Any basketball fan knows all about Linsanity. There was probably a month-long stretch where ESPN basically survived on Linsanity stories alone. The man at the center of it all was, of course, Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American, Harvard-educated point guard who got cut by a couple of teams before the Knicks, in desperation, tossed him out there straight from the bench. Enter: Linsanity.
Documentary filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong (who introduces a brief clip from the documentary below) actually started following Lin long before Linsanity ever erupted. Years before, in fact, so he’s either the smartest man alive, or the luckiest.
Jeremy Lin came from a humble background to make an unbelievable run in the NBA. State high school champion, all-Ivy League at Harvard, undrafted by the NBA and unwanted there: his story started long before he landed on Broadway.
“Linsanity” features voiceover narration by Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost”, “Hawaii Five-O”), and recently made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. My guess is, the documentary will end up on either NBA TV or ESPN. I’m frankly shock it hasn’t been added to ESPN’s ongoing sports documentaries line-up already. This looks tailor made for that.
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