Knicks Trade Rumors: Jeremy Lin's Rise to Fame Has Handcuffed Knicks

Justin KeithCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks and Team Shaq looks on during the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge part of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise to instant star may not turn out to be a positive for the New York Knicks after all. 

Since Lin became a full-time starter last month, "Linsanity" has been sweeping the nation at an astounding rate. After just a handful of games, fans were clamoring for the Harvard grad to be included in the NBA All-Star Game. 

Now, the Knicks are mired in a six-game losing streak and the player who was hailed as the missing piece for New York has lost his mystique. 

It is now evident that the Knicks aren't title contenders with the roster they currently have. However, the early success of Jeremy Lin has hamstrung the Knicks in terms of being able to improve by tomorrow's 4 p.m. trade deadline. 

While Jeremy Lin may be just a flash-in-the-pan talent, the Knicks don't want to trade him away and miss out on a star. However, if they keep Lin and he is a bust, they are stuck without a point guard and in the same predicament they have been in for years. 

The sample size of Lin has been too small. So too have been his relationships with star players Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony

Although 'Melo is reportedly upset with the Knicks and wants out, president Donnie Walsh has a lot invested in the core of this team and may want to ride it out and see if they can mesh under Mike D'Antoni. 

Now that Lin has come back down to earth from his insane play last month, his value, if he even had any, has dropped significantly. 

The Knicks will now be forced to ride this season out with what they have. 

And right now, that doesn't bode well for the boys in New York.