NBA Underdog Revives Team, League and Game
In the world of professional basketball Jeremy Lin was barely noticed at 6' 3" and 200 pounds he was a bench warmer for the New York Nicks until injuries forced the coach to play him. That was two weeks ago and the Knicks have been on a winning streak that has electrified the team the game and the country...even creating a whole new vocabulary centered around lin... linsanity, linsane...
"We all love to root for the underdog," says psychologist Dwight Hollier who tells us that americans and our can-do spirit are drawn to such stories. "We love to see a person that works hard the American story the American tradition we buckle up and get it done and we work hard again goes back to the every day guy the average person."
We have seen such stories before on shows like American Idol where ordinary people reaching the impossible dream through hard work and perseverance while millions watch it unfold.
And such a story is unfolding in the world of basketball. Even busy winning coaches like Charlotte Catholic High School's basketball coach Mike King takes note of a player like Lin. "Those guys are built on just simple hard work and for us as a basketball team hard work gives you hope brings hope...there's no substitute for it no matter how good you are how much god given ability you have there's no substitute for the guy who just works hard" says King.
Ofcourse no one knows whether this winning streak will be alive when the New York Knicks come to town in April but Jeremy Lin has made his mark as the underdog who persevered and won... and that is a story we love whether it's on a basketball court or a Hollywood stage.