Jeremy Lin just a phone call away from the NBA Sports, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jul 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm
Jeremy Lin is waiting for a phone call, but not just any phone call. This call will begin a process that could change his life and confirm pretty much what he already knows -- that he can play in the NBA.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 3:53 PM
Posted by Proud Neighbor, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm
Congratulations Jeremy. Everyone should be tremendously proud of your efforts on the court, and, just as importantly, the way you have carried yourself off of it. This is a tribute both to you and to your parents Gie-Ming and Shirley. I've been following your career since you were in high school, and am excited to see you so close to your dream of playing in the NBA.
This is a great story of hard work, believing in yourself, and never giving up. One couldn't ask for a better role model of a student-athlete.
Posted by Patrick R, a resident of another community, on Jul 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm
He actually played in 5 games and averaged 9.8ppg (54.5 FG%) in 19 minutes.
Great player, great guy, and a great story. Funny how things work out! I don't want to jinx the guy, but not getting drafted might be the best thing to ever happen to him. Instead of playing for a spot on a mediocre/bad team, there's a mini-bidding war for his services with suitors like the Mavs and defending champ Lakers. Who knows? Maybe he'll even make more than the rookie minimum, which never would have happened if he was "merely" drafted.
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm
Jeremy is an AMERICAN. I don't call myself a German-American!! The problem is that this country in the last 30 years or became 'hyphenated' which is so destructive. Our ancestors came over here and proudly dropped the old nationality, and subsequent generations did too. But in the last thirty years or so, suddenly being hyphenated became all the rage. Let's get over that. Either we are Americans - period, or we are not - American citizens. Too bad Jeremy has to battle that.
Posted by Stan Lim, a resident of another community, on Jul 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm
Congratulations on the great summer league performance Jeremy. My 9 year old is very much into basketball, and you're truly a great inspiration. Hard work and determination really does pay off. Very glad I saw your picture in WSJ sport section a few months ago.
The latest news says you're close to signing with the Warriors - good for you. Can't wait to attend the Warriors - Timberwolves game when Golden State comes to Minneapolis.
Posted by Josh, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2010 at 9:39 am
Huge fan of Lin's, but I can understand the risk-aversion to picking Lin in the NBA draft. Are there any examples of Asian-American or Harvard-educated alumni amongst the current NBA players? Bill Bradley was a Rhodes Scholar from Princeton but that was a different age 40 years ago.
Posted by good job, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jul 21, 2010 at 9:56 am
Playing for a California team is a great idea. Like it or not, there is still a lot of anti-Asian racism in the rest of the country. Trying to excel at the game and resist the Tea Party hecklers at the same time will not be easy.
Josh - there are no other Harvard-educated Asian-Americans in the NBA. There are no other Asian-Americans in the NBA period. Yao Ming is a Chinese citizen.
Posted by Fan, a resident of Woodside, on Jul 21, 2010 at 11:53 am
Would love for Jeremy to make it in the NBA. With his large fan base in the Bay Area, Oracle arena would have more excitement than it already has.
Correction to the article, in that Jeremy would be the 2nd Paly Grad to make the NBA. The first was Jim Loscutoff Jr. who played for the Celtics back in the 50's championship era. He was such a good role player, the Celtic retired his Jersey. Hope Jeremy's success the same.
Posted by Chinese Paly Alum, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Jul 22, 2010 at 10:49 am
Jeremy, can you please get a better haircut? It'd be nicer to see an Americanized-Asian haircut on you. Congratulations and thanks for making Asians proud.
Bob, they just want to distinguish that he is Asian-American, as opposed to an Asian immigrant and there's nothing wrong with that. How many German immigrants are around these days? It's human nature to think of Caucasians as Americans since they have been the majority for so long.
Good job, I agree that there is still a lot of anti-Asian racism in the rest of the country. I lived in the midwest for 20 years and was harassed for being Asian. Our neighbors were always trying to pick fights with us. Some people here seem to feel threatened by the huge influx of Asian immigrants, understandably. But in general, we are more accepted here in CA than anywhere else.