Despite the initial rejections he got from various basketball clubs, Jeremy Lin is now living proof that Asian Americans can jump. The NBA player who has recently signed a contract with the Knicks is breaking down stereotypes due to his outstanding performances on the field, says Reuters.
The best word to describe the 23-year-old’s game tactics is “Linsanity”. The Taiwanese American basketball player drew everyone’s attention especially during the Tuesday’s competition against the Toronto Raptors where he scored the winning points when there were only several milliseconds left until the end of the game.
The New York Knicks managed to defeat the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday thanks to Lin’s pinpoint passing. The game which ended with 100-85 points in favor of the Knicks was the seventh consecutive victory of the New York team.
Lin was rejected by two basketball clubs before he was finally granted a chance by the Knicks. Since he didn’t obtain any scholarships, he went to Harvard and earned a degree in economics. The elite academic preparation he has was another impediment which prevented him from obtaining a contract. The 23-year-old basketball player claims clubs wrongfully believe that sportsmen who went to elite universities like Harvard cannot compete at higher levels.
Jeremy Lin is the first Asian to play in the NBA, thus proving that anybody can play basketball as long as you are really passionate about it. He told reporters that he tries to remain as focused as he was before becoming popular because he doesn’t want to get too big for his britches.
Playing for the New York team is a great achievement for a basketball player. Nevertheless, it can be very dangerous because players can become victims of their own success. Lin is determined not to let anything come between him and his colleagues.
The Knicks have easily accepted Lin among them and the team is, according to the Taiwanese-American player more united than ever. This was possible because they did not blame each other for their past defeats. On the contrary, each player put his ego aside and together they worked to improve the results of the team.