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David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:22 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 9:29 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver  
David Stern says "Linsanity" is unlike anything sports has ever seen. (Getty Images)

NBA commissioner David Stern was in Orlando on Thursday night, getting ready for Sunday's All-Star Game. Of course, all he could talk about was the only player anyone wants to talk about these days: New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin.

Hours before Lin took the court against the Heat, a few hundred miles South down I-95 in Miami, Stern told reporters that Lin's instant popularity hasn't ever been matched in sports history, not even by Sunday's biggest names, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.

The Associated Press had the details.
"I haven't done a computation, but it's fair to say that no player has created the interest and the frenzy in this short period of time, in any sport, that I'm aware of like Jeremy Lin has," Stern said Thursday.

Lin, an undrafted guard from Harvard, has become the NBA's biggest story since coming off the Knicks' bench earlier this month to lead them to nine wins in 11 games heading into their matchup with Miami on Thursday night.

With Lin's popularity in Asia as the league's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, and with the religious community because of his strong Christian faith, Stern says he's "never quite seen anything like" the attention on Lin.

"It's fascinating," Stern said after the All-Star Jam Session opening ceremonies.

The top five videos on since Feb. 4, when Lin joined the rotation, are all Lin or Knicks related. Lin went from 190,000 followers on Sina, China's version of Twitter, on Feb. 2 to more than 1 million as of Feb. 16.

Indeed, Lin's popularity is so out of this world that the NBA made a late roster switch to ensure his participation in the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Saturday, a game that includes the NBA's best rookies and sophomores. Lin is in such high demand that all of the game's other participants will meet with the media following a team practice on Friday while Lin will have his own, separate press conference later in the night. 

This is Jeremy's world, folks. We're all just living in it. Even David Stern and the rest of the league's All-Stars, at least for the moment. 

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:53 am

David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

lol ununpredecented. Thanks for infecting me, CBS. Tongue out

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:50 am

David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

Nothing self-serving about those comments. Couldn't have come from a more objective source.

But seriously, I really did enjoy the javascript dropdown menu tease for this story:

Good stuff. Is ununpredecented anything like dethawed?

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:59 am

David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

You're missing the point. Yes, he's not Magic, Bird, or Jordan but with him you're talking about the Knicks not making it past the 2nd round. Without him the Knicks don't even make it to the playoffs.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:36 am

David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

Maybe Stern forgot about "Fernandomania" in the early 80s?  That was pretty big too, but of course Stern is going to talk up his sport-try to keep the interest going.  That is one of his job duties afterall.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:26 am

David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

They need to take half of the media members in this country and fire them. TOO MANY people covering sports for too many networks, websites, blogs, etc... Each one has to blow the reporting up to the next level to try to get attention.

IT'S TEN FREAKING GAMES! Who cares that he has scored more points than anyone ever has in ten games? Is there an MVP Award that goes to the best 10 game start ever? NO. Call me when he breaks Wilt's single season scoring record. The Knicks are still mediocre and won't make it past the second round.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:13 am

David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

No, I am saying Tebow, Warner, and Lin all have mothers that make $65/hr working at home on their computors....Laughing

No idea if Lin is HOF bound.

I was talking only of their faith.

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:37 am

David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

If Lin played for any city other than NY, it would've  been a postscript. But as he plays in the media capital and any NY player is head and shoulders above everyone else, he's the media darling. NY'ers would have you believe he's better than MJ, Magic, Bird, Wilt or Russell.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:06 am

David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

Seriously who gives a damn besides Knick fans and the moron media?

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:42 am

David Stern: 'Linsanity' unprecedented in sports

Good call; my immediate thought was, "David Stern has no idea (again) what he's talking about; has he never heard of Mark "Bird" Fydrich?"  Unprecedented my rear.  There have been players like this in almost every sport, including Tebow of late.  Further proof this man must live in a bubble.

Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:10 am
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