Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lin-Credible or All Hype???

Jeremy Lin has become a feel good story across the sports world. Everyone likes when the underdog overcomes the odds by accomplishing the unexpected. The unexpected??? After going undrafted, Lin went on to play in the NBA D-League. Lin was able to make two NBA rosters, spending time with the Rockets and Warriors. Lin was eventually released by both teams, because he didn't fit their style of play. After being signed by the Knicks Lin has been on fire, averaging 26.8 points as their starting point guard. Lin scored 136 points in his first five starts, the most by any player since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976.  Lin has given the Knicks the spark they needed after they were struggling with injuries to stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. Not even Lin can believe the attention that he has received because of his unexpected play. Lin has been on newspapers all over the world and also made the cover of the recent issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.

New York is a large media market so anything happening sports wise will get a lot of attention.  Lin recently received praise from president Obama who is a avid basketball fan. Nike has also jumped on the Lin bandwagon, with their planned release of a Jeremy Lin "Linsanity" edition Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 sneaker. Everyone is not a fan of the Asian star, which is expected with the amount of hatred in the world. World Champion boxer Floyd Mayweather offered his "two cents" to the "Lin-Mania" craze. Mayweather made this comment on his twitter page...

Lin_originalFrom my perspective Lin is playing great basketball and he should not be slighted because of his race. Numbers don't lie and his production has been obvious while being the starting point guard for the Knicks. I feel like his popularity rose because he is playing in a large media market like New York. If Lin was playing in a smaller market like Charlotte or Sacramento I doubt that his popularity would have risen as fast. Is the acknowledgment Lin is receiving just do, or is he receiving credit because of his race and the market he currently plays in??? As always leave us your opinion on the matter. Check out Lin's 38 point performance against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers below...


  1. Lin is balling and proved he was a winner in high school and college. People need to stop hating!!!

  2. Lin is playing his butt off because he knew if he dont perform well he prob wouldn't get another opportunity to play in the NBA

  3. why does everything have to be racial. just let the poor guy play basketball damn.