Tag:Jeremy Lin
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:40 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 2:41 pm

Report: Jeremy Lin, homeless no more

By Matt Moore 

Part of the Jeremy Lin lore has been that he had been sleeping on friends couches. He'd been crashing on his brother's couch in New York as well as teammate Landry Fields' couch. An NBA player. Crashing on couches. Lin didn't want to invest in a hotel room or apartment considering the Knicks were considering cutting him just two weeks ago. 

Now? He's feeling a little better about his chances to stick around. So he's getting himself a place , thanks to a former Knick. From the New York Daily News
The Knicks phenom, who in the span of six games has gone from benchwarmer to the cover of Sports Illustrated, has sublet a two-bedroom apartment from former Knick David Lee in a swanky Trump Tower, sources told the Daily News.

No, not that Trump Tower.

The Trump Tower in downtown White Plains, a 35-story building right off Main St. that’s home to several other Knicks players and some New York Rangers as well. It’s the same two-bedroom apartment that another Knicks star, Amar’e Stoudemire, rented before he moved into his palatial pad in Manhattan, sources said.
via Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin is homeless no more — he’s moving on up to a swanky bachelor pad in White Plains  - NY Daily News.

It wasn't his only option, though, a Knicks fan offered Lin a free apartment during his stay

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported yesterday on the Knicks' options in their pursuit of keeping Lin this summer, should his incredible ride of quality play continue.  

And hey! Now he can buy his own couch!
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 2:23 pm

Jeremy Lin odds: 'Linsanity' reaches Las Vegas

Knicks guard Jeremy Lin is killing on the court and in Las Vegas. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

"Linsanity" has officially reached Las Vegas.

Sportsbook Bovada.LV reports that gamblers simply cannot get enough of Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, who has led New York to six consecutive victories and delivered the game-winning points against both the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday and the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

Lin, a Taiwanese-American who went undrafted out of Harvard, has emerged as the NBA's feel-good surprise story of the year, driving insane amounts of global interest. The gambling numbers make it clear that Las Vegas is fully caught up in the narrative. (All figures discussed below are strictly for entertainment purposes only.) 

"The action has really picked up on NBA futures with Jeremy Lin making the Knicks the hottest team on the NBA," Bovada manager Kevin Bradley said. "Right now the Knicks are by far the biggest loser for the book."

According to Bovada, the pre-Lin Knicks were 40-1 odds to win the NBA title. Now, the Knicks are 18-1 odds.

Similarly, the pre-Lin Knicks, with a record of 8-15, were 22-1 odds to win the Eastern Conference. Now, with a record of 14-15, good for the No. 8 seed, the Knicks are 10-1 odds to win the East.

As recently as last week, New York did not look like a lock to make the playoffs, at all. Injuries to All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, inconsistent play from All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudemire and major struggles in the backcourt left New York as arguably the NBA's biggest underachievers.

Now? Vegas says the odds that New York will make the playoffs are 1/5. The odds that they will wind up in the lottery are 3/1.

If that's not enough, the Knicks' over/under for season wins is now 36.5. To reach 37 wins, New York (currently with a winning percentage of .483) will need to finish 23-14 (a winning percentage of .622). Prior to Lin's explosion, the Knicks were winning at just a .348 clip.

The action is just as heavy on individual Lin bets as it is on the Knicks as a team.

Bovada has actually set Lin at 40/1 odds to win the NBA's MVP award, even though he has only started five games and appeared in 15 games total. The odds that Lin hits a game-winning buzzer-beater before the end of the regular season: 3/1.

What Lin has already done is undeniably incredible but some of these odds reflect superhuman expectations. Not to be the stereotypical skeptic/doubter/hater/contrarian but this sure feels like a bubble.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:14 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 12:15 pm

NBA players react to Jeremy Lin's game-winner

Posted by Royce Young

So it wasn't a soaring dunk over someone. But Jeremy Lin's pull-up game-winning 3 set the NBA Twitter world on fire all the same. His story is something every player in the league respects because it's one of hard work and believing that you can make it. It's kind of crazy to see how many opposing players seem to be rooting for the guy.

Here are some of the best reactions from Lin's 3 to beat Toronto:

Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:24 am
Edited on: February 15, 2012 9:47 am

The Jeremy Lin song contest is over

By Matt Moore

There have been two different Jeremy Lin songs we've posted. But those were just OK. Because someone went ahead and re-did Cypress Hill's 1993 hit "Insane in the Membrane." You can guess how the chorus goes. Via the Washington Post


In the words of Dirk Nowitzki, "It's over, we're going home. Oh. Oh."
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:43 am
Edited on: February 15, 2012 9:11 am

Report Card 2.15.12: Devastating fun

LeBron James produced a lot of points in not a lot of minutes vs. the Pacers. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.

Miami Heat You were expecting Linsanity, weren't you? A buzzer-beater over the Raptors with 8 turnovers won't get you an A around these parts. But absolutely demolishing the Pacers, being up 20 in the second quarter on? Yeah, that'll do. The Heat were in full-on Flying Death Machine mode Tuesday night. They just ran the Pacers out of the building and out into the night, never to be heard from again. LeBron James 23-9-7 in 33 minutes in the win.
Jeremy Lin I want to give Lin an A as much as you probably want me to. But eight turnovers are eight turnovers, and 9-20 shooting is 9-20 shooting. It's not bad. It's just not great, and that, with the turnovers and the struggle with splitting the double renders us unable to give him a top grade. Something tells me he'll take it. But seriously. What a shot.
Memphis Grizzlies The Rockets were exhausted on a road game at the end of a long stretch of games, Kevin Martin was scoreless for the first time in a long, long time, and yet this was a five-point game under five minutes. The Grizzlies did enough to win, and they get the credit that goes with it. But they don't get much more than a passing grade
Phoenix Suns The Suns were chewed up by the Nuggets inside, torched from the perimeter and ran ragged. They're wholly unprepared at the worst times this season and it doesn't seem like there's much of a chance they recover this season. Steve Nash deserves better.
Portland Trail Blazers A home loss to the Wizards. I need no further justification for this grade, regardless of the health of LaMarcus Aldridge who left the game with an ankle injury.

LeBron James (23 points on 15 shots, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals in 33 minutes. Destroyed Indiana and got to rest.)
Jeremy Lin (27 points on 20 shots, 11 assists, 8 turnovers, one huge shot)
Jose Calderon (25 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, brilliant for 45 minutes)
DeMarcus Cousins (28 points on 20 shots and 17 rebounds in a loss to the Bulls)
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:12 am
Edited on: February 15, 2012 12:48 am

Linsanity: What else can you say?

Jeremy Lin's last-second three-pointer lifted the Knicks to their sixth straight win Tuesday night. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore

What can you say?

It looked like it was over. It did. The whole big phenomenon/meme/basketball-cultural
revolution seemed shaken to its core in the first half. A double-digit deficit. A plethora of turnovers. Missed layups. Poor team defense. The works. Oh, well, it was fun while it lasted. Remember that one time when that kid from Harvard...

And then, all of a sudden.

It happened. Again. And we're all left with is this reality: Jeremy Lin did it again, Linsanity is alive, the Knicks have won six straight, and the circus is only going to get wilder.

We'll get to Lin's game-winning three-point jumpshot in Jose Calderon's eye soon. But if you want the reason the Knicks were able to jump back on the Raptors who led from opening tip till a minute left in the fourth, the Knicks defense has to be credited. Yes, you read that right. In reality, the game was a defensive battle, with Dwane Casey's Raptors harassing Lin into eight turnovers and 9-20 shooting. On the other side, though, when the Knicks needed stops down the stretch, they got them. Rookie Iman Shumpert was supposed to be an offensive weapon but his shooting is still incredibly inconsistent and his decision-making is terrible at times. But when Mike D'Antoni stuck the young shooting guard on Jose Calderon who was terrific for 45 minutes for Toronto, the kid responded by locking up the shooter and creating steals. It was his transition buckets that lit the Knicks' fire and put them in a position for Lin to score the final six points.

Lin delivered a driving double-clutch pull-up and-one under the basket to tie. Then off of a transition short-range jumper miss by Shumpert, Tyson Chandler tapped an offensive rebound back to let the Knicks reset the offense. So to review, tough defense, rebounding, and smart plays, setting up Lin. That's when things got epic.

Lin told reporters after the game that he wasn't looking back to Mike D'Antoni to see if he wanted a time-out. He was looking back to ask D'Antoni to let him isolate Calderon. Here's Lin, the entire world watching, having shot 8-19 from the field, having had his dribble attacked all night, asking his coach, on the road, to let the undrafted free agent clear-it-out for the win, without a timeout taken in a tied ball-game.


Jeremy Lin, that kid's kind of bold.

And it landed, again, and the place went nuts and Twitter went nuts and no one can believe it, least of all Lin.

Lin referred to it as a miracle after the game. But this wasn't a wild, desperation, eyes closed heave. It was a cold-blooded, look-you-in-the-eye-so-you-know-who
-killed-you, born-from-confidence dagger that comes with confidence and skill and rhythm. Lin's story reached a new zenith Tuesday night. You can believe it's going to happen, but you can't believe what you saw. That Lin could fight through all the troubles he had and still deliver the final six, in the dramatic way he did, you don't draw it up. It wasn't a great game for Lin. It was the second time in two games that Lin did not play well, that his weaknesses were exposed... and he still made more than enough plays to come through. 27 points on 20 shots is efficient, and 11 assists to 8 turnovers is not good but it's still a lot of points created.

But you know, that's all X's and O's and numbers.

Something is happening, and to be honest with you, no one really understands it, not even Lin. But it's happening. There are things that happen in sports that are not only why we watch, but they are the things we remember. If Lin craters to Earth against Sacramento Wednesday or through the rest of the season, if he never plays another game, this two-week stretch will be talked about. It may just be the kind of thing people talk about in bars. It could be the stuff of legend discussed forever as the start of something phenomenal. But for right now, it's important to enjoy what's happening. Lin's not a divisive character, he's not preaching or doing anything but living up to his potential. Cynical, bitter writers who have been doing nothing but torch what has happened in the NBA for the past two years are filled with a sense of wonder over this incredible story.

This is sports, it's fun, it's Linsanity. Live in it.

In conclusion, are you freaking kidding me?!

What else can you say?
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:47 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 2:10 am

Jeremy Lin hits game-winner vs. Raptors video

Posted by Ben Golliver 

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin did it again.

In a Tuesday night game against the Toronto Raptors, Lin hit a game-winning pull-up 3-pointer over Jose Calderon with less than one second left to defeat the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre, 90-87. The win pushed New York to 14-15 on the season.

On the winning play, Knicks center Tyson Chandler pulled down an offensive rebound and the Knicks spread the floor for Lin, allowing him to go one-on-one. He patiently waited as the game clock wound down and then pulled up just in time to confidently knock down his shot.

Lin scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 27 points, 11 assists, 2 rebounds on 9-20 shooting in 43 minutes. He also had 8 turnovers.

The shot propelled New York to its sixth straight win and continued what has now been more than a week of heroics. Lin delivered the game-winning point against the Minnesota Timberwolves, by hitting a late free throw, on Saturday night and scored a career-high 38 points to top the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. 

The strong play comes after Lin, a Taiwanese-American who was undrafted out of Harvard, was nearly cut by the Knicks earlier this season. He was previously released by both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets prior to the beginning of the 2011-2012 season.

Here's video of Jeremy Lin's game-winning shot against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre via YouTube user DanMirandaNBA.

And here's the Raptors broadcast, which includes other angles, via YouTube user T490MP:

Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:14 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 6:51 pm

The Jeremy Lin phenomenon

By Matt Moore 

On February 3rd, 2012, Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin had 29,599 followers on social media service Twitter. One week later, he had 120,455. As of this writing on Tuesday, February 14th, just ten days before his breakthrough performance which began this Linsanity, he has 239,919. 

Want to see what that looks like? Via approved Twitter application TwitterCounter:

That's just tremendous growth for someone who was sleeping on Landry Fields' couch a week ago because he didn't know if he would be cut or not. Lin's growth has crossed boundaries, countries, cultures. The constant talk is trying to figure what it is about Lin that makes him such a phenomenon. Is it because he's Taiwanese-American?Is it because he plays for the Knicks? Is it becausehe went to Harvard? Is it because he's an underdog? The answer is all these things. 

Take a look at Google searches for Lin in the past thirty days. 


Just one of several videos on Lin's 38-point performance against the Lakers on YouTube has over 248,000 views as of this post. 

And if you were wondering if Asia was as fascinated by this story as we are, given that Lin wasn't born in Taiwan or mainland China, the results from where the searches are coming from lead you where you'd expect. 

Regional interest via Google Insights:

Hong Kong: 100
Taiwan: 86
Singapore: 79
Philippines: 67
United States: 62

So there is a component of Asian pride involved in the meteoric rise of Lin. Danny Chau of Hardwood Paroxysm did an excellent job of communicating the feeling of Asian Americans in regards to Lin and the phenomena he's become. (Note: I am the owner, author, and editor of Hardwood Paroxysm. This thing could have been written in Sharpie on a bathroom wall and I'd be uploading photos of it for you to read, it's so good.) But Manny Pacquiao, WBO Welterweight champion and member of the Filipino House of Representatives shared his support on Twitter, and the searches bear it out. 

And it doesn't stop there. In an exhaustive profile of Lin's impact, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com lays out the real-world details:
Lin, the first Taiwanese-American and fourth American-born Asian to play in the NBA, has accounted for four of the top six videos on NBA.com in the past week, including the most viewed clip, according to the league office. He was the third-most searched term on Baidu.com, the leading search engine in China, and represented 12 percent of all customized products sold on NBAStore.com. He's had more Twitter mentions than LeBron James, and his followers on Sina the Chinese version of Twitter have grown from 190,000 on Feb. 2 to more than 916,000 as of Tuesday, according to David Shoemaker, the CEO of NBA China. A viewing party last Friday for the Lakers-Knicks game drew 1,200 fans in Taiwan.

"About 300 million Chinese people play basketball," Shoemaker said Tuesday on the phone from Beijing. "Theres a huge fan base and the NBA is without question the most popular professional sports league in China. I believe the seeds have been long planted before I even came to NBA China for this sort of phenomenon to take root. We're now somewhat the beneficiaries of it all."

CNBC sports business analyst Darren Rovell unleashed a torrent of tweets Monday that quantified Lins exploding popularity. Among them: web traffic to NYKnicks.com increased 550 percent last week, and video views rose 1,205 percent. When stock in publicly traded Madison Square Garden hit a 52-week high Monday and closed at $32.32, it marked an increase in the company's market capitalization of $228 million since Lins debut, Rovell wrote. With a lockout-adjusted second-year minimum salary of $613,474, all the Knicks had to pay Lin for his weeks work was approximately $25,000.
via Lins meteoric rise, impossible to explain, a tale of perseverance - NBA - CBSSports.com News, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice

But there's so much more to Lin's story than the racial angle, despite what Floyd Mayweather believes. Let's take a look. 

Lin came out of nowhere, as Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com notes in a baffled tone. 

He's "a lot like Tim Tebow" but not as outwardly, aggressively preachy, which pretty much means there's no one that can be offended by him. (He's also not like Tebow because he can, what's the word? Oh, yes, pass.) He is devoutly religious, and leans on his faith constantly, especially with all this increased pressure. To be humble before whatever deity you subscribe to and not shove it down anyone's throat? CHA-CHING goes the hype machine. Although GQ does note that he has gotten drunk according to a friend in the past, so he's also an everyman.

He's brought out the king of vitriol in Buzz Bissinger to rain on the parade.

As for the underdog aspect? Lin's own teammate, Carmelo Anthony, referred to Lin as "our Rudy." The underdog story certainly is part of it. The odds of Lin just making a roster two years ago were low, much less landing with the Knicks, getting playing time due to injuries and the tragic death of Amar'e Stoudemire's brother, and the struggles of Toney Douglas, as well as Baron Davis' continued issues with a bulging disc in his back. The comparison from Anthony was flawed, because Lin is not a feel-good story alone. He can ball, or at least he has over the past week. But it does show how he's making his teammates feel: inspired. 

HoopsWorld reports that Lin is having multiple discussions regarding a book deal. 

There's a Fathead

There's a rap song. Wait, no, there are two rap songs

Stephen Colbert has a take

And there's a pun generator

A former classmate is trying to sell an autographed seventh grade yearbook.

New York reporters are being interviewed about interviewing Lin

And, oh yeah, there's this.


There's just no way to really capture how big this thing has gotten. And it's not over for Lin. With each game the pressure becomes greater. Should he struggle against the Raptors Tuesday night, the conversation will shift to whether the ride is over, immediately. If the Knicks lose when Anthony returns, there's whole other storm they'll have to deal with. 

But looking back on the past ten days of Linsanity, it's impossible to say that we've ever seen anything like it in the NBA.
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