February 23, 2012

The Knicks' Jeremy Lin has burst onto the scene to become an international phenomenon. His stunning rise from undrafted, twice-cut NBA point guard to the toast of New York has spawned a wave of coverage that continues unabated. For the latest news, commentary and tidbits about Lin from across the Web, check back here daily for regular updates.

Knicks fans will pay an average of 4.9 percent more for their season tickets in 2012-13. It's all Lin's fault.

Someone went fishing.

• D'Antoni said he's comfortable sticking with Lin as the starter, but he won't rule out using Baron Davis in late-game situations.

• No, Lin will not be the face of Dunkin Donuts. This guy will.

• Harvard coach Tommy Amaker sat courtside as his former point guard got schooled by Rajon Rondo in the Celtics' 115-111 OT win over New York. Rondo -- who had 18 points, 20 assists and a career-high 17 rebounds -- became the first player to record a triple-double with at least 17 in each category since Magic Johnson in 1989. Lin, meanwhile, had 14 points, five assists and six turnovers in less than 32 minutes.

• Lin tried to guard Paul Piece. Didn't work out so well.

Baron Davis says his and Lin's games complement each other. Why? "[Lin] plays like north-south ... straight lines. ... I play like ... in squiggly lines."

• The day before Lin's breakout game in which he lit up the Nets with 25 points and seven assists, the Knicks took a two-point loss in Boston. Lin got in the game late in the first quarter but was benched early in the second, finishing 0-for-3 from the floor with two rebounds, one assist, two fouls, one turnover and two points. What a difference 24 hours makes.

What Lin can teach us about dating ...

• Knicks fan and comedian Robert Klein loves Lin. But he finds little humor in the Lin craze.

• Coming soon to New York: A Lin-Baron Davis backcourt, which Mike D'Antoni described as a "two-headed monster." D'Antoni had the two play together with the Knicks' first unit in scrimmages on Friday. While there was speculation that Davis would supplant Lin as the team's starting point guard, D'Antoni said he could pair the two for set minutes or even close a game that way.

Bob Cousy is a big Lin fan. Welcome to the club.

• Lin needs a theme song. A good one.

• You-know-who was at Harvard's game at Columbia Friday night. And his alma mater set a regular-season record with its 25th win. And he got a standing O.

• After stirring controversy with a recent tweet that the hype around Lin was "because he's Asian," boxer Floyd Mayweather, at a news conference for an upcoming fight, blamed the media for twisitng his words but added he did not regret what he said about the Knicks' sensation.

• With the All-Star break over, Lin hopes the media focus on him will spread more toward his Knicks teammates.

Ben & Jerry's apologized after producing a "Taste of Lin-sanity" flavor of frozen that drew criticism from some buyers.

• You could own Jeremy Lin's boxers from his Harvard days. For $10,000.

• A major reason why Lin's story is so great: He's overcome the stereotype threat.

• So how does Lin stack up with the league's elite? Here's a comparison of his early career stats to those of the NBA's current stars.

• Lin is a major Internet boon for the Knicks. Traffic on team's two websites, NYKnicks.com and KnicksNow.com, increased by more than 770 percent for the two-week period following Feb. 4, when Lin began playing major minutes.

• While NBA GMs passed on Jeremy Lin, an Chinese-American saw his potential more than a year ago and quietly registered his trademark for $700.

• The reason for Lin's success? His determination, according to his Harvard roommate who is now a media personality in China.

• Speaking of China, the country could (in using his grandmother's birth city of Hangzhou) offer Lin citizenship and millions of dollars in promotional ads for this summer's Olympics.

• Picture this: Lin, turning New York into Lob City II with Dwight Howard. The Knicks are reportedly trying to make it happen.

• But with or without Howard, Lin believes the Knicks could win it all this year.

• Anyone see Spike Lee's shirt at All-Star Saturday Night?

Straight from Diddy: "[Lin] will be in a bunch of rap records, I can tell you that. Just wait."

• After detailing the evolution of Lin's game, the New York Times got a closer look at his family's history and his upbringing in Palo Alto, Calif.

• Why Lin's popularity abroad could cost Dwyane Wade.

• Ben & Jerry's is sorry about the fortune cookies.

• If Lin is looking for a roomie or a place to stay, he need not scour Craigslist like most New Yorkers. A-Rod is willing to share his multi-million dollar abode.

• Not sure if you noticed, but Nike unveilednew Lin kicks. And he wore them in the All-Star Rising Stars Challenge on Friday. If you want the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low shoes, be prepared to shell out $130.

Kobe is still shocked at how so many failed to see Lin's talent years ago.

Carmelo just wants to make one thing clear: "I love playing with Jeremy Lin. ... The Knicks are not going anywhere. The spotlight's not going anywhere. If we do what we have to do, everybody will share the spotlight."

Chris Paul disagrees: The Knicks are Anthony's team. "At the end of the day, it starts with 'Melo and ends with 'Melo,'' he said.

Bobcats rookie Kemba Walker joined Lin on Team Shaq for Friday's Rising Stars Challenge in Orlando, but it wasn't the first time the two have shared the court. Remember that Harvard-UConn game in Dec. 2009 when Lin dropped 30 points and grabbed nine boards against Walker's Huskies? Here's how Walker feels about the Lin craze.

Lin wasn't the overnight sensation like most believe.

• Ben & Jerry's started selling a new frozen yogurt flavor at its Harvard Square shop in honor of Lin. But the "Taste the Lin-sanity" yogurt didn't come without controversy.

• Lin now has arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world as a Twitter friend.

• Lin had by far his worst game as a starter on Thursday in Miami, finishing with eight points (on 1-of-11 shooting), eight turnovers and three assists against the speedy, stingy Heat defense. (See highlights here.) "I can't remember another game where it was hard to just take dribbles,'' Lin said after the Knicks' 102-88 loss. SI.com's Ian Thomen says the performance should be viewed not as a bubble-burster but as a natural part of Lin's dramatic progression.

• The last player to commit at least eight turnovers while shooting 10 percent or worse was ...

• As bad as Lin was, the New York Daily News' Frank Isola says he wasn't even the Knicks' worst point guard on Thursday.

• Lin got the late-night treatment from Jimmy Fallon, who dressed up as Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder on Thursday and honored the point guard with a special rendition of Jeremy.

Gary Payton's assessment of Lin, per The Wall Street Journal: "He's cocky. The cockiness in him, it reminds me of myself. The way he puts his tongue out and laughs and smiles? That's a cocky arrogance, and that's the way he has to play -- and the way he should play." Payton goes on to recount how he started working out with Lin in 2010 and what he tried to teach him.

• Daniel Brown of The San Jose Mercury News gets the skinny from the Bay Area trainers who helped Lin improve his strength and refine his shooting motion. Said one trainer: "He went from being a motorcycle to being a Porsche. Anybody in an accident on a motorcycle is going to be in a lot of trouble. But if you're in a well-built car, it's a different story. That's where Jeremy is now -- he's much more stable in traffic."

• At SB Nation, Bomani Jones weighs in on Carmelo Anthony: "[I]nstead of stating the obvious, that Melo has struggled, why have so few people asked why? Unless he forgot how to play basketball during the lockout, the problem is bigger than him. And it just might be bigger than anything Linsanity could fix."

A Lin biography is due out in April.

• Fans and media weren't the only ones caught off guard by the Lin craze. Retailers and corporate marketers are struggling to find ways to join the Lin bandwagon, and many are still hesitant to offer major deals to the Knicks' sensation.

• No athlete in any sport can match the frenzy that Lin has created in such a short time, according to NBA commissioner David Stern.

• The Knicks signed Lin on Dec. 27, two days after he was waived by the Rockets. Houston coach Kevin McHale was impressed with Lin in practice but never envisioned anything like this. Said McHale: "We would have cut half our team to keep him."

• Lin, who famously slept on his brother's and a teammate's couch after signing with the Knicks, has found new digs -- at a discount rate.

• Speaking of couches: Teammate Iman Shumpert had planned to jump over one as part of a dunk at Saturday's NBA dunk contest during All-Star weekend. Alas, the Knicks' rookie pulled out of the competition with a knee injury.

A Nike shoe for Lin is in the works.

• Lin isn't the only person who has sought to trademark Linsanity. What are his chances of winning the sweepstakes? Very good, according to a trademark attorney who spoke with CNNMoney.

• Lin has taken advantage of his opportunity; ESPN.com's Howard Bryant wonders if we'll do the same in terms of our national discourse about the Asian-American's rise to stardom.

• Lin and Tim Tebow are fast friends.

• And Lin and Tebow have something else in common.

The Dan Patrick Show asks: Is Lin or Tebow the better long-term spokesman for a company?

Get your Jeremy Lin eBooks ...

And your Jeremy Lin rookie cards (one of which just sold for $21,580).

LeBron James, whose Heat play host to the Knicks on Thursday night, recalls when he first became aware of Lin.

• President Obama, in South Florida on Thursday, lamented the fact that he won't be attending the Heat-Knicks game.

• About the Knicks' visit to Miami: Court-level seats are approaching $10,000 on the secondary market, according to the Miami Herald.

The San Francisco Chronicle talks to Lin's former high school teammates about his transition from ordinary guy to sudden NBA star. Lin's a Denny's guy.

• Lin is a long shot as a late addition to the U.S. Olympic team. USA Basketball boss Jerry Colangelo told The New York Times: "[T]he players who already have time invested in the system have equity built up."

Roger Federer is a Jeremy Lin fan.

• Anthony Federico, the ESPN editor who was fired for writing an insensitive headline about Lin, apologized via Twitter.

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