Hanson Weighs In on Lin's Impact on Harvard Athletics

Published by Peter G. Cornick on February 14, 2012 at 3:12AM

The meteoric rise of Jeremy Lin '10 has garnered additional publicity for all of Harvard athletics.

Thanks to Jeremy Lin's sudden emergence as a sports and pop culture juggernaut in the past two weeks, Harvard athletics have also been receiving far more attention lately. After all, it's been nearly 60 years since a Crimson hooper suited up for an NBA team.

So what do current Harvard athletes think of Lin’s meteoric rise? To get an athlete’s perspective, we at The Back Page caught up with senior cornerback Matt Hanson.

Hanson, a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection for his strong 2011 campaign for the Harvard football team, has long been a supporter of the Harvard basketball team. Hanson is a common presence in the stands during home basketball games, as he and other football players have catalyzed fan support around campus. Additionally, the senior has reportedly received looks from NFL scouts.

Through his unique perspective, he was able to give us some interesting insight into the "Linsanity" gripping the campus.


Jeremy Lin Named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Published by Scott A. Sherman on February 14, 2012 at 3:12AM

After a stellar seven-day streak for the Knicks, former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin '10 took home NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.

Jeremy Lin ’10’s life-changing string of seven days came to a close today with yet another honor, when he was named the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

After averaging 27.3 points and 8.3 assists in his four sensational games as a starter—while leading the previously-lowly Knicks to a 4-0 record—Lin became a national phenomenon and one of the biggest sports stories of the year overnight.

The Harvard alum’s 109 points over those four games were the most scored by any NBA player in his first four starts since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. Lin also became the first player in NBA history to score at least 20 points with seven assists in each of his first four starts, and the youngest player in NBA history to average at least 25 points and eight assists over a five-game span.

In doing so, his game was praised by three of the best point guards of all time—Magic Johnson, Steve Nash, and Jerry West—while a number of celebrities and national media outlets took an interest in Lin’s compelling story, especially after he outdueled Kobe Bryant to the tune of 38 points on national television Friday night.

With the honor, Lin becomes the first player in NBA history to win Player of the Week awards in both the NBA and the NBA Development League, where he won the award while a member of the Reno Bighorns last season.

Lin is the first Knick to receive the NBA honor this year. Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook won the Western Conference award.

Lin, who will next be in action tomorrow night against the Raptors, was yesterday named the ABC News “Person of the Week” as well.

Lin '10 Nabs "Person of the Week" from ABC News

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on February 13, 2012 at 3:12AM

Jeremy Lin '10 was recently named "Person of the Week" by ABC News.

Inherently, not many people can say that they have been the “Person of the Week.” Well, that is officially one more thing that Jeremy Lin ’10 can cross off of his to-do list.

On this week’s edition of ABC News’ segment of “Person of the Week”, Lin nabbed the honor, finishing off a week filled with much other recognition and praise from the basketball world and beyond. This award has previously gone to a variety of personnel, including ex-prisoner of war, Jessica Lynch, as well as a group that has reunited several Holocaust victims and their US veteran rescuers, among others.

ABC News states that Lin, on Friday, was the most searched person and name on the internet, and, after discussing his economic degree, quips, “the odds of a turnaround like this, any econ major can tell you, are slim to none.”


Former Classmate Fights To Reverse Lin's All-Star Game Snub

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on February 12, 2012 at 3:12AM

Jeremy Lin '10 doesn't currently have a spot in the All-Star Game's Rookie-Sophomore Challenge, something former classmate Cheng Ho '10 is trying to change.

The annual Rookie-Sophomore Challenge at the NBA All-Star Game has a new format this year: Teams will be selected by former superstars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal from a pre-selected group of first and second-year players. With “Linsanity” sweeping the nation, it seems certain that Jeremy Lin ’10 should be one of the first guards picked—but there’s a problem. The Harvard alum wasn’t chosen as a candidate for the game, and, therefore, cannot be selected to play for either team.

As Lin has continued to set record after record this week, the snub seems a bit unfair, at least according to Cheng Ho ’10. Ho, just hours after Lin and his New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, created a Facebook event in the hopes of convincing the league to let Lin in on the game.


"Linsanity" Gains Momentum, Takes Down Lakers

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on February 11, 2012 at 3:12AM

Day eight and no signs of stopping yet—114 points in that time-span and no hints of slowing down. Three games started and the only thing bigger than the stats of Jeremy Lin ’10 on Friday night was the smile on his face after hitting yet another shot.

When the final buzzer sounded and the New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 92-85, the Madison Square Garden crowd chanted and chanted “MVP”, held up masks of Lin’s face and signs reading “Nothing is Linpossible.” And for the night, that slogan held true for the Harvard alum, as he posted a game-high 38 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and two steals, leading his team to its fourth-consecutive win.

In just the two hours following the win, nine topics relating to Lin trended worldwide, including “Legend in New York [LIN]” and “Super Lintendo”.

“I am really not too worried about proving anything to anybody,” said Lin in his post-game interview. “As a team, we are growing and I think everyone is buying into it and that is why we are becoming more dangerous.”

Modesty aside, his game was nothing short of record-breaking. Lin has scored 89 points in his first three games starting for the Knicks, a number that proves to be the most since the ABA/NBA merger in 1976.

This game was anticipated by many as a test for the second-year guard, who would, for the first time, face one of the league’s leading defenses. The Lakers boast of two seven-footers in their front-line, making their height a formidable challenge for many opponents—but, in this game at least, L.A.’s bigs could not stand as tall as the 6’3 guard, who topped his previous career-high by 10 points.

Prior to the game, when the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant was asked about Lin, the NBA veteran’s response equated to a shoulder shrug and a shake-off of the question: “I know who he is, but I don’t really know what’s going on with him. I don’t even know what he’s done.” After more prodding from reporters, and having acquired Lin’s recent stats, Bryant added: “He’s averaging 28 and eight? No [expletive]. If he’s playing well, I’ll just have to deal with him.”

After tonight’s game, Bryant was a little more complimentary.

“It’s a great story. It’s a testament to perseverance and hard work and a good example for kids everywhere.”

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni agreed with Bryant’s sentiments, emphasizing Lin’s big plays down the stretch.

“What he’s doing is amazing,” said Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. “He answered a lot of questions tonight. Can he make an outside shot? Can he pull the trigger in a big moment? He hit two 3s that just broke the game open. There’s so much stuff that he’s doing."

With the Knicks’ website now advertising a new “Lin-Sanity” iPhone app and ESPN finishing a Harvard alumni montage that included the likes of John Adams and JFK with Lin’s smiling face, the entire league is awaiting for his next move. Fans won’t have to wait long, however, as Lin and his Knicks take on the Linnesota Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.