Notes from the North
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Hmm... Anybody else notice that, even though Linsanity has apparently run its course, the New York Knicks are still winning basketball games?

And that Jeremy Lin continues to start and continues to contribute?

I don't think things could have turned out any better for the Knicks guard: start off with a bang and then, just when the spotlight is getting too hot to survive, have the team's performance tail off and your coach replaced.

Now Lin can get back to the basics and, working with the Knicks new coach, figure out how his style of play can mesh successfully with the rest of the team.

Without the glare of Linsanity making his every success a cause for celebration and his every failure a subject of intense scrutiny.

I have to admit, when the Knicks went into the dumper following the return of Carmelo Anthony to the lineup, I was all for getting rid of Anthony and moving on without him. I hate it when a talented but tempermental player is allowed to impact the rest of his team and his coaches negatively.

But now it looks like Anthony and Lin have figured out who to share the court together. And Lin no longer feels he needs to put up big scoring numbers and feed the media frenzy. He's playing like a point guard and feeding the scorers on his team, taking shots only when they present themselves to him, driving to the basket to create openings for others rather than only to create a shot for himself.

The Knicks have a great deal of talent and, if they can continue to progress as a team on both offense and defense, they could make a strong playoff run.

Not because of Linsanity. But because Jeremy Lin has finally been allowed to integrate himself well with the talent that surrounds him.

 
March 23, 2012  12:05 PM ET

Good blog. I agree. The cooling of Linsanity has benefitted him. There were some games where he was definitely trying too hard and it was effecting his performance.

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