Before screening Linsanity: The Movie at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York, I had my doubts about the film. It hasn’t even been two full years since “Linsanity” and the Houston Rocket’s career is only just beginning. Isn’t it a little too soon?
Two Sundays ago, Lin performed in front of a capacity crowd of 13,686 fans in Taiwan for the NBA Global Games. The Houston Rockets beat the Indiana Pacers 107-98 and Lin was electric. The kid has a flair for the dramatic, and for that, he has an ardent fan base. Linsanity is still going strong for the people of Taiwan.
Of course, Lin himself will admit that “Linsanity” was never his expectation. The “Linsanity” thing was a sort of divination of God. Or, at least, that’s the only way he can explain it.
For those not so religious, Lin’s talking head interviews may seem didactic at times. Not to say that this was the filmmakers’ intent, but perhaps it was that of Lin. For him, basketball is a vessel to spread the word of God. If you can suspend your disbelief, Lin’s more personal moments trying to reconcile his experience with his faith are some of the film’s more profound insights.
At it’s core, Linsanity is an underdog story that can appeal to anyone who’s had to put in double the effort for a shot. And if you’re Asian American, this is as much your story as it is about Jeremy Lin. It’s the Asian American Come Fly With Me.
words by Dat Winning (@datwinning)