JLin!

     This Jeremy story is having a profound affect on me. I can’t deny it. I could not fall asleep until 7 AM, I dreamt that we were kicking it after his game, and I woke up with regret that I didn’t enact my plan to make a personalized player app for him this summer.

     Fortune really does favor those who work hard, are prepared for their opportunity, and have an unwavering faith in their abilities. He really, truly thought he was going to make it in the NBA, and that’s the reason he is now the biggest story in Manhattan since George Washington’s inaugural presidential address. He arrived in New York and changed their constitution so profoundly we should call him Alexander Hamilton! (Sorry, been reading a biography.)

     The game itself was amazing to behold.  I was glued to my illegal Spanish language internet feed from 3-5 AM. I watched him cleverly weave through the Utah defense. His patented righty reverse on the left side was as unstoppable in prime time against NBA all-stars as it was on a Saturday night game against Dartmouth.
      I am happy to say that watching him last night was the first time in my post college life I was able to truly get over past grudges and enjoy his success. For a long time I have resented some of the opportunities he got in college that I felt could have gone to me if things had worked out a little differently. Don’t get me wrong, Jeremy and I are friends. I enjoyed playing with him and we had some great games together, but he was clearly the man for my last two years, and sometimes that was a difficult pill to swallow.

     I know being jealous sounds ridiculous in retrospect, but I was having a good career and believed in myself too! Making the NBA was my ultimate goal. You have to possess a certain amount of  confidence to have that dream when you play for Harvard. And in 2007 it was not a foregone conclusion that one of us would be starring in front of 18,000 people for one of basketballs storied franchises while the other would be overseas haggling with his owner about how it is borderline sadistic to tell someone to ride a bike to practice after taking away their car when they go home to recover from a surgery.

     Jeremy worked his ass off for everything he got, but even he can’t deny that Coach Amaker treated him like a son and constantly built him up while simultaneously putting me through the ringer and making me scrap with freshman for minutes (what up O.) But at this point I have finally come to terms with the fact that he deserves all the adulation that is coming his way. I can only imagine how cool it must be to have the crowd at Madison Square Garden chanting MVP as you shoot free throws. That’s what every player dreams about. It is a relief to no longer resent your friend but rather to see him as the ultimate proof that, as Kevin Garnett put it, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!”

     Except for God being real. Sorry J, I still can’t accept that.Image

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19 thoughts on “JLin!

  1. Drew,

    Thanks for sharing your feelings and thoughts so candidly. As a long time fan of Harvard basketball, I followed your career there from Los Angeles. I wondered what happened in your last two seasons after Coach Amaker came in.

    John

  2. Very candid post…not many people would publicly admit a former resentment. Respect.

    So was the sports commentary in Spanish? I can only imagine. Linsacional? Lincreible? Linsanidad?

    1. haha for some reason it was just the commercials. I don’t know how these sites operate. Every now and then I log on and their will be a big banner saying the FBI shut everything down.

  3. enjoyed your post. takes a big man to let go of resentment especailly when your dreams were crushed. but don’t give up. fight through. keep getting better and maybe you can get a shot too!

  4. its so great that you could get over your resentment and enjoy your friends success :) its a very honest blog post and i enjoyed reading it! :D

  5. Wonderful post, Drew. I just finished reading your piece on ESPN.com and wanted to tell you what a great person you are for finding peace with Jeremy Lin’s success. Keep working, keep dreaming!

  6. How do you not believe in GD , do you think something as complicated as the human body happened by accident or coincidence ??

  7. Great story. Loved your honesty. Like hello? Jealousy and resentment is part of being human. So many pretend they are robots and lies through their teeth!

    Much love from an Athiest in NY.

  8. Interesting blog posting and airing out some of that “dirty laundry”. I’ve never seen any other blogs from any players in your position, but your feelings are not unusual. Team sports is not just about competition with your opponents but with your teammates (when it comes to playing time).

    It’s always tough to be a starter, lose your spot to someone else and never really get an opportunity to get your spot back.

    If I may dare say that your particular journey is unique to you, just as Jeremy’s is unique to himself. While you’re not quite a believer in God (I am on the fence), I will say that Jeremy’s ascent has brought about deep discussion about race and athletics. For too long, Asian Americans have been left out of the discussion. Jeremy has brought that to the forefront and perhaps that was the intention of Jeremy rising now.

    For you, wherever your journey takes you and what you learn from it, appreciate it just like anything else you value and the rest will take care of itself.

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