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Jeremy Lin, Before the Linsanity 53

  • Posted by: Jamie Kelley
  • February 24, 2012, 1:36 PM


Before February 4, New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin had scored a total of 32 points. Since then, he has scored 246 points, in 10 games. “Linsanity” has overtaken the NBA in the last month.

Lin had a great senior season for Palo Alto High School in California. He captained the team and led them to a 32-1 record. They also upset the nationally ranked Mater Dei on their way to a state title. After that stellar year, Lin sent out his highlights to colleges all over the country. Only Brown and Harvard guaranteed him a spot on their basketball team. The others were Pac-10 schools, and they wanted him to be a walk-on rather than give him a scholarship. By his senior season at Harvard, he had already led Harvard in points and assists as a sophomore, junior and senior, and had 27 points and eight assists in an upset of 17th-ranked Boston College his junior year. After one game against Harvard, University of Connecticut Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun said of Lin: "I've seen a lot of teams come through here, and he could play for any of them. He's got great, great composure on the court. He knows how to play." Lin completed his career at Harvard with 1,483 points, 494 rebounds, 406 assists, and 225 steals.

Lin went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft. Eventually he was invited to play in the summer league by the Dallas Mavericks, where he played five games. He was offered contracts by the Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers. He chose to accept the offer from the Warriors, who were his hometown team and his favorite team growing up.

After a subpar year, he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets. He played two preseason games for the Rockets before being put on waivers to make room for a newly signed center. Then just before the New Year, Lin was claimed on waivers by the New York Knicks, who thought of him as a back-up to Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas. But his stint in the NBA didn’t last long. In mid-January he was assigned to Erie BayHawks of the D-League. Just a few days later he had a triple-double. The Knicks called him up soon after.

Since players on the Knicks were dropping like flies due to injuries, they considered releasing Lin to sign a new player. New York head coach Mike D’Antoni decided to give Lin a chance after a loss on February 3 to the Boston Celtics. I think you know what has happened since.

If Lin had been selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, he would have been the first Harvard player chosen there since Ed Smith in 1951. Lin has shown, unlike Smith who only played in 11 games in the NBA, that he can compete against the top players and teams in the league. Lin brings excitement to all NBA fans and even some opposing players, when he steps on the court. But he also brings another emotion to the table: regret. “We should have kept [Lin]. Did not know he was this good. Anyone who says they knew [is] misleading [you],” wrote Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Twitter.

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53 Comments

LINSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who wants Jeremy Lin?

Jeremy lin is amazing if he can come back to the knicks I see them in the Finals sometime soon.

what the hec!!!

Lin will be good, but only for a little bit.

u r right

hope he is better for the next game

ya me too it tragic tha it happen

Jeremy Lin is a beast. Watch your back James.

he good but not that so what if he played well in one one game man

I don't see whats the point of LINSANITY? He's good, but he's no Kobe or LeBron.

Jeremy Lin is awesome! He shot that 3 against Toronto like it was easy! he's cool under pressure.

ALL I DO IS LIN, LIN LIN! THE SKY IS THE LIN-IT! IT'S LIN-CREDIBLE! A
LIN-DERELLA STORY! LINSANITY!
The best newcomer ever. 32 points! AMAZING! This kid is the man!

hey im new

Winning and linning :)

lol

Lin's talent makes me want to meet him

i <3 basketball, best sport ever! No question

stop hatin on him 246 points in ten games ain't to bad

Linsanity = one of the best players ever

Thunder our better than new york we got Russle Westbrook,Kevin Durant

i agree but Miami #1

LINSANITYYYYY!!!!1

yall need to look at facts he needs to go somewhere else to be the best player he can be

i like your reports on NBA players there great and long.

Go bulls!!!!!

Oh Yeah baby

linsanity stinks! go celtics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Celtics r #1

gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo linsanity!

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