Monday, February 13, 2012
He isn't another Yao - a commie-bred basketball-playing machine (for the record, I love Yao). No, he's a son of a hard-working immigrant chasing the American dream and the best possible future. He's one of us.
So how will it all pan out? I have no clue. Will he be averaging 28 points a night, dropping 38 every few weeks on primetime TV, becoming the next superstar guard? The stat listed below is indeed astounding. But I doubt it. We don't even know what will happen when Carmelo comes back. I'd be absolutely ecstatic if he held a starting job and had 16 points and 8 assists a night over the course of a decade-long career. I can barely wrap my mind around what he did to Kobe last Friday, much less entertain an overnight transformation into NBA superstar. No, I'll stick with my more modest prediction. However, with the Chinese voting block likely out en mass for the NBA All-Star game next year, I'd be surprised if he wasn't an All-Star starter, assuming he keeps his Knick starting job.
- The only player in history with at least 20 points and 7 assists in his first 4 starts.
- Most points in their 1st 4 starts in modern day NBA (1976 on):
Jeremy Lin 109
Allen Iverson 101
Shaquille O'Neal 100
Michael Jordan 99
Look at those names. Lincredible.