But, we are the hometown of Jeremy Lin. Many of us watched him play basketball for JLS, Paly and NJB, and know he had pickup games at the Y. Some may have sent our kids on the bus to watch the State championship in Sacramento and then watched the game on channel 28 (I thinkit was). We know where he lives, his parents and his brothers.
Even for those who know very little about professional sport and NBA in particular, we still know about Jeremy.
We have other famous people connected to our town, like James Franco and Joan Baez.
Hometown pride is a good thing. We all feel a little united in sharing our memories of our hometown kids. Jeremy was one of us. He is, to some extent, our own offspring, our kid's friend, our neighbor, and many of us have special memories.
At some stage he will return home and at some stage, just like they do on American Idol, we will cheer him and honor him at some hometown celebration. We should all take some pride in this nice guy who has made it big. After all, in some small way whether we knew him growing up or not, we have helped turn him into who he is.
Jeremy, you are good for Palo Alto.