February 18, 2012-The Linsanity hype: real or fiction? There’s been a rip roaring buzz that hasn’t subsided yet. However, it’s beginning to sound a lot like the little engine that could—a rags to riches story that has captivated millions world-wide. So, who is this Jeremy Lin, and what is the Jeremy Lin affect?
I too, myself, am Asian who’s contemplated the racial profiling on my own Asian brethren, Jeremy Lin, in stereotyping against this young fellow Asian-American. My first impression: he’s a fluke, a stroke of luck at a one time opportunity. To sabotage this even more, plotting to ridicule that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon too soon, but the hype may just be the real deal.
I’ve later come to coin my own version of this Linsanity in similar words that you can portmanteau, as in Linfluence, Linfectious, Linspirational, Linteresting, Lintriguing, Lincredible, or my favorite, Linvasion! Imagine the plethora of LINfinite words you can come up with.
He’s an anomalous character in so many accounts. First and foremost, Jeremy Lin is an Asian-American in a sport predominantly seen playing by African and Caucasian descent. Out of high school, no one gave him a chance for a possible basketball scholarship, so he chose Ivy League School of Harvard to attend, as they were able to guarantee him an opportunity as a starter to play the sport. Lin catapulted Harvard into setting numerous records in the basketball realm, in addition setting a new record high as the first Ivy League player in history to score over 1450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists, and 200 steals. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in Economics in 2010, he went undrafted during the 2010 NBA Draft. The last Harvard player in professional basketball was Ed Smith in 1954.
On July 21, 2010, his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors gave him his first opportunity in signing him to a two-year deal. He had little opportunity on the court and was demoted to the D-league of the NBA, the Reno Bighorns. Subsequently, the next year was seen with the emergence of the NBA lockout of 2011, and on the initial reopening of the NBA on December 9, 2011, the Warriors waived Lin on the first day of training camp.
On December 12, 2011, Lin was claimed off the waiver by the Houston Rockets and was given the opportunity to play in two preseason games, but on December 24, 2011, right before the start of the regular season, the Rockets waived Lin.
Immediately, on December 27, 2011, the New York Knicks claimed Lin off the waiver. With the so many injured guards, especially with recently signed Baron Davis rehabilitating an injury and weeks away from playing time, he was given some minor roles as a substitution. Like the Warriors, he wasn’t able to make much of an impact on the few opportunities and was demoted to the D-league playing for the Eerie BayHawks. On January 20, 2012, he had a pivotal game against the Maine Red Claws achieving a feat in leading the team to a victory, but what stood out was his triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists. With this achievement, Lin was called back to the Knicks.
On February 4, 2012, Lin was given his first opportunity to start against the New Jersey Nets and had the best game of his career in the professionals—up to that date—in scoring 25 points, along with five rebounds, and seven assists while leading the Knicks to a victory. Since then, he has been consistent for the next seven games, as well as leading each game to a victory except against the New Orleans Hornets on February 17, 2012.
His stats since starting for the New York Knicks:
1) New Jersey Nets: 25 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists.
2) Utah Jazz: 28 points, 8 assists.
3) Washington Wizards: 23 points, 10 assists.
4) Los Angeles Lakers: 38 points, 7 assists.
5) Minnesota Timberwolves: 20 points, 8 assists.
6) Toronto Raptors: 27 points, 11 assists.
7) Sacramento Kings: 10 points, 13 assists.
8) New Orleans Hornets: 26 points, 5 assists.
* Scores from www.nba.com.
He’s averaging over 24 points per game along with over 8 assists per game. Aforementioned, he has led the Knicks to 7 straight victories with 1 loss since his debut. He has millions to the billions in China talking about this one man machine. The buzz is still stirring! Is he “for reals” now? I’ve been hooked and reeled in. I’m a believer now! So, how about you? With less than a month of playing time under his belt, I’ll let you be the judge. But his numbers speaks for itself!