Jeremy Lin: New York Knicks Should Make February 4th 'Lindependence' Day

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 16, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks 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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When looking back at New York Knicks' history, February 4th might be a date that fans never forget. It is the day that Jeremy Lin changed the entire culture of the Knicks' franchise forever and as a result, the man deserves his own holiday here in New York.

Call it, "Lindependence Day."

Original, I know.

But what Knick fan can forget the day that he or she stopped dreading watching basketball and started believing that their team could not only compete, but beat the snot out of opposing teams on a daily basis.

Who can forget how much worse off the Knicks were before Lin arrived. They were 8-15 and on their way to the division's cellar. Without Lin, New York was looking at the prospect of nearly two weeks without their two best players, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.

Things were set to get much worse for the 8-15 squad until Lin showed up.

People were even talking about possibly trading Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard. Head coach, Mike D'Antoni, was on the brink of being fired before the fateful night when he gave Lin what no other NBA team did: a chance.

And if you still can't concede that the guy needs his own local holiday, at the very least you can admit that every guy on the Knicks I mentioned who found themselves in jeopardy in one way or the other, should be worshiping at the alter of Lin.

All joking aside, February 4th will always be a date that will remain fresh in the minds of Knicks' fans and maybe the world as well. It was the beginning of a new era. The beginning of Linsanity.

It was the date in which the Knicks no longer needed to depend on the return of an aging point guard to save their team. It was the date in which the Knicks no longer needed to depend on selfish, superstar forwards to carry their team to the promiseland.

It was the date that the Knicks found out that they could depend on Lin to lead them in the right direction.

It was their "Lindependence day."