“The right place at the right time, at any level, is critical,” said Tommy Amaker, Lin’s coach at Harvard. “But I’m sure some people will look back and say: ‘What were we thinking?’”
Lin had eight turnovers against the Jazz, likely caused by fatigue from having played a career-high 45 minutes, D’Antoni said.
“I’m sure it is,” he said. “I’m riding him like freaking Secretariat.”
The Knicks, who have been without point guard Baron Davis this season because of back and elbow injuries, will benefit from Lin’s stamina, Amaker said in a telephone interview.
“It’s part of his DNA that he can go harder, longer than most people,” he said. “When you take a step back to take a deep breath, he’s still coming hard.”
Videos of Lin’s highlights in the past two games generated interest on social media Web sites.
Michael Zhao, the managing editor for the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations in New York, doesn’t follow the NBA closely and had not heard of Lin before a friend posted a video of game highlights on Facebook.
“I immediately clicked on the video and watched the whole thing,” Zhao said in a telephone interview. “His performance and future ones will draw a new audience in not only Hong Kong and Taiwan, but probably the mainland [China], Japan and Korea as well.”
The result is at least one weary believer in Montgomery, Lin’s agent.
“Jeremy just doesn’t look the part,” Montgomery said, eventually finding the words to describe his client’s rise. “It’s part of our world. People underestimate people a lot of times. That’s what makes the story so good.”