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Grant W

Page history last edited by Grant W 8 years, 3 months ago

     Grant 

Lin-Sanity

Harvard University is the home to many famous scholars like Barrack Obama, Mark Zuckerburg and surprisingly Conan O’Brien. Harvard is known for its extraordinary education programs that spit out people with unheard of technical skills. For example, Harvard graduate Mark Zuckerburg is only in his mid 20s and is already the richest human in the world. Another fact about Harvard is that they rarely produce superior athletic teams, or great athletes, because of their focus on academics. In the winter of 2012 that all changed with the emergence of the Harvard guys basketball team winning 10 straight and earning the #20 ranking in the NCAA. More intriguing though, the sudden appearance and domination by Harvard graduate, Jeremy Lin, in the NBA is the biggest Harvard athlete surprise and considered by some the best sports story there is. 

 Not very often does an individual go through the Harvard program and not be successful afterwards. Surprisingly, Jeremy Lin was a part of the few who became unsuccessful. He felt that he was a good enough basketball player to enter the NBA after playing ball at Harvard University. His rookie year with the Golden State warriors he seldom played and was assigned to the D-League three times. The following year during the preseason he was cut by the Warriors. Not long after that the Houston Rockets signed him. It only took a few weeks for the Rockets to cut him also. At this time Lin started thinking about other future careers, realizing that going to the NBA was a total failure. There was still hope for his basketball career when he received a call from the New York Knicks, offering him a contract to be on the practice team. Jeremy Lin made him self at home on one of his generous friends couch for the next few weeks. Before nearly getting cut a third time this year, he finally received his opportunity to play in a game against the New Jersey Nets. Lin went off, dropping 25 points and 8 dimes (assists). Nobody believed in this kid and considered it a “fluke”. He would prove himself over the next six games, scoring 38 against NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, and nailing the game winning three-pointer against the Toronto Raptors.

In less then a week Lin transformed himself into a national icon supported by the entire city of New York and then some. Many consider him the best Harvard graduate, topping Mark Zuckerburg, Barrack Obama, and Conan O’Brien.  It has even been said that Jeremy Lin has created so much buzz that it has boosted the economy and stocks. In only a couple weeks Jeremy Lin has gone from almost being bankrupt living on his friends couch, to the most popular sports athlete living the dream in the NBA. His story is truly LINcredible!    

 

Comments (29)

James said

at 3:07 pm on Feb 29, 2012

Lin-sanity! very great details.

Bethany P. said

at 3:12 pm on Feb 29, 2012

"LIN-credible"..clever. I just heard of him for the first time like two weeks ago so I liked that you gave background on him.

Cayley H. said

at 3:14 pm on Feb 29, 2012

Great details with names and fantastic order of events!

Mallory B said

at 3:14 pm on Feb 29, 2012

I like how you described the transformation of Harvard into not only just an academic-based school to a athletic one too!

Meghan O said

at 3:17 pm on Feb 29, 2012

I like the information about Harvard in the beginning, interesting story.

Dawn T. said

at 3:19 pm on Feb 29, 2012

You definitely know your stuff. Nice information throughout the entire story.

Jodi S said

at 3:22 pm on Feb 29, 2012

The details at the beginning were interesting!

Kynzee O said

at 3:23 pm on Feb 29, 2012

Didnt know all that about harvard. Good Job.

cody o said

at 3:23 pm on Feb 29, 2012

Good details, he must be great to get 38 on Bryant.

Sam K said

at 3:23 pm on Feb 29, 2012

Your intro and conclusions were very good. I'm impressed.

dalton said

at 2:01 pm on Mar 1, 2012

This is a good piece of writing grant, your pretty clever with the lin-credible.

Austen B said

at 2:12 pm on Mar 1, 2012

Couldn't agree more you are such a good writer just perfect!

rebecca b said

at 2:14 pm on Mar 1, 2012

great details on Lin- sanity.. it was great

Nick B. said

at 2:15 pm on Mar 1, 2012

This story makes my heart feel funny. The fact that he was about to be cut for the 3rd time makes me sad. Great information!

Ashley G. said

at 2:24 pm on Mar 1, 2012

Uhm , it was good, liked the description.. good details on the Lin-Sanity..

alex c. said

at 2:28 pm on Mar 1, 2012

oh yah best baller in the NBA!

Carly L. said

at 2:41 pm on Mar 1, 2012

You gave a lot of good background information.

Geordan H said

at 2:44 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I like how you wrote the story to keep the readers attention.

cody t said

at 2:45 pm on Mar 1, 2012

Excellent details about his career. This is Linsane in the membrane!

Chris T said

at 2:46 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I liked how you connected Lin's rise to greatness with the Harvard basketball team this year.

Lexi M. said

at 2:54 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I liked how you gave lots of information about Harvard in the beginning.

Sydney B said

at 2:55 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I liked the last sentence when you compared what he used to be like to what he turned out to be. The "LINcredible" was creative!

Alison M said

at 2:55 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I like reading a story that was true and made sports interesting. Nice job

Jenna H. said

at 3:00 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I thought it was cool how your title "Lin-Sanity" related with the story, and the last sentence was creative, too!

Carly M said

at 3:05 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I like how you included facts into your story.

Logan D said

at 3:06 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I like how at the end you said his story was lincredible. Good job.

Nathan G. said

at 3:12 pm on Mar 1, 2012

I liked how you introduced a lot of famous people from harvard then introduced him as if he wasn't one of those people. Good story.

Amy D said

at 3:23 pm on Mar 1, 2012

Well I guess now I know what all the Linsanity posts on Facebook and Twitter are about! This story is crazy, though!

Mike B said

at 1:37 pm on Mar 2, 2012

Nice story very creative names

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