Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Linsanity' Revisited - A Look at Jeremy Lin's Brief Time as a Basketball Phenomenon

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Linsanity' Revisited - A Look at Jeremy Lin's Brief Time as a Basketball Phenomenon

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A look at the brief reign of 'Linsanity'


TORONTO - For at least part of one season, Jeremy Lin might have been the most popular player in the NBA.

Starting the 2011-12 campaign as a deep bench player sleeping on his brother's couch, he led an unexpected turnaround of a struggling New York Knicks franchise, creating a basketball craze known as "Linsanity" in the process.

An injury cut his breakout season short, and while he has remained a useful player, his career since hasn't generated the same buzz.

With the Toronto Raptors reportedly set to sign Lin after his contract with Atlanta is bought out, here is a look back at the 26-game span that made Lin a star:

FROM OUT OF NOWHERE -- Lin's path to the NBA is as improbable as they come. Undrafted despite blossoming into a star at Harvard while completing his economics degree, Lin signed a two-year deal with his hometown Golden State Warriors and played sparingly in 29 games for them in 2010-11, becoming the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. Next season he was picked up on waivers by New York, where he was banished to the far extremity of the bench. But an injury to Baron Davis and generally woeful play by the Knicks had coach Mike D'Antoni desperate for an alternative.

BREAKOUT GAME -- Lin played big minutes for the first time in a Feb. 4 game against the New Jersey Nets and made the most of them, coming off the bench to put up 25 points, five rebounds, and seven assists in a 99-92 win. But Lin put the NBA on notice in the Knicks' next game. Thrust into the starting lineup and playing without star teammates Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, Lin had 28 points and eight assists while logging almost 45 minutes in a 99-88 win over Utah. After the game, D'Antoni said he planned to ride Lin "like freakin' Secretariat."

DEEP DAGGER -- One of Lin's most memorable shots came at Scotiabank Arena (then Air Canada Centre) on Feb. …

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