It’s February, so not only is this the month of Chinese New Year, but it will always be the month in which Linsanity sprouted, in reverse, from the basketball heavens last year. In honor of last February, just so you can relive Linsanity, we’ve gathered some more NBA player tweets from that time:
“He’s not a fluke. Just the confidence he plays with, the pace, the understanding of the game. You can tell when a guy isn’t really that skilled but is just having a good stretch. This guy is skilled.” —Tyson Chandler after the Knicks’ win over the Washington Wizards.
“Jeremy Lin is killing right now, I’m always rooting for the underdogs.” —Rudy Gay via Twitter
“Me too! Glad (Lin is) killin it!” —Kevin Durant via Twitter in response to Rudy Gay
“OK. I GIVE IN!!!!!!! ITS LEGIT!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!” —Reggie Miller via Twitter after Lin hit the game-winning three against the Toronto Raptors.
“We should have kept [Lin]. Did not know he was this good. Anyone who says they knew misleading U.” —Daryl Morey, Houston Rockets GM on Twitter.
“It’s the quickness that’s low to the ground. I’m not saying he’s like [Bulls guard] Derrick Rose or anything, but when you watch D-Rose closely, he’s low to the ground and when you’re that low and that fast, you see [Lin’s success].” —Bill Walker.
“I knew (Lin) could play basketball, and if you are a guard that can run the pick-and-roll in their coach’s offense, you have a very good chance to excel.” —John Wall
“I think it’s a great story. It’s a testament to perseverance and hard work, and I think a good example for kids everywhere.” —Kobe Bryant after Lin outscored him 38-31 in a Knicks win.
“Lin is the real deal. He’s the true point guard the Knicks haven’t had in years. He’s the guy the Knicks have needed all along.” —Bernard King, New York Knicks Legend.
“My God, he’s a tremendous player.” —Jerry West, NBA Hall-of-Famer
Watching this Knicks vs Raptors game…HUGE shot by @JLin7 #Respect —Chris Paul via Twitter
@JLin7 good to see u hoop n bro keep balling#GODbless — Nate Robinson via Twitter.
Jeremy”Kobe Wuz Smokin’ But I Wasn’t Joke-“Lin. Tonight Was NO FLUKE. I Seen It Wit’ My Own 4 EYES. JLin Is LEGIT.NBA DEAL WITH IT.YA-DIG??? —Spike Lee via Twitter
Jeremy Lin is an inspiration. A week ago, nobody thought he could play, but he knew different. A lot of us are waiting for that opportunity. —Roger Mason Jr. via Twitter
If you love sports you have to love what Jeremy Lin is doing. Getting an opportunity and exploding!! –-Steve Nash via Twitter
“(Lin’s) got these moves—he’s so fast and he’s not playing high, he’s playing so low that he’s attacking your knees with this dribble. It’s in a place where as soon as you make a move he just blows past you. To be that low, to have it that far out with your arms, it’s pretty rare. I’ve never seen it.” —Iman Shumpert said of teammate Lin.
Jeremy Lin does it again vs the Lakers! – Lamarcus Aldridge via Twitter
Those that continue to use Linsanity as an insult against Lin today, should heed these quotes from those that are closest to the game. Not the writers, boxers, sportscasters or analysts, but from fellow NBA players, general managers, and legends of the game. For more tweets by NBA players, go to Interbasket.