Believe the hype, because it’s for real

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What happens when the hype doesn’t do justice to the truth? When the breathless hysteria isn’t equal to the black-and-white of a stat sheet, or the relentless roar of an arena in full, epic spasm? When you empty the thesaurus of adjectives and try inventing new ones, like the end of a “Words With Friends” game?

For crying out loud, what happens when Jeremy Lin outduels Kobe Bryant?

“A once in a lifetime thing,” is how Mike D’Antoni described it.

“A dream,” is how Jeremy Lin himself put it, and honestly, it wouldn’t be possible for the kid to have any idea what he did, what he’s doing, what he’s done for this team and this sport and this city.

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Believe the hype, because it’s for real