Mike D’Antoni said “I’m not making any comparison but Jeremy Lin did the same thing.” And I’m not saying Linsanity 2014 is about to happen mainly because this story is missing the international and unknown factors that played a major role in the 2012 Linsanity story…but what Kendall Marshall did last night against the Jazz does bring back memories of what Jeremy Lin did back in 2012.
It was just a month ago that Kendall Marshall was on the Inside Stuff reboot talking about his journey from being a NBA lottery pick of the Suns to playing in the D-League where he hopes to have another shot at playing for another NBA team. But it didn’t take long for NBA teams to take notice of what Marshall was doing in the D-League after an almost triple double debut of 31 points 10 assists and 9 rebounds.
One of those teams that was very interested in Marshall was the LA Lakers and their roster full of injured guards including Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake and Xavier Henry. So on December 20th, the Lakers called Marshall’s number and last night, due to an injury to Jordan Farmar, they gave Marhall the keys to the starting lineup and he didn’t disappoint. Actually, just like his D-League Debut in December, the 22 year old blew everybody away with career highs of 20 points, 15 assists and 6 rebounds in a Lakers win that ended a losing streak.
As that streak ended, a hoop fan can only hope that a Jeremy Lin like streak begins for Marshall. It’s unlikely but so is the story of a guy going from the D-league to starter for the Lakers to the toast of the town within a couple of weeks.
“Things have happened kind of fast,” said Marshall. “I’m still humbled by the situation.”