SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Bay Area basketball star Jeremy Lin gave another reminder to Warriors fans what they’re missing as he unveiled a wax figure of himself in his new Los Angeles Lakers uniform at Madame Tussauds at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
Lin, who grew up in Palo Alto and played briefly for Golden State before becoming a sensation with the New York Knicks in 2012, was joined by members of his family at the unveiling Thursday.
He said it was ‘definitely an honor’ to have a wax likeness of himself in the area where he grew up.
“I’m not sure how the Lakers jersey will go in the Bay Area, but hopefully it will be alright.” Lin said the timing of the unveiling worked out perfectly as he was already attending an extended family reunion in the Bay Area.
Lin said the pose in the display of him dunking the basketball was taken from a game photo, a pose he recreated on a slowly-spinning platform as artists took a number of photographs to prepare for making the wax statue.
The statue will join those of other sports figures at Madame Tussauds in Fisherman’s Wharf, including Joe Montana, Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams and Tiger Woods.
Lin is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history, and the first American of Chinese descent to play in the league. After being waived by both the Warriors and the Houston Rockets, Lin signed with the Knicks and his performance quickly earned him a starting role and created a wave of excitement known as ‘Linsanity.’
A documentary movie about Lin, titled Linsanity, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013.