Has Jeremy Lin finally let the fame go to his head?
According to his thoroughly amusing new video on YouTube, his friends think so.
While the mention of a new tattoo has probably done wonders for this video's viral sustainability, we are fairly confident it is in fact a well-played ruse. Sometimes it pays to watch the outtakes. I did my part to expose the truth Mr. Lin wasn't even really trying to hide.
Disappointing. pic.twitter.com/S1FPXr38qF— Stephen Babb (@StephenBabb) August 15, 2013
There was nothing disappointing about the rest of this masterpiece, though.
In fact, there are a few rewarding surprises along the way, not least among them Steve Nash showing up and playing the part of Jeremy Lin's new workout buddy (much to Lin's old workout buddy's chagrin). And even if we aren't buying Lin's ink, his mom's reaction is pretty spot on.
As for Harden's surprise at the lefty layup, there may be more truth to that than the tattoo—or at least there was back in 2012, via Grantland's Sebastian Pruiti:
Lin's proven weakness over the last 11 games is his inability to go left: using his left hand, driving to the left, or finishing with his left hand. Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings noticed. They would either force him away from the screen if it was set on his right, or into his screen if it was set on the left. Once the basketball went into his left hand, defenses didn't allow him to bring it back to his right.
So yes, if the left hand's working, Mr. Lin has indeed changed.
Of course, Houston Rockets fans can be forgiven for wondering what happened to the old Jeremy Lin, too. There were times—most of the times, really—when he didn't measure up to the loftiest of expectations established amid his Linsane ascension with the New York Knicks in 2012.
But the reason this is all so entertaining is that Lin hasn't changed, not in any of the ways that really matter. And he probably never will.