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Filmmaker captures "Linsanity"

posted 20 Jan 2013, 04:34 by Mpelembe   [ updated 20 Jan 2013, 04:35 ]

"Linsanity" film captures Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise to stardom in the NBA.

 FILMS/408/ENDGAME -  Professional basketball player Jeremy Lin became an overnight sensation in Feburary 2012 after coming off the bench for the New York Knicks in miraculous fashion.

Taiwanese-American Lin rose from obscurity to a dynamic force at point guard in a matter of days, scoring at least 20 points in each of his first six games.

Lin's surprising basketball heroics made the 24-year-old point guard a sports sensation and media darling, and documentary filmmaker Evan Leong was there to capture it all.

Leong had started following Lin more than two years ago, when he was a star athlete atHarvard University and what was dubbed "Linsanity" became the perfect ending for a fascinating story.

"For us, we were following him for the first two years and we didn't really know what we were doing with it. We had ideas and it was a great story but at the same time, outside our cult following of him, there wasn't a lot of interest in what we were doing," said Leong. "To me it was awesome, to me he made it to the NBA and I think that's a dream that none of us have ever even imagined. That's a great ending, but to keep going in the NBA, we didn't really know what was going to happen, and February gave us an ending."

Lin, a California native whose parents are from Taiwan, came along at the perfect time for the Knicks, who were struggling offensively and looking for help.

After his success last year with the Knicks, Lin signed a contract with the Houston Rockets in July for a little more than $25 million over three years.