for those of you who have no idea what LINSANITY is, for those of you who missed out back in 2012, this post is for you! i will provide as many links and videos in this post as i can, and i will break things down in true shonblog fashion. it’s never too late to catch up, and it’s not too late to relive the moment. so let’s do it.
those of you who followed jeremy around the time of the summer league (july 2010), i’m talking about the game against the #1 draft pick, john wall… knew that we were watching something special. it was in your face poof that there can be a star NBA player of high caliber and of asian-american background. it was only a matter of time and it was about damn time.
(pause) i won’t focus too much on how much of a roller coaster ride it was for jeremy in this post. if you think you have ups and downs in your life, you have no idea… imagine being at the absolute top, being hailed as greatest in your profession by people, the media and experts because you made history and broke records set by other who are regarded as the best, simultaneously, imagine having people who’s sole purpose in life was to watch you fail, they made it their job to make sure you tripped and fell at every opportunity…. imagine every little mistake you make on the job and off, then have those mistakes blown out of proportions and used against you, to down play your success and achievements or even to say that they were a fluke… you see why i don’t want to go into this topic? just go watch the movie! i want to focus purely on the hype and excitement.
flash forward to february 4th 2012….i still have hd recordings of the game (knicks vs. nets) where Jeremy earned his NBA contract! there was no doubt that Lin was going to be cut from the knicks, BUT then he got his opportunity, he got his chance to get what he wanted the most in life. since basketball is jeremy’s life, he was essentially fighting for his life in this game but what was special was, he was smiling and having the time of his life. it was as if everyone could relate to him on another level, as if we could feel his pain, his struggles..
after three consecutive wins, Lin was the headline for the game against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on 2/10/12. This was the game that changed everything. If you didn’t know who Jeremy Lin was at that point in time, you had a friend that did.
“He’s the toast of New York…” as if scoring 38 points against Kobe wasn’t enough, a few days later, this happened…
but that was linsanity 2012… who knows what the future will hold.