The summer of 2012 was a painful one, during which Linsanity in New York ended as abruptly as it began. For myself, Jeremy Lin represents so much more than just a basketball player since I identify with him on so many different levels. I am an Asian-American. I am also a Christian. As a business major I often find myself buried under the pressure of what Corporate America defines as successful, very similar to Jeremy Lin’s burden of striving to be a star in the National Basketball Association. For me to see him “make it” under the bright lights of the NBA with such a powerful platform for his faith meant so much more than wins. I saw him shattering stereotypes of being an inherently mediocre athlete (supposedly due to his Asian descent) night after night, as he was scoring points as a starter in higher volumes than any other man in history. It meant everything to realize that an inkling of that will and potential could also exist within myself.But don’t get me wrong, I am and will always be a die hard Knicks fan, and I can spend hours upon hours chastising anyone who jumps ship to Brooklyn. As heart-breaking as it was to see Lin go to Houston, I did see some basketball sense in bringing back Raymond Felton. If he could make everyone on this team better (including Melo), he’d be worth more than every penny. From what I remember, Melo didn’t play well at all during Linsanity. Yes- Dolan was pissed off about being taken to business school by a 23-year old, and yes-he’s a more than questionable owner. But if letting Lin leave and bringing in Felton was the right formula of success for the Knickerbockers, than that’s exactly what had to be done. I don’t think anyone’s complaining about being 8-2, and I’m sure all the Lin-haters are ready to pounce on him for his struggles so far this season. As a Knicks fan, it’s all team first without a regard for the names on the back of the jersey — and that’s the kind of basketball Mike Woodson has the Knicks playing so far this season.In conclusion, I have confidence that Jeremy Lin will represent everything he was in New York the same in Houston. His being a Christian won’t change due to a shift in scenery, and I’m sure he has no intentions of jumping out of his Asian skin into something else. Meanwhile, I’m still a Knick fan here in New York and I’m going through this season with the utmost joy hoping that maybe, just maybe the painful days of Mardy Collins (who?), then Stephon Marbury, then Eddy Curry, then Mike D’Antoni are finally over. As long as the Knicks are in championship-mode, I’m all for it. Jeremy Lin is still my role model and when he takes the floor against my New York Knicks this Friday I can only imagine the sort of bittersweet conflict I’ll feel as every bucket the Knicks score will count against him.- D.R.
Tommy Dee, theKnicksBlog.comAgree? Disagree? Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org