Willis Reed Compares Lin to Walt Frazier
Jeremy Lin’s New York Knicks were playing Red Holzman basketball again, finding the open man, honoring the romantic ideals of the early Seventies and making the team’s forever captain wonder if Lin would be the one.
The one to win the Knicks’ first championship since 1973.
“I thought it was going to be Patrick Ewing,” Willis Reed said. “But maybe it’s going to be this kid.”
The undrafted, unwanted economics major out of Harvard.
“Jeremy Lin reminds me so much of Walt Frazier,” Reed said from his Louisiana home. The captain was watching the Knicks blow out the Sacramento Kings, watching Lin run a layup drill — more like an alley-oop drill — through the sorry Sacramento defense, and in the Knicks’ No. 17 all Reed could see was the Knicks’ old No. 10.