Wow. Thanks a lot, Jeremy Lin. Now I have to root for the Knicks.
As a general rule, I only follow two teams: my alma mater’s (Go Bruins!) and the Lakers. Neither team has been particularly exciting these past few years. Don’t even mention CP3; everyone knows there’s only one basketball team in L.A. Los Angeles isn’t a football town, and UCLA isn’t a football school (Sorry, Bruins), so it’s been fairly simple to live a life of limited sports consumption.
Until recently, Jeremy Lin was only well-known in Asian-American communities. Chinese and Taiwanese press have been tracking his career for years, but nothing much came out of it. Undrafted after college, Lin was shuffled between various teams. He scored single digits in every game he played. He’s been in and out of the D-League, as recently as just a few weeks ago. He’s only 6’3. His contract with the Knicks wasn’t even guaranteed until last week, so Lin has been sleeping on his brother’s couch in lieu of securing permanent housing.