Jeremy Lin "Linsanity" has officially spread to the White House – even President Barack Obama is a fan of the young Asian New York Knicks player now.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney revealed to reporters that the President is an adorer of Lin's talent, which led the Knicks to six victories over the last two weeks, igniting the fans at Madison Square Garden.
While addressing reporters at Air Force One, Carney said that President Obama was "very impressed" with the way Lin's point guard performance and high stats motivated the team. Apparently, he followed Tuesday night's stunning victory over the Toronto Raptors very closely. more >>
"Linsanity" is sweeping the nation. Jeremy Lin is the point guard for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. He has skyrocketed from obscurity to stardom, leading his team to six straight victories. Last night he scored the final six points of the game, making the winning three-point shot with half a second to play. He finished with 27 points and 11 assists, his sixth consecutive game with at least 20 points. He scored 38 in a recent victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lin's parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the mid-1970s. Both are 5 feet 6 inches tall. Lin somehow grew to 6 feet 3 inches tall and found basketball. He was named player of the year in California as a senior. He also graduated with a 4.2 average.
He received no scholarship offers, so he chose to attend Harvard University. There he made the All-Ivy League First Team twice and graduated with a degree in economics. No NBA team drafted him. He was signed as a free agent and then released by two teams before signing with the Knicks. There he rode the bench and was so unknown that stadium security guards mistook him for a team trainer. more >>
An update on the Crisis in Syria: The UN General Assembly has taken up the issue of the bloodshed in that country after the Security Council failed to act. Britain's Ambassador says the Syrian people feel the U.N. has shamefully abandoned their cause.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the besieged Syrian city of Homs is over 400 in the last ten days. Now activists have reverted to the age old practice of using carrier pigeons to communicate with each other about their needs for supplies, medicine and food.
Here's our persecution roundup: the Church of England pressuring the U.K. government to aid religious minorities in Nigeria. Iranian authorities invaded another house church and arrested 10 Christian converts. No one knows their whereabouts now. 35 Ethiopian Christians imprisoned in Saudi Arabia while reportedly being pressured to convert to Islam. A Russian missionary group issued a warning against a potential forthcoming crackdown on evangelical Christians and other religious minorities in Russia. more >>
"Linsanity" struck again, this time with the return of one of the team's all-stars in a 90-87 victory Tuesday night over the Toronto Raptors. Although Jeremy Lin was able to turn the New York Knicks around in his first week starting for the league, many questioned whether he could excel with the return of the team's former stars, including Amare Stoudemire.
Stoudemire, one of the team's highly publicized all-stars, made his return to the Knicks Monday after a four-game absence to mourn the death of his brother. After Stoudemire left the team, the Knicks went on a three-game winning streak.
Lin was named Eastern Conference Player of the week, and managed to bolster the Knicks' bench. However, Soudemire's return to the game seemed to result in only a strong game for himself and Lin, along with an 11-point deficit for the team at halftime. more >>
So what is Jeremy Lin thinking about following his sudden rise to stardom and the Lin-mania that's gripping the country?
"I'm thinking about how I can trust God more," the 23-year-old New York Knicks guard told San Jose Mercury News. "How can I surrender more? How can I bring Him more glory?"
It's a fight, he said, but one he'll keep fighting. more >>
Long before Jeremy Lin's name was splattered across news headlines, his high school coach believed that he would be a star and that it was only a matter of time before "Linsanity" hit America.
Andrew Slayton, who coached the first Asian-American player in the NBA when he was a student at California's Palo Alto High School, revealed that he is the owner of the domain name Linsanity.com in July 2010, which he uses to sell Lin-inspired t-shirts.
"Having long ago been declared terminally LinSane, we have followed Jeremy Lin's career since his days at Palo Alto High School always firmly believing that his time would come and that the world would know our LinSanity," says the website. "And, if you're as truly LinSane as us, these TEES are just what the doctor ordered. Welcome to LinSanity.com... the home for all your LinSanitees." more >>