Jeremy Lin
American basketball player
Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Shu-How Lin is an American professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of college, the 2010 Harvard University graduate reached a partially guaranteed contract deal later that year with his hometown Golden State Warriors.
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Yahoo News - about 1 month
(Fixes slug and headline) Jan 23 (The Sports Xchange) - Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin will miss three to five more weeks after re-aggravating a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for most of the season, the team announced Monday. - - The Minnesota Timberwolves purchased the majority ownership of the Iowa Energy and will begin a direct affiliation with the NBA Development League team next season. Subject to finalization, Minnesota would become the 18th NBA team to own and operate a D-League affiliate.
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Brooklyn Nets star Lin faces new injury setback
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Brooklyn Nets star Jeremy Lin could be sidelined for up to five more weeks after aggravating a hamstring injury that has wrecked his season, his team announced on Monday. "During the course of his rehab, Jeremy re-aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be out approximately three to five weeks as he continues to work towards a full recovery," Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. Lin suffered an injury on November 2 which left him sidelined for 17 games until he returned on December 12.
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Desired as Cornerstone, an Injured Jeremy Lin Is Watching the Nets Crumble
NYTimes - about 1 month
Lin was expected to be the team’s starting point guard after signing as a free agent last summer. But he has played only 12 games because of hamstring troubles.
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Jeremy Lin Teams Up With Asian-American 'Hulk' In New Comic Book
Huffington Post - 2 months
Jeremy Lin has now dribbled his way into the pages of a comic book.  The Brooklyn Nets point guard was featured as a character in Marvel’s “The Totally Awesome Hulk” #13, which was released last week. Since this particular incarnation of the Hulk is an Asian-American named Amadeus Cho, comics writer Greg Pak felt it would be perfect to incorporate Lin ― who appears as himself ― into the storyline.  “I was here in New York when Linsanity happened and it never stopped for me,” Pak, who’s Korean-American, told amNewYork back in September. “I just love the guy. And at a certain point, I just found myself thinking, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if the biggest Asian-American superhero met the biggest Asian-American sports star?’” In the story, Cho meets Lin, who also appears in issue 14, and the two team up for a charity basketball game. But things eventually go south, Pak told the CBR.com. Cho who is a “cocky kid” and feels he’s got it all figured out, and Lin who values teamwork als ...
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Here's Why People Still Think Racist Asian Jokes Are Acceptable
Huffington Post - 5 months
The year was 2016. I was at one of those kitschy Brooklyn hole-in-the-walls-turned-hipster-havens when a bartender, apparently unhinged, turned to my white male friend with whom I was sitting and said, “You know you can’t trust her. She has slanty eyes.” I could see in the bartender’s non-slanty eyes that perfectly align with Western beauty standards that he realized he had done something wrong. He knew he had said something racist. (It was also sexist if we’re being real ― but that’s a whole other issue.) He had really poured me a double with that one. The bartender assured me he was “kidding,” and that he meant no offense. But that’s not really how delivery and receipt of jokes works. You can’t say something offensive about attributes someone can’t change ― attributes as inherent as ethnicity ― and call that a joke. Plus, he didn’t even apologize. A similar, though much more extreme, scenario played out on a national scale this week. And like that friendly bartender, Fox New ...
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Nets down Pistons 101-94 in Lin's pre-season Brooklyn bow
Yahoo News - 5 months
New acquisition Jeremy Lin scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-94 NBA pre-season win over the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. "It felt great," Lin said. Lin, the NBA's first player of Chinese or Taiwanese heritage, agreed to a three-year deal with the Nets worth a reported $36 million in July, after turning down a $2.2 million offer to return to Charlotte for next season.
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Jeremy Lin Co-Stars In This Delightfully Wacky Taiwanese Music Video
Yahoo News - 6 months
Jeremy Lin relishes any opportunity he gets to do something wild on camera. Lin has returned to the country for his latest viral video sensation, only this time in a totally bonkers music video featuring Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou. Some tripped out psychedelic stuff happens next, which is followed by Lin playing a classical music piece on piano.
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Jeremy Lin compares NBA All-Stars to Dota heroes
ABC News - 7 months
Jeremy Lin of the Brooklyn Nets, best known for his winning turnaround with the New York Knicks in 2012, is also a Dota fan in attendance at The International 6. He has a respectable 4,000 MMR (matchmaking rating) and plays the game three times a week after basketball practice to relax. ESPN sat down with Lin to ask which Dota heroes are the equivalents of real-life NBA superstars, including himself. Any secret plans to join a Dota team? No, although he hopes to endorse one someday.
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Jeremy Lin Is Back in New York, and So Is a Glimpse of the Old Linsanity
New York Times - 7 months
By returning to a city with the largest Chinese population outside of Asia to play for the Nets, Lin is stepping back into a broader, brighter spotlight.
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Jeremy Lin Is Returning to New York (With the Nets)
NYTimes - 8 months
Lin, the Harvard guard who electrified Knicks fans in 2012 with “Linsanity,” has agreed to a deal with the Nets, reportedly for three years and $36 million.
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Jeremy Lin Agrees to Three-Year Deal With Brooklyn Nets
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
On the first day of the NBA’s annual free-agency period, the Brooklyn Nets capitalized on the scarce point-guard market by agreeing on a deal with former New York Knick Jeremy Lin.
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Lin declines Hornets NBA deal, opts for free agency
Yahoo News - 8 months
Jeremy Lin, the NBA's first US player of Chinese or Taiwanese heritage, declined a $2.2 million offer to return to the Charlotte Hornets next season and will become a free agent. The 27-year-old point guard, best known for his 7-0 "Linsanity" run with the New York Knicks in 2012, averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds for the Hornets last season. Lin was a seldom-used reserve with the Knicks until injuries to several starters gave him a chance to play.
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Hornets go inside, beat Heat to even series
Yahoo News - 10 months
(The Sports Xchange) - The Miami Heat effectively shut down the Charlotte Hornets' vaunted three-point shooting. The Hornets pulled out an 89-85 victory in Game 4 on Monday to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece, and they did it by attacking the basket with drive after drive from guards Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lin. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday in Miami.
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Hornets snap playoff skid with win over Heat, Pacers pull level
Yahoo News - 10 months
Jeremy Lin scored 18 points to lead a balanced Charlotte attack as the Hornets beat the Miami Heat 96-80 for their first NBA playoff victory in 14 years. After two deflating defeats in Miami, the Hornets fed off their home crowd to trim the deficit in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series to 2-1. In the late game Saturday, Damian Lillard scored a game high 32 points as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Los Angeles 96-88 to cut the Clippers lead in the series to 2-1.
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At Last, Jeremy Lin Settles Into Identity of His Own Making
NYTimes - 10 months
Lin, the Hornets’ valuable reserve, seems to have broken a pattern in which he was overlooked, then overhyped and then left to deal with the backlash.
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N.B.A. Denies Anti-Lin Bias on Fouls
NYTimes - 11 months
The league responded to a fan-made video that highlighted hard fouls on Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin that were not ruled flagrant.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeremy Lin
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 27
    In July 2016, former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni recalled that some players on the Knicks resented Lin during the Linsanity period, an account corroborated by Lin's former Knicks teammate Amar’e Stoudemire.
    More Details Hide Details Lin has turned down most of the sponsorship deals he has been offered. He stated that he declined tens of millions of dollars of endorsement opportunities during the peak of Linsanity. "I do think my purpose is to play basketball, play well, and play for the glory of God," he said. Lin called business outside of basketball "definitely secondary to my primary job". He has endorsed the following brands during his career: Lin is an evangelical Christian, and was a leader in Harvard's Asian American Christian Fellowship during his time there. He credited his NBA success to playing without pressure. "I've surrendered that to God. I'm not in a battle with what everybody else thinks anymore," said Lin. He hopes to become a pastor who can head up non-profit organizations, either home or abroad, and has talked of working in inner-city communities to help with underprivileged children.
    Reflecting on the subject after he returned to the New York City area in 2016 to play for the Brooklyn Nets, Lin stated, "In some ways, Linsanity wouldn't have been Linsanity if I was a different skin color, most likely, it wouldn't have been as big of a deal, and that went to my advantage, too, but if you look prior to that, a lot of the obstacles to even get to that point where I could get to a position of getting on the floor, those were definitely obstacles that were very much stereotypes that I had to fight along the way.
    More Details Hide Details So I've always understood that there's good and there's bad and you have to take them together and just be thankful for it all." Lin has a popular YouTube account, and has made videos with YouTube personalities Nigahiga and KevJumba. Lin and former Knicks teammate Landry Fields appeared on the channel revealing their "secret handshake". In 2014, Lin became a content partner with Whistle Sports Network, adding his YouTube channel with roughly 400,000 subscribers in exchange for an undisclosed equity stake. He was the first athlete from one of the four major sports leagues in the United States to produce content for the digital sports platform. In a video interview conducted by Elie Seckbach, he asked Lin how it felt to be representing so many people. Lin responded by stating, "It's humbling, a privilege, and an honor. I'm really proud of being Chinese, I'm really proud of my parents being from Taiwan. I just thank God for the opportunity." In July 2011, the overseas Chinese Vivid Magazine named Lin one of its top eight influential Chinese-Americans. In April 2012, Lin was named to Time Magazines 2012 list of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World". On June 18, 2012, NBA TV announced that Lin was the first-ever winner of the "Social Breakout Player of the Year" Award. He was also the winner of "The EPIC Award". In July 2012, Lin won the ESPY Award for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
    On July 7, 2016, Lin signed a multi-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
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    After declining his $2.2 million player option for the 2016–17 season, Lin became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2016.
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    On March 21, 2016, he scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to help Charlotte rally from a 30–7 deficit in the second quarter for a 91–88 comeback victory over San Antonio, snapping the Spurs' six-game winning streak.
    More Details Hide Details Charlotte was the first team to score seven points or fewer in the opening quarter and come back to win since 2008. It was also the largest comeback surrendered by the Spurs in the Tim Duncan era, which began in 1997. Lin was 11-of-18 from the field and hit all four three-point attempts, including three in the fourth quarter, and provided the go-ahead jumper with 48 seconds left. Lin's first and only season with the Hornets came to an end after the Hornets were defeated by the Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
  • 2015
    Age 26
    On July 9, 2015, Lin signed a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, who used their bi-annual exception in the deal.
    More Details Hide Details He had been open to re-joining New York, but they were not interested, having drafted guard Jerian Grant to pair with veteran José Calderón at point guard. Lin was projected to back up Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, and coach Steve Clifford envisioned that the two pick-and-roll players would sometimes play together. Lin made his debut for the Hornets in the team's season opener against the Miami Heat on October 28, scoring 17 points off the bench in a 104–94 loss. On December 17, he scored a season-high 35 points in a 109–99 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors.
    On January 23, 2015, Scott promoted rookie Jordan Clarkson to start over Price and chose not to play a healthy Lin in a blowout loss to San Antonio, which the Lakers trailed by as much as 23 while playing without Kobe Bryant.
    More Details Hide Details Lin had previously played in each game of the season, averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 assists in 43 games. It was the first time he was healthy and did not play since February 2, 2012, two days before he logged then-career highs against New Jersey at the dawn of Linsanity. After Lin scored a season-high 29 on March 22 in a win over Philadelphia, Scott returned him to the starting lineup. On March 24, Lin and teammate Clarkson, who is part Filipino, became the first Asian Americans to start together in the backcourt in NBA history. Lin missed the last five games of the season due to an upper respiratory infection.
  • 2014
    Age 25
    The Lakers owed Lin $15 million for 2014–15, the final year of his contract, but only $8.3 million counted against their salary cap.
    More Details Hide Details His role was undefined with the Lakers, who were just 21–61 in his only season with the team. Lin moved into the starting lineup late in the preseason after an injury to Ronnie Price, and he started the first 20 games of the season. However, he struggled in coach Byron Scott's offense, which was based on the methodical player and ball movement of the Princeton offense, while Lin was most comfortable dominating the ball while attacking off the pick-and-roll as he did in New York and Houston. After the team's poor 5–15 start, Scott attempted to improve the Lakers' poor defense by moving Lin to the bench in favor of the journeyman Price. Lin was disappointed in the demotion, calling it "one of the toughest situations I've been in".
    On July 13, 2014, Lin was traded, along with a 2015 first and second round pick, to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for the rights to Sergei Lishouk.
    More Details Hide Details The Rockets made the move to clear cap space in their attempt to sign free agent Chris Bosh.
    On February 1, 2014, Lin recorded 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists—his first career triple-double—in 29 minutes off the bench in a 106–92 home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first Rocket to notch a triple-double off the bench since Cedric Maxwell in 1988. However, he went into a shooting slump after the All-Star break, and again experienced problems with his back. He finished the season with 33 starts and averages of 12.5 points and 4.1 assists a game along with career highs in field goal percentage (44.6%), three-point percentage (35.8%), and free throw percentage (82.3%). He shot 57.8 percent off of drives during the season, exceeded only by LeBron James (63.8 percent) in the league. In the playoffs, Lin averaged 11.3 points off the bench as Houston lost in six games to the Portland Trail Blazers. He scored 21 points in a Game 5 win that extended the Rockets season. During the offseason, the Rockets pursued Lin's former Knicks teammate Anthony in free agency, and showed images outside of its arena of Anthony in a Houston jersey bearing Lin's No. 7.
  • 2013
    Age 24
    On November 14, 2013, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jorge Andres apologized on-air after commenting that Lin "was cooking with some hot peanut oil" after Lin's 21-point performance helped Houston to a win over the Knicks.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2015 interview with Pablo S. Torre in ESPN The Magazine, Lin expressed belief that perceptions of Asians had affected his reputation as a player who was turnover-prone or unable to use both hands, despite statistics that suggested he had improved in both areas. He also cited the notion that he was a poor defender due to the belief that he lacked speed, while D'Antoni stated that Lin "was one of the quickest athletes we've ever worked out". However, Lin acknowledged that being a non-black basketball player, his performance with the Knicks was overhyped. Diepenbrock said that people without meaning any harm assume since Lin is Asian that he is not a basketball player. The first time Lin went to a Pro-Am game in Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, a security guard informed him: "Sorry, sir, there's no volleyball here tonight. It's basketball." Early in his stint with the Knicks, a security guard at Madison Square Garden stopped Lin from entering the players' entrance, mistaking him as a trainer. After signing with the Hornets, the five-year NBA veteran had to convince security at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena that he was a player.
    In 2013–14, Lin was replaced in the Rockets' starting lineup by Patrick Beverley, and Lin became the second unit's primary ball handler and scoring option as the team's sixth man.
    More Details Hide Details Houston liked beginning games with Beverley's defensive pressure, but also preferred increasing Lin's playing time without Harden also on the court. Lin and Harden were both attacking players offensively, but each struggled defensively. In November, Lin established the highest two-game scoring total of his career, 65 points, including season-highs of 34 points and 11 assists along with a Rockets record-tying nine three-pointers in a start in place of an injured Harden. It was followed by a 21-point performance in a win at New York. He received a round of applause upon entering the game, though it was more subdued than in his first return against the Knicks. On November 27, Lin sprained his right knee against the Atlanta Hawks, causing him to miss six games. He missed four additional games in December due to back spasms; he started in his return on December 23 with both Harden and Beverley injured—Beverley was estimated to be out four to six weeks due to a fractured right hand.
    Lin did not play in the 2013 All-Star Game, held in Houston, after finishing third in the voting behind Bryant and Chris Paul for the two starting guards of the Western Conference.
    More Details Hide Details He was selected instead to compete in the Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend. His scoring, shooting percentage, and 3-point percentage improved after the All-Star break, and he finished with season averages of 13.4 points and 6.1 assists. Lin and center Ömer Aşık were the only Rockets to play in all 82 games. Houston qualified for the playoffs, but lost in the first round in six games to the No. 1 seed Oklahoma City Thunder. Lin suffered a bruised chest in Game 2, which limited him in Game 3 and sidelined him for the two games after. He returned for the final game, coming off the bench for three points in 13 minutes.
  • 2012
    Age 23
    During the 2012 offseason, the Knicks encouraged Lin to seek other offers, but he and the press expected that the team would re-sign him given its need for a young guard, his good play, and worldwide popularity; ESPN reported that the Knicks would match any other offer "up to $1 billion".
    More Details Hide Details The Rockets offered a $28.8 million contract over four years with the fourth year of that deal being at the team's option, which put the true commitment at $19.5 million. Woodson said the Knicks would match Houston's offer and that Lin would be his starting point guard. The Rockets then offered a revised three-year, $25 million deal, which Anthony called "ridiculous". The Knicks did not match the deal, and Lin deduced the team's decision when they signed Raymond Felton instead. The first two years of Houston's offer paid $5 million and $5.225 million, respectively, followed by $14.8 million in the third year. The higher salary in the final year, known as a "poison pill", was intended to discourage New York from matching the offer. Including luxury tax, the Knicks' cost for Lin in 2014–15 was estimated at $43 million. Their failure to match the offer surprised observers, given the team's history of high payrolls; Lin would only have been the fourth-highest-paid Knick.
  • 2011
    Age 22
    In June 2011, the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) included Lin in its preliminary squad of 24 players for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.
    More Details Hide Details The next month, however, the CTBA announced that Lin would not be included on their roster due to a knee injury. Taiwanese media reported that Lin declined an offer from the People's Republic of China to play in the same tournament; however, the Chinese Basketball Management Center denied having ever approached him. Lin was named to the USA Basketball Men's Select Team to scrimmage against the 2012 USA Olympic team candidates, but he did not participate due to his restricted free agent status with the Knicks. Apart from being a capable passer, Lin has established himself as a strong, fast-paced offensive player who attacks the basket and excels at the pick-and-roll. He improved his outside shooting from early in his career, and became a threat from three-point range. He has also been considered difficult to defend at times because of his ability to get to the free-throw line. An admitted risk taker, he has been criticized for his tendency to commit turnovers, as well as his mediocre defense.
    Lin was claimed off of waivers by the Houston Rockets on December 12, 2011, and played seven minutes, in two pre-season games in Houston, but with Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragić and Jonny Flynn as point guards, all with guaranteed contracts, the Rockets waived Lin on December 24, before the start of the season, to clear payroll to sign center Samuel Dalembert.
    More Details Hide Details On December 27, after an injury to guard Iman Shumpert, the New York Knicks claimed Lin off of waivers to be a backup behind Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby. Recently signed guard Baron Davis had also been injured, and was weeks away from being able to play. Because of the lockout, coaches had had little opportunity to see Lin's play, and placed him fourth on the point guard depth chart. Lin stated that he was "competing for a backup spot", and people saw him "as the 12th to 15th guy on the roster. It's a numbers game," yet he continued to arrive first at practice, and leave last, intensely studying game film, and working with coaches to improve his footwork and judgment. He made his season debut with the Knicks on the road against the Warriors, where he was warmly cheered in his return to Oracle Arena. In January, Lin was assigned to the Erie BayHawks of the D-League, and on January 20, he scored a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists in the BayHawks' 122–113 victory over the Maine Red Claws. Three days later, Lin was recalled by the Knicks, but was so fearful of being cut again that he asked a chaplain at a pregame prayer service to pray for him. If he were to be released again, Lin would consider playing in Europe, returning to the D-League, or taking a non-basketball job.
    On the first day of training camp on December 9, 2011, the Warriors waived Lin.
    More Details Hide Details He was a favorite of Lacob, but the Warriors were freeing up salary cap space to make an offer to restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan; Lin was due to make almost $800,000 that would have become fully guaranteed on February 10, 2012. The San Francisco Chronicle said Lin would have had trouble beating out rookie guard Charles Jenkins.
    In September 2011, Lin played a few games for the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) club Dongguan Leopards at the ABA Club Championship in Guangzhou, China, where he was named the MVP of the tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Shanghai Sharks president and former NBA star Yao Ming also tried, unsuccessfully, to sign Lin for the upcoming CBA season; Lin explained that as someone still under contract with the Golden State Warriors, he could not play in the CBA as the league would only admit NBA free agents. A few days before the lockout was lifted on November 26, Lin had been close to signing with an undisclosed club in Italy. Lin worked to improve his jump shot during the offseason by abandoning the shooting form he had used since the eighth grade. He also increased his strength, doubling the weight he could squat (from to) and almost tripling the number of pull-ups that he could do (from 12 to 30). He increased his body weight from to —including of muscle—added to his standing vertical jump and to his running vertical jump, and improved his lateral quickness by 32 percent. Due to the lockout, he never got a chance to workout for new Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
    Lin recovered from a patellar ligament injury to his knee during the 2011 NBA lockout.
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    Three times during the season, Lin was assigned to the Warriors' D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. Each time, he was later recalled by the Warriors. He competed in the NBA D-League Showcase and was named to the All-NBA D-League Showcase First Team on January 14, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Lin helped lead the Bighorns to a 2–0 record at the Showcase with averages of 21.5 points, 6. rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals. Lin posted a season-high 27 points with the Bighorns on March 18. In 20 games he averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists with Reno. Lin initially felt he was not good enough to play in the NBA, but he later realized he was learning and getting playing time in the D-League that he would not have received with the Warriors. Lin credited Bighorns coach Eric Musselman with "helping him regain his swagger". Musselman recalled that Lin was a good scorer but was not yet skilled at "using the whole floor". He committed many offensive fouls, but Musselman believed Lin was as good as Gilbert Arenas in the dribble drive, an ability "you can't teach". The player continued to improve his pick-and-roll, how to handle double teams and traps, and improved his jump shot and, especially, his three pointer. Musselman also noticed that Lin, who as an NBA player received first-class airplane tickets, gave them to his teammates.
  • 2010
    Age 21
    Lin's deal was partially guaranteed for 2010–11, and the Warriors held a team option for the second season.
    More Details Hide Details The deal included a first-year salary of close to $500,000 with more than half of it guaranteed. Lin said the counteroffers from the three other teams were higher, but he wanted to play for the Warriors. Lin's agent Roger Montgomery negotiated the deal. Lin also signed a three-year guaranteed contract with Nike. His jersey was already on sale before his first NBA game. The Warriors held a press conference for Lin after his signing, with national media in attendance. "It was surprising to see that... for an undrafted rookie," said then-Warriors coach Keith Smart. The San Jose Mercury News wrote that Lin "had something of a cult following" after his signing. The San Francisco Bay Area, with its large Asian-American population, celebrated his arrival. He became the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. Lin received the loudest ovation of the night in the Warriors' home exhibition opener at Oracle Arena when he entered the game in the fourth quarter. The crowd had started chanting for him in the third quarter. "That really touched me. It's something I'll remember forever," Lin said. During the first month of the season, Oracle Arena fans continued to root for Lin to play in the end of games and cheered every time he touched the ball. He drew cheers from the crowd on the road as well, with some writers attributing the attention to the unique story of a successful Asian-American basketball player.
    On July 21, 2010, Lin signed a two-year deal with his hometown Warriors.
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    At the Portsmouth Invitational, Lin first met sports agent Roger Montgomery and later gave him a commitment. To their disappointment, no team chose Lin in the 2010 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details The NBA had not drafted an Ivy League player since Jerome Allen of Penn in the second round in 1995. The last Ivy League player to play in the NBA was Yale's Chris Dudley in, while the last Harvard player was Ed Smith in. Eight teams had invited Lin to predraft workouts. Diepenbrock said that NBA tryouts do not play five on five. Lin acknowledged that the workouts were "one on one or two on two or three on three, and that's not where I excel. I've never played basketball like that." Scouts saw what The New York Times later described as "a smart passer with a flawed jump shot and a thin frame, who might not have the strength and athleticism to defend, create his own shot or finish at the rim in the N.B.A." Lin joined the Dallas Mavericks for mini-camp as well as their NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas. Donnie Nelson of the Mavericks was the only General Manager who offered him an invitation to play in the Summer League. "Donnie took care of me," said Lin. "He has a different type of vision than most people do."
    He graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in economics and a 3.1 grade-point average.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2008
    Age 19
    By his junior year during the 2008–09 season, he was the only NCAA Division I men's basketball player who ranked in the top ten in his conference for scoring (17.8), rebounding (5.5), assists (4.3), steals (2.4), blocked shots (.6), field goal percentage (.502), free throw percentage (.744), and three-point shot percentage (.400), and was a consensus selection for the All-Ivy League First Team.
    More Details Hide Details He made 27 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds in an 82–70 win over the 17th-ranked Boston College Eagles, three days after the Eagles defeated No. 1 North Carolina. In his senior year (2009–10), Lin averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks, and was again a unanimous selection for the All-Ivy League First Team. He was one of 30 midseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award. He was also invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Fran Fraschilla of ESPN named Lin as one of the 12 most versatile players in college basketball. Lin gained national attention for his performance against the 12th-ranked Connecticut Huskies, against whom he scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 9 rebounds on the road. After the game, Hall of Fame Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said of Lin: "I've seen a lot of teams come through here, and he could play for any of them. He's got great, great composure on the court. He knows how to play."
  • 2005
    Age 16
    In July 2005, then-Harvard assistant coach Bill Holden saw that Lin was tall, which fit the physical attributes he was seeking, and he had a 4.2 grade point average in high school, which met Harvard's academic standards.
    More Details Hide Details But Holden was initially unimpressed with Lin's on-court abilities, and told Lin's high school basketball coach, Peter Diepenbrock, that Lin was a "Division III player". Later that week, Holden saw Lin playing in a much more competitive game, driving to the basket at every opportunity with the "instincts of a killer", and Lin became a top priority for him. Harvard coaches feared that Stanford, close to Lin's home, would offer Lin a scholarship, but it did not, and Lin chose to attend Harvard. "I wasn't sitting there saying all these Division I coaches were knuckleheads," Diepenbrock said. "There were legitimate questions about Jeremy." Joe Lacob, incoming Warriors owner and Stanford booster, said Stanford's failure to recruit Lin "was really stupid. The kid was right across the street. If you can't recognize that, you've got a problem." Kerry Keating, the UCLA assistant who offered Lin the opportunity to walk-on, said in hindsight that Lin would probably have ended up starting at point guard for UCLA.
    During his senior year in 2005–2006, Lin captained Palo Alto High School to a 32–1 record and upset the nationally ranked Mater Dei, 51–47, for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division II state title.
    More Details Hide Details He was named first-team All-State and Northern California Division II Player of the Year, and ended his senior year averaging 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds, and 5. steals. Lin sent his résumé and a DVD of highlights of his high school basketball career to all of the Ivy League schools; the University of California, Berkeley; and his dream schools, Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The Pac-10 schools wanted him to walk-on, rather than be actively recruited or offered a sports scholarship. Harvard and Brown were the only teams that guaranteed him a spot on their basketball teams, but Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships. Rex Walters, University of San Francisco men's basketball coach and retired NBA player, said NCAA limits on coaches' recruiting visits had reduced Lin's chances. "Most colleges start recruiting a guy in the first five minutes they see him because he runs really fast, jumps really high, does the quick, easy thing to evaluate," Walters said. Lin added, "I just think in order for someone to understand my game, they have to watch me more than once, because I'm not going to do anything that's extra flashy or freakishly athletic."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1988
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    Born on August 23, 1988.
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