Posts Tagged ‘NBA’

Jeremy Lin thinks being Asian-American hurt college basketball scholarship offers

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013


(NBC Sports) Jeremy Lin didn’t play college basketball on a scholarship — Harvard doesn’t offer athletic scholarships.

Lin was a noted high school player — he led Palo Alto High School to the California state championship and won a number of state awards. But Stanford in his own back yard didn’t offer him a scholarship, nor did UCLA, Oregon or any other Pac-12 school. Lin had the grades, SATs and resume to get into Harvard, so he went East.

We now know Lin as the guy who was good enough at Harvard to get a shot at NBA Summer League, where he turned heads and got some shots in the NBA until the perfect storm came together and “Linsanity” hit New York.

But why was that talent not recognized out of high school. Lin was frank in discussing that with Charlie Rose on 60 minutes that aired Sunday night.

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Linsanity is at the Movies

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013


(NBC Bay Area) For a while, he was a great unknown. Now Jeremy Lin is merely great — and the whole experience was caught on camera.

Lin, the Bay Area native and onetime castoff of the Golden State Warriors, catapulted to international acclaim as the NBA's biggest star of Asian descent since Yao Ming. His unlikely rise from Harvard player to bench warmer to the New York Knicks' surprise catalyst last season is documented in "Linsanity," a film which has its Bay Area debut next week at the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival.

Evan Jackson Leong had special access to Lin — the filmmaker harassed Lin in his Harvard days to let him do a movie about the basketball player,according to the San Jose Mercury News.

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From Min Chang to Jeremy Lin, China lives the US dream, what Indian-Americans can learn from them

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

(Economic Times) In one of the most high-profile sports signings of the year, NBA's Houston Rockets last week signed Chinese American basketball star Jeremy Lin for $25 million over four years. Part of the reason the Rockets signed Lin, who has starred in only a handful of NBA games until now, was his marketing potential, especially among the Chinese Americans in the Houston area.


Since his departure, the Forbes magazine reported that the share value of Madison Square Garden, the home games venue of Lin's former team New York Knicks, plummeted by more than $93 million.

Lin's meteoric rise earlier this year as the first big league star athlete from the Chinese American community — the largest Asian American group — had become a global media story. Yet, the Harvard graduate is not the first bona fide celebrity from the community.

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Chang’s rise helped pave way for Lin

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

(ESPN) Jeremy Lin isn't just carrying the New York Knicks.

He's carrying the hopes and dreams of legions of fellow Asian Americans. Most have never met Lin but might feel like they know him. They've been starving for someone like him to come around and break the stereotypes of a race that has been dubbed the "model minority."

He's the boy they grew up with, the one who was in the same class as their daughter, who played sports with their son.

Michael Chang can relate. Two-and-a-half decades ago, he was that boy.

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Asian-Americans feel a real connection to Jeremy Lin

Friday, February 24th, 2012

(San Jose Mercury News) They know what it feels like to be overlooked. People, they say, assume they are weak, servile, out of place. So when these Asian-Americans watch Jeremy Lin slash and shoot his way through the NBA's finest, it's almost as if they are on the basketball court with the Palo Alto point guard who has set the zeitgeist on fire.

Asian-Americans have rallied around other athletes — Michael Chang, Hideo Nomo, Yao Ming, Michelle Wie, Ichiro Suzuki. Tiger Woods was embraced for his Thai side. But Lin has a new and different appeal — a homegrown star besting some of the world's greatest athletes in an intensely physical sport. Asian-Americans have done well in America in many areas, but not this one.

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ESPN Jeremy Lin Headline: Civil Rights Organization Demands More Than Apology

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

(Huffington Post) Though ESPN apologized for referring to Jeremy Lin as "Chink in the Armor" Friday night, an Asian-American civil rights organization isn't satisfied with the response.

ESPN changed the headline, and apologized, but the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, an organization that promotes civil rights for Asian Americans, wants the network to do even more.

In a statement posted its site, the AALDEF said that the term used was "inexcusable" and wants ESPN to apologize on air so that "it is clear to all viewers that this racist language is unacceptable."

The AALDEF offered to meet with the network to help educate its staff and establish procedures to prevent such slurs from appearing in their work.

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Asian Americans energized in seeing Knicks’ Jeremy Lin play

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

(USAToday) Point guard Jeremy Lin has become a sensation not just in New York. He posted his first double-double in his two-year career in a 107-93 victory against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. He's been the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter in his three starts with the New York Knicks. In China on Monday, Lin's name was among the top 10 search terms on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, according to

Asian Americans of all stripes are energized by Lin, the first Asian-American player in the NBA:

"I don't care about the outcome. I just want to see him in action. He's as good of an Asian American athlete as there is."

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WNBA remains a leader among professional leagues for diversity

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

(Sports Illustrated) The WNBA joined the NBA in setting the benchmark for professional leagues when it received a combined "A" Wednesday for its diversity efforts. The grades were released in the annual report by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.

The combined "A" the league received for race and gender makeup marked the eighth time since 2001 the WNBA has scored that highly. The Racial and Gender Report Card released by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport examines major sports league's diversity in management at league offices and at the team level, as well as for coaches and other support personnel.

The NBA also received a combined "A" grade in June. In their most recent reports both Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer were given a combined grade of "B-plus" and the NFL received a "B".

Richard Lapchick, the study's primary author, said that he is most impressed that the WNBA continues to have several female owners, which he believes is helping set the agenda for the league overall.

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#africanamerican community continues to have LeBron’s back

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

(USA Today) The popularity of LeBron James has taken a big hit since he decided to leave Cleveland for Miami. But the African American community has stayed loyal to the NBA superstar.

SLAM magazine columnist Vincent Thomas writing for explains that the more James is disliked by others, the bond from the black community makes for a tighter circle.

…The more America shuns LeBron, the more Black America retreats to his corner. In fact, as America hates LeBron more and more, Black America’s collective hug embraces LeBron tighter and tighter. It’s called black protectionism.

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Jeremy Lin Making History As Rare #AsianAmerican, Ivy Leaguer in NBA

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

( Jeremy Lin is ready to make a name for himself on basketball’s biggest stage. That’s what he’s done at every other level, so why should the NBA be any different?

Lin will get a shot with the Golden State Warriors.

His journey from being unrecruited out of high school to going undrafted to making the Association with his self-proclaimed favorite team would be a great story, regardless. Add the fact that Lin is an Asian who graduated from Harvard, and it becomes something a little bigger.

His last name, Lin, tells us that he is of Asian descent. His first name, more importantly, tells us that he is not just Asian, but Asian-American. Asians in the NBA, though few in number, are nothing new. We all know about Houston Rockets center Yao Ming. There’s also Yi Jianlian, the sixth pick in the 2007 NBA draft, now with the Washington Wizards. And Sun Yue was drafted in ‘07 by the Lakers. However, what these players all have in common is that they are from China. They were born in China, played in China and then came to the NBA.

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