Jeremy Lin's Palo Alto Posse in Crowd Today

As if the cheering section wasn't big enough, Jeremy Lin will have a few more in the crowd this weekend.

Sunday, Feb 19, 2012  |  Updated 7:20 AM PDT
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ESPN is in hot water because of a racial slur that was featured in an article on its website. The subject of the article was New York Knicks and former Palo Alto High basketball star Jeremy Lin. ESPN apologized, and says whomever is responsible will be disciplined. Meanwhile Lin's former high school basketball coach is flying to New York to watch his Lin compete against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

ESPN is in hot water because of a racial slur that was featured in an article on its website. The subject of the article was New York Knicks and former Palo Alto High basketball star Jeremy Lin. ESPN apologized, and says whomever is responsible will be disciplined. Meanwhile Lin's former high school basketball coach is flying to New York to watch his Lin compete against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

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As basketball fans throughout the country are being swept up by "Linsanity," a contingent of Bay Area residents from Jeremy Lin's Palo Alto past are in New York Sunday to cheer him on.

 Peter Diepenbrock, Lin's former basketball coach at Palo Alto High School, will be among the contingent who will sit courtside at Madison Square Garden Sunday and Monday.

  Diepenbrock took a red-eye to New York last night.  

Former Palo Alto High School player Chris Bobe, former shooting coach Doc Scheppler and several other high school teammates are also in the Big Apple to watch their buddy play for the New York Kncks.

Diepenbrock, who has been inundated with requests for media interviews in recent weeks, said he is thrilled with Lin's success.

"It couldn't have happened to a nicer kid," he said. "I just couldn't be happier for him. He's my boy."

Lin, who has been sleeping on his brother's couch, is moving into his own place at Trump Tower, Diepenbrock said.

He said he talks to Lin daily by phone or text, and that he seems to be handling his sudden fame well. 

"I'm sure he's a little overwhelmed, but at the same time he's a very confident guy," Diepenbrock said. 

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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