The Anniversary of Linsanity
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Do you remember where you were when Pac and Biggie died? If you are in high school then you probably don’t but you might remember where you were on February 4th, 2012.
That’s the night Jeremy Lin — just a couple of days from being cut and only playing because the Knicks were playing a back-to-back-to-back — had a career-night (25/5/7) and what many considered a fluke game against Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets. But it was, in fact, the beginning of one of the biggest sports stories of all-time: Linsanity!
“This night, it just hasn’t really sunk in yet to be honest.” Said Lin after the game that ended with MSG blasting Pearl Jam’s song Jeremy. “It’s like I’m still kind of in shock about everything that happened but I’m just trying to soak it all in right now.”
You were probably equally shocked and thought journeyman Jeremy Lin would never have another great game. You probably also laughed out loud when you heard a reporter ask Kobe if he was willing to guard Lin.
After putting up 28 points and 8 assists against the combo of Devin Harris and Raja Bell, then 23 points and 10 assists against John Wall and the Wizards, Lin dropped 38 on Kobe and the Lakers.
Lin followed up this game with 20 points and 8 assists against Ricky Rubio and the Wolves and then knocked down a game-winning three to go with 27 points and 11 assists against the Raptors.
One year later, Lin is a household name with a much healthier bank account and nice crib in Houston, TX. A huge upgrade over Landry Fields’ couch in New York. One year later, I’m still shocked at the phenomenon that was Linsanity.
- GM1: 25 PTS 7 AST (D Will)
- GM2: 28 PTS 8 AST (UTA)
- GM3: 23 PTS 10 AST (Wall)
- GM4: 38 PTS 7 AST (Kobe)
- GM5: 20 PTS 8 AST (Rubio)
- GM6: 27 PTS 11 AST GW (TOR)
- GM9: 28 PTS 14 AST (J Kidd)
- GM13: 19 PTS 13 AST (Kyrie)
- GM16: 20 PTS (Parker)
- GM17: 20 PTS 13 AST (Jennings)