Jeremy Lin has captivated fans everywhere with his recent phenomenal play and his improbable success story. His rise to NBA stardom was far from easy or predictable. And it is stories like his that make sports so much fun.
In a sports society where many of the stars seem to be given everything on their way to the top, it is refreshing to see players like Jeremy Lin who need to earn everything on their way to the top. Players like Lin don't come around every day, but when they do, they captivate the fans.
Not only do players like Jeremy Lin earning their way to the top intrigue fans, but also the players can give hope for younger players. Not every kid with Asian descent playing basketball could find hope with the towering Yao Ming, because his height was so unreachable.
Jeremy Lin, on the other hand, can offer hope to any player with Asian descent told they aren't good enough, because his success is tangible.
These players with improbable success stories were either regular people like you and me or hit with massive amounts of adversity, or both. Because of their improbable success stories, Lin and players like him inspire others to reach their goals.