I was lucky to get to see one Linsanity game -- the game with the Mavericks at the Garden. It was wonderful.
I hadn't been into basketball for almost 40 years, if you can believe that. The last team I was so enthralled with was the Knicks of Walt, Earl, Bill, Dave and Willis. This team had a different charm. It was youth, and brilliance, and so what if maybe they wouldn't make the playoffs. I really don't care. I just loved watching them play. It was pure love. It was the kind of sports event that seems can only happen in NY, and only happens every 40 years. Last time it happened I was in high school. And at the same time the Mets were winning the World Series, we went to Woodstock and men landed on the moon. That's how big these things can be.
But the Knicks are a corporation, and the players who had moved aside so the magic could happen came back, and when they did, the air went out of the balloon.
Apparently the coach saw clearly what was going on and wanted to do the only right thing -- trade the corporation for the youthful optimism. And the corporation did what corporations do -- stayed with the safe bet, and fired the coach.
I'll put my stake in the ground. Pretty soon Lin won't be the starting point guard, and soon after that they'll trade him to another corporate mess. Of course I could be wrong. I desperately hope I am. It would be great if they let Carmelo go. I don't care if they get anything for him. Sure he got up for one game, he had to. But this is going to wear out quick, and the mediocrity will win.