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Linsanity strikes even the Knicks' practice facility

J.R. Smith was apparently in with the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony was expected to continue to sit out.

One constant remained Friday morning at the Knicks' practice facility: Linsanity.

The media crush was so great that as reporters stood in front of a door that point guard Jeremy Lin was expected to enter, one reporter quipped: “Guys, you can block the door. He’s going to descend down from heaven.”

Lin eventually entered through the door like other worldly creatures and addressed a variety of topics, including his relationship with Yao Ming and his addition to the Rising Stars Challenge involving rookies and second-year players as part of the All-Star Game festivities later this month in Orlando, Fla.

PHOTOS: Jeremy Lin

"I thought the rosters came out a while ago, but people started telling me I made it yesterday," Lin said. "They must have done something to get an extra guy in there."

Lin said he didn't think participating in the game would be overly taxing, noting that he would "probably stand around half-court and throw a couple of alley-oop passes."

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LeBron James: Playing for the Cavaliers again 'would be great'

LeBron James

LeBron James is under contract with the Miami Heat for two more seasons. After that, he is free to once again take his talents anywhere he pleases.

Even back to Cleveland, a destination that James did not rule out when asked about it Thursday.

James was back in his old home gym for practice ahead of the Heat's game against the Cavaliers on Friday night. When asked if he could see himself ever returning to the team he spurned on national television, James paused, then said he could.

“I think it would be great,” said James, who still has a home in nearby Bath, Ohio. “It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot of fun times in my seven years here. You can't predict the future and hopefully I continue to stay healthy. I'm here as a Miami Heat player, and I'm happy where I am now, but I don't rule that out in no sense.

“And if I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me.”

James' decision to leave the team that drafted him to join the Heat -- and the way he handled the situation -- drew a heavy backlash from Cavaliers fans, as well as team owner Dan Gilbert. James said he has not spoken to Gilbert since that summer, but he has no hard feelings toward his former employer.

“I don't hold grudges,” said James, who won two league MVP awards and made one NBA Finals appearance with the Cavaliers. “I hold them a little bit, but I don't hold them that long. He said what he said out of anger and he would probably want to take that back. But I made a mistake, too, and there are some things I would want to take back as well.

“You make mistakes and move on.”


LeBron James won't apologize for tweet on Griffin's dunk

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Knicks' Carmelo Anthony says he can coexist with Jeremy Lin

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: LeBron James of the Miami Heat drives on Alonzo Gee of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a game at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Feb. 7. Credit: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images

New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin may have a role in slam dunk contest

Jeremy Lin

New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin may not be an all-star and he's not a contestant in that weekend's slam dunk contest, but he reportedly has been invited to participate in the festivities.

Knicks teammate Iman Shumpert, one of the four players who will be vying for the slam dunk title, has asked Lin to assist him in the competition, according to multiple reports.

Just what Lin's role will be is anyone's guess, but hopefully it will be really cool like when Baron Davis tossed the ball to last year's champ Blake Griffin from the sun roof of the car that Griffin was dunking over.

POLL: Should Jeremy Lin get to play in the NBA All-Star game?

The New York Daily News also reported Wednesday that Lin will be named to that weekend's Haier Shooting Stars competition.

Lin has become an NBA star and cultural phenomenon in less than two weeks time, leaving very little time to somehow involve him in the festivities surrounding the Feb. 26 All-Star game.

Shumpert will be competing against Houston Rockets' Chase Budinger, Indiana Pacers' Paul George and Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Williams in the slam dunk competition, which will consist of only one round of three dunks by each participant. The winner will be determined by fan voting.


Photos: Absolute Lin-sanity

Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow: The comparison doesn't hold up

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony says he can coexist with Jeremy Lin

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks shoots against the Sacramento Kings Wednesday. Credit: Chris Trotman / Getty Images

Should the Knicks' Jeremy Lin play in the All-Star game? [Poll]

Should the Knicks' Jeremy Lin play in the All-Star game?
New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is one of the NBA's biggest stars, but he is not an All-Star. That's what happens when a meteoric rise to superstardom takes place mere weeks before the All-Star game, which will be Feb. 26.

Should the NBA figure out a way to get Lin into the All-Star game? Writers from around Tribune Co. will discuss the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses and join the discussion by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own.

Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times

If David Stern can nix the Chris-Paul-to-the-Lakers trade for "basketball reasons," he can surely come up with an excuse to send New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin to Orlando.

And don't just put him in some lame skills challenge, either. Let him play in the All-Star game and say it's for "humanitarian reasons."

PHOTOS: Absolute Lin-sanity

Lin would turn a ho-hum event into a Linernational phenomenon, generating interest across the globe. By the way, he might also make a more worthy starter for the East than Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony, who was sidelined for most of New York's return to respectability under Lin.

Getting Lin to Orlando? Lin-genious.

Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel

Jeremy Lin has been with the Knicks, for, what, two minutes? Now we want to change All-Star weekend rules for him?

There's a push to add him to the dreadful rookie-sophomore game in Orlando.

PHOTOS: New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin

If he were playing for Memphis, would anybody hold a write-in campaign? I mean, we’re treating him like he’s Tim Tebow in shorts.

I know the All Star stuff is all an exhibition, but if the NBA accommodates Lin, we'd have chaos and free-thinking, and David Stern loathes chaos and free-thinking. He's already quelled the Chris Paul rebellion, so don't make him crush Linsanity (although the league has to froth at all the All-Star marketing possibilities.)

I've got an idea. Lin can play if the All Stars agree to play defense in the actual game.

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Knicks' Carmelo Anthony says he can coexist with Jeremy Lin

Carmelo Anthony

Everybody seems to be getting caught up in the hoopla surrounding New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin -- and that includes the team's seemingly forgotten superstar Carmelo Anthony, who has missed the last five games with a strained right groin.

"I love it -- I'm a part of it," Anthony told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith when asked about the so-called Lin-sanity sweeping the nation.

PHOTOS: Absolute Lin-sanity

"Everybody's been looking for this. Everybody's been looking to see who's going to be New York's starting point guard. Jeremy Lin got the opportunity and he's taking advantage of it."

The Knicks have won seven straight games since Lin took a prominent role on the team, with Anthony's injury occurring early in the second game of that stretch. In the one game they shared significant floor time -- a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4 -- Lin scored 25 points to Anthony's 11.

Anthony said he takes offense when people suggest he might be too "selfish" of a player to coexist on the floor with Lin.

PHOTOS: New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin

"That's like a slap in the face," Anthony said. "I've never been a selfish player. None of my teammates I've ever played with would say that I was a selfish player. Nobody."

He added of Lin: "Right now he's playing out of his mind, completely out of his mind. He's unbelievable right now. When I come back I think I can take some of that pressure off of him to have to go out there and do it on a consistent basis."

Lin, who was seen laughing with Anthony on the bench during the Knicks' 100-85 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, said he's looking forward to his teammate's return, which could come as soon as Friday against the New Orleans Hornets.

“We were just having fun and kind of talking about how we're both excited for when he comes back,” Lin said.

One of the defining moments of Lin's young career came Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors, when he hit the game-winning three-point shot with half a second left. What if such a situation arises again with Anthony on the floor? Well, the veteran player admitted, he might have a little selfishness in him after all.

"Of course I want to take the last shot," Anthony said. "I mean, let's be quite frank: I've been doing it for nine years already, and I've made a ton of them."


Jeremy Lin is hot topic in New York's Chinatown

No more crashing on other people's couches for Jeremy Lin

Oddsmakers feel Jeremy Lin boosts Knicks' chances of winning title

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Carmelo Anthony, left, Jeremy Lin and Amare Stoudemire share a laugh during the New York Knicks game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Credit: Frank Franklin II / Associated Press

Jeremy Lin is hot topic in New York's Chinatown

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin is big in New York's Chinatown, even if his image hasn't exactly been featured in every storefront.

Outside the door at Hong Kong Station, a fast-food noodle shop, a blackboard touted the Knicks' game on Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings. Written at the bottom: Go "Lin" Go.

A newspaper page cutout reading "HAPPY VALINTINE’S DAY," with LIN in bold red letters, was posted on the door. Inside, as a few customers sat down to bowls of steaming soup, a replay of the Knicks’ victory over Toronto on Tuesday played on the television.

"They’re all going crazy about Jeremy Lin," said Wallace Lai, the restaurant's owner, referring to the Knicks' breakthrough point guard.

Lai said his establishment has been packed for Knicks games since Lin started his spine-tingling run of six consecutive games with at least 20 points, with people standing outside and watching through the window.

"He's a kid who came out of nowhere," Lai said. "No one knew him, but he works hard and he's smart. He's a good role model for the next generation.”

That is, if they can distinguish him from other top NBA players.

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Jeremy Lin boosts Knicks' chances to win NBA title amid oddsmakers


The only person having a better week than Adele might be Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin, at least as measured by Las Vegas bookmakers.

"The action has really picked up on NBA futures with Jeremy Lin making the Knicks the hottest team on the NBA, says Kevin Bradley, manager of Bovada sportsbook. "They have dropped by more than half in one week from 40-1 to 18-1 and we keep taking money."

Courtesy of Bovada, here is how the Knicks fortunes are changing under Lin:

New York Knicks' odds to win championship:  

Before Lin's first game, 40-1

Today, 18-1

New York Knicks' odds to win Eastern Conference:

Before Lin's first game, 22-1

Today, 10-1

Odds to win the 2012 NBA Atlantic Division:     

Philadelphia 76ers, 2/5

Boston Celtics, 5/2

New York Knicks, 6/1

New Jersey Nets, 200/1

Toronto Raptors, 200/1

Will the Knicks make the 2012 playoffs?

Yes, 1/5

No, 3/1

New York Knicks' season win total:

Over/Under, 36.5

Will Lin win NBA MVP? 

Yes, 40/1

Will Lin hit a game-winning buzzer beater shot from Feb. 15 on in the regular season?

Yes, 3/1


The Jeremy Lin legend continues to grow

Is Jeremy Lin the real deal or a flash in the pan?

President Obama is a big fan of Jeremy Lin

-- Chris Erskine

Photo: A fan-made sign at Tuesday's Knicks-Raptors game in Toronto. Credit: Warren Toda / European Pressphoto Agency



Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow: The comparison doesn't hold up

Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow have been phenomenons who transcended their sports this fall and winter. Each helped reverse stumbling franchises; each has extraordinary leadership skills; each is a model of humility and a person of faith.

But that's about where the similarities end. Lin has shown himself to be a singular talent, scoring more points in his first five starts than any NBA player since the ABA merger, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Tebow ranked 27th in NFL quarterback ratings.

Sure, Tebow led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs when they were going nowhere, his season highlighted by his third overtime victory in eight starts on Dec. 11, a 13-10 win over the Chicago Bears. Lin, who has started five games now, has led the New York Knicks to six consecutive victories, including the stunning victory Tuesday night over Toronto when he nailed a last-second three-pointer for the win.

PHOTOS: Jeremy Lin

Their paths to iconic status, however, have been entirely different. Tebow came into the NFL as one of the most highly publicized rookies ever. He won the Heisman Trophy at Florida, was on a couple of BCS championship teams. He was the quintessential college quarterback.

To be sure, there were questions about whether he could be an effective NFL quarterback, with his limited passing skills and running-game mentality. But the polarizing quarterback was on everyone's radar. Tim Tebow didn't slip through any cracks.

Lin played at Harvard, about as far under the radar as a Division I basketball player can get. The Crimson didn't sniff NCAA tournament play; the last time Harvard made it was 1946, 42 years before Lin was born. No NBA team drafted him, and there was little indication in his 29 games with Golden State last season that Lin was anything truly special.

But once Lin took over the Knicks this season, all that changed. There are still many doubters about Tebow and his long-term effectiveness in the NFL. After the last six games, no one can doubt Lin's potential.

With the Knicks missing Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, Lin suddenly emerged in Coach Mike Antoni's point-guard oriented offense. And his self-assurance in waving his teammates back to take the winning three-pointer Tuesday not only showed that he's got exceptional skill, but his confidence is on the same level.

Now the Knicks await the return of Anthony from his groin injury. But if the way Lin played Tuesday is any indication, dishing out 11 assists to go with his 27 points, it seems unlikely that he won't be able to adapt. Tebowmania swept the sports world last fall; Linsanity is all of that and more.


Video: Jeremy Lin hits winning 3-pointer

Jeremy Lin: No more crashing on other people's couches

Jeremy Lin's high school coach says race hindered opportunities

-- Mike James

Left photo: Tim Tebow. Credit: Barry Gutierrez / Associated Press

Right photo: Jeremy Lin. Credit: Frank Gunn / Associated Press

Jeremy Lin: No more crashing on other people's couches

Jeremy Lin won't be crashing on anyone's couch anymore

Want one of the couches Jeremy Lin has been sleeping on? He's not going to be needing it anymore -- and it might just be up for sale.

That's right, the New York Knicks point guard has had such a quick rise from obscurity to superstardom that he hasn't even found a place of his own to live, instead crashing on couches in the homes of his brother and teammate Landry Fields.

It makes sense that Lin, who had already been cut by Golden State and Houston this season, would not have wanted to commit to any kind of lease in the New York area. But now he's suddenly the biggest name in the NBA -- having scored 20 or more points in the last six games, including a game-winning three-pointer with a half-second to play against Toronto on Tuesday night. He's also on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated and finally has a guaranteed contract.

PHOTOS: Jeremy Lin

So, time to move on up -- and that's apparently what Lin is doing. According to the New York Daily News, Lin is subletting a fancy two-bedroom apartment from former Knicks player David Lee in the Trump Tower in downtown White Plains, N.Y., where several other Knicks and New York Rangers players also reside.

The place is said to be the same one Amare Stoudemire rented before he moved to Manhattan. In addition to a great view of New York City in the distance, the building has indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a gym and basketball courts.

It's a far cry from Fields' couch -- although it is a pretty nice couch. Fields tweeted a photo of the now-infamous piece of furniture (see above), saying "Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only couch made famous by @JLin7! Let the bidding begin."

He's probably just kidding about the bidding part, although he's sure to get some offers. Those Knicks fans take their Linsanity pretty seriously.


The Jeremy Lin legend continues to grow

Is Jeremy Lin the real deal or a flash in the pan?

Do Jeremy Lin and Lin-sanity have an approaching expiration date?

-- Chuck Schilken

Photos: Jeremy Lin, left; Landry Fields' couch, Lin's former bed, as posted on Twitpic. Credits: Jim Mone / Associated Press; Twitpic

Jeremy Lin makes game-winning three-point basket for Knicks

Jeremy Lin's journey from obscurity to NBA sensation continued Tuesday night when he made a game-winning three-point basket with less than a second left to lift the New York Knicks to a 90-87 comeback victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Lin, who scored six consecutive points late in the game to help give New York the win, finished with 27 points and 11 assists, all while sharing the court with Amare Stoudemire, who returned from a four-game absence.

Some NBA analysts (and at least one NBA Western Conference executive) have speculated Lin would not be able keep up his high-scoring pace once Stoudemire and the injured Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup. Anthony is scheduled to return later this week.

PHOTOS: Jeremy Lin

However, since seeing the first significant playing time of his career Feb. 4., Lin has been one on the league's most dynamic players. He scored a career-high 38 points against the Lakers on Friday and he has scored no fewer than 20 points in the last six games.

Even more incredible, the fans in Toronto actually roared in celebration (or was that a collective cringe of disappointment?) when Lin made his jump shot. So, it's probably safe to say "Linsanity" has officially crossed the border.

But what do you think? Is Lin a bona fide NBA star or does he still need to prove himself?


Is Jeremy Lin the real deal or a flash in the pan?

Jeremy Lin's high school coach says race hindered opportunitites

Do Jeremy Lin and Lin-sanity have an approaching expiration date?

-- Austin Knoblauch

Jeremy Lin is Eastern Conference player of the week


Jeremy Lin, whose sudden emergence as an NBA superstar has become the hottest story in the league, was chosen the Eastern Conference’s player of the week after a four-game stretch that has been virtually unheard of in league history.

Lin went for 28, 23, 38 and 20 points in four starts last week, the 38 coming noticeably against the Lakers at Madison Square Garden. He averaged an unprecedented 29.7 points a game in the first three, his first three starts in the league.

The big question, of course, is how will Lin fare once the Knicks’ two high-scoring forwards –- Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony –- return to the lineup. Anthony, in particular, and Stoudemire will need to have the ball to be effective, so it’s difficult to imagine that Lin’s offensive production can continue at the stratospheric level it has been.

PHOTOS: Jeremy Lin

Stoudemire, out while dealing with the death of his brother, told the New York Daily News that Lin’s performances were the bright spots of his week.

"The only positive for us during that whole week was we were watching the basketball games and we were watching Linsanity," Stoudemire told the Daily News. “My family was getting a kick out of it. That's the only smiles they really had all week. It was great to see that. It's been a tough week."

Anthony, once he returns from a strained groin, will in all likelihood need to change his approach a bit. The Knicks had tried to mold him into a "point forward," a position for which he never seemed ideally suited and one that with Lin running the show is no longer needed.

Lin’s influence, of course, has reached way off the court. There is speculation that the attention he has brought to the Knicks might even help end the rift between the Madison Square Garden Network and Time Warner Cable. His name has exploded on Twitter and throughout the Internet; marketing experts are lining up to explain how he could rival almost any other athlete.

We'll see how the Lin story pans out over the long run, but one thing is for certain: the last week has been a phenomenon worth watching.


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--Mike James

Photo: Jeremy Lin celebrates after hitting a three-point shot against the Lakers. Credit: Jim McIsaac / Newsday / McClatchy-Tribune


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