I remember LINsanity like it was yesterday. It was 2012. A bad NY Knicks team that had been on a losing skid brought to life by a nobody named Jeremy Lin. Fans believed he was more clutch than Carmelo Anthony. A star with unlimited potential. Future hall of famer. He was Asian. He was smart. He had good morals. Then teams -- reality -- brought him and his star back to earth.
That off season the Knicks signed Raymond Felton instead of Lin and Lin went off to Houston. His first season with Houston was nothing remarkable and during the playoffs it was clear that Patrick Beverley was the better player. This season Beverley was picked to start, while Lin, coming in off the bench.
How does this have ANYTHING to do with the 49ers? Let me explain. Much like Jeremy Lin Colin Kaepernick took the league -- and the country -- by storm. He was lightning fast. Super athletic. Scored high on his wonderlic. A nobody from the University of Nevada. One of the greatest to ever play the game, some predicted. Then the offseason happened. Teams learned his tendencies. Defenses developed. And this year his star was brought back to earth.
I think with Lin much like CK we got excited too soon. We got wrapped up in the story. You know, similar to meeting some really hot woman and thinking she's THE ONE without learning that she wears hair extensions and makeup to make her look hotter than she is and that she has severe bipolar disorder and is a pain to be around 90% of the month.
Lin is not a bad player. In fact, he is pretty good. But, he isn't a star. He is a great teammate. A great role player. He plays much better when the lights are a little dimmer. I think Kaepernick is no different.