3-pt Play: So Now That Football Is Out of the Way…

Posted: February 14, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in NBA

If only we didn’t have the image of a blond-hair, blue-eyed Messiah imbedded in our heads, maybe we could start calling Jeremy Lin Basketball Jesus.  Well, I know David Stern is calling him that and he is Jewish.  Lin hit the court running in the right city, at the right time for a league that didn’t seem to be all that exciting this season (only 2 teams have improved their field-goal percentage from last year).  Now with all eyes on the association, people would have seen how bad basketball (if not dramatic) was being shoved out for fans on a night-in, night-out basis.

Then Basketball Jesus came to save the NBA from its sins (a dumb 66-game season instead of a 60-game season).

I won’t go into specifics of his on-court miracles (see this great article for that).  I won’t even begin to guess how long he will be here at this level with us.  I know he is not perfect with his 4.6 turnovers in this 5-game stretch as starter, but he is a playmaker that the Knicks needed at point guard.  I want to talk about what this means to the NBA.

The NBA has always embraced the superstars, the guys that could do things us normal humans could only gawk and marvel at and wonder how earth is that possible.  The superstars have been the miraclemakers so to speak.  But these guys drink their own kool-aid.  They have turned the great team game that is basketball into straight isolation plays on both sides of the court.  Superstars just want to play together because it’s easier to win a ring with all Supermans on the court and no sidekicks.  The NBA, which created this environment, tried to fight it and lost.  The era of the superstar is here, and ironically, it is making the casual fan sick.  But then Jeremy Lin came in the picture.

From Undrafted to the Grammys, America Loves the Underdog

In the spirit of Victor Cruz and Tim Tebow, and channel past underdogs like Muggsy Bogues, Spud Webb, and Earl Boykins, Lin has emerged as the underdog America loves.  And he actually has game!  Don’t listen to Floyd Mayweather*, he has put up numbers that hasn’t been seen since the ABA/NBA merger.  People that can’t be bothered with regular season NBA are now tuning into NBATV for this man’s games.  He is playing in the right city, in the right arena, and at the right time.  Because the Knicks were on the brink of oblivion.  But from destruction, Basketball Jesus has pulled the Knicks to the place of safety.

But let’s see what happens when Carmelo Anthony comes back.  Two more thoughts on the NBA this week.

We Watch So You Don’t Have To – The 2011-12 Wizards Season: Is it just me or is John Wall looking good these past weeks?  Over the last 5 games, he is averaging 19.6 PPG, 9 assists, and 4.2 turnovers.  He tied his career-high in assists with 15 in Detroit on Sunday.  At least Wall is dominating teams that don’t play defense.  Now if only he can be more consistent, or at least get teammates that will make him look better.  Javale McGee, Trevor Booker, and even Jan Vesely have also played well recently.

Let It Be Known Right Now: We had this discussion at the ManCave Super Bowl party so I wanted to declare it now on the blog.  The Miami Heat are going to win the Championship.  For all of you LeBron haters (which I have been in the past) just prepare yourself now for the inevitable.  It will make the pain in June when LeBron is lifting the trophy and Chris Bosh’s eyeliner is running down his cheek while he weeps more palatable.  I just wanted to let you know now, so you can get ready.

*- Actually let me clarify my thoughts on Mayweather’s comments.  The only thing that is wrong about the comments is that there is a persecution factor is that isn’t there.  There is nothing wrong with rooting for someone because of race, hell I root for Michael Vick to win a Super Bowl, and Floyd to stay undefeated in boxing.  There is a identify and pride factor in all of this.  Asian Americans may root for Jeremy Lin for a myriad reasons that include identity and that should be encouraged.  Floyd just wants black players to get the same credit.  But Floyd, LeBron, Kobe, Carmelo, CP3, and the rest have gotten a lot of love for their talents over the years.  Just because Lin gets hype doesn’t mean that there isn’t more hype to pass around.  This is a racial situation, not a racist situation.


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