In basketball, the job of the coach is to design plays that would put his players in a position to succeed. Then, it's up to the players' talents to take over and execute the play effectively. That principle fueled the Linsanity run. The then coach of the Knicks, Mike D'Antoni, repeatedly put Jeremy in a position to succeed. For Jeremy's game, that meant coming off a screen on a pick 'n roll play with him handling the ball with his right hand, ending up about 3 feet above the free throw line, and with a big man rolling to the basketball. You put him at that spot, and it is heat-seeking missile red zone of position to succeed!!! Due to injuries to their star players, a losing streak, and desperation, D'Antoni ran this play for Jeremy ad nauseam...that means until you faint, just making sure. Jeremy took full advantage of the opportunity and posted historical numbers. When the star players returned, some jealousy arose, and that might have factored into Jeremy's decision to move on to the Houston Rockets at the end of that season, laughing all the way to the bank!!!
Well, now, the situation has changed. He's now on a team that is loaded with talent that is winning. So, the urgency to run Jeremy's bread-and-butter play is no longer there. Instead, Jeremy now has to figure out how to fit into the bigger picture of a championship contending team. His current coach, Kevin McHale, puts him in positions where he has to hit three-point shots from the corner or the wing. At this point in his career, and by NBA championship-level standards, Jeremy shooting three's is...not a position to succeed. It is cold turkey, straight out of the freezer, rock hard!!! So, what to do??? Should he demand a trade??? Complain about his play not being called???
Well, Jeremy, here is our Kingdom perspective. Let's go back to that game with the Eerie Bayhawks. Keep the faith, accept your new role, albeit off the bench as a legitimate NBA rotation player. You need to heat up the cold turkey. Make the three's, and you will force the coach to call your play; the fans will speak up for you. You once proved that you were too good for the minors. Now, the next step up is to prove that you are too good to just stand there and shoot. Our strategy is simple, make the shot, and the rumblings will return...and perhaps...possibly...the volcano will erupt again. We're pulling for you, Jeremy!!! This has been an update from the State of Linsanity!!!