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In my previous post, I declared that Linsanity and OWS are related, but did a poor job of explaining the relationship.

Sports radio, and media generally, are asking the following question: “Why all the intense interest in Linsanity?”

My answer is that in one week, Linsanity has melted three firmly entrenched assumptions in the NBA:

  1. Asian-Americans can’t play
  2. Your 15th guy is useless (or at best, is a glue guy)
  3. You can’t win with less than two All Stars

#1 means that you should expect a flood of Asian-American players in the NBA within the year. Linsanity is the unplugging of that bottleneck.

#2 means that NBA GMs and coaches will be looking much closer at their 15th players (and D-Leaguers) and undrafted players to see what they have to offer. Is there a diamond in the bunch? (I seem to remember a short, white, talented American point guard who went undrafted. Bet he gets a fresh look.)

On #3, I would suspect that most basketball fans would disagree. But I watched this week as Linsanity emerged (starting with the Utah game), and saw all the elements needed for a team to make a deep run in the playoffs. And I mean without Melo or Stat.

Doesn’t mean they’d win it all. But they could. Just like Detroit in 2004, and Dallas in 2011.

But I don’t want to use this post to belabor sports analysis. Instead, let me just say that if Linsanity really did blow up the above 3 assumptions, then the NBA is about to be revolutionized — turned on its head.

The lockout didn’t do that. But Jeremy will.

What would be amazing about such a revolution is that all it entails is a change in our collective state of mind. Pre-Linsanity, that collective mind was over there. Post-, it’s over here. And now everything is changed.

I think OWS will have a similarly profound mind-altering and seismic affect on American culture.

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