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Daybreak Daily’s afternoon look at the pop-culture world finds professional basketball, a phenom, a target, a daughter, other things, and the mystery music video.

Lin set an NBA record by scoring the most points in his first five starts than any other player. (Photo: Associated Press)

LINSANITY: The New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin did it again last night, adding to what suddenly is becoming one of the NBA more amazing stories in years, per the AP, “Nothing about the kid from Harvard should be a surprise anymore. When he launched a 3-pointer in a tie game with a half-second left in Toronto on Tuesday night, the result seemed obvious.” http://apne.ws/wy6NbV

MEANWHILE: What began as a New York story. . .per the New York Times, “Lin’s stunning success with the Knicks over the last week and a half has captured the imagination of the Chinese, from Communist Party bosses to the often-persecuted Christian minority. He has been particularly popular here in northern Zhejiang province, from which his maternal grandmother fled to Taiwan in the last days of China’s civil war in the late 1940s.” http://nyti.ms/xhpPVh

HATERS?: That’s what Chris Brown thinks, who won best R&B album award at the Grammys on the third anniversary of his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna – much to the chagrin of a lot of people who have preferred he not be included in the festivities, per the Huffington Post, “Those comments didn't sit well with Brown, who responded by tweeting, "HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY. Now! That's the ultimate (EFF) OFF." Brown later deleted the tweet, but not before Mashable editor Christina Warren took a screen shot of the offending tweet.”

EXAMPLES: Of the outrage’s genesis, per the New York Times, “It started on Sunday night when several musicians and music critics assailed the show’s organizers for allowing Mr. Brown to perform. Miranda Lambert, the country star, posted on Twitter during the show, saying “He beat on a girl…not cool that we act like that didn’t happen.” http://nyti.ms/y1VfeQ

HOUSTON’S DAUGHTER: Bobby Kristina’s dad, Bobby Brown, reports she’s coping OK with the situation and its fallout, per People, “It’s a difficult time for the family of Whitney Houston as they come to terms with the singer's sudden death. But her daughter, who was treated at a hospital for an emotional breakdown after her mother's body was found, is improving, according to her father.” http://bit.ly/xrePWM

GLEE COINCIDENCE?: Affirmative, per the Los Angeles Times, “Yes, the fact that Tuesday night's Valentine's Day episode of "Glee" featured Mercedes (Amber Riley) belting out a beautiful version of Whitney Houston's signature song, "I Will Always Love You," to a tearful Sam was a total coincidence.” http://lat.ms/wCMxyL

OF A DIFFERENT STRIPE: And this endorsement should push the eventual GOP nominee over the top, per Rolling Stone, “Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he hopes Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is our next president. Mustaine told Music Radar he wants a Republican president and disagrees with music industry colleagues who say President Obama is doing a good job.” http://bit.ly/xt2wYS

A MESSAGE: Not sure what kind, per People, “She's conquered one of the highest peaks of beauty today – appearing in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue – and now former plus-size model Crystal Renn says she's experienced every aspect along the modeling spectrum.” http://bit.ly/AgXdbR

CHRIS ROCK: Just the facts, per Deadline Hollywood, “Former Oscar host and Grammy-winning comedian, Chris Rock will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.” http://bit.ly/xdi78Z

CAPTAIN KIRK: Rather, William Shatner, and here’s a good read about his career as he prepares to hit Broadway, per the Los Angeles Times, “If there is one inviolable law of the Shatnerverse, it is simply that: Say yes. Shatner’s career is defined by a bottomless capacity to try it all. Nothing is too weird or outlandish; selling out is nothing to be ashamed of.” http://lat.ms/zSLV7A

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/hnX5Na

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)

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