In a move obviously motivated by their pride and joy for reigning MVP Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls fans chanted "overrated" as New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin shot a pair of free throws in the Bulls' 104-99 win at the United Center Monday night.
As Rose shined, with 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win, Lin managed just 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting, eight assists and one rebound in his first crack at Rose as a starter for the Knicks.
The chant from the Bulls faithful is unwarranted money-wise. As the ESPN announcers stated, Lin only makes the league minimum of $762,165 for a second-year player.
Lin is definitely out-performing his contract at the moment, but should be handsomely paid if he can keep this level of play up all season.
As far as being overrated compare to the insane hype surround Linsanity, one could argue the hoopla is a little overblown and could make an argument that such a big deal shouldn't be made of a player who is averaging 15 points, 6.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. His numbers suggest he is not a top-five point guard as many suggest.
So depending on how you look at it, Lin could be either overrated or deserving of all the accolades that he has been receiving. But one thing is for sure: Like him or not, the Linsanity is great for the NBA, which is still recovering fans who checked out after the lockout that preceded this season.