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Lin waived by Warriors but picked up by Rockets

 

Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin wasn't out of a job very long, after being waived by the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

On Sunday, the Houston Rockets claimed the 23-year-old Lin off waivers, picking up the second year of his non-guaranteed contract -- worth close to a reported $800,000.

The 6-foot-3 Lin, a Harvard graduate, was a popular player with the Warriors but averaged only 2.6 points on 38.9 percent shooting in 29 games as a rookie last season. He spent much of the year traveling back and forth between the Warriors and their NBA Development League team, where he averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists with the Reno Bighorns.

Two former Warrior teammates, David Lee and Stephen Curry, tweeted Lin on jeremylin.net:

"Tough day losing one of our teammates @jlin7.. JLin u are a great ball player and unbelievable teammate and person! We will miss u lil bro!" said Lee.

"to my man @jlin7…can't say it enough man your work ethic and skills are gonna pick you right back up…keep the faith bro and keep ya head up," tweeted Curry.

Jeremy Lin's younger brother, Joseph, dished out five assists to help the Hamilton College men's basketball team defeat Vassar College, 96-71, on Saturday. Joseph also is a Paly grad.

Football

Stanford grad Toby Gerhart had one of his better days in the NFL on Sunday, but it still didn't prevent his Minnesota Vikings from dropping a 34-28 decision to the host Detroit Lions.

Gerhart rushed 19 times for 90 yards and caught three passes for 19 yards, one reception a two-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Fellow Stanford grad Greg Camarillo, the former Menlo-Atherton High standout, caught two passes for 31 yards for the Vikings.

Former Stanford defensive standout John Lynch was in the announcing booth on Sunday, providing the color commentary for the 49ers-Cardinals game.

Stanford grad Doug Baldwin, who went undrafted but was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks, blocked a first-quarter punt and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass to help the Seahawks beat the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, 30-13.

Baldwin, who has become Seattle's leading receiver this season, caught seven balls for 93 yards against the Rams. He has three TD receptions in his rookie season.

Former Menlo-Atherton quarterback Turner Baty threw for 348 yards and five touchdowns and was named the Most Valuable Player as he led his City College of San Francisco football team to a 45-42 victory over Mt. San Antonio College in the state community college championship game Saturday in San Francisco.

Baty, the son of former Stanford and NFL player Greg Baty, threw the game-winning TD pass with 41 seconds left in the game as the Rams won their sixth state title and ninth unofficial national crown.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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