Jeremy Lin in 2012 NBA All-Star Voting

LOL, Jeremy Lin is the 3rd highest voted guard (so far) in the West for the NBA All-Star game, behind Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. As big a fan as I am, I hope he doesn’t overtake Chris Paul for a starting position. Let’s be honest, Lin is not at that elite level of Chris Paul (yet) and I know the All-Star game is popularity contest, but he’s just going to get so much undeserved hate if he overtakes Chris Paul.

Knicks to Let Lin Leave?

Well, it sucks, but if Lin leaves, Knicks are back to “I don’t care” mode for me. I never really liked the make-up of that team and the fact that with their expensive roster, they were still playing like crap, just made it easier to not care. It was only the emergence of Jeremy Lin that got me back into the Knicks. I am a Lin fan first and foremost before I am a Knick fan. I don’t even care what hardcore Knicks fans might think about that. It’s just how it is.

I understand Houston is making it real tough with their offer, but oh well, it is what it is. You know what though, the Knicks will never win with Dolan making decisions. The organization will make money, but they won’t win championships.

All indications now are that the Knicks are letting Lin leave. I may just have to get NBA League Pass next year to catch Rocket games.

I hope Lin gets better and better. If the Knicks don’t keep him, I hope they end up regretting it.

P.S. And this is why I didn’t rush out to buy a Lin jersey or other merchandise. All those people with a Lin #17 Knicks jersey are sour right about now. But hey, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings (that would be midnight Tuesday), there’s still a slim chance Knicks will match.

P.P.S. While I’d love for Lin to stay with my hometown Knicks, I wonder if he’ll be better off in Houston. Lin thrived with the ball in his hands, with Stoudemire and Anthony out. Perhaps he can replicate Linsanity down in Houston. And who knows, Houston might get Dwight Howard.

Knicks Avoid Sweep

I’m just happy the Knicks finally won a playoff game and avoided a sweep. All signs point to the Heat finishing off the Knicks in Game 5 down in Miami.

And Davis goes down with a dislocated kneecap – it looked quite cringeworthy on TV. I hope he gets better and wish him all the best, but I’m going to be honest here. I don’t think Davis is a good point guard. He was good in his prime but now he’s old and physically broken. He’s just not fit enough to compete at the level the Knicks want to compete at. The knee might be the final blow in a long list of injuries for him. So now we have just Bibby and Douglas left. And for some reason Woodson never plays Douglas, not even just to sub for a few minutes. Well now he probably has to. No Lin, no Shumpert, and Smith with his poor ball handling. Knicks are really hurting at point guard, as if they weren’t already, having the least assists and most turnovers of any playoff team.

There’s talk of Lin coming back on Wednesday for Game 5 but come on. The guy hasn’t even had full contact yet or tried playing defense at full speed, and he’s still feeling soreness the day after workouts. He is NOT ready to jump back in, for the playoffs no less. Lin needs to think about his future and not try to come back in a series that is likely lost already.

Now, IF the Knicks miraculously win Game 5 in Miami and IF Lin is 100% confident that he is ready to come back, then maybe he can play in Game 6. But those are 2 very big if’s.

My heart hopes for the Knicks to make history and pull off a huge upset in 7 games, but my brain is saying it ends in Game 5. 🙁

Missing Jeremy Lin

Man, I was watching some Jeremy Lin highlights and miss watching him play. For me, that was truly one of the most memorable times of watching basketball since the Michael Jordan days. Can’t wait until he’s back. That’s if the Knicks make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. Otherwise we gotta wait until next season! I’ve still been catching every Knicks game, but it’s just not the same.

By the way, I’m noticing in a lot of the highlights, when Lin goes up for layups or dunks, he always takes off on his left leg. And his injury was to his left knee. Maybe he’s putting too much stress on that one leg? Oddly he wears a brace on his right knee. There’s no known issue with his right knee, but when you have an injury or weakness, you tend to overcompensate with other parts of your body (namely the other leg) which also leads to injury. Eh, I don’t know, it’s just speculation. I just hope Lin comes back healthy and productive so we get another round of Linsanity in the playoffs.

The Knicks just have to take out either Miami or Chicago in the first round. Yep. =/

Linsanity v. Dallas Mavericks

What else is there to be said? Dallas is a top 5 defensive team and people were saying Shawn Marion who’s been their best defensive player, somebody they’ve used this season to shut down point guards, who’s 6’7″, might clamp down on Jeremy Lin. They were trapping Lin hard, throwing double teams, throwing different defenders at him.

Lin comes out with 28 points, 14 assists, 5 steals (and yes 7 turnovers), but more importantly another win, over a streaking Mavericks and the defending champions. I had no doubt this was going to happen.

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To Linfinity and Beyond

UNBELIEVABLE. Absolutely unbelievable. My mind exploded when he hit that shot. Game winning 3 pointer over the Toronto Raptors. Jeremy Lin is a straight up BEAST. This guy… the balls on this guy to put up that shot and hit it. He just holds it, calls off the screen, holds it, holds it, BOOM. Three in yo face. ICE COLD. This is ridiculous. Freaking ridiculous.

LINSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Big ups to Knicks team defense in the 4th quarter.

P.P.S. Lin actually asked D’antoni for the isolation play (1 on 1) on the last possession. ……… What can you say?

Linspiration

Knicks have had 2 days off so the Jeremy Lin show is on hold for a little bit. No problem. Here’s a freaking epic video of Lin v. Kobe. You know the NBA is gonna milk Linsanity. They got their greedy eyes on not only fans here but China, Taiwan, and freaking all of Southeast Asia for that matter.

I KNOW – Lin cannot be compared to Kobe. Lin’s played 5 great games and Kobe is well, Kobe. We all know his accomplishments and standing in the game. He’s a guy people compare to MJ. But in this one game, Lin held his own and carried his team to a win. Lin dropped 38 points on Kobe and the Lakers!!! He shot mid-range, shot threes, drove in and finished, passed, spun, man he did everything. ALL HE DOES IS LIN.

And tell me how often do you see an opposing player out-perform Kobe and win the game, when Kobe himself is having a good night?

The Jeremy Lin Show continues tomorrow night. Look for Lin/Stoudemire or Lin/Chandler in the pick and roll.

P.S. In the video, Fisher fouls Lin on the spin move at 0:43 and at 1:46. Not called for either foul. Lin makes the shots anyway. Spin move speaks for itself. Other one OVER an outstretched Bynum. What. And one.

Linsational Run Continues

Jeremy Lin had a great first half and showed fatigue in the second half, but the Knicks played team basketball and came out with a hard fought win. It was really great to see the Knicks tough it out and everybody contribute. While Lin had a somewhat poor shooting night, he came away with 20 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Yes, it’s been a long week with him playing 5 games in 7 nights and average 39 minutes per game, the most of any Knick. But I would still like to see him get stronger and cut down on turnovers. Yes, someone that handles the ball that much is bound to have some turnovers but I think that’s an area where he can improve. Good thing he’s got 2 days to rest up. Keep it up Lin, you’re an inspiration. I’ve never been this excited to watch Knick basketball – or any basketball for that matter. The only thing that might compare is the Jordan days in the 90’s but I was so much younger then.

Yes, this is now the Jeremy Lin blog.

LINCREDIBLE

Jeremy Lin drops 38 points (career high), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals against the Lakers tonight. No words. I almost lost my voice. Like the NBA slogan – AMAZING. THE LINSANITY!!!

And 1! Fisher fouled him on that spin move. Lakers banged Lin around tonight, took away driving lanes, and Lin still comes up with 38. LINNING.

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