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Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:12 am
Edited on: February 15, 2012 12:48 am
 

Linsanity: What else can you say?

Jeremy Lin's last-second three-pointer lifted the Knicks to their sixth straight win Tuesday night. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore
 

What can you say?

It looked like it was over. It did. The whole big phenomenon/meme/basketball-cultural
revolution seemed shaken to its core in the first half. A double-digit deficit. A plethora of turnovers. Missed layups. Poor team defense. The works. Oh, well, it was fun while it lasted. Remember that one time when that kid from Harvard...

And then, all of a sudden.

It happened. Again. And we're all left with is this reality: Jeremy Lin did it again, Linsanity is alive, the Knicks have won six straight, and the circus is only going to get wilder.

We'll get to Lin's game-winning three-point jumpshot in Jose Calderon's eye soon. But if you want the reason the Knicks were able to jump back on the Raptors who led from opening tip till a minute left in the fourth, the Knicks defense has to be credited. Yes, you read that right. In reality, the game was a defensive battle, with Dwane Casey's Raptors harassing Lin into eight turnovers and 9-20 shooting. On the other side, though, when the Knicks needed stops down the stretch, they got them. Rookie Iman Shumpert was supposed to be an offensive weapon but his shooting is still incredibly inconsistent and his decision-making is terrible at times. But when Mike D'Antoni stuck the young shooting guard on Jose Calderon who was terrific for 45 minutes for Toronto, the kid responded by locking up the shooter and creating steals. It was his transition buckets that lit the Knicks' fire and put them in a position for Lin to score the final six points.

Lin delivered a driving double-clutch pull-up and-one under the basket to tie. Then off of a transition short-range jumper miss by Shumpert, Tyson Chandler tapped an offensive rebound back to let the Knicks reset the offense. So to review, tough defense, rebounding, and smart plays, setting up Lin. That's when things got epic.

Lin told reporters after the game that he wasn't looking back to Mike D'Antoni to see if he wanted a time-out. He was looking back to ask D'Antoni to let him isolate Calderon. Here's Lin, the entire world watching, having shot 8-19 from the field, having had his dribble attacked all night, asking his coach, on the road, to let the undrafted free agent clear-it-out for the win, without a timeout taken in a tied ball-game.

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Jeremy Lin, that kid's kind of bold.

And it landed, again, and the place went nuts and Twitter went nuts and no one can believe it, least of all Lin.

Lin referred to it as a miracle after the game. But this wasn't a wild, desperation, eyes closed heave. It was a cold-blooded, look-you-in-the-eye-so-you-know-who
-killed-you, born-from-confidence dagger that comes with confidence and skill and rhythm. Lin's story reached a new zenith Tuesday night. You can believe it's going to happen, but you can't believe what you saw. That Lin could fight through all the troubles he had and still deliver the final six, in the dramatic way he did, you don't draw it up. It wasn't a great game for Lin. It was the second time in two games that Lin did not play well, that his weaknesses were exposed... and he still made more than enough plays to come through. 27 points on 20 shots is efficient, and 11 assists to 8 turnovers is not good but it's still a lot of points created.

But you know, that's all X's and O's and numbers.

Something is happening, and to be honest with you, no one really understands it, not even Lin. But it's happening. There are things that happen in sports that are not only why we watch, but they are the things we remember. If Lin craters to Earth against Sacramento Wednesday or through the rest of the season, if he never plays another game, this two-week stretch will be talked about. It may just be the kind of thing people talk about in bars. It could be the stuff of legend discussed forever as the start of something phenomenal. But for right now, it's important to enjoy what's happening. Lin's not a divisive character, he's not preaching or doing anything but living up to his potential. Cynical, bitter writers who have been doing nothing but torch what has happened in the NBA for the past two years are filled with a sense of wonder over this incredible story.

This is sports, it's fun, it's Linsanity. Live in it.

In conclusion, are you freaking kidding me?!

What else can you say?
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:47 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 2:10 am
 

Jeremy Lin hits game-winner vs. Raptors video

Posted by Ben Golliver 

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin did it again.

In a Tuesday night game against the Toronto Raptors, Lin hit a game-winning pull-up 3-pointer over Jose Calderon with less than one second left to defeat the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre, 90-87. The win pushed New York to 14-15 on the season.

On the winning play, Knicks center Tyson Chandler pulled down an offensive rebound and the Knicks spread the floor for Lin, allowing him to go one-on-one. He patiently waited as the game clock wound down and then pulled up just in time to confidently knock down his shot.

Lin scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 27 points, 11 assists, 2 rebounds on 9-20 shooting in 43 minutes. He also had 8 turnovers.

The shot propelled New York to its sixth straight win and continued what has now been more than a week of heroics. Lin delivered the game-winning point against the Minnesota Timberwolves, by hitting a late free throw, on Saturday night and scored a career-high 38 points to top the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. 

The strong play comes after Lin, a Taiwanese-American who was undrafted out of Harvard, was nearly cut by the Knicks earlier this season. He was previously released by both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets prior to the beginning of the 2011-2012 season.

Here's video of Jeremy Lin's game-winning shot against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre via YouTube user DanMirandaNBA.



And here's the Raptors broadcast, which includes other angles, via YouTube user T490MP:

Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:14 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 6:51 pm
 

The Jeremy Lin phenomenon



By Matt Moore 

On February 3rd, 2012, Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin had 29,599 followers on social media service Twitter. One week later, he had 120,455. As of this writing on Tuesday, February 14th, just ten days before his breakthrough performance which began this Linsanity, he has 239,919. 

Want to see what that looks like? Via approved Twitter application TwitterCounter:



That's just tremendous growth for someone who was sleeping on Landry Fields' couch a week ago because he didn't know if he would be cut or not. Lin's growth has crossed boundaries, countries, cultures. The constant talk is trying to figure what it is about Lin that makes him such a phenomenon. Is it because he's Taiwanese-American?Is it because he plays for the Knicks? Is it becausehe went to Harvard? Is it because he's an underdog? The answer is all these things. 

Take a look at Google searches for Lin in the past thirty days. 

 


Just one of several videos on Lin's 38-point performance against the Lakers on YouTube has over 248,000 views as of this post. 

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And if you were wondering if Asia was as fascinated by this story as we are, given that Lin wasn't born in Taiwan or mainland China, the results from where the searches are coming from lead you where you'd expect. 

Regional interest via Google Insights:

Hong Kong: 100
Taiwan: 86
Singapore: 79
Philippines: 67
United States: 62

So there is a component of Asian pride involved in the meteoric rise of Lin. Danny Chau of Hardwood Paroxysm did an excellent job of communicating the feeling of Asian Americans in regards to Lin and the phenomena he's become. (Note: I am the owner, author, and editor of Hardwood Paroxysm. This thing could have been written in Sharpie on a bathroom wall and I'd be uploading photos of it for you to read, it's so good.) But Manny Pacquiao, WBO Welterweight champion and member of the Filipino House of Representatives shared his support on Twitter, and the searches bear it out. 

And it doesn't stop there. In an exhaustive profile of Lin's impact, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com lays out the real-world details:
Lin, the first Taiwanese-American and fourth American-born Asian to play in the NBA, has accounted for four of the top six videos on NBA.com in the past week, including the most viewed clip, according to the league office. He was the third-most searched term on Baidu.com, the leading search engine in China, and represented 12 percent of all customized products sold on NBAStore.com. He's had more Twitter mentions than LeBron James, and his followers on Sina the Chinese version of Twitter have grown from 190,000 on Feb. 2 to more than 916,000 as of Tuesday, according to David Shoemaker, the CEO of NBA China. A viewing party last Friday for the Lakers-Knicks game drew 1,200 fans in Taiwan.

"About 300 million Chinese people play basketball," Shoemaker said Tuesday on the phone from Beijing. "Theres a huge fan base and the NBA is without question the most popular professional sports league in China. I believe the seeds have been long planted before I even came to NBA China for this sort of phenomenon to take root. We're now somewhat the beneficiaries of it all."

CNBC sports business analyst Darren Rovell unleashed a torrent of tweets Monday that quantified Lins exploding popularity. Among them: web traffic to NYKnicks.com increased 550 percent last week, and video views rose 1,205 percent. When stock in publicly traded Madison Square Garden hit a 52-week high Monday and closed at $32.32, it marked an increase in the company's market capitalization of $228 million since Lins debut, Rovell wrote. With a lockout-adjusted second-year minimum salary of $613,474, all the Knicks had to pay Lin for his weeks work was approximately $25,000.
via Lins meteoric rise, impossible to explain, a tale of perseverance - NBA - CBSSports.com News, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice

But there's so much more to Lin's story than the racial angle, despite what Floyd Mayweather believes. Let's take a look. 

Lin came out of nowhere, as Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com notes in a baffled tone. 

He's "a lot like Tim Tebow" but not as outwardly, aggressively preachy, which pretty much means there's no one that can be offended by him. (He's also not like Tebow because he can, what's the word? Oh, yes, pass.) He is devoutly religious, and leans on his faith constantly, especially with all this increased pressure. To be humble before whatever deity you subscribe to and not shove it down anyone's throat? CHA-CHING goes the hype machine. Although GQ does note that he has gotten drunk according to a friend in the past, so he's also an everyman.

He's brought out the king of vitriol in Buzz Bissinger to rain on the parade.

As for the underdog aspect? Lin's own teammate, Carmelo Anthony, referred to Lin as "our Rudy." The underdog story certainly is part of it. The odds of Lin just making a roster two years ago were low, much less landing with the Knicks, getting playing time due to injuries and the tragic death of Amar'e Stoudemire's brother, and the struggles of Toney Douglas, as well as Baron Davis' continued issues with a bulging disc in his back. The comparison from Anthony was flawed, because Lin is not a feel-good story alone. He can ball, or at least he has over the past week. But it does show how he's making his teammates feel: inspired. 

HoopsWorld reports that Lin is having multiple discussions regarding a book deal. 

There's a Fathead

There's a rap song. Wait, no, there are two rap songs

Stephen Colbert has a take

And there's a pun generator

A former classmate is trying to sell an autographed seventh grade yearbook.

New York reporters are being interviewed about interviewing Lin

And, oh yeah, there's this.

 


There's just no way to really capture how big this thing has gotten. And it's not over for Lin. With each game the pressure becomes greater. Should he struggle against the Raptors Tuesday night, the conversation will shift to whether the ride is over, immediately. If the Knicks lose when Anthony returns, there's whole other storm they'll have to deal with. 

But looking back on the past ten days of Linsanity, it's impossible to say that we've ever seen anything like it in the NBA.
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:09 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 7:05 pm
 

Report: Man applies to trademark 'Linsanity'

A man has reportedly filed a trademark application for "Linsanity." (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

From starting point guard to worldwide sensation to economic stimulus package?

Clearly, opportunity-seeking businessmen are out in full force looking for ways to capitalize on the astonishing rise to fame of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

Lin, a Taiwanese-American Harvard graduate, narrowly avoided being cut by the Knicks before moving into the starting lineup, where he has boasted video game numbers and helped lead New York to five consecutive victories.

Bloomberg.com reports that Yenchin Chang, a California resident, has applied to trademark the word "Linsanity" -- a term that's been used to describe Lin's play and global impact -- but that a patent attorney said it will be difficult for Chang to profit off it. 
Chang, who like Lin is of Taiwanese descent, said he isn’t affiliated with the 23-year-old, Harvard University-educated player who has guided the Knicks to a five-game winning streak after being released by the Golden State Warriors.

“I wanted to be a part of the excitement,” Chang, who attended East Los Angeles College and who works in the import/export business, said in a telephone interview. “I’m very proud of Jeremy.”

Milord A. Keshishian, an attorney with Milord & Associates, a patent, trademark and copyright firm in Los Angeles, said in a telephone interview that the law “doesn’t bode well” for anyone trying to make money through a Linsanity trademark.

“This looks like a bad-faith attempt to profit from Jeremy Lin’s recent acclaim,” he said of the trademark applications.
In a lengthy profile, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com provided some of the indicators of Lin's global popularity, and they really are linsane. With popularity like that, Chang certainly won't be the only person looking to be "part of the excitement."

The major deals to watch will be who inks Lin as a celebrity endorser, and when. In an interview with the Toronto media on Tuesday in advance of Tuesday night's game against the Raptors, Lin referred a question about his endorsement opportunities to his agent, according to NationalPost.com. Does the big money wait to see if this is a fad? Do they bank on Lin having staying power because he plays for the high-visibility Knicks?

If you're Lin's agent, you have to get deals done as soon as possible to cash in when his value is at an all-time high, right? Missing out on a major immediate payday from this hype would be a significant opportunity lost.
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:23 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 1:27 pm
 

How Stoudemire and Melo can fit with Lin

Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin can flourish if they trust in how their coach has succeeded in the past.
(Getty Images)


By Matt Moore 


When the Knicks take the floor in Toronto Tuesday night, there will be more media than Toronto will likely receive at any point this season. There will be multiple national writers in attendance, television crews, tabloid writers and bloggers flocking around a 23-year-old undrafted point guard out of Harvard named Jeremy Lin.

Perhaps you've heard of him.

Linsanity is still at its peak, where it will remain until Lin has a genuinely poor game and the Knicks lose. Both have to happen simultaneously. Lin's last performance against the Timberwolves was not great, but it was still productive if not efficient and more importantly the Knicks won. But whether it's tonight or later this week or later this month, eventually Lin will have a bad game and the Knicks will lose. The fever pitch will abate and the season will move on, as the media machine finds something else to freak out about.

But at that point, the Knicks will still have to try and make this thing work.

The biggest question on Tuesday night centers around not only will Lin keep up his phenomenal play, but will he be able to integrate Amar'e Stoudemire into the action. Stoudemire returns to the Knicks Tuesday for the first time since leaving last week following the death of his brother. Given Stoudemire's struggles not only from the floor this season, but in finding a role in the offense, there are high hopes (to put it mildly) that Lin's operation of the pick and roll will open up things for STAT.

And with good reason.

Lin's best work during this five-game winning streak that has seen his meteoric rise to instant stardom has been in the pick and roll, the area where Stoudemire does the most damage. Years of working with Steve Nash in Phoenix taught Amar'e the angle of attack on the roll and how to create space from the defender depending on his reaction to the screen. Stoudemire's not Blake Griffin, so don't expect Lob City, but Lin's ability to drop the bounce pass between defenders means Stoudemire should open up in the offense. For reference, Stoudemire in his last year in Phoenix had 17.7 percent of his touches in the pick and roll set. This year with the Knicks? Just 6.2 percent. Basically the Knicks have not put Stoudemire in one of his best offensive sets. That's largely because they have lacked a ball-handler to do so. Toney Douglas' decision making struggles in the open floor. He's more of an A-or-B binary option circuit. Pass standing or drive. Shoot or kick.

Lin, however, works much better in the pick and roll. His biggest strength is his patience and comfort off the screen, and his decision-making is key. He understand the timing of the set, or at least he has for the past five games. If the defense hedges on Lin and pulls back to defend the drive from Stoudemire, STAT can pick and pop, shred at the elbow unguarded. If this sounds familiar, that's because it is. This is the same dynamic that brought Stoudemire such success in Phoenix with Steve Nash. Jeremy Lin is not Steve Nash. But Mike D'Antoni is still Mike D'Antoni. And this can work.

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So, what, then, of Melo? That's the million-dollar-question.

The debate rages about how to use Anthony effectively alongside Lin. Anthony, after-all, is a big fan of the Isolation set, the ball in his hands, able to navigate the floor and search out his own shot, at which he's an elite scorer. But that's not the most effective offense, as shown by the Knicks' early returns. Most of the talk from both pro and con sides have centered around vague generalities. "Melo will use Lin to create open shots" and "Melo can work on his own and with Lin." Melo himself said Monday all the things you want to hear as a Knicks fan, saying he would be giving Lin the ball and getting out of the way. But there's a specific role that D'Antoni's history leads us to with Melo. If Anthony wants to be the most successful he can be, he doesn't have to sacrifice shots or production. He just has to copy the Matrix.

In 2006-2007, Shawn Marion was playing alongside Amar'e Stoudemire in the final year of the team that came to be known as the Seven Seconds or Less Suns. The pace was what always brought up comments and the play of Steve Nash and Stoudemire brought the praise, but the real function behind the Suns was ball movement and careful shot selection. There's a reason Don Nelson's run-and-gun Warriors didn't touch the Suns' success, because the system relied upon deceptively quality shots. Marion was never really appreciated for his contribution alongside Nash and Stoudemire, and in fact needed years to shed a poor defensive reputation as a result of the system's reputation.

But Anthony is a much better offensive player and a much worse defensive player. So how does he fit?

In 2007, Marion took 13.4 shots per game. 27 percent of his possessions came from spot-up shots, according to Synergy Sports. 22 percent came in transition, and 17 percent came off the cut. In short, he filled in the gaps. Do you want Anthony, who spent 32 percent of his possessions in isolation plays before his injury, filling in the gaps? No, but the gap between Marion's 13.4 2007 field goal attempts and Marion's 18.8 2012 isn't huge. When Nash would split the defense and the third defender would rotate to challenge at the rim, there would be Marion, spot-up on the baseline or cutting to the rim.

Easy shots.

That baseline shot was particularly deadly, with Marion's quick flip release. He had his share of dunks off the attention drawn by the pick and roll as well. They weren't long, mid-range jumpers, they were replicable, makeable shots. 

When you put an elite scorer in a position to make easy shots, your efficiency goes up, which forces the defense to adjust to that, which opens up things for Lin and Stoudemire, which forces the defense... you get the idea.

Anthony can still work in isolation. A drive and kick from Lin means that the second and third defenders Melo has been seeing will be occupied. And Anthony one-on-one in the flow of an offense, in rhythm is deadly, nearly as deadly as him uncovered. There's a way to make Anthony not just good at what he does, but better. To put him in a position to attack the glass. To take the most shots on the team and still not stop the ball. It's complicated. It's tenuous. It relies on Lin being as good if not better than he's been in the offense.

Mike D'Antoni's system has a lot of flaws, draws a lot of criticism, but one thing it can do is create efficient scoring with a talented point guard. He hasn't had that in New York. For the last five games, he's found that in Jeremy Lin. It's an opportunity for Lin, for Melo, for Stoudemire to live up to the potential the Knicks were supposed to have. It may be their last chance to live up to the hype.

Oh, and Anthony should take a look at Marion's defense, too.
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:09 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 4:06 pm
 

NBA Power Rankings: Breakdown, Takedown Vol. 9

Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver

The Spurs have plenty to smile about as they ride a 7-game winning streak. (Getty Images)

The 2011-2012 NBA season continues. Here's the ninth weekly installment of CBSSports.com's NBA Power Rankings by Eye On Basketball's Matt Moore.

What did he get right? What did he get wrong? We're here to break it down and take it down.

1. Too High: Los Angeles Clippers at No. 4. You might be thinking, "Didn't I already read this before?" The Clippers were too high last week and the Spurs too low. And wouldn't you know it, they both moved up this week. The Clippers are a fine team in the West, but fourth best in the league? Even after losing Chauncey Billups for the year? I mean, Kenyon Martin was a nice pickup but not THAT nice. It just doesn't make sense to me to place the Clippers above the Spurs, or really even the Mavericks for that matter, especially after losing a top starter. -- RY

2. Too Low: San Antonio Spurs at No. 5. The Spurs have won seven straight, risen to second in the West and are getting maybe their best player back. It's not that they're too low, it's that they should be in the conversation for the top three right now. Putting them at No. 5 is fine, I suppose, but having them behind the Clippers is criminal. I wouldn't even argue with you if you wanted to bump them ahead of Oklahoma City right now. -- RY

3. Most Overrated: Milwaukee Bucks at No. 19. It's not easy to be considered overrated when you're ranked No. 19 out of 30 but that's the case when you're the ninth best team in an Eastern Conference which goes -- maybe -- five teams deep. The Brandon Jennings distraction, the Stephen Jackson distraction, the Andrew Bogut injury, it's all bad. The Bucks are just outside the playoff picture, but would be the third worst team in the Western Conference right now, better only than the New Orleans Hornets and Sacramento Kings. By season's end, the Kings would probably pass them. 2-5 for their last seven, Milwaukee's recent wins have come against the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The March schedule will kill this team. -- BG

4. Most Overlooked: Dallas Mavericks at No. 9. A 4-game winning streak over Western Conference foes -- highlighted by a late Dirk Nowitzki winner against the Portland Trail Blazers in double overtime -- was all the reminder anyone needed that this team will be a major factor come playoff time. Expect them to keep getting overlooked. They might just have the toughest lead-up to the All-Star break of anyone in the league coming up -- with games against the Nuggets, 76ers, Knicks, Celtics and Lakers over the next eight days -- so there's a good chance they don't separate from the West pack until March or April. Even if the breakout never comes, this will be a feared first round match-up and the early-season questions will be a thing of the distant past. -- BG

5. Sure Thing: Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 3. How do you know that you're a really good team? You spend your week on a ridiculous road-trip that includes four games in five nights in some of the toughest buildings the NBA has to offer. You emerge 3-1 -- with wins over Portland, Golden State and Utah -- and yet all anyone wants to talk about is the loss, a close one to Sacramento on national television, with the fanbase fighting to keep its franchise in town. Watching those four Western Conference teams get up for the Thunder made it clear that OKC's reputation as the team to beat in the West is firmly established and agreed upon. Watching OKC match energy with energy on the road only underscored the point. -- BG  

6. Wild Card: New York Knicks at No. 15. So, about that whole Linsanity thing. The funny thing about it is, the Knicks have now won five straight and are back in the Eastern playoff picture. And that's with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony returning. Which is what makes them so intriguing. Are they going to lose their mojo? Will Lin get marginalized? Or will it all be a perfect marriage? The Knicks could be rocketing up to the top 10, or the bottom could fall out any second. -- RY
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:35 pm
 

Stephen Colbert takes on Linsanity

Posted by Royce Young

Linsanity might've reached the mountain top. The Taiwanese animation treatment was one thing, but getting the opening segment on The Colbert Report? That's another.

Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:25 pm
 

Manny Pacquiao supports Jeremy Lin

By Matt Moore

A day after Manny Pacquiao's rival Floyd Mayweather tweeted that Jeremy Lin's popularity and hype are solely products of his Taiwanese-American heritage, Pacquiao shared his own view of the Knicks' point guard on Twitter. 




The WBO Welterweight Champion could be sharing his view based off his own Asian heritage (Pacquiao is Filipino, and in fact serves in the Phillippines' House of Representatives. He could also simply be firing back across the bow at Mayweather.

Or, maybe he's just a Knicks fan.  

Lin continues to cross cultural boundaries beyond the NBA into mainstream culture, and the effect is staggering. More on Lin and the incredible story of how this has taken the world by storm Tuesday on CBSSports.com from Ken Berger.  Be sure to check out Gregg Doyel's column wondering how in the name of everything Lin slipped through so many cracks. 
 
 
 
 
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