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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. =/

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Lebron James is a Beast

The steal was nice, but look at how incredibly fast James sprints down the court to grab the ball and dunk it. I don’t like James all that much, but he is some kind of athlete.

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Say No to Nash

If the Knicks sign Steve Nash instead of Jeremy Lin, I’m going to give up on this team for a good long while. Never say never, but my fan devotion is going wherever Lin goes. Nash is great but he’s old. He’s 38. He’s still playing great but if I was a GM, I’d give him one year, with a 1 year option at best. The guy wants a 3 year deal. I think that’s a risk at his age.

Plus the Knicks can’t afford both unless they want to pay a hefty luxury tax. So it’s likely to be one or the other but who knows. Lin is bringing in so much money to MSG that they’d be dumb not to sign him. But the Knicks management are unpredictable. Mainly because a lot of stuff they do is illogical. At least historically speaking.

Knicks can only offer Lin the mid-level exception of $5 million. Same thing for Nash. If they want to offer more, they’re going to have to pay a penalty. In fact any long term deal in the future for Lin is probably going to involve penalties, because the Knicks just do not have any cap space, with the mammoth contracts of Stoudemire and Anthony. But it’ll probably be worth it considering how much money they’re making off Lin. In fact everyone’s been making money but Lin. Yes, he’s got the renegotiated Nike contract and the new Volvo deal, and other things. But I bet his agent is regretting the “take it slow” approach now. Because the injury puts everything on hold, probably until next season.

I think it’s in everyone’s best interests to keep in Lin in New York. Knicks, do the right thing for once!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

Full highlights:

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LINSANITY CONTINUES

Jeremy Lin just had his first double-double and 3rd straight 20+ point game, with 23 points and 10 assists.

LINNING.

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JEREMY LIN.

Jeremy Lin started tonight as the Knicks point guard and bested his previous career highs in points (28) and assists (8)!!! I didn’t think I’d be excited to watch Knicks v. Utah but with Lin starting, I couldn’t miss it, and he didn’t disappoint. I don’t want to jump the gun, because New York’s had these flirtations with the flavor of the month like Douglas and Shumpert, but I believe in Jeremy Lin!

He just has to get stronger and improve his conditioning. But D’antoni barely gave him any rest and you could visibly see he was getting very tired in the 4th quarter. I mean, the guy never played more than 20 minutes in an NBA game before Saturday night, all of sudden he’s playing 36 and 45 minutes a game. The guy plays his heart out and can definitely keep improving.

Knicks, just please don’t ship him off – develop this guy. I think it was 2 years ago in a summer league, Lin totally outplayed John Wall. He is real and he has so much room for improvement. Wall’s more developed and confident now but we’ll see the matchup again on Wednesday.

JEREMY LIN FTW! LINSANITY!