Jeremy Lin: "Linsanity" Is Insanity with Expectations for New York Knicks Player

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIFebruary 16, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks fans cheer him on against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 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 Trotman/Getty Images)
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Everyone loves a rags-to-riches story, and there is none better than the Jeremy Lin saga that has swept the nation, but doesn't the bubble have to burst eventually?

From outscoring Kobe Bryant, to hitting the game-winning shot with less than a second left on the clock against Toronto, everything Lin touches has been magical.

The New York Knicks have won every game he has started.

Playing for New York doesn't hurt, because when it happens in the city that never sleeps, everybody knows about it. If he were stuck in Sacramento or Memphis, would we even know his name yet?

And that's really the story. He plays in New York, so everything is magnified.

His ethnicity doesn't hurt either, as the NBA is not a hotbed for Asian-American basketball players, or Harvard grads either, for that matter.

The circumstances surrounding Lin's meteoric rise has been the perfect storm to perpetuate a myth into a legend.

After he rained 38 points down on the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe, ESPN listed the top five scorers in their first four games since the NBA-ABA merger. Lin topped the chart with 109 points, surpassing legends like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson.

The other player listed in that grouping was Billy Ray Bates. If you don't recognize the name, surely you do by his nickname, "Black Superman."

Still stumped?

Is Lin more likely to be remembered as an all-time great, or the answer to a trivia question 20 years from now?

Undrafted and already cut from two teams, Lin was on the verge of hitting the trifecta with the Knicks until his stunning run.

Was everybody wrong? Did they miss on this guy, or is he having a nice little streak that is being blown way out of proportion by the media and "Linsanity?"

Listening to a caller on a Chicago radio station Thursday morning, I think it's insanity. The caller was saying that Lin was better than Jordan in his first six games with the Chicago Bulls. He was actually making an argument for Lin with the host of the show, Les Grobstein.

In Chicago! Michael Jordan!

What has happened is a fortunate set of events coming into play, including the Knicks' two stars, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, being out. Amar'e is back, with Carmelo due back soon.

While the pick and roll that Lin is running can work with Amar'e, who played in that system with Steve Nash and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix, how is it going to play out when the ball goes into the black hole known as Carmelo?

Is Lin going to keep on hitting the outside shot, and making those showy drives to the basket once the scouting report is out on him? There was a reason he wasn't drafted.

He can play in D'Antoni's system. I'm not saying he'll be playing in the neighborhood rec league anytime soon, but does anybody really think he's as good as he has been so far?

Save your money and don't order that Lin jersey yet.

This is a lovely Cinderella-like fairy tale, but isn't the coach he rode in on due to turn back into a pumpkin soon?