The Knicks and the entire city of New York are in the middle of a Linderalla story. The hope is that this story ends happily, with the Knicks playing meaningful basketball into the month of May. With the way things have been going as of late with the coming of Jeremy Lin, it seems as though that might be a manageable task. However, many skeptics have asked the question of, “What will happen when both Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire return?”
I realize that prior to the Linsanity, the Knicks offense primarily consisted of standing and watching when the ball was in Carmelo or Amare’s hands, but that was before they had a true point guard. In these past five games, if there is one single thing that has stuck out for me about Jeremy Lin, it’s that he makes the people around him better. This is why I think nothing will change when the Knicks two superstars return. Well now, two of their three stars.
Since Lin has become the starting point guard, Tyson Chandler, Landry Fields, Jared Jeffries, Steve Novak, Iman Shumpert, and Bill Walker, have all seen their averages go up. Sure, without Amare and Melo on the floor, more guys have had the opportunity to score, but a lot of it has to do with Jeremy Lin’s ability to create. Guys like Landry Fields and Iman Shumpert seem to have suddenly gotten their confidence back, and if the past five games have shown us Knicks fans something, it’s that they have a pretty solid bench to work with.
I just don’t buy into all of that talk about Melo and Amare not fitting in when they return. It’s the exact opposite for me. To me, I look at it as the Knicks have finally found the true point guard they have been looking for. Now, they don’t have to worry about Carmelo always having to create for himself, and having the four other guys on the floor stand and watch.
People seem to also forget that magical season Carmelo Anthony had with Syracuse his freshman year. Anthony seemed to have gotten along just fine with his point guard Gerry McNamara, as they both fed off of each other while on their way to winning a National Championship.
It’s easy to assume that when Melo and Amare come back that everything will go back to the way it used to be, with the lack of ball movement, the standing and watching, and the one on one mentality. I love that the skeptics are actually saying that it’s been the absence of the two superstars that have gotten them to this five game win streak. I look at it as this team has shown they are extremely resilient and they have the ability to win games without their big time players, and that they finally now have a legitimate point guard who can distribute the ball and run the offense the way D’Antoni had envisioned.
Knicks fans are extremely excited right now, and who can blame them? They finally have a team who plays hard and is fun to watch. More important they now have something that every good team absolutely HAS to have, a true point guard. The beauty of this Linderella story isn’t just Lin himself, it’s more than that. It’s about a team starting to learn how to play together, play as one. The story gets two new characters in the coming nights, which is something to look forward to, not dread.