NEW YORK (WFAN) — Knicks fans thought they were early to the Jeremy Lin party.

Well, President Barack Obama says he was on the “bandwagon” long before Linsanity hit New York.

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“I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did, because Arne Duncan, my Secretary of Education, was captain of the Harvard team,” Obama told Bill Simmons of Grantland.  “And so way back when, Arne and I were playing and he said, ‘I’m telling you, we’ve got this terrific guard named Jeremy Lin at Harvard.’ And then one of my best friends, his son is a freshman at Harvard, and so when he went for a recruiting trip he saw Lin in action. So I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while.”

A Harvard alum himself, Obama added: “I can’t take credit for it, but I’m just saying I was there early.”

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Obama admitted he’s not concerned about the 18-18 Knicks challenging his Bulls in the Eastern Conference.

After all, there’s also a pretty good point guard in Chicago.

“I’m not worried,” he said. “If you look at what has been happening with the Bulls, even with (2011 MVP Derrick) Rose out, even with (Luol) Deng out, (they) still got one of the best records in the league.”

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