Jeremy Lin, the first American-born NBA player of ethnic Chinese heritage, has been at the receiving end of a whole lot of attention recently... all of it deservedly positive and laudatory.

In addition to the above distinction, Lin is actually also the first Harvard alumnus to play in the NBA since Ed Smith's 11-game season for the Knicks.

Check out some photographs of lanky Lin... and some fun facts too...

  • Lin's No. 17 jersey has been the league's most popular piece of merchandises (online sales) since February 4. Meanwhile, Knicks merchandise sales have been No.1 overall in the NBA since Lin's breakthrough game.
  • Five of the NBA's 10 most popular items are Knicks-related since "Linsanity" began.
  • His Chinese Wikipedia-style page (Baike) has picked 3.5 million hits.
  • Microblog hashtag "Lin Shuhao Craze Continues" using Jeremy Lin's Chinese name, has generated 73,500 messages.
  • Modell's Sporting Goods Inc. in Midtown Manhattan just can't keep Lin gear on their shelves; they've gone through multiple shipments of jerseys and T-shirts this weekend alone.
  • The Knicks have taken advantage of "Linsanity", raising average ticket prices by 27 percent since Lin scored 25 points off the bench against New Jersey.
  • Madison Square Garden stock has gone up 6.2 percent to $31.25 since the day before Lin started the Knicks on their five-game winning streak.
Jeremy Lin is not only rallying New York City and the Knicks, but the 23-year old underdog's Linsanity is taking the nation by storm. However, sweeping trend, Linsanity, certainly has its detractors among other athletes.Reuters
Jeremy Lin is going to bring the Linsanity to the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend at the end of this month in Orlando, Fla.Reuters
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) makes a layup past Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16) in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 10, 2012.Reuters
New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin dives for a ball out of bounds while playing the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York February 10, 2012.Reuters
"Linsanity" has taken the sports world by storm, so unsurprisingly at least one business-minded individual is trying to patent the term and profit off of the New York Knicks player's success.Reuters
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol (16) and center Andrew Bynum (17) force New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (C) to lose the ball in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 10, 2012.Reuters
New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin (17) is congratulated by teammates Jerome Jordan (R) and Landry Fields (L) after the Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98 in their NBA basketball game at the Target Center in Minneapolis February 11, 2012.Reuters
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin controls a loose ball against the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 10, 2012.Reuters
New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Target Center in Minneapolis, February 11, 2012. New York won 100-98. Lin finished with 20 points.Reuters
BA player Jeremy Lin of the Golden State Warriors poses for the media during a news conference in Taipei July 28, 2010. Lin, the first person of Taiwanese descent to join the NBA, will also be the first Asian American in the league since 1947. Lin signed on July 21 with his hometown Golden State Warriors of Oakland, California and will play the point guard position in the next regular season.Reuters