Has there ever been a more captivating ride than the one Jeremy Lin took the sports world on during a magical two months last season?
He went from obscurity to global icon, from the end of the New York Knicks bench to the apex of Madison Square Garden. He was everywhere you looked—yet if you blinked you may have missed it.
His meteoric surge, which started with a 25-point, seven-assist effort on Feb. 4, 2012, reached near mythical proportions when it came crashing down as ferociously as it had started.
A knee injury brought his season to an abrupt end in late March, and he swapped his iconic blue and orange threads over the summer for the red and white unis of the Houston Rockets.
Lin hasn't enjoyed nearly the same reception during his first full season as an NBA starter. Any mentions of him as a global icon are confined strictly to the past tense nowadays.
Yet one could logically assume that it's this season, a year of both regression and recognition, that will emerge as his greater achievement. Like his Knicks team from a year ago, these Rockets are playoff-bound.
And unlike last season, he'll be one of the major factors in determining his club's postseason fate.
Sans crystal ball, I can't tell you exactly how Lin the playoff performer will look. But there are already some hints as to how this may turn out.