Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks are traveling to Boston this weekend to take on the Celtics on Sunday at TD Garden. Even if you are disheartened by losing the UC Ticket Raffle, here are some reasons why you should still make your way to the game:
1. JLin supported us, we should return the favor
Harvard men’s basketball took on Columbia in NYC on Friday night. Lin, along with new pal Spike Lee, was spotted in the stands cheering on his former team. Lin reportedly congratulated the Crimson in its locker room after the 77-70 overtime victory. Return the love to the Knicks’ new star by supporting him at Sunday’s game.
Just as The Back Page wrote last week, Jeremy Lin ’10 is quickly jumping up the list of Harvard’s most notable alumni. But, just as every media outlet reminds its audience every article, broadcast, or interview, the path hasn’t always been easy for Lin. Therefore, we at TBP had the idea to make Lin’s journey from Crimson bench player to the next NBA human-highlight reel as accessible as possible. So here it is, a Lineage of the point guard’s road from number four to number 17, resident of Harvard Yard to owner of a Trump Tower apartment.
The Jeremy LINeage Part II:
Compared with some of the NBA's top players, Jeremy Lin '10 has ben quite a bargain for the New York Knicks this season.
There’s no question that Jeremy Lin ’10 has created a financial bonanza for the New York Knicks. Lin’s jersey has quickly become the hottest-selling item in the NBA, and the stock price of Madison Square Garden skyrocketed following the start of Linsanity. In fact, by February 13th, Lin was branded a fourteen million dollar man. He drew global attention to the franchise; suddenly everybody was a Knicks fan.
But in addition to his immense marketing draw, Lin has also been one of the best bargains in the NBA this season.
With a salary of just $762, 195—small change by NBA standards—Lin has averaged 14.6 points per game, currently 63rd best in the league.
Extrapolate that production over the whole strike-shortened 66-game season, and we find that Lin earns $790.99 per point scored.
When we compared that with some of the biggest names in the NBA, the difference was stark. LeBron James earns $8,860 for every point he scores. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant takes home $13,420 for each of his points, while San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Boston’s Kevin Garnett are both paid over $20,000 per point —a figure greater than 220 J-Lin jerseys.
The Boston Celtics are next on the calendar for the Knicks and their underpaid, highly hyped point guard, who will be returning to the city where he first became a star. And although the Lin jerseys have been selling just as well in Boston, we will have to wait until Sunday afternoon to see if the notoriously devout Celtics fans have completely bought in to Linsanity.
Junior point guard Brandyn Curry keyed Harvard to victory when the squad faced Columbia earlier this season. If the Crimson hopes to have success against the Lions on Friday, he might need to contribute a similar performance.
This Friday, the Harvard men's basketball team will seek redemption as it travels to the Big Apple to take on Columbia. We caught up with the Columbia Daily Spectator's Michele Cleary and Zach Glubiak to get the inside scoop on Lions basketball.
What can Harvard expect from Columbia on Friday?
ZG: To be honest, I would expect the Lions to come out full of energy this Friday. Head coach Kyle Smith and several of his players called the loss to Brown last Saturday their worst performance of the season, and with all of the hype surrounding Friday's game, Levien Gymnasium should be buzzing with excitement. On the court, it's really a matter of whether the Lions can get back to their bread and butter—tough defense and an opportunistic offense. I think a lot will hinge around the play of center Mark Cisco. If he can get going and avoid foul trouble, Columbia is a far more dynamic team.
February, known for its romantic holiday, did not show much love for former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin ’10, as the latest New York Knicks point guard faced several tough tests against both rookie and veteran opposition. But it did mark the beginning of a brand new romance between New York and Lin, who has taken the city—and the globe—by a storm with his out-of-nowhere and much-needed emergence at the point-guard position. Let's take a look back at the point guards who have had their try at stopping Linsanity and determine who got the best of whom:
Deron Williams (Nets, twice: Feb. 4 W, 99-92; Feb. 20 L 100-92)
Lin: 25 points, 7 assists, 10-19 FG, 1 TO
This was where it all started. Feeling his tenure coming to an abrupt close, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni took a gamble against New Jersey and put in Lin, then the fourth-string point guard. The Harvard grad proceeded to run circles around a Nets defense that was completely unaware of Lin’s speed and passing ability. Lin outplayed All-Star Deron Williams, who scored 21 points and posted 11 assists, to help the Knicks avoid a third consecutive loss.
Lin: 21 points, 9 assists, 7-18 FG, 3 TO
Williams came into this matchup with a chip on his shoulder, and it showed. The Nets point guard put up a season-high 38 points against Lin and led his underachieving team to an unexpected win at Madison Square Garden.
Winner: Williams created Linsanity, but he also put down his own creation. But, as everyone has credited him with starting the newest NBA sensation, it seems like he will live with this forever. Lin takes this matchup…barely.