It’s amazing what a connected world we live in nowadays. Of course, we shouldn’t take anything away from what Jeremy Lin has achieved over the past two weeks. So, like everyone else that’s talking about him now (which seems like the entire world), I’ll give my version of a brief bio of this guy. Born in California to immigrant parents, he was a star basketball player in high school, leading his team to the Division II state championship, then went to Harvard after only getting walk-on offers from a few colleges. He was undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, and though he wasn’t completely unknown (ESPN analyst John Hollinger projected him to be picked early in the second round of the draft), he was barely able to maintain his spot as the 12th man on a Golden State team, before being cut in late 2011, then again by the Houston Rockets shortly after. And the rest is history.
Once again, I am not trying to take away from his excellent play as of late in any way. However, it really raises the question of the media’s role in all the hype surrounding him. Tabloid newspapers, social media networks, and blogs have truly made Jeremy Lin larger than life. Now, he is scrutinized for his every action on the court, and there really is no saying that, as this goes on, people will be following his off-court, private life as well. This level of hype is not unknown – after all, it’s the main reason of how Yao Ming got voted into so many All-Star games, but unlike Yao, who came into the NBA with the high expectations of a number-one draft pick, Lin is the epitome of coming out of obscurity to become an overnight sensation. And for this, we have the 21st century media to credit (or blame, depending on how you look at it).