Jeremy Lin awarded ESPY Best Breakthrough Athlete
By Ann Yu, The China Post
July 13, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
The China Post--As if the 23-year-old NBA player has not been awarded enough for his spectacular achievements already, Jeremy Lin won Best Breakthrough Athlete of the ESPY 2012, beating athletes Anthony Davis, Alex Morgon, Rob Gronkowski and Robert Griffin III. The ESPY ceremony was held on Wednesday and was hosted by Rob Riggle.
Sporting a grey suit and bow tie "for the first time" ever, Lin approached the stage somewhat dazed as he let out a nervous chortle. He thanked God for giving him this opportunity. The 23-year-old also thanked New York fans for embracing the team. Lin did not forget to thank his teammates: "I wanted to thank Larry Field for doing the handshake with me before games. I forced him to do that," he said with a grin.
Lin's NBA career took off when coach Mike D'antonio found himself desperately in need of an elite point guard. Carmelo Anthony, who was sidelined over injuries, recommended Lin. Before anyone could contemplate if it was the right move, Lin stormed the garden on Feb. 4, astonishing fans with his performance. He led the Knicks to a victory over the Nets that night, as well as six more wins against other teams.
The ESPY ceremony showed segments of games that were played throughout the year, highlighting the most unforgettable moments and invigorating players. Coaches and athletes were honored at this celebrity-styled event, which has been held annually over the past two decades. Awards were given out to the best athletes, plays, teams, and moments in sports. LeBron James was honored with the titles of Best NBA Player, Best Male Athlete and Best Championship Performance.
New York Knicks Certain to Match Any Offer
The New York Knicks have said that they are not going to let go of the Linsanity franchise easily. Coach Mike Woodson confirmed that the Knicks will "absolutely" match the Houston Rocket's US$28.8 million offer for a four-year contract. The Knicks, however, will have three days to match the deal. Woodson stated that he "never once" blinked at the price they needed to keep Lin.
According to reports, Houston's General Manager Daryl Morey structured the contract with US$5 million for the first season, US$5.2 million for the second season and US$9.3 million for each of the final two years; the Rockets were hoping that the enormous payment would cause the Knicks to back away from Lin because of the basketball league's luxury-tax system.
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin accepts the award for best breakthrough athlete at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 11.