Linsanity in Houston

Jeremy Lin officially became a Houston Rocket Wednesday morning. I love this, as a Harvard player gets signed by a GM who was a colleague of mine at STATS, Inc. Talk about six degrees of Kevin Bacon! Congratulations to Lin on the great deal, and to Darryl Morey for landing the guard, only a year late. :-)

Jeremy Lin documentary reportedly being produced

New York Knicks News

Larry Brown Sports – Even though Jeremy Lin‘s one-time massive popularity has tailed off, that’s not stopping Hollywood from trying to cash in on the story of the Knicks point guard who came out of nowhere to have the country swooned over him this season.

According to the LA Times, a documentary chronicling Lin’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to stardom is being shopped around to movie distributors. The doc, which is yet to be titled (get your Lin puns ready), is still in production and will also focus on Lin’s Christian faith. It is being directed by filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong, a friend of Lin’s who has been filming the currently injured point guard for years. The film is being produced by film production companies 408 Films and Endgame Entertainment, which also backed the Oscar-nominated “An Education” in 2009.

Jeremy Lin Reached Out to Fired ESPN Editor Anthony Federico

Big Lead Sports – Jeremy Lin reached out to terminated ESPN editor Anthony Federico, author of the much maligned “chink in the armor” headline on the company’s mobile site. The two had lunch at a Manhattan restaurant and discussed their “shared Christian values.” They spoke of the headline for not “more than three minutes.”

Jeremy Lin’s Brand Thriving With Knicks New Coach

Forbes – There was a lot of concern about brand Linsanity when the New York Knicks fired head coach Mike D’Antoni on March 14. But the value of Jeremy Lin’s brand, which I estimated to be worth $14 million in mid-February, keeps growing as the guard has continued to play well under new coach Mike Woodson and the Knicks appear likely to make the NBA playoffs.

Rondo with triple double, Celtics beat Knicks

Linsanity in the fourth quarter.

Rondomania in overtime.

Rajon Rondo had his second triple-double in three games, finishing with 18 points, 20 assists and a career-high 17 rebounds, the Boston Celtics ruined Harvard grad Jeremy Lin’s return to Boston with a 115-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Rondo played a part in every Celtics point in overtime, collecting five points, five rebounds and two assists in the extra period.

”I know we’re all in this together, but it’s great when he takes over like that,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ”He’s the smartest point guard I’ve ever been around. He’s a brilliant player like that.”

Paul Pierce scored 34, including a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in regulation. Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Ray Allen gave the Celtics the lead for good with a 3-pointer to make it 108-105, then followed it with a fast-break layup – both on assists from Rondo.

Rondo also had two baskets in overtime, and he even made the pass to Brandon Bass before he was sent to the line for two free throws.

It was Rondo’s fourth triple-double this season and the 17th of his career.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to record a triple-double with at least 17 in each category was Magic Johnson, who had 24 points, 17 assists and 17 rebounds on April 18, 1989. The last player to exceed Rondo’s performance in each category was Wilt Chamberlain, who had 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists on Feb. 2, 1968.

”That’s the Rondo we like to see, playing with all that energy,” Pierce said. ”He got the guys the ball in open spots; he did everything for us tonight. He rebounded, he passed, he got the clutch rebound there in overtime and got the layup. That’s the Rondo I like to see.”

Lin picked up two fouls in the first three minutes and struggled to 14 points in 32 minutes. He had five assists, four rebounds and six turnovers while shooting 6 for 16 from the floor.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 for the Knicks, six of them in the final 100 seconds of regulation as they twice took the lead. Amare Stoudemire had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 boards, but New York still fell a game below .500 and 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the Eastern Conference.

”It was a big win for us,” Rondo said. ”We’re trying to get a little separation.”

The Celtics and Knicks entered with 18 wins each. Boston now leads the season series 2-1, with one game remaining in New York on April 17.

”The biggest thing is they were getting confidence,” Rivers said. ”I didn’t want that to grow against us.”

An undrafted point guard from Harvard who was released by Golden State and then languished on the Knicks bench, Lin led New York to seven straight wins after finally cracking the rotation last month to give birth to the Linsanity phenomenon.

He had one stretch at the end of regulation to remind his fans in Boston what the fuss is all about.

Boston led 94-89 with 3:35 left in the fourth quarter when Lin sank the second of two free throws, stole the ball and took it in for a layup and then hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one point.

Anthony took it from there, making the next three Knicks baskets and giving them a 101-100 lead with 36 seconds left. Pierce missed one attempt at a game-winner, but after Steve Novak made a pair of free throws the Celtics captain sank a long, off-balance 3-pointer to tie it at 103.

”I don’t know if that’s execution. That’s having a horseshoe up your rear,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. ”That’s what Paul Pierce does, though. We hit a hard shot … then Paul hits one. He hit a dagger.”

Anthony missed at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

Once there, Rondo took over.

He found Allen on the wing for a 3-pointer that gave Boston a 108-105 lead and, after Lin’s driving layup bounced around and off the rim, Rondo wound up with the ball on the fast break and dropped it to Allen for the layup.

Lin’s last trip to play the Celtics, on Feb. 3, he scored just two points in under seven minutes. The next night, he came off the bench to score 25 points against the New Jersey Nets. He has been in the starting lineup ever since, sparking a seven-game winning streak that rejuvenated the Knicks.

The phenomenon has been felt back in Cambridge, too.

Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust met with Lin before the game, and Crimson coach Tommy Amaker was also at the game one day after the Crimson beat Cornell to clinch at least a share of the Ivy League title.

The rest of the crowd greeted Lin rudely in the first quarter, but two fouls in the first three minutes seemed to eliminate the chance that it would be another big game.

”Obviously, Boston is a great defensive team,” Lin said. ”I didn’t have a great one today. I didn’t have a great one here last time. Maybe it’s the arena. I don’t know. … I was a little more comfortable but still not to where I want to get to.”

Pierce scored 15 points in the third quarter when the Celtics went on a 19-2 run to turn a five-point deficit into a double-digit lead.

NOTES: Allen and J.R. Smith picked up matching technicals after jawing under the basket early in the fourth quarter. … Celtics F Brandon Bass rolled his left ankle in the third quarter and went to have it taped. He returned. … Jeff Green, who is out this year after surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, sat on the Celtics bench in street clothes. … Doc Rivers spent Saturday night watching his son Austin play for Duke against North Carolina in Durham, N.C. … The Knicks shot 62 percent (13 for 21) in the second quarter while holding the Celtics to 8-for-22 shooting.

Floyd Mayweather stands by his words on Jeremy Lin

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has no regrets about bringing race into his evaluation of Jeremy Lin.

“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian,” the boxing champion tweeted two weeks ago. “Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.”

The New York Daily News reports Mayweather didn’t back off yesterday, saying: “Do I regret what I said? Absolutely not. I stand by what I said and I meant what I said.”

Jeremy Lin’s underwear is for sale on Ebay

This might be the most worthless piece of Jeremy Lin memorabilia in the world, unless you are into some really weird stuff.

Somebody has gotten a hold of a slightly worn pair of Jeremy Lin’s grey boxer briefs and has listed them on Ebay for $10,000. That’s right, 10k! You are probably wondering how the seller got a hold of this rare item.

Full story on Sweater Punch

The best Jeremy Lin jersey you’ll ever see

This New York Knicks fan didn’t have the coin to spend $42,388 on the Jeremy Lin jersey that was auctioned off for charity (the package also included four tickets to the Knicks-Hawks game a J-Lin meet and greet). And apparently Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony doesn’t tickle his fancy anymore.

Full story on It’s Always Sunny in Detroit

Jeremy Lin gets an ice cream flavor

Ben & Jerry’s is the latest firm to try to cash in on “Linsanity,” unveiling a new ice cream flavor that includes pieces of fortune cookies.

The Vermont-based company is selling the new flavor for a limited time at its Harvard Square shop, near the Ivy League university where Lin starred before becoming the first Asian-American to play in the NBA.

“The team is in HarvSq tonight making more Linsanity pints. Vanilla FroYo w/ Lychee honey & serves with waffle cookies,” the company wrote on its Twitter account Thursday.

Full story on Fox Sports

What Are The Knicks Going To Do About Carmelo Anthony?

Following a loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday, the Knicks are now 1-2 since Carmelo Anthony returned from injury. So what are Jeremy Lin and Mike D’Antoni going to do to get the Knicks’ best player on track?

Thursday night, in the Knicks’ 102-88 loss to Miami, Carmelo Anthony was forgettable. His 19 points led New York, and they’re the most he’s scored since returning to the lineup on Monday night. They also marked Melo’s first three-game stretch without breaking 20 points since November of 2008. Counting the Utah game when he got hurt and the one before, he’s in the midst of the longest period between 20 point games in his career.

Full story on SB Nation

Heat contain Jeremy Lin, roll to 8th straight win, 102-88

MIAMI (AP) — Jeremy Lin was no match for the Miami Heat.

Forcing Lin into easily the worst game of his remarkable run as New York’s starting point guard by running streams of defenders at him, Miami topped the Knicks 102-88 on Thursday night – the eighth straight win for the NBA-leading Heat, all of those wins coming by at least 12 points.

Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and LeBron James finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Miami, which will go into the All-Star break with the NBA’s best record (27-7).

Lin’s final line: 1 for 11 from the field, eight points, three assists – a far cry from the 23.9 points and 9.2 assists he had been averaging over his first 11 games in the Knicks’ rotation, when he breathed immeasurable life into a team that was floundering.

On Thursday, he simply wasn’t the same player, turning the ball over eight times. His last miss came with 6 seconds left, the outcome already decided, and he simply walked quietly off the court into the locker room.

But for a while, the game lived up to the hype.

Spike Lee, Floyd Mayweather and Chad Ochocinco all sat within seven seats of each other on one sideline, Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison of the Miami Marlins were on another sideline, and members of the New York Mets’ front office reportedly jumped aboard a helicopter for the quick trip from the team’s spring-training home in Port St. Lucie down to Miami.

Even the First Fan took note of the hubbub surrounding the game.

“In another life, I would be staying for the Knicks-Heat game tonight, then going up to Orlando for NBA All-Star weekend,” President Barack Obama told cheering students at the University of Miami earlier in the day. “But these days, I’ve got a few other things on my plate. Just a few.”

But when Air Force One was headed to Orlando for a Thursday night fundraiser, yes, there were televisions tuned to Heat-Knicks on board.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points, with J.R. Smith scoring 14 for New York off the bench.

If proof was needed that the Heat wanted to make a point against Lin, there was some clear evidence.

Exhibit A: Mario Chalmers stole the ball from Lin and went in for a two-handed dunk in the early minutes. Exhibit B: Norris Cole, Chalmers’ backup at point guard, did the same thing in the second quarter.

Combined dunks this season for Chalmers and Cole entering Thursday? Zero.

Those strip-and-scores were part of a six-turnover first half from Lin, matching his third-highest total in any half this season. Amare Stoudemire also had six turnovers in the first 24 minutes, the Knicks were outscored 30-16 in the paint, 12-1 on fast breaks and 12-3 off turnovers.

Nonetheless, Miami’s lead was only 51-47 at the break.

For all the fire the Heat were playing with, the Knicks were up to the task. Steve Novak came off the bench to make all three of his shots – all from 3-point range – and New York was right there even though Lin had two assists in the first 1:26 of the game and no others in the final 22:34 of the half.

“The ultimate test,” is how D’Antoni described the Heat before the game.

The Heat offered some ultimate moments, too.

James lowered a shoulder into Lin on one of Miami’s first fast breaks of the night, sending the guard back about 10 feet. In the second quarter, Wade pounced on a miss by James for a two-handed put-back slam, a play quickly followed by a James dunk – courtesy of a Lin turnover. On the next Heat possession, Stoudemire accepted a pass from Lin, not seeing Wade get behind him for an easy strip that led to a layup and 43-40 Miami lead.

Back and forth they went, just as everyone wanted.

It was classic Knicks-Heat stuff, just like those playoff battles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Bodies were flying, tempers were flaring, Tyson Chandler and D’Antoni picked up technicals arguing the same play in the first quarter … and more than a few Knicks fans who paid big money for tickets – the average price for the game on the resale markets was over $700, by one estimate – made their presence known loudly and often.

“It’s one game,” D’Antoni said. “And we’re not there yet. They’re there. They’re the team right now to beat for everybody. They’re playing better than everybody. And we’re trying to get our team together.”

He’s right. They’re not there yet.

Lin never got rolling, and the Knicks were eventually worn down. James, Wade and Bosh combined for 25 of Miami’s 29 points in the third quarter, James hitting a jumper with less than a second left to push the Heat edge to 80-66.

Lin checked back in with 7:06 to play, the Heat lead then at 90-76. James made a jumper about a half-minute later, giving Miami its biggest lead to that point at 16. Two possessions later, Lin had a short jumper in the lane that bounced on the rim three times, wouldn’t fall and left the phenomenon going back up the court shaking his head ever so slightly.

NOTES: Wade spoke to the sellout crowd before the game, thanking them on behalf of the NBA and especially the six All-Star weekend-bound Heat players for their support the first half of the season. … A number of arena workers snapped photos of Lin as he warmed up on the court about two hours before game time. … In Orlando, where All-Star festivities were getting underway, NBA Commissioner David Stern said “it’s fair to say that no player has created the interest and the frenzy in this short period of time, in any sport, that I’m aware of like Jeremy Lin has.”

Miami Heat tried to get Baron Davis

Just a few weeks ago, New York Knicks fans were anxious to have point guard Baron Davis heal up and get onto the court. Of course, that was before Jeremy Lin began starting games and tearing through opponent’s defenses.

Now Davis is back in action, he is coming off the bench, a fact that doesn’t seem to bother him a bit. Thursday, the team takes on the Miami Heat, a team whose biggest stars — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade — spent some energy wooing him after he was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Full story on Yahoo Sports

Nike going all in on Knicks’ Jeremy Lin

The Jeremy Lin phenomenon is poised to pay big money dividends for Nike. The Swoosh had the foresight to sign the 23-year old New York Knicks point guard to a minor shoe deal when he entered the NBA in 2010, the equivalent to a futures bet on a Wall Street stock

Now, the athletic company that helped turn Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Charles Barkley and Kobe Bryant into marketing superstars is poised to do the same with the 23-year old undrafted free agent, according to the New York Daily News.

Nike is reportedly extending and expanding its endorsement pact with Lin — to stop him from being stolen by rival athletic sponsors, according to Beijing Business Today.

Full story on USA Today

Knicks beat Hawks, Jeremy Lin with 17

Jeremy Lin had 17 points and nine assists, sitting out most of the fourth quarter in a rare easy game during his remarkable run. The New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 99-82.

Carmelo Anthony scored 15 points in his second game back from injury for the Knicks, who led the depleted Hawks by 25 points at halftime.

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