Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. • Taking a swipe at the “Linsanity” that’s cropped up in the past week, when NBA player Jeremy Lin, one of the few Asian-American players the league has ever head (he’s Taiwanese), had a bout of overnight success. Mayweather, as you might guess, faced criticism for his comments, which he later defended: ”Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine,” he said. “As soon as I support black American athletes, I get criticized.” Seems like someone might’ve missed the point.
mrthell asks: Regarding the Jeremy Lin blurb, I believe it's actually an NBA record for most points scored in the first three starts of a career, not just a Knicks team record. Super Lintendo stories are actually most-read on the New York Times site right now, too. I can't remember that ever being the case for sports stories at NYT. Linsanity, indeed.
» SFB says: It appears that’s the case; the ESPN story we sourced didn’t make that statline fully clear, but another one says specifically that it’s the highest stat since before the ABA/NBA merger, and that a Knick held the previous record. We’ll update the story. Thanks for the tip. We don’t usually cover much sports here, but we’ve been covering Lin partly because it’s clear that he’s become a cultural phenomenon very quickly. — Ernie @ SFB
» What can’t he do? With a solid showing against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, including a career-high 38 points scored, Jeremy Lin set a new Knicks team record (EDIT: And league record) for the most points scored by a player in their first three starts since the NBA-ABA merger. He’s also one game away from matching Lebron James’ — 20 point, 5 assist, 50 percent shooting — four-game performance streak, the longest streak by any player this season.