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Jeremy Lin was born and raised in California. He went to college at Harvard. He became famous with the New York Knicks, started his pro career with Golden State and now plays for Houston.

 

 

The 24-year-old, whose parents are both from Taiwan, is also the first American of Taiwanese or Chinese descent to crack an NBA roster.

 

Though it seems unlikely, multiple connections will always link "Linsanity" to Utah.

 

Lin's second game during his breakout streak last February was against the Jazz.

 

 

 

 

The 6-3 point guard followed his highly publicized standout game against Deron Williams and the Nets — during which he scored 25 points with seven assists — with an even more impressive 28-point, eight-assist outing in a 99-88 win over Utah in front of a receptive and raucous Madison Square Garden crowd.

 

 

 

"He kicked our butts. After that game, I thought he was going to be a Hall of Famer, the way he did us," Jazz center Al Jefferson said. "I knew he was a great player. He just needed that chance. Once he got it, he just took advantage of it."

 

 

That brings us to another Utah connection.

 

 

Lin's rise to fame and his incredible background story — from his heritage, to being undrafted out of the Ivy League, to sleeping on a couch as a pro, to his overnight superstar status — led to a documentary being made about his life story.

 

 

The film — called "Linsanity," of course — was featured during the Sundance Film Festival. Its final screening was Sunday, serendipitous with the Rockets scheduled to be in town ahead of their Monday game against the Jazz.

 

 

Sunday's snowstorm forced Houston's charter flight to be diverted through Grand Junction, Colo., so Lin had to hustle to the Rose Wagner Center to make it to the final part of his movie.

 

 

Lin said he saw "the very, very end" but was able to do a Q-and-A and go to dinner with the movie's producers and friends in Utah.

 

 

"It's my own story, so I already know what the ending's going to be like because I lived it," he said in response to a reporter joking that the movie was spoiled for him because he only saw the ending.

 

 

Lin admitted that having a film about him in Sundance was just the latest surreal moment of the last year, which all began in New Jersey on Feb. 4, 2012.

 

"It was less than a year ago," he said. "It's just crazy."

 

Lin said he enjoyed making the movie — mostly because he didn't have to memorize any lines or do anything extra dramatic.

 

"I didn't really have to act," he said. "If I had to act I wouldn't have done it. I just had to do what I do every day and they (had) cameras there for some of the stuff. … I just had to be myself."

 

 

In another interesting Utah tie, Lin was introduced to the Beehive State resident who was the first player of Asian descent and the first non-Caucasian athlete to ever play in the NBA: Wat Misaka.

 

 

The 89-year-old Misaka, a former University of Utah star, played for the New York Knicks back in 1947-48. An Ogden resident, Misaka was originally supposed to meet Lin on Sunday, but that encounter was postponed until Monday's game because of inclement weather.

 

 

Despite the hype, Jazz players weren't planning on taking in "Linsanity" anytime soon. It's hard to not be impressed by Lin's story, though.

 

 

"I didn't know he had a movie," Jazz forward Paul Millsap said. "That's amazing."

 

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林書豪轉到休士頓火箭後,離開了美國媒體重鎮紐約,這個賽季關注度大為下降,不過就在3、4天以後,林書豪的個人紀錄片「Linsanity」即將首映!這部紀錄片將在美國時間1月20日,在猶他州的獨立製片日舞影展播出,全長88分鐘,導演從林書豪投身NBA開始拍起,一路紀錄他從上不了場的板凳球員,搖身變成今天的世界知名球星,1分多鐘的宣傳片段日前曝光,帶您先睹為快。

 

 


導演Evan Leong:「有興趣拍個『紀錄片』嗎?」

林書豪:「沒有。」

Evan Leong:「那我們可以拍一小段嗎?」林書豪:「不行。」

 

 


一開始提出要拍紀錄片的構想,林書豪不斷拒絕,後來這位華裔基督徒導演Evan Leong,用誠意打動,林書豪才答應拍攝。

 

導演Evan Leong:「從林書豪成為勇士隊一員,我們就開始拍攝,直到被勇士『裁掉』,成為火箭一員又被火箭『釋出』後來加盟紐約尼克,但仍然沒有上場機會。」

 

 

導演說,拍攝時間長達2、3年,甚至早在林來瘋廣為人知以前,影片就已經在拍攝,不但有許多私下的漏網鏡頭,還有不少篇幅是想從林書豪出發,探討華人運動員在美國社會內心的掙扎。

 


林書豪:「這是我第2還第3場主場比賽,但我還沒『上過場』,我到了球場準備進去,卻有人把我『擋下來』,保安說這是『球員的』出入口,我回答,我知道啊。」

 


雖然在網上曝光的宣傳片只有1分多鐘,但全長88分鐘的紀錄片Linsanity,將於美國時間1月20日,在知名的獨立製片影展日舞影展首映,紀錄片海報設計也很有意思,左邊是林書豪基金會的LOGO,右邊是尼克隊徽,下面從左到右分別是代表哈佛大學的,手指天代表上帝,以及林書豪常戴的眼鏡和領結代表他自己,意思是,這幾個構成林書豪生命的重要元素。

 


紀錄片裡都看的到,雖然台灣目前還沒傳出有片商引進,但如果到時候口碑叫好,球迷或許有機會提前看林書豪登上台灣大銀幕。

 

 

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參考資料:

YAHOO新聞網
http://tw.news.yahoo.com
Deseret新聞網
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865571685/Linsanity-2-the-movie-and-the-man-2-makes-it-to-Utah.html
NBA官網
http://sports.inquirer.net/77689/nba-linsanity-powers-rockets-past-knicks

 

 

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