17 Feb. 2012

My personal view on Jeremy Lin

For many reasons which I will explain later, I haven’t written in my blog.  But the forces of Jeremy Lin have urged me to get this done and out.

As I am writing this, I am sure a zillion other articles are being written about Jeremy Lin, each with their own spin. I’d firstly like to say I am writing this, not for anybody, but for my own personal record so I don’t forget.  I do hope though that in my writing, further discussions continue beyond Jeremy, and more importantly what’s wrong and right with our world.  It’s already happening, and I hope to contribute to that.


This is a theory I believe in of why things become successful.  Jeremy Lin was likely a already a great player before they played him that fateful day, and all that he had done before and worked on culminated in his success on the court.   It was only a matter of time for someone like him, an Asian American to break the mold, the stereotypes, the system because his true abilities, which were grossly underestimated and the result: the excitement, the happiness, the reinvigoration, has been a clear example of how much surrounding pent up demand there was for someone to do it.  The scariness of the Jeremy Lin story is that this guy didn’t have to be just like or as good as any other star point guard to break the system, he had to be SUPER star point guard to be recognized by the world’s premier basketball league.

No options left

The forces around him also converged to let him play creating the right opportunity for him to showcase his talent.  The unfortunate thing(or in Lin’s case fortunate) was the only way for someone of his high caliber to break the system was because the Knicks had no resort but to let him play.  Melo and Amare were out, they were having another losing season.  I bet for sure Mike D was thinking, “what the hell, I’ll probably be fired next season,  why not let the scrawny Asian play?”  It certainly wasn’t, “Wow this kid is talented, let’s put him in now before it’s too late!”  Well Jeremy most likely saved Mike’s job, and the Knicks whole team, MSG and their stock price, and even the NBA.   Perhaps the world and our faith?

An Already Broken System

The harder truth about the system is that it was already broken.  It wasn’t working.  No one cared much about basketball since Michael Jordan.  Kobe, as good, gifted, and talented as a player as he is, nowhere near commands the type of passion for the game as someone like Jeremy.   Jeremy is a true underdog story that you can’t manufacture or replicate.

Supercapitalism – in athletics

But that it was these “capitalists” try to do: copy, replicate, craft and contrive success rather than do the work, take real risks, and cultivate it.  Success is something to be earned, not created.  The result of this super capitalism is it produced a Kobe.  Somebody saw early on, that Kobe given his gifts and very much likeness to Jordan crafted his stardom, molding him to be the next Jordan.  A guy, who started too early in the NBA and never really had to work and earn his pedigree.  How much do you think Kobe appreciates his success?  More importantly, how many other players were overlooked because scouts are looking for the next LeBron James, overlooking skill, teamwork, personality, dedication, desire for raw physique.

No fault of any but ourselves

We can’t blame anybody especially white people for our perceptions.   People of all races and color assume a lot of things.  Having lived out in Hong Kong for several years, I can tell you Asians are just as racist as any other race if not more.  And you can’t blame or expect a business exec(white, black, Asian, or purple) for not casting or playing an Asian for something because at the end of the day, they are risking their money and time.  Who do you think they are going to bet on?

What we can do

And well, it’s already happening with Jeremy Lin, we’ve finally been given the chance.  That we will come out and support true talent and get excited about these things and that will translate to real dollars:  Merchandise, tourism, ticket sales, etc.

The proof is already there, we can influence what happens with our own dollars and be an unstoppable FORCE and a VOICE to be heard across the world.

And step up

Take the risks, the shots when given the opportunity, just like Jeremy without any regrets, even in the midst of nobody ever doing what he did before.  The uncertainty of being the first.  Leading up to your string of wins, and still even there have been a lot of naysayers, talking down on you by calling you “kid”, a lot of backhanded praise from people who think they’ve made it, and quite frankly, this makes me angry, you’ve taken greater risks than most people ever do, so I don’t know how anybody can call you anything but a person we can all learn from, draw strength from, and admire.  In my book, you’ve already made it, so just enjoy the ride.

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3 Responses

  1. Srikrishna says:

    how can you being a blogger even ask the qsoituen of is it too soon to be on mag covers. it wasnt too soon to blog about him everywhere else right? it wasnt too soon to get the back page of daily news and post and all that. you better than anybody should know that this might not last till the playoffs so get money while the money is there to get. kobe will still be here, lebron been on the cover already but he will also still be here.jeremy lin might not be here next month and thats millions of dollars being lost if u dont capitalize on that shit now. if africans arent already selling jeremy lin winter hats and tshirts and shit they fuckin up

  2. Fahri says:

    I haven’t watch any of those specifically. Do you have a good link?I have a more munadne explanation for the same outcome. Evil people will spontaneously cooperate and trade favors. I call then pyschopaths . Almost every State leader has the same personality type as Bernard Madoff. This applies to politicians, CEOs, high-ranking bureaucrats, and other State leaders.There are some honest-but-easily-manipulated people among the leaders. They are manipulated by the psychopaths to implement their agenda.Here is my alternate explanation, to evil Satanic cult . A bunch of evil leaders cooperating has the *EXACT SAME OUTCOME* as a massive coordinated evil conspiracy.

  3. Michael Haas says:

    I have drafted a review of “Supercapitalist,” to appear in mid-September on polfilms.com, and I want to thank you for the excellent film. I hope that Americans will pay attention to the theme.
    Since I am a former resident of Hawai`i (most of my adult life), I experienced culture shock on returning to LA, so the film has special resonance with me. That’s in part why I wrote the book “Barack Obama, The Aloha Zen President.”
    Here’s my review:
    Francis Fukuyama has predicted that China will never be an economic threat because of the preference for family-owned businesses. Supercapitalist, directed by Simon Yin, unknowingly puts that proposition to the test. American-born Conner Lee (played by Derek Ting, also the film’s producer) is a whiz at numbercrunching in a New York hedge fund. He predicts that the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates to 1%, and he has recommenda-tions based on that assumption, but his boss is skeptical and believes that he is out of his mind. Nevertheless, one member of the firm, Mark Patterson (played by Linus Roache), sees potential in Conner and sends him to Hongkong to straighten out one of their investments, Fei & Chang, which is losing money but could benefit from Conner’s numbercrunching. The New York firm has enough stock in Fei & Chang for a seat on the Board of Directors. Conner, inexperienced and single, arrives to make recommendations, notably to sell off the import/export division, which has been losing money for the last three years. The president, Donald Chang (played by Richard Ng) objects “You know nothing about family,” protests what would happen the lives of his workers and their families, and turns him down. Conner lost his parents at an early age and is unaware that he longs for family until he finds attractive Natalie Wang (played by Kathy Uyen), PR director at Fei & Chang. In trying to court her, Conner discovers that one member of Fei & Chang is developing a computer program that will revolutionize management by appealing to workers consistent with Chinese cultural norms. There is plenty of intrigue in the film, but the underlying theme contradicts Fukuyama, and the story may thus serve as a challenge to American capitalism. The vehement Chinese critique of American culture may also surprise American filmviewers as it should. MH

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