The Jeremy Lin Edition

It’s hard to craft a sports fairy tale as unlikely or more compelling than Jeremy Lin’s last few days.  During that time the…well you know the story by now, right?

It’s been heartwarming in many ways, not the least of which is the ironic element that the Knicks are so in need of this.  After years of mismanagement, oafish ownership and a rebuilding campaign that seemed nipped in the bud, Lin has provided the Knicks faithful with an unabashed reason to be cheerful.

I think all the comparisons of Lin to Denver Broncos quarterbak Tim Tebow are just slightly misguided.  The pious NFL quarterback to whom Lin deserves comparison is Kurt Warner.  Warner like Lin was undrafted.  Then when signed to an NFL team, Warner found himself on a squad with an all star QB (the 1994 Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre).  Lin found his way to two teams that were well quarterbacked by all star caliber point guards, Steph Curry of Golden State and Kyle Lowry of Houston.  Warner was signed to the Rams, a long struggling franchise with a great offensive coordinator and got his chance when Trent Green was injured.  Lin signed to the Knicks whose coach is a great offensive tactician and he got his chance when injuries depleted the Knicks roster.

And yes, straight out of the gate as a starter Warner began playing at a Hall of Fame caliber; Lin’s PER so far this season is an utterly insane 28.79, 2.87 less than LeBron James and 2.43 *better* than Kevin Durant.  In other words Lin is playing like an MVP.

Of course, Lin has had only four games of major minutes, but it’s also worth noting that whereas Warner got his start on an offense that featured Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce, Torrie Holt and Az Zahir Hakim, Lin has had few comparable weapons in his Knick arsenal.   When Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire return, Lin and his team may get even better.  It’s an optimistic perspective, but it’s hard not to be starry-eyed while witnessing this saga.

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I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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2 Responses to The Jeremy Lin Edition

  1. frightwig says:

    My favorite part of the story, so far, is how the Knicks were *thisclose* to cutting him last week, so that they wouldn’t have to guarantee his contract over the next five months. Now, he’s the guy saving their season, the most popular player on the team. I envy those who get to watch him and Rubio on the same floor tonight. Should be a fun game.

    • jmartin437 says:

      It was a fun game to watch. Rubio was motivated defensively and it showed in the second half. OTOH, Rubio was distracted and bit out of control offensively and it cost the Wolves a game they should have won.

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