Jeremy Shu-How Lin's Basketball Career

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Jeremy Shu-How Lin's Basketball Career

In 2012, the entire world was captivated by an unheralded NBA point guard named Jeremy Shu-How Lin. Lin is a 25-year-old Taiwanese-American basketball player who miraculously turned the dismal New York Knicks’ 2012 season upside down in just two weeks (“Newest” 10). Leading the team to eight consecutive, phenomenal wins in 10 games, including a worldwide televised victory over the Lakers, in which Lin scored a career-high of 38 points, Lin immediately rose as a superhero with “virility, strength, [and] ability to do the impossible” (Kurylo 21). The impact of his plays was so powerful that literally overnight, “Linsanity” became a worldwide phenomenon. His name was continuously heard on radios, zealously mentioned on television, and celebrated by multitudes of fervent basketball fans in the world. Victor Hanson, a historian at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, asserts that such an unusually quick rise to stardom in the NBA was unprecedented. As a rescuer for the Knicks, Lin went from an inconspicuous basketball player to a true phenomenon by proving to the NBA and the world his astonishing abilities.

Jeremy Lin has demonstrated his superior skills as a basketball player since his youth. Always coming to practice early, leaving late, and working arduously with the coaches, in 2005 as a junior in high school, Lin earned his position as head captain on the Palo Alto High School basketball team. During his senior year, he led his team to an impressive record of 32-1 and a victory over nationally ranked Mater Dei, 51-47, for the California Interscholastic Federation Division II state title. During that season, Lin averaged 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.0 steals, and was named first...

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