I’ll Always Have ‘We’ll Always Have Linsanity”
When the news of Jeremy Lin
becoming a Houston Rocket reached my ear, I stepped into a bad place. I was delirious, fuming with anger and betrayal, searching for someone to blame. That someone became Jeremy Lin. “Did you go to Houston asking for more money than was previously offered because you thought New York would sign you for any amount? Huh? Prick.” I’ll admit, being agitated to the point where my mind is clouded with subjective assumptions is not a healthy habit of mine, one that usually subsides after calming down following an initial blow of bad news.
Except in this scenario, I never recovered. My mind keeps telling me that letting Lin walk was a good move. Keeping him on the roster would be keeping the media circus surrounding him, and choosing whether he should start over Raymond Felton or not will be a season-long narrative that won’t go away. Felton’s a better player anyway! See you later, Jeremy. Have fun in Houston. I genuinely believed all that I was saying, even though nobody with a right basketball mind would share my opinions.
This didn’t change until I read “We’ll Always Have Linsanity – Strange Takes on the Strangest Season in Knicks History” when an epiphany slapped me upside my head. The reason I’m so “relieved” that Jeremy Lin is gone is because my mind crafted this belief as a coping mechanism to combat the fact that I, as a New York Knicks fan, miss Jeremy Lin.
I miss the way he would electrify the Garden, the way he would knife through a defense like butter and finish quizzical attempts near the basket, his handshake with Landry Fields, (note: I do NOT miss Landry Fields) and his humble demeanor, whether it’s just a PR ploy at this point or not.
And now, realizing how much I miss the Asian sensation with the most pun-able name in NBA history, I am left a bit upset. I mean sure, the Knicks have been an elite NBA team without him anyway, but even in the most phenomenal of home wins, Madison Square Garden hasn’t rocked like it did when Jeremy Lin was in town.
There’s nothing I can do about Jeremy Lin being gone, now I can only relive the memories. And “We’ll Always Have Linsanity” allows me and Knicks or NBA fans to do just that.
Written primarily by Knickerblogger writers, Jim Cavan, Mike Kurylo and Robert Silverman, and founder and editor of Poasting And Toasting, Seth Rosenthal, the book is also home to the thoughts of a host of Knicks bloggers, writers and tweeters, featuring Jake Appleman, Jason Concepcion a.k.a. netw3rk, Jared Dubin, Dan Litvin and Jamie O’Grady. The book is decorated in fantastic illustrations by Norman Hathaway, and opens with a foreword from Deadspin founding editor Will Leitch.
Now to the important stuff. This book isn’t the most detailed coverage on Linanity, it’s a comical but brilliant foray into the entire 2011-2012 New York Knicks season, which included plenty of characters and storylines other than Jeremy Lin and Linsanity. The book covers the addition of Tyson Chandler, the descent of Amar’e Stoudemire’s stardom, Josh freakin’ Harrellson, Mike D’Antoni’s resignation and Lin leaving to Houston to name a few subjects. And it does so without fault.
The book is crafted and structured very well, split into four quarters of the Knicks’ season. Each writer does a tremendous job of capturing every moment needing to be captured, and doing so with charm and snark, wit and humor, knowledge and intelligence. What really makes the book for me it’s is periodical deviation from the plot, either to remind you to never forget about the Bill Walker game or to leave you in tears at Robert Silverman’s open letter to Knicks owner James Dolan.
The book is relatively short. Only 99 pages long, (easily readable in a day) including scattered (drop-dead hilarious) tweets from Concepcion and art from Hathaway. I would strongly recommend this book to not only Knicks fans, but NBA fans too. The book truly drags one through the mud pit of being a Knicks fan when the franchise is in a state of “what the hell is even happening?” At the same time, you’ll learn plenty from the bold takes of these extremely talented writers I sure did, despite the fact that I lived the 2012 Knicks season like the rest of these guys.
There’s nothing not to like about the book. I was sure as hell disappointed when I completed it, wishing for more, but quality over quantity, right? And this book has a whole lot of the former. With a collection of some of the best Knickerbocker writers in the world, all coming together to relive the wackiest and most fluctuating Knicks season in memory, the book is a damn masterpiece. So go buy it, like now: http://www.amazon.com/Well-Always-Have-Linsanity-Strangest/dp/0988266202
Jeremy Lin is now in Houston, living the plain old life of a solid NBA point guard, and I’ve come to accept that. He will likely never don the blue and orange colors of the Knicks again, and I’m going to have to deal with that disappointing fact. I still look back at the 38 points he dropped on the unsuspecting Kobe Bryant, and the walk-off game winner in Toronto with his swag on a billion knowing that it’s gone, it’s in the past. But at least I’ll always have “We’ll Always Have Linsanity.”