Knicks star Jeremy Lin offered free apartment during apartment search



Jeremy Lin is the newest ESPN created sensation. No doubt he’s been great in his very, very small sample size that is his brief NBA career, but the WWL jumped the gun even faster than they did on Tim Tebow, if that’s possible. And, if you’ve been consuming the sports media lately, Lin has been deemed the winner of the next NBA MVP award. Maybe the next five.

A tweet from Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, PRAISING Lin drew ire from NBA fans (and it’s understandable when you read the back-handed slam at the NBA in it)

What he’s done to help revive/save the New York Knicks this year has gotten a lot of attention; especially when you consider his minimal salary and the fact that he’s doing it all while crashing on his brother’s couch. Well that changes now.

Edward A. Mermelstein is a Russian-American real estate attorney, broker and developer based in New York City and partner at Rheem Bell & Mermelstein, LLP. He offered NY Knick superstar Jeremy Lin a 1 bedroom apartment free of charge until Lin finds his own place to sleep.  Mermelstein is a court-side front row NY Knick season ticket holder for many years.

“As a New Yorker, its very rare that someone like Jeremy Lin comes along to electrify this city, and this humble young man has excited all of NYC – and we love his energy.  He’s a hard working passionate young man – and as a NY Knick, and Harvard graduate I am sure its not long until he’ll have his own place to stay – but in the meantime I’d be honored to offer him an apartment for his use.  Every father tells his son if you go to Harvard, I will let you play ball – well Lin’s got it all and we have lots of respect for him.”

Didn’t it seem quite absurd that “Linsanity” doesn’t even have a place of his own to crash? It’ good to see that injustice corrected. However, I need to tell the media to really tone it down some. The undrafted Harvard man makes for a great story, but remember “we’ve only just begun.” Lin has miles to go to really become the player deserving pub like this.

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