Remember Linsanity? Now there’s a movie. Before you write this off as someone trying to capitalize on Linsanity, the director of this documentary followed Lin with a camera back when Lin was at Harvard.
The masses have very short memories. Many seem to have already forgotten how Lin made time stand still for a few weeks last year. He mesmerized the entire world. We all felt like we were living inside some really cheesy movie, in which everything unfolded too perfectly and the good guy always came out on top. Every game he played was like some corny sports movie in which the underdog prevailed (Lin vs. Kobe) or the hero came from way behind to hit the last second shot to win the game (Lin vs. Raptors). Except it wasn’t corny or cheesy at all, because it wasn’t scripted by some Hollywood hack. For a couple of weeks, anyone could slip into a beautiful, perfect world, courtesy of Jeremy Lin. And most of us did. Many of us are still there in fact. I guess there will always be haters, but in Lin’s case, I really don’t know why. He’s not someone who is out to grab all the spotlight. If anything, he avoids the attention as much as he possibly can. Lin and those magical weeks of Linsanity is a gift. We should all just be thankful, rather than letting our human failings (envy, prejudice, etc.) get in the way of receiving this gift humbly. I look forward to seeing his story and reliving his magical run last year.
Lin’s story should be an inspiration to all–especially to our kids–regardless of the color of your skin. We should all learn from Lin, rather than degrade him. He’s been discriminated, passed up, and overlooked throughout his life in the basketball arena, but he never complained and continued to work tirelessly on all the things that he does have control over. Anyone in his situation would have given up a long time ago. Anyone would have given up if they had led their high school to a state championship only to be passed up by every legitimate college basketball program. Anyone would have given up if they had great games against top college teams, torching future first round picks only to go un-drafted out of college. Anyone would have given up after being passed from one NBA team to another, only to sit at the very end of the Knick bench. Anyone, but Lin. Through every disappointment, Lin continued to go to the gym and the court to work on his conditioning and his game. To be a better basketball player in every way, even though no one was looking.
Here’s some news report on the documentary premier ad Sundance: