In the back of my mind i thought we would bring him back. I didnt care what these experts said, i didn't care who they were and who they wrote for, i wouldn't believe that the New York Knicks would let go of Jeremy Lin. To do so would perceive a lack of human intelligence; here we have a young, talented player who saved our season and who single handily lit a fire under the team. Obviously he had flaws; he couldn't go left, he was a below average defender on a team already with two expensive defensive liabilities and he turned over the ball a little too frequently. If you take away the hundreds of millions that the Knicks gained in advertisements and publicity, one could argue that he would not be worth the 15 million the Knicks would have owned him in year 3 of his deal, and he could be right.
But Lin had something special. Sure, you can take this to mean the incredible media hype that surrounded him some time during the first week of Linsanity, but if you take Lin to just be a product of media marketing, your missing the story. Lin was incredible to watch; the story, the roaring crowd, the sheer effectiveness of the Knicks Offense when he played. Jeremy made he team better when he was on the court, but he made the other players better. Sure, it appears that any point guard could do this, but the way some Knicks played those weeks was amazing. Jefferies (RIP) played incredible when Lin was on the court, his Defense, which was already impressive became stellar. Landry and Lin and ESP, the alley-oops were amazing. Tyson got a couple of those great lobs too, and he played at the same level that won him the DPOY. Novak, whose rise was quietly as awesome as Lin's, became the best 3 shooter in the league. Bill Walker even looked excellent at the time. It was a special time, and it was led by who i will always call a special player.
Now, i know most of us are pretty sad right now. I've just watched the Lin games through the Laker one, and i'm going to finish through the Pacer games when i'm finished with this. I just thought maybe we could talk about our favorite Linsanity moments. There are a million Lin posts up already, so this might get lost, but i wanted to talked about the greatness that was those 2 weeks. We all have a favorite story, so i'll share mine.
I was in school late when We went to play the Raptors. I knew already that the Raptors scheduled Asian Night for the night, the first opposing team to openly reap the benefit that was Jeremy Lin. I followed the ffirst hour before i had to do some work. Later on i realized time has passed and asked the nearest guy the score. He said they were down by 10 and we both talked about how its ok for Lin to lose one game, he did just have a great bunch of games. We kept on texting 4 info; the lead kept on getting smaller. When we tied the game, i mentioned how i wish we were watching it. He told me to follow him into the dorms. We went into one of the rooms, and there was nearly a dozen guys huddled around a small laptop. Lin was in iso, it was his game to win. When he hit the shot, i have never seen more people in such a small room go so crazy. I am never going to forget that moment, so Jeremy Lin will forever take responsibility for one of the most awesome moments of my life. I will forever thank him.