The NBA's most inspiring story of 2012 makes a return in film form, and reminds us of how this little thing called "Linsanity" once drove us all crazy!
Former Knicks star, and current Houston Rockets starting guard, Jeremy Lin, had one of the most memorable runs in the NBA back in February 2012. On February 4 of that year, Lin suited up as a starter for the Knicks for the first time, owing to a string of injuries to key players. They were facing the Deron Williams-led Brooklyn Nets.
With a paltry 8-15 record, the Knicks were desperate, and the lucky Lin was chosen to start simply because no one else was available. The Knicks though proved to have gotten the luckier end of the deal as Lin became a quasi-savior for the struggling team.
From being an afterthought, Lin exploded. That night, he went for 25 points, five rebounds, and seven assists—all career highs. He followed it up with unforgettable performances against John Wall and the Wizards where he submitted a 23-point, 10-assist double-double; Kobe and the Lakers where he scored a career-high 38 points; and the Toronto Raptors whom he slapped on the face with a game-winning three-pointer. In his 12 starts leading up to the All-Star break, the Harvard hero (with a degree in Economics!) averaged 22.5 points and 8.7 assists, and led the Knicks to a 9-3 record, thus sending the basketball world into “Linsanity.”
We mean, just watch this:
His was a stretch that was amazing not only for the big numbers but for the way that this then NBA-nobody suddenly becomes the toast of New York and the rest of the basketball world.
Now, it’s a story that we’ll get to see in full detail in the documentary Linsanity, which opens in local theaters on Wednesday, October 2.
We got to see it last September 30, and our verdict is simple: if you love basketball, watch it. The film, directed by Evan Jackson Leong, is an inspiring piece of work that traces Lin’s history from toddler to total phenomenon. From his days as a high school star in Palo Alto in California to playing college ball in Harvard to being passed around in the NBA, Lin’s rise to stardom was completely unexpected, incredibly challenging, and extraordinary.
And adorable. Bring you girlfriend and watch her go "Aww, so cute!"
From watching the film and seeing its revelations, we've become even bigger fans. On the next page are our reasons why. A word of warning though: there are a few spoilers, so if you want the film to surprise you, we'd recommend reading at a later time!
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