Mike D’Antoni can recall exactly how he felt the first time Jeremy Lin played meaningful minutes for the Knicks.
“Kinda neutral,” D’Antoni said. “I wasn’t excited.”
It is hard to conceive of it now, but there was a time when Jeremy Lin’s name was spoken without exclamation points, when he was fourth on the Knicks’ depth chart at point guard, when the word “Linsanity” had not entered the N.B.A. lexicon and Knicks fans were praying for Baron Davis’s herniated disk to heal quickly.