By Malaika Bobino
What an unbelievable February for a player who just wanted an opportunity to play. Bay Area native Jeremy Lin has become the phenomenon of the NBA and the New York Knicks. Who would have imagined that without two of the Knicks star players, Lin would begin the start of an unforgettable NBA season.
A Harvard graduate, who went undrafted out of college, got his first start in the NBA with his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors. The first Chinese American player in the NBA, Lin has become a household name across the United States.
“Linsanity” has arrived in New York within just five games. Madison Square Garden is one of the toughest crowds to please, but Lin won them over by leading the Knicks to a 4-0 week record while averaging 27.3 points and 8.3 assists.
His 109 points over his first four career starts are the most by any player since 1976-77. The most memorable game thus far was the 92-85 win over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers Feb.10. He scored a career-high 38 points and battled Bryant one-on-one sparking frenzy from viewers all over the world to watch him play.
His quickness, heroics and great defense have caused a craze around him, though he continues to direct his attention to the team. The rising star grew up in nearby Palo Alto and led the Palo Alto High team to a 32-1 record his senior year in 2005-2006.
Now he awaits the return of his teammates Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire who he’s yet to play with as the starting point guard.
“I’m not really worried about proving anything to anybody,” Lin said. “I think as a team we are growing and just trying to build this momentum. I think that’s what everybody is buying into and that’s why we are becoming dangerous.”