One year ago today, February 4, 2012, the New York Giants were nestled soundly in their Indianapolis hotel beds, waiting to play in Super Bowl XLI against the New England Patriots. Mitt Romney was just about to win Nevada days after his big victory in Florida. And the New York Knicks limped into Madison Square Garden at 8-15, having lost eleven of their last fourteen games and completely falling apart. The decision to forgo the point guard position in favor of hoping Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire could figure out a way to play together was proving a disaster; Toney Douglas was setting the position back years. The Knicks' big experiment looked doomed. The lockout-shortened season was going to be over before it even started. When they fell behind 30-20 at the end of the first quarter to the lowly New Jersey Nets, all seemed lost. And then coach Mike D'Antoni got desperate and, for the first time all year, called for his third-string point guard in the first half. He had no choice. There was nobody left, and nothing was working. And just like that: Linsanity had begun.
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