I haven’t been keeping up with news on Jeremy Lin the past week or so, but I came upon this Jeremy Lin jersey for sale with the number 17. So is it official? Is Jeremy Lin going back to number 17? I think it’s a good move, since that’s the number he wore during Linsanity. Looks like the scene is set for Linsanity in LA, folks! Of course, I’m jumping the gun, here, but it’s exciting to think about. I think Linsanity in LA will rival Linsanity in NYC, because it’ll last for an entire season, as long as Lin remains healthy.
A lot of people think Linsanity was a fluke. To me, this is shortsighted thinking. Linsanity is when Lin was allowed to play his game, so shouldn’t that be more representative of what Lin is really capable of? Also, when Harden and Melo are injured, Lin averages 22.72 points and 7.72 assists, again, because Lin is given the freedom to play his game. A logical, clear-headed thinker would say that these stats more closely represent the Real Jeremy Lin. Instead, the majority of NBA fans, “analysts”, etc. have concluded that Linsanity was a fluke, because Lin had only average to below average stats with the Houston Rockets. Of course, anyone who watched Rockets games would know that Lin wasn’t allowed to play his game in Houston whatsoever by McHale. McHale forced Lin to play out of position and forced Lin to play to his weaknesses. McHale also significantly reduced Lin’s minutes and didn’t give Lin consistent minutes, which can really hurt a player’s rhythm. McHale also benched Lin whenever he made a mistake and didn’t allow Lin to play through his mistakes, which is something that’s very critical to the development of any player–especially young ones. Anyway, it boggles my mind why anyone who’s familiar with Lin’s time in Houston or anyone who gets paid to analyze the NBA would use Lin’s time in Houston to be representative of what Lin is really capable of and conclude that Linsanity was a fluke. Now that Lin is in LA, the truth is starting to come out about Lin’s time in Houston. So I’m very glad to see that. Makes my job a little easier. I feel like the tide is just starting to turn positive for Lin again, because the media tends to be favorable of the Lakers. And now that the Lakers are underdogs, the media may be rooting for Lin and the Lakers even more. We’ll see. The stage does appear to be set for Linsanity 2.0.
I have to say, it’s pretty exciting to see Lin in a different Jersey. I’m still very excited about the Lin to Lakers news and from his testimony, it’s clear that Lin felt the same way about his time in Houston and his unfair demotion as us Lin fans did. And it’s clear that he’s beyond thrilled to go to the Lakers, where he’ll likely start and play a significant role (at least initially). So things are looking very good for Lin at the moment. But, as us Lin fans know all too well, things can change in a heartbeat. I had a very similar level of excitement for Lin joining the Rockets, since I wasn’t familiar with McHale’s coaching and McHale’s heavy bias against Lin. But things took a sudden turn when the Rockets signed Harden. So lets hope there are no surprises underway in Lakers land. As of now, the Lakers still haven’t hired a coach and there is a chance Doc Rivers could suddenly become the new head coach. I have no idea what Doc’s opinion of Lin is and whether or not Doc’s potential move to the Lakers would mean Chris Paul follows or Rajan Rondo follows. So these factors could have a sudden negative impact on Lin’s time in LA. We’ll see. I think Doc is a great coach, but I just don’t want any changes that would mean a reduced role for Lin. To me, the most important thing is that Lin gets to be the starter and play significant minutes and have a significant role with the Lakers.
On a separate note, I think most of you know there will be a Lakers press conference to introduce Jeremy Lin tomorrow at 11:00 AM (Pacific Time), I believe. Does anyone know if this press conference will be streamed live? If so, please provide a link in the comments below.