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Ball point pen on today's newsprint If I were to invent someone to root for following the contract dispute that shortened the NBA season, I couldn't have imagined  a better storyline to help fans forget the fracas between the fat-cat owners and spoiled players than Lin. In only his second year in the league, Lin hardly had a dog in that fight.  In fact, Lin has little to do with any preconceived notions about the NBA or it's players. The first NBA player of Taiwanese descent, he could never be accused of being a coddled athlete. Lin wasn't offered an athletic scholarship to play college basketball. He graduated from Ivy league, Harvard, and wasn't drafted by an NBA team. After being released by Golden State and Houston, he was claimed by the Knicks as a third string point guard. After the Knicks slow start, he was inserted into the lineup more out of desperation than anything else.  Lins ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Yes, for all those under forty, there was once a championship team that played at Madison Square Garden. Last night they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first Knick championship. That great team led by Hall of Famers, Willis Reed, Walt "Clyde" Frazier and "Dollar" Bill Bradley went on to win one more in 73. And although Ewing, Starks, Oakley, Jackson, Johnson, Mason, Houston and Spewell provided some excitement along the way it's been a long drought at the Garden for Knick fans. ...

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