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Jeremy Lin gets Madame Tussauds wax figure, which is nice, and shoves cake in mom's face, which isn't

Dan Devine
Ball Don't Lie

The San Francisco branch of renowned international wax museum Madame Tussauds unveiled its newest addition on Thursday — newly minted Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin, who played his high school ball about 45 minutes outside the city in Palo Alto, Calif., and began his NBA career with a brief stint on the Golden State Warriors' bench during the 2010-11 season.

Let's join Lin in taking a look at Jeremy on wax, which is word to Stone Gossard:

It looks ... well, an awful lot like the Lin figure that previously appeared at the Madame Tussauds location in Beijing, with the Houston Rockets' red uniform swapped out for L.A.'s familiar purple and gold and without the ball Lin's supposed to be dunking going through the basket. (This feels like a bad omen for the offensive potency of the 2014-15 Lakers.)

Lin had to meet with Madame Tussauds' artists "for detailed measurements to ensure that the final product would be a realistic likeness of the 25-year-old point guard," according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times. I bet if you ask him, though, he'll say that the figure should probably be a little more muscular; this is the offseason, after all, and everybody's putting on 15 pounds of muscle. (Shouts to Lang.)

Lin joins such luminaries as Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, tennis superstar Serena Williams, boxing legend Muhammad Ali and noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods in the ranks of sports figures on display at Madame Tussauds' Fisherman's Wharf museum, which is neat. He should savor the flavor of the celebratory unveiling, though; if the introduction of his former New York Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony's wax figure is any indication, folks are about to start cracking on Lin's defensive shortcomings pretty darn quick. (Then again, maybe folks will direct any like-he-was-standing-still goofs toward another Lakers point guard.)

As Pincus notes in his report, Lin's just two days shy of his 26th birthday, which makes the Madame Tussauds honor a decent little pre-birthday present. It also, however, means that he's two days closer to potential retribution for his recent unkindness to his mom, whose birthday celebration included an uncalled-for trip to Dessertinthefaceburgh:

Hey, Jeremy Lin? Can you be cool to your mom for like a second? Come on, dog. If you don't start shaping up, you're going to have to answer to Grandpa, and I know you don't want that.

Apparently, young Mr. Lin made amends at Madame Tussauds:

"Thanks to the SF Madame Tussauds Wax Museum for helping me patch things up with my mom hahah," Lin wrote in the caption to his Instagram post.

"Fyi she wasnt actually upset when she got pied," he added, before wrapping up with the hashtag #itsfamilytradition.

A likely story, Jeremy. We'll let it slide this time, we suppose. (Glad they put the ball in there, too.)

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