It's only been seven days since New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin made his first career start, but after leading the team to their fifth consecutive win Saturday, it's safe to say Linsanity doesn't look like just a passing fad.
Lin, 23, scored a combined total of 89 points for his first three career starts — the most for any player since the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association merged. On Friday, he scored a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers — days after Lakers star Kobe Bryant told the press he was completely unaware of Lin's recent stats — and scored 20 points in the Knicks' win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday despite a lackluster second half.
It's hard to believe, but Lin's hot streak comes less than a month after the Knicks demoted Lin to the Erie BayHawks of the D-league (he was recalled three days later after scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in a single game).
Lin, one of the few Chinese Americans to play in the NBA, played basketball for Harvard after making waves as the captain of his high school basketball team in Palo Alto, Calif. He was not drafted immediately out of college, but signed a two-year contract with his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors, shortly after graduating in 2010. However, the Warriors released Lin after his rookie season shortly before he went to the Knicks. He averaged just 2.6 points a game during his first year.
So what do you think of Jeremy Lin? Are you or is someone you love currently suffering from the Linsanity?