Apparently, last night was supposed to be the beginning of the end of Linsanity as New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni reintroduced Amare Stoudemire to the starting lineup. The thinking is once these established players made their way back to the Knicks' rotation, it would cut down on Lin's touches and attempts from the field.
Perhaps this fear resides more with the upcoming return of Carmelo Anthony, but there were some rumblings of disrupting the chemistry the Knicks suddenly discovered as soon as Lin's meteoric rise up the NBA trends chart began. After winning his first four games as the Knicks starting point guard and becoming the new hot trend in relation to sports -- move over Tim Tebow, football is done for the time being. The Jeremy Lin trend has been well-documented in a number of publications, culminating in a Will Leitch love note to the white-hot Lin.
So how did Lin respond with the reintroduction of Stoudemire -- a player who demands the basketball -- into the starting lineup? By winning the game with a 3-point shot as the clock was winding down. If you're a SportsCenter viewer, you've no doubt seen the highlight by now, but there's nothing wrong with reliving it again:
Down goes Toronto, thanks the Lin's 3-bomb. As is the case whenever something trendy happens, Twitter again exploded; and, in fact, the trend is still quite active this morning, as the Twitter love for Lin is indeed strong:
Floyd Mayweather thinks Jeremy Lin is overrated, which is funny because Jeremy Lin has managed to be undefeated without ducking anybody.
D'antoni's post was retweed over 10,000 times. Of course, considering the bomb he dropped on Floyd Mayweather, these rebroadcasts were well deserved. If you're unsure of the Mayweather backstory concerning Lin, read more here. Apparently, jealousy rules, even in the multi-million dollar world of sports. As for the Lin love, it's ongoing over at Twitter:
You can't spell Jeremy Lin without Eli.
#knicks jeremy lin after last night's toronto game brokered an israel-iran peace pact and then balanced the u.s. federal budget...Breaking:
Every night David Stern is getting down on his knees and saying, "God Bless Jeremy Lin. God Bless Jeremy Lin." The NBA's Seabiscuit.
Some doubters, however, remain:
I want to see what Jeremy Lin does against a real point guard before I start believing. The Rose, Rondo & CP3's of the game.
I actually agree with this sentiment to a degree. If you take out the Lakers win (against a Lakers team that was playing the final game of a six-game east coast road trip), the combined winning record of the teams
Jeremy Lin the Knicks have beaten since Lin took the stage is 58-87. While Lin does deserve the praise he's getting, I'm curious to see how he does against the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls, especially once Derrick Rose's back gets healthy.
In light of that, here's a humorous tweet that directly connects Lin to the world of ebusiness, courtesy of the Winkelvi:
Breaking: Winklevoss brothers from Harvard to sue Knicks. Claim they first came up with idea of Jeremy Lin.
It's funny because it's true. Thoughts on Linsanity? Did his 3-point game winner ensure you had a happy VaLINtine's Day?