Mad Men and the End of Linsanity

Jeremy Lin, Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

The signs all are there. The end of a news cycle. The end of a coaching tenure. The end of focused, team basketball in New York.

The end, that is, of Linsanity. And, for many reasons, the end of watchable professional basketball.

Jeremy Lin, Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

Jeremy Lin, Mike Woodson and Carmelo Anthony.

If you’d hoped this NBA fairy tale was going to end with Jeremy Lin turning the corner on a high pick and roll, popping for a jumper in the lane or tossing up a short lob for Amare Stoudamire to win a championship, your dreams were crushed not when Mike D’Antoni resigned as Knicks coach on Wednesday, but when interim coach Mike Woodson confirmed he was going with the status quo. Not the new old status quo (Lin and team-wide distribution) but the brand-new, old status quo (return of Carmelo Anthony and the black-hole offense).

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