Documentary Explores the Trials and Hurdles of Jeremy Lin
The NBA’s Jeremy Lin meteoric rise from obscurity in 2012 with the New York Knicks was stranger than science fiction, yet his career setbacks were even more remarkable.
We love the fighter who never gives up on his dream. This is why we love sports, and why “Linsanity” inspired the toughest critics. The NBA’s Jeremy Lin meteoric rise from obscurity in 2012 with the New York Knicks was stranger than science fiction, yet his career setbacks were even more remarkable.
A new documentary will detail this journey, and other nail-biting moments in “Linsanity.” From his favorite “Lion King” blanket, family, sleeping on his brother’s couch, to playing the piano, the film explores the life of a kid fighting for his dream.
“God has called me to this specific journey and this is what I am called to do and I think that’s what gives me the motivation to be the person and player I want to be,” Lin said via phone.
Lin posted 89 points in his first three starts with the Knicks after clocking 55 minutes in 23 games. It was the most points recorded by a player in first three pro starts since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.
In 2010 Lin signed a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors to become the first American from Taiwanese decent to play for the NBA. He amassed a huge fan base in the San Francisco Bay area due to the large Asian population. But Golden State cut Lin to create salary cap space in 2011. He played seven minutes in two preseason games for the Houston Rockets and was waived again before Christmas.
The New York Knicks claimed Lin three days later.
Five games go by and the kid born of Taiwanese immigrants couldn’t get practice time with New York and asked “Why am I here then?” to cameras. In the midst of his sea of disappointment, racist remarks—director Evan Jackson Leong was filming his documentary “Linsanity” and the timing couldn’t have been worse.
“At first I was really scared of the cameras and really didn’t want anything to do with it. After I warmed up to the idea and things were not going well,” said the Harvard graduate. “Then I’m like I don’t want to film right now I just got cut. They forced me to do it and looking back it was the best things ever because we have unbelievable footage.”
For the fourth time in his career Lin was sent to the D-League and the Knicks called him up. Lin was looking at another waiver or just quitting all together, but Lin trusted in God’s plan.