LIN TO CASH IN . . . Whether he's playing for the NBA's Houston Rockets or New York Knicks next season, Palo Alto's Jeremy Lin is going to be a rich man. Linsanity, indeed. According to a report in the New York Post, the Rockets are planning to offer Lin a backloaded deal worth nearly $30 million. The 2006 Palo Alto High grad could make as much as $10 million per year in his third and fourth seasons. According to ESPN, the Knicks can offer Lin a four-year deal worth $24.5 million. Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game for New York last season in 35 games, including 25 starts, before being sidelined with torn knee cartilage. He is now a restricted free agent, which means New York can match any offers for him. Deals, however, can't be signed until July 11. The Rockets waived Lin last December and he was claimed by the Knicks, who were saddled with injuries. Lin turned into a breakout star when he landed the starting point guard job. Now, Goran Dragic is not expected to return to the Rockets and thus the push for Lin. The Associated Press was told on Tuesday that the Rockets were planning to offer Lin a multiyear contract. The Knicks have said they intend to keep him. New York reportedly had plans to go after the Sun's Steve Nash, who on Wednesday signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Lakers. Lin, an undrafted 6-foot-3 guard out of Harvard and the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese decent, evidently would fit nicely in Houston as the Rockets remain popular in Asia even after former center Yao Ming's retirement. In addition to Lin, the Knicks may have to match another offer to eep their starting backcourt intact. Former Stanford standout Landry Fields has an offer sheet from the Toronto Raptors for a reported $20 million over three years.
GOLF CHAMP . . . Stanford-bound Lauren Kim of Los Altos struggled to a 4-over-par 76, but nonetheless came away the winner of the girls' division at the 83rd annual NCGA Junior Championship at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach on Tuesday. Kim, who was runner-up in last week's 63rd California Junior Girls State Championship at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, looked like she might let another title slip through her hands after suffering a double-bogey six on the 349-yard ninth hole on Tuesday. That wrapped up a 3-over-par 39 on her second nine (she started on No. 10) after shooting a 1-over on her first nine. Kim's 76, combined with her 1-over 73 on Monday, left her at 149. Coincidentally, Kim's only bogey on Monday came on the ninth hole. Kim, however, wasn't the only one who struggled. Nancy Xu of Sunnyvale, who was tied with Kim after the first day, ballooned to a 77 on Day 2 and finished a stroke back at 150. Menlo-Atherton High senior Xin Fang of Menlo Park shot rounds of 78-79 and finished at 157 and in a tie for ninth. Castilleja sophomore Chloe Sales of Palo Alto shot 85-87-172 and tied for 28th. In the boys' 14-18 division, Maverick McNealy of Portola Valley finished third with a 76-69-70-215, trailing co-winners Corey Pereira of Cameron Park and Taylor Bromley of Dublin by just one stroke. Menlo Park's Bradley Knox tied for 12th at 74-75-77-226. Local golfers who failed to advance after the opening 36 holes included Kevin Knox of Menlo Park (83-78), Bradley Keller of Menlo Park (89-80), Henry Fletcher-Hughes of Palo Alto (85-85) and Jesse Julian Atlas of Palo Alto (84-88).