We will always have LinSanity, as the book and the movie attest. A crazy, almost magical, run in 2012 that lit New York. Big games that drove the Garden faithful --and the nation's Chinese-American population-- wild.
"I haven't done a computation, but it's fair to say that no player has created the interest and the frenzy in this short period of time, in any sport, that I'm aware of like Jeremy Lin has," NBA commissioner David Stern said at the time.
So should we expect LinSanity 2.0? Kenny Atkinson, the player development coach for the Knicks back then, said it would be unfair to expect a renewal across the river in Brooklyn.
"We’re so far removed from that. Different program, different team, different style. Expecting that, I don’t think it’s fair to him, fair to our team,’’ said Atkinson, who was pivotal as a Knicks assistant during Lin’s magical 26-game run four years ago. "He’s going to have to figure out how best to play in this system, and we’re going to have to figure out how to use him. It’s different times, different place.
"Obviously we want him to play like he did when he was in New York for that brief stretch; I’d love that. What I really loved about that part is how everybody remembers the scoring, but I remember him distributing the ball and really making a lot of plays out of the pick-and-roll for other people, too."
And what does that mean? Hello Brook-Lin! Atkinson wants Lin to make Brook Lopez better.
As Brian Lewis points out, was fourth in the NBA in points scored as the roll man in the pick-and-roll (31.5 percent) but his efficiency didn’t measure up to his volume. He was just 95th in shooting percentage (.491) and an even-worse 109th in points-per-possession (0.99).
Can Lin help? Atkinson thinks so.
"I definitely think he can help Brook, and Brook can help him. That’s a pretty big target. It’s a guy who can score in the pick-and-roll, and it’s a guy that can make a pass. It’s a nice combination, and relieve a little bit of that [pressure]. Brook was in a lot of [isolation] situations where he had to create his own."
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