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Jeremy Lin just a phone call away from the NBA

Original post made on Jul 20, 2010

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

Comments (20)

Posted by Tom, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Here is a December 2009 article about Lin, from a SF-Bay magazine:
Web Link

Posted by Proud Neighbor, a resident of Midtown
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 Harvard, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm

If you don't make it in to the NBA, you can still fall back on that Harvard education.

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 LinFan, a resident of Ohlone School
on Jul 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I think the only thing missing in Lin's game is deadeye shooting from outside and a pull up jumper off the dribble. Gotta keep the defense honest. I'm rootin for yah kid!

Posted by Bob, a resident of Community Center
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 JeremyLinFan, a resident of Gunn High School
on Jul 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Watch this clip of Jeremy Lin in Harvard vs. UConn (one of the top nationally ranked college teams) and your jaws will drop!

Posted by JeremyLinFan, a resident of Gunn High School
on Jul 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

forgot to post the link

Web Link

Posted by stephen, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm


Posted by Patrick R, a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Well, it looks like he's comin' on home! Still, his undrafted FA status no doubt gave him the leverage to earn a multi-year contract with guaranteed money.

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 Old Palo Alto
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 Jeremy fan, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

Wow, with Jeremy on the squad, I might even go to a Warriors game. Congratulations, Jeremy! It's a thrill to see a hometown hero work so hard to fulfill his dream.

Posted by good job, a resident of Downtown North
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 Frank, a resident of Portola Valley
on Jul 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

First from Paly to go to the NBA? Probably belongs to Jim Loscutoff, the old 'enforcer' for the Boston Celtics.

Posted by Art, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Congratulations to Jeremy.
Did you know that the first person to break the color line in the NBA was Wat Misaka during the 1940s? Try googling his name or "The Misaka Story".

Posted by Paly Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm

How come this is hidden away in sports, it should be front page/headline news for all Palo Alto to see.

Congratulations to Jeremy and to Paly.

Posted by Chinese Paly Alum, a resident of Palo Alto High School
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.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Community Center
on Jul 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Jeremy going to the Warriors is sports headlines in the Boston Globe today. He's a nice young man with very nice parents. We are proud.

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