Tweets of the Week: Harvard Men's Basketball Captains

Published by Blake Sundel on April 23, 2012 at 3:12AM

With his work on Twitter this week, co-captain-elect Brandyn Curry showed his skills aren't confined just to the hardwood.

Although the playing season is long over, the Twitter season never stops for the captains of the Harvard men’s basketball team.

Last week, we brought you our favorite tweets from co-captain shooting guard Oliver McNally. Apparently, the attention did not go unnoticed, since  an incoming captain stepped up his Twitter game this week.

Here are our favorite tweets from the week from and about the Harvard basketball captains.

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Time Magazine Names Jeremy Lin '10 One of World's 100 Most Influential People

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on April 18, 2012 at 3:12AM

Former Harvard co-captain Jeremy Lin '10 was included among Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

The post-surgery rehabilitation of Jeremy Lin ’10 just got a little better. On Wednesday morning, Time magazine announced that it included Lin among its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, wrote Time’s entry on Lin, commending him for his work ethic and academic success.

“[Lin has dismissed the thought that] being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court,” Duncan wrote. “Contrary to what you might read, Jeremy, 23, is no overnight sensation—In fact, he achieved success the old-fashioned way: he earned it. He worked hard and stayed humble. He lives the right way; he plays the right way.”

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Tweets of the Week: Oliver McNally

Published by Blake Sundel on April 14, 2012 at 3:12AM

Since finishing his career in a Harvard uniform, co-captain Oliver McNally, shown above at media day at the NCAA tournament, has found his form in a new arena: Twitter.

Whether you are a die-hard Harvard basketball fan or just a casual Crimson follower, chances are high that you remember Oliver McNally’s last performance in a Crimson uniform. It was, after all, on TV.

The senior guard and co-captain played a strong game in his team’s second-round NCAA tournament matchup against Vanderbilt. He dished out a game-high seven assists and was even more impressive on the defensive end, sacrificing his body and drawing two momentum-shifting charges.  Even though Harvard lost, 79-70, it was an outstanding end to a great career.

Despite the disappointing loss, McNally has moved on to bigger and better things. In recent weeks, the future Harvard grad has dominated a different arena – Twitter.

We at The Back Page have taken notice of McNally’s recent hot streak.  Here are our favorites from this past week.

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Laurent Rivard: For Love or the Game?

Published by Claire K. Dailey on April 13, 2012 at 3:12AM

In the Harvard men's basketball team's first NCAA game in 66 years, sophomore wing Laurent Rivard scored a team-high 20 points in a 79-70 loss to Vanderbilt.

To say sophomore basketball player Laurent Rivard has had a busy year is an understatement. Knocking down 20 points for Harvard in its NCAA tournament game against Vanderbilt, coming in seventh in Crimson history with 127 career three-pointers, and being the third leading-scorer on the Crimson this season are just some of this Canadian sharpshooter’s season highlights. After helping his team get to the Big Dance this spring, the computer science concentrator solidified his spot in Harvard sports history.

But this resident of Cabot House is linked to Crimson athletics in more ways than one. Laurent’s girlfriend Christie DiSilvestro is a sophomore water polo player, and his roommate, and high school teammate, Matt Brown is a fellow guard on the basketball team. Continuing the series, for Love or The Game, we asked Laurent some quick questions, and then quizzed Christie and Matt on what they thought were the correct answers. So who actually knows the sharpshooter better, the baller or the shot-caller?

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Linjury Update: Jeremy Lin '10 To Miss First Round of Playoffs

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on April 12, 2012 at 2:25AM

For those fans anxiously anticipating Jeremy Lin ’10’s return to the hardwood, the wait just got a little longer.

According to an interview that Lin gave on Sunday night, the second-year NBA guard now expects to remain on the inactive list at least through the first round of the playoffs—if the Knicks make it that far.

"I think unless something goes really well I wouldn't get there," Lin said. "All the doctors are saying this is normal.... [It’s only a]fter about 1.5 to two weeks is when you can see how well you're doing."

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