BY MATTHEW VINSKO, Couchsideshow.com blogger
Not many players capture the attention of the entire league, or arguably the entire nation for months on end, especially during the regular season. But last spring, amid injuries to superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, the New York Knicks managed to find a player to not only save a season in doubt, but rejuvenate a franchise moving forward.
That man, Cinderella-story Jeremy Lin, brought upon a wave of Linsanity not seen since the days Michael Jordan would regularly dominate the headlines. Yes, I’ll admit guys like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are superstars and generally dominate the world of highlights and news clips, but for a good month or two, no one was talked about more than Lin. The guy went from a bench player to a star overnight, on one of the biggest stages no less.
Still, many doubted the 23-year-old from Harvard due to his limited success after the return of Anthony and new head coach Mike Woodson. After all, 26 (brilliant) games aren’t enough to bank on a future point guard and a back-loaded salary now is it? (more…)