“Ballin’ like Jeremy Lin”

So Lil Wayne might “not be on the Lin train”, but Young Jeezy is…

Here’s an excerpt from Jeezy’s verse in “Champion”, by Nicki Minaj featuring Jeezy, Nas and Drake.

Straight balling in this bitch, Jeremy Lin; ‘Melo
Tell me one thing you won’t do: Settle
Give me one word for each chain: Yellow
Pocket full of money, black cars; ghetto

“Ballin like Jeremy Lin”…yea, real creative, but we might have to get used to it. A quick search on Rap Genius also reveals Lin’s name popping up in a number of rap songs.

In more serious news, though, I still can’t uncover the mystery behind Lin’s knee injury. I know it has been bothering him on and off this year, but we have yet to get a clear answer from him or the Knicks. The fact that he seems to be avoiding the media only raises more question marks. Hopefully Jeremy will be back in action next week.

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Jet Chang Named Conference Player of the Year

So, I’m a little late on this, but Jet Chang ends his college career at BYU-Hawaii as the Pacific West Conference’s Player of the Year. He was also the Preseason pick for the award.

Unfortunately, the Seasiders did not make the NCAA Division II tournament this season.

Via the Honolulu Star Advertiser:

Chang, from Yilan, Taiwan, led the conference in scoring (17.8 ppg) and was fifth in steals (1.6 spg). Earlier this week, Chang was named to the first team of the Daktronics All-West Region squad, the only PacWest player so honored. The All-American was named the most outstanding player of the 2011 NCAA Division II Elite Eight, leading the Seasiders to a second-place national finish.

More to come on Jet Chang on Shaquie Chan in the coming months!

Melo Admits He Didn’t Try on Defense Earlier This Season

Carmelo Anthony after Monday’s practice:

“I think in the last three games, my focus was to have an energy that I haven’t had so far this season, especially on the defensive end”

We all know Melo is defensively challenged, but here he basically admits that he didn’t even try earlier this season when D’Antoni was coach.

Such a frustrating player. He has the talent to be a true superstar and a winner. But the determination, work ethic and focus? That, I seriously question.

March Madness: Introducing the Asian Americans in the Big Dance

You could probably count the number of Asian Americans playing Division I basketball on one hand. You only need two fingers to count the number of Asian Americans playing in the NCAA tournament. Here they are:

Sabatino Chen is a junior guard for Colorado, who were victorious in a first round upset of UNLV on Thursday night. A transfer from the University of Denver, Chen is a Colorado native majoring in Math and Actuarial Studies. He played sparingly at Denver, but seemed to be efficient in the floor time he got, shooting nearly 50%. After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations, Chen averages 2.1 points and a board in about ten minutes a game, shooting a healthy 53% this season.

The 6-4, 185 pounder logged just two minutes in the Buff’s Round of 64 win.

Jeremy Lin Effect? Commentators proclaimed “Chensanity” when Sabatino checked in for Colorado against Cal in the Pac 12 tournament.

Next up is Jason Brickman, the Filipino American floor general for #16 seed LIU Brooklyn. As a freshman last season, he set a conference record for assists by a first year player and finished the year averaging a solid 6.2 points, 5.5 assists. Jason’s production has continued to improve in his sophomore year, posting just under 10 points and 7.3 helpers a contest. Despite what his name would suggest, Brickman strokes it from downtown at 40% clip. Hopefully we’ll see this young man back in the Big Dance in the future. But…please no “Bricksanity” references.

Enjoy the madness, y’all!

Don’t Mess With J Lin on Twitter

Hours after the Knicks coasted to an easy victory in Mike Woodson’s debut as head coach, Jeremy Lin provided the Twitter entertainment for the night with this response to being called a “chink”.

Probably surprised that Jeremy would a) even respond to him and b) respond with such class, @plummerstash apologized to Lin. BUT, then this dude claimed that his brother hacked his Twitter (Cool story, bro). Eventually, the guy couldn’t take the backlash he was getting from Lin’s tweeps and deleted his account all together.

Lin 1, Ignorance 0.

Stay Positive…

…and pray that the Knicks learn how to rebound.

(@patleezy on the video)

Melo (post game interview) answering his favorite question about “fitting in” with Lin:

I don’t think about that [dismissive tone]

Melo on the losing streak potentially fragmenting the team:

We’ve been in this situation before. Earlier in the season, we came together and fought through it. Right now, times are tough. I’m not gonna get through it by myself. Nobodys gonna get through it by themselves. We need everybody.

Talk is cheap. Make it happen.