Thursday, February 23, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
You readers out there who have been reading this column over the years could very well recall that once football season has run its course, I generally turn to March Madness or the process which leads up to it. And the NBA always follows the collegiate. In this instance, yours truly is compelled to put the cart just a little bit before the horse, so to speak.
Of course, the Peyton Manning saga is still playing to a packed house and I have every reason to believe that we will have ample time to catch up to progress between now and March 8.
If you have watched TV at all in the last few weeks, whether you are a sports fan or not, you couldn’t have possibly escaped all the new words and phrases which have been coined from the one word “Lin.” So, I thought that I might turn interests aside and see just what the “Lin-craze” is all about.
Number one, in just a couple of short weeks he has set the NBA on its ear and the city of New York on an entirely different plane. Jeremy Lin is the Amerasian guard for the New York Knicks. In case you haven’t heard, Lin is a Harvard man who was turned down by almost a half dozen NBA teams. He is no eight-foot giant like his friend Yao Ming, and they come from two different Chinas – Yao from the Chinese Peoples Republic and Lin from the Republic of China.
On Sunday afternoon, the Knicks were playing the NBA defending champs, the Dallas Mavericks. I had no intentions of watching the total game but once I started, it was like a serial; it got better and better. Lin was phenomenal and one can see why he is being tagged with all these superlatives. While it is true that currently Kobe Bryant and Lebron James are one and two in scoring in the NBA, no one, repeat no one, has outscored Lin in the last two weeks.
Lin was acquired by the Knicks a few weeks ago because their roster had been depleted by injuries. He was hired as a replacement and now his new team can’t understand what they would do without him. At first his performance was considered to be a fluke or weird happenstance, now prospective agents are lining up to offer their services in renegotiating his less than stellar contract.
What is that old French saying, “c’est la vie”?
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