"Linsanity," the hoopla surrounding the phenomenal rise of Jeremy Lin -- the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent -- from the New York Knicks bench to global stardom, has been nominated for the "EPIC Award" in the first-ever NBA Social Media Awards.
The 23-year-old point guard's 38-point outburst during a Feb. 10 win against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Madison Square Garden, which the NBA called "Linsanity Begins," is one of the five nominees for the "EPIC Award."
A picture featuring Lin's teammate Landry Fields' couch has also been picked to vie for the "Snap Shot Award." The Knicks shooting guard tweeted the magic couch after Lin told reporters that he once slept on it. That, of course, was before the eruption of Linsanity.
The following are excerpts from a special report in the Monday's edition of the United Evening News on first-ever NBA Social Media Awards:
Jeremy Lin's breakout season with the Knicks was cut short because of knee surgery in April. His fans can relive "Linsanity" by voting one of its defining moments as the most epic moment of the year.
According to a New York Daily News report, the world's most premium basketball league will present its first-ever NBA Social Media Awards on NBA TV on June 20.
The event will celebrate the moments that generated the most buzz on social media during the 2011-2012 NBA season.
Shaquille O'Neal, a 15-time All-Star and current TNT analyst, and his former Lakers teammate Rick Fox will co-host the award presentation.
The awards cover 12 categories, six of which can be voted by fans on the NBA's official websites.
Lin, who led the struggling Knicks to a seven-game winning streak in February, has not received any annual NBA award probably due to his season-ending knee injury.
Local hoopster mavens said it would be an honor for the Harvard economics graduate if he can win any of the NBA Social Media Awards up for grabs.
For the "EPIC Award," Lin will have to defeat his teammate Carmelo Anthony, whose 43-point drubbing of the Chicago Bulls late in the regular season is also a contender for the honor.
As of Monday, the "Linsanity" video was the most watched entry, but it remains to be seen whether it can emerge as the final winner.
According to a recent post on U.S. videogame website "gamenguide," Lin may be the next basketball player on the cover of NBA 2K13, an NBA videogame simulation, to be released in October.
Earlier this year, Time Magazine selected Lin as one of the world's most influential figures for 2012.
He also ranked among the 100 best NBA players for the 2011-12 season, according to the U.S. sports website Bleacher Report.
The list was compiled by the website's columnist Adam Fromal, who said the Linsanity craze sparked by Lin was unlike anything he had witnessed in his lifetime of following sports.
"The crazy thing is, he deserved the hype," Fromal wrote in the website's entry on Lin. (June 11, 2012).
(By Sofia Wu)