Standing Ovation at Sundance for “Linsanity” the Movie

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:

8 thoughts on “Standing Ovation at Sundance for “Linsanity” the Movie

  1. Oh yes, I learned about Linsanity from a friend who never watched basketball. Wow! Lin had me watching the NBA again, and rooting for the Knicks of all teams!

    Linsanity, being such a polarizing phenomenon, would make an interesting case study for psychologists, don’t you think, Philosopher?

    Thanks to an earlier post by CH, I went to this site and pledged my support.

    Can’t wait for the DVD in September!

    • I read about Lin back when he was at Harvard, but then completely forgot about him. Then last year, my sister, who is not a basketball fan at all, told me about Lin after the Lakers game, when Linsanity really started blowing up. I hadn’t watched many NBA games since the days of Jordan and Drexler. So Lin also got me watching the NBA again. I was just so thankful to be alive and witnessing history unfolding. That’s why I really don’t get the animosity towards Lin. People should just be grateful that they got to live through probably one of the biggest sports stories of all time.

      I think the polarizing phenomenon of Linsanity would make a good sociological case study. I think Jeremy Lin as the basketball player who overcame great odds would make a good sports psychological case for mental toughness. There’s a book called Mindset, by Carol Dweck that talks about a Fixed mindset and a Growth mindset. Lin, to me, is a poster child for the Growth mindset. Growth mindset people believe that effort is the biggest factor to success, while Fixed mindset people think it’s all about talent (“you either got it or you don’t”). John McEnroe is the poster child for the fixed mindset. This simple difference impacts pretty much everything you do–especially in terms of your approach to your work (whether it be in school, at a job or in sports). Because everything about Lin tells me that he has a Growth mindset, I’m very optimistic about his future, because those with a Growth mindset can only get better. They don’t just rest on their talent.

  2. Many thanks Mr.Philosopher for the videos and Mr.PingPong for the links:)
    Wow, your backing up the project and you get a DVD in return! Not bad 😉

    Like you two, JLin brings back my NBA addiction.
    The last time I was a follower was during Allen Iverson’s moments.

    YES and YES Linsanity is one of the many blessings I had for 2012 🙂
    He and his story is such an inspiration.
    For me, he is 1 in 7 billion, that’s how rare he is 🙂
    God fearing, Intelligent, humble, generous, responsible and I can go on and on…

    BTW, 3-0! YESSSS!!!

    • You’re welcome, Rubielyn. Yep, there’s no one quite like Lin.
      Finally getting a little winning streak going. Lets try and beat 5!

  3. Big win tonight!!! Lin’s FG was 100%. Took only 5 shots, though.

    BTW, over 30,000 views on this blog. Congrats, Mr. Philosopher. Still puzzle why so many views, but so little comments?

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