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The Big DayMarch 1st, 2012
The big day is here.

My recent thoughts.


The story of Jeremy Lin is a story about resilience and focus. After failing to secure any athletic scholarships, he got admitted to the one and only Harvard graduating with a degree in economics. But it seems his sights were set somewhere else, on the court to be precise. His dreams were alive despite the fact that his prowess was either unnoticed or ignored altogether. Upon being signed by New York Knicks, his fame has grown by leaps and bound, breaking records some which have stood from way back in 1977. His race may have been a stumbling block early in his basketball career but with persistence, he has trailedblazed to become the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA.
And so yesterday the Knicks-Heat game was bound to be a crowd pulling thriller. It didn’t disappoint, it lived to its billing. In attendance were Superstars in their own rights Film Director Spike Lee, Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Chad Ochocinco and Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison. When the Miami topped the Knicks 102-88, to claim the bragging rights, talking heads got into frenzy. Was he overrated? Or did he rely on mere luck?. Of relevance here is the fact that it was not going to be a walk in the park for Lin with the likes of Wade and LeBron James competing for honours against him.
I believe he’s being judged harshly bearing in mind that it was not Jeremy Lin against the Heat, it was team against team. Heats played a better and strong game and deserved to win, and win they did with a comfortable points difference. Each move had to be coordinated. It should be noted that by virtue of having been under intense media spotlight and scrutiny, objective analysis of the game took a back seat to subjective reporting.
The positive attributes of his life should take precedence over his apparent failure to break the Heats defence in a single game. This is after all a man who despite failing to secure any athletic scholarship offers out of high school and having to live with the sad fact of ending up undrafted out of college, he has become a global brand. This is the kind of story that those who feel down need to be told, this is a story of the minority proving individual capability that they shouldn’t give up. Students also need to learn from him that life is not always about sports, education is of paramount importance. His dream schools Stanford and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) never saw what the world is seeing now; before he chose to attend Harvard in hindsight I believe they are cursing their judgement. Talk of the stone that the builder refused becoming the head cornerstone.


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