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An injury truncated the most fascinating underdog story ever dramatized on hardwood.
Linsanity began like a rocket (that's foreshadowing), but Jeremy Lin didn't get a fitting denouement for his spectacular introduction as an NBA celebrity.
It was like watching a television series that begins with such a frantic pace and so many soaring emotional moments that it leaves no room for the narrative complexity needed to sustain attention for the entire season.
In a post-lockout season in which the NBA needed to quickly recapture fan attention, New York management ingeniously managed to sneak Jeremy Lin into the bright lights of MSG in the guise of a bit-role part, only to have him suddenly rise off teammate Landry Field's couch (where he had been sleeping in relative anonymity) and take center stage as the nation's most lovable protagonist.
Lin's subsequent on-court theatrics created a steady diet of infectious cheers, sincere teammate revelry and unrestrained Spike Lee cameos, making "Linsanity in the City" must-see transnational viewing.
Where does our character go from here?
He is coming off knee surgery, finding his way in a new city with new teammates, and trying to avoid the worst kind of typecasting as a Houston Rocket: despite Lin's effusive respect and admiration for Yao Ming, he certainly does not want to physically follow in those numerously fractured steps.
My prediction for Season 2 of "Linsanity in the City" is an up-and-down start to the season. There will be a few episodes of 15-plus scoring performances and 10-plus assist nights for Lin, but these will only be sporadic interruptions to a storyline in which Lin normally struggles with his shot and fights through an ongoing battle with turnovers. At this early stage, his young team will be unable to find its stride.
Then Lin will finally get a conclusion fitting his dramatic beginnings, as the latter portion of the season will find him and his youthful cohorts showing marked signs of basketball maturity. The Rockets will gel at just the right time.
They will pull off a string of big wins (with consecutive big scoring and assist nights from Lin) and push for the eighth playoff spot in the West, which will once again have Lin the talk of the nation.
Sportswriters will get biblical with their headlines: "The Resurrection of Linsanity."