Latest in Linsanity: President Obama newest Lin fan
|02.15.12 at 9:47 pm ET|
Since the Jeremy Lin story went viral over the last few weeks, Linsanity has gripped the nation. Now, it seems Lin-fever has spread all the way to the Oval Office. According to Yahoo News, the topic of conversation with President Barack Obama aboard Marine One Wednesday morning was Jeremy Lin and his game-winning three-pointer with less than a second remaining for the Knicks in their win over the Raptors Tuesday night.
“We were speaking about Jeremy Lin on Marine One as we flew to Andrews Air Force Base this morning,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary. “[Obama] is very impressed.
If anybody caught the highlights from last night, they were pretty breathtaking. It’s just a great story and the president was saying as much this morning.”
Obama is an avid basketball fan and even thought about turning the White House bowling alley into a basketball court back when he was running for president.
- Lin is not just moving up in social circles, he is also moving up in terms of living arrangements. One of the quirky stories about the 23-year-old was that, while averaging 26.8 points per game in his last six games, Lin had been sleeping on couches. Because he did not have a guaranteed contract, Lin had been living on his brother Josh’s couch. When Josh threw a party one night, he did not have room for Lin to be couch-crashing at his apartment, so Lin spent the night on teammate Landry Fields‘ couch the night before putting up 25 points against the Nets.
Lin’s couch-surfing days appear to be over now. According to the New York Daily News, Lin is subletting to a two-bedroom apartment in Trump Tower in White Plains, N.Y. In addition to having a real bed, the apartment includes marble bathrooms, cherry-wood floors and a built-in sound system.
Lin is subletting the pad from former Knick David Lee, who now plays for the Warriors (which ironically, is one of the teams that waived Lin). Another Knick, Amar’e Stoudemire, also rented the apartment before moving to a bigger one Manhattan.
- As Lin’s success continues, some in the media are starting to talk about the effect Lin’s rise to fame will have on Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who has been out of the lineup during much of the Lin phenomenon with a groin injury. Anthony went down right as Lin was rising to the forefront of the NBA. The two have played two games together, and Anthony’s production suffered severely in those games while Lin’s production ballooned. Lin collected 53 points in the Knicks’ early February wins over the Nets and the Jazz while Anthony, who is averaging 22.3 points per game this season, put up just 13 points total in those two victories.
During Anthony’s absence, Lin has taken over the team, something former Harvard point guard Drew Housman knows all too much about. Housman was a year ahead of Lin at Harvard and said he “considered Harvard my team” before an Housman’s injury-riddled junior year gave Lin the chance to take over the Crimson spotlight.
Housman said Lin’s performance in a Jan. 2009 Harvard win over then-No. 17 Boston College brought the conflict to a head and caused Housman to begin to resent Lin.
“The way that game turned out made me feel as if I had been sat down, slapped in the face, and had someone tell me: “You know how you have devoted almost your entire life to basketball? There’s a chance that was a waste of time. Your team is better off without you. And oh yeah, any adulation you thought you might earn someday is all going to Jeremy Lin.” It really felt like a midlife crisis at age 21,” Housman wrote in an entry for ESPN’s True Hoop blog.
Housman said after some reflection and growth on his part, he no longer resents Lin, and Lin’s recent success in the NBA has thrilled him just as much as it thrills the rest of the nation.
- By now, most people know the key facts about Lin. He was undrafted and waived by two teams before breaking through with the Knicks. He is the first American player of Taiwanese or Chinese decent to play in the NBA. He went to Harvard. He is a devoted Christian.
But since Lin’s rise to fame happened so fast, USA Today compiled a list of five things many people do not know about Lin, including the details of his high school hoops career, his after-school activities, and an internship with California state senator Joe Simitian. The list also mentions that former NBA point guard Gary Payton, after following Lin’s college career, tried to convince several NBA executives to take a look at Lin.
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