Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune) (left) Jeremy Lin listens as director Evan Jackson Leong answers questions during a Q & A following the last screening of the documentary "Linsanity" at the Rose Wagner Center during the Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City on January 27, 2013.
Snowstorm can’t keep Jeremy Lin from Sundance screening

‘Linsanity’ » Houston Rockets point guard shares his amazing story in documentary.

First Published Jan 27 2013 05:28 pm • Last Updated May 05 2013 11:33 pm

At the height of Linsanity, much was made of the fact that sudden NBA star Jeremy Lin was sleeping on a teammate’s couch. It was true, and it’s the one thing he’s corrected since signing a three-year, $25 million contract with the Houston Rockets last summer.

"My biggest purchase was my mattress," Lin said Sunday night at a screening of the documentary "Linsanity" at Salt Lake City’s Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. "I don’t really have too many nice things. I pretty much dress the same and live the same.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"But my bed is awesome."

So is his story. How he overcame doubters and racism to get a shot at the NBA. How he survived not getting drafted, then overcame getting cut by the Warriors and the Rockets. How he was down to what would have been his last game with the Knicks when he went crazy on the court and — in the space of two weeks — became an international star.

And how his faith kept him humble. How his sudden rise to fame can be attributed to "definitely, first and foremost, God," he said. "As the documentary showed, there were too many things that happened in my life that were beyond my control. And I’ll be the first one to admit that."

(He said he’s thought about going into the ministry, and hasn’t ruled it out for after basketball.)

What nobody could control on Sunday night, the last night of the Sundance Film Festival, was the weather. The big question was whether Lin, 24, would make it to the screening at all. The snowstorm left the Rockets grounded in Grand Junction, Colo., as they were trying to fly to Salt Lake City for Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz.

Lin slipped into the back of the theater in the final minutes of the 6:30 p.m. screening, just in time to take questions from the audience.

"If you’ve seen the film, you know nothing is going to stop Jeremy Lin — even a snowstorm," said director Evan Jackson Leong.

It was just the latest in a string of serendipitous events for Lin and the filmmakers. Leong first approached the man at the center of "Linsanity" when Lin was still a college basketball player at Harvard, long before anyone knew if he’d ever get a shot at the NBA. And Lin wasn’t exactly enthusiastic.


story continues below
story continues below

"In general, I’m a very private person. I’m very camera shy," he said. "So I was definitely very against it."

But Leong persevered, and Lin eventually decided, "If my career goes down the drain, the worst thing I’ll have is some cool footage. It turned into this. And we had no idea."

No one expected that, after years of hard work, Lin would become an overnight sensation.

"As we kept shooting, we didn’t have an ending," Leong said. "And when he got cut by the Warriors and by the Rockets, we were like, ‘Oh, man.’ And last February, he gave us an ending."

spierce@sltrib.com



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.