Saturday, February 11, 2012


Keep an eye on New York Knicks player Jeremy Lin. This 6'3" guard, of Taiwanese descent, hails from Palo Alto, CA, where he helped Palo Alto H.S. to a 32-1 record and the California Interscholastic Federation Division II state title.

No heavy recruitment followed, so he ended up at Harvard (they don't offer athletic scholarships, by the way), where he made the All-Ivy League First Team two times.

Lin went undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft. He joined the Dallas Mavericks for their mini-camp and for Summer League games. The Golden State Warriors signed him for the 2010-11 season. While with the Warriors, Lin had three stints with the Warriors' D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. Each time, the Warriors called him back up.

The Warriors waived him on the first day of training camp following the 2011 NBA Lockout. The Houston Rockets claimed him off waivers, and waived him a few days later. Then the Knicks picked him up.

Through the first part of the season, Lin saw little playing time. Then, on February 4th against the New Jersey Nets, he was on the court for over 35 minutes, producing 25 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds -- all career highs. The Knicks won, 99-92.

On February 6th, against the Utah Jazz, Lin got the start in a 99-88 Knicks victory: 28 points, 8 assists. At the Washington Wizards two days later, he scored 23 points to go along with 10 assists.

A star was born. But the best was yet to come.

Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers came to town. Lakers' star Kobe Bryant made headlines by asking, "Who is this kid?" and saying "Well, he's got to deal with me now."


The Knicks beat the Lakers, 92-85. Lin scored (get this) 38 points and dished out 7 assists. He scored 20 points in the second half, and 11 in the 4th quarter.

And Kobe scored 34 points on 11 for 29 shooting. He had 10 rebounds, but only 1 assist.

Kobe Bryant now knows who Jeremy Lin is. “A great story,” Bryant said, later. “It’s a testament to perseverance and hard work. A good example for kids everywhere.”

Check out Adrian Wojnarowski's Yahoo Sports article, "Jeremy Lin: Even Kobe bows to his star power."

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