Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce wants to recreate Linsanity at Madison Square Garden
For almost two months of the 2011-12 NBA season, Jeremy Lin captivated the entire basketball world.
The previously unknown guard single-handedly started carrying the New York Knicks to victories, just days after being on the verge of getting cut.
The NBA has never seen anything like it, and it may never happen again. The magical story of a nobody who was living on a couch showing up and dropping 38 points on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, then hitting a game-winning 3-pointer the next night sounds like a Disney movie.
Lin himself knows those days are long gone, and he has journeyed all over the league since his insane breakout, playing for four different teams.
Now, Lin is ready to suit up for his fifth team, the Atlanta Hawks. Ironically, the 2018-19 season will begin where Lin’s fame began: Madison Square Garden.
New Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce saw the humor in the situation when he was questioned on what was expected out of his veteran point guard:
Funny line from ATL coach Lloyd Pierce on what he’s looking for from Jeremy Lin, who missed nearly all of last year w/a knee injury: “I’m looking to recreate Linsanity tonight,” Pierce jokes. “We’re looking to get that going right now.” Lin & ATL open against NYK at MSG tonight
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 17, 2018
Pierce, like Lin, knows this is never going to happen. Lin’s numbers have slowly but surely declined since his breakout season, and while he is still a serviceable guard, his ceiling is well below All-Star level.
Last year for the Nets, Lin only played in one game before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He opens the season with career averages of 12.0 points and 4.5 assists on 43 percent shooting from the field.
While he may never reach the peaks of Linsanity ever again, hopefully Lin can play a productive and healthy season for the Hawks.