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.
After Floyd Mayweather’s less-than-flattering analysis of Jeremy Lin’s rise, many other sports stars and media outlets have shot back in his defense. The strongest yet has been from UFC President Dana White who said that Mayweather was both a “racist” and a “knucklehead.” While we generally like to avoid focusing on race and politics here (as we believe it’s Jeremy basketball skills and inspirational character that truly deserve attention), we applaud Dana for supporting Linsanity. If you’re of friend of Jeremy, then you can consider yourself a friend of ours.
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.
Sean Carter himself was spotted at the Knicks vs Nets game tonight at MSG. Despite his part-ownership of Nets, Jay-Z appeared to be yucking it up with Knicks players and admiring Jeremy Lin’s form as he practiced free throws.
This weekend’s SNL borrowed as many Lin-puns as it could find for it’s opening skit. After poking fun at NYC’s extrmely Lin-tensity and the uproar Jeremy’s success has caused, the SNL cast even found time to make light of the race dialogue Lin-sanity has prompted. Check it out:
In an interview today, Jeremy Lin credited Carmelo Anthony with his sudden rise to fame. According to the Lin-ja himself, it was Melo who suggested to Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni that Lin get into that fateful game over a week ago. And as we know the rest is history. The real question is will Knicks be successful when Anthony returns to the team. Lin-sanity, showing his typical cool confidence, doesn’t think it will be a problem.
“I think that’s the beauty of having him on the team. … He’s going to add a different dimension. There will be times where we’ll have to figure it out and adjust, but we’re definitely going to do that and we’re going to make the most of it and become an even better offensive team.”
Spoken like a true point guard.