The New York Knicks have finally found their starting point guard, and he is a 23 year old Chinese rookie, who went undrafted out if Harvard. Yes. All of that is true.
Jeremy Lin lead the Knicks to their third straight win last night, with Carmelo Anthony sidelined with a strained groin and Amare Stoudemire out following the untimely death of his brother, Lin-sanity has taken over Madison Square Garden.
Lin first scored 25 points with 7 assists in a win over New Jersey, then added 28 points with 8 assists in a win over Utah, and finally scored 23 points with 10 assists in last nights win over Washington.
Knicks fans have been waiting all season for the return of Baron Davis from an injury, while rookie point guard Iman Shumpert has looked like more of a wing, and incumbent Toney Douglas has been trigger happy and struggled.
These factors have allowed Lin opportunity to play, and it has been incredible to watch him take advantage of his playing time.
Lin grew up in Northern California, and desperately wanted to play hoops at UCLA, Stanford or Cal, but all three PAC-10 schools wanted him to walk on and would not guarantee him a spot on their roster. Only Harvard and Brown would, so Lin chose Harvard, where he was a two-time All Ivy League selection.
Lin went undrafted and decided to sign with his hometown Golden State Warriors, and although he had a cult following in the large Asian-American population in Northern California, the team was forced to release him when they signed restricted free agent Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet. (the Clippers matched, and Jordan remained in L.A.).
Lin was claimed by the Houston Rockets, who quickly were forced to release him, following the signing of free agent center Samuel Dalembert.
The New York Knicks were desperate for point guard depth, with Baron Davis on the shelf and an injury to rookie Iman Shumpert, they were left with just Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby, so they claimed Lin on December 27th. Lin was thought to be back of the roster depth, but was forced to play due to injuries and struggles by other players.
Thrust into the spotlight, in the basketball mecca of New York City, in the World’s Most Famous arena Lin has excelled. Suddenly he is the talk of the town in the capital of the world, and one could only imagine how much the town would be buzzing if the New York Giants had not just one the Super Bowl.
Over the last three games, Lin has averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 assists. He has done so against three of the worst teams in the NBA, and it will be interesting to see what happens when the Los Angeles Lakers come to town on Friday Night and how he meshes with Stoudemire and Anthony when they return to the lineup next week.
Jeremy Lin has an amazing story, and he has taken The Big Apple by storm.