Jeremy Lin, like many other undrafted NBA players, had a tough road to the NBA. His road had built him to be the player he is today. I still remember being at a Warriors game, and he checked in. They had stopped playing right before he came in, and they had one Jeremy Lin layup playing for his highlight. It was on a constant loop so it probably played four or five times before the game got going again. At that time, Jeremy was bouncing from the D-league and the NBA. When he actually did get playing time, Oracle would roar for him to score. Even on the road, he would get cheers from the crowd. Jeremy was one of the only Asian-American players at the time. As amazing as this was, Jeremy felt as if he was a cash cow. Basically, the Warriors signed him because he was Asian, the Bay Area has a large Asian population so this was a no-brainer for the Warriors. Unfortunately, what Jeremy thought was a positive, turned out to be negative. He played 29 games in the 2010 season, he scored 2.6 points per game and about 9.8 minutes a game. Nothing spectacular and it all came at the end of the game when it was already over. Lin wouldn’t return to the Warriors the next season, which happened to be the lockout season.
A lockout is when the players association and the league can’t come to an agreement on a certain problem. In this instance, it was because of the salary cap and the revenue difference. It would end on December eighth, 2011. The first game would be played on Christmas day 2011. For Jeremy, he would be waived by Warriors, picked up by the Rockets, waived again and he would finally be claimed by the New York Knicks. Iman Shumpert would get injured and this is what forced the Knicks to sign the young guard. He would play here and there in the first 23 games, where he would have a total of 55 minutes. February 4th is a date that every Asian NBA fan will always remember. Jeremy Lin became “Linsanity”. During this stretch of 26 games, where Lin played significant time in the game, he would average 18.5 points per game and 7.6 assists per game. Linsanity was born, this was the breakthrough that Lin needed to show that he was a starter in the NBA. This publicity was good and it was bad.
Lin was scoring and passing incredibly, but he was also turning over the ball at an absurd amount. He would go onto average 4.5 turnovers a game over those 26 games. That is a lot of turnovers and it is hard to ignore such a problem. ESPN took note of this and the editor, Anthony Federico came up with the racist headline “Chink in the Armor”. It was almost as if, all the waves that Jeremy had created throughout the league had been knocked down. His hard work had been disrespected by four simple words. This is a racist word that should never be used to describe anyone. The editor Federico was fired and the writer was suspended. This was just one of the obstacles that Lin had to go through as an NBA player.
Jeremy Lin has an inspiring story, he is someone that is an inspiration to Asian kids everywhere. He showed everyone that anything is possible. He scratched and clawed to show that he belonged in the NBA. After his time in New York, he would then sign a lucrative deal with the Houston Rockets. Then he would be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where he would, unfortunately, have a rough season and he would then sign a minimum deal with the New Orleans Hornets. This is where he would be able to build up his value once again. Then another lucrative deal would be dealt with him and he would sign with the Brooklyn Nets. He would play well in his time, but injuries would hinder Lin from playing. In two seasons he would play 37 games, not even half a season. He would then be traded once again, to the Atlanta Hawks. This was Jeremy Lin’s path to the NBA, he keeps fighting and I hope to see him thrive this season. He has had a long tough road, he deserves much better than what has happened thus far in his career.
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