|From Linsanity to Melo-bashing|
|Sunday, 19 February 2012|
Gotta give it to sport-talk radio. Have to always come up with a new controversy otherwise we all turn to music radio.
Jeremy Lin has started all of 8 games for the New York Knicks, leading them to a 7 - 1 record. Looking like a team that was about to come apart at the seams, the team now had new hope as they are 12 - 13 and in the 8th position for a playoff spot. Lin became the savior for the season and the messiah at the point guard position. All this while the shooting star of the team, the all-star forward that the Knicks close to mortgaged their future to acquire, is out with an injury.
Now the question on the airwaves is whether Carmelo Anthony would be able to fit in with Lin. Haven't we got this backward? Lin has a body of work that is all of 8 games, 7 of which against otherwise mediocre talent. Anthony is one of the scoring leaders in the NBA. Doesn't Lin have to fit in with Anthony? Isn't it the point guard's responsibility to get all the members on floor the ball in a position where they can score? And, by the way, ask Lin, and he will tell you this himself.
But in New York talk radio, we love build up our heroes one day and tear them down the next. Lin is perfectly aware, as is Anthony, of the offensive philosophy of Coach Mike D'Antoni. True, Anthony is a player that is more comfortable in having the ball in his hands as he creates his shot, thereby the other four players are stagnant in their movement while waiting for the shot to go up. But Anthony has also been waiting for the point guard messiah. If Lin is able to get him the ball in better positions to permit more of the up-and-down game that D'Antoni wants, Anthony can and will adjust.
Can we at least give Anthony and Lin the same amount of time to create a body of work together as we have given Lin to create his legend, to decide whether they can work together?