Okay, okay…yes it’s only been a week however he is taking the NBA and the Big Apple (New York) by storm. Yes, like everyone else I too must talk about Jeremy Lin, first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, the NEW story of the NBA. Helping the New York Knicks to a season long six game winning streak Jeremy Lin, has poured in more points than ANY NBA player in history in their first five games. (136pts). Yes, more than Mr. Air Jordan himself, more than LeBron “King” James, and any other NBA great. “Linsanity” has grown to a point that ESPN has had a “Linsational” highlight of him every night over the past week. Lin’s performance has once again opened the gates to the NBA being truly a globe sport. Beside baseball, which is still far behind basketball in highlighting non-American athletes, other professional’s sports lack the push like the NBA. The effort that Yao Ming had on the NBA has been shattered by “Super Lintendo”; yes he has a million of nicknames. My hope is when the New York Knicks return to full strength, having Melo in the lineup, that Mr. Lincredible doesn’t face to black.
I believe what makes Lin’s story more unique is that it shows fans that there are players who truly work hard, has the passion to live out their dreams of playing on the big stage, and in bright lights. And, the money will come after they’re given a ‘real’ shot. Working through so many roadblocks to play in a Knicks jersey is what draws us in. Playing college ball at Harvard, not your average power-house basketball factory, goes un-drafted, only to play in the NBA Development League and being cut twice (sorry Golden State & Houston) why not cheer for him.
If you haven’t seen any of what I’m talking about check out the video and you’ll see. Talk about a feel-good story! Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Means you will have Success.