It may not have been an "official" mental disorder, but a condition known as Linsanity broke out for a few crazy weeks in February 2012. That was when
The events leading to this media-fueled frenzy and the genial, low-key underdog at its epicenter are given a peppy workout by director Evan Jackson Leong in the enjoyable documentary called, yes, "Linsanity."
Leong tracks the Palo Alto-raised athlete from his basketball-centric childhood, high school and college days (he was a four-year player at Harvard), up through his spotty, challenging start in the NBA playing for the
The perceived jealousies (yo,
Through it all, the devoutly Christian Lin ("I only play for God"), now 25, kept his cool, stayed focused and eventually landed a three-year, $25-million contract with the Rockets. Still, the pro is humble enough to assert, "at the end of the day, basketball is just a game." Amen.
MPAA rating: PG for some thematic elements and language.
Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes. In English and Mandarin with English subtitles.