Jeremy Lin is a real-life Akira Sendoh!

Akira Sendo on the left; Jeremy Lin on the right?
Akira Sendo on the left; Jeremy Lin on the right?

The buzz surrounding Jeremy Lin Shu-How (林书豪) is making me excited about NBA matches again. I have not followed NBA games since the heydays of the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan at his prime.

For Japanese manga and anime fans of Slamdunk, do you find that Jeremy Lin is like a real-life version of Akira Sendoh (仙道)?

Another cross comparison
Another cross comparison

In case you are a Chinese living in Mars for the past days, Jeremy Lin is an American professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Lin is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history, and the first American player in the league to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.

He was never offered an athletic scholarship, never drafted by the NBA. He was waived, dismissed, overlooked and undervalued. He went to Ivy League Harvard University instead and played basketball for them.

Yes, he is a Harvard graduate AND professional NBA player. Such people do exist.

Currently, he had 114 points in his short NBA career. He scored 134 in his last five games, including 109 in his first four starts—the most since the NBA-ABA merger of 1976-77.

When up against Kobe Bryant two days ago, Lin put up the best performance to date and guided the Knicks to an important 92-85 win over the mighty Los Angeles Lakers.

Linsanity was born.

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3 thoughts on “Jeremy Lin is a real-life Akira Sendoh!”

  1. I think there’s a good chance that Jeremy read Slam Dunk while growing up. It’s very popular in Taiwan and China as well. So he may have modeled his game after him.

  2. Just dropping by… I googled “Jeremy Lin and Akira Sendoh” to see how many other people saw the similarity…
    You might be interested that there is a video in youtube comparing his moves to Akira Sendoh in the anime

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