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Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks controls the ball during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 10, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Jeremy Lin.

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There Is a Petition to Keep Jeremy Lin a Knick

Knicks fans are on edge right now. New York has until late Tuesday night to decide whether or not to match the Houston Rockets' offer sheet for Jeremy Lin — a "poison pill" deal that would make the Knicks pay him $25 million over three years, including a massive spike in year three — and a vast number of fans are fretting over the uncertainty. For many (I don't want to say "most," but I talk to a lot of Knicks fans every day and would feel comfortable saying "most"), the growing threat of losing Lin — particularly after weeks of hearing that the Knicks would match absolutely any offer — is sickening. Lin's a promising young player, he projects to be better than his replacement, he once gave fans two of the best weeks of their lives (and plenty of fine moments thereafter), and retaining him even at that immense cost would not directly affect New York's ability to make other moves (said ability is already pretty much irretrievably forfeited with the rest of New York's salary). Fans have been hyperventilating about the indignity all over the Internet, their rage only magnified by a feeling of powerlessness in the face of James Dolan and company.

If you count yourself among those feeling irate yet powerless at the prospect of losing Lin, there is one small palliative measure you might take. A Knicks fan — it's still not clear who — started a petition on change.org (which is typically a vehicle for far graver issues, but this is JEREMY LIN we're talking about, guys) to keep Lin a Knick. The goal is to get 10,000 signatures and present the petition to "New York Knicks Management."

Now, odds are New York's front office will never see this — and if they do, James Dolan will probably light a cigar with it — but the turnout is impressive nonetheless. About a day and a half in, the petition is nearing 7,000 signatures as I write this, and it's the second most popular petition on the whole site right now (between a "Stop Puppy Mills" petition and one to prevent a dog from getting euthanized ...). Even accounting for likely double-signatures, that's something. At the very least, it showcases just how widespread the dismay is.

If you're a Knicks fan in favor of the cause and want to feel a fleeting sense of control over the fate of the dark, twisted organization you follow, have a look and add your name!

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