Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is one of the most polarizing figures in the history of professional athletics. Lin has become a global superstar, despite owning less than 150 games of NBA experience and producing at a less-than-elite level.
Once Linsanity, a documentary about Lin's life and career, is released, every fan needs to see it because of his amazing story.
Evan Leong directs Linsanity, which is narrated by Daniel Dae Kim of Lost and Hawaii Five-0 fame. It's been shown at multiple film festivals across the country and has received strong reviews, like this one from Justin Chang of Variety.
It's rare that an athlete can become such a compelling figure that individuals with no interest in professional sports begin to idolize him.
That's been the case for Lin, and it's the primary reason you need to see this film.
As someone who lived in New York City at the peak of Linsanity, I can offer firsthand experience when it comes to the craze. Not only were Lin jerseys and t-shirts being sold at every sports store across the five boroughs—as the New York Daily News illustrated in Feb. of 2012—but he transcended athletics.
It was almost as difficult to find a restaurant without Lin's face plastered over some sort of promotion as it was for players to defend him.
By comparison, Knicks superstars Carmelo Anthony, who won the scoring title in 2013, and Tyson Chandler, who won the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year award, saw their fame shrink. That's hardly a slight on Anthony or Chandler, or even Amar'e Stoudemire, but it's the truth.
According to Mike Ozanian of Forbes, Lin transitioned from a no-name athlete to being worth $14 million in a span of nine days. That number matched him with Kobe Bryant at the time, bringing him to No. 6 amongst all global athletes.
It's safe to say that we've never seen an individual rise up in such a dramatic fashion.
This type of increase in both financial value and international fame is so unprecedented that it's worth documenting. Love him or hate him, Linsanity will be remembered as a defining moment in this generation of NBA basketball.
If that's not intriguing enough, how about a look into the life of a global superstar?
Without looking too far into the blurred lines of race, it's no secret that there have been a shortage of Asian players in NBA history. The two greatest success stories, however, have been Lin and Yao Ming, who have both built up international fanbases.
The video above will show you just how passionate fans across the world are about Lin. Whether you love him, hate him or feel impartial, what Lin has done for the global expansion of the NBA is worth marveling.
Even if you're uninterested in the on-court aspect of Lin's career, there is more to his story than his weeks of greatness with the Knicks. Not only is he a man of faith, but he's traveled the world to promote the international growth of basketball.
In his travels, there's certain to be stories that fans of every kind can enjoy and appreciate. If that's not enough to peak your interest, the movie will also illustrate the battles and injustices that Lin has experienced with race.
Regardless of what reason you choose, Linsanity is must-see material.
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