I’m In With The Lin Crowd

Count me in with the growing number of admirers, if not fans of the New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin. Though it’s hard to root for a team rising in the East that may overtake this year’s too-good-to-be-true Sixers, the SI column today by Frank Deford gives all the reasons why it’s easy to be in with the Lin crowd.  Deford makes a good point that Lin represents all the underdogs who never get a chance to shine.  A couple of points I haven’t seen made yet:  1)  As a Harvard graduate, Lin is that rare breed of Ivy League player who makes good in professional sports.  Of course the Knicks had an incredible Ivy Leaguer by the name of Bill Bradley who wasn’t too shabby in his day.   2) Though much has been made of Lin’s Asian heritage, Yao Ming was an improbable Asian star as a center.  Though Lin is evolving into a phenomenon, one’s body of work has to be judged in context and in time.  We’ll see by season’s end if Lin is merely another walk-on feel good story, or a force to be reckoned with.  One thing’s for sure: he couldn’t have picked a bigger stage on which to play out the story.  It’s the stuff for a script that Spike Lee must already be writing.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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