New York Knicks starting point guard Jeremy Lin’s season is likely over, after the Harvard graduate underwent surgery to repair a minor tear of the meniscus in his left knee. Lin will need at least six weeks of recovery time before he could play again and with the playoffs slated for less than a month away, it seems a long shot that the Knicks will still be in contention when he would be able to return – assuming they even make the playoffs.
With a cut of the knife to Lin’s body, one hopefully as precise as some of his passes he threw off the pick and roll this year, ‘Linsanity’, as it has come to be known, is over in 2012…and what a run it was.
On February 4, during a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets, ‘Linsanity’ was born, when the 6’3″, 190 lb. Asian-American from the Ivy League notched 25 points and 7 assists in front of a stunned [and delighted] crowd at Madison Square Garden. The high-level of play from Lin lasted nearly a month, with the two biggest highlights coming in the form of a 38 point, 7 assist performance during a 92-85 victory over the L.A. Lakers on Feb. 10th [Lin out-played Kobe Bryant, who scored 34 during the loss] and a 27-point game on Feb. 14, in which Lin hit a game-winning 3-pointer to put New York past the Toronto Raptors, 90-87. Lin’s play during the month of February undoubtedly saved Mike D’Antoni’s job at the time, before the coach decided to resign on Mar. 15.
Like most flashes of brilliance from an unknown player, Lin eventually started to cool of as the league started to catch up to him. Although it is unlikely he will ever outscore Kobe Bryant at the World’s Most Famous Arena again, Lin, 23, looks to have the ability to be a solid point guard in the NBA for years to come.
Before falling victim to injury, Lin played with great speed, displaying a knack for getting to the basket and the ability to work the pick and roll with his all-star caliber front court of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire. With those three in the mix, Lin’s average of 14.6 points and 6.1 assists per game will be plenty going forward, with his assist average likely to go up with some NBA experience under his belt. If Lin can cut down on his turnovers [3.6 per game in 2012] and work on going to his left, the Knicks may very well have found a point guard for the next 7-10 years.
Assuming Lin works out, whether you are a Knicks fan or not, you have to be happy for a fan base who withstood five years of Stephon Marbury running the point for their franchise.