In case you had any doubts about the Jeremy Lin phenomenon reaching new heights of "Linsanity," (sorry, but at least one pun is obligatory) there's new evidence it has yet to reach its peak.
Consider that Lin's rookie player card, featuring him as a member of the Golden State Warriors and autographed by the former Palo Alto High star, sold for 21,580 on eBay Thursday. The auction had 36 bids.
The seller, Yair Rozmaryn of New York, said purchased the card for 1,000 from a seller in Toronto. He made the buy after two starts by Lin for the Knicks.
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Rozmaryn is a dedicated card collector and Knicks season ticket holder. He's also a pretty good salesman. Here is part of his online pitch:
This is the HOLY GRAIL of Jeremy Lin basketball cards! This is Lin's Jersey 1725 and a 2-color patch for his best card in the world!!! Not to mentionthe card is graded BGS 9.5 GEM MINT!
There is NO BETTER Jeremy Lin card than this; a TRUE 11 Masterpiece!
We could someday be comparing this card to the Honus Wagner tobacco rookie and other great sports card collectors items.
The card contains a small strip of Lin's gold-and-blue Warrior jersey and is one of just 25 that were manufactured. The card is close to mint condition.
Lin's No. 17 New York Knicks jersey is the No. 1 seller in the NBA right now.
The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.
Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.
Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.
The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.
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On Friday afternoon, news broke that Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs.
Shortly thereafter, a Twitter account with over 296,000 followers tweeted the following:
[RATTO: Kyrie Irving needs to be traded to one place, and one place only]
A little over an hour later, Kevin Love responded:
On Tuesday night, Irving told Sports Illustrated the Cavs are "in a very peculiar place."
In the weeks between Cleveland's Game 5 loss to the Warriors and the start of free agency, Love was reportedly on the trading block.
The Cavs and GM David Griffin "mutually" parted ways three days before the NBA Draft.
Cleveland is finally finalizing a deal with assistant GM Coby Altman to become the permanent general manager, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
LeBron James can opt out and become a free agent next summer, and there is already speculation about where he may go.
Man. The last six weeks in Cleveland have been wild...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller