Whether you follow basketball or not you would have to live under a rock to not have heard of Linsanity. Right after watching the YouTube video of Jeremy Lin, a New York Knicks basketball player, landed a three-point shot with only five seconds left in a tied game against the Raptors, you may start to have symptoms of the disease that is sweeping Americans everywhere. Symptoms that include tuning into every game he plays so you can say you saw his next amazing move.
YouTube has pages and pages of videos showing Jeremy Lin bringing excitement to every game he plays. One video, that has over a million views, shows Kobe Bryant talking before a game against the Knicks and not knowing much about Lin. A few days later, after Jeremy Lin scores a career-high 38 points in a game against Kobe and the Lakers, Bryant quickly learns all about Lin. A Harvard graduate who after just ten days in the NBA got his alma mater as well as the entire state of New York excited. A remarkable player that has stores struggling to keep his jersey stocked, websites flooded with searches for him, and people all over the world truly going insane for anything related to a guy that a few weeks ago was a bench warmer and preparing to be cut from the team.
The NBA had a rough start this season and Jeremy Lin may be just what the league needs to get people excited about the sport of basketball again. Not only will the New York Knicks, Nike, and the NBA profit greatly from Lin's success, his former college is getting some attention as well. "We are also having a surge on our YouTube page," Tim Williamson, assistant director of Harvard athletic communications, told The Huffington Post, "which includes videos of when Jeremy played here."
With people like Magic Johnson and President Obama taking notice, what does Lin have to say about Linsanity?
"Sometimes you come up against a mountain and you end up making the mountain seem bigger than God," said Lin, who spoke with a newspaper via phone (on the condition that questions be limited to the issue of his spirituality). Last year with the Warriors, "I was on pins and needles. I was putting all this unnecessary pressure on myself. Now, I feel like I'm free out there."
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