Now, I know this is kind of off topic but I am just starting to catch the NBA (honestly, I'm not much of a follower until this) and watching Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks light up the Lakers tonight for 38 points. This guy's come up now with some of the greatest games for a new starter in NBA history.
Here's a stat: Jeremy Lin is the only player since LeBron James in 2003, and only 6 others since 1970, to have more than 20 points and at least 8 assists in his first 2 starts in the NBA. Everybody has made excuses thus far...he's played against bad competition, nobody knows him yet, etc. Now, they can't really say anything anymore.
This is a lot like what people said about Victor Cruz. It wasn't until the Philly game that he was tested by one of the league's best corners in Asomugha and still performed highly (2 TDs I do believe) that people started to recognize some greatness. As with Lin, people dismissed his starts but they're starting to run out of excuses as to why this guy has set the league ablaze. He just chalked up 38 on a team favorited to win the NBA championship.
The parallels are pretty uncanny. Both of these guys only started playing because of injuries depleting what they had in reserves. Both organizations realize how lucky they are to not cut or drop these guys because of what they THOUGHT they had in their talents. Both players turned in some exquisite performances to start their careers. Both of these players are playing in the best city in the world...NEW YORK!
Man, it's great to be a part of this town this year!