Jeremy Lin's airport entourage is bigger and gives better greetings than yours.
Upon arriving in the Philippines for a Houston Rockets preseason game, Lin was met by a gaggle of enthusiastic fans, all of whom were holding up cameras or their thumbs.
Whatup Philipines!! Thanks for the crazy airport welcome...checked out mall of asia and off to dinner! Suggestions? pic.twitter.com/Lah52Eco2t— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) October 7, 2013
I suppose that's the benefit of being a global icon with over a million Twitter followers and a "rags-to-riches" story worthy of its own film—people care about where you're going, what you're doing and who you are in general.
In a former life, I traveled cross-country from New York to Los Angeles for a job interview. Awaiting me at LAX was a driver and a sign with my name on it. Next to the creation of the hypothetical high five, I thought that was the greatest thing in the world.
Then I saw this, a welcome that puts all other how-do-you-do salutations to shame.
Smiles are strewn throughout the picture at the sheer sight of him; everyone looks absolutely ecstatic. Just think of how the crowd would have reacted if they shook his hand, gave him a hug or he tussled their hair.
Though I can't say for sure what would have happened, I imagine the aftershock may have looked something like the reaction Kobe Bryant elicited during a recent trip to China:
Or maybe even this:
Be honest—you're jealous. If you're like me, the greatest ovation of your life came when Leslie Mann wasted the good surprise on you. Even then there were no flashing cameras, videos being recorded or attendees so excited their hands are waving in the air like they just don't care.
Only they do care. A great deal. That's how it seems. Why else would they gather together and look like they're about to meet One Direction or the Jonas Brothers?
Seriously, all that's missing from this picture is an "I heart Jeremy" sign complete with mini pictures of his face. And I'm not entirely sure there wasn't one. I could be persuaded to believe the holder of said sign swooned at the mere sight of him.
Overzealous poster or not, this is an airport greeting fit for a king. Or a certain Rockets starting point guard who has served as a universal inspiration.
At times like these, there's really no differentiating between the two.