While the NBA is in a labor dispute and fans worry about the possibility that there won’t be an NBA season next year, we’d like to highlight an Ivy League athlete who is currently on the roster of the Golden State Warriors, having just finished his rookie season. This is not only noteworthy because he, a Harvard grad, is the first Ivy League athlete to play in the NBA in ten years (Yale’s Chris Dudley retired in 2001) but also because he is the first Asian-American to play in the NBA since 1947.
Harvard’s Jeremy Lin is indeed a barrier breaker. He wasn’t even a big college recruit. He sent videos and stats to UCLA. They said maybe he could walk on, but they weren’t going to recruit him. Stanford (in his hometown of Palo Alto) overlooked him. The Harvard coach even dismissed Lin to his high school coach only to call back later to say he’d spoken too soon. Brown and Harvard were the only schools to recruit him in the end and Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships.
Since being signed to a two-year contract as an undrafted rookie, Jeremy Lin has shown potential to excel in the NBA game. In limited minutes, the Harvard grad, who is also the first player of Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, is a crowd favorite. This is partially due to the fact that he’s an Asian-American in the NBA and also due to the fact that he’s a hometown hero, playing in the same area where he once led his high school to much basketball success. If the crowd only knew that Lin plays much better on the road! On the road, the modest Lin can find more anonymity! At least for now…
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