UPDATE: Tim Herrera at amNewYork has confirmed that the Jeremy Lin-Kim Kardashian dating rumors aren't true.
Kardashian's rep told Herrera and amNewYork that the rumor is "Absolutely 100% NOT true. Someone made the story up!"
From earlier . . .
It's a Twitter nightmare.
Kim Kardashian is going to go on a date with Jeremy Lin.
This, of course, wouldn't be Kardashian's first fling with a professional athlete. The reality television star dated Reggie Bush several years ago, (and not to get too gossip-y in the Double Dribble, but the two are not back together, according to The Celebrity Cafe), and of course, had a short-lived marriage to New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries.
The Knicks point guard should definitely proceed carefully, though. Knicks fans have shown they don't like to keep up with the Kardashians, showering Kardashian's former hubby with boos in several appearances at Madison Square Garden this year.
Of course, the speculation is that this is another ratings stunt by the 31-year-old Kardashian. Lin, who is 23, has trended on Twitter during each Knicks game since Feb. 4, is mentioned more on the microblogging site than President Barack Obama, and has triggered the Linsanity phenomenon (which you can read all about on Newsday by clicking here.)
And yes, this is Linsane.
Earlier today, the NBA named its Sprite Slam Dunk Contest participants. Lin will be part of the event, though he won't be dunking: the plan is that he'll assist fellow Knick Iman Shumpert in at least one of his dunks. Shumpert will be joined in the competition by Chase Budinger, Paul George and Derrick Williams.
Since Feb. 4, when Lin's role with the Knicks increased, the team is 7-0. Lin is averaging 24.4 points per game, 9.1 assists per game and 37.6 minutes per game in that span. As a team, the Knicks scoring average (94.7 up to 98.1), scoring defense (95.4 down to 89.7) and field goal percentage (42.5 percent up to 45.8 percent) have all increased dramatically with Lin playing more.