2012 has been pretty phenomenal for Jeremy Lin thus far.
Sure, there was that nasty cartilage tear that currently has him sidelined while his New York Knicks finish out the regular season. But beyond that, it's been only good things for the second-year player.
Let's re-think the bad for a moment: Lin is sidelined while his Knicks are in a playoff push. He isn't sidelined because he's a bench player or a D-League player or, you know, not in the league. He's sidelined because his body betrayed him. And it matters because he is an important part of New York's rotation.
Six months ago, 95 percent of NBA fans didn't know his name. Today,Time Magazine named him one of the world's most influential people. That's a pretty impressive climb up the life charts, wouldn't you say?
Time explains why Lin's story works:
Jeremy Lin's story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back. He's dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn't hack it in the NBA — and that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court.
It's also great because it showed us something we already knew about the NBA.
Basketball is better when New York City is buzzing.
If ever we needed concrete evidence of just how much of an impact basketball in New York has, here it is. That an unknown, unlikely hero could steal the spotlight under the brightest lights in the NBA. That he could capture all of the cold and hardened hearts inside of the mecca that is Madison Square Garden. It's something that couldn't have been scripted because we would not have believed it.
We lived it, though, and it was absolutely glorious. Exhilarating. Awe-inspiring.
And for that, Lin being named to Time's list makes the most sense out of all of the nonsensical things that have happened to the point guard this season.