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Jeremy Lin's three meaningful minutes
November, 11, 2010
By Matt Wong
I won't lie. The main reason I went to the Garden Wednesday night wasn't to check out my beloved Knicks, or welcome back one of my all-time faves, David Lee. It was to see the Warriors' Jeremy Lin in action.
And I wasn’t alone. At the 9:26 mark in the second quarter, Lin checked into the game to loud applause, presumably from the many Asian-Americans in attendance.
And in the second half, I know I wasn’t the only one who would have been just fine if the Knicks, down 17 with 3:15 left in the third, mailed it in to ensure some garbage-time minutes for Lin.
But, alas, the Knicks made it a game, only to lose anyway, and Lin rode the pine the rest of the night.
Still, it was a night to remember.
Asked about the ovation he received from the crowd, he responded as humbly as one possibly could:
“Thank you. That’s all I have to say, ‘Thank you to everyone who’s cheering for me.’”
Let’s get this straight: This isn’t like watching Yao or Yi -- two giants who were imported from China. Asian-Americans can more easily relate to the path Lin had to take to get to the NBA. When watching him on the layup lines, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that I knew him, that I must’ve played ball with him before … or that, wait a minute … he was me -- the first Asian-American to make the NBA (with all apologies to Wat Misaka)!
This was a whole new basketball experience. One that I can only hope is here to stay.
In the meantime, Lin is taking every opportunity to keep learning the NBA game and figuring out how to transition from playing the 2 in college to handling the 1 in the pros -- two of his hardest adjustments so far, he says.
“There’s a lot of learning on my end to be done. Controlling tempo, which play calls to make, when to attack ...
“It’s just the very beginning and I understand that.”
Still, despite playing only three minutes on this night, his impact on the game was deeper than he might realize: He has captured the imagination of many Asian-American fans around the country. Including mine.
And all I have to say to that is: Thank you, Jeremy Lin.
Oh the marketing departments in the NBA and Knicks offices have to be salivating and rooting for this guy to pick up the Asian fan base after Yao's retirement!!!
Of course, I'm enjoying every second of this underdog story!!!