New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin sprang into the spotlight after he scored 27 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors. Lin, who previous mostly rode the bench, has become a sensation in the U.S., particularly among many Asian Americans. Journalist Chuck Leung feels a bit conflicted about celebrating Lin's success.
They play different sports and come from different schools. But the parallels are remarkable between the NBA's instant star, Jeremy Lin, and the NFL's sudden sensation, Tim Tebow — both on the field (or court) and off.
The point guard was an unknown bench warmer for the New York Knicks until a few weeks ago. But after a series of breakout performances, the Taiwanese-American Harvard graduate is the toast of the town.
Jeremy Lin was an unknown benchwarmer for the New York Knicks until a few weeks ago. But after a series of breakout performances, the Taiwanese-American, who is a Harvard grad, is the toast of the NBA. NPR's Margot Adler caught up with some Knicks fans before Wednesday night's home game to get a taste of Linsanity.
Basketball fans in China are rooting for Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks' star point guard, as one of their own. But Lin, whose parents are originally from Taiwan, was born and bred in the U.S. — unlike the Chinese NBA star Yao Ming, with whom he is often compared.
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