Jeremy Lin’s upcoming documentary, “Linsanity,” will open in Houston on Oct. 4. Aside from some talk about how his style will mesh with Dwight Howard’s and a 48-hour analysis of Daryl Morey’s vehement defense of him during a Reddit AMA session, most of the talk surrounding Lin has centered on “Linsanity.”
Here’s to hoping that, once Oct. 4 comes and goes, that will change. The problem with “Linsanity” isn’t that it focuses too much on a guy who, in his first year with the Houston Rockets, was vying to be the third best player on the team. As we’ve noted on numerous occasions, Lin’s struggles can be attributed entirely to the style he was forced to play in. No, the problem with “Linsanity” is that it continues to allow everyone to live in the past.
Lin, 25, is one of the most entertaining point guards in the NBA today. When he’s given free reign by the coaches, as he was during that run with the New York Knicks, he is absolutely worth the three-year, $25 million contract that Morey gave him. There is no reason to act like a month-long run with the Knicks is the only reason he deserves attention. There is absolutely zero basis for the notion that he has peaked already. And yet, that’s what the push behind “Linsanity” is based on. It’s based on the idea that, regardless of what happens, we’ve seen the best we’re ever going to see from Lin.
It’s good to honor the NBA’s version of Tebow-mania. It’s fun, to a point. But the difference between Lin and Tebow has always been clear – one can play and one can’t. Tebow needs to rely on all of the outside noise to stay relevant, Lin doesn’t.
What’s in the past is in the past. And Linsanity is in the past. If Lin and his handlers know what’s good for them, they’ll let history stay buried and spend their time focusing on how to make headlines for their current play, not their play from two years ago.