5:15 pm Aug. 7, 20127
When the New York Knicks decided not to re-sign Jeremy Lin, just days after coach Mike Woodson said they'd "absolutely" match any offer Lin would receive, they declined to explain themselves beyond a spokesperson acknowledging that the decision had been made.
Jeremy Lin, by contrast, explained himself at a press conference, in detailed interviews with Sports Illustrated and others, and even found time to reach out to a five-year-old boy who lamented his departure on Youtube.
As Naim enters the shot, clutching a Linsanity foam finger and crying, his father asks him what's wrong.
"The Knicks traded Jeremy Lin," Naim said, blubbering. "I'm so sad."
His father explains that the Knicks didn't trade him, but let him go for nothing. It makes even less sense to Naim.
When his father tries to reassure him, Naim has the same reaction that many Knicks fans probably will.
"It's OK," Naim's father said. "We can still go to a Knick game, if you want."
Naim thinks for a moment.
"Why?", he asks.
Amazingly, Jeremy Lin himself provided the answer, Facetime allowing Lin to re-assure his distraught fan.
Instead of urging Naim to root for the Rockets, or move to Houston, Lin touts the Knicks.
"I'm going to miss playing in New York," Lin told his new friend Naim. "But you need to still root for them. They're going to be a great team, with or without me, alright? So you have to keep going to their games and watching them. They'll be really good."
Whether the Knicks will use this Lin endorsement in their forthcoming marketing campaigns remains to be seen.