Jeremy Lin has sparked new interest in NBA the by carrying the Knicks to seven-game winning streak with the absence of two regular starters (The streak ended when one of the starters came back.). Merchandising for the “bench” player has exploded in The Big Apple. The record breaking sophomore player has even made an impact on the video game NBA 2K12.
Before Linsanity ensued, Jeremy’s overall rating in the game was a mere 56 out of a max of 99. An update on Wednesday boosted him to 69. There was another boost on Friday giving him a respectable 75. Overall ratings in the 90’s are reserved for superstars such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
There was no way 2K Games could have known Jeremy Lin was capable putting up the numbers he did in the first seven starts. The coaches didn’t know that. The scouts did not know that. The poor guy spent most of his career on the bench or the developmental leagues. Not many people who can do what Lin did spend much time on the bench. The game only can copy what the developers see on TV or the newspapers.
Today, Jeremy and his fellow Knickerbockers will go up against last season’s champions the Dallas Mavericks. Although he was never a Mav officially, he did play on their summer league team. That fact by itself will make today’s game very interesting. Will this game trigger yet another Jeremy Lin update?