MrPingPong, a dedicated reader of this blog, just posted Chris Baldwin’s latest article and I think it is his best on Jeremy Lin. He says everything I either have said or everything I keep thinking about but haven’t said. This article makes by blood pump. Makes me want to hit something hard (and I’m not talking no pillow neither. No. I need some resistance, like a brick wall or McHale’s face) at the injustice that Lin has been dealt.
I’m someone who really hates injustices. I want things to be fair and people to be treated fairly. I know people often say life is not fair, but it still gets me when things aren’t fair. Also, I know that Lin is an NBA player making millions, so no one should feel sorry for him. But since Lin is a public figure and one of the few Asian male public figures in America the injustices that he faces is more visible than the ones that you or I face. So in a way, he serves as a symbol, even though he is a human being, just like the rest of us.
Anyway, I think Chris really captured McHale’s hypocrisy and blatant cluelessness about his role in Lin’s struggles. Chris compares McHale to a character in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. And I think this is bang on, because sometimes I do feel like I’m watching some scripted fictional piece, when I think about how irrational McHale’s heavy bias against Lin is, how tragically comical McHale is as a coach. McHale is like a cheesy villain in some cheesy inspirational movie hell-bent on doing everything in his power to bring down the hero of the movie.
To me, it’s like a movie, because the things that McHale does is so baffling (it can’t be real) and I can’t believe he’s getting away with it. For example, him starting Beverley over Lin and treating Beverley as THE starter is so crazy that it has to be scripted by some Hollywood hack. And the fact that hardly anyone questions McHale’s treatment of Lin makes this whole situation with the Rockets all the more surreal. It also expands the injustices that Lin faces far beyond McHale. This is the reason why I wrote that long article about Lin Doubters and Haters being like the Flat Earth people. I felt like “everyone” seems to be blinded by their own preconceptions. Their own biases against someone like Lin. And I felt it was my duty to point this out. To wake people up and, hopefully, by helping them wake up in this regard, it will trigger them to wake up to other parts of their lives that they’ve become mindless bots to. I know this is a lot to ask of people and is wishful thinking on my part, but that’s why I took all that time to write that long article. And reading Chris’s article brought some of these feelings back.