Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Five Things to Know About Jeremy Lin, the latest NBA phenomenon

A certain Jeremy Lin has risen to popularity last Friday night, in a game between the L.A. Lakers and the New York Knicks.

Already superstar Kobe Bryant told reporters he didn't know Knicks' new point guard Jeremy Lin.

But after the 92-85 victory of the Knicks over the Lakers, Kobe must have already known him. The 23-year old breakout NBA star scored a whopping 38 points that night!

But who really is Jeremy Lin? People.com gathered five information about him, take some time to read:

1. He's Making History
Lin, whose parents emigrated from Taiwan to the U.S. in the '70s, is the first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent in the NBA. Also notable: He's the first Harvard alum to play in the league since Ed Smith's 11-game season for the Knicks in 1953 to 1954, reports Sports Illustrated.

2. He Has Brains
Before he took the NBA by storm – also known as Linsanity – the California native, who grew up in Palo Alto, ruled the Ivy League. He attended Harvard University, where he played basketball without the perk of an athletic scholarship.

"My G.P.A. was not a 4.2," Lin, who studied economics, confessed to theSan Francisco Chronicle last summer. "That's been the rumor. It's not even possible. My friends have been absolutely killing me about that." But he did hit the books apparently: He graduated with a 3.1, he said.

3. He Wants to Be a Pastor
Tim Tebow's not the only athlete who brings his love of God to the game. "I know there is a lot of temptation out there, and I have heard about the NBA lifestyle," the non-denominational Christian told Sports Illustrated pre-fame in 2010. "I am not saying I am better than anybody else, but I am going to try to live the way I have always lived and try not to change just because I am in the NBA." His plans after playing ball? Lin says he hopes to become a pastor and lead non-profit organizations either in the U.S. or abroad.

4. He's in the Market – for a Home
Although Lin has yet to reveal if he's on the market for a girlfriend, one thing is for sure: He's looking for a place to call his own. FOX Sports reports that Lin sleeps on the couch of his brother, who is a New York University dental student living on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

5. He Has Kobe's Approval
Now that he knows Lin is a force to be reckoned with, Bryant had nothing but kind words for the man who outplayed him on the court. "Players don't usually come out of nowhere," Bryant, who scored 34 points for his team, said after Friday's game. "If you go back and take a look, his skill level was probably there from the beginning but no one ever noticed."

He added: "It's a great story. It's a testament to perseverance and hard work. I am sure he has put in a great deal of work to always have that belief in himself. Now he has the opportunity to show it."

Truly inspiring, huh? Now if ever you didn't have the chance to watch the Knick vs Lakers game last Friday, here are the highlights:

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