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New York's Jeremy Lin went from the D-League to fan favorite

February 9, 2012 |  9:40 am

LinNew York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, a Harvard graduate, has captured people's attention around the nation.

Lin has reportedly gained more than 60,000 Twitter followers in just five days. One fan wrote: "Can I get a RT from your biggest fan! Makes every asian not give up on their dreams on making it big!"

Lin, who allegedly didn't receive any college scholarship offers out of high school, has made quite an impact in the NBA.

In the team's last three games, he has scored 25 points against New Jersey, 28 points against Utah and 23 points against Washington.

In Wednesday's game against the Wizards, he had his first dunk of the season, a one-handed jam.

“I didn’t know he could dunk,” Tyson Chandler told the New York Times. “When he’s going in for it, I go: ‘No, Jeremy! Just lay the ball up.’ And all of a sudden he dunks it.”

Lin is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.

The New York Times reported that up until a few days ago, Lin had been living on his brother's couch in Manhattan because his contract of nearly $800,000 this season wasn't guaranteed.

“He has his own couch,” Lin's brother Josh, a New York University dental student, told the newspaper.

Lin went from being sent to the D-League three weeks ago to becoming an NBA star who receives "MVP" chants at Madison Square Garden.

To emphasize just how far he's come, we'll leave you with a Tweet he wrote on Jan. 4.

"Everytime i try to get into Madison Square Garden, the security guards ask me if im a trainer LOL."

We're pretty sure that no longer happens.


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