Talking Points: Lin-sanity is taking over



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Congratulations to LaMarcus Aldridge on receiving his first All-Star selection. If only the NBA could have waited another week or so, Aldridge might have been joined by Jeremy Lin as an honoree.

Lin, a point guard for the New York Knicks, puts the “overnight” in overnight sensation. A second-year pro who went undrafted in 2010 out of Harvard — yes, that Harvard — Lin made his first NBA start Saturday and came through with 25 points and seven assists. He followed that with 28 points and eight assists against Utah, then 23 points and 10 assists against Washington. And the Knicks won all three games.

While Lin might not technically be an NBA All-Star this year, the remarkable feel-good nature of his story has made him the biggest star in the league at the moment.


Aldridge became the 15th Trail Blazer to be selected for the All-Star Game. The franchise has retired the numbers of 10 players, including four who never were All-Stars. Somehow the math doesn’t add up.


It took Murray State 24 games, but Division I college basketball finally is bereft of unbeaten teams. The Racers lost 72-68 Thursday to Tennessee State, their first loss of the year.

Because Talking Points is all-knowing (or maybe it’s because we have access to something called the Internet), we can tell you that Murray State is in Murray, Ky. Which is informative, because we couldn’t remember a state named, “Murray.”

We also can tell you that for the 36th year in a row, there will be no unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I. Which makes us wonder whether the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers popped some champagne Thursday night.

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