Only in today's modern world with technology such as Twitter and Facebook could an athlete's face be thrown into our living room's so rapidly. However, are we giving athletes too much credit, too soon?
Some analysts don't think so, such as ESPN's J.A Adande.
"The ball, the accolades, the back pages of the New York tabloids, they all belong to Lin right now. He just did the impossible: He exceeded all the hype the New York media (and, uh, conspiratory national networks) could muster.
The buildup provided by his 76 points in his previous three games. Lin topped himself with 38 points and seven assists in the Knicks' 92-85 victory Friday night.
Against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In Madison Square Garden."
If you were a non-sports fan and you just tuned into local sports radio this week you would say Jeremy Lin is one of the best players in the NBA.
Lin's emergence has temporally saved the Knicks from total disaster and has propelled him into one of the current icons in the sports world. His story is one of the best in the last decade. There is no denying that.
But can he sustain?
Carmelo Anthony is coming back. Baron Davis is getting closer to returning. Lin can help the Knicks short-term, but is he a part of the puzzle piece to winning an NBA Chairmanship? That's up to you to decide.