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In the ninth day following the birth of Linsanity (2/4/2012, for you numerologists), Jeremy Lin Former Team #2 faced off against Jeremy Lin Former Team #3. I'm defining JLFT #1 as the Mavericks, who let him walk despite his promising showing in the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, including what seemed then to be a fluky outplaying of highly-hyped rookie John Wall. Misery loves company, so I take some small solace in the fact that Dallas and Houston are our partners in regret. Of course the Mavs have the saving grace of being, you know, NBA Champions; and the Rockets, being the Rockets, have somehow managed to parlay the solid play of Kyle Lowry (perhaps the most underrated PG in the league) and a motley assortment of role players to a 16-11 record. Meanwhile, in Warriorland, long-suffering fans get to watch their local hero shine from 3,000 miles away; the front office keeps trying like the dickens to make a consequential move; and the slightly sub-mediocre collection of players keeps plugging away gamely, making a seeming bee line to a #8-12 draft pick that the team will promptly have to convey to the Utah Jazz.
Sigh. On the bright side, there's a Warriors game tonight! Make the jump for some predictions about the game and a couple more Lin-ecdotes.
It's easy enough to throw around words like "phenomenal" and "historic," but sometimes the best way to measure the magnitude of a cultural phenomenon is through daily anecdotes. Yesterday, as I was walking down Pell Street in NYC's Chinatown (soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai, mmm) I walked by two bars with hastily posted sandwich boards in front hyping big TVs on which patrons could watch
Jeremy Lin the Knicks. This morning, I was watching an MSNBC report on the death of Whitney Houston (RIP, Whitney), and the subject turned to her role in the "crossover" appeal of black music in the 1980s. A panelist on the show, noting the degree to which any gap between black and white music is now almost completely a thing of the past, said something like, "these days if you mention the word 'crossover,' people think you're talking about Jeremy Lin..."
• Curry puts up a Lin-like 28 points on 18 fga and 11 assists.
• Monta takes it to the rim like Jeremy Lin: 30 points.
• Rush, Klay, and Dorell continue to stroke it from three like Jeremy Lin: 11 3FG total
• Lee and Biedrins crash the glass like Jeremy Lin: 22 rebounds total
• Udoh continues to play D with Lin-like aggressiveness.
• Final score: Warriors 108-103
Best NBA Player of All-Time, not including Jordan or Lin:
Larry Bird (43 votes)
Hakeem Olajuwon (40 votes)
Magic Johnson (164 votes)
Oscar Robertson (34 votes)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (53 votes)
Charles Barkley (8 votes)
Karl Malone (2 votes)
John Stockton (9 votes)
Tim Duncan (6 votes)
Kevin Garnett (5 votes)
David Robinson (3 votes)
LeBron James (47 votes)
Bill Russell (75 votes)
Julius Erving (6 votes)
Jerry West (10 votes)
Moses Malone (2 votes)
Shaquille O'Neal (24 votes)
Wilt Chamberlain (133 votes)
Scottie Pippen (8 votes)
Other (specify in comments) (37 votes)
709 total votes