Monday, March 21, 2016

Linsanity - 7 stars out of 10

Linsanity - 7 stars out of 10

“Linsanity” chronicles the unlikely rise of Asian-American basketball star Jeremy Lin.  In addition to tracing his love of basketball, the documentary examines the inspiration that Lin finds through his Christian faith.  The film begins with a few moments from the Knicks vs. Nets game that determined whether Jeremy would make it in the NBA.  This game is later highlighted in its entirety and becomes the climax of the film once we understand how he got to that point.  Lin’s story begins with his immigrant parents who raised him with the priorities of God, then academics, then sports.  He was obviously an intellectual teenager because he was recruited by (and survived) Harvard University.  This documentary also touches on possible racism in basketball with an argument that Lin would have been picked up by an elite college basketball program and drafted into the NBA if he was not Asian.  Even after earning a spot on the Houston Rockets’ practice squad and being signed by the Golden State Warriors, his path to basketball fame was a rough one full of ups and downs.  And a pretty awesome indirect exchange with Kobe Bryant.  “Linsanity” will inevitably make you into a fan of Jeremy Lin.  He has lost some of his popularity since this documentary was made but his strong morals and impressive basketball skills make him a great role model.

[Pictured: It's awesome to see a person's dreams come true]

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