Just one week or so after the debut of the highly acclaimed documentary at Sundance, Linsanity, Jeremy Lin returned to where it all started, the San Francisco Bay Area. Lin played against the Golden State Warriors, the team that gave him his first shot at the NBA but let Lin ride the bench.
In fact the documentary was going to end with Lin making the Warriors team, but as Hyphen Magazine reports, director Evan Jackson Leong had an inkling Lin was destined for better things and held out hope for a more dramatic ending. Originally,” Linsanity poster designer Jerry Ma divulged “they were going to do a three-part web series and tell his story on how he made it to the NBA. But they really believed something better was going to come.”
Lin played his high school ball just across the bay, Palo Alto High School. Palo Alto is the home of Stanford University which like every other basketball program was totally disinterested in recruiting Lin before he slipped away to Harvard University. He returned to the Bay Area in time to celebrate Chinese New Year with his family.
Linsanity will kick off the Center for Asian American Media’s film festival, re-branded CAAMfest, on opening night March 14th.
“Oh man, it feels great,” Evan Jackson Leong said, standing in front of New People Cinema in Japantown, shortly before the press conference announcing the festival’s line up and a media screening of Linsanity. “I’m a born and bred San Franciscan, so it’s good to come home.”
You can hear about how Lin felt about coming home in Hyphen Magazine.