Lin ties Tiger for tabloid record: report
February 29, 2012, 12:06 am TWN
ORLANDO--New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin tied a record set by former No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods after hitting the back cover of a New York tabloid again on Monday, according to an article posted on Yahoo News.
The rising sensation was featured on the back cover of Newsday Monday for the 20th consecutive day, tying the record Woods set in 2009 when his sex scandal appeared on the front page of the New York Post for the same number of days in a row.
“Lin would've already broken Tiger's tabloid record had it not been for the New York Giants Super Bowl parade on Feb. 7, the day after Lin's first Newsday cover,” the report said.
Photos of the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese descent dominated the sports front of the Long Island-based tabloid for 16 of the past 20 days while news about him was somewhere on the page on the other four days.
The Harvard graduate also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 issues, becoming only the third athlete to earn that distinction. Michael Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki were the other two.
Time magazine's Asia edition also featured Lin on its cover on Feb. 27.
Lin rose to sudden fame after leading the seemingly doomed 8-15 Knicks to seven straight wins when he began to get playing time in early February.
He also set the record since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976 for most points scored by a player in his first five career starts with 136.
Opponents seem to have caught up with Lin and the Knicks recently, however, with New York going 2-3 in its past five games and Lin turning the ball over 31 times.
He was particularly ineffective in the team's final game before the All-Star break in Miami, shooting 1-11 from the field and committing eight turnovers against three assists.
The Knicks' next game will be at home against Cleveland Wednesday night.