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Another day of a combination of Jeremy Lin’s last name and mental instability

Kelly Dwyer
Ball Don't Lie

Jeremy Lin and his New York Knicks took to Toronto on Tuesday to tilt toward the Toronto Raptors, and as you'd expect, a startling media contingent followed. Yahoo! Sports will have more on Lin's visit to the Air Canada Centre on what coincidentally happens to be the same evening as the team's Asian Heritage Night, so we'll save the game and media crush discussion for later Tuesday night and Wednesday.

In the meantime, there is so much to get to. Like this video from Monday's Colbert report:

Or George Vecsey's interview with former Knicks guard Wat Misaka, who was the first Asian-American to play in the NBA some 65 years ago.

The Toronto Star's Doug Smith talked to Raptors coach Dwane Casey, who coached a very impressive Lin on the Dallas Mavericks' summer league squad. Casey, as usual, had a good bead on Lin the player, the prospect, and what he wants his Raptors to pull off on Tuesday night:

"My question to him was, 'Why in the hell do you want to be an NBA player? You're smarter than all of us. You've got an honours degree from Harvard,'" Casey recounted Monday afternoon.

"He did a heck of a job in our summer league, almost made our team there, but numbers caught him. He's a wonderful young man, I'm happy for him but I'm not going to be happy for him (Tuesday) night — I want to kick his butt."

Writing for the Atlantic, Robert Wright has an, um, interesting take on Jeremy Lin's ascension.

Will Leitch goes over Lin's recent turn as a member of the Erie BayHawks.

Edmund Lee comes through in a big way with "Jeremy Lin and the limitations of the 'hard-working Asian-American' narrative."

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons reminds us that, but for a few injuries to the Knicks, Lin could have been a member of the Raptors.

And finally, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears compared Golden State's move to waive Lin to 50 years of other Warriors missteps (seriously, who thought Los Angeles wouldn't match that DeAndre Jordan contract?), and Adrian Wojnarowski discusses the Rockets' reasons with GM Daryl Morey.

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