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U.S. President Barack Obama was actually the guest on Bill Simmons’ "B.S. Report" podcast today ... something we don't see Mitt Romney doing anytime soon.

During the 24-minute, basketball-oriented sit-down, Obama guaranteed a Chicago Bulls title before he leaves office ... presumably by 2017, not this summer.

He also raved about fellow Harvard grad Jeremy Lin, the underdog who's sparked Linsanity around the nation (and the New York Knicks' recent win streak).

“I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for awhile,” Obama boasted.

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The Prez said that his Secretary of Education, former Harvard basketball captain Arne Duncan, had talked about Lin while the point guard was still in college.

“It’s a terrific story. He seems like a wonderful young man; it elevates this great sport all around the world,” the 50-year-old Commander-in-Chief added.

Simmons, ESPN's hilarious and knowledgeable Sports Guy, went on to ask the president’s opinion on who the best basketball player of all time is.

Obama took a safe, biased (and hard to argue with) route: Michael Jordan.

Simmons also asked him to name the best character on the critically ignored but beyond awesome HBO series The Wire, to which Obama said, “It’s got to be Omar, right? I mean, that guy’s unbelievable ... That was one of the best shows of all time.”

It really was. Seriously, go Netflix it. Today.

And watch Obama's full talk with Simmons.

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Kris Humphries heard it once again at Madison Square Garden last night: BOOOOO!

But this time the Nets power forward left The World's Most Famous Arena with a reason to smile, despite the reception he received by opposing fans, as New Jersey defeated New York 100-92. Humphries played a key role in the victory, too, with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

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"I love the hostile environment," Humphries told ESPN after the game. "There's nothing better than sending 19,000 people home upset... We love that."

Kris is also the latest in a very long lien to give props to Jeremy Lin, the NBA's latest sensation, but not for anything the Harvard graduate did on the court last night. Instead, Lin apparently gave Kris a big assist in the tunnel leading to the locker rooms.

"He just said, 'Hey, I don't know why they boo you, but I think it's crap, and you're playing really well,'" Humphries said of Lin. "That was nice of him to say. He's a really nice guy... It's nice to see great things happen for nice people."

Lin also has great taste in women: he recently said Kim Kardashian was not his type.

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Jeremy Lin led the New York Knicks to their eighth win in nine games yesterday, pouring in 28 points and adding 14 assists in a 104-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

But the rising star point guard truly proved his decision-making skills off the court, telling ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he is NOT dating Kim Kardashian and doesn't think he's her "type," shooting down rumors that claimed Kim was using her friendship with Carmelo Anthony's wife to cozy up to the Harvard graduation.

Watch the interview below and see Jeremy essentially tell the reality star: LIN your dreams, Kim!

In other news related to the first NBA player of Chinese or Tawainese descent, ESPN has fired the employee who published a racially insensitive headline on its mobile site over the weekend, and also suspended an anchor for uttering the same word on air.

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We all make mistakes. Especially at 2:30 a.m.

But ESPN made a doozy early this morning.

Following the New York Knicks' first loss with phenom Jeremy Lin starting at point guard - at home, to the woeful New Orleans Hornets, with Lin turning the ball over nine times - the self-proclaimed World Wide Leader in Sports plastered its mobile homepage with the following headline:

ESPN Headline

The Asian epithet - which is meant differently in the context of that phrase, of course - was removed after about a half hour and the network then released this statement:

Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake.

The Knicks had won seven straight games heading into last night's contest, with Lin's record-breaking play earning praise around the country. Sarah Palin even talked about the Harvard graduate... for some reason.

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Sarah Palin earned the nickname Sarah Barracuda for her gritty play on the basketball court, not in the political arena - though the quality served her well there as well.

It's no surprise, then, that she's name-dropping popular figures of the moment to stay relevant rooting for another hard-working point guard, New York's Jeremy Lin.

On Fox Business Network yesterday, the ex-Alaska governor flashed a Lin t-shirt and raved about his performance. “All of a sudden, our team is the Knicks,” Palin said.

“Linsanity, man,” she raved. Well put.

Palin and Lin

“I mean, talk about an all-American story where sort of the underdog, you know, but works so hard, just erased all the stuff out there on the periphery in his life."

"Humble, and now look where he is.”

Look where Sarah Palin is too. Four years ago, on the cusp of being the first woman V.P. of the U.S. Now spouting vapid nonsense people have long since tuned out.

A true riches to rags story if ever there were one.

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File this under Sounded Funny at the Time.

MSG Network is facing backlash after the New York Knicks TV crew flashed a graphic of the team's Asian-American star Jeremy Lin ... coming out of a fortune cookie.

Following the Knicks' seventh straight win Wednesday night, MSG showed viewers an image featuring point guard Lin's head in between ends of the broken snack.

"The Knicks' Good Fortune" was the fortune.

Jeremy Lin Fortune Cookie

CNBC's Darren Rovell was the first to post the image on Twitter, pointing out that MSG was "walking a fine line" with the offensive image of Jeremy Lin.

Lin, who has come out of nowhere and taken over the league in recent weeks, is the NBA's first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent.

Reaction was less measured in the hours that followed. Some on Twitter called the graphic "a tad on the racist side." Others called it "accidental racism."

Interestingly, the fortune cookie is actually an American invention by most accounts; it dates back to San Francisco in the late 1890's to early 1900's.

It's loosely based on a Japanese cracker, no less. Come on MSG.

Are race-based jokes like this considered okay because he's a Harvard educated Asian-American? It's hard to say, but MSG isn't alone in pushing the angle. Check this out:

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The last man off the bench just a few weeks ago, New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is lighting up NBA opponents and causing Linsanity in the sports world.

Battling lawsuits, probation restrictions, stalkers and clothing 24/7, Lindsay Lohan creates a different kind of Lindsanity every time she leaves the house.

From New York to Los Angeles, how do these gripping phenomena stack up against each other? Let's find out in a THG Tale of the Tape showdown!

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1. NEW YORK POST COVER HEADLINE

Lin: AMASIAN!
Lindsay: SMASHED
Edge: Lin

2. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Lin: Harvard
Lindsay: Lynwood Correctional Facility for Women
Edge: Lin

3. 2011 EARNINGS

Lin: $473,604
Lindsay: $1,000,000+
Edge: Lindsay

4. MOST OFTEN SEEN ...

Lin: On the court
Lindsay: In the courtroom
Edge: Lin

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It's official: Jeremy Lin is a Linternational sensation.

The New York Knicks point guard hit a three-pointer with .5 seconds remaining last night to help his team post its sixth straight victory, 90-87 over the Toronto Raptors.

Lin finished with 28 points and 11 assists and has now scored more points in his first five starts than any player in modern NBA history. Watch the game-winner now:

Let's all hope Floyd Mayweather was paying attention.

That law-breaking boxer posted one of the dumbest Tweets in the history of Twitter - which is saying A LOT - this week when he wrote that "Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise."

Right. Because no black players in the NBA ever receive praise and because Lin isn't accomplishing feats that, literally, no one has accomplished on the court in 40 years.

Can't this bigoted moron go to jail already?

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The Lin Dynasty is taking over the NBA. He just Lins, baby. His every move is simply unbeLINable.

Seriously, Jeremy Lin is awesome.

After just three starts, the Harvard graduate - yes, Harvard - is the talk of professional basketball, dropping 38 points on the Los Angeles Lakers last night, outdueling Kobe Bryant and piling up the most points in his first trio of career starts than anyone NBA player in 40 years.

Stars from Dwayne Johnson to Spike Lee are singing Lin's praises on Twitter, while the only thing more proficient than his buckets are the pun-based headlines sweeping newspapers around the country.

Before Lin made it big in the NBA, though, he starred in a YouTube video alongside viral sensation Ryan Higa (aka "nigahiga"). Watch “How to Get into Harvard” now and join the Linsanity...

Jeremy Lin Biography

Jeremy Lin Photo Jeremy Lin is a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the NBA. After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of... More »
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Jeremy Shu-How Lin
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