In February 2012, the New York Knicks, mired in a disappointing season and out of desperation, looked to the end of their bench and found Jeremy Lin, an undrafted free agent from Harvard.
On the verge of seeing his lifelong NBA dream vanish, Lin went on a now-legendary run, obliterating stereotypes along the way, and in the process birthed a global phenomenon known as "Linsanity" Basketball - and the world was never the same.
In the sports documentary Linsanity, director Evan Jackson Leong chronicles Jeremy Lin's inspirational story long before that fateful month and at a time when Lin was still struggling to find a place in a league that didn't want him while never wavering on his faith and hope for an opportunity.
“I chronicled the entire season of what truly was a rather uneventful rookie year and at that stage, I wasn’t sure where the story was going to lead. We decided to stick with it and after a tumultuous start to his second season as a pro where he was discarded by two teams in a matter of two weeks, it looked for all intents and purposes that Jeremy's dream of playing in the NBA was soon coming to an abrupt and undramatic end”, the director said.
The sixth generation Chinese-American director will be participating in his third Sundance Film Festival with Linsanity as his first entry as a director at the festival. He previously worked on the action blockbuster, The Fast and the Furious.
“Jeremy was the last man on the roster of the New York Knicks but, just barely so. Jeremy was being given what was widely believed to be his last opportunity, and that’s when February 2012 happened and the phenomenon dubbed 'Linsanity' came into media legend," the director said.
Undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Lin was signed by his home town Golden State Warriors for the 2010-11 season. After being cut by the Warriors, he was signed by the Houston Rockets, and ultimately cut on Christmas Day in 2011.
He was then picked up by the Knicks, and inserted as a starter for the injury-laden team in February 2012. In the course of just a few weeks, Lin went from benchwarmer to international icon, by scoring a historic 136 points in his first five career starts.
His magical run included scoring 38 points against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, 28 points on the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, and 27 points and a last-second game winning three-pointer against the Toronto Raptors. Heading into the 2012 off-season, Lin was a restricted free agent and was ultimately signed by the Houston Rockets.
Linsanity will come out in theaters nationwide on October 2. Lin will also be participating in the first NBA Global Games in the Philippines where his Houston Rockets will play against the Indiana Pacers at the MOA Arena on October 10.