Many of us didn't closely follow Jeremy Lin as a player up until he joined the Rockets. We heard about Linsanity and saw ESPN deify him for a few weeks, but many of us didn't follow Jeremy Lin, the person. Here are some articles that have been written over the last couple of years on Jeremy Lin, Linsanity, and the importance his success means to the NBA, breaking the Asian stereotype.
Everyone knows his rise from a no-name, unsigned FA with Golden State to the big lights of Madison Square Garden, but be sure to catch all three pages in the SF Gate article. It talks about his struggles with his faith and basketball, his upbringing, and gives insight to how he could come into the NBA undrafted..
This 2012 article from CNN is about Lin having to deal with racism and his Asian stereotype, also highlights racism Asians encounter in America, and even devotes a sentence to Yao Ming's entry into the NBA. If you question Lin's character when confronting racism, then you don't know Lin, evident when former NY Daily News Anthony Federico reporter used a racial slur to headline an article about Jeremy Lin.
Federico should not be held to the fire by himself, though. Other media professionals have shown their propensity to use stereotypes. In fact, one thing Linsanity has shown us is that unfair stereotypes exist everywhere, corrupting our society.
Despite some of the stereotypes that exist within the sports industry, Linsanity also showed that that as long as you play ball, those stereotypes can be broken. The Linsanity craze that swept over the nation last year was crazy. Crap, even People Magazine had an article about him.
It's now been over a year since Linsanity started, and Jeremy Lin has websites dedicated to him and the cities of former franchises he played for, New York and Golden State, are still watching his journey.
How's it going to end for Lin? I hope, for both Lin and the Rockets' sake, it ends well, but until then, watch Jeremy Lin show you how to Lin.