So many times in our lives, we try to come up with answers to questions that don’t make sense. Call it the “know-it-all” syndrome or what-have-you, but the truth is, we all take pride in filling our egos by always trying to be right.
But what happens when nobody has the right answer, or at the very least, let it sit under their noses without even recognizing its merit?
To an extent, the explosion of Linsanity is proof that we’re no smarter than we think we all are.
If the opposite were the case, we would have put Jeremy Lin up on a pedestal a long time ago. Heck, he probably would be starting for the Eastern Conference All-Stars by now. You would think that it would’ve been absurd for an Asian-American to be get more votes than either Derrick Rose or Dwyane Wade, but we all know how fan voting goes, especially if a guy like Yao Ming can start when he hadn’t played the entire season.
But that didn’t happen, partly because we weren’t given the chance to see how good this kid really is, and partly because none of us even bothered to check him out.
Nobody saw Jeremy Lin as an impact player in the NBA
Not because he wasn’t any good, but because the opportunity was never really presented to him. Last year, when the Golden State Warriors picked him up from the free agent bin - he went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft - we remembered it as a novely act that was done in part to generate buzz from the throngs of Asian-Americans living in the Bay Area. The Warriors already had Steph Curry and Monta Ellis in the back court so any shot of Lin even cracking the rotation were limited to lopsided games. And even then, immortals like Acie Law and Charlie Bell got more floor burn than him.
The entire 2010-2011 NBA season went by and Jeremy Lin barely made a blip on anybody’s radar. And until two weeks ago, the same could’ve been said, at least until one act of desperation from a beleaguered head coach flipped the NBA world upside its head.
Entering the season, New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni penciled in Toney Douglas as the team’s starting point guard. The same Toney Douglas that treated the basketball like a hot potato with the rim playing the role of the sack where you toss it into as soon as you recognize you had a scalding piece of root crop in your hands. From there, D’Antoni decided to go the route of over-the-hill avenue, signing dinosaurs Mike Bibby and Baron Davis and hoping they had some gas left on the tank.
Unfortunately, Bibby has been running on empty for the past five years and the last time Davis was fully healthy, nobody outside the people of Illinois knew who Barrack Obama was.
After exhausting just about every option he could find, D’Antoni turned desperate, looked down at the end of the Knicks bench and called the number of an unproven Asian-American whose most significant accomplishment at that time was that he graduated with an Economics degree at Harvard.