NEW YORK, NY – Just when the meteoric rise of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin could not go any higher, the one-time bench warmer from Harvard continues to amaze.
With celebrities such as Spike Lee, Kevin Costner and Facebook co-founder—and fellow Harvard alum—Mark Zuckerberg in attendance, Lin would score 28 points dish out a career-high 14 assists, five steals and four rebounds in 46 minutes on 11-of-20 shooting in New York’s resounding 104-97 win over the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.
Lin, an instant and overnight media sensation that would help lead the Knicks on a seven-game winning streak by averaging 24.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, would recently be the target of a racially inappropriate comment by ESPN and help spark basketball in the mecca of hoops—in New York City—that hasn’t been seen since the days of Walt Frazier.
Whether or not all the buzz is over Lin due to his school or his ethnicity, Lin has proven that it makes no difference what skin color you are or what diploma you earn, as long as you produce under the heavy lights of the NBA and win, then critics—and stereotypes—mean nothing.
While Lin is Taiwanese-American, he is not the first Asian to play in the NBA as Mavericks swingman Yi Jianlian and recently retired Houston Rockets center Yao Ming would be the brave trail-blazing pioneers who would help open an entirely new NBA viewing markets in the Orient and Chinatown neighborhoods in New York, San Francisco and Toronto.
Recently the subject of his tendency to turn the ball over, Lin would have seven turnovers against Dallas, while helping facilitate New York’s up-tempo, guard friendly offense.
For the year, Lin has averaged 7.2 turnovers, but one must also remember that the 23-year old is still only developing and will only get better.
The Knicks would recently sign former Denver Nugget—and Carmelo Antony teammate—point guard J.R. Smith on Friday, and see the dividends pay off immediately in the form of 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting in 30 minutes.
Critics and naysayers can—and will continue—to pigeon-hole and try to find weaknesses’ in Lin’s game as the season goes on.
New York’s schedule will get tougher for Lin, but with the return of Anthony and the possible pairing of both Lin and Smith in the backcourt along with a formidable front line of Anthony, A’mare Stoudamire and rugged center Tyson Chandler, all the Knicks can hope fore is for more of the same in Lin-ning.
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