Update: Whitlock has issued an apology after the Asian American Journalist Association called for one. Credit to Whitlock for not ignoring the controversy he created although we still don't know what corporate politics, pr backlack, and pressure was potentially exerted to get this apology or if Whitlock was truly remorseful enough to backpedal.
Linsanity is a damn good story. You know the basics by now.
Jeremy Lin, a Bay Area product, California player of the year, and state champion, is not offered an athletic scholarship by a single program out of high school. He takes his game across the country to Harvard where he thrives for four straight years setting school and Ivy League records. He graduates with a degree in Economics with a 3.1 GPA.
Undrafted, Lin finds a home with his local team, the Warriors. He scores 76 points all of last season, a total he's surpassed in just his last three games.
He's waived by the Warriors before this season and not too long after, waived by the Rockets. The Knicks send him a lifeline but shortly thereafter send him down to the D-League where he impresses scoring a triple double. With a bevy of injuries that include Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Baron Davis, Lin gets his shot. A month and a half after being without an employer, and a couple weeks removed from being in the D-League, he delivers with four massive games and four wins in a row.
Small sample size be damned, Lin's four game average as a starter is 28.5 points per game and 8 assists. Did I mention the fact his four starts were all wins and they were without Melo and Stoudemire?
The media's reaction to "Linsanity" has been one of mainly disbelief and support. Coming off the heels of Tebowmania, an endless cycle of analysis, debate, late game heroics, and flurries of horrific play, Linsanity has been a story of a different nature.
He's not a Heisman winner or a first round draft pick who has had his merits debated endlessly for months. Linsanity is built purely upon the fact that he's a true underdog and phenomenon. He's an undrafted Asian-American perimeter player who hails from an Ivy League School and scored 38 points on national television against Kobe and the Lakers.
The clock hasn't struck midnight yet and four games in, Linsanity is in full force. Fans and the media are eating up the story. Unlike Tebow, where the level of play was front and center for endless debate, Lin's explosion on the NBA scene has been something that can't be ignored, discounted, twisted, or even disliked. That is of course unless you are Jason Whitlock...