Houston's Lin adds another chapter to amazing story
Add another chapter to the amazing saga of Jeremy Lin.
A documentary about Lin's stunning rise to fame in the NBA -- titled "Linsanity" -- premiered Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
Lin was supposed to attend the opening with some of his Houston Rocket teammates, but their flight to Salt Lake City was delayed because of bad weather. Lin eventually made it to the theater, but only for the final few minutes of the film.
"I didn't get to see much of anything," Lin said at the Rockets' shootaround Monday morning. "I caught the very, very end and then went to dinner with all the producers, my friends and all the people who have been helping on the project. They are all out here."
Because of the Rockets' difficult travel day, which included their charter flight making a brief stop in Grand Junction, Colo., Lin's teammates did not attend the showing of the film.
Smiling, Lin said watching a movie about his life with his teammates "would have been really weird. My agent suggested I invite everybody in the organization and I was like, 'That would be pretty awkward.' But ... it was really cool they were going to take the time to watch a documentary about me."
According to Lin, the movie has been embraced by those who have seen it.
"It was all positive throughout the week -- I think there were some nice reviews," he said. "I've been keeping track of it from a distance so I don't exactly know everything. But I've heard some positive stuff."
Although he was the film's main character, Lin said he "... didn't really have to act. If I'd had to act, I wouldn't have done it. I just had to do what I do every day and they had cameras there for some of it. There was nothing I really had to say or do out of character. I just had to be myself."
Lin burst onto the professional basketball landscape last season, after the New York Knicks claimed the former NBA Developmental League player off waivers.
On Feb. 4, the little-known Lin scored 25 points in a game against the then-New Jersey Nets. He quickly became a sensation in New York, where he averaged 18.2 points, 7.6 assists and two steals in 25 starts with the Knicks. During the offseason, Lin signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Rockets.
Asked if having a documentary made about his life added to the surreal nature of the last 12 months, Lin said, "Definitely. ... It's just crazy to think that New Jersey Nets game was less than a year ago. It's just crazy."
-- Steve Luhm
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