http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8180308/nba-jeremy-lin-six-degrees-separation-familyInto the middle of all that, while Anthony was out with an injury last winter, stepped Jeremy Lin. From Anthony's point of view, according to sources with firsthand knowledge of his thinking, the Lin phenomenon made little sense. To his thinking, Lin had a few good games, the team surprised everyone with a little winning streak ... and then everybody went bananas.
Anthony had already gone all-in for the long haul, attempting to paint a multiyear Knicks masterpiece that would make New York proud. He saw himself as the selfless leader, expanding his game, recruiting teammates and creating something that would leave a real imprint on the city.
Linsanity didn't fit the blueprint. For a superstar of Anthony's caliber, it didn't make sense that a backup point guard who turned the ball over a lot, didn't mesh especially well with Melo's talents, played Hero Ball in crunch time, hit some lucky shots and couldn't sustain more than a few weeks without injuring himself had become the city's folk hero.
Furthermore, the entire experience resonated differently for different people, sometimes dividing observers along cultural and racial lines. This was especially true among fans but also seemed at times to be the case in NBA circles.