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Friday, February 24, 2012
NBA holds press conference just for Lin

By Jared Zwerling



ORLANDO, Fla. -- After Linsanity started spreading like wildfire in early February, the portable wall that separated the dining and press room at Madison Square Garden had to be removed. The media explosion could not be contained.

Roughly 30 more chairs were added to a 20-seat press area. Not to mention, there were added TV cameras and extra reporters that had to resort to standing.

Friday night in Orlando, in preparation for the NBA All-Star Rising Stars game, the league sent out this advisory: "*Reminder* No player pregame media availability, ONLY POSTGAME AVAILABILITY. Locker Rooms are closed."

But not for Jeremy Lin.

The hottest name in sports had his own press conference before the game. The attention was as if NBA commissioner David Stern was giving his annual midseason review and look-ahead. (That's happening Saturday night, by the way.)

The NBA reported that 336 foreign media members from 39 countries will be in Orlando, including 90 from China, 21 from Japan and 11 from the Philippines. Many of them were on hand to hear from Lin. In total, there were about 175 reporters in the main interview room at the Amway Center when the Knicks point guard went up to the podium at 7 p.m. ET. Unreal.

Here are a few highlights of Lin's presser (in chronological order):
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