Lin is not a superstar in the modern NBA slam-dunk sense. He can drive to the basket and make clutch plays, but the key to Lin’s success is his ability to make the rest of his team work — well, like a team. The economics major is a cool intellectual, who looks at his colleagues as part of a system. His talent is being able to keep them and the ball moving, and to find the open man — whoever it might be, even himself. This style of play evokes earlier eras of the sport, where teamwork mattered more than individual performance. Yet it also evokes the spirit of our current era — one in which networks and connections are coming to matter more than individual skill or personal gain.
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