Jeremy Lin: basketball’s newest star

Jimmy Skaaland, Staff Writer

An Asian- American Harvard grad taking the NBA by storm… sounds more like a punch line then a headline but it’s true.   A week ago Jeremy Lin was riding the bench unnoticed by fans, the media or the opposing team but now anybody who keeps up with the NBA is sure to know his name.  Lin got his first chance to start last week when the Knicks’ two best players, Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, were both out of the lineup.  Amare was grieving the loss of his brother in a car accident and Carmelo was nursing a strained groin.  Due to this, many people thought the Knicks would have a rough week last week; instead, they uncovered a star.  In his first four games Jeremy Lin scored 109  points.  That is more than Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, and Allen Iverson scored in their first four games. 

            Lin was chosen as Eastern Conference player of the week after averaging 27.3 points and 8.3 assists in his first four starts. He is also bringing in viewers; the Knicks said their Saturday game against Minnesota was their highest rated since Carmelo Anthony’s first game last year.  This means it’s no longer a question of whether Lin will still get playing time when Amare and Carmelo return but a question of how Lin will fit in the picture.  The Knicks have won five in a row heading into Toronto, quite surprising after their 8-15 start.

            “When I get back, Jeremy will have the ball in his hands and I’m playing off of that,” Anthony said on Monday.  Going from benchwarmer to starting point guard even with Carmelo Anthony back in the picture is something Lin could have only dreamed of at the start of the season, and for a guy who crashes on his brother’s couch it would’ve been quite a dream.  Hard work, dedication, knowledge of the game, and ultimately seizing the moment are what has enabled Lin to turn that dream into reality.