Remember when Linsanity was a thing?
Jeremy Lin captured a Lin-finite amount of hearts in 2012 by rising from benchwarmer to franchise savior for a few glorious weeks. The fun faded when he left New York's bright spotlight and vanished under the scorching Houston sun.
Well, fire the Jeremy Lin Word Generator back up, because we'll have to dust off our pun game when the point guard becomes relevant again this fall.
The story of the young point guard who defied stereotypes of a typical Asian American man with a Harvard degree Lin-spired the nation early last year, but his 15 minutes of fame are not to be forgotten. A documentary, aptly titled Linsanity, will relive Lin's rapid rise to prominence.
Set for a limited release on Oct. 4, the Evan Leong-directed film chronicles Lin's unlikely path to becoming the NBA's first American player of Taiwanese descent.
It's easy to cynically call this a cheap ploy to capitalize on the hype before he becomes a footnote, but the trailer indicates a well-produced film that transcends way beyond "Remember that time Lin scored 38 points to beat the Los Angeles Lakers?"
Leong started to collect footage well before Lin made it to the NBA. He highlights his Harvard days as an unknown clawing to the top.
It only makes sense that Lin's story transfers over to the big screen. How many weary skeptics said it felt like a cheesy Hollywood flick while Lin scored 19.2 points per contest during a 24-game stretch?
Lin toiled around the league with little luck, rotting on the Golden State Warriors' bench for part of the 2010-11 season. He then shifted uniforms to instead watch from the New York Knicks' sideline, famously sleeping on teammate Landry Field's couch.
The Knicks were in dire condition, losing 11 of their last 13 games and fading fast down the Eastern Conference ranks. A slew of injuries led Mike D'Antoni to call his number, and Lin quickly delivered with 25 points, seven assists and five assists off the bench.
And so it began.
As expected, the Lin freight train lost steam over time as defenses began honing in on his shortcomings, forcing him to drive left. But if this documentary succeeds in the box office, Lin becomes a large figure again. After all, we're talking about him now, aren't we?
The Los Angeles Times' Ben Bolch spoke highly of the film, praising it for encapsulating Lin's likability that elevated him to fame even among those with little interest in basketball.
...It makes you feel as if you could be watching someone you know—a brother, cousin, best friend—and that the moments being captured are as authentic as the New York Knicks jersey hanging from Lin’s shoulders.
More importantly, Lin will be ready to capitalize on his return to notoriety by producing on the court. Despite a monumental loss of coverage, Lin's production barely dropped.
He went from shooting 44.6 percent with the Knicks to 44.1 percent with the Rockets, but his scoring average fell from 14.6 to 13.4 points per game with James Harden carrying the load.
Now he gets to work the pick-and-roll with Dwight Howard, which alleviates the point guard of even more pressure. Former NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon, who worked with Howard and Lin last week in Colorado, praised the new dynamic duo (h/t FOX Sports' Shawn Ramsey).
Just the little offense I saw, that combination is very deadly. You can see that both of them are very excited, seeing that, 'Wow, we bring the right ingredients together.'
Lin may never match those magical weeks with the Knicks that catapulted his career, but he now has a movie about his life and two All-Stars to keep him company on a title contender. Linsanity will return with the guard taking Houston to Lin-finity and beyond.
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