Jeremy Lin (Zheng Yuwen, Wikimedia Commons)
The sports world is currently buzzing about New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.
The second year undrafted player out of Harvard, who after playing 29 games with the lowly Golden State Warriors a year ago, and was almost cut a couple of weeks ago by the Knicks, has turned into an overnight sensation.
Everybody is talking Lin. Knick fans are chanting “All you got to do is Lin”. You could call it Linmania or Lincanity. Right now Jeremy Lin is huge.
Andy why not? In the last four games, Lin has made four starts and led the Knicks to impressive victories over the Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves. Over that time, he has been averaging an amazing 27.3 points per game, headlined by a 38 point performance Thursday in a 92-85 win over the Lakers on Thursday.
So how did Lin get his chance in New York? Well, basically due to a groin injury to Carmelo Anthony and the absence of Amare Stoudemire who needed to deal with some personal issues because of the recent death of his brother Hazell, who passed away last week in a car accident in Florida.
Tomorrow night, Linmannia will enter Toronto for the first time as the Knicks take on the Toronto Raptors. The Knicks currently lead the Raptors by 4.5 games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Stoudemire, meanwhile, is expected back tomorrow night, so it will be interesting to see how the two gel.
How the Knicks do over the next week will go a long way in determining if they will be in the Steve Nash sweepstakes or not.