Time: Jeremy Lin Is Officially "Lin"-fluential (Sigh)

Jeremy Lin

Someone needs to check the chemicals in the water cooler at Time magazine. And while they're at it, perhaps check to see if some sort of virus from their website has filtered through to Time's readers.

Several athletes made Time's Top 100 Influential People list, the highest being Kicks point guard Jeremy Lin, who came in at No. 9 with almost 90,000 votes. I like Jeremy Lin, but he played in -- what? 20 games? What and who exactly did he influence besides frivolous headline writers in New York tabloids who made every wretched pun conceivable that had "Lin" attached to it (Does this poll make him "Lin-fluential"?)?

Also on the list is Tim Tebow, who drew about 11,000 votes. That's what? About 1,000 votes for every touchdown pass he threw last year? I like Tim, too, but precisely in what way was he "influential?" I mean outside of inspiring conservative bloggers to flog everyone who giggled at Tebowing?

Lin, by the way, wrote the entry for Tebow: "He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values ..." But for some reason Tebow couldn't find the time to return the favor by doing Lin's entry, for which Time recruited U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who wrote that Lin's story "is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back. He's dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn't hack it in the NBA..."

Now, I don't know about you, but I was not one of those who woke up every morning with a mental block about Asian-American guards in the NBA. I do, kind of, have this prejudice about Asian-American centers, but I'm sure that barrier will someday fall.

BTW, some others who made the poll: Ron Paul was No. 12 with over 70,000 votes, while Barack Obama clocked in at 21st with more than 25,000. Obama may be smarting at getting clobbered by Paul (does every libertarian in the country read Time online?) but at least our president can sleep tonight with the satisfaction that he was more than 3000 votes ahead of Stephen Colbert.

I nominate Time magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World" list as the least influential poll of the year.

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You seem to think that influence is in mass ( of games played). Then how many blog articles like this one do you have to write to reach even fraction of what Jeremy Lin has achieved so far...


Did you even understand how they made the list? It's NOT by popular vote. The list was selected by Time magazine editors. The popular vote was only for fun. It didn't mean anything. As for why Lin is influential, let's count the way:- He broke the stereotypes about Asian being unathletic- He’s the first Asian American male who broke into the mainstream of American pop culture- He saved the floudering Knicks’ season- He attracts millions of non-basketball fans or basketball fans who have quit watching the NBA around the world back to the NBA as evidenced by soaring TV ratings, online streamings, sold-out stadiums everywhere he played- He moved the MSG stock price on the stock market- Time Warner and MSG settled a deal after months of impass because of public demand for Lin- Many Asian countries added the Knicks games (live in Taiwan) because of him- He moves merchandise- He has millions of following on the social media in both English and ChineseIs that enough to be called influential?


Mr Barra

While the whole Linsanity bit was a bit much, Lin's emergence in the NBA really was a big deal for Chinese basketball players. You say you were not "one of those who woke up every morning with a mental block about Asian-American guards in the NBA".

Well, with all due respect, that's because you're not Chinese or Asian. And I suspect you haven't played many pickup basketball games too, because there is DEFINITELY a belief/stereotype that black players are the best basketball players, followed by whites, and then down at the bottom: Asians.

I'm not going to play the victim card because, honestly, there is truth to that stereotype (the stats and data back this ups: the NBA is majority black and the best players currently and throughout the game's history has always been black). Black players are, generally, better than everyone else at basketball.

So for a Chinese guy do make it in the NBA without being a giant?

That's a huge deal. You can believe Lin is overrated (he proboably is). You can argue he's not even a top 15 point guard in the league. But you cannot downplay the impact he has had, especially on a GLOBAL level.


Just to add to your comments. A Chinese man must be better at Sports than Blacks in order to be treated as an equal. Chinese did very well at the last 2008 Olympics winning many medals. Like in the corporate and academic world, A Chinese man must be smarter and better educated than Whites in order to be treated equal.

Yao Ming when he was healthy had a very effective hook shot and rebounded respectably well. He inspired many Chinese kids and had faith that a Chinese man could make it in the NBA. He was racially taunted by non-Chinese fans. I'm a witness to that.

Hell even fellow Asians like the Japanese media and comments in Japan were derisive and insulting to Yao Ming. There is plenty of ethnic resentment and hatred. A bit of envy as well that a Chinese man made it to the NBA.

I was also very proud that another Mongol Chinese Menk Bateer made it to the NBA before he was injured and left the NBA.

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