By Vita Kuo
From an unknown bench player to the most influential basketball player in the world this year, Jeremy Lin is one of the hottest names in sports. After leading the New York Knicks on a seven-game winning streak, and the turning point for the Knicks to get into the running for the playoffs, Jeremy Lin was introduced to the world. This NBA star is a source of pride for all of Asia. His story inspires all Asians who want to hoop the dreams. “Linsanity” is not just an overnight sensation. Jeremy Lin has achieved his success in an old-school way. Let’s now dig a little deeper into the Asian sensation of the NBA’s hottest star.
Born in Los Angeles, Jeremy is a second generation Taiwanese-American. His parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the mid-1970s. His grandmother and many other relatives still live in Taiwan. Several months ago, his proud grandmother talked about her grandson in front of the shoot, “ I know nothing about basketball. I only know when Jeremy put the ball in the basket, he has
done a good thing.” Moreover, she also said that Jeremy’s father was the first teacher to introduce him into the world of basketball in his childhood. “My son, when he came home from work, would always take the kids to play basketball,” she said. “He took Jeremy to the basketball courts as soon as he could walk.” Because of the unconditional support from his family, Jeremy has made his way to a becoming a shining star in the sport of basketball.
When Jeremy played basketball as a child, his mother, Shirley Lin, always worked with his coaches to ensure his playing wouldn’t affect his grades. Recalling that time on the TV show, Shirley said that she was criticized by her friends for letting Lin play so much basketball. But now, people keep asking her how to have a child play basketball and go to Harvard at the same time. However, the Harvard background didn’t help Lin with his NBA career. Lin was the underdog on the NBA court from the very beginning. After graduating from Harvard, Lin went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft. Later on, the Warriors and the Houston Rockets waived him before he joined the New York Knicks early in the 2011-12 season. After the Knicks squandered the fourth quarter lead against the Boston Celtics in Feb. 3, coach Mike D’Antoni decided to give Lin a chance to play due to “desperation.” Since then, Lin has started his Cinderella journey. He unexpectedly led a winning streak for New York while being promoted to the starting lineup and generating a following known as “Linsanity. ” In April, he was even nominated to Time Magazine’s 2012 list of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Jeremy Lin’s story inspires every Asian who has a dream to be successful outside of their country because he conquers so many prejudices and stereotypes. He overthrows the idea that Asian-American point guards can’t dominate the NBA, and an excellent athlete on the court can’t also be a well-educated student off the court. Although Jeremy missed the rest of the regular season and playoff games since April because of an injury, Jeremy is still one of the hottest players in the NBA due to his TV exposure and his fan’s anticipation of his return to the court. There are so many rumors about where Jeremy will play during the 2012/2013 NBA season. Almost every team in the NBA has an interest in signing Jeremy Lin during the offseason. HOOPSWORLD is reporting that Lin has drawn interest from the Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Net. From afterthought to all over the TV, Jeremy definitely deserves the fame he possesses now. He lives the right way; he plays the right way. His story tells us that this is what can happen when you dream big.