Harvard Grad and Asian American Jeremy Lin explodes to finally get a check in the Win column

Keywords: jeremy lin, asian invasion, knicks, harvard, nets, kris humphries, warriors, mike dantoni

Saturday night the Knicks hosted the Nets to play ball for the third consecutive night. The crowd was already rowdy with the ex husband of Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries, in the building for the Nets. Humphries was voted the most hated player in the NBA recently and the fans at the Garden let him know about it. One thing the New York crowd wasn’t too excited for was the play of the Knicks, who have been losers throughout much of this strike shortened season. Jeremy Lin gave em something to cheer about.

Lets get a little background on the kid first and foremost. Jeremy Lin is the first NBA player to be American born and of Chinese descent. Lin came out of high school looking to play for his dream school, UCLA. They didn’t want him, so he “settled” for Harvard. Now no one really seemed to think that highly of the kid, he was snubbed by his home state of California and even after a solid college career, he went un-drafted.

After getting an Economics degree from Harvard, Lin went to a few training camps. And as the story goes, no one really seemed very interested. That was until his hometown Golden State Warriors came calling for Lin. He signed on to play with the Warriors in the 2010-2011 season. Lin played in 29 games that rookie year. Lets fast forward to the fun part now, the Knicks sniped him off waivers a few days into this season after a Christmas injury to rookie guard Iman Shumpert.

Jeremy Lin came in last night as the Knicks season was reeling and the fans were no longer dealing. The guards of the Knicks have been near useless all season and the team was praying for something to fall in their favor. The very religious Lin answered those prayers. The Ivy Leaguer played 36 minutes in the Knicks 99-92 win. He dropped a career high 25 points, the most by any player by either team in the game. Lin added 5 rebounds, 7 assist, and 2 steals. Lin became an instant fan favorite and the legend was born.

With a story as heartwarming as a bowl of ramen noodles, one would hope that it would continue to trend towards a happy ending. This has yet to be determined; while Lin may have single handedly saved the job of Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, it remains to be seen whether or not the point guard problem is solved. For now though lets just enjoy the rise of the new hero of the Knickerbockers.