Now that Tim Tebow has hibernated for the offseason, America needs a new sports story to incessantly overhype, blog ,tweet and post to their Facebook pages. ESPN needs someone new to mention 65+ times a day.
This is sports in modern society: sequential obsession.
But many casual Sportscenter-sports-fans don't realize that Lin has been a small-scale sensation for almost two years, since Pablo S. Torre wrote an intriguing piece on the Harvard Mens Basketball Program for SI in February 2010.
Nine months later, another SI feature was penned on the 6'3" point guard from Los Angeles about his return to the California with the Golden State Warriors. Lin also impressed by going toe to toe with #1 pick John Wall in Summer League play.
The point it, Lin hasn't exactly come out of nowhere like everyone thinks. He's shown ability in almost every stop along the way (Harvard, Dallas, Golden State and now New York). The real shock is his level of consistent comfort adjusting from the end of the bench, the D-League, the Ivy League; to the primary ball handler and offensive focal point of the Knicks. Its hard to believe.