A year has passed since Jeremy Lin led the New York Knicks into a series of wins that overturned the stereotype that NBA is out-of-reach for Asian-Americans.
Earlier this week, the main character of “Linsanity” tweeted on his twitter account a video titled “The Last Pick,” in which Lin plays himself and encourages a 11-year-old African-American to not give up but keep working his best in pursuit of his passion – playing basketball.
“Back on Youtube!” Lin tweeted. “New video with the @jlinfoundation and the @jubileeproject … Yes, my acting sucks!”
The seven minute Youtube video “The Last Pick” is produced in conjunction with Jeremy Lin Foundation and the Jubilee Project.
Amid the doubtful speculations of the media on whether “Linsanity” is just a one hit wonder, the video begins by showing Lin running around the neighborhood, and a young boy sits on a curb after facing discouragement from not being picked on a pick-up basketball game. Lin sees the boy and said, “You are young and you’re going to keep growing. Just remember to keep getting better every day.”
Moreover, Lin would send text messages to the boy, giving encouragements, “Remember to follow through when you shoot.” One day, Lin showed up at a pick-up game and picked the boy as his first pick, and proceeds to pass the ball to the boy throughout the game.
The turn of the video shows Lin sitting in the locker room with disappointments and frustrations after losing to the Portland Trailblazers of 85-95, but then he received a text from the boy encouraging him with his own words, “You are young and you’re going to keep growing. Just remember to keep getting better every day.”
The video ended with the Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
The video’s YouTube page stated, “The Last Pick’ is a video about helping others. When we give to others, we often benefit in return. It usually happens when we expect it the least, but need it the most.”
“The Film was produced this past summer to support the Jeremy Lin Foundation (@jlinfoundation). The foundation loves and serves children and youth, by providing hope, empowerment and leadership development.”