After the Knicks' shootaround on Wednesday morning, ESPNNewYork.com asked Amare Stoudemire to reflect on the shortened season.
"It was a crazy year, man," Stoudemire said. "This year, it's going to go down with an asterisk mark because it was a roller-coaster year with the lockout, a lot of injuries across the NBA, so many games. But the standout of this year has been Linsanity. When Jeremy Lin hit the scene, he was just explosive and just took on New York by himself. That was the most exciting part of the year."
No question, Lin was the talk everywhere you went. Here are 10 things that show how big he got (in chronological order since his sudden surge this season):
Lin got so much attention in the locker room after playing well in his first three games, starting on Feb. 4, that the Knicks had to move his postgame media session to the main press conference room on Feb. 10 against the Lakers (and it remained there until the last two weeks before his injury). But that's not all. The team had to remove the portable wall between the room and the media dining area to create space for another 30 seats or so (adding to the 30 already there). Plus, there was standing-room only space filled, featuring dozens of additional Asian reporters.
Not only was Lin swarmed at the Garden and on the road, but paparazzi started stalking his grandmother everywhere she went in Taiwan. (In a later press conference, Lin pleaded for her privacy.)
As reported by multiple news outlets, Lin filed an application on Feb. 13 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to the agency’s website, to take control of the "Linsanity" catchphrase.
From Feb. 4 to Feb. 19, web traffic on NYKnicks.com and KnicksNow.com increased more than 770 percent compared to the two weeks prior, reaching 13.4 million page views -- a record number of page views for a two-week period. Unique visitors to the sites also skyrocketed 531 percent, and video views during that time frame increased more than 2,000 percent versus the previous two weeks to 1.8 million total. In addition, NYKnicks.com was the top-visited site in the NBA for page views and video streams.
For February and March, Lin's jersey was the most purchased on NBA.com and at the NBA Store in New York City.
During All-Star Weekend in Orlando, the NBA organized a press conference just for Lin before the Rising Stars Challenge, which featured roughly 200 media members from around the world. With all those superstars in attendance, he was still the only player to have his own pregame press conference.
Nike customized a special version of its Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low iD just for Lin, which he first wore during the Rising Stars Challenge. The sneaker featured "Lin" on the top part of the tongue and "17" on the side.
On March 19, Volvo announced the signing of Lin to a global endorsement deal.
In late March, New York City's Stuyvesant High School’s graduating class posted a video that went viral, begging Lin to speak at their commencement. (Lin actually acknowledged the video on his Twitter account a couple of days later, thanking the students but saying he wouldn't be able to make it.)
On April 18, Lin was selected by Time Magazine as one of its Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.
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