Jeremy Lin, who has emerged from obscurity to lead the once-woeful New York Knicks to their current three-game winning streak, has been sleeping on the sofa of his brother’s one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
“He has his own couch,” his brother Josh, a dental student at New York University, told The New York Times’ Howard Beck.
Lin, an Asian-American of Taiwanese descent who the Knicks sent to play in the NBA Developmental League just a few weeks back, came off the bench last Saturday to score 25 points while adding seven assists and five rebounds in a 99-92 victory over the Nets.
On Monday night, the 2010 Harvard graduate became the first Ivy Leaguer to start an NBA game since Yalie Chris Dudley started for the Portland Trail-Blazers in 2002 — and again powered the Knicks past the Utah Jazz, 99-88, by scoring a career-high 28 points.
Last night, the undrafted point guard outplayed last year’s top draft pick, John Wall, with 23 points and 10 assists in a 107-93 win against the Wizards in Washington. His night was highlighted by his first slam dunk.
“I didn’t know he could dunk,” teammate Tyson Chandler told The Times. “When he’s going in for it, I go: ‘No, Jeremy! Just lay the ball up.’ And all of a sudden he dunks it.”
And he’s done all this at a time when two Knicks superstars — Carmelo Anthony, who’s injured, and Amare Stoudemire, who is on bereavement leave — aren’t available.
“I don’t think anyone, including myself, saw this coming,” Lin told The Times.
Lin, 23, has a contract that could earn him as much as $800,000 for the season, but that wasn’t guaranteed until Tuesday, so he could be moving off the couch soon.
At Harvard, Lin was a three-time All Ivy League selection who led the team in scoring at 16.4 points per game his senior year.
He played 29 games with the Golden State Warriors last season. He was cut by two teams in December before the Knicks took a chance on him.
Suddenly, fans are chanting his name and shouting “MVP!” He’s the topics of tweets and slogans like “All-Lin,” “Linsanity” and “Linning!”
The Los Angeles Times reported that, on Jan. 4, Lin posted on Twitter:"Everytime i try to get into Madison Square Garden, the security guards ask me if im a trainer LOL."
But now, with him having reportedly gained more than 60,000 Twitter followers in five days, everyone knows who he is.
--JOE GREENE, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM