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Jeremy Lin craze continues to balloon among celebrities

2012/02/22 14:24:46

Washington, Feb. 21 (CNA) The Jeremy Lin fever that has drawn many celebrity spectators to the home of the New York Knicks has shown no signs of dissipating.

Music couple Jay-Z and Beyonce, who are fans of New Jersey Nets, were spotted at Madison Square Garden Monday night, when their team went head to head against the Knicks.

Since Lin's meteoric rise to prominence two weeks ago, many celebrities -- from musicians to actors to sports stars -- have been flocking to the stadium to see the new basketball sensation.

Among the big names to have watched Lin are former boxer Mike Tyson, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, former Beatle Paul McCartney, director Spike Lee, actor and director Woody Allen, Hollywood stars Whoopi Goldberg and Kevin Costner.

Goldberg could not even contain her excitement about the Jeremy Lin phenomenon, as she included the topic in the Feb. 15 episode of the ABC show "The View," of which she is a co-host.

Sporting a Knicks jersey monogrammed with Lin's name and the number 17, Goldberg said Lin's appearance at a time when there were few other star Knicks players "woke us up."

"I know he thanks God, but I'm saying 'thank you Jeremy Lin' because all I could see was you playing. I was so proud, so great," she said.

(By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)