NEW YORK — At first, people thought he couldn’t play defense. Then, they said he couldn’t shoot. Next, it was that he hadn’t beaten anybody.
After each breakout performance by Jeremy Lin, people found reasons to doubt what they were seeing.
That’ll be much harder to do after Lin’s performance Friday night.
The former Harvard star went for a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers (there’s your quality opponent). He did so by knocking down three of his five shots from outside 18 feet (there’s your outside shooting).
NEW YORK — If there’s one thing Iman Shumpert’s been consistently good at all season, even through his transition from the second unit to the starting five to back to the bench, it’s been his defense.
After Friday’s play, the rookie backup shooting guard is fifth in the league in steals per game (2.04), and tonight he brought that to the Lakers game. He had to because Kobe Bryant was in town, and Shumpert did not disappoint as the Knicks’ lead defensive player on the perimeter in their 92-85 win over the Lakers.
NEW YORK — As special as Jeremy Lin has been, especially Friday night scoring 38 points against the Lakers, the Knicks wouldn’t be on a roll right now without the defensive camaraderie developing between Tyson Chandler and Jared Jeffries.
Carmelo and Amare who? Chandler and Jeffries are earning stripes as a formidable frontcourt duo in New York in Anthony and Stoudemire’s absence. Their combined play was punctuated against the Lakers, holding two of the best big men in the game, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, to only 19 combined points.
NEW YORK — As the legend of Jeremy Lin grows, the looming questions about Carmelo Anthony’s return are also gaining momentum.
What’s going to happen when Anthony returns to the lineup? Will he bring the Knicks’ new and exciting ball movement to a screeching halt, or will Mike D’Antoni have to adjust is system to adapt to one of the league’s best scorers?
Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty ImagesWorried about the Knicks’ offense when Melo returns?
NEW YORK — When the announcer at Madison Square first called Metta World Peace’s name across the arena’s speakers, a sarcastic laughter rained down on to the court, aimed at the Queensbridge product formerly known as Ron Artest.
The Lakers’ World Peace knows how to leave an impression. And he has some advice on how Jeremy Lin can do the same.
“Get some swag,” World Peace was quoted as saying by Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com, when asked about the Knicks’ emerging young star.
Chris Chambers/Getty ImagesJeremy Lin left the Lakers in his wake on Friday night.NEW YORK — Even though Jeremy Lin torched the Lakers, outplayed Kobe Bryant and practically turned Madison Square Garden upside down, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum figures his team did Lin a favor.
“Today, we just added to his hype and kept him in the league for 10 years,” Bynum said.
It might not be hype anymore. Lin dropped a career-high 38 points, along with seven assists and four rebounds, as the Knicks beat the Lakers, 92-85, for their fourth straight win.
ESPN Stats & InformationThis could very well be a regular postgame column if Jeremy Lin keeps this up. Every game, he’s setting new records and improving the Knicks’ offensive efficiency.
Here are five eye-catchers after the starting point guard led his team to a 92-85 victory over the Lakers:
1.) Lin’s 38 points Friday night, the most for any Knick this season, gave him 89 points in three starts. That’s the most by any player in his first three career starts as a pro since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77.
Jeremy Lin, who has been compared with Tim Tebow because of his religious bent and underdog role, said the Broncos quarterback has been an inspiration.
Lin, who often praises God in remarks to the media, said he may become a minister after his NBA career. Tebow is known for his…
Now Kobe Bryant knows his name. Does he ever.
The day before last night’s Knicks-Lakers showdown, Bryant claimed he had “no idea” what “Linsanity” was. Bryant got belted in the face with it last night as the Knicks new point-guard phenomenon Jeremy Lin ruled the frenzied Garden again, humiliated…
What happens when the hype doesn’t do justice to the truth? When the breathless hysteria isn’t equal to the black-and-white of a stat sheet, or the relentless roar of an arena in full, epic spasm? When you empty the thesaurus of adjectives and try inventing new ones, like…
After his career-high 38-point night in the Knicks’ 92-85 triumph over the Lakers last night at the Garden, Jeremy Lin revealed he’s close to 7-fooot-5 Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming, who retired more than a year ago because of foot problems and lives in Shanghai.
“I actually talk to…
Kobe Bryant came into the Garden last night having said he didn’t know much about Jeremy Lin and what “Linsanityâ? was all about.
He left on the wrong side of a 92-85 Knicks victory, saying the young guard played phenomenally and shredded every game plan the Lakers had drawn…
LAKE WALES, Fla. â?? Hazell Stoudemire was a big brother in every sense of the word and not just because he was such a big man.
When Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire was a baby, it was Hazell who would heat up his bottle on the stove, his uncle, Earnest Stoudemire…
When Mike Chen was watching Jeremy Lin play at Palo Alto High School, he couldn’t imagine Lin playing in the NBA.
“He was good at basketball, but he was a high school player,â? said Chen, 21, who moved to Palo Alto after spending his elementary school years in Taiwan…
If you have a Jeremy Lin pun, the Knicks new point-guard sensation wouldn’t mind hearing it.
While admitting he was overwhelmed by the “Linsaneâ? attention, Lin praised media and fans for the puns swirling through the city. The Knicks upped their “Linning streak” to four with the undrafted Harvard…
Jeremy Lin enhanced his status as the NBA's new bright young star and probably earned the respect of Kobe Bryant in the process with another headshaking performance Friday night.
Who could better appreciate The Jeremy Lin Story, this pro basketball version of "Rocky" and "Rudy" together, than the team from Hollywood? Yes, the Lakers know a lot more about Lin than they did at this time last week, and yes, they appreciate the script.
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 Friday night.
It’ s officially Linsanity. Officially because Jeremy Lin outdueled Kobe Bryant at the Garden Friday night. That’s not easy to write, nor is it easy if you happen to be a perennial All-Star who wears No. 24 for the Lakers.
Three other point guards had to fail while another had to suffer a medical setback before Jeremy Lin finally got his chance. Mike D’Antoni may have found something in the Harvard graduate, but the burning question is: why did it take so long?
Two hundred and forty-five miles to the northwest of the World’s Most Famous Arena â?? where his older brother Jeremy was simultaneously schooling Kobe Bryant â?? the more subtle version of “Linsanityâ? unfolded on the hardcourt of Scott Field House at tiny, Division-III Hamilton College.
Jeremy Lin’s joyride rolled onward as the Knicks defeated the Lakers at Madison Square Garden for their fourth straight victory.
Asian-Americans, some of them newly minted basketball fans, gathered Friday at Gatsby’s bar to watch Jeremy Lin’s performance.
Eddie Jordan, 57, fired as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010, is coaching freshmen at his alma mater, Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington.
Lost amid the unadulterated giddiness in the Garden over Jeremy Lin was the reality that Kobe Bryant’s disappointing game will be his only visit to the area this year.
On Friday morning, the news media did not ask Landry Fields about guarding Kobe Bryant later that evening. The questions centered on Jeremy Lin.
Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 33 points Friday, winning a matchup of Western Conference All-Star power forwards in Minneapolis and helping the Mavericks stave off a Minnesota rally.
“Linsanity” reigned at Madison Square Garden for another night on Friday as blossoming point guard Jeremy Lin outdueled Kobe Bryant to lead the New York Knicks to a fourth consecutive win with a 92-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant had 19 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 101-87 on Friday night.
“Linsanity” reigned at Madison Square Garden for another night Friday as point guard Jeremy Lin outdueled Kobe Bryant to lead the New York Knicks to a fourth straight win with a 92-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rudy Gay scored 21 points, Marreese Speights added a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Indiana Pacers 98-92 on Friday night.
Jeremy Lin outplayed Kobe Bryant, ended the mighty Lakers’ dominance of the Knicks and then tried to pretend it was just another game.
Dirk Nowitzki welcomed Kevin Love back from his two-game suspension with a season-high 33 points, winning the matchup of Western Conference All-Star power forwards and helping the Dallas Mavericks stave off a Minnesota rally with 104-97 victory over the Timberwolves on Friday.
Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 31 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game skid while handing New Orleans its eighth straight loss, 94-86 on Friday night.
Scott Skiles knew the Bucks needed a spark.
Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons routed the New Jersey Nets 109-92 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Josh Smith had 23 points and 19 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks hit enough free throws late in overtime to slip past the Orlando Magic 89-87 Friday night.
Chris Paul had 24 points, including the game-winning 17-footer with 3.2 seconds left, Blake Griffin added 16 points and 11 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 78-77 on Friday.
DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Jose Calderon had 17 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat Boston 86-74 on Friday for their third win in the past 20 meetings with the Celtics.
Through Thursday’s games, the Charlotte Bobcats owned the league’s worst record, at 3-22. But that only begins to describe how bad Charlotte has been.
Not everyone can watch the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin and join the Linsanity because the MSG Network and Time Warner Cable aren’t talking.
Jeremy Lin, the Harvard-educated, undrafted point guard for the New York Knicks, ruled Twitter from the moment he wandered onto the court in a game against the Nets.
Paul Pierce secured his place alongside the best Boston Celtics of all time this week in the twilight of a possible Hall of Fame career that was almost cut short by a brutal stabbing nearly 12 years ago.
No Derrick Rose? No problem.
Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, putting in more than his share of poetry-in-motion moments during a second-quarter run, and the Miami Heat topped the Washington Wizards 106-89 Friday night.
His university classmates may be thriving in law school, at brokerage houses and on the early rungs up the corporate ladder, but Jeremy Lin is blazing a trail as the sudden savior of the New York Knicks.