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NY Post puts final nail in Linsanity’s coffin, buries it, gives it fancy tombstone (pic)

If the heavily discounted Jeremy Lin merchandise at a Times Square haberdashery didn’t sound the death knell for Linsanity, the New York Post might have just dispatched it, pushing it along as it shuffles off this mortal coil.

As illustrated by the above image from the always-provocative back page of the Post, Linsanity may have led a short life, but boy, it sure did live, greeting every moment with gratefulness, savoring every breath as though it was its last.

You see, with the recent change in the coaching ranks after Mike D’Antoni stepped down earlier this week, a new philosophy is presently being installed by the New York Knicks interim head coach, Mike Woodson. And that philosophy appears sadly bereft of a high does of Linsanity:

Woodson, calling Lin “in a learning stage,’’ said yesterday he is turning the focus of his new deliberate offense to his bread and butter: Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks’ two stars who combine to make $37 million this season.

Lin is expected to remain the starting point guard for now, but Woodson indicated he’s all about veterans. That could mean backup point guard Baron Davis or even his former Hawks favorite Mike Bibby, who has been out of the rotation, could supplant Lin eventually as the starter.

Ouch. Sobering news. But it was a glorious 40 days and 40 nights, was it not? Full of joy, full of life, full of basketball. Winning then losing. Carmelo.

We’ll always have the memories. And at least the New York Post sprung for a tasteful funeral. That’s nice.