We have a very small informal mail list among the four guys who went to see the Knicks beat the Mavs at the height of Linsanity.
Jeremy Zilar commented: "So now that the coach is out of there, the Knicks are back to winning again, right?4 straight wins. Or is #Linsanity dead?"
It's a very talented team, that's not in dispute. Amazingly talented. Unlike a lot of other NBA teams, the talent is distributed. That's powerful. Because they can rest while the other team is knocking themselves out. Lin said that last night in an interview. Why were they able to surge defensively in the fourth quarter? Because the entire starting lineup was resting in the third quarter. When they came out in the fourth, the other guys didn't know what hit em.
The problem is that the supposed leaders are fragile. I don't mean their bodies, I mean their *being*. When things turn in the other direction, the energy that's pushing them forward now will drop out.
I don't think that's a problem for the former non-starter Lin, and the current non-starters. They have a lot of upward mobility. But where do Carmelo and Amare go when the bottom drops out next time. Do they let Lin drive?
I think that's why Woodson's rap that Lin is a young player with potential is actually pretty brilliant. Set the expectation low, leave him lots of room to impress. He ain't saying that about Carmelo and Amare though.
And I love what Chandler does. No one says he has to do a thing. But he's doing his share of dishing and whishing.
Zilar went on to say "And as a side note, I don't think New York will be able to swallow Tebow's personality. He''l be out in a year."
On Twitter, Jason Samuels asks "Do we still need to get rid of Amare and Melo?"
Yeah we're in another era with the Knicks. They seem to happen every couple of weeks. Makes things really interesting.
That said I think there are many different kinds of Knicks fans. I wasn't a fan before Linsanity. Straight. So I have nothing invested in the way things were before. I just know they sucked. Intuitively, when you have a chance to grab greatness, and it means saying goodbye to the past, I think it's good to go for it. Esp when I'm just kibitzing. And as a new Knicks fan, I very much am there. People with something invested in the way things were, see things differently.
PS: My previous Knicks post.