The 2011–12 NBA lockout season was actually 11 years ago.
Remember lebron james vs kevin durant flag football game And the barnstorming tour NBA stars kept playing at various gyms across the country? (I’m still upset that I missed them in Atlanta.)
The lockout that was inevitable for both the NBA and the NFL resulted in the former’s second halt in less than 15 years, resulting in games being missed. The NBA returns on Christmas Day with one of these biggest sports promo ever made. That season, everyone interested in the NBA had their eyes set on the Big Three Miami Heat. They upset the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, and if the Heat didn’t win the following season, they went down as the biggest, and most satisfying, disappointment in NBA history.
The game of that season that will be remembered forever is LeBron James’ 45-point, 15-rebound performance in Game 6 on the road against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, there was a story during that regular season that, for a time, took the Heat off the cover of the national sports page. For most of February 2012, the biggest story in the game was Jeremy Lin.
That month his star became so hot that a offensive title compelled America to take inventory of the way Asian-Americans are talked about in the mainstream media – back when rejection or embracing complacency didn’t set so many elections. For those of us who remember Linsnity, it may not feel like it was that long ago, but more than 10 years later there are adults who are only familiar with it since February 2012. To introduce them—and for the rest of us, A Ride in the DeLorean—HBO is releasing a documentary about Linsanity titled “38 in the Garden.” The title comes from Lynn’s 38 points in the New York Knicks’ win against 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 A top-of-the-key 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining on the road against the Toronto Raptors, and the crowd erupted as if the play had been made by Demar DeRozan.
Linsanity came for everyone. For a brief period, the Knicks were the most recognizable player in the game, and a player who was pardoned by Monta Ellis’s Golden State Warriors and Kyle Lowry’s Houston Rockets. With the premiere of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series in 2009, I knew one day a documentary would be made about this time. I also worried that a major outlet would make one too quickly, especially if Lynn didn’t become an NBA star, which he didn’t.
There was only a few years between the airings of “Press Play,” “Run Ricky Run,” and “Four October” and when those events were played out in real life, and they were very entertaining. However, the best 30 of that initial group’s 30 films were “The Two Escobars,” “The You,” “Pony Express,” and “The Best That Never Was.” More than a decade had passed since all those documentaries were aired.
In 2013 a documentary titled “Linsanity” was released which received mixed reviews. Critics didn’t hate it, but 2013 was too soon to try to reconcile everything that made Lynn so athletically and culturally so important and important to take out with the Knicks.
America is a very different place in Fall 2022 than it was in early 2012. Cable television was unstoppable and ESPN was starting to challenge HBO in the sports documentary market. Now, major sporting events take place only on streaming networks and sports documentaries are released more often than on the new Air Jordan colorways. Plus, Lynn is out of the NBA, and the Knicks… well, some things never change. They’re still nowhere near a title dispute.
With these volatile times, including the recent rise in attacks against Asians in America, now is the perfect time to take a full look at one of the most exciting Knicks since the 1999 NBA Finals appearance.