Jeremy Lin: 3 Things Linsanity Will Miss About New York Knicks
Going from New York to Houston will be an adjustment for Jeremy Lin, and it's not just about the geographical differences. The Knicks may have been better off with Lin at point guard, and they'll certainly miss the revenue he generated.
But there are some things Lin will miss about New York as well. Fans must remember Lin benefited from playing in New York, just like the Knicks benefited from having Linsanity take over Madison Square Garden.
This was a two-way street of prosperity, but now things have changed.
This is what I believe Lin will miss most about the Knicks.
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year and smart veteran big man is just beginning to get the credit he deserves.
He makes his teammates better by hiding their defensive deficiencies, and though he isn't an offensive stalwart, he knows the game and how to finish off the pick-and-roll.
Asik is a solid defender, but he doesn't cover as much ground as Chandler, and he doesn't defend the pick-and-roll as well.
On offense he is horrendous, and he shoots 48 percent from the free-throw line.
Good luck trying to make that work, Jeremy.
There's nothing like New York for media attention. No matter who you are of note in any other city in the world, you'd be bigger in New York.
If Jeremy Lin averages 25 points and 15 assists per game next season, he won't get the same level of attention he got in New York for 14.6 points and 6.2 assists.
Everything is not bigger in Texas.
What will Lin miss most about the Knicks?
The little-known-player-that-came-out-of-nowhere angle is done. Lin signed a big contract, and he is the biggest name on an otherwise less than notable roster.
There's no Carmelo Anthony or Amar'e Stoudemire to blame if things don't go well. When criticism came down for the Knicks last year, Lin's name was way down on the list of recipients.
Consider yourself promoted, Jeremy.
This is his team now, and with that comes a lot of responsibility. Some of it may be unfair, but that's the life of a big-name NBA player.
That's exactly what Lin is now.
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