At the height of his run with the New York Knicks, Jeremy Lin may have been the most popular player in the NBA. One year later, the point guard’s fame has made him the focus of a new SportsCenter commercial.
ESPN is known for creating funny advertisements, entitled “This is SportsCenter,“ that feature some of the today’s athletes. The Houston Rockets star is at the center of the latest installment.
In the commercial, Lin assists SportsCenter anchor Jay Crawford with his script for the upcoming show. Since he graduated from Harvard, Lin tells Crawford to use complex phrases, and corrects him for misspelling words.
When “Linsanity” took over the NBA, much was made of Lin’s Harvard education. However, he often tried to downplay the fact that he went to one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States, claiming he isn’t very smart.
“That’s a stereotype,” Lin once said, when he was with the Knicks. “David Lee would be the first to tell you, he always calls me the dumbest smart guy he knows. Depends on who you ask I guess.”
In his first season with Houston, Lin hasn’t been able to duplicate the success that he had in New York. He’s averaging 12.5 points and 6.1 assists per game, but has helped the Rockets enter the postseason picture. They have a two-game lead in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Below you can watch the full video of Lin’s new commercial.