[Flop Culture] Linsane in the Membrane

February 19, 2012

Flop Culture

Linsanity Linguistics 101: dish the ball

Being a retired 8th grade basketball star, I have the right to make an opinion about the New York Knicks point guard and NBA wet dream, Jeremy Lin. Because I was one of the best point guards to ever play the game (my average: 4 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, five witty jokes on the bench), I notice one of the most definitive aspects of Lin’s rise to greatness: common sense. Unlike most ball handlers in the NBA, the former Harvard point guard has the smarts to realize what to do, and, most importantly, what not to do.

In this premature case of tabloid/ESPN madness (what’s the difference), Lin seems to understand already that to force penetration into the lane, making the defense crash onto him, and to dish out to the higher percentage shot. Against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, and Vince Carter were stunned by Lin’s dishes from the lane to Steve Novak (who?). Novak, with only 21 minutes  scored 14 on 5-7 field goals and 4-5 threes, most from Lin in the lane to the corner where Novak  posted up the whole second half.

Lin had 28 pts Sunday against the reining NBA champs, 14 assists, and 5 steals. Instead of turning the ball over (all right, all right, he had 7 but in 45 minutes – i mean, he is the offense, it’s gonna happen), like his first nine or so games in the league, Lin can compete with the best of the rest. Okay, okay, I’m not saying he’s Chris Paul or Derrick Rose, but who is?

All I know is that someone from Harvard is beating the hell out of guys who make a lot more money per dribble than he does, and he’s making them look like fools. #OccupyMadisonSquareGarden is on, the 99%: Lin, the 1%: the rest of the NBA.

The Knicks defeated the Mavs 104 to 97. Here’s the box score.

-AG

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