The 2011-12 NBA closing season was really 11 years ago.
to remember LeBron James vs Kevin Durant Flag football game And the tour by NBA stars who went to play at various gyms across the country? (I’m still upset that I missed them in Atlanta.)
The inevitable closures of both the NBA and the NFL brought the second act of the first to a halt in less than 15 years resulting in games being missed. The NBA is back on Christmas Day with one of the Greatest sports show since when. That season, all eyes interested in the NBA were directed to the Big Three of the Miami Heat. They were upset with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, and if the Heat had not won the following season they would have gone down as the biggest and most satisfying disappointment in NBA history.
The game from that season that will forever be remembered is LeBron James’ 45-point, 15-rebound performance in a 6 do-or-die game on the road against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, there was one storyline during that regular season, which, for a time, removed the Heat from the cover of the National Sports Page. For most of February 2012, Jeremy Lin was the biggest story in sports.
His star got so hot that month that offensive title America was forced to take an inventory of the way it talked about Asian Americans in the mainstream media — back when refusing or espousing decency wasn’t much of an election decision. For those of us who remember Linsanity, it might not feel like it was so long ago, but more than 10 years later, there are now adults vaguely familiar with February 2012. To introduce them — and for the rest of us, a ride in the DeLorean — HBO is releasing a documentary about the Linsanity titled “38 in the Garden”. The title comes from Lane’s 38 points in the New York Knicks’ win over the Los Angeles Lakers on February 10, 2012.
I was working my second job out of college when Linsanity began to engulf America. One of my coworkers was from New York, and another was a Harvard grad. They had a lot to say about Lin at work, but I had no interest in news about the Knicks — especially with Carmelo Anthony recovering from injury. Linsanity didn’t hook me until four days after the Lakers game, when he buried This top three pointer with 0.5 seconds left on the road against the Toronto Raptors, and the crowd erupted as if the play was made by DeMar DeRozan.
Humanity came to all. For a brief period, the Knicks was the sport’s most popular player, a player ceded by the Golden State Warriors of Monta Ellis and Houston Rockets’ Kyle Lowry. With ESPN’s Series 30 premiering in 2009, I knew that a documentary would someday be made about this moment in time. I was also worried that a major outlet might make him too fast, especially if Lane didn’t become an NBA star, which he didn’t.
There was only a few years between the broadcasts of “Press Play,” “Run Ricky Run,” and “Four Octobers” and when those events were taking place in real life, those events were very entertaining. However, the top 30 of the 30 films from that initial batch were “The Two Escobars,” “The U,” “Pony Express,” and “The Best Ever.” It was over a decade before both of those documentaries aired.
There was a documentary released in 2013 called “Linsanity” that received mixed reviews. Critics didn’t hate it, but 2013 was too early to try to encapsulate everything that made Lane swing the Knicks in a sensational and culturally significant way.
America is a much different place in the fall of 2022 than it was in the beginning of 2012. Cable TV was unstoppable and ESPN was just beginning to challenge HBO in the sports documentaries market. Now, there are major sporting events on broadcast networks only and sports documentaries are released more often than the new Air Jordan colorways. Also, Lane is out of the NBA, and the Knicks… well, some things never change. They are still close to competing for the title.
With these uncertain times, including the recent spike in attacks against Asians in America, now is the time to take a comprehensive look at one of the Knicks’ most exciting runs since their appearance in the 1999 NBA Finals.