Moments of glory, stunning surprises, epic twists. Were this to describe another NBA player's career, it would almost certainly be a grizzled veteran.
Jeremy Lin is to grizzled as Dennis Rodman is to altar boy.
Lin has started fewer than a full season's worth of games. Yet his professional basketball experience has unfolded like a Shakespearean drama—minus the part where everyone's lying dead on stage:
Act I: The meteoric rise. An undrafted Harvard graduate bouncing from NBA team to NBA team gets a chance to start—and grabs the job like Lou Gehrig grabbed Wally Pipp's. All of New York, all of America, all the world is captivated by Lin's story and Lin's play.
Act II: The spectacular fall. The superstar complains. The offense changes. The shots stop falling. The winning ends. The coach is fired. Then come injury, a new team, a surprise signing, relegation to second fiddle, learning a new shot, losing ball-handling duties.
All of this resulted in a difficult debut in Houston, to say the least.
From this season's opening tip to to November 23, a span of 13 games, Lin shot higher than 50 percent a grand total of zero times. Shot 50 percent twice. Every other game, Lin's shot was worse than a Prairie Oyster that's been sitting out in Texas heat for a week.
Act III: The resurrection. The shots start to fall. In the ten games from November 27 to December 16, Lin shot 50 percent or more five times. In the 11 games since, he's shot 50 percent or more six times. The winning returns. The grinning returns. A star is reborn, slowly but surely.
In his rise, fall and rise, Lin must have learned a thing or two, right? About fame? Yes. About life? Certainly. About his game?
Say, that sounds like a good idea for an article.
In what areas of his game has Jeremy Lin improved since that fateful February 4, 2012, on Seventh Avenue?