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This past Wednesday afternoon, an hour or so after Mike Woodson replaced Mike D’Antoni as coach of the New York Knicks, we wrote that it was probably bad news for Jeremy Lin, because Woodson–a product of old-school coach Larry Brown–favors isolation plays for his stars instead of D’Antoni’s point guard-favoring, free-flowing, seven-seconds-or-less system.
Later that night, during the Knicks/Blazers game, Lin was the first Knick subbed out–only halfway through the first quarter, by the way–and sat for a lengthy stretch. He finished with 6 points, 6 assists, and 6 turnovers–his worst numbers since that Miami Heat smackdown two weeks ago.
Well, according to a report by the New York Times, our analysis was pretty spot on: Mike Woodson said the ball will go through Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, and if the game comes down the last shot, either one of those two will take it (meaning moments like this–inarguably one of the highlights of this season so far–won’t be happening again anytime soon).
Woodson was blunt, adding that, in his day, “rookies were to sit and listen and learn”.
And Lin is, essentially, a rookie.
So this Lin phenomenon, one that boosted New York’s restaurant and bar business–especially establishments downtown–significantly, helped end the MSG Network/Time Warner contract dispute (really, they reached a solution the day after this event), saved the Knicks’ season, and, essentially, turned every New Yorker (and Asian Americans across the country) into basketball fans, is over.
That loud thud you hear? People hopping off the Knicks bandwagon.