WATCH: Jeremy Lin Consoles Devastated 5-Year-Old Knicks Fan

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Sure, you were upset when the Knicks didn’t match the Rockets’ offer to Jeremy Lin, and the phenom who lifted spirits in New York for much of last season took his game to Houston. You may have cried; you may have sold your Lin No. 7 jersey on eBay; you may have even sent hate mail to Knicks’ owner James Dolan and his entire backup blues band (yes, he has one). But you were not nearly as heartbroken as 5-year-old Naim.

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Naim’s father recorded his son bemoaning the end of Linsanity with the kind of tearful earnestness only kindergarteners and Chris Crocker can muster and posted the video to YouTube. The clip of the boy wondering why the Knicks don’t like Jeremy Lin any more went viral, attracting the attention of Knicks fans and even of Lin himself. Apparently the point guard was so moved by the video that he reached out to Naim’s family offering to virtually meet via Skype.

A friend recorded the Skype exchange between the two and uploaded that video to YouTube as well. Whereas the opinionated Naim seemed very talkative in the first video, he stayed bashfully silent in the second; for most of it, the only proof he’s even watching is the tip of a ‘Linsanity’ foam finger he clutched in the first video. “I think he’s still in shock,” his mom explained to Lin.

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We have to hand it to Lin, who encouraged Naim to still cheer on the Knicks this season despite his falling out with the team during negotiations: “You need to still root for them, cause they’re gonna be a great team with or without me, all right? So you have to keep going to their games and watching them. They’ll be really good.” Very classy. He went on to invite Naim to meet him in person after the Knicks-Rockets game this winter.

Somehow, we don’t think that will quite make up for his absence from Madison Square Garden. In the original video, Naim’s father offers, “You still have [Amar'e] Stoudemire on the Knicks,” to which Naim replies, “Yeah, but I want Jeremy Lin.” So do we, Naim. So do we.

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6 comments
Blackie Chan
Blackie Chan

A man is the tallest person in the room .... when he kneels down to help a child in need.

NikeHP
NikeHP

Lin is such a great role model for my kids.  Great basketball player, superior academic achievement, down to the the earth personality, and so much love for EVERYONE.  I am learning from him everyday. He lunched with the fired ESPN writer who used racial language on Lin.  Now he encourages the kid continue cheering for Knicks that I hates so much.

Lin is supposed to be a Knick, and I still can't believe Dolan let him go.  What a loss for NYC.Although I am a New Yorker, I will be rooting for Rockets from now on.  So my kids will grow up with a positive role model. 

CJSHYY
CJSHYY

My family also like Jeremy Lin so much. But we will change the team to support him from now on. Go Rockets!!!

Husein M. Shabazz
Husein M. Shabazz

Very cute article! Catch Naim and I on CNN tomorrow morning at 7:30 on Starting Point. This all very exciting, thank you all who helped this wonderful fairy tale come to life:)