“Linsanity” erupts through NBA this season for Knicks

From lockouts to breakouts, the 2011-2012 NBA season has been full of surprises. If you haven’t tuned in to the NBA this year, then you have missed out on the “Linsation” that has erupted.

Jeremy Lin, a 23-year-old Harvard University graduate, never gave up on his dream to play in the NBA. In the 2010 NBA draft, he went undrafted but was invited to play in NBA Summer League.

He joined the Dallas Mavericks, where he played five games.  Soon after, he signed a two-year deal with his favorite childhood team, the Golden State Warriors.

Lin was never able to find his groove for the Warriors in the 29 games he played, averaging only 2.6 points. He was sent to the team’s developmental league, the Reno Bighorns, three times. Each time he came back and worked for a spot on the roster again.

After the 2010-2011 season ended, the “inevitable” lockout began. During this time, Lin was recovering from a knee injury but soon was back on the courts. He worked hard in the offseason, improving the way he shot to gaining speed and muscle to increasing his vertical jump.

Once the lockout ended, he was released by the Warriors and was not able to show his hard work. He was then picked up by the Houston Rockets.

While in Houston, he played in two preseason games. The Rockets then released him on Dec. 24 before the season began on Christmas Day. Just three days later on Dec. 27, the New York Knicks picked up Lin and added him as fourth in their point guard depth chart.

Still not getting any play time, Lin was put on the Knicks’ developmental league team, the Erie BayHawks.

Once again in the D-League, Lin played and had a triple-double with 28 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds on Jan. 20. Three days later, the Knicks put Lin on their roster.

Coach Mike D’Antoni decided to give Lin a chance, and he wasn’t disappointed. On Feb. 4 against the New Jersey Nets, Lin dropped 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists, in a 99-92 win. This was the start of “Linsanity.”

Lin went on to start the next game against the Utah Jazz where he brought home another victory. Since starting, Lin has won 10 out of 13 games and is working on turning the Knicks around and getting them into playoffs.

He has become the biggest story in the NBA this season.

 

Author: Jake Stamps

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