Apparently he's one part Jimmer, one part Yao, and one part Ringo Star.
"Linsanity," as his growing legion of fans from all over the world are calling it, had been sparked by Lin's unexpectedly exciting play. The driving and dishing of an NBA castoff has led to three straight wins for a Knicks team badly in need of a positive vibe and good point guard play. And Lin, the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, who was cut by the Warriors and Houston before the Knicks won him off waivers on Dec. 27, has been supplying it in ways that have Lacob rejoicing and regretting all at once.
Still, it seems like Kobe wasn't too familiar with tonight's foe.
If tonight is about Kobe Bryant vs. Jeremy Lin, then consider that news to Bryant. In fact, consider Lin himself news to Bryant, who expressed confusion as to what "Linsanity" actually is. "What? No idea," Bryant said last night after the Lakers’ 88-87 overtime win over the Celtics. "I know who he is but I don’t really know what’s going on too much with them."
Teammate Metta World Elbow has heard of him though. Has lots of opinions about him too.
Q: Did the Lakers talk about him in the locker room? A: Do we talk about him? Yeah, we talk about him. We think he needs a better haircut. I don’t like that style. You’re in New York, the fashion capital. Change your haircut, OK? You’re a star now. Wear some shades. Shades, OK? Put down the nerdy Harvard book glasses. Put on some black shades, OK? With some leather pants. Change your style. Fashion.
I think Kobe knows about him now. The kid has dropped 27 points on the Lakers through 3 quarters and the Knicks have the lead.