Whenever the tale of Jeremy Lin's emergence with the New York Knicks is told, it always begins with a couch.
It wasn't just that he was crashing for the night at a friend's house, rather Lin was so unsure of his future with the team that he didn't bother finding a legitimate place to live.
The couch has become such a symbol for Lin that there was talk of him assisting teammate Iman Shumpert in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest by using the couch as a prop for Shumpert to leap over, but tendinitis prevented Shumpert from participating.
We all know what has transpired since that night in early February.
Lin has become one of the most exciting stories in basketball, fueled by his humble beginnings and clutch performances on the court, including out-dueling Kobe Bryant and hitting last-second game-winning shots.
But now Lin won't be sleeping on any couches in the near future.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Lin has now secured a two-bedroom Manhattan rental in the W New York Downtown Hotel overlooking the Statue of Liberty, worth an estimated $13,000 a month, following a guaranteed contract with the Knicks.
He is now a legitimate NBA superstar, living a legitimate NBA lifestyle. He has arrived. But as Lin transitions to much more comfortable sleeping arrangements and much more smothering defenses, it's up to him to prove the magic was never in the couch to begin with.
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