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DAILY SMILE | LINCREDIBLE!
I am beaming like a proud mama over here. Beaming over Jeremy Lin, a point guard for the New York Knicks.
It’s about time that an American Born Asian (he’s Taiwanese American) blazed through pro b-ball like this.
I used to work with kids, predominately of Asian descent, who played basketball like there was no tomorrow. They comprised a majority in their elementary or highschool teams…but they could only dream so far…they didn’t have any role models to look up too. I watch clips of Jeremy Lin play, sent by these kids who are major fans already, and I’m thrilled that now they can dream big at whatever they want to do. They can feel it’s possible, there’s someone who’s made it who’s like them.
Jeremy Lin is not like Yao, who is from China and trained by his pro b-ball playing parents. Lin is from Palo Alto, California. Although he was a star highschool player (with high academic A’s), he was passed over for a sport scholarship. Instead he went to Harvard on an academic one. Hollah! Not too shabby. He played on their basketball team, and he tolerated opposing team’s fans heckling him with racial slurs like, “Go back to China” or “Orchestra is on the other side of campus” or “Open your eyes.” The f*ck?!
He’s 6’3″ but considered “slight” compared to his NBA colleagues who are on average about 6’7″. His family is very Christian, and Lin plans to become a pastor upon retirement. He continues to help out at a kids’ basketball camp in the summers. He was undrafted, despite his record at Harvard (where he came out with an economics degree). He was passed over by Golden State (I luuurve how in one of vids below, it showed some Lin fans holding up a sign at the game that says, “Golden State…U mad?!?!” – awesome) and Houston.
Despite his downs….he continously worked hard. He persevered. He’s disciplined (and you know kids these days…heck, people these days, discipline is damn hard or not even in their vocabulary in this “I want this now, this instant” world they live in). He’s known to be almost “boring” when interviewed yet incredibly humble.
Now, Jeremy Lin has infused some spark into the community, into the dreams of all those kids who didn’t have anyone to look up, and into New York it seems too. I love me an injection of good mojo! I do, however, sincerely hope he’ll be known as a great player, rather than just an Asian player. He makes pro-b-ball look easy…which means that’s how good he is if he can do that. That’s an athlete, right there.
Yup, I feel like a proud mama. *fist pump*
PS: There’s already a song about Jeremy Lin (by Mega Ran), ha! Listen to the song HERE.
@ LA Lakers (Kobe!) – 38 pts….includes clip of humble Lin stating more credit needs to be given to his teammates for the Knicks’ wins. Awww…that’s my boy!