Title: Retro Reflection: 27 thoughts on the anniversary of Jeremy Lin’s 27-point VaLINtine’s Day performance
Date: February 14, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote a retro reflection on Jeremy LIn’s 27-point game against the Raptors at the height of Linsanity, a game that happened almost seven years to the day he became a Raptor.
Seven years ago today, Linsanity reached a fever pitch.
The New York Knicks rolled into Toronto on an unlikely five-game winning streak thanks to Jeremy Lin, a story that had begun bubbling but hadn’t yet hit a crescendo of NBA madness. Here was Lin, a Harvard graduate, an undrafted sophomore who’d already bounced around teams and a first-generation Taiwanese-American turning around one of the league’s marquee franchises out of nowhere. It was, at the time and in retrospect, one of the unlikeliest and most fun stories in league history, and it was coming to Toronto.
Back in 2011-12, I was actually a season-ticket holder working in a different industry. Splitting three seats among five friends, the plan was to sell off Feb. 14 tickets. Taking a girlfriend to a basketball game with a friend holding the third ticket is not exactly Hallmark-level Valentine’s Day romance. (Little did 24-year-old Blake know that love is an illusion.) But this was Linsanity, and there was no way I was missing the game. I was not alone. It feels like nobodymissed this game, the type of had-to-be-there event that people retcon themselves at to feel included and then wind up believing it. The self-reported attendance feels twice as large as the Air Canada Centre’s capacity at the time.
Last night, that same venue, now called Scotiabank Arena, was sold out again. Midway through the first quarter, Lin once again checked in, almost seven years to the date of his seminal performance, receiving a similar ovation. This time, Lin was checking in to make his debut as a member of the Raptors, something that makes so much sense now that it’s a reality that it’s a surprise it didn’t happen sooner.