The age old great story, right?
Everyone loves to see a hard working kid struggle to reach the top of his profession or trade and beat the odds. Everyone accept those who thrive on the spotlight and are forced to share it with the underdog. Some are riding the bandwagon of Lin's sudden NBA success and others just cant wait for him to return to his rightful place just below the stardom and fame of the "real" superstars of the NBA.
Of course, many NBA stars are being coached regarding what to say and how to say it, but the true feelings toward Lin and his recent rise to center stage of NBA news will all come out in time.
The mainstay full-court press forwarded by ESPN would have us think that there is a problem with Melo and Lin before it is even a possibility. Imagining that Melo will bring a selfish style of play to the Knicks is truly unnecessary fiction. Even if there is support for this "fiction" on the floor, it is such a narrow view of the possibilities brought about by having both Lin and Melo on the floor.
Consider the following information from Blitz sports network copied from Knicks online:
Missed shots: (worst to best ranking) (top 10 NBA scorers only)
1. Kobe Bryant 227 missed shots (#1 in PPG)
2. Carmelo Anthony 190 missed shots (#4 in PPG)
3. Kevin Love 172 missed shots (#5 in PPG)
4. Monta Ellis 167 missed shots (#7 in PPG)
5. LaMarcus Aldridge 155 missed shots (#6 in PPG)
6. Russell Westbrook 154 missed shots (#10 in PPG)
7. Kevin Durant 152 missed shots (#3 in PPG)
8. Derrick Rose 119 missed shots (#9 in PPG)
9. LeBron James 116 missed shots (#2 in PPG)
10. Blake Griffin 108 missed shots (#8 in PPG)
Seems like Melo has good company in this department...
The other thing that many sports reporting stories are forgetting is Lin's ability to work within a system and his willingness to be selfless while remaining insanely focused on simply "winning as a team."
It is entirely possible, given Lin's "talent:humility" ratio and Melo's "talent:desire for a championship" ratio, that this team, along with battle-tested Chandler, could be a bigger story as a team than Lin has made as an individual. Of course, this type of galactic jump would require, at the very least, a healthy, competitive drive deep into the NBA playoffs.
Jeremy Lin is an interesting story regardless of what angle you look at his life's progress. The underdog lover's will continue to root for him and the hater's will dismiss him by biased comparisons to the NBA greats and wait for him to slip off into the nameless past.
His recent success "Stands" much more on hard work, focus, talent, and pure will, vice "Chance". I for one love the underdog angle, but my respect for Lin is immeasurably far greater weighted in my admiration for hard work when joined by talent and humility, that is truly rare and a real sight to see!
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