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Obama tracking court exploits of NBA’s Jeremy Lin

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    Fans cheer for New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards
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WASHINGTON >> "Linsanity" has descended on the White House.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama, is tracking the exploits of Jeremy Lin, the sudden star of the New York Knicks.

The point guard from Harvard has come out of nowhere to lead the team on a winning streak and he’s captured widespread public attention.

Carney says Lin’s game-winning 3-pointer at the end of Tuesday night’s game against Toronto was the subject of conversation with the president aboard Marine One on Wednesday morning.

Obama, a Harvard Law School graduate and avid basketball player and fan was on his way to Milwaukee, the start of a three-day trip focused mainly on political fundraising.

Carney says Lin’s success is "just a great story, and the president was saying as much this morning."

He says it’s a story that "transcends the sport itself."

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