Palo Alto High graduate Jeremy Lin made his debut in the NBA Development League on Tuesday night, scoring 10 points to help the Reno Bighorns defeat Tulsa, 98-91.
Earlier in the day, Lin was assigned to Reno by the team's NBA affiliate -- the Golden State Warriors. Lin arrived in Reno just in time for the Bighorns' shootaround at 10 a.m. He brought with him the blue shoes that he had worn while playing for the Warriors.
Lin came off the bench. With eight seconds left in the first half, Lin took the ball upcourt, dribbled through two Tulsa players and drained a short fade-away jumper to give Reno a 17-point lead.
"It's obviously tough just going out there," Lin told Scott Oxarart of the Reno Gazette-Journal. "But, I want to play and help the team, so it's not that bad. I learned a couple basic sets and I was OK."
The Bighorns will play at Bakersfield on Thursday and will be home to face Idaho on Saturday.
Reno is coached by former NBA coach Eric Musselman. The Bighorns got 19 points from Marcus Landry and 17 from Patrick Ewing Jr.
Lin (6-3, 200), a rookie out of Harvard, appeared in 17 games this season for Golden State, averaging 1.9 points in 8.5 minutes. In the 2010 NBA Summer League, Lin averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in five games with the Dallas Mavericks.
"I'm just going to get some playing time, some experience and continue to develop," Lin said in various wire reports after being assigned to Reno. "There is no substitute for playing in actual games. Obviously, I'd love to stay with the team, but I'm going to be able to get a lot of playing time. It's not the end of the world, and I can learn and grow a lot as a player."
The Warriors signed Lin as an undrafted free agent in July. In four years at Harvard, Lin averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He became the first player in Ivy League history to record 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals, and was one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award as a senior.
Warriors' fans can keep track of Lin and the Bighorns by logging onto NBA.com/dleague to watch every game live, online, for free.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams