LeBron James: Pass or Shoot, the Diagnosis

     LeBron James is by far the most scrutinized and criticized player the game of basketball has ever seen.  Every move he makes, on and off the court, is analyzed by millions of basketball fans and analysts, trying to detect a flaw.  To some extent, LeBron deserves all this negative attention, for actions such as the infamous decision of June 2010; however as a human, no one deserves this much criticism.   I find myself asking the question “why” a lot of times because it seems to be the only reaction to many of LeBron’s decisions when the spotlight is shinning the brightest. When he decided to “take his talents to South Beach,” I asked why.  When he went completely MIA in the NBA Finals, I asked why.  When he made that costly turnover in the last seconds of this year’s All-Star game, I asked why.  When he took the ball out of bounds, eliminating himself from possibly taking the last shot of the game, I asked why.  When he passed the ball to Udonis Haslem in the closing seconds of last nigh’ts game against the Jazz, I asked why.  The answer to all these questions, only LeBron knows, but after studying LeBron’s life a little more and digging back to his High School days, I may have the answer to that question.
     The game of basketball is a game of habits.  Be it a rugged defensive mentality, or the tendency to take practices lightly, such habits develop at an early age, much like most other aspects of life.  LeBron James has always been a great basketball player.  Dating back to his AAU days as middle school student, LeBron has always stood out in comparison with others of similar age.  From his size, athleticism, and basketball IQ to his unbelievably versatile skills, James showed flashes of brilliance from a very early age.  Unfortunately, around the same time, he started to show signs of that one flaw that is, in many regards, his biggest flaw today; deferring to others when it matters the most.
     With less than 30 seconds to go in the finals of the Division Two State Championship of his junior year, LeBron dribbled up the court in what seemed to be an isolation play.  Down three, most people would assume that young LeBron James would dribble out the clock and hoist up a three pointer at the end to either tie the game and send it to overtime, or miss it and lose in heartbreak fashion.  LeBron, on the other hand, had other ideas.  He passed up the ball to a team mate curling off the baseline for a three.  Now, if the teammate had made the shot, many would’ve congratulated LeBron for making a great pass; however since he missed it, the situation which didn’t seem to be that much of a deal back then, seems to be a reoccurring theme in LeBron’s career.
    Looking back at that play years later, I can’t help but to wonder why.  Was it because that was the play that the coach had drawn? Was it simply due to the fact that LeBron, who’s vision surpasses that of many point guards at any level of play, spotted what he considered a higher percentage shot?  Or was it a case of LeBron simply shying away from the pressure?  The answer to that, is another one of those that we as an audience will never know; however, that play, to me, explains why LeBron at the age of 27 still defers to teammates in crunch time: it is a basketball habit that he has developed.
    As I mentioned earlier, habits are developed at an early age, and usually stick with an individual for the rest of their life.  Habits, whether acquired naturally or taught, are very difficult to break out of.  Some of you are probably wondering, “well what does that have to do with anything?”  Here’s my point, LeBron’s habit to pass the ball in such situations is one that he developed way back in his high school days; unfortunately, I blame his High School coach Dru Joyce for not instilling into his mind that crunch time is where stars rise to the stage.  That play against Cincinnati’s Roger Bacon High School, is in my opinion, the root of LeBron’s crunch time fears.  Had he made, or at least taken the shot, he would’ve learned at that age that he had to perfect his craft for those moments.  Since he passed it up, in what looked to be a designed play, it appears that LeBron was building a habit of counting on others when it matters the most; a psychological trait that to this day still exists.
     I’m not here to list Dru Joyce as the reason behind LeBron’s lack of a clutch gene, I’m merely here to point out the impact of a play, that he most likely drew up, on LeBron’s current situation.  I understand that LeBron didn’t have many opportunities to take/make a lot of crunch time shots, considering most of his wins were blowouts; however, if LeBron had been accustomed to taking those type of shots in the few instances that such shots were needed, it would’ve developed the confidence that he needed in order to step up to the plate and shine, as oppose to shy away from the spotlight.  Such is a habit that he clearly hasn’t developed yet.  It is apparent that he lacks that killer instinct to WANT to take that last shot, and deal with the aftermaths of a possible miss.  Will he ever develop this? We are yet to find out.  We will most likely find out the answer to this question in June, on the biggest stage in basketball.  All I’m saying is, if LeBron had been accustomed to taking those big shots early in his life, that habit would’ve been developed and wouldn’t be a problem today.

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Legalize: the Unbiased Perspective of a Non-smoker

     The debate on whether or not Marijuana should be legalized is one that may on go for multiple years without any changes in its implementation; I’m here to tell you, as a non-smoker, why I think the legalization of Marijuana might turn out to be of greater good for this country.  First of all, the amount of time and effort that law enforcement puts into enforcing drug laws, in particular marijuana laws, is quite excessive.  I personally believe that the government is too concerned with being an authoritarian father figure and trying to tell us how to live our lives, as opposed to be being authoritative and allowing us to make our own decisions.  What I mean by that is that the government tries too hard to control our lives, as opposed to leading us in a direction where we can make smart decisions for our own benefits. As long as smoking pot doesn’t put somebody’s life in danger, I see no reason to abolish it.

     Now, I understand that the government would rather not take the risk of having a whole bunch of potheads walking around scott-free, however I see no harm in it.  Marijuana, from what I know and what I’ve observed, is a happy drug.  I know many people who smoke pot because they consider it a vacation from the hardships in reality.  Marijuana is not the type of drug to provoke violent action or things of that sort; if anything, marijuana does the complete opposite of that.  Here’s my point, if the government believes that marijuana might contribute to criminal acts, then they might as well make alcohol illegal, because it is proven to make an individual aggressive after a good amount of consumption.  Alcohol, in my opinion, poses more of a threat to society than Marijuana.
    Regardless of whether or not Marijuana is legalized, people who find the need to spark a flight to la la land will always find a way to do so.  I believe, in fact, that the thrill of knowing that it’s illegal contributes to the desire of individuals to smoke pot.  America, since its foundation, has been know to be a rebellious nation.  From the Boston Tea Party to the actual Declaration of Independence, America is known to be a nation takes pride in not conforming to rules, be it good or bad.  Americans have naturally adopted this trait.  Americans take pride in doing the “wrong” thing and getting away with it, or living by their own rules.  I believe that the thrill contributes to the amount of pot smokers that there is today to some extent.  Legalization might decrease that.
     Marijuana could also be a great source of revenue for this country.  With the amount of money spent on marijuana on a daily basis, taxation could be a great source of financial gain for the country.  This money could be used to better education and regain the top ranks as the best education system in the world, among other things.  California, for example, serves as great proof that legalization can be an excellent source of revenue.  The state is projected to save over 200 million dollars in law enforcement costs, while gaining over 300 million in state taxes.  There’s no doubt that the legalization of Marijuana could be a great boost to our economy.
     Finally, I think that law enforcement should focus their attention on matters that actually affect the well being of society, not a drug that makes one a couch potato who consumes so many potato products that they might even turn into one.  With the current overcrowding of prisons, it is fair to label possession/smoking of Marijuana a petty crime that doesn’t warrant time behind bars.  Considering that half of property/violent crimes today aren’t solved, law enforcement should perhaps focus their attention on that, not Marijuana.  The choice of whether or not to smoke pot should be a decision that a person makes after analyzing the pros and cons of its effect on the individual’s life.  That decision shouldn’t be the concern of the government.  As long as law enforcement provides a safe environment for all, they are doing their job, and that’s all that matters.

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Mid-Season NBA Awards

Rookie of the Year – Kyrie Irving

With his stellar play so far this season, I think Irving is a safe bet to win the Rookie of the Year Award.  Despite pretty good rookie seasons from others such as Ricky Rubio and Brandon Knight, Irving has proven that in the league where the value is of a point guard is rising, due to the emergence of stars such as Derrick Rose and Chris Paul, he might very well be the next big star at that position.  Averaging 18 points and 5 assists in about 30 minutes of play each game, Irving has shown flashes of brilliance with his ability to get to the rim effortlessly.  Any doubts about his shooting ability were silenced in the Rookie-Sophomore game where he went 8 for 8 from 3-point range.  At 19 years of age, Kyrie Irving is proving to be the reason why Cleveland fans will soon forget about a certain LeBron James.

Most Improved Player of the Year – Jeremy Lin

This one, in my opinion is no-brainer.  The emergence of Linsanity has created a buzz that the league hasn’t seen, probably since the infamous decision that was made two summers ago.  Lin’s struggles to make an NBA team, let alone stick to one, is a mind-blowing story that warrants such an award.  His hard work, dedication, and most importantly, perseverance has given him a well deserved spot light which he apparently plans on keeping for a long time.  His current seasonal averages of 14 points and 6 assists fail to tell how much of a jump this young man has made in his game.  The many garbage-time minutes that he collected earlier in the season have brought down his averages, however, his stats at the end of the season will be sure to illustrate how much of an improved player he has become.

Sixth Man of the Year – James Harden

This category is one that I was a bit unsure of, due to the performances of usual bench assassins like Jason Terry, Jamal Crawford, Al Harrington, etc.  James Harden, however, is very deserving of this award due to his immense contributions to a winning effort in OKC.   I use the word immense because OKC, despite their great success, have only three consistent scorers, with Harden being the third.  Besides Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder have no prolific scorers who can create shots, not only for themselves, but others as well.  Harden has hit some big shots for the Thunder so far this season, and with averages of 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, his well rounded efforts are well deserving of this honor.

Defensive Player of the Year – Serge Ibaka

A big reason behind the dominant play of the OKC Thunder is Serge “Iblockya” Ibaka.  His shot blocking, and shot altering presence in the paint has an impact that goes far beyond the statistics that he’s been putting up this season.  Although Ibaka averages over 3 blocks, and has had several double digit block games thus far in the season, the most important attribute that he brings to the team is his deterrence factor.  Ibaka strikes fear in the minds of the opposition because they know that any moment, a lay-up opportunity may turn into a Sports Center Top 10 play that will leave them embarrassed.  Even when he doesn’t get credited with a block, Ibaka certainly alters a number of shots in the paint for OKC, and for these reasons, he deserves to be named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Coach of the Year – Frank Vogel

The Pacers may not have the best record in the League, or even the Eastern Conference, but if you were to tell me at the beginning of the season that they would be third in the Conference, I would label such a statement as absurd.  Despite the acquisition of David West, the Pacers on paper were not what I would consider the third best team in the East.  With that being said, I think Frank Vogel deserves a lot of credit for being able to make the most out of the resources that he has.  The Pacers have exceeded expectations, and for that, their coach deserves this recognition.  Other coaches such as Rick Adelman and Scott Brooks are also very deserving of this honor, however, what Vogel has been able to do in Indiana surpasses the accomplishments of these coaches in my opinion.

 Most Valuable Player of the Year – LeBron James

When LeBron decided to take his talents to South Beach in the infamous decision of June 2010, I thought he had officially said good-bye to all individual achievements/awards that he would have otherwise received in Cleveland.  The occurrences of this year, however, have led me to believe that he may be able to add another individual achievement  trophy to his collection.  As usual, the two time MVP has posted stellar numbers across the board all season long with averages of 27 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.  Though he posted similar numbers last year, LeBron is deserving of the award this year because those stats have lifted the play of the Heat to a level that was unseen last year.  Though one might argue that Wade and Bosh contribute to the success as well, therefore James is undeserving of the award, I think LeBron’s performance when Wade was out with injury justifies the fact that this team will only go as far as the King takes them.  His elevated play caused many to question if the Heat even needed Wade.  The return of Wade hasn’t slowed James down a bit, as he continues to play at a high level.  One might also argue that Durant is more deserving of this award than James is.  Despite Durant’s success this season, the play of Westbrook makes him second on the list in my book because Westbrook is having an MVP type season in his own right.  His contributions across the board might cause one to believe that he may even be more valuable than Durant, who is merely just a scorer for OKC.  Others might argue that perhaps Kobe, or even Chris Paul deserve this award, however, with the inconsistencies of their teams, they’re great individual play isn’t worthy of an MVP award, at least in my opinion.  With that being said, this should be the third MVP award that King James adds to his collection.

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The Effect of Your First Relationship: First Cut is the Deepest

     Your first major romantic relationship, regardless of how early or how late it occurs, has the power to change your love life forever.  It has the power to transform your view on love, the opposite sex, and the nature of relationships.  In many ways, it can “make you or break you.”  Knowing this is not suppose to scare you from relationships if you are yet to begin one, but this knowledge can give an individual a better understanding of why they are the way that they are in a relationship, or why they are so fearful of a relationship.
     In life, the basis for reaching conclusions is comparison.  You may find yourself saying “My new girlfriend is great,” but on what basis do you make this statement?  Be it that she possesses traits that your female friends lack, or that your friend’s girlfriend lacks, the reasoning for this claim is based on comparison.  Unfortunately, the object of comparison in many relationships is the ex, in particular your first love.
     Your first love changes the way you see things from there onward.  The relationship you had, or the way your first love treated you, sets the standard for what you will expect in a relationship.  If your first relationship happens to have been a bad one, its unfortunate, but you are very likely to lower your standards for what you look for in a relationship.  In other instances, that relationship scar might scare you away from even attempting to start a new relationship.  For that reason, your first love will always be a part of you.
     We all know of that one friend who puts up with her boyfriend despite his cheating, abusive behavior, etc, and we have no clue as to why she does.  The answer is simple, she knows no better.  The way her first relationship went might have taught her that such occurrences will happen in every relationship, or at least every relationship that she is involved in, so she has grown to accept that.   She might cry about it every day yet fail to leave because it is imprinted in her mind, because of her first relationship, that things will never change.  This is a perfect example of a relationship lowering the level of expectation for future relationships.
     The impact of the damage that your first relationship can have on you is not limited to putting up with unnecessary baggage alone.  Your first relationship, in more ways than one, contribute the insecurities that you may develop and take into future relationships.  Let’s go back to the example of the girl who puts up with her boyfriend cheating etc, if she’ able to grow out of that relationship and move on to another, she might automatically begin to suspect that her current boyfriend cheats.  Simple actions, such as interacting with other females in a friendly manner, might strike the girl as a sign that her new boyfriend cheats, simply because those same signs that she once avoided could have led her to figure out that her ex cheated.  The root cause of such insecurities usually traces back to the first serious relationship that altered her views on relationships as a whole.
    Fortunately, not all relationships have bad outcomes.  Some of us are fortunate enough to be put in a situation where you almost have to pinch yourself every now and then to make sure that you are not dreaming because the relationship you are in is too good to be true.  Relationships like this higher your standards and make you extremely picky in the future (that’s if, of course, this almost perfect relationship somehow comes to an end).  Being picky isn’t a bad thing, it’s a great thing in fact, because it shows that you  aren’t willing to settle for anything but the best, or at least what you consider the best.  If you are currently in this position, you may want to thank your first love, because they most likely played a part in making you this way.  If you are not, whoever it may be is an ex for good reason.
    I’m not here to provoke you to contact an ex and blame them for making you the way you are in regards to relationships, I’m just here to provide a perspective that you may have never considered.  Giving your heart to someone, or committing to a relationship is a risky decision that we often find ourselves making. The effects, whether good or bad, are bound to change your outlook on relationships as a whole.  So ladies and gents, before you engage in any activity that can possibly scar your mate for the rest of their lives, think twice.  Appreciate them for giving you the power to do so, and reward them by being the reason why they settle for nothing but the absolute best that they deserve.

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Life Essentials: A Relationship With God

     The topic of religion is a very controversial subject, and rightfully so, due to the fact that the existence of religion isn’t necessarily a known fact.  Besides what we feel within our souls, the only source of validation that there is a God is found in ancient texts whose authors we know nothing of.  The Bible, for example is a sacred text that we respect dearly and use as a manual to life, however, do we even know who wrote it? What did this author look like? Or better yet, what credentials does this author have?  What reason do we have to believe in what he says? With all these uncertainties, I am here to assure you that choosing to follow in the path of God is a decision that will by all means not create any negative results in your life.
     Religion, in the general context, is an advocate of positivity.  From the Ten Commandments to the various Suras, religion promotes human relation skills that should be practiced one way or another regardless of religious affiliation.  It is common sense to honor thy father and thy mother, it is in your own best interest to not steal, or to not kill, it is common courtesy to not covet thy neighbor’s goods, etc. Religion, ie. a relationship with God, is merely a guideline to lead you in the right direction in life.  As far as i’m concerned, religion, and not laws, is the best measure of what’s right and what’s wrong.  With that being said, being religious has no negative repercussions.  You have nothing to lose when you develop a relationship with God.
     One might say, “Why waste your time being religious if the God that we worship might turn out to be non-existent?”  Religious faith is something that can’t be taught, you either believe it, or you simply don’t.  What I can, however, say  is that even IF there isn’t a God, you have nothing to lose by choosing to be religious. Doing good is bound to lift your self esteem and ultimately make you a happier person.  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather live a positive life led by religion, even if it leads to nothing in the end, than live a life frowned upon by God and risk being denied access to eternal life when he proves that he does indeed exist.  Like I’ve reiterated several times, you have nothing to lose, and like the old British idiom said, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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5 Keys to a Healthy Relationship

1) Communicate Effectively 
As with any form of interaction that involves more than one person, effective communication is very important.  It is important to be able to share your feelings and opinions with your partner in a manner that will not create chaos.  Being an effective listener is essential to effective communication.  Be the shoulder to lean on when your partner has had a rough day and needs someone to vent to, be the one they can always count on to understand them when no one does, and lastly be the one they can always count on to have their back.
2) Embrace the Similarities yet Respect the Differences
Most couples are bound together by a list of things that they usually have in common.  Be it interests, views, hobbies, etc, these similarities play a big part in why two people decide to form a union.  As time goes by however, you may start to notice the differences among the two.  Instead of demanding your partner to change their ways or leaving the relationship, accept them for their opposing views/actions, and respect it.  After all, God made us all unique human beings.  Besides, what fun would it be to date someone with identical qualities as you?
3) Compromise
The art of compromising is a necessity whenever different views come together.  Take for example deciding upon where to go for dinner; if your partner wants to go to a fancy restaurant that specializes in steaks yet you want to go to a cheaper more convenient spot that has great seafood, what do you do?  You compromise.  You may have to give up some elements of your stance, perhaps broaden your range from just seafood to a restaurant with all types of foods.  In some instances, it’s okay to sacrifice your desires for your partner, as long as you know that they will one day return the favor.  Compromising presents a win-win situation, even if the results don’t come up immediately.
4) Have a Healthy Sex Life
This view might be a bit controversial and might differ from person to person based on religious views, age, etc, however engaging in sexual activities of any sort have been proven to relieve tension that may otherwise cause unnecessary arguments.  I’m not saying that a relationship should be a hump fest where one is only “in it to get it” however, it is a proven fact that a healthy sex life relieves stress and makes an individual happier.  If the couple is yet to engage in any sort of sexual relations, then I advice to by all means wait till marriage, however, if both individuals have been sexually active in one form or another in the past, they are bound to have needs, therefore those needs should be taken care of to avoid unnecessary tension.
5) Don’t Give Up on Each Other
Break ups today occur far too often and are by many means unnecessary.  Many couples find themselves leaving the relationship as opposed to working on the relationship whenever times get hard.  In my opinion, obstacles are just another way to strengthen a relationship as long as they are overcome.  Walking away from the situation will not solve it, therefore don’t give up on your partner whenever the going gets tough.  Work with one other, provide support, and save the relationship, for love is hard to find.

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Obesity: A Larger Than Life Problem

        In today’s society, the rate of obesity has reached levels that one wouldn’t have been able to predict centuries ago; who is to blame for this rapid increase? Fast food? Lack of activity? Technology? or Genetics? None of these factors can individually explain this recent phenomenon, however, components of each contribute to what is becoming an alarming problem.
         Take for example fast food, it is merely impossible to drive 5 miles today without coming across a McDonald’s or some other type of fast food joint.  With such consistent luring temptation, how is one supposed to stay true to a steady diet? Especially with the low cost of such fatty, greasy, high caloric food, how is one suppose to say no to a double cheese burger and yes to a salad?  Oh and by the way, keep in mind that the same dollar that is capable of buying you multiple different things on a dollar menu at McDonald’s is most likely insufficient to buy you a vegetable, let alone salad dressing to put together a healthy choice of meal.  How is mankind suppose to eat healthy when all the smart economic choices are nudging us toward the direction of unhealthy food?  Going out to eat was once used as a reward of some sort, today, it is used as a substitute for making dinner/lunch, due to the lazy tendencies that we have developed.  With that becoming a normality, how are we suppose to track the amount of calories we consume in a day?
      Another thing to consider is the lack of activity by the people of this generation.  Technological advancement have given mankind a reason to be lazy, and this, believe it or not, affects our health.  Take for example the impact that video games have our children.  The time used to break a little sweat by your son through playing a sport with the neighbor’s kid is now being used to sit behind a TV or a computer moving nothing but fingers. The once active american child is now replaced by the social media obsessed kid or the video game junkie.  But how can we blame these kids when the environment in which they live in, due to the many gadgets and social media advancements, have given them no choice but to indulge heavily in such activities?
    The last point I will like to make is in regards to the way a child is raised from birth.  This isn’t necessarily genetics, however considering this impact begins at such a young age, it might as well be.  Children these days are introduced to obesogenic tendencies at a very early age.  From the feeding of formula as opposed to breast milk, to the very first meal a child has, many children are taught by parents and other caregivers an eating lifestyle that might ruin their lives for good.  Imagine if as a kid your usual meals consist of happy meals at McDonald’s, why wouldn’t such become a norm for you upon maturation?  The familiarization that we develop at an early age, with such tendencies, set us up for failure.  With that being said, one can’t point a finger to any particular one aspect of life for this outbreak of obesity, however, a combination of all these components play a huge part in elevating the problem to this magnitude today.

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Linsanity: the Hype

      A few weeks after the NFL season ended, it seemed like the sports world was bound to get a break from the media’s obsession with an athlete, correct? Wrong.  Ever since Jeremy Lin’s insertion into the Knicks line-up in the first half of the February 4th match-up against the New Jersey Nets, the media has fallen in love with the first Asian Basketball player to achieve prominent success in the NBA since the departure of Yao Ming.  Jeremy Lin, in many regards, has become America’s sweetheart, as he continues to impress game by game.  Is his performance, however, being over-hyped a bit? I think yes.  Don’t get me wrong, Lin is a very good basketball player with lots of skill and potential, however any good basketball player in a Mike D’Antoni system is very likely to appear a bit greater than they actually are.
     No knock against Lin’s talent, but D’Antoni has been known to elevate the offensive play of many players.  Take for example two time MVP Steve Nash: in Dallas, Steve served as a Robin to Dirk Nowitzki’s Batman.  In Phoenix, however, under D’Antoni’s run and gun offense, Steve Nash became known as the best point guard in the league for at least two consecutive seasons.  After D’Antoni’s departure, Nash’s numbers, although still good, have decreased.  Not to say that Steve Nash isn’t a good player without D’Antoni, but he is certainly better with him.  Another beneficiary of Mike D’Antoni’s offensive genius is Joe Johnson.  Pre-D’Antoni, Joe Johnson was known as a decent player in the NBA, but never thought of as an All-Star.  Within D’Antoni’s system, he was able to elevate his game to a level that warranted a star-player caliber deal from the Atlanta Hawks.  The list goes on and on; my point is that though Lin is a good player, his numbers are only this great because he is playing in a D’Antoni system.
      Another reason why I think Linsanity is a bit over hyped is due to the fact that the Knicks haven’t faced that many solid teams during this stretch.  What about Lakers and Dallas? At this stage in the season, neither the Lakers nor the Mavs have established a consistent identity as a formidable team.  Yes, both teams are over .500 and will most likely make the playoffs, however, these teams have been inconsistent all season long and are not nearly the teams the were in the past.  With that being said, although Lin played great against those teams, I’m not all that impressed with it.  Both teams struggle defensively at the point guard position with aging veterans in Derrick Fisher and Jason Kidd.  Most point guards that go against these teams usually have a field day statistically, therefore I’m not overly impressed with Lin’s performance against them. It is what was expected if you ask me.  His struggle against the Heat, and a quicker younger Mario Chalmers proved that going against elite talent will present problems for the upcoming phenom.
     To me, the most impressive game in Jeremy’s young career is by far the game against the Raptors.  Although not necessarily against a  good team, Lin showed in that game that he possessed something that a lot of great players of this game past and present lack: a clutch gene.  To pull up for a high risk three in a situation where going for a high-percentage two was probably the safest thing to do shows how gutsy the Harvard graduate is.  That, to me, was a sign of fearlessness that the Knicks will definitely need come play off time.  Although those shots will most likely go to Melo with his return, it is nice to know that they can count on somebody else who can deliver in the clutch, and that to me is the most impressive trait of Jeremy Lin.
    With all this being said, I think that Linsanity is slightly over hyped.  Jeremy Lin is a good player but this whole Linsanity craze is not all that it seems to be.  I think Lin will be a solid point guard in this league for a long time, perhaps like a Mark Jackson, but I do not think he’ll be able to achieve superstar status like a Derrick Rose or a Gary Payton.  That’s not me being a hater, that’s just me telling it like I see it.  As long as he continues to improve and work on cutting down his numerous turnovers, New York might have found themselves a point guard for years to come.  Will he become a Hall of Famer or a superstar? Probably not, but don’t be surprised if he makes a few All-Star teams due to fan votes.

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