As a Brooklynite who has been disgusted with the Bruce Ratner land grab of public space to create an arena that will worsen Bklyn's crappy traffic, crowded subways, over-population, and over-taxed schools while making Ratner and his Russian ziillionaire sugardaddy of ill repute lots of cash, I would like to thank Jeremy Lin profusely.
Bruce Ratner, who has lost tons on his Nets deal, probably thought that as long as the Knicks sucked as bad as JD & the Straight Shot (James Dolan's laughable blues band: CD sales rank on Amazon: #328,936, which I think is actually quite high for such sonic drivel), he would have an easy time wooing fans.
As much as I hate Ratner for closing the legendary Freddy's, f**king up traffic and giving very little back to the community, the fact is there were plenty of disgusted Brooklynites who, horrified by Dolan's horrendous teams, were ready to make a switch.
So every time J Lin has a great pass, great shot, great steal, great win, it's hard not to think happily about greedy bastard Ratner, choking on his caviar and crackers as that Brooklyn fan base re-embraces the Knicks. Alleged Nets pimp Jay-Z can't be too happy, either.
Today I was in a Bklyn Model's -- just outside the new arena. And guess what? Lin shirts were everywhere and people were scooping 'em up. I saw a guy outfitting his whole family with 17's.
Remember, Brooklyn has TWO Chinatowns (Sunset Park and burgeoning Ave. U). So this Lin thing is going to dominate the borough. It sucks to root against your hometown, but in an era of over-crowded schools, the transit system engaged in doublespeak ('improving non-stop'? Are you f-ing kidding me?), the land for the arena should never have been given up for a project that, judging from similar urban renewal arenas, is not going to work.
So again, thank you, Jeremy Lin, for punishing Ratner, re-establishing the idea of meritocracy, exposing racism in player evaluations, and most importantly, bringing team basketball back to New York.
Now, if you can somehow help us get Dolan off the Knicks...