Here are stories about Jeremy Lin by NYT and CBS -
Media Hype for Lin Stumbles on Race / New York Times
By DAVID CARR
You don’t have to be an economics graduate from Harvard like Jeremy Lin to do the math on the media explosion about Linsanity.
The suddenly celebrated Lin is a four-fer: a God-fearing, Asian-American, Ivy League benchwarmer who has changed the fortunes of the New York Knicks. That’s a lot of glorious idiosyncrasy in one camera-ready package, especially in a town teeming with copy-hungry journalists.
Add in the fact that he is an actual team player wearing a Knicks uniform and it’s like spotting a unicorn playing point guard at Madison Square Garden.
Since cracking the starting lineup because of an injury and other unusual circumstances, Lin, a 23-year-old, undrafted, unheralded, twice-cut player, has torn up the league, setting records for a first-time starter.
Unfortunately for Lin and the rest of us, the over-the-top coverage that followed ended over the line, exposing underlying racist tropes that still lurk in the id of American sports journalism, and by extension, the rest of us.
From the start, his run threatened the tabloid supply of puns and superlatives. “Lincredible!” shouted The New York Post on Feb. 11. And because tabloids have a back page and front page to shout from, we’ve sometimes been treated to a double dose of wordplay: “Lin and a Prayer” was the cover headline on The Daily News one day last week, while the back page blared “Just Lin Time.”
But all the froth and fun started to curdle, first on Twitter — the Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock tweeted a crude reference about Lin’s anatomy and the boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. suggested that Lin was getting attention because of his ethnicity, not his accomplishments — and then in the tabloid press — on Wednesday, perhaps at a loss after several breathless days of punning, The Post went with the unfortunate “Amasian!”
The combination of Lin’s ethnicity and accomplishments created some excess, but no one could have predicted how low it might go. On Saturday, an article on ESPN’s mobile site recycled an ancient and blatantly offensive ethnic slur, and in the process suggested that some corners of sports journalism remained a backwater in the culture, a place untouched by a history of civil rights struggle and decades of progress. ESPN quickly changed the headline and has fired the person who wrote it, but not before all but ruining a sweet sporting story.
It would be lovely to rewind the tape and get back to a story that resonated with people like me — I wouldn’t watch pro basketball with your eyes — for reasons that have nothing to do with Lin’s ancestry and everything to do with his improbable rise.
Lin came out of nowhere — the last Harvard player in the N.B.A. was a half-century ago — which is all the more unusual in pro basketball, where, unlike pro baseball and football, almost every player comes with a strong pedigree and a high draft number.
The back story was irresistible: Lin was sleeping on his brother’s couch on the Lower East Side; as a high school recruit, he was ignored by Stanford even though he played almost just down the street. Every angle was explored, including his Taiwanese grandmother taking in a game on television. (You know that something bigger than sports is under way when a politician mediates a cable dispute that has kept Lin off the air in parts of New York and basks in the reflected glory, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York did on Friday.)
Pablo S. Torre, now a reporter for Sports Illustrated, first wrote about Lin in 2007 back when he worked at The Harvard Crimson. He has enjoyed watching and contributing to the mushroom cloud of coverage.
“I think there is every kind of demographic outlier in play with this story,” he said. “The beating heart of the story, no matter what anybody says, is the fact that he is Asian-American. Yes, the N.B.A. has Yao Ming, but Jeremy is normal-size and from this country, so it creates this huge cognitive dissonance. There is a novelty factor to seeing someone who looks like Jeremy doing this.”
Unfortunately, that novelty presented some asymmetries that turned an unlikely rise on any number of levels into a single note about race. The real story is more complicated and interesting than the one that lived in punny, lazy headlines: Lin is a proud Christian, which brings in the heartland. As an Asian-American, he represents the triumph of the immigrant. East Coast elites can find traction in his Harvard background, while actual basketball fans cannot resist his court knowledge and deft shooting hand.
This is a story that had something for everyone, including the journalists who covered it. Even though sports reporters are thought to be a deeply cynical bunch, every once in while a tale comes along that turns them all into fanboys. Here, amid the millionaires and endless contract talks, was a genuinely heartwarming saga. It may be bad manners to clap in the press box, but that doesn’t mean reporters can’t root for an amazing story.
The Lin story has broken out into the general culture because it is aspirational in the extreme, fulfilling notions that have nothing to do with basketball or race. Most of us are not superstars, but we believe we could be if only given the opportunity. We are, as a matter of practicality, a nation of supporting players, but who among us has not secretly thought we could be at the top of our business, company or team if the skies parted and we had our shot?
“I think once you get past all of these interesting variables of race, it is the quintessential underdog story,” said Jason Gay, sports columnist at The Wall Street Journal, calling it the stuff of Hollywood screenplays.
How important is the theme of under-recognized brilliance? Mr. Gay wrote a piece about Ed Weiland, a part-time blogger and FedEx driver who first predicted two years ago — based on a lot of wonky statistical analysis — that “Jeremy Lin is a good enough player to start in the N.B.A. and possibly star.” For two days last week, that article was the most popular one on WSJ.com. When a journeyman blogger spots greatness in a journeyman point guard and you insert the alchemy of achievement, you’ve got a tale with legs.
Of course, what Lin is achieving is most likely not sustainable. Reporters who are penning exultant homage will be more than happy to be part of the crew that installs his feet of clay. But for the time being, who can blame them for hopping into the froth and ginning up more?
Sports, even for those of us who spent a fair amount of time being the last picked, are a palliative to the small and large indignities of actual life, a way to change the subject to the triumphs and failings of others. When someone who had been written off takes over Madison Square Garden and owns all the monied players around him, it’s hard not to stop typing and marvel, along with the rest of the nation.
“A kid of out of nowhere plays lights-out basketball and has magical success in the center of the media world,” said Terry McDonnell, the editor of Sports Illustrated, which put Lin on the cover last week. “What’s not to like?”
What’s not to like is that part where some doofus writes a blatantly racist headline and a wonderful yarn turns ugly.
It turns out that the road to excess does not lead to the palace of wisdom, as William Blake said a long time ago. Sometimes the road to excess ends up in the ditch.
Fmr. President Clinton Gripped By “Lin”sanity
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There’s only a few people who could upstage the Big Three of the Miami Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Sunday, one of those people showed up and shared his thoughts on the “Linsanity” that is gripping the nation.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Miami and took in part of the Heat’s victory over the Orlando Magic Sunday afternoon.
The Heat won the game 90-78, but it wasn’t the Heat that was getting the attention of President Clinton, instead it was the “Linsanity” that is following New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin.
“Well, I’m a New Yorker I like it,” former President Bill Clinton told CBS4?s Jim Berry of the Jeremy Lin-phenomenon. “You know, he’s a very impressive guy. He makes the most of the team.”
Lin has come out of nowhere to become one of the leaders of the New York Knicks team.
Playing in Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni’s point guard friendly system has helped, but Lin has been playing lights out, with the exception of having problems with turnovers.
Lin played his college ball at Harvard and then disappeared before showing up for the Knicks a few weeks ago.
Since then, he’s averaged 14.3 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game while playing only 24 minutes a game.
Sunday, Lin poured in 28 points, 14 assists and 7 turnovers, in just his latest stellar performance that has earned him a trip to All-Star weekend in Orlando this weekend.
One of the biggest problems that many NBA pundits have pointed to is that when Carmelo Anthony finally returns to the lineup, Lin’s numbers and ability to make plays will drop dramatically as Carmelo begins to hog the ball and the shots.
Clinton isn’t worried about his Knicks making the transition.
“They’re [the Knicks] playing like a team and I think they’ll integrate Carmelo and Amare fine,” Clinton said. “I think it will be great. I think they’re a real team; look what they did today, it’s great.”
Lin’s story has become something of a legend as he’s come out of nowhere to be the hottest thing in the NBA not in Miami. Clinton said it’s easy to see why people identify with the former Crimson star
“He was sleeping on his brother’s couch and then became the starting point guard for a pro basketball team. I mean that is a smart, hard-working kid, good values.”
No one knows how good Lin can be this year or in the following seasons. But, Clinton believes in Lin just like the rest of New York and knows in the end, for Lin, it’s all about the win.
“I think it’s a Cinderella story,” Clinton said. “He’s a winner. He’s just one of those guys that knows how to win.”
I was woken up this morning by a call from a lady in love.
The object of her love is Jeremy Lin.
The lady explained that this boy is the hottest property of the Chinese diaspora at the moment. She went like really ga ga over the boy.
"I am no longer Chinese....I am Linese," she said, giggling like a school girl. Obviously forgotten was her long time love for handsome boy Guan Eng of DAP.
Eh auntie, you are not that young any more lah.
And get that Valentine spelling correct, ok? So malu la.
Anyway, here is a bit of Jeremy Lin from Wikipedia -
Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player with the New York Knicksof the National Basketball Association (NBA). After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and beingundrafted out of college, the 2010 Harvard University graduate reached a partially guaranteed contract deal later that year with his hometown Golden State Warriors. After his first year, he was waived by the Warriors and the Houston Rockets in the preseason before joining the Knicks early in the 2011–12 season. Lin is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history, and the first American player in the league to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.
And here is Jeremy in action -