The documentary ‘Linsanity’ opens nationwide on Friday. Filmed around the ascent of Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin the film is a long-awaited document detailing his rise to prominence as a member of the New York Knicks during a whirlwind month-long performance in the winter of 2012. Lin the first Asian-American to play in the NBA is unique on any number of levels and the piece is certain to be compelling viewing for basketball-niks and non-fans alike.

It’s not entirely full of good cheer and triumphant turns though as the film details Lin’s uneasy 20 month-turn between going undrafted out of Harvard and starring for New York’s top team. This includes Lin’s work with the Golden State Warriors his first NBA team and one that was rightfully criticized for treating Lin as a fan-luring curiosity instead of a player worth taking a chance on.

Sam Amick at USA Today writes about as much:


Lin who is so often reserved or rehearsed with the media is as candid as can be throughout.

There is a scene of Lin while talking with a group of kids at a basketball camp after "Linsanity" had died down saying he wanted to quit the game while he was with the Warriors. Amid rumblings that their decision to sign the undrafted point guard had more to do with marketing than it did his talent Lin was discouraged. He played 33 minutes the entire month of December 2010.

"On Dec. 29 I wrote about how I actually wish I never signed with the Warriors" he tells the children. "'I wish I could quit basketball (he wrote)' because I wasn't having fun."

Many of us recall Lin starring in the 2010 NBA Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks so free agent offers were sure to hit prior to the 2010-11 season but Golden State’s recruitment of the rookie seemed a little off. Golden State had been sold to a new ownership group earlier in 2010 and though current owner Joe Lacob has been rightfully lauded for turning the franchise around he has dealt with some fitful turns.