Linsanity. Super Lintendo. Linderella Man. Linfluenza. Linja Assassin. Doesn't matter what you call him, this guy has become the most talked about person in sports. Over the span of three weeks (Linsane's first start was February 6th against Utah) the Knicks bandwagon went from empty to full as everyone and their grandmother fell in love with Air DumpLIN. Here's why I didn't jump on.
First of all, I don't like bandwagons. They have a tendency to crash and burn as expectations for a team spiral out of control. I've actually heard people who say the Knicks are contender's now thanks to The Rookie Fortune's emergence. Let me tell you, that is not the case. The Knicks still don't have a winning record for crying out loud. Their sitting in 7th spot in the Eastern Conference (only because Boston has yet to be healthy for any significant length of time) with, in my opinion, little chance of moving up in the standings to pass Atlanta or Orlando. That means they would face either Miami or Chicago in the first round. A contender is a team that should certainly be able to get through their first round opponent, so do people really see Jeremy Lin leading the Knicks past Lebron/Wade/Bosh or Derrick Rose, or are those people just not looking ahead to see the absolute annihilation that is heading for New York?
Second, I fully believe that you could put just about any point guard on the Knicks, assuming he has some balls, and the same thing could happen. Although there wouldn't be as many nicknames. Mike D'Antoni, New York Knicks head coach, has an offense that he describes as 7 Seconds or Less. This means he wants his team to get a good shot off before 7 seconds have come off the shot clock, which is less of an exact number than it is an ideal. The point is, he wants his team to run up and down. In this system the point guard has the ball in his hands more than any other player and has the option to do basically whatever he wants. Replace Linfomaniac with 85% of the point guards in the NBA, you get the same results. This is the coach and offensive system that made Steve Nash win two MVP awards. Think that would happen on any other team? No. No it wouldn't.
Third, the turnovers. That has been the first thing I look at when I go to the box score. That's probably not fair, but Mr. Lincredible has made it impossible to overlook. In the 11 games he has started he has accumulated 67 turnovers, or 6.1 per game. LINkin Park's job is to take care of the ball, yet during his streak he has averaged 2-2.5 more turnovers a game than the league leaders (Just as a reference, Steve Nash averaged 3.5 during his time with D'Antoni). It's one thing to be fearless on the court, but it's another to be reckless.
Fourth, the winning streak the team went on once The Linglorious Basterd took over got way too much attention. During that 7 game winning streak the Knicks beat the Nets, Jazz, Wizards, Lakers, Timberwolves, Raptors and Kings. In that list there's one playoff team, two mediocre teams, and four teams that more closely resemble a team at your local YMCA than an NBA team. For those who didn't know better though the Knicks might as well have beaten the 1992 Dream Team over and over and over again. Too much attention for a team beating teams they should have been beating in the first place.
Finally, this is the NBA, a league that's made up of 400+ of the best basketball players in the world. Jeremy Lin is averaging 14 points and 6 assists a game this season. That's not that impressive, is it?
PS - we aren't haters, we just aren't slurping at Lin's jockstrap like everyone else. These are the reasons we haven't jumped on the Knick/Lin bandwagon, not the reasons we hate the guy (because we don't).