Who knew Jesse Eisenberg was such a Knicks fan? And that Jeremy Lin was secretly Jewish?
The nebbish actor gave his own take on the Linsanity phenomenon, penning a hilarious (and very fictional) essay for McSweeney’s, entitled, “Jeremy Lin Has Helped Me Through Some Pretty Tough Times.”
Eisenberg concludes his piece with this: “Finally, Jeremy Lin has given me hope as a young Jewish athlete from the suburbs of New Jersey. Although he has recently come out as Taiwanese American by nationality, Christian by religion and a native of Northern California, it is clear he is Jewish by spirituality and, according to my uncle who works near Madison Square Garden, studying at a Rabbinical school in Paramus.
“Growing up, everyone told me, ‘Jewish boys can’t play in the NBA, just look at Danny Schayes.’ All we’ve had to look up to was Sandy Koufax, who was Jewish but played baseball, and Spud Webb, who was our height but never won a title. But now, in Jeremy Lin, we have a true Jewish hero like Jesus or Erich ‘Houdini’ Weiss.”
But that’s not all Jeremy Lin has done for Eisenberg, according to the tall-tale filled remembrance. The Knicks guard also defended “The Social Network” star from his childhood bullies, subbed for another sick actor in his high school production of “Guys and Dolls,” and donated a kidney to Eisenberg’s second cousin.
Man, that Jeremy Lin! Even in made-up stories, the guy can just flat out ball.
J-Connection: Jesse Eisenberg is Jewish. He was raised in a secular Jewish family that originated in Poland and Ukraine. We haven’t seen him try to hoop, but we’re guessing his jump shot is about as good as his recent film, “30 Minutes or Less.” Take that to mean whatever you'd like.