Report: Knicks’ Lin looking for new digs
Breakout Knicks star Jeremy Lin, who currently sleeps on his brother’s couch on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is looking for more permanent digs, sources said.
A broker has already shown the NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese descent at least two high-end properties.
One is in the city and belongs to a current Knicks player looking to sell, sources said.
The other is in Westchester County, closer to the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh, according to sources close to the 6-foot-3 point guard.
But Lin is not very picky, which is hardly surprising, given his current living situation.
The Harvard economics grad is also open to buying or renting condos and co-ops in the city, sources said.
He will finally be able to afford it. Because Lin was not cut by the Knicks earlier this week, he is guaranteed the league’s minimum $613,567 contract for second-year players.
Ever since the Knicks recalled Lin from the NBA Development League, he has been crashing on the couch of his brother Joshua Lin, an NYU dental student.
That is not exactly the pad one would expect for the player responsible for the Knicks’ three consecutive victories.
In his past three games, Lin has scored 25, 28 and 23 points, the best start ever recorded by a Harvard grad.
"We never expected anything like this!" his father, Gie-Ming Lin, said Thursday. "It’s like this happened overnight. We can’t believe it!"
Lin’s parents, both 5-foot-7 engineers from Palo Alto, Calif., are in town to watch their son’s big game Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden.
The elder Lin said he never discouraged his son from pursuing his hoop dream, even after he was cut from his hometown Golden State Warriors in December.
"We just wanted to see what he could do, whatever he could tackle [in the NBA]," his father said. "But we didn’t foresee anything like this."
Gie-Ming Lin, who is crashing at his mother-in-law’s Elmhurst home this weekend, said he eagerly pushed basketball on his kids, introducing them to church leagues at an early age, but always stressed homework over hardwood.
"I always told my kids academics are first," he said. "After you do your homework, after dinner, then by 8:30pm, we can go to open gym or YMCA."
Lin’s arrival from the NBA’s scrap heap — he went undrafted after graduating — has given weary Knicks fans a ray of hope in what has been a dreadful season.
The team store is loaded up with "Linsanity" T-shirts, Lin posters and Lin’s Knicks jerseys for what is expected to be big sales Friday.