Knicks' Jeremy Lin makes 2nd straight SI cover

February 22, 2012 - 7:45 PM
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New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, right, handles the ball as he is guarded by New Jersey Nets' Deron Williams during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Nets defeated the Knicks 100-92. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) — Covering Jeremy Lin has been easy for Sports Illustrated.

The high-scoring Knicks newcomer is on the cover of SI for the second week in a row. He's the first New York-based team athlete to be given such treatment since the magazine started in 1954 — not even Mickey Mantle, Joe Namath or Eli Manning made two straight.

Lin became a global star after getting a chance to start for the Knicks. The unheralded point guard from Harvard is playing with a flair that has revitalized the team and the fans.

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni was asked if all the attention on Lin could become a negative.

"It might, who knows. You never know, but we're not afraid of it. He's a great kid and he deserves it," D'Antoni said. "It's an unbelievable story, it's fun, people are excited and we'll see where it goes.

"Will it be a storybook ending? Everybody hopes so and that's what we're going to work for. But I do know he's a heck of a basketball player, so we'll just ride it and see where it goes."

Lin is the 12th athlete to appear on the SI cover at least two weeks in a row since 1990. Dirk Nowitzki did it during last season's NBA finals. Michael Jordan holds the SI cover record with three in row.