Only in New York could such an obvious flash-in-the-pan superstar be labeled as the franchise savior, generate an online All-Star campaign and inspire his own rap song after two (yes two!) good games.
While it's impossible at this juncture to tell whether or not Lin can continue to be a productive starter, I wouldn't bet against him.
His comically uplifting story reads like a cross between a Buzz Bissinger narrative and a Coen Brothers script.
Lin got no scholarship offers out of high school in spite of captaining Palo Alto (California) High School to a 32-1 state title season his senior year while running away with virtually every Player of the Year award from major publications.
Then, after a brilliant (no pun intended) career at Harvard, where he became the first player in Ivy League history to rack up at least 1,450 points (1,483), 450 rebounds (487), 400 assists (406), and 200 steals (225), Lin again got no attention at the next level.
But after going undrafted, spending time in the D-League and getting waived by the Warriors and Rockets, Lin fatefully landed in the most prominent American metropolis on the map. Not to mention with a Knicks team that needed a point guard worse than Donald Trump needs a haircut.
Sounds like a Coen Brothers ending to me.
But before we get our Milk Duds and popcorn ready, let's consider this from a realistic perspective. The NBA is now a point guard-dominated league. Unless you're the Miami Heat, you pretty much need an All-Star caliber player at the 1-slot to stamp yourself as a playoff contender.
So if Lin is really more than just a lightning flash-in-the-pan—and his persistent history would suggest as much—which teams missed out on this once trash-bagged treasure?
Sure, a phenomenon of this caliber is harder to foresee than a Giants Super Bowl run. But here are four playoff contenders who probably wished they took a half-court shot on the Harvard scholar.