Thursday, February 09, 2012

Linmania takes hold in New York

As professional basketball fairytales go, the JEREMY LIN story feels refreshing and satisfying.
A star hoops player growing up in PALO ALTO, CALIF., Lin passed up the rinky dink local college, Stanford, to attend HARVARD.
Harvard grads aren't always held in the highest esteem on the hardwood, so Lin went undrafted and ultimately rather undiscovered, even during a brief stint with his hometown GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS -- that team assigned Lin to its minor-league Reno affiliate three times during the season.
Lin was an anomaly, the first Chinese-American to play in the NBA.
By all accounts, Lin is a perfect teammate. Other players describe him as a devout Christian and a joy to have in the locker room.
Lin began this season with the HOUSTON ROCKETS, but they cut the 23-year-old and he was claimed off waivers by the NEW YORK KNICKS.
This week, his star began to ascend, as Lin has scored a combined 76 points with 25 assists in three Knicks victories.
A mania is enveloping Madison Square Garden, and Lin's story is even pushing the Super Bowl-champion NEW YORK GIANTS off the front of the Big Apple's sports pages.
It's hard to tell how this particular fairytale will end, but it's fun watching it unfold.


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