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Jeremy Lin makes Time’s list of 100 most influential people

Apr 18, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

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Jeremy Lin isn’t as influential on the court as he was during the two weeks of Linsanity that gripped New York. He’s injured and even when he returns healthy the Knicks are Carmelo Anthony’s team now.

But it doesn’t make his story any less inspirational or important.

Which is why he made Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote the piece on Lin.

Contrary to what you might read, Jeremy, 23, is no overnight sensation. In fact, he achieved success the old-fashioned way: he earned it. He worked hard and stayed humble. He lives the right way; he plays the right way.

It’s great to see good values rewarded in professional sports because that’s not always the case.

Not going to argue that.

Lin also wrote Tim Tebow’s piece for the Time list.

  1. kavika6 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    What a joke!!!

    Second most over-rated player ever.

  2. drunkenjunk - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM


  3. lameasish - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Yup, this is a complete joke.

  4. southbeachtalent - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I agree with him being very influential. He brought a huge Asian fan base with him when he had his run. Was he over-hyped?? Hell yes, but then again welcome to 2012, where redundancy and overkill are standard practice in media coverage.

    I was one that said lets let the season play out before we make him Nash.

    • loungefly74 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      agree with southbeach (and that rarely happens)…

      “It’s great to see good values rewarded in professional sports…” well, that will be determined once he gets a hefty contract.

      • spaceghost13 - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        He’s already gotten a hefty sneaker deal …. let’s see what this kid can do in the playoffs!

  5. nokoolaidcowboy - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Lin does well in spite of rookie mistakes. He’s smart and will get better.
    Also, he came on the scene when the team was floundering and had nothing to lose. So he went all out. Why such a dislike for a kid that came out and played his heart out. He never once came out bragging about being all that. You can’t blame him for being hyped up by the public and NY Knicks. The kid just wants to play and is humble.

  6. mogogo1 - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    He’s a great kid and a fun player to watch. And no doubt he brings a big fan base to the Knicks and NBA. But one of the 100 most influential people in the world? That’s laughable.

  7. trickybastard - Apr 18, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Jeremy Lin very influential. He has caused Kurt Heilin to write 1,283,404,493,987 articles about him.

  8. gavinbethell - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    He went from a bench boy to a starter, wow that’s big time haterism.

  9. pxeeks - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    One hit wonder. Just like the Knicks

  10. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    China alone accounts for 1.4 out of the 7 billion people in the world. When 20% of the world and all of the other Asians (Japanese, etc.) look up to you and wake up at odd times just to watch you play, I’m pretty sure you are one of the most influential people in the world. Then again, Adele and Mitt Romney are on the list.

  11. gavinbethell - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    F— y’all haters go jump off

  12. gavinbethell - Apr 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Pxeeks how about those 76ers I know you not excited about their chances of a chip, f—— terrible

  13. lemfax - Apr 18, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    I agree. Me, I and myself love to watch Lin even he got 7TO in a game + 80% of the position in the team offense. His total impact is different. The only thing I hate is I don’t have a chance to buy his jersey.

  14. spectacular2k4 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Well deserve recognition. Very inspiring story, humble and most of all exciting to watch. It’s true that a lot of players do what he does in the court and some even better but the attitude and character makes the difference.

  15. spectacular2k4 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Who’s the first one?

  16. gmsingh - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    What, is Time Magazine a bunch of idiots? They didn’t call him the most “Linfluential”?

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