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The Daily Beast - Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks: The Science Behind Winning

It’s Linsanity. He’s Lintastic. It’s a Linderella story. If Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks keep winning, the tabloids are going to run out of nicknames for the phenom from Harvard.

There’s a good chance Lin will be the same thing,” says Texas Tech professor Alan Reifman, author of Hot Hand: The Statistics Behind Sports’ Greatest Streaks. “Thirty years later he will be remembered as a curiosity by a handful of Knicks fans. On the other hand, maybe he’ll be an NBA Hall of Famer—but I think more likely he’ll be the person who briefly captured our imagination.”

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