The Knicks won't win the title no matter what Lin does. Its how predictable the NBA is. I guess how the sport is played and the format of the playoffs ensure that the team with the best players and the best system win the championship. That is why repeat winners are common in the NBA. In the 80s the Lakers won 5 titles, the Bulls won 6 titles in the 90s, in the 2000s, the Lakers again with 5. Barring major injuries to their superstar players, a team that keeps it championship group intact can remain winning the title year after year. Its the only sport where one player can dominate the ball, forget the concept of team play, and win. That won't happen with football, because as great a quarterback is, he needs good runners and receivers, he needs good protection, and because of the low scoring nature of the sport, you need at least a decent defense to complement your offense. And each player plays a specific role unlike basketball where someone like Lebron James who has the height and strength can play all 5 positions (similar to Magic Johnson). Also basketball is the only team sport where one player can remain on the court for the entire game barring any penalty from fouls, technical fouls, or ejection. In hockey you need to constantly revolve your shifts otherwise you'll drain your guys of their energy.
I mean, Lin is a great story and inspiring. But being realistic here, barring a major injury, the Heat, Thunder, or Bulls will be champs. I won't even give the Lakers a chance because of their paper thin bench. They have a strong starting 5 but they will fade in the playoffs. Although perhaps the shortened season might mean they are not as weary by June as a full season, we'll see. But I just think they are too thin on the bench.