When a third-string, Ivy-educated, Asian-American basketball player who was seriously contemplating switching professions just two weeks earlier gets catapulted to stardom on a global scale in a matter of days, there will no doubt be naysayers. Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry is one such cynic who warns against an inevitable downfall of the Lin-Mania. When asked about how much of Lin's recent spurt of success is a result of New York Knicks coach Mike Dantoni's highly renowned offensive system, Terry answered, "To me, it's 100% what it is."
Terry went on to adjust his comment, crediting Dantoni with only "Ninety-five Percent" of Lin's success.
Either way, it seems quite apparent that Terry is not a believer just yet in the incredible underdog story that is Jeremy Lin. So who is right: The millions of NBA fans around the world who contend that Lin is the next NBA superstar, or the countless number of naysayers who say Lin's success will not survive the test of time?
|Jason Terry isn't buying into the hype of LIN-sanity just yet.|
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But even after Lin lit up the Mavs this past Sunday at the Garden for 28 points, 14 assists and 5 steals in the Knicks 104-97 victory, Terry remained skeptical.
"If you play 46 minutes a game in this league, you have an opportunity to put up some nice numbers," Terry said. "Again, it is what it is. He'll have to maintain this pace. It's going to be tough. Ask anybody: Give them an opportunity, ball in their hands, 20-plus shots and you better do something."
While I'd be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for any underdog story, there is something to Terry's point. Jeremy Lin is the missing piece to what was once a cluttered puzzle. When Lin came in to the third quarter of a game against the New Jersey Nets just over two weeks ago, he was exactly the spark plug that his 8-15 Knicks needed. With all the high-profile acquisitions of the past year-and-a-half, from Melo to Stoudemire to Chandler, the Knicks were still lacking a point guard. Lin was now placed into a system that revolved around the point guard. He was provided an opportunity to fill that void, and all he had to do was play basketball. You could say this was nothing more than "right place, right time."
|Jeremy Lin dunking in the|
Knicks 104-97 victory over the Mavs.
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But the bottom line is this: Lin is humble. He is religious, hard-working and close with his family. In an era in sports plagued with indecent and even criminal athletes, Jeremy Lin serves as a testament for youth to the benefit of hard work, determination and - oh yeah - education. This could not have happened to a better all-around person. Whether Lin can continue to live up to the hype for years to come remains to be seen. But to the Jason Terry's of the world who want to rain on Lin's parade and highlight all the potential pitfalls of this great story, give it a rest. Let Lin enjoy his moment in the spotlight and let us all hope that more athletes like him can rise to the top of the sporting world.
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