A tipster has passed along this collection of Lin’s photos and captions to Deadspin, in which the wunderkind, in May 2004, at age 15, “played around with a headband [he] found and tried to imitate NBA players.”
He does Derek Fisher, Ben Wallace (whose “afro is nothing compared to” Lin’s), Josh Howard (who “wears his headband jewish style… very very loosely”), and Brian Grant (who wears it “girl style”). Maybe you’re tempted to think less of Lin for this (but what 15-year-old doesn’t engage in such silliness?) or maybe you’re tempted to think of Linsanity as destiny, what with Lin laughing at Fisher’s headband and then barbecuing him last night. In that case, you might not be wrong.