Lin had 20 & 8 and a 5-game LINning streak.
Next game, a night after Kobe Bryant buries a game winner in Toronto. Lin’s game. With the game tied on 87, Mike D’Antoni trusted Lin with the ball in the last possession of the game. With the clock ticking down, Lin dribbled and sized up Jose Calderon and then pulled up at the top of the 3-point arc. Jeremy Lin made his mark. Draining the game winning trey with .9 seconds left. Lin hits the game winning 3 VS Raptors
The next game, the Kings had Lin on their scouting report and had his tendencies scouted. But Lin’s teammates carried the slack for New York. Lin had 10pts and a career high 13 assists. The LINning streak continues to 7.
But when the New Orleans Hornets went to New York, they stopped Lin’s winning streak. Knicks lost. Lin had 26 and 5.
Then they went up against the defending champs, Dallas Mavericks. They got a new teammate in J.R. Smith. J.R. had 15pts in his debut. And Lin.. well he’s still here. He had 28pts and a career high 14 assists.
Jeremy Lin has the highest scoring total in his first 7 starts.. EVER in the history of the NBA.
And today, Deron Williams came back and got back at Lin with 38pts and the Knicks lost 100-92. Jeremy Lin had 21 points, 9 assist and 7 rebounds. Melo came back from injury and had 11points.
So far, we are 10 games into the LIN Dynasty and his record is pretty good (8-2). That’s a pretty clean slate for this young kid.
Kobe made comments about Jeremy Lin and said “He played extremely well. If that’s the way he’s been playing these last three, four games, he played phenomenal,” Bryant said. “We watched tape on him, came up with a strategy we thought would be effective. [But] knocking down his jump shot, penetrating and getting past our guards into the paint, [it didn’t work].” He continued “Players don’t usually come out of nowhere. If you can go back and take a look, his skill level was probably there from the beginning, but no one ever noticed. … It is a great story. It is a testament to perseverance and hard work. It is a good example to kids everywhere.” Bryant also said “Its funny, not one scout picked up on his ability. It makes us wanna re-evaluate our ‘scouts’.”
One thing is for sure..
HARD WORK PAYS OFF KIDS.