DALLAS -- Linsanity will make an appearance at American Airlines Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m. when the Dallas Mavericks entertain the Houston Rockets.
Jeremy Lin, who soared onto the scene last season with the New York Knicks in rapid-like fashion, is now applying his trade with the Rockets. The point guard who played with the Mavs’ 2010 summer league team has risen to near-superstar status while being on the front page of almost every newspaper, on every TV station and on the cover of several magazines for about a month last season.
In short, Linsanity was everywhere. But was it too much hype?
“If it would have happened in Indiana I don’t think it would have been the same type of buzz,’’ guard Dahntay Jones said. “But he had a great string of games.’’
Linsanity or not, point guard Darren Collison doesn’t plan on making any special preparations Monday just because he’ll be matching wits with Lin.
“It’s no different from any other good player that I’ve played against -- just have the same mindset,’’ Collison said. “For me it’s always being aggressive and going out there and playing my game.
“I thought he did a good job in the short spell that he was in. I thought he ran the team well.’’
Lin ran the Knicks so well that he was able to sign a three-year, $25 million free agent contract with the Rockets this past summer.
“He deserves the credit that he’s getting right now,’’ Collison said. “Like I said, he’s a good player.
“But my mindset doesn’t change if I was guarding him or any other player.’’
-- Dwain Price
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