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Linsanity: Donnie Nelson had the early*peg
February, 9, 2012
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Jeremy Lin took the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas by storm. He became an instant star after holding his own going head-to-head with the Washington Wizards No. 1 pick John Wall.

Lin was playing for the Dallas Mavericks, whose president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson was the lone NBA executive to offer the impressive guard from Harvard a chance to show what he's got in the annual five-game summer showcase in the desert.

Lin, now with his third team and suddenly blowing away the league and lighting a spark under the New York Knicks, actually outplayed Rodrigue Beaubois and Dominique Jones at point guard that summer and quickly became the talk of the tournament. So much so that Nelson and the Mavs offered the 6-foot-3 long shot a one-year guaranteed contract.

Lin turned it into two years from his hometown Golden State Warriors.

"When we offered him the one-year guarantee we felt like he was ours, but there's no place like home," Nelson said Thursday during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben & Skin Show. "I’m just always attracted to smart point guards. Jason Kidd and Stevie Nash and J.J. [Barea], they’ve all got their individual slants; J.J. is a little bit more of a scoring point guard, obviously a guy like Jason is a once-in-a-lifetime-type Hall of Famer, but with Jeremy I really, really liked the way he saw the game. He was kind of a stock that really hadn’t been exposed very much at Harvard."

Golden State wasn't long for Lin after he played mostly on their D-League team. The Warriors waived him on Dec. 11 and the Houston Rockets signed him three days later. Two weeks later he was a member of the New York Knicks, a team desperate for a competent point guard and one coached by Mike D'Antoni, an offensive mind who had done some pretty good work with a particular two-time MVP point guard in Phoenix.

Lin finally got his shot with the Knicks and he's been an instant smash with "Linsanity" just one slogan born from his remarkable three-game run in which he's averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 assists while leading New York to only its second three-game win streak of the season -- and with Carmelo Anthony injured and out of the lineup.

The Mavs' plan for Lin was to sign him and let him develop with their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, in Frisco. Dallas, of course, had Jason Kidd and Beaubois coming off an impressive rookie season.

"I’m just really, really happy to see him do well," Nelson said. "Because he’s a great kid, he’s got a great family and a really good future."


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NY KNICKS 92* LA LAKERS 85

Jeremy Lin apparently is for real. Just ask Kobe Bryant.

Lin, if you can believe it, out-Kobed one of the NBA’s all-time great players by scoring a career-high 38 points in the Knicks’ eye-opening 92-85 victory last night at the Garden.

There is no stopping Lin and the Knicks as they dominated Kobe and not-so-vintage Lakers team. The Harvard point guard led the Knicks to their fourth straight win as they dominated Los Angeles, holding the lead over the last 45 minutes.

Lin is now 3-0 as a starter with all three wins coming with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire out of the lineup. The Knicks improved to 12-15 heading into Saturday night’s game in Minnesota against rookie point guard sensation Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves.

Lin established his career high in points for the third time in four games. In his last four outings, Lin has scored 25, 28, 23 and 38 points while taking the city by storm. The crowd chanted “M-V-P” when Lin sank two fourth-quarter free throws

The Lakers dared Lin to beat them from the outside, and the second-year guard responded by making 13 of 23 shots. However, his best moment came when he scored on a layup after using a spin move, leaving Derek Fisher lost and confused in the paint. The
 

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One player stands out in my mind that compares to the sudden burst of excitement over a player.

Similar Situation....Same City........ New York

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all this hoopla over Lin reminds me of Doc Gooden's rookie year in 1984 with the Mets.
This kid is for real. I'm starting to think this will be a very special year for
New York sports fans in all the major sports.
 

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Steven A Smith ( yeah that one ) -- said on his radio show today that
'according to his sources' --
Melo was the one that asked Dantoni to install Lin as the starting PG--
bec he was sick of having to constantly bring the ball up court and call out pick and rolls.
Personally-- i never saw Melo call out a pic n roll-- but thats just me.
If what Steven A said is true-- then melo wont be a problem -- and he will be stronger throughout the entire game.
 

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Jeremy Lin scored 28 points with a career-high 14 assists as the Knicks rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to defeat the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks 104-97 at the Garden.
 

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Jeremy Lin scored 28 points with a career-high 14 assists as the Knicks rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to defeat the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks 104-97 at the Garden.
 

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Dude was huge today...hit a key 3-pt shot with about 2 minutes to go too.
 

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Winners of 5 in a row!!!

Fueled by a dose of Linsanity and a timely coaching change, the Knicks are making a furious charge toward a division title. Knocking off a 76ers team in full swoon was the latest step.
 

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