Jeremy Lin rejected the Kim Kardashian date idea Sunday, saying he won't go out with her because he's not that type of guy.
During an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols that ran on SportsCenter Sunday night, the New York Knicks' new superstar point guard denied rumors that he's going on a date with reality TV personality Kim Kardashian.
I'm not that type of guy, he said after being asked whether he wants to go on a date with Kardashian.
It was one highlight of many during the wide-ranging interview, during which the 23-year-old Knicks phenom said the most surreal part of Linsanity has been the rumors, including the one about Kardashian.
Kardashian, 31 also appears not to be interested in the basketball star, as her spokeswoman Jill Fritzo, told the newspaper amNewYork that the date rumor was entirely false:
Absolutely 100% NOT true. Someone made that story up! Fritzo told the newspaper.
Jeremy Lin also discussed a number of other topics, including race in basketball. He said as an Asian basketball player in the NBA has to prove himself repeatedly, not just once, in order to be taken seriously.
He also said that his indulgences are junk food -- particularly candy and chips -- and video games, and that he gets flak for it from his family:
My family sometimes calls me an over-sized kid, he said.
He also said that there were times when he was literally in tears as he tried to break into the NBA over the past couple of years.
MediaTakeOut reported last week that the publicist for Kardashian, who recently divorced Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets, had made arrangements for her to go on a date with the Knicks player.
She thinks [Jeremy] is cute, and she's good friend's with [Jeremy's teammate Carmelo Anthony's wife] Lala, a friend of Kardashian's reportedly told MediaTakeOut. It's going to be a double date.
The gossip site stated that Lin was excited to meet Kim K, but it appears that the source was incorrect, as Jeremy Lin rejected the Kim Kardashian date idea on ESPN on Sunday night.
Lin, a 6 foot, 3, 200-pound point guard has taken the sport by storm, overshadowing his All-Star teammates Carmelo Anthony and Amare' Stoudemire by leading the team to its best streak all year without their help.
Lin, who hails from Palo Alto, Calif., was a star in college, when he led Harvard University to its all-time best basketball season in 2009 before graduating and going undrafted in 2010. He proved himself in the NBA summer league, dominating John Wall in one particularly impressive game, and was then signed by the Golden State Warriors.
And now, he is unexpectedly the hottest player in the NBA, and as only the fourth Asian-American ever to play in the league, he has emerged as an icon in that community as well. And Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni only expects him to continue to do well:
He just does everything easy and the rest of the guys around him are playing the way we want to play, D'Antoni told CBS News last week, adding the following about Lin: The things that are real are his vision, which won't change; his speed, which won't change; his knowledge of the game, which won't change. I think it can only get better.