It's getting very, very hard to write off Jeremy Lin's rise from unknown backup to the backup to NBA superstar as a fluke. In the biggest game of his career, with the national TV cameras rolling, Jeremy Lin continued his unbelievable string of games with a absolute barnburner—dropping 38 points against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, leading the Knicks to the fourth straight win.
Lin is proving that anyone, no matter their background, no matter their race or creed, can do anything so long as they work for it.
It should be noted that Lin scored four more points than Kobe Bryant, who had this to say to the New York Times about Lin's performance: “I think it’s a great story,” Bryant said. “It’s a testament to perseverance and hard work, and I think a good example for kids everywhere.”
With the Knicks superstars, Amar'e Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony both out, this Knicks run has been practically solely orchestrated by Lin. As the team's point guard, he has turned the season around and righted an offense that was near the bottom of the league in several crucial statistical categories.
As Lin's legend grows, and the critics who have doubted that this kid is for real begin to fade, he has remained cool, calm, and humble. "“The only thing we established tonight was getting four in a row,” he said to the Times, adding: “I’m not really too worried right now about proving anything to anybody. I think as a team we’re just growing and we’re trying to build on this momentum.”
Bryant had a huge second half, scoring 24-points and leading a Lakers charge that saw the Knicks lead shrink to just three points early in the fourth quarter. The Knicks responded with their own mini-run, getting six straight points, including a 22-foot jumper from Lin.
To give you a sense of just how far reaching Lin's story is, the Times offered this great nugget: After the game, a Taiwanese reporter told Lin that fans in Taiwan are concerned about his "lodging situation." This refers to the fact that the Knicks new superstar, who is playing incredible ball on arguably the toughest stage in the world, Madison Square Garden, who had just helped his team beat Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, has been sleeping on his brother's coach in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Lin smiled, and told the reporter he's working on it.
Our guess is if Lin's working on it, he'll figure it out. And then some.