4:50 pm Aug. 3, 20124
A short review of the most important Jeremy Lin film you will see this summer: The Offseason
Every part of this film seems designed to remind viewers of a happier time, when Jeremy Lin played for the New York Knicks. (Or actually, maybe it only looks that way to viewers who are Knicks fans.)
There he is in a suit at a Volvo ad shoot, precisely as he looked on the sidelines during the Miami series. Will he come back? (He won't.)
The swish as the music swells, and we are taken back to that night in Toronto.
He speaks, and we see him aggressively training. The knee injury is behind him. He's working on the things his critics bemoaned. Watch him shoot. Watch him go left. Watch him weight-train to increase his strength. Would he have been able to follow up on his spectacular debut in New York? (He would have.)
Then, downtime. We learn about Lin's true weaknesses. He isn't fantastic, it must be said, at minigolf. A Dance Dance Revolution attempt goes nowhere, he fails. Even at Skee-ball, the results are mixed, at best. He may like the daring pass, but he aims for the 3,000 circle in the middle.
"This is the day that the lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it," the screen quotes Book of Psalms 18:24.
Still, he's just a kid hanging out.
Then, as the video ends, the thunderous, two-handed dunk: a reminder of Lin's surprising athleticism.
He wasn't a fluke, was he? (No, he wasn't.)