prologue, from February 10, 2012:
Lin had the most astounding performance of his remarkable week, scoring a career-high 38 points and outdueling Bryant as the New York Knicks held off the Los Angeles Lakers 92-85.
Later I will read this more carefully, about Mark Wahlberg and Simon Cho, and compare and contrast to Jeremy Lin. I am not saying or meaning to imply that Jeremy assaulted anyone or directly sabotaged the opposition. But there are elements in his past that are teaching moments, to say the least.
Somewhere back there I was comparing him, albeit an obscure reference, to Jerry West (the Lakers’ great, and the guy in the NBA logo). I called him Jerry East. This morning I woke up thinking: Jerry Yeast. What makes it grow?
I just read an account by Mitch Stephens about 2004 and Wendell McKines’ freshman season at Richmond (and I got there based on a recent story about a point guard shot and Steve Kerr of the Warriors trying to address that and support the nearby prep program). McKines as a freshman was touted as top new player since Jason Kidd and Darnell Robinson. My McKiness memory is watching him get tossed from a North Coast sectional championship, in Oakland Arena, in 2006 for swearing then sitting thru the Paly -Richmond game in NorCal playoffs. Paly routed Richmond but I kept thinking: Richmond’s best player has to sit it out because of swearing, while Paly’s best player (Jeremy Lin) lied to get into the school and on the team (He transferred from Gunn to Paly by saying he had an academic motivation for the move). I watched the student rooters section in a frenzy and remember thinking: something’s gonna happen when these kids realize the limits to their privilege or how much of their privilege is actually due to graft or corruption?
Here is a link to the Kerr story.
The Lin thing in short:
1) lied to get into Paly
2) probably lied or exaggerated his resume when he said he was “editor” of the Campy
3) makes me want to believe Floyd Mayweather Jr that JL also uses steroids or HGH.
4) on the other hand, I did root for him during Linsanity.
5) it’s a great story but lets not walk him on water. As Mel Froli of all people has suggested, put the sign at JLS not Mitchell Park
6) snarkily I suggested the guy from Palo Alto (or Dubai) recently indicted for stock fraud “he should run for council”.
7) I have promised people not to pamphlet the Mitchell Center opening tomorrow.
As with the previous, I am outro-ing with a group of photos:
a) Matt Passell, Gunn 1980 star, Nathan Habib, a recent player, brother of a math teacher and stand-up comedian coming soon to Sunnyvale, and Mark Weiss, member of 1980-1981 team, as distinct from “star” or “player”, at Alumni Game, Thanksgiving, 2014;
b) Hanns Gregory Scharf, mayor of Palo Alto emeritus and two-time Council member, on Election Day 2014 and come to think of it he looked pretty unfazed covering Jeremy Lin in a photo op during construction of The Mitchell Center which has a single hoop and now or for now JEREMY LIN PLAYED HERE monument which another Greg, Betts says is just a sign;
c) when I first heard about 27 Uni I wanted to suggest as taupe of defensive tactic that we build a John Arrillaga monument somewhere between Cristo Redempter and my trophy for Sunnyvale Tournament 1980; this prototype I saw in window of awards shop downtown Salinas.
d) Weiss and PAPD Chief Dennis Burns, a track athlete at St. Ignatius, fall 2014
e) council-member elect Tom Dubois and Weiss, two hoopsters slightly past their playing prime.