by Craig Little
“Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else — to the nearby villages — so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’”
Mark I: 35-38
Sooner or later, everyone gets tired of his own hype.
No doubt it will happen to Jeremy Lin, a 23-year-old Asian-American guard with the New York Knicks.
But right now I sure hope he is enjoying the ride, because it’s about to get a lot more, well… hyped.
Even in a world where we are gorging ourselves on celebrity culture, the hysteria surrounding Jeremy Lin over the past week-and-a-half has been insane.
Linmania. Linsational. Linitless.
He has been on everywhere and in everything, including Slate, NPR and Newsweek. Even Gerard Whateley couldn’t resist mentioning him at the end of last week’s Offsiders just days after Lin led the Knicks with 38 points to crush the Lakers.
Two weeks before he didn’t even come off the bench in the Knicks loss to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.
As I write, Lin has scored the last six points of the game to pull the Knicks over the line against the Raptors in Toronto.
I had it on in the office on NBA TV, a service I subscribe to largely to watch Celtics games.
Jeremy Lin was the reason I was watching what two weeks ago I’d have regarded a nothing game.
And for the best part it was… that was until a 13-2 run by the Knicks had them within 3 points with a little more than a minute remaining.
To this point Lin had been solid with 21 points and 11 assists, adding some ballast to the hype generated over the past four games.
But what happened next, well…
Lin’s raison d’être is his explosive speed and weave inside the paint to the hoop, and this is exactly the play he makes with 1.04 left on the clock.
With 1.03 left on the clock he’d made the basket and drawn the foul.
He makes the plus one and the game is tied.
Moments later, the Raptors’ 6’3” Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa puts up an ill-conceived three-pointer that doesn’t get close and the Knicks get the ball with 18 seconds remaining.
Lin has the ball and winds down the clock in the half-court before looking to make a three-pointer with one second left on the clock.
He has no outside shot (yes, I know, he made two three-pointers Friday night against the Lakers, but so can some schlump picked out of the crowd at halftime to win a restaurant coupon to Applebee’s).
Buzz Bizzinger, The Daily Beast.
Lin makes the shot.
He not only gets the Applebee’s voucher but the Knicks’ sixth strait win – the last four without Carmelo Anthony.
Twitter goes into overdrive, even Andrew Bogut gets in on the act:
Wow Jeremy Lin, wow!