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Jeremy Lin: New York Knicks PG Making Case for NBA MVP with Historic Start

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks brings the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden on February 10, 2012 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 11, 2012

It's only four games into Jeremy Lin's full-time career with the New York Knicks, and already he is making a case for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award. Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Lin outscored Kobe Bryant 38 to 34, lifting the Knicks to their fourth straight win, and the first against the Lakers, after dropping the last nine.

It's now safe to say that Lin is the real deal. It's mind boggling that a player with this type of talent has been overlooked as much as he's been and has never been given a sufficient chance to prove himself.

But now, coach Mike D'Antoni has given Lin the opportunity, and he's making the most of it.

It's hard to find another player who's had such an impact this season. Better yet, I can't remember another player who has single-handedly impacted a team like Lin has these past four games in NBA history.

When you start to list names of guys who fit that mold, you're talking about some of the best of all-time.

What Lin is doing right now is a once in a lifetime happening, and more importantly, he's making it look easy. That's what makes the newest Knick and his miraculous rise to fame so special. This wasn't the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz or Washington Wizards.

This was against Lakers. Say what you want about three games in a row for Los Angeles, J-Lin made it look easy, and not even his biggest doubters can deny that. It should never look easy against a team that has had the success of the one that took the floor tonight.

And what's more astounding was the fact that the Knicks did it without their two best players: Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. It's unimaginable to think about how much better this team will get with Lin running an offense containing Anthony and Stoudemire.

Before Lin's arrival in the starting five, the Knicks were 8-15. With Lin at the point, the Knicks are 4-0, and in the process of turning their season around. If New York goes anywhere this year, Lin will be driving the bus.

With key players returning soon, the Knicks could be in the process of doing something special, and what Lin is doing might be history in the making.

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