Often out of nowhere, an NBA player bursts onto the hardwood with little prior press. Usually, they are regional players, who were big-time at their smaller school. And were drafted in the latter rounds. Or perhaps they were undrafted. Some were international players little known in the States.
Jeremy Lin played at perennial basketball powerhouse Harvard. He hooped it up in the Ivy League because both Cal and UCLA encouraged him to walk-on at their respective institutions. But neither offered a scholarship. Big mistake, Bears.
Jeremy is absolutely money on the NBA court, playing for the New York Knicks. Check this out:
With three breakout games, the Harvard graduate has become the NBA’s newest playmaking sensation. He’s a fan favorite—home and away—and has earned more than 60,000 Twitter followers in just five days.
Now, he also has his first NBA dunk.
Lin had 23 points—two on that slam—and a career-high 10 assists in the New York Knicks’ 107-93 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
Jeremy Shu-How Lin is his full Taiwanese name and he is the first player of Taiwanese heritage to play in the NBA. He’s lived the great American story:
Lin grew up in Palo Alto, California. His parents, Gie-Ming and Shirley, emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the mid-1970s. They are both 5 feet 6 inches tall. His paternal family comes from Beidou, Changhua in Taiwan; while his maternal grandmother is from Pinghu, Zhejiang in today’s China.
He has an older brother, Josh, and a younger brother, Joseph. Gie-Ming taught his sons to play basketball at the local YMCA.
Lin grew up in a devout Christian family and would one day like to be a pastor who can head up non-profit organizations, either home or abroad. He has also talked of working in inner-city communities to help with underprivileged children
You would expect with all his high-scoring games, he would be living in a swanky bachelor pad in Manhattan? No, he hangs with his brother. On his couch, pictured below:
His contract, potentially worth nearly $800,000, was not even guaranteed until Tuesday afternoon. So for the past six weeks, Lin, 23, has been sleeping in his brother Josh’s living room, waiting for clarity and career security.
“He has his own couch,” Josh Lin, a New York University dental student, said cheerfully.
Time to go real estate shopping Jeremy. I suggest Upper East Side. It is away from the maddening crowd. Or perhaps Brooklyn?