NEW YORK (BVM) — Over the past couple of decades, there has not been much to cheer about for New York Knicks fans. But on Oct. 11, they’ll be able to relive one of the best moments of the century for the franchise.
HBO has announced the release of a documentary about the short, yet dominant stretch by point guard Jeremy Lin known as “Linsanity”.
The legacy of Linsanity.#38AtTheGarden, an @HBO original documentary that chronicles the extraordinary ascendence of point guard Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) during his landmark 2012 season with the New York Knicks, premieres October 11 on @HBOMax. pic.twitter.com/j39QKuwI0d
— HBO Documentaries (@HBODocs) September 20, 2022
Lin excelled at Harvard before he tried his hand at the NBA, but unfortunately went undrafted.
After getting Summer League and D-League stints with the Mavericks, Lakers and Warriors, he finally got a chance to play in a regular season game with Golden State. He played in 29 games and only put up 2.6 points per game, but his biggest impact was becoming the first American of Chinese descent to play in the NBA.
After getting waived by the Warriors in training camp the following season, Lin would put together one of the most memorable spectacles in sports history.
As a 23-year-old, Lin famously slept on his brother’s couch in New York City just hoping to get another shot at living out his dream. Lin got his chance in Feb 2012.
After some solid performances for the Knicks D-League affiliate in Westchester, Lin was called up.
Head coach Mike D’Antoni took a chance on him by giving him playing time and he prevailed.
Lin scored 25 points, while racking up seven assists and five rebounds in his Knicks’ debut against the Brooklyn Nets. This would be the beginning of his takeover of New York City.
He would be moved into the starting lineup after that, leading them to two more wins.
Arguably the peak of “Linsanity” came in a matchup with the Lakers at Madison Square Garden. He outdueled Kobe Bryant by scoring 38 points, leading the Knicks to a 92-85 win.
They would continue to roll with a win over Minnesota, setting up the best moment of Lin’s career stretch.
In a tight game with the Raptors in Toronto, Lin was trusted with the ball for the final possession. After a few dribbles, Lin knocked down the game-winning shot with half a second remaining.
After playing 26 games for the Knicks, Lin would tear his meniscus.
That offseason, the Rockets gave the point guard a three-year, 25 million dollar deal and the Knicks opted not to match.
Unfortunately, Lin never became a star like some had hoped he would, but his story of perseverance will be one that all Knicks fans, and NBA fans, will want to relive in October.