Knicks’ Jeremy Lin makes 2nd straight SI cover

Covering Jeremy Lin has been easy for Sports Illustrated.

The high-scoring Knicks newcomer is on the cover of SI for the

second week in a row. He’s the first New York-based team athlete to

be given such treatment since the magazine started in 1954 – not

even Mickey Mantle, Joe Namath or Eli Manning made two

straight.

Lin became a global star after getting a chance to start for the

Knicks. The unheralded point guard from Harvard is playing with a

flair that has revitalized the team and the fans.

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni was asked if all the attention on Lin

could become a negative.

”It might, who knows. You never know, but we’re not afraid of

it. He’s a great kid and he deserves it,” D’Antoni said. ”It’s an

unbelievable story, it’s fun, people are excited and we’ll see

where it goes.

”Will it be a storybook ending? Everybody hopes so and that’s

what we’re going to work for. But I do know he’s a heck of a

basketball player, so we’ll just ride it and see where it

goes.”

Lin is the 12th athlete to appear on the SI cover at least two

weeks in a row since 1990. Dirk Nowitzki did it during last

season’s NBA finals. Michael Jordan holds the SI cover record with

three in row.