By now you have probably heard about a new NBA phenomenon Jeremy Lin. Jeremy Lin is an undrafted point guard playing for New York Knicks, who is averaging 24.6 points, 8.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Lin owns the record for most points scored in first 6 games (136) to start NBA career, which is more than Kobe Brayant and even Michael Jordan. Although he has played only 7 NBA games this season, he helped his team win 6 of those 7 games and game at a critical time when almost all of their star players were lost to injuries. Two of the 6 games were against LA Lakers + Kobe Bryant and Dallas Mavericks + Dirk Nowitzki. Everyone calls his situation a miracle including Lin himself because he was a such an underdog to making the NBA that his chance was basically zero to none. He is truly a Cinderella story and who doesn’t like Cinderella stories
Jeremy Lin graduated from Harvard. What makes this fact so amazing is that only 3 Harvard graduates had made to the NBA until Lin’s emergence this year. Do you know how many US presidents were graduate from Harvard? Eight! That’s right. As a Harvard graduate, you have a better chance of becoming the US President than an NBA player. On top of this amazing fact, Jeremy Lin is the first Asian American to even play a game in NBA. There have been several Asian NBA players but they were all directly from Asia and did not grow up in the US.
As an underdog, Jeremy Lin is disciplined and hard worker. He knows he is not the best player and thus he makes his best effort to be better in playing basketball. Jeremy Lin works hard and shows up to every practice and game. Lin believes this is his key to being Linsanity. Jeremy Lin is an amazing person in my opinion because he basically proved to the world that hard work with discipline can bring greatness to just an ordinary person.
Perseverance also plays a big part in Linsanity. Even though Lin kept hearing that he is not good enough basketball player, he never quit and continued doing what he needed to do using his discipline and hard work habits. Both Cal and Standford passed on him by not giving him the scholarship and forced Lin to take his basketball skills to Harvard where he became the best Ivy league basketball player in history. For some reason, Lin’s accomplishments weren’t good enough to get drafted by any NBA teams. Lin persevered all this and continued to go after his dream of playing in NBA games.
Despite Lin’s work habits, discipline and perseverance, luck played a critical role in changing Jeremy Lin to Linsanity. Jeremy Lin was picked up by New York Knicks on December 27, 2011 and he was basically Knicks last and fourth point guard. The only reason why coach Mike D’Antoni decided to play Lin was because the other point guards were either injured or were totally ineffective. This situation was a pretty much all luck to Jeremy Lin because there was nothing he could have done to force this situation other than continuing to improve and persevere. Jeremy Lin was ready to grab and seize his opportunity and he did just that.
Jeremy Lin and his Linsanity is an amazing story. We are so excited to hear and follow Jeremy Lin. However, we should also examine closely and learn something from all this so that we ourselves can be better. Have you bought into Linsanity?