Is Jeremy Lin the NBA’s Teebow ?
From time to time, the world of American sports needs a spark , needs something new. In 2011, we had the Teebow miracle, which made major waves in the NFL.
2012 started with the Asian sensation Jeremy Lin and the revamping of the New York Knicks.
Jeremy Lin has helped drive shares in his boss, Madison Square Garden Co., to a record high and produced the NBA’s best-selling jersey just over a week after he was a substitute at the end of the New York Knicks’ bench.
The Knicks gear store, near the MSG, has run through multiple shipments of Lin gear, including his No. 17 jersey and T-shirts celebrating “Linsanity,” the catch phrase adopted by the team since the Asian-American Harvard University graduate led the Knicks to a season-best five straight wins in eight days.
The Knicks have climbed into postseason contention. Entering last night’s games they were in eighth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs.
After playing the Raptors, the Knicks begin a five-game home stand against the Sacramento Kings, the New Orleans Hornets, the defending-champion Dallas Mavericks, the Nets and the Atlanta Hawks.
The average price for a ticket to one of those home games has surged by 20 percent in six days, according to TiqIQ, an aggregator of the online ticket resale market.
“Linsanity” has spread to the sportsbooks, with at least one offshore shop reporting a noticeable increase in betting action on New York Knicks’ games.
The offshore sportsbook Sports Interaction has received approximately 15 percent more NBA betting volume on the last two Knicks’ games compared to their previous 10 games, according to management. Also, the blogosphere is flooded with NBA tips about Lin and the Knicks. Seems that the no 1 NBA underdog got a new name : THE KNICKS.
Knicks’ guard Jeremy Lin, who has exploded into NBA lore with a six-game outburst, is undoubtedly the reason behind the increased betting attention. Lin rocked Madison Square Garden on Friday, dropping 38 points on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Following the their 100-98 road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday game, the Knicks were 5-0 straight up and against the spread since Lin took control of the team’s offense.
Even with Lin’s emergence, the Knicks’ odds to win the NBA title are at their highest point – 50/1 – at the LVH SuperBook and haven’t budged this week. However, sportsbook manager Jeff Sherman did report some recent support coming in on the Knicks at 50/1, just not enough to move the odds.
Even the MSG shares went up over 6% starting with the first win of the Knicks winning streak.
Last night, Jeremy Lin continued his sensational run, burying the game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second remaining as the New York Knicks stunned the host Toronto Raptors 90-87 on Tuesday night.
With the Knicks holding for the final possession of regulation, the unheralded Harvard graduate ran down the clock before pulling up at the 3-point line and knocking down the long-range jumper with 0.5 seconds left before a strangely jubilant Air Canada Centre crowd.
Local media also took note; some 75 reporters and 16 cameras packed a Tuesday morning press conference to hear Lin speak, with dozens more turned away to prevent overcrowding. More than 25 Chinese Canadian journalists were due to cover the game, including one who presented Lin with a book of “Year of the Dragon” stamps from Canada Post and asked him to record a message in Mandarin, which he did.
A large contingent of Chinese fans filled the arena to catch a glimpse of Lin, who led the Knicks to their sixth consecutive victory.
Lin finished with 27 points and 11 assists while overcoming a rash of costly turnovers to move New York to within a win of the .500 mark. The twice-waived point guard has averaged better than 27 points since being elevated to the No. 1 job in New York.
Even after his amazing week, last night’s game took Linsanity to a whole new level. Against Toronto on Tuesday, it was Lin to show off again . The Knicks sensation made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than a second to play to cap his finishing flurry of six straight points and New York rallied to beat the Raptors 90-87, extending its winning streak to six games.
It’s definitively the beginning of a new NBA story and no doubt the possibility of some NBA records.