Let’s take a look back at the some of highlights of “Linsanity”
“Just Lin, baby” read the bold headline in the New York Daily News.
Point guard Jeremy Lin is the talk of New York, the nation … and the world after he validated his four-game rise from anonymity to stardom with a career-high 38 points in leading the New York Knicks past the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 92-85 on Friday night.
Lin has carried the Knicks to a season-tying four-game winning streak, which they can extend tonight when they play at the Minnesota Timberwolves.
U.S. media outlets are not alone in the coverage of the undrafted point guard from Harvard — the NBA’s first American-born Chinese or Taiwanese player — who has emerged from the end of the bench to become a world-wide phenomenon in a week. Just since Thursday his Twitter followers have risen by 50,000 to a total of more more 155,000.
The Asian media are so taken with Lin, crowding him at shootarounds and post-game, that they are concerned for his well-being.
Suffice to say, this young man’s life has changed in just a matter of days.
Flip the script to learn more about Jeremy and see highlights from his ballerific week!
Lin had a career night on February 4, 2012, when he scored 25 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists (against only 1 turnover) in a 99-92 Knicks victory over the Nets. The statistics for points, rebounds, and assists were all career highs for Lin.
Lin, whose parents emigrated from Taiwan to the U.S. in the ’70s, is the first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent in the NBA. Also notable: He’s the first Harvard alum to play in the league since Ed Smith’s 11-game season for the Knicks in 1953 to 1954, reports Sports Illustrated.
In the subsequent game against the Utah Jazz, Lin had 28 points and eight assists, new career highs.
Before he took the NBA by storm – also known as Linsanity – the California native, who grew up in Palo Alto, ruled the Ivy League. He attended Harvard University, where he played basketball without the perk of an athletic scholarship.
“My G.P.A. was not a 4.2,” Lin, who studied economics, confessed to the San Francisco Chronicle last summer. “That’s been the rumor. It’s not even possible. My friends have been absolutely killing me about that.” But he did hit the books apparently: He graduated with a 3.1, he said.
On February 10, 2012, Lin scored a new career high 38 points and had seven assists, leading the Knicks in their victory over the Los Angeles Lakers with a score of 92–85. The Associated Press called Lin “the most surprising story in the NBA.”
His God is an awesome God…
Tim Tebow’s not the only athlete who brings his love of God to the game. “I know there is a lot of temptation out there, and I have heard about the NBA lifestyle,” the non-denominational Christian told Sports Illustrated pre-fame in 2010. “I am not saying I am better than anybody else, but I am going to try to live the way I have always lived and try not to change just because I am in the NBA.” His plans after playing ball? Lin says he hopes to become a pastor and lead non-profit organizations either in the U.S. or abroad.
Although Lin has yet to reveal if he’s on the market for a girlfriend, one thing is for sure: He’s looking for a place to call his own. FOX Sports reports that Lin sleeps on the couch of his brother, who is a New York University dental student living on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Now that he knows Lin is a force to be reckoned with, Bryant had nothing but kind words for the man who outplayed him on the court. “Players don’t usually come out of nowhere,” Bryant, who scored 34 points for his team, said after Friday’s game. “If you go back and take a look, his skill level was probably there from the beginning but no one ever noticed.”
He added: “It’s a great story. It’s a testament to perseverance and hard work. I am sure he has put in a great deal of work to always have that belief in himself. Now he has the opportunity to show it.”
He scored 89 points in his first three career starts, the most by any player since the merger between the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the NBA in 1976-77.
All he does is Lin, Lin, Lin no matter what!
If. You. Take. The ball. Away. From he, Knicks fans will go crazy, they’ll go Linsaaaaaaaane!
The Knicks PR and marketing department is gonna have a field day with this kid.