Jeremy Lin celebrates 2 year anniversary of Linsanity with his first triple double
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“It’s kind of humbling to think about the whole journey and now this,” Jeremy Lin said about recording a triple double off the bench last night. “It’s another cool thing.”
It was February of 2012 when the Linsanity story started. On the 4th of that month, Jeremy Lin, who had only played more than 10 minutes once in his career, scored a career high 25 points and 7 assists in a Knicks win over the Nets.
3 days later, he scored 28 & 8 in 45 minutes against the Utah Jazz. Then came the infamous game where Lin scored 38 points and dished out 7 assists against Kobe & the Lakers. If those wins and performances weren’t ridiculous enough, Linsanity hit a new level when he made a game winning 3 pointer against the Raptors.
The death of Linsanity was caused by the same thing that helped give birth to it – Carmelo Anthony’s injury. When Melo returned, the Knicks lost 4 of their next 6 games and Jeremy Lin began to struggle and then suffered a season ending injury.
During the off season Lin signed with the Houston Rockets who also soon signed James Harden who became the star of the team. Lin’s first season with the Rockets was considered a disappointment by most and although his stats for this season are almost identical to his stats from last, Lin has quietly been having a productive season with some memorable moments.
Last November, Lin followed up a 31 point performance by dishing out a season high 12 assists to go with 34 points that included a career high 9 3-pointers. Last night, Lin, coming off the bench racked up 15 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and 1 3-pointer in just 29 minutes in the 14 points victory for Houston. His first triple double was also the first Rocket reserve triple double since Cedric Maxwell in 1988.
“That’s hard to do,” Harden said of collecting a triple-double as a reserve. “It’s just hard to be able to score the basketball, grab rebounds and pass the ball and get your teammates involved off the bench as a point guard. It’s tough. But he’s talented enough to do it and he did it.”
Linsanity might be dead but Lin does have enough talent to have a long career in the NBA and considering where Lin was days before Linsanity started, that’s a major accomplishment and a great story.
Also be sure to check out the great story in the Linsanity movie that just came out on DVD last month.