VANCOUVER - From one Cinderella story to another, Alex Burrows isn't sold on Lin-sanity just yet.
The Vancouver Canucks forward, although not a big NBA fan, admits he has followed the incredible tale of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. Maybe it's because Burrows can relate.
Both were undrafted and both were overlooked by other teams before finally getting their shot on the big stage.
While Burrows' rise to become a premier player with the Canucks took longer, with much less notoriety than Lin's journey over the past week, the Montreal native said the Harvard grad still has much to prove.
"It has been about four games, so let's see what he has got in a full year," Burrows said Tuesday in Vancouver, before the Knicks played in Toronto against the Raptors. "It's nice to see him average over 25 points in four (consecutive) games, but let's see if the guy is real once they start playing better defence on him and shutting him down."
Burrows, 30, honed his craft in the East Coast Hockey League for two years and spent another season and a half in the American Hockey League, before finally earning a contract with Vancouver. Known for his aggressive style, he played his first full NHL season in 2006-07 and has been a go-to-guy for the Canucks ever since, now a regular winger with the Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the top line.
Lin also carries a reputation as a hard-working player but received no athletic scholarships out of high school, was undrafted out of college, and bounced between the D-League and the NBA before starting his first Knicks game last week. New York immediately went on a winning streak.
Burrows appreciates the perseverance of the 23-year-old hoop star, the first Chinese-American to play in the NBA.
"Those are the Walt Disney stories," Burrows said of the Californian. "It's nice to see him succeed, especially after I read a few stories that he's sleeping on his brother's couch in New York. Hopefully he'll have a good year."