unsportsmenmic:

Really? This will go down in time as a story with a lot of liberties ala “Rudy”.

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

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“Linsanity” was a perfect storm in the perfect market. You had a player in Jeremy Lin about to be cut but with one really good skill — he could attack off the pick-and-roll going right (and he was good in transition). He gets thrown on the court out of desperation by a struggling Knicks team running Mike D’Antoni’s pick-and-roll heavy offense. The Knicks had a very good pick setter/roll man in Tyson Chandler and a whole bunch of shooters like Steve Novak who could space the floor. Carmelo Anthony was out. Knicks fans were looking for a hero in a dismal season.

The result was a ridiculous run that captivated New York, the NBA and casual fans around the globe. While Lin himself has struggled to live up to those standards since — he admitted it got in his head — he has been a…

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