From Weakest Player to Knicks Phenomenon

Photo: REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Early on in his basketball career, his coach referred to him as, quote- “The physically weakest player on the team.” Not very encouraging words, but our story, or I should say his story, was about to take a sudden and exciting turn. Like a dramatic movie script, we begin to be drawn into the story of this one young man.

He is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history and the first American player in the league to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. While he is 6 ft 3inches tall and weighs in at 200lbs, his parents are both only 5’ 6”. Now, unless you have been on another planet or living off the grid, you know we are talking about Jeremy Lin. The high scoring, slam dunking phenomenon of 2012 who we now know as “Linsanity”.

Lin was quoted as saying, “ I think it’s a miracle from God. That’s how I would describe it because obviously I don’t think anybody expected this to happen.” Lin’s jersey was on sale and selling before he even stepped onto the court and heard the roar of the crowd attending his first NBA game.

From his childhood days of learning to play the game at the local YMCA with his dad, to playing for the New York Knicks, Lin’s story has drawn us in. Like a dramatic movie script, it’s a great thing when the unexpected events happen and not only bring fulfillment to the one who is experiencing those events but great enjoyment for all of us who get to watch.