The feat has never been done by a New York-based team-athlete since Sports Illustrated started in 1954. Lin’s sudden emergence from virtual unknown to global star in a matter of weeks is nearly as unprecedented as his back-to-back SI cover honors for a New York athlete.
Lin becomes the 12th athlete since 1990 to star on the cover two straight weeks. The last time an NBA player made consecutive cover appearances was Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki during last summer’s NBA Finals. And only Michael Jordan has made back-to-back-to-back appearances on the cover.