In a YouTube video posted in Auust 2010,Jeremy Lin, the NBA Knicks' rising star, explores New York City for the first time and narrates the experience. In the short video, Lin comes across as the humble, intelligent and upbeat player that his New York fans have come to love over the last few weeks. However, the California-born player makes several prophetic comments while on camera during his first visit to New York with his home team, the Golden State Warriors.
Stopping to look at a caricature artist's work, Lin points out a cartoon of the Chinese NBA player Yao Ming. You know you made it when you got a little caricature picture of yourself, he jokes, before sitting down to have his own caricature drawn. The final product is a cartoon of Lin soaring above the NY skyline as he prepares to dunk a basketball. Less than two years later the artist's image came true.
In the video, which mainly takes place in and around Times Square, Lin is joined by two of his friends, who attest to the player's devotion to the game and predict that he will reach the reach the heights of popularity he has just recently found.
He's going to be a crowd favorite, said Lin's friend Benjamin Wu, referring to California basketball fans.
Lin's friend Cheng Ho adds that he put a lot of time energy and sacrifice. While in college we were hanging out he always made it his number one priority.
While exploring the city, Lin also checks out famous street performer, The Naked Cowboy, and heads into Shake Shack for a burger, fries and a milkshake.
At the end of the video Lin poses for a photo-shoot at an unnamed indoor basketball court.
It's been a long road and an unconventional path but I'm glad I'm here, he says. It's just fun to be a part of the NBA and a part of this process, but at the same time this is just the start of this journey and I'm going to have to stay focused and working hard.