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Jeremy Lin Harvard

February 11, 2012 by staff 

Jeremy Lin Harvard, Jeremy Lin was a Baron Davis elbow infection away from being waived and becoming a 10-day contract player.

Had Davis not had a setback in his rehab from a herniated disc, if he had made his New York Knicks debut at the end of January as coach Mike D’Antoni hoped, Lin wouldn’t have been in the starting lineup for Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers and would have remained relatively unknown.

“The natural progression is we’re not searching so hard for something back there and he wouldn’t have gotten a chance,” D’Antoni said at the Knicks’ morning shootaround.

The Knicks were looking at Davis to be their savior, but not in this way. They probably still envision Davis joining them and being a difference-maker at some point, but right now it’s all Lin.

Entering Friday night’s game, the undrafted point guard from Harvard had led the Knicks to three straight wins, averaging 25.3 points and 8.3 assists in those games. Lin somewhat overshadowed Kobe Bryant in his only regular-season appearance at the Garden, and he’s added even more attention to one of the most high-profile teams in sports.

The amount of media at the Knicks’ shootaround was similar to a playoff game _ and stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire weren’t even there. At least six television crews were in Greenburgh, N.Y., including CNN and some Asian networks. Lin, the first American-born Chinese player in the NBA, admitted to being a little overwhelmed.

“Things are changing so much and it’s like everyone wants to talk to me or my family,” Lin said. “We’re very low-key people and private people, and so sometimes it’s a little tough.”

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