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Jeremy Lin Fever Spreading in NY

Jeremy Lin
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts after hitting a basket during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New Jersey Nets, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Lin led all scorers with 25 points as the Knicks defeated the Nets 99-92. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Jeremy Lin
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts after hitting a basket during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New Jersey Nets, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The emergence of an unknown point guard in New York is being declared “Lin-sanity.”

Jeremy Lin fever is sweeping across New York and he has fans at Madison Square Garden sitting at the edge of their seats waiting to see him thread the needle with one of his passes or throw up a beautiful alley-oop to Tyson Chandler or whoever else wants to slam one home.

The little-known point guard from Harvard already has fans at the Worlds Most Famous Arena chanting “M-V-P!!”

And while Knicks fans are already falling in love with the guy, those outside the Big Apple are probably wondering, who the heck is Jeremy Lin?

Lin, 23, played basketball at Harvard and is the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.

The unproven guard doesn’t even have his own place to sleep, so he has been staying with his brother during his young career with the Knicks or crashing on teammate Landry Field’s couch.

But if he keeps this up, Lin might be able to settle down and find his own place in the big city.

 

Lin dropped 28 points on Monday night against the Utah Jazz and played in all but three minutes. He even had some of the Giants players in attendance on their feet.

On Saturday, Lin really had the Garden rocking, coming off the bench to score 25 points and dish out seven assists during the Knicks win over the New Jersey Nets.

His emergence has people thinking that the Knicks finally found their point guard.

When a reporter asked coach Mike D’Antoni why he played Lin for nearly the entire game Monday night, he responded: “I’m riding him like freakin’ Secretariat.”

Lin’s play has also helped him in the social media world. He now has more than 50,000 followers on Twitter and has 91,000 likes on Facebook.

Oh, and there’s already a YouTube video of Lin’s performance on Saturday that has more than 250,000 hits.

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