Timing is everything in this world and Jeremy Lin is proof of that. He came along at the perfect time as the city has a lot of energy buzzing off of the Giants Superbowl win. The Knicks had been on the borderline of becoming the worst team in the NBA. Mike D’Antoni was two losses from getting fired. All of this culminating in the explosion of Lin-sanity in the city right now.

He makes the team look like a team, the ball movement throughout the offense is up, everyone is playing together cohesively, with high energy on both ends of the floor. They are once again inspired. A week ago I was ready to write about the potential free agent point guards the Knicks could pick up in the off season to be their floor general. Not a top 2 in the league, Chris Paul type, just a solid option to handle the ball and run plays like a real point guard (sorry Tony Douglas). Lin has emerged to fill that role perfectly. If he can keep his play consistent (not the high scoring, but controlling the game and running the team effectively), this team has found its point guard of the future. His court vision, basketball IQ and inspiring enthusiasm are not characteristics that can be flukey so don’t expect those to disappear if his buzz ever does.

 

Lin has the type of game that makes everyone better and the personality for them to want to. Guys like Steve Novak, who had 19 points in the two games before Friday night, are getting the ball when and where they can put it in the basket. Tyson Chandler’s offensive game has stepped up. Granted, Stoudemire and Anthony are out, this team of no-names who haven’t stepped up as role players for those stars yet this season, are doing so now with Jeremy Lin running the show. Although even Lin can’t make Jared Jeffries better on offense (make a layup PLEASE), his defensive presence and charge taking seems to be rising to an elite level.

Lin has no doubt saved D’Antoni’s job. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not though. Even at it’s highest level, can his system win a championship? With the defense playing this inspired, they probably can, but that’s an article for another day.

There’s also the question of what’s going to happen when the stars to rejoin the line up in the coming weeks. Hopefully they’ll step in, Lin will continue to keep the energy of the team up and Melo will flow with it. With Lin’s skill set, he should be able to help Melo’s game come to him as naturally as it has to Lin, who seemed to score his 38 points all in the rhythm of the game against the Lakers and not as a ball hogging, point hungry, shot jacker. Seriously, no implications there to anyone, just pointing out he’s doing it in a way that helps the team win. If they keep Chandler in the low-post, start running the pick-and-rolls with STAT and kick out to open guys like Fields and Novack to hit j’s and attack the rim, this team can all of a sudden be a legitimate threat to maybe win a playoff round if seeded in the right spot.

It’s amazing to think, how many Jeremy Lin’s are out there, sitting on the end of the bench, not even getting burn in practice and yet have the game to step in and light up the league for 4 straight games, the most recent of which being a Friday night, prime time, nationally televised game against the big-time Lakers and the best player in the league, Kobe Bryant.

Todd Giannattasio is a guest blogger for New York State Of Sports. Todd’s newest venture is an online store for quality beer fridges and wine coolers. You can follow him on Twitter @Tresnic.