The New York Knicks Modest Basketball Hero – Jeremy Lin

Perhaps the greatest tale of all regarding Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks is not that he is driving the lane, or leading his team with the correct plays, or knocking down game-winning shots from behind the arc, or even that he is of Asian descent.

The fact is no one in the NBA had seen his potential.

And, by the time they did, it was too late.

All of a sudden, he was taking the game to them and, with the newly energized Knicks, showing that he could play with the best of them.

Lin, a Harvard hoopster and graduate and an undrafted NBA player, had been waived by two teams this pre-season (Dec. 9 by San Francisco and Dec. 24 by Houston) and he was evidently heading out of New York’s Madison Square Garden until he got his chance, due to team injuries, particularly Carmelo Anthony’s goin injury on February 6.

Lin certainly made the best of it on February 7…and since.

Perhaps teammate Tyson Chandler said it best, “You don’t see this coming. Undrafted, gets cut from Golden State, cut in Houston, and probably days away from being cut by the New York Knicks. And then all of a sudden … ”

What the media and people refer to as “Linsanity” has captured not just New York, but also cities where the Knicks arrive.


Witness that the only sellout crowds this season for the latest victims, Minnesota and Toronto, came with Lin’s appearance in their fair city. On game day, Toronto’s major daily newspaper carried Lin on the front cover.

And, despite all the cheers and raves he receives, Lin stays focused on the team and his teammates.

Will New York’s and Lin’s winning ways continue, especially when Anthony returns? That is hard to say. The Knicks paid dearly for ‘Melo to join them last year.

It may take some time for ‘Melo and Lin to get their groove when he returns, similar to the Heat and what their Big 3 (Wade, James and Bosh) discovered in 2011.

Until some unkown time in the future, New York is very much enjoying the ride.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

NBA Highlights – Kobe, LeBron, Shaq, Jordan, DWade Performance All Star Scoring

Watching an NBA Super Star score over 50 points in a single game is nothing less than exhilarating.

One can only imagine the adrenaline that flows through the player’s body as he keeps throwing up the ball and it keeps going through the hoop.

In order to fill some of the void made possibe by the NBA Lockout 2011, below are complete scoring highlights of highest ever performances recorded by some of Main Street One’s favorite hoopsters: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O’Neal.

Enjoy a few minutes of basketball greatness.

Kobe 81 points vs Raptors 2006

LeBron 56 points vs Raptors 2005

Jordan 69 points vs Cavs 1990

Shaq 61 points vs Clippers 2000 (on his birthday)

That is what the sport is all about.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

NBA Finals – Dallas Maligned in Game 1 Loss to Miami

It’s bad enough to lose the first game in the NBA Finals. Especially waiting five years to get back to this stage.

it is even worse to be maligned for losing when not deserved.

The Dallas Mavericks did, indeed, lose to the Miami Heat in game one of the NBA Finals. No doubt about it. Final score: Heat 92 Mavs 84.

Reading what some reporters and bloggers have written makes it seem as if Dallas could do nothing right – yet an 8 point loss is not a blow out by any means, especially when one is in the enemy camp, i.e., playing on your opponent’s court. You know, the ole home court advantage thing.

As far as stats are concerned, Dallas shot 37% from the field, Miami hit 39%. Neither of those are very impressive.

From downtown the Heat were at 46% while Dallas shot 41%, a difference of 6 points in favor of the Heat. The Mavs held the edge at the free throw line hitting 78% to the Heat’s 71% for a 6 point advantage. They effectively cancelled each other out.

Offensively, Miami took 80 shots to Dallas’ 67. That was a huge help for the Heat. And Miami did dominate the boards, 46 to 36, which is what gave them, to a fairly large degree, the winning edge.

Yes, Miami won, mostly due to their better defense and the offensive board advantage they took.

To read the headlines, one would think Dallas did absolutely nothing right. Yes, LeBron and Wade made some big, key plays in the 4th quarter. And those two can be dominating, but they did not “dominate” this first game. And then consider that two of Miami’s starters failed to score a single point.

Sweet slam by LeBron.

One article that appeared in Yahoo! Sports mentioned that it would be tough for Dallas and their one star to beat Miami and their three stars, meaning Dirk beating LeBron, D-Wade and Bosh. Apparently that reporter does not consider Jason Kidd a threat, despite the fact he is a 10-time All Star and is in 3rd place all-time for triple-doubles. Go figure.

True, everyone has, and is entitled to, their own opinion. This blogger’s opinion is that Miami won, Dallas lost. Miami played better at the right times, especially down the stretch. Neither team played close to a perfect game.

Over For Now.

Main Street One