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Jeremy Lin will be the Knicks starting point guard Monday

Feb 6, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

Jeremy Lin Reuters

Jeremy Lin is just another guy going from Harvard to Manhattan to make it big.

Okay, his path is a little different. Lin has gone from the star of the often-overlooked Harvard basketball team to the starting point guard of the often-overanalyzed New York Knicks.

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said Lin would get the start against the Jazz Monday night when speaking to reporters (such as Brian Mahoney of AP).

Lin aggressively attacked the Nets off the pick-and-roll Saturday — looking to make the plays long missing from Mike D’Antoni’s offense in New York. The result was 25 points, 7 assists and a Knicks win.

Lin, who is wildly popular in the Asian-American community, was a hit at Summer League two-years ago because he would relentlessly push the ball and attack off picks. He never quite fit that into a game system in Golden State or Houston (both teams let him go) — but what Lin does is exactly what the Knicks have needed. He gets into the lane and draws defenders, he is not looking for just his shot but the best play. He’s not more talented than Toney Douglas or Iman Shumpert (one of whom will sit to make way for Lin in the starting lineup), but he fits the Knicks better.

However, the Jazz are better and more disciplined than the Nets, so this will be a much tougher test. But Lin is getting his shot.

  1. philtration - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Do call the Knicks “overanalyzed”?

    I think the word you were looking for is “overrated” or “overexposed”

  2. GT - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    You go….Paisan!

  3. jobotjones - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Who starts at 2? Shumpert or Fields? I am not including Douglas because he is playing like trash right now.

  4. cantonbound13 - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Nice story & great guy, hope he does well!

  5. LPad - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    “He’s not more talented than Toney Douglas or Iman Shumpert”

    Have to disagree here, he is more talented than Toney Douglas. Lin is a better passer with better court vision, better ballhandler, and defense is probably a wash (Douglas is highly overrated as a defender, takes a lot of gambles and can’t stay in front of opposing pgs). Douglas may be a better 3 pt shooter, but is very streaky and takes a lot of bad shots. Lin isn’t better than Shumpert, but we shouldn’t compare the two since one is a PG and the other is a SG.

  6. tomshoe - Feb 6, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Good luck Jeremy, this is your big shot to prove you belong.

  7. damp1015 - Feb 6, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Being a Pacific Islander I’m all in for Lin and I’m a Knickerbocker fan! But seriously I hope he can replicate the performance over and over again. We need our offense to have that movement we seen against the Nets.

    Condolences to the Stoudemire family for their loss. My God bless your family in this time of need. Amar’e, take your time with your family.

  8. detroitcityryda - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    He moves very weird with the ball like he never played ball before he doesn’t have that speed and cut through most guards do, but he attacks the basket very good .hes style of play is very old schoolish or Harvard

  9. southbeachtalent - Feb 7, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Nice surprise for the Knicks! Now can he sustain it??

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