WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama is avidly following the rise of NBA basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, his spokesman said Wednesday, amid adulation over the sudden star's latest hardwood heroics.
Lin, who plays for the New York Knicks, has overtaken Shaquille O'Neal's league record for the most points in his first five games as a starter by clocking up 136 points.
On Tuesday, he drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the game's final second to lead his team, now on a six-game unbeaten run, to victory over the Toronto Raptors.
"The president is an avid sports fan and a particularly avid basketball fan and we were speaking about Jeremy Lin on Marine One," White House spokesman Jay Carney said, referring to Obama's helicopter.
"It is just a great story. It's the kind of sports story that transcends the sport itself, it involves people who don't necessarily normally pay attention," Carney said.
"It is a great story and yes, (Obama) is very impressed."
Lin, a Harvard graduate, was born 23 years ago in the United States to Taiwanese parents and his story has garnered huge interest around the world, especially in Asia.
Point guard Lin has carried the Knicks during the win streak. He had a career-best 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers and followed it up with a 20-point performance in a 100-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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