Someday, perhaps the good folks at ESPN will look back at the "Linsanity" portion of Jeremy Lin's NBA career, those magical few weeks in Feb. 2012, and put together a 30 for 30, or at the very least a 30 for 30 short.
And might I suggest that if this film does come off, that ESPN ask for the rights to the open for Star Wars. You know, "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."
Because that's about what Linsanity feels like right about now if you watch Lin night to night like we do in Houston.
Two years ago? Feels like twenty years ago.
It's crazy to think that there was a time when the backup point guard we are watching now, the one who dribbles aimlessly in the half court and who looks like a deer in the headlights from long distance, was dominating the league for a few weeks just a couple years ago. I mean, flat out BALLING.
Lin was making big shots, brimming with confidence, so much so that this was an actual promo that ran for a game on ABC last year...
Holy. Shit. RIght?
A star is born ... turning skeptics into believers .... part man, part miracle (my personal favorite, but the way).... superhero .... legend of Lin...
Seriously, how silly does that all look now?
There was a reason I recorded that spot at the time -- because I thought it was a classic case of ABC/ESPN overreact, buying into the "flavor of the month" as some sort of basketball savior. I mean...part man, part miracle. Yes kids, there was a time when Jeremy Lin was considered to be at least partially miraculous.
Now? He's in the fourth month of a steady downslide into a single digit points per game abyss that shows no signs of slowing down. Why does this matter? Well, because if Patrick Beverley has to start playing 35 to 38 minutes a night because Lin can't get his head screwed on right, he's going to get spent at some point in the postseason facing Westbrook or Parker or Paul or Curry or Lillard or Dragic or.....
You get my point.
Make no mistake, the Rockets will go as far as Dwight Howard and James Harden will take them, but there is such thing as a degree of difficulty, and Jeremy Lin's playing like a timid D Leaguer is going to trim down the Rockets margin for error.
Hell, at the very least, it makes the trade of Aaron Brooks slightly painful, unless a) Isaiah Canaan can play and b) Jordan Hamilton continues to play well.
Indeed, if Jeremy Lin was at one point a superhero, we are clearly in the part of his career where he married Lois Lane and had to give up his superpowers...
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Let's just hope he gets them back in time for