NBA Playoffs 2012: 4 Reasons the Knicks Miss Jeremy Lin Against the Heat

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NBA Playoffs 2012: 4 Reasons the Knicks Miss Jeremy Lin Against the Heat
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Lin.

It’s so remarkable how just three letters could hold such significance. Even more remarkable is how four months ago these three letters were nothing more than an acronym for liquid nitrogen.

To the world now, LIN symbolizes a player who broke boundaries and proved that hard work does, indeed, pay off.

Lin’s name has actually been in my search bar for a while, ever since he started posting YouTube videos during the lockout. Back then, which was honestly not too long ago, to get information on Lin, I had to venture into the unknown—Page 2 of Google search results. Nowadays, know what’s there? Maya Lin, the world-renowned artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

Anybody who says they expected Linsanity to happen is not very good at lying.

With that being said, what’s so great about Lin? Why is his jersey the No. 2 seller in the NBA, ahead of the jersey sales of such high-profile players as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade? His 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game don't justify any of this Linsanity, nor does it reflect the impact he has on his team.

With Lin falling victim to an injury and Knicks coach Mike Woodson saying there is “no chance” of him seeing time during the first round of the playoffs, the Knicks' hopes of getting anywhere this postseason are slim at best. It doesn’t help that their first opponent is probably the best team in the league when at full strength.

What exactly will the Knicks be lacking in the absence of their global phenomenon?

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