Let’s start here, shall we? You obviously saw Jeremy Lin destroy Derek Fisher with this spin move, but the 2nd year pro from Harvard’s entire game was outstanding, and needs to be witnessed. The New York tabloids, predictably, had fun with the victory: Kobe Who? and Lincredible and Kobe Who? were backpages.
The Knicks have won four in a row with Jeremy Lin running the show – the Lakers, in dire need of a point guard, could have picked him up – and the last two have come without Amare, and the last three without Carmelo.
(Let’s please not worry about Carmelo yet and how he’ll ruin this great story, ok? Can we just wait until Melo comes back in a few days?)
Here’s what Kobe had to say about Lin:
“A great story. It’s a testament to perseverance and hard work. A good example for kids everywhere.”
Ron Artest Metta World Peace, before Lin lit up the Lakers:
Q: What did you know about him before?
A: I know he used to miss layups on the fast break in Golden State. I know he used to turn the ball over at half court. He was trying to find himself.
Q: Did the Lakers talk about him in the locker room?
A: Do we talk about him? Yeah, we talk about him. We think he needs a better haircut. I don’t like that style. You’re in New York, the fashion capital. Change your haircut, OK? You’re a star now. Wear some shades. Shades, OK? Put down the nerdy Harvard book glasses.
Q: Do you wear leather pants?
A: No, I won’t wear them, but he should wear leather pants. He’s the type of guy who should wear leather pants, some nice shoes and change his fashion. You’re Jeremy Lin, for godsakes. You know what I’m saying? You know? Put down that law book, stop reading the New York Times and start reading the Daily News. Newsday, that’s the one. I like that one because there’s always color in that one. What else? Wall Street Journal. Get some swag. You’re in New York City. Put your hat to the back, too. Put your hat on backwards. Come to practice with your pants sagging and just tell them, ‘I don’t feel like practicing.’ Practice? You know? Practice? And wear an Iverson jersey. You know? Come to practice with a cigar. Lit. ‘I’m Jeremy Lin.’ You know? He should change.
If you’re up for an ugly NBA game tonight, the Knicks are playing the Timberwolves. Lin vs. Rubio. Both teams played Friday, so expect a sluggish, sloppy game.