Jeremy Lin latest sensation to take over Madison Square Garden

Jeremy Lin has 53 points and 15 assists the last two games.

New York can be a notoriously fickle sports town. But do something great and the fans will certainly stand up and take notice. Literally.

Just ask the newest Garden sensation, Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.

Lin moved into the starting lineup Monday night after a star-making performance against New Jersey over the weekend. Doing it once was one thing, but when he had 28 points and eight assists against the Jazz on Monday he received standing ovations and, yes, MVP?chants.

“I’m not going to sit here and say I knew I was going to do this or whatever,” Lin said after Monday’s game. “But I got an opportunity. I thank God for it. … I don’t think anyone, including myself, saw this coming.”

In Saturday’s game against  New Jersey, Lin’s first prolonged playing time, and then again against Utah, head coach Mike D’Antoni gave the ball to Lin and let him run wild down the stretch.
“I’m riding him like freakin’ Secretariat,” D’Antoni said after Monday’s win.

The good news is Lin has taken the reins for two straight games. The bad news is he will have to keep it up with Amar’e Stoudemire out indefinitely after the death of his brother Monday and now Carmelo Anthony out with a right groin strain.

“It can be a two-time wonder,” Lin said. “That’s what I’m worried about.”

If he is going to make it three straight name-making performances he will have to do it against John Wall. To say Lin isn’t the most athletic guard isn’t to state the obvious. Lin knows the opposite is true about Wall.

“He’s probably the fastest guard in the league,” Lin said. “I know I’m going to have more than my hands full tomorrow, so I’m going to watch some tape and see what I can do to pick up some tendencies or something.”

But surprising people, including his coach, isn’t new.

“I had no idea [how he’d do],” D’Antoni said. “There were little bits and pieces. There were some glimmers, but there other things I questioned because I didn’t know and I was afraid to do anything.”

Anthony out

With Amar’e Stoudemire out due to the tragic passing of his brother, Hazell, the Knicks were already down a star. Yesterday, the Knicks announced they would be without forward Carmelo Anthony for one to two weeks as well.
The Knicks travel to Washington to face the Wizards tonight (7 p.m., MSG) and then will host the Los Angeles Lakers in a nationally televised game on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m.


Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking


K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.


Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.


Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.


Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.


Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…


Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.


Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.


2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…


Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.


Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.


Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.


Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.