Synopsis: In February 2012, an entire nation of basketball fans unexpectedly went 'Linsane.' Stuck in the mire of a disappointing season, the New York Knicks did what no other NBA team had thought about doing. They gave backup point guard Jeremy Lin an opportunity to prove himself. He took full advantage, scoring more points in his first five NBA starts than any other player in the modern era, and created a legitimate public frenzy in the process. Prior to this now-legendary run, Lin had faced adversity in his career at every turn. He wasn't offered a scholarship by any major university, nor was he drafted by any NBA team after a standout collegiate career at Harvard.
Director(s): Evan Jackson Leong
Production: Ketchup Entertainment
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

[ kicking door ]

[ rhythmic music ]


Jeremy Lin:
So it was like

my second or third home game,

And I hadn't even

been in a game yet,

And I had tried to get

in the gym,

And they stopped me.

And they were like,

"oh, sorry, this is

the players' entrance. "

I was like, "I know. "

He looked at me confused,

And then so I was looking

at him confused.

And then he was like,

"oh, I'm sorry.

Are you a trainer?"

And I was just kind

of just like standing there.

And then another

security guard came over

And, like, whispered,

"I think he plays on the team. "

P.A. Announcer:

At guard it's...

Number 17, Jeremy Lin!

[ crowd cheering ]

Shirley Lin:

Hey, Jeremy.


[ laughs ]


thought he could play.

He had to fight for

everything that he got.

Commentator 2:
It's not often

you think you've seen something

You couldn't possibly see

in the NBA.


Lin puts it up!


Dan Patrick:
Wait a

minute. Who's this kid?

Wait. Where's he from?

Wait. Not drafted?

Wait. How many teams

waived him?

Commentator 3:

this guy is playing,

And golden state doesn't

know he's any good,

Houston doesn't know

he's any good,

I got to imagine that

something has to do with

He doesn't

look the part.

Commentator 4:
Jeremy Lin

came from nothing to greatness.

Hey, this kid is giving hope

to all those kids

That think,

"never could I have a chance. "

I always told myself

my progression is gonna be

Become a rotation player,

become a starting point guard,

And then win

an NBA championship.

And people are definitely

gonna laugh when they hear that.

You know, they're

not gonna be laughing

If it actually happens.

[ drum cadence playing ]

[ chanting ]



[ arena organ playing ]

P.A. Announcer:
New York foul

is on Shumpert, his second.

Color analyst:
And now,

he'll have to take a seat,

And, again, mike,

look who's coming in.

Jeremy Lin, and

you hear a pretty big ovation.

[ sound fades,

heartbeat-like drum playing ]

I know god orchestrated

this whole thing.

There's just too much

out of my control.

And just the way it happened

is just miraculous.

[ parents shouting ]


[ clapping ]


It's actually true.

After, I think,

age maybe 8 or 9,

We got rid of the TV,

And we would just get it

during the playoffs.

We would watch it

in the house

And then, in the backyard,

There's a glass door

and a hoop outside,

So we would just watch

through the window,

And then any time there was,

like, a break or a time-out,

We'd go out,

and we'd do the exact move

That just happened.

And it was pretty much all

just copying Michael Jordan

And watching him win.

And so we loved watching

basketball that way,

And it was always

a dream of mine,

But I didn't actually think

it would be a reality.

Paul Shaffer:

did you get this done?

Downtown. Oh, yeah? Down in the village?

Can you take a look?

Look at this.

Let me see what you...

This is the back of...

[ laughter and applause ]

What do you think?


Beautifully done.

Yeah. [ laughs ]


Thank you.

Daniel Dae Kim:

Every kid has a dream.

Some want to be a fireman,

others an astronaut.

Most of the time,

dreams are just dreams.

This dream starts

in Palo Alto, California,

A suburb of San Francisco,

Where a young man learns

about faith,


and opportunity.


[ Gieming Lin

speaking chinese dialect ]

Joshua Lin:
My dad was

taking us to the YMCA.

We were still, like,

in elementary school.

There's like open gym Monday,

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