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March 6, 2012

“Linsanity” In the NBA

by The Centinal

By Faith Middleton – Staff Writer

As NBA players go, Jeremy Lin is starkly average. With  weight of 200 pounds and standing at six feet, three inches Lin falls in the middle of the range for the size of a point guard. One thing that is not average about the New York Knicks point guard is his outstanding recent winning streak. Couple that with an uncommon heritage and he is a phenomenon who lives up to his nickname, “Lin-sanity”.

Although he was the captain of his 32-1 high school team, Jeremy Lin graduated from Palo Alto High School without any basketball scholarship offers. So instead of moping around town, he set his sights higher and was recruited for Harvard University by then assistant coach Bill Holden. Lin played at Harvard all 4 years of his university career and was All-Ivy League first team twice, in 2009 and 2010.

“[Jeremy Lin teaches me] to keep following your dreams of being in the NBA. Not all NBA players are Division-1 stars, “Christopher Caulfield, Centennial Sophomore, said. “Jeremy Lin is a Harvard Grad, after all.”

After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Lin signed with his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors. If he had been drafted, he would have been the first Harvard draft since 1954. However, this was not the case. So Jeremy Lin signed a two-year contract with the Warriors. Shortly afterward he signed a three-year deal with Nike.

During his season with the Warriors, Lin was assigned to the D-league three times but then recalled. He gained a big fan following while with the Warriors. In the 2011 offseason, Lin was claimed by the New York Knicks. Due to “bad playing” in a game against the Boston Celtics, Lin was put in the game. The next day, (Feb. 4, 2012) he outscored All-Star Deron Williams. On February 10, he outscored Kobe Bryant by scoring 38 points to Bryant’s 34 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jeremy Lin is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, thus making him one of the few Asian-American players in the NBA. His parents are both five feet, six inches tall. His notable positive attitude makes him an obvious role model for young sports players all over America.

“[Lin] has a strong character and shows it when playing basketball or just talking to the media,” Centennial Junior David Lee said. “Jeremy Lin can back up his talk and that’s why I look up to him.”

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