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Dahntay Jones says “Linsanity” was bigger because Lin was Knick

Oct 15, 2012, 2:40 AM EDT

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Dahntay Jones is not the first person to say this. Heck, Mark Cuban said it.

But the Mavericks swingman is the latest to say new cross-state rival Jeremy Lin would not have had the same hype last season if he hadn’t been playing in New York City. That the fire of “Linsanity” spread because the New York Media was the gasoline dumped on the blaze.

Via Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (on Sulia).

“I think he had a very good month (last year), but when anything goes down in New York City it’s a write-up about it,’’ Mavs guard Dahntay Jones said Sunday. “If it would have happened in Indiana I don’t think it would have been the same type of buzz, but he had a great string of games.

“If you do that in New York – New York wants to put somebody out there and to be proud of someone. It’s the media hub, so he did it at the right place at the right time.’’

As I’ve said before, the hype did get more intense more quickly because he was in New York, but he would have been a story and a draw anywhere. Part of that is his Asian heritage. It was the perfect storm of the Knicks were dreadful, then in comes Lin attacking on the pick-and-roll and finding shooters — and it worked, the Knicks were winning games. He was entertaining to watch. Mike D’Antoni was showing why you might want to give him a quality point guard to run his offense.

But really, the biggest reason Lin would still have been a big story is because he is an archetype. We love the underdog, and Lin was that — the overlooked, twice-cut guy who wouldn’t give up, kept pursuing his dream and once he got a chance exploded on the biggest stage. That’s a movie script. We eat that stuff up.

Plus, Lin put up better numbers in his first four starts — 28 points per game — than any first four games for a starter in NBA history. That would make noise in any market.

But yes, him being in New York helped start the legend. Now it is the next few years in Houston where that legacy will be defined. That is when we see if the Rockets made a good move with the poison pill offer sheet they gave (and Lin signed). Or if Lin’s fame is gone in a New York minute.

  1. dysraw1 - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    watched J Lin yesterday, looks like he added a little muscle. hes gonna need that.

    • badintent - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      He can’t add more IQ, he already a Mensa (IQ over 140) so that makes his IQ 100 points over the rest of the league.Next question.

  2. libertynchurch - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    I hope Mr. Lin does well in Houston. His succcess would be good for the League as it continues its effort to expand internationally. Can you imagine what BBall could be if it became as big as soccer? The innovations, pool of athletes, media coverage… I remember the days when The Finals were tape-delayed, shown after the 11pm news.

    Maybe Houston puts McHale in an office and brings in D’Antoni to help Lin get his 20-10? Houston will not be ready to compete with OKC, either LA team for a few more years. Why not be as entertaining as possible. Do it ABA-style!

  3. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Mr. Jones…uhmm, he played for for NY. What is your point? He got the exposure, but Jeremy Lin still had to go out and play that month and did what any guy coming off the bench should. He played ball. Him and the other cast of characters had chemistry together as a group of guys that went out with nothing to lose. And through it all, Lin was humble.

    Anthony was out and so was Amare. No one expected the Knicks to do any more good so they went out and played. More rookies or guys on the bench would do well to remember that when you get your chance, just play ball.

  4. phaden27 - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:10 AM


  5. blaksteele - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Just worry about your own game, Dahntay, you’re sounding like a hater.

  6. nycalldayz - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    He might sound like a hater to some, but he speaks to what a majority already felt about “Linsanity”. He played for the Knicks in which New York is the biggest media market. Honestly that’s all the Knicks have going for them and is the reason why they get media attention. The Knicks are the laughing stock of the league.

    • badintent - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:17 AM

      What majority ? You mean the “minority ” that Al Sharpton yaps about ??The Majority minority ? That’s an oxymoron by a moron.
      Fact : A NY Bank owes your house, car, furniture, and dog
      Fact: If the Knicks are the laughing stock of the NBA what does that make all the teams that didn’t get in the playoffs ? Micheal Vick DeadDogs ??
      Fact:LA, Chicago and NY are the biggest media markets, with the Bay Area a close 4th.
      Fact:IF Felton has a decent year, Melo and Amare go off, with Novak raing threes at a 57 % clip on your team, all night long. The circus left town clown, start chasing the bus.
      Can’t wait for Jay-Z’s mix, “Uptown girls” The Downtown Brooklyn Nets song

  7. heathater4lifeson - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Who’s j Lin? I haven’t heard anything about this guy? And Tim Tebow, who is he?

  8. africanballer - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    I’m getting tired of some of these comments from some nba cats. Why not just let what the man did remain in it’s rightful place of history. You’re just a man Dahntay, you’re not God. You don’t control everything, so what’s with if this and if that?

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