The Houston Jeremy Lins played the Indiana Pacers in an exhibition in Taipei on Sunday, and as you might expect, a capacity crowd was firmly behind the Jeremy Lins from the start. Some highlights are above.
We haven't checked in with Jeremy Lin for a while, but it appears he's been busy. Currently in Taiwan, Lin gave an emotional speech at a youth camp recently about his struggles last season in his first full season as a starter. SI.com's Point Forward blog has this excerpt, via a two-hour video on YouTube.
Chris Tang caught our attention in February 2012, when it looked like he might be the best Chinese high school basketball player on the planet. He has the size (6-foot-3 last we checked, though he's likely still growing), the athletic ability, and the shooting touch. He's also enrolled at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, a veritable factory for basketball players at elite college programs across the country.
“There aren’t many basketball stars who step off the bench and directly into the dictionary,” begins 60 Minutes’s Jeremy Lin story — only slightly belated. The part that’s probably most interesting is when Lin talks, frankly, about race and stereotyping. This from the show’s transcript:
We’re given no details as to why Jeremy Lin posed with former NBA All-Stars Dikembe Mutombo and Yao Ming, but when you stand next to people who are 7-foot-2 (2.18 meters) and 7-foot-6 (2.29 meters), you’re bound to look, in Lin’s words, “like an infant,” even if you stand a whopping 191 centimeters. Keep your... Read more »
Is there any pro athlete who stars in as many amateur short films as Jeremy Lin? When it comes to humility, this future pastor is the real deal. Check him out in the latest, "The Last Pick," produced by Jubilee Project for the Jeremy Lin Foundation (brought to us by 8Asians).
And here's J-Lin in his first SportsCenter commercial:
Jeremy Lin caused us to launch prematurely. We had a date in mind for Beijing Cream’s debut — February 21, for reasons that now elude me — but Lin began tearing it up in New York earlier in the month, and I just couldn’t sit on Linsanity. Who could? Five of the first seven posts... Read more »
The play has obviously been whistled dead, which would explain why Xinjiang’s Von Wafer (No. 12) is walking away from the basket. Nonetheless, we love this picture. Everyone should be as happy as Yi Jianlian while playing sports, to say nothing of soaring above the rim to throw down a one-handed dunk.
Jeremy Lin had a pretty good outing in his Houston Rockets debut on Wednesday, a 105-96 win at Detroit, scoring 12 points with 8 assists and notching a plus/minus of +23. He was overshadowed, however, by another Houston newcomer, James Harden, who played a more or less perfect game: 37 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds,... Read more »
Jeremy Lin, you've truly made it. Following in the footsteps of Shaquille O'Neal, Tracy McGrady, et al., Lin is the latest NBA player to film a Chinese commercial. How'd he do in his one-minute spot for KFC, featuring a lot of smiles, more than one spin move, and several dunks? Judge for yourself. I'm pretty upset they didn't fully recreate his game-winning three-pointer vs. the Raptors (he actually shot from the top of the arc!).
Asian YouTube sensation Kevin (of channel kevjumba) has a new video, and it features his Instagram-loving, high-expectations Asian dad (PapaJumba), and Jeremy Lin. The real Jeremy Lin, who signed with the Houston Rockets in the offseason and is expected to continue assuming his mantle as the most famous Asian basketball player in the world. The skit nails some stereotypes on the head. Kevin trying to say "I don't know" in Chinese is probably the best part (it's so, so consciously bad!), especially in light of Lin's surprisingly decent Mandarin. I wonder how long he practiced his lines.
Jeremy Lin was in Taiwan on Saturday for the debut of his first TV commercial, a low-budget production (hey, gotta start somewhere) in which he delivers this line:
“No one expected me to be a starter, take game winning shots, or even play in this league. Well, I’m not here to live up to anyone’s expectations, I’m here to live up to mine.”
Via Buzzfeed‘s Jack Moore, apparently Jeremy Lin expressed his love of Fruit Roll-Ups on February 12 in a tweet. The company was so touched by this — or realized they were touched by it three days later, when Lin did this — that they constructed a replica of his jersey using just their product. That... Read more »
Reports of Linsanity’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. For one, he’s still starting. For another, his inspirational story of hard work, perseverance, and being Asian is coming to the silver screen. This was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? According to China Daily, a Beijing-based culture and media company called Lafeng Entertainment is in preproduction... Read more »
Via Deadspin, the adult illustrators over at Art of Jaguar have drawn Jeremy Lin getting suckled by four incredibly lusty women. Everything about it is pretty good except the caption — “linside me” is so last month. I know it’s a workday, fellas, so click continue reading with discretion.
The above video is of 6-foot-2 (possibly 6-3) guard Chris Tang of Hampton Roads Academy, who was just featured tonight on Beijing Television's show "BTV Talking Sports" (体育议起来) as part of a 20-minute segment on Jeremy Lin. The show's analyst initially seemed taken aback when the anchor introduced a clip of Tang with the phrase, "I don't know if you're familiar with this...," but the analyst recovered nicely and spouted some hackneyed answer I didn't bother remembering.
Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky posted excerpts of an email sent by the Asian American Journalists Association yesterday (earlier today for those in China) that includes a list of stereotypes for journalists to avoid when covering Jeremy Lin. As Petchesky hilariously points out, “Half of these are references nobody’s even made yet, so thanks, AAJA, for giving racists... Read more »