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Jeremy Lin and Knicks Keep Racking Up Wins

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Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks

Jeremy Lin did it again, torching the Lakers with 38 points and 7 assists, and the legend of Lin continues.  Kobe Bryant put up a valiant effort, but he didn’t seem to have enough fire power to stop Lin and the Knicks this time around. Yes, it’s just a regular season game and the Lakers point guards aren’t exactly solid defenders, but Kobe is still Kobe and Lin came up with the win even with the Black Mamba in the way.

This Harvard graduate seems to have appeared out of thin air to save the New York Knicks, igniting the team to four straight wins.  So far, Lin seems to be unstoppable, but many are wondering if Linsanity will last. So far, so good.

“Players don’t usually come out of nowhere,” Bryant said. “If you go back and take a look, his skill level was probably there from the beginning, but no one ever noticed. … 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.”

Taking a look back at his four years of college basketball at Harvard, Lin averaged over 16 points per game, 4.5 assists per game and also added 2.4 steals per game for his senior year. He was chosen for the All-Ivy League First Team. From there he went undrafted, signed a two-year deal with the Goldenstate Warriors, spent some time in the D-League and then ended up on the bench for the New York Knicks.

Lin had a very different journey to NBA stardom indeed, and perhaps never would have had a chance to shine if it weren’t for some injuries on the Knicks roster. His story is inspiring to say the least, giving hope to ballers around the world, as his story reignites the power of old sayings that most usually shrug off: you can make it, it’s possible.

“Getting waived twice, going to the D-League four times, just fighting for a spot in any rotation, and being basically a 15th guy on a roster, that’s tough at times,” Lin said.

From the interviews, many can tell that Lin is a humble guy, and that shows in his play on the court as well. He’s not trying to hog the ball and put on a show; he just does what’s best for the team, and tries his best to get everyone involved. During halftime of the Knicks vs. the Lakers, Lin watched footage of the first half to see how he could get Tyson Chandler and his other teammates more touches and better looks. The man is a blessing for the New York Knicks.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” Knicks Coach Mike D’Antoni said of Lin. “I’ve never seen it. … To go unnoticed for that long, that’s hard to do.”

All eyes are on Lin, taking the Asian sensation title that Yao Ming used to have. If the Knicks are playing extremely well now, think about the potential the Knicks have when Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire come back in the rotation. The Knicks vs. Lakers game might have been just another regular season Lin win to some, but Lin also earned the approval of Kobe Bryant, showing the world he was just confused for the type of shooting star that fades quickly.

Jeremy Lin highlights: Knicks vs. Lakers