Sunday, November 7, 2010
Asian-Americans are everwhere
And we also saw the first NBA points for rookie point guard Jeremy Lin. Lin may or may not have a glittering career ahead of him, but he has won the adulation of millions for continually overcoming the underdog status attached to being an Asian basketballer (Lin is born in the California to Taiwanese parents).
While the NBA has seen a number of overseas players from China such as superstar Yao Ming, Lin is the first American of Chinese descent to play in the league. He is also only the 3rd Asian-American to appear in the NBA, after Wataru Misaka in 1947, and half-white and half-Japanese Rex Walters in the 1990s. A star in high school, he was not offered any athletic scholarships and ended up at Harvard instead. He led the Ivy League team to break numerous records and graduated with a degree in economics, yet was still not drafted by any NBA team. He did receive a later offer from the Golden State Warriors, and in the below game he only played 11 minutes, but finished with a very creditable 2 points, 4 steals and 3 assists.