Knicks guard Jeremy Lin gaining rock star status

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DENVER -- Sports fans worldwide are taking the excitement of the Tebow phenomenon and turning it into support for New York Knicks Guard Jeremy Lin.

Lin, a Harvard graduate and son of Taiwanese immigrants, is gaining rock star status after a series of impressive plays that translated into wins for the Knicks.

"He's a huge inspiration, because you just don't see many Asian Americans in the NBA or having the success he's having so I think he's great," said Jody Hollins, a basketball trainer at FORZA fitness in Denver.

Lin's victories and celebrity status are already being compared to that of Denver Bronco's quarterback Tim Tebow and his success in the 2011-2012 season.

"I don't think they're that comparable because Tebow was already a superstar, Lin was unheard of." added one basketball fan when asked about the Lin phenomenon.

On ESPN and Sports Illustrated, Lin's name is popping up as one of the most talked about NBA players in years.

But for Lin himself, being compared to Tebow would be far from an insult.

"Im a fan, I'm a fan of Tebow, I'm not afraid to say that." said Lin during a post game press conference.

Lin is set to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine and has already been on the covers of most New York daily newspapers.