Novakaine (NYK 120, Cavs 103)

Photo: SB Nation

Do the Knicks have one of the best second units in the NBA or what? Steve “Discount Double Check” Novak hit five three pointers in eighteen minutes as the Knicks marched back from a sluggish start to beat the Cavs. Lin was very productive, as his numbers indicate- 13 assists to 1 turnover. But in all honestly, it was a true team effort tonight as six guys were in double figures.

I missed parts of the game since I was focused on my Northwestern Wildcats needing a win over Ohio State to make our first ever NCAA tournament (of course, NU lost). Sigh.

Anyway, here are a few bullets from the Knicks victory:

  • In the first quarter, Omri Casspi smacked Lin in the nose with his left arm and left his nozzle bloody for a bit before the training staff was able to fix him up. As usual, Lin continues to take a banging on the court- a byproduct of his agressive style of play.
  • Is Amare becoming the third wheel on the Knicks, behind Melo and Lin? Before the game, Amare admitted that his back injury kept him from playing in the offseason may have affected his game. On the floor tonight, STAT went a relatively pedestrian 14 and 5 on 4-11 shooting.
  • It was funny to hear the crowd groan a bit when Melo goes Iso…I feel the same way.
  • D’Antoni on now benchwarmer Toney Douglas after the game: “We believe in Toney.” Yea…OK, Mike.
  • Tyson Chandler is a beast.
  • 50 bench points.
  • Lin was +13 for the game. Kyrie Irving, on the other hand, was a game worst -19.

Next up: Sunday @ Celtics, 1pm EST/10am Palo Alto time on ABC

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I Have a Man Crush on Landry Fields

I’ve had a man crush on Landry Fields ever since the Modell’s commercial he did last season. And then there was the Andy and Landry Show. Today at an event for Knicks season ticket holders, Landry showed off his pipes with this absolutely breathtaking rendition of Bruno Mars/Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”…I think I’m in love.

Also, check out J Lin rockin’ them hipster glasses. Bal-LIN!!!

Linsanity Stock Portfolio

Want to personally cash in on Linsanity? Here’s one way.

Introducing the Linsanity Stock Portfolio, a list of stocks that have plenty to benefit from the emerging worldwide Jeremy Lin craze. Since Feb. 6th, four of the following five stocks have out performed the S&P 500. (Invest at your own risk!)

dolla dolla bills, y'all

Nike (NKE): +3.5%. since 2/6. When Lin signed with the Warriors last season, Nike inked him to a deal- albeit a limited one. That genius decision has really paid dividends for the company as Lin will likely be the future face of Nike in Asia. Lin’s shoe line as well as Linsanity t-shirts are already in production.

Madison Square Garden Inc (MSG): +8.9%. Jeremy Lin single handedly resolved the Time Warner (TWC) and MSG dispute. He’s also responsible for the massive increase in ticket prices at the Garden, as well as millions of dollars worth in merchandise and concessions.

Disney (DIS): +4.1%. The media giant that owns ESPN and ABC is definitely cashing in on Lin’s rise. Not only does Lin take up half of the Sports Center airtime, Knicks game on the network are killin’ it as well. The recent Mavs/Knicks game earned a 4.8 overnight rating on ABC- the third highest rating for non-Christmas Day games.

iShares Taiwan Index ETF (EWT): +0.0%. In his parents’ native Taiwan, Lin is a great source of pride and hope for the Taiwanese. Will this optimism is rub off on investors? So far, this exchange traded fund that indexes Taiwan’s Stock Exchange is unchanged since Linsanity started.

eBay (EBAY): +11.0%. There are over 20,000 Lin related items up for auction on eBay, including a rookie card that recently sold for over $20K. In addition, eBay also owns Stubhub- the online sports ticket reseller, where Lin mania has driven up both page views and prices dramatically.

All Star Weekend Shenanigans

Jeremy Lin's #1 Fan

In his third game in as many nights, Lin didn’t play much in the Rising Stars Challenge.He did have a nice lob to Blake early on, as well as a reverse layup finish in the second half. Despite Lin’s limited floor time, he was the talk of the town in Orlando. Here are some of the highlights from yesterday’s coverage:

Lin ASW Press Conference The full 16+ minute press conference. A lot of the same questions he usually gets, but Jeremy definitely keeps it funny and interesting. Like his game, Lin’s media skills have improved.

The Business of Jeremy Lin: Lin’s agent, Roger Montgomery talks with sports business reporter Darren Rovell. “Everyone now wants to be your best friend…that’s the bad thing [about Linsanity], but the good thing is that Jeremy is recognized for doing something unique and special.”

All-Stars Impressed with Lin: Everyone says nice things about Jeremy! It never gets old!

Jeremy Lin in the Eye Of An All-Star Storm: SB Nation provides a great look at yesterday’s Rising Stars game and all that led up to it…also mentions that awkward moment when Jeremy’s parents were on the Kiss Cam and chose to ignore each other! C’mon!!

Nike Hyperfuse Rising Stars Game PE: Sneakerheads- check out the kicks that Lin wore for the game.

The Evolution of a Point Guard: Lin’s former coaches Eric Musselman (Reno Bighonrs), Keith Smart (GSW) and Lamar Reddicks (Harvard) provide perspective on Jeremy’s journey and progression over the past two seasons.

Shit People Say About Jeremy Lin: “I saw this white girl tweet that Jeremy Lin is hot…I retweeted it”.

A special press conference was held today just for Jeremy. Check out a video of the16+ minute session.

My favorite quote:

“I think the difference between me last year and this year is that last year I cared what everybody said, and this year I don’t really care what anybody says, except for my teammates and my coaches. That’s kind of the approach that I’m taking.”

There’s no doubt that Lin felt the pressure to represent the Asian-American community last year and also quiet the doubters who called him a “marketing move”. You hear constantly how he no longer plays for others, but rather for himself, his team and God. It’s a formula that seems to be working, for sure.

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ORLANDO – Fortunately, Jeremy Lin’s first press conference at NBA All-Star Weekend included a question about Jeremy Lin having any sort of press conference, period, at All-Star Weekend.

Even though it had only been three weeks since Lin “blew up” as the NBA’s biggest story – underdog Asian-American kid from Harvard coming off the bench to revive one of the league’s marquee franchises in America’s media capital – the frenzy had become the new normal for many.

Oh, of course Lin would be on the cover of Sports Illustrated (again). Oh, of course he would outsell every NBA All-Star in replica jerseys. Oh, of course he would have his very own press conference in an interview room that went SRO 10 minutes before he arrived.

Screeeeech! Someone finally stopped the Linsanity and asked Lin – who never asked for any of the hype or mania surrounding him…

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A reminder why the Jeremy Lin story goes well beyond basketball:

“Their embrace of Lin has made millions of Asian Americans feel vicariously, thrillingly embraced. Not invisible. Not presumed foreign. Just part of the team, belonging in the game. It’s felt like a breakout moment: for Lin, for Asian America and, thus, for America.”

Ideas

After watching my first World Series in 1977, I wanted to be Reggie Jackson. I bought a big Reggie poster. I ate Reggie candy bars. I entered a phase during which I insisted on having the same style of glasses Reggie had: gold wire frames with the double bar across.

As a 9-year-old son of immigrants, I was claiming Reggie and, through him, this country. Every time I imitated his explosive swing, every time I adjusted my glasses like he did, with a thrust of the chin, a touch of swagger, I imagined that my family had been American as long as the Yankees had. Such an act of imagining, in its own little way, is what any of us means when we call ourselves “American.”

I thought about that on Friday night when, for the first time, I saw Jeremy Lin play basketball. Lin, as anyone not in a…

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