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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
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!!!
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!)
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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.