The New York Post reported today that point guard sensation Jeremy Lin may be forced to test the free agent market. Losing Lin would be a disaster for the New York Knicks. The Knicks must do whatever it takes to keep Lin in New York.
Lin was the best thing to happen to the Knicks since they drafted Patrick Ewing in 1985. This past season, Lin exploded onto the NBA scene with seven straight phenomenal games in February. He gave New York fans real hope and inspiration. He captivated the basketball world.
The Knicks played their best team basketball with Lin on the court. He made his teammates better, while still finding the right moments to dominate the ball. It was the perfect mix. It was fun being a Knicks fan again.
However, basketball is a business. And Lin’s future with the Knicks is in jeopardy. If it were up to the fans, signing Lin would be a no-brainer. But money talks, and teams are going to throw money at Lin.
If the Knicks lose Lin, they will have some serious explaining to do. Lin performed like an elite point guard in the NBA. And with Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert out with knee injuries, the Knicks need Lin more than ever now.
The Knicks and their fans embraced Lin, and Lin loved playing in New York. So it is up to the Knicks’ management to make it happen. Nobody will fault the Knicks if they sign Lin, but they will take the full blame if they lose him.
Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.