Rockets trade Jeremy Lin, draft pick to L.A. Lakers

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The Houston Rockets have sent Jeremy Lin, a 2015 first-round pick and a second-rounder to the Los Angeles Lakers for draft rights and cash.

The Lakers just need players. Just bodies. Period. They have no depth at point guard since Jordan Farmar left for the Clippers. Steve Nash is on his last legs.

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#77 Harvard Crimson: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

With the recent academic scandal rocking the campus, I have no idea what to do with the Harvard Crimson basketball team in my rankings.  It appears as if star players Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry will have to withdraw from school meaning Tommy Amaker loses four starters from last year’s Ivy League championship team which advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946.

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Jeremy Lin Podcast: Dorf of Sports

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On this edition of Dorf On Sports, Fred  and Andy f talk about Jeremy Lin, the newest star in the NBA and for the New York Knicks. This is truly the best sports story I have ever seen. He has had an impact not only on his team but the entire NBA. We also talk about how weak the Pac-12 is in basketball.

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Knicks Jeremy Lin “Linsanity” inspiring interest in Harvard, Ivy League sports?

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In 1869, the first college football game ever took place between Princeton and Rutgers. For most of the early century, THE GAME referred to Harvard vs. Yale instead of Michigan vs. Ohio State. However, it’s been decades since the Ivy League has been relevant on the college gridiron, and today they’re not even in Division-I and nowhere near even the periphery of the BCS landscape.

The Ivies aren’t super relevant in college basketball either; although the Princeton Offense has a home in various high-major Division I programs, and the league champion once in a while makes a little bit of noise in the NCAA Tournament. The Ivy League doesn’t offer athletic scholarships anymore, and that is the biggest thing holding the league back from being a fixture in big time college athletics today.

Harvard alum and New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin is starting to change that. Will it last?

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Chinese celebrating Knicks’ Jeremy Lin as their own; spiting Taiwan

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Who knew the underdog story of a star basketball player in America would parallel political strife in the Far East? And that he would become yet another point of disagreement between a world power and a fledgling separatist state?

Jeremy Lin is the feel good story for the NBA and America at large. The underdog story of a Taiwanese-American and Harvard graduate who had no D-1 offers and went undrafted is dominating sports media right now.

Lin had 38 points versus Kobe Bryant and the New York Knicks. The legend grew. Then he hit a buzzer-beating, game winning three-pointer versus the Toronto Raptors last night. With Tuesday’s 90-87 win over Toronto, the Knicks are now 7-0 in the Lin era. In just a week and change, the Knicks have gone from coach-on-the-seat to playoff position.

His exploits have caught world media attention, and made him a huge star in Taiwan, an obscure island state (recognized as a nation by just 23 countries, considered part of China by the rest) with a population of 23 million. The Taiwanese are currently celebrating Lin as one of their own countrymen.

However the Chinese have sovereignty of Taiwan, and therefore the Chinese believe Lin is one of theirs.

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Taiwan embracing NY Knicks Jeremy Lin as one of their own

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Jeremy Lin is the feel good story for the NBA and America at large. The underdog story of a Taiwanese-American and Harvard graduate who had no D-1 offers and went undrafted is dominating sports media right now.

Lin had 38 points versus Kobe Bryant and the New York Knicks. The legend grew. Then he hit a buzzer-beating, game winning three-pointer versus the Toronto Raptors last night. With Tuesday’s 90-87 win over Toronto, the Knicks are now 7-0 in the Lin era. In just a week and change, the Knicks have gone from coach-on-the-seat to playoff position.

His exploits have caught world media attention, and made him a huge star in Taiwan, an obscure island state (recognized as a nation by just 23 countries, considered part of China by the rest) with a population of 23 million.

From the AP:

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College Basketball: The Week Ahead (12/6/11)

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As part of our College Hoops 101 facelift, this feature will now include looking ahead to the top games in the upcoming week.  You can check out the highlights of last week in the world of college basketball by clicking here.  A pair of interesting non-conference rivalries are renewed this week when Xavier meets Cincinnati and Kentucky visits Indiana in a battle of unbeaten teams.

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#35 Harvard Crimson: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

(I am going to try to get through this article without making a Good Will Hunting reference, but no promises.)  Even though they shared the honors with Princeton, the Harvard Crimson captured their first ever Ivy League title only to have their hope of ending up in the NCAA Tournament fall short as they lost a one-game playoff against their educated rivals.  With everyone returning from last year’s team, Harvard will be the favorites to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946.

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