(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin’s recent high level of play has inspired the latest NBA craze: “Linsanity.” After being an under-the-radar player in the NBA to start his career, Lin has revitalized his new team, the Knicks, by averaging nearly 27 points per game over the last five games. However, boxer Floyd Mayweather think “Linsanity” is the result of Lin being Asian.
“Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise,” Mayweather said on his Twitter account on Monday.
Lin is the first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descendant to play in the NBA. He is also the first player in NBA history to have at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first career four starts. In his first four career starts, Lin has scored 109 points, which is the most by any player since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976.
The Knicks have won all five games Lin has started, after previously struggling to remain in the playoff hunt.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN