Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Jeremy Lin taking over Twitter

Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks

Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks sits on the bench after colliding with John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards (not pictured) during the first half at Verizon Center. (Feb. 8, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

In keeping with "Jeremy Lin Day" in Double Dribble, it's time to warn Kim Kardashian:

Linsanity is coming for you.

The Knicks point guard's Twitter following has skyrocketed the last week, corresponding with the cult following he has developed after three All-Star caliber games.

On Jan. 27, according to twittercounter.com, Lin had 25,768 followers. On Feb. 2, he had 29,052. Today? 73,076.

What?!

Let's look at a timeline that intertwines Lin's breakout performances with his Twitter following, all this according to twittercounter.com numbers.

Jan. 27: For the second straight game, Lin doesn't get off the Knicks' bench. His Twitter following grows by 89 people to 25,768.

Jan. 31: Lin and other reserves get some burn in a 27-point Knicks win over the Pistons. Lin scores four points and dishes four assists in six minutes. His Twitter following grows by 547 people to 27,958.

Feb. 3: One game after a DNP, Lin plays six minutes against Boston, missing all three of his shots. His Twitter following is now up to 29,599.

Feb. 4: Lin comes off the bench to score 25 points in 35 minutes, playing a key role in a Knicks win over New Jersey. By Feb. 5, his Twitter following is up 2,494 people to 32,640.

Feb. 6: In his first NBA start, Lin plays over 44 minutes, scoring 28 points and dishing eight assists in a Knicks win over the Jazz. His following climbs from 35,134 on Feb. 6 to 45,127 on Feb. 7, a growth of 9,993 followers.

Feb. 9: One night after his second career start, and second straight 20-plus-point, 8-plus-assist night, Lin's following explodes to 73,076 (and quickly growing), up close to 50,000 from 13 days earlier, and close to 30,000 from three days earlier.

You can follow Lin at @JLin7.

And you can follow me at @bobbybonett.

Tags: Jeremy Lin , Twitter , Knicks , social media

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