‘Linsanity’ ~ CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation
In February 2012, an entire nation of basketball fans unexpectedly went ‘Linsane.’ Stuck in the mire of a disappointing season, the New York Knicks did what no other NBA team had thought about doing. They gave backup point guard Jeremy Lin an opportunity to prove himself. He took full advantage, scoring more points in his first five NBA starts than any other player in the modern era, and created a legitimate public frenzy in the process.
“Undrafted. Unwanted. Unwavering.”
Prior to this now-legendary run, Lin had faced adversity in his career at every turn. He wasn’t offered a scholarship by any major university, nor was he drafted by any NBA team after a standout collegiate career at Harvard.
Although I’m not a fan of sports at all, if I had to pick one sport to like, it would be basketball. I used to love watching our High School Basketball games.
‘Linsanity’ far exceeded my expectations for a sports documentary. Jeremy Lin fought for everything he achieved and he received what he deserved and fought for, but what he had to go through to get it, most people would have given up.
Jeremy saw how God orchestrated the events in his life, even the many trials, which led him to a closer walk with God.
The prejudice against Jeremy because Asian men aren’t supposed to be able to play basketball, was so surprising to me. I know prejudice is everywhere but, for some reason, I’m always shocked by it. After all, we were ALL created by the same God, we are ALL brothers and sisters, whether we admit it or not. The Theory of Evolution certainly didn’t help society by bringing in the idea that we just happened…and came from apes. No wonder society is so messed up.
A few more things spoke to me during this film:
- Jeremy mentioned that after the age of 8 or 9 they weren’t allowed to watch TV except for the playoffs. (This reminded me of the famous brain surgeon, Ben Carson, who started out with a lot of problems at school, but his mom made him and his brother start reading instead of watching TV all the time) (TV has had a very negative impact on our society even though it has some great qualities too)
- Jeremy’s close-knit family was a huge part of his success.
- When Jeremy began to think too much of himself, God allowed his faith to be tested by him getting hurt. We all need lessons like this. (I remember back in College I was walking between classes and I was thinking about something I had done and really giving myself a lot of credit and I tripped and almost fell. I looked up and immediately said, OK God, sorry. I guess I needed that snap back into reality.)
- Jeremy finding peace when he was playing only for God. Another great point we need to remember. His focus was right.
- He was constantly improving, even though he was already great at basketball. We should all be growing and improving in our lives as well.
- So much pressure and so many testing times…yet he persevered and it paid off.
This documentary really blessed me and gave me a deep respect for Jeremy Lin. We would highly recommend this film, especially for those that are considering sports careers and those that love basketball.
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