After 66 long years, Harvard will once again participate in March Madness. After Penn lost to Princeton last night, Harvard earned the Ivy League title outright. This marked the culmination of a resurgence that began years ago when Jeremy Lin enrolled at Harvard six years ago. Yet another feather in Lin-sanity’s cap. Congratulations Crimson.
After a rough game versus the Heat and relatively quiet All-Star Break, Jeremy Lin came back in full force leading the Knicks to a 120-103 victory over the lowly Cavs. Linsanity was back to his old ways with 19 points and 13 assists in yet another virtuoso performance at the PG position. He also showcased his toughness after suffering a bloody nose at the hands of Omri Casspi and taking another hard hit from Tristan Thompson. Lin-sanity brushed off the physicality and kept going to the hoop, demonstrating yet again why he is force to be reckoned with.
With the All-Star Break, putting a quick pause on this already shortened NBA season, the New York Times found some time to delve deeper into the improvement’s to Jeremy Lin’s game since he graduated from Harvard two years ago. The article credits three point shooting lessons, strength-training, and good old-fashioned dedication for the rise of Lin-sanity. Some coaches were praticularly hard on Lin’s game prior the improvement. Keith Smart, who coached Jeremy while he with the Warriors, touched upon Lin’s once ugly shot:
“Lin had a habit then of pulling the ball behind his head and tucking his feet up under him — like he was springing up off a trampoline.”
Look how far he’s come.
Ahead of this weekend’s All-Star Game, Nielsen has released updated N-scores (their measure of athlete name recognition and likability) and Linsanity had the highest score in the entire NBA. Lin scored 104, compared to 90 for Kobe Bryant and 82 for LeBron James. According to the survey, 19% of Americans recognize Lin. It’s safe to assume that number is only going to go up.
Lin-sanity is far from over but it did take a quick break tonight. Jeremy had what was by far his worst game as a Knick going 1-11 with 8 turnovers. The Heat, led by Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, swarmed Jeremy all night, pressing full court and doubling every pick and roll. After the game Lin said the game was,
“A learning experience. A tough one.”
Look for Super Lintendo to bounce back at Rising Stars game this weekend and we’re sure he will be bringing the fury when he plays the Cavaliers next Wednesday. He may not have been able to bet the NBA’s winningest team in his first try, but let’s see what happens in the rematch at Madison Square Garden later in the season.
The Atlanta Hawks proved no match for the Knicks and Jeremy Lin. After leading by 25 at halftime, Lin sat out most of the fourth quarter and still led NY with 17 points, 9 assists, and 2 steals. One NYC bar was so impressed that with the blowout win that they decided to change their name from Landsdowne Pub to Linsdowne Pub. Seriously.
It was another dominant performance by Super Lintendo. He demonstrated that he was ready for, but not looking ahead to, Thursday’s much hyped game against the Heat. After the game he remarked,
“I think for us, we want to make sure what we’re thinking about is we want to build momentum going into the All-Star break and we want to make a push after the All-Star break. And I think this is a good opportunity to build momentum.”
Here’s betting Linsanity gets the Knicks their 10th win in the After-Lin Era tomorrow night.
Jeremy Lin will be coming to bookshelves and kindles near you this May. The Associated Press Reports that Timothy Dalrymple will write the first biography on Lin-sanity. The book is called “Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity” and we have already pre-ordered our copy.
The jersey Jeremy Lin wore to defeat Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers recently sold for $42,000 in a charity auction benefiting the Garden of Dreams Foundation. Wow. 42K for a jersey? Now that’s what we call Lin-sanity.
Are the Knicks better without Carmelo Anthony? That question is certainly being asked throughout the five boroughs tonight. Jeremy Lin led the Knicks to a 7-1 record without him, but in Carmelo’s triumphant return they lost to an injury-ridden Nets team in a game that wasn’t really that close. Lin-sanity held up his end of the bargain with 21 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals, but Carmelo only had 11 points in 37 minutes (not exactly an All-Star performance). So tell us, what do you think? Are the Knicks better without Carmelo?
Jeremy Lin’s masterful performance against the Mavericks on Saturday also turned out to be good for ABC and its parent company Disney. The much-hyped game had the third-best ratings for a non Christmas Day game in the network’s history. The game was watched by 4.8% of households in the top 56 media markets. Turns out Lin-sanity is still Lin-fectious.