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Jeremy Lin details ‘scary things that happened’ during Linsanity: ‘Lost my humanity’


How much did Jeremy Lin’s sudden and shocking rise to fame as a member of the Knicks a decade ago weigh on him while he was in New York? 

Linsanity led the former NBA point guard to lose his “humanity,” Lin said in a wide-ranging interview with Sky Sports. He also said that his career — the 33-year-old currently plays for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association — has been “an evolution from trying to run away from it because I felt like I didn’t like a lot of the side effects of Linsanity.”

“Some family issues that it causes, all the privacy that was taken away from me overnight, and the paparazzi chasing down me and my family and friends…just a lot of scary things that happened,” he said.

The rise of Lin, who wasn’t the first Asian to play in the NBA but was the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent in the league, began during the 2011-12 season. Specifically, the undrafted point guard out of Harvard in his second year in the NBA was claimed off waivers that December after Iman Shumpert got hurt. Two months later, and after having been recalled from the D-League, he hit a game-winning 3-pointer in a Feb. 14 game against the Raptors and the Lakers’ Metta World Peace, who was watching the end of the game on TV in Los Angeles’ team lounge, ran by reporters shouting “Linsanity!”

Two games earlier, Lin had scored a career-high 38 against the Lakers.

Jeremy Lin with the Knicks in a game against the Nets in 2012
Jeremy Lin with the Knicks in a game against the Nets in 2012
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Lin’s fame only continued to grow. He became the first player to score at least 20 points and register seven assists in each of his first five starts, which included a 13-assist effort against the Kings. A few days later, against the Mavericks, he had 28 points and 14 assists. In a dozen starts before the All-Star break, he averaged 22.5 points, 8.7 assists and helped New York to a 9-3 mark in that span.

But the success didn’t last.

In March of that season, Lin underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. A restricted free agent after the season, the Knicks chose not to match the Rockets’ three-year, $25 million offer in which the final year of the deal would pay Lin a “poison pill” amount of $14.8 million.

Though Lin averaged double-digits in points for each of the next six seasons, which included stints with the Lakers, Hornets and Nets, injuries continued to plague him. He eventually went on to win a championship as a member of the Raptors in 2019, but that would be his last year in the NBA.

Lin spent last season with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds.

“There were also just the expectations of the world, almost turning me into some type of superhero,” he told Sky Sports. “I became this phenomenon and I felt like I lost my humanity in the middle of it. Then eventually, I started to understand racism at a better level, at a deeper level. For so long, I tried to run from being ‘the Asian basketball player,’ I just wanted to be a great basketball player — because my whole life, everyone was just talking about [my ethnicity].

Lin with the Beijing Ducks in 2021
Jeremy Lin with the Beijing Ducks in 2021
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“I just wanted people to talk about my basketball skills for once, so as I started to run from that, I started to really open my perspective, seeing what racism really does and how embedded it is and how deep it is.”

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