New York Knicks: Don't Expect Jeremy Lin Project to Be Sustainable

Andre KhatchaturianCorrespondent IIIFebruary 11, 2012

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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Jeremy Lin has taken the sports world by storm rather quickly. Chances are you didn't know who he was last week and you've Googled his name several times since then. 

That being said, as unbelievable you may think Lin's week has been, let's be real.

We've seen this before. 

In fact, it's the third time in the last 12 months where we've seen something like this.

Last March it was Jimmer Fredette. This fall it was Tim Tebow. Now, it's Jeremy Lin.

It's the story of an athlete with a cute background who takes the sports world by storm because of a few unreal performances. The athlete is quirky and unlike the egotistical diva athletes we see every day. His strong game play has people thinking he's the next savior. They think he's their team's answer to all of their deficiencies. 

But it's all hype. The more great performances Lin puts up, the more the hype machine grows.

However, we all know deep inside that Lin's success is not sustainable. He's not Derrick Rose. He's not going to become the sudden cure for the New York Knicks' woes. It's a fun ride and all of the puns that people are coming up with are creative and they make us laugh, but when do people stop falling for the hype machine?

Did Jimmer win the National Championship? No.

Did Tim Tebow show us at the end of the playoffs that he can consistently complete over 50 percent of his passes? Definitely not.

And is Jeremy Lin going to ever learn how to play defense and shut down Derrick Rose in a best-of-seven series against the Chicago Bulls?


Let's quickly look at Lin's performances in the last four games. 

There is no doubt that they've all been magical. However, is a great showing against the Washington Wizards or the New Jersey Nets something to write home about? 

Also, I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to glorify an athlete when he has eight turnovers in a game against Utah at home. That's right. Despite his 28-point showing on February 6th, Lin coughed up the ball eight times. 

Finally, in his premiere masterpiece game against the Lakers last night, Lin had another six turnovers and he was going up against Derek Fisher. This whole season everyone has been talking about how atrocious the Lakers' point guard situation is, but now we're ready to bow down to Jeremy Lin because he shredded Fisher?

Everyone's been having great games against Lakers point guards this season—it's the reason why the Lakers aren't considered elite anymore. 

Finally, a matchup that no one talks about, but it was clearly the difference of the game, was how Tyson Chandler absolutely shut down Andrew Bynum throughout the game and held him to just three points. If Bynum showed up for just one quarter, the Lakers don't lose that game. The Lakers were also coming off a back-to-back situation where they played an emotional overtime game the night before in Boston.

It's also important to note that three of the four games that Lin has had extensive minutes in have been at home. The lone road game was against the dismal Washington Wizards. 

Before telling me that Lin is the greatest phenomenon in the NBA and how his partnership with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony will revive the Knicks and lead them to a title, let him replicate these numbers throughout a longer period of time. 

Chances are Lin won't. He doesn't play defense. He turns the ball over too much and there's a reason why he's been bouncing around the D-League for so long. 

It's a nice story. He's a good kid and he'll probably be a solid bench player eventually, but let's slow down just a little bit. 


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