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It’s the 10th anniversary of Linsanity and Jeremy Lin wants to help you celebrate one of the brightest moments in New York Knicks’ history.
On Feb. 4, 2011, Jeremy Lin came off the bench for an injury-ravaged New York Knicks team and dropped 25 points and 7 assists in a seven-point win over the Nets. It was just the second time he’d played more than seven minutes in a game that season and just the team’s eighth win in their first 23 games.
On Feb. 6, Lin joined the starting lineup and over the next two weeks, he led the moribund Knicks to six straight wins. Over the entire seven-game win streak, he averaged 24.4 points, 9.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, hitting better than 50 percent from the field.
The run, dubbed Linsanity, set Knicks’ fans ablaze and catapulted Lin to somewhere between actual and cult stardom. His play broke ground for Asian-Americans, brought a ray of hope to Knicks’ fans, launched a meaningful professional career and inspired the best book ever written collaboratively by a group of silly Knicks’ bloggers.
A decade later, what do you remember about Jeremy Lin and Linsanity?
Jeremy Lin is currently hovering on the outside of the NBA, looking to make a comeback with the Golden State Warriors. But he’s still a beloved icon and just a few months ago launched his first signature shoe. Now he’s offering to send few pairs to fans who help celebrate a decade since Linsanity by sharing some of their favorite memories.
Scrolling through the responses and replies is a moving reflection of how much Lin’s run meant to so many fans. People talk about rewatching the games years later, teaching their kids Lin’s signature handshake with Landry Fields and building connections with friends and partners that are still strong and getting stronger years later.
Long live Linsanity.