Next obstacle for Lin to overcome is turnover problem
Jeremy Lin's story is the triumph of a mind that seems impervious to expectation-lowering stereotypes off the court, and to defenses that are increasingly bent on slowing the Knicks' sensational point guard on it.
Now, Lin is turning that dauntless mind's power to the only problem he has encountered during a month of sensational solutions for his team: turnovers.
"It's something I've got to work on, because my turnovers are imsky-high," Lin said on Wednesday night after he registered another six miscues (hitting his average during his six starts).
Let me spare you the suspense: He'll figure it out. You might be surprised to know that three of the NBA's top five career culprits in total turnovers are legendary point guards: John Stockton (No. 2), Jason Kidd (No. 3) and Isiah Thomas (No. 5). Even Steve Nash, the pick-and-roll master to whom Lin is best compared, is No. 15 on that list - including an average of 3.5 turnovers against 11 assists during his seven-plus seasons in Phoenix.
But Nash once told me that he is "at peace" with those turnovers - mistakes that are an inevitable hazard of fearless leadership from a point guard.
Fearless leadership. Sound familiar?
In his first six career starts (all Knicks wins), Jeremy Lin is averaging 37.8 minutes, 24.3 points (on .510 field-goal shooting), 9.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals - along with 6.0 turnovers per game. (amNYy)
Follow Sports Editor Max J. Dickstein on Twitter: @amNYsports