Obama feeling the "Linsanity" over Jeremy Lin

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) drives against Toronto Raptors guard Anthony Carter during the first half in Toronto on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Lin now has 20 plus points and 7-plus assists in 6 straight games. That's tied for the longest such streak in Knicks history with Micheal Ray Richardson and Walt Frazier. AP Photo/Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

AP Photo/Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Obama is feeling the "Linsanity" - a term dubbed to describe fans' infatuation with New York Knicks overnight sensation Jeremy Lin.

Carney said aboard Air Force One that Mr. Obama is "very impressed and fully up to speed" on Lin's rise to superstardom.

Lin has captivated fans around the world with his play and his path to success. The Knicks guard went undrafted after graduating from Harvard University in 2010. The son of Taiwanese emigrants, Lin is the only active Asian American player in the NBA and was released twice before joining the Knicks in December.

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The Knicks are 5-0 since Lin entered the starting line-up Feb. 6. He scored a career high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday and hit a game-winning three-pointer against the Toronto Raptors last night.

"It's just a great story, and the president was saying as much this morning," Carney said. "It's obviously terrific for the New York Knicks, but it's the kind of sports story that transcends the sport itself."

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