Coverage of Jeremy Lin seems to shift as often as the wind. The media gushed over Lin during the height of Linsanity. But much of the lovefest turned critical when he signed a 25 million dollar three year deal with the Houston Rockets. Many questioned whether a player with so little on his resume could possibly be worth that much.
The season started with anticipation as bloggers battled back and forth over how far Lin could take the Rockets this season. When Lin got off to a slow start, doubts started creeping in. It didn’t take long for the anti-Lin camp to go full throttle. Many declared Jeremy the biggest bust of the season less than 20 games into the season. But then Lin and his back court mate James Harden began to adjust to each other. Lin and the Rockets took off in November and December. Suddenly Jeremy was ready to be anointed for Sainthood once again.
But the New Year came and along with the New Year came a stretch of road games for the young Rocket team. Both Harden and Lin began slumping at the same time. But it was Lin who took the blunt of the criticism. The anti-Lin camp began to roar “I told you so.”
Now that February has come, the Rockets appear to have righted the ship. But the skeptics remain. Many are saying its time for Lin to take his game up a notch. Patience is wearing thin as the Rockets hang on to the 8th spot in the NBA Western Conference playoff race.
The latest post in the Bleacher Report wonders aloud if Lin is a one hit wonder. Pressure seems to be increasing on Lin to up his game. His faults are becoming magnified. His contributions are being taken for granted.
A lot of comparisons have been made between Lin and Tim Tebow. We’ve seen what happened to Tebow this season–he’s become a non-factor. Lin has fared much better. How Lin gets through the rest of the season will say a lot about Jeremy, the man.