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Jeremy Lin: Being Asian-American has been basketball 'barrier'

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08:29 AM ET 04.07 | Jeremy Lin says the reason why he was recruited so minimally out of high school was because of his ethnicity. The former Knicks phenom told "60 Minutes," in an interview that will air Sunday night, that he feels his Asian-American heritage was "a barrier." Lin was named California player of the year as a senior at Palo Alto HS, but the only true Division I opportunity he had was at Harvard. "It's a stereotype," Lin said of being Asian-American. Lin was undrafted out of Harvard after an excellent career with the Crimson, including a 30-point game against UConn. He likely could have played on any team in the country, yet he was not recruited by any high-major programs -- or even mid-majors. "I think the obvious thing, in my mind, that I was Asian-American, which is a whole different issue," Lin told "60 Minutes." "I think that was a barrier."

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April 7, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Good for him to have guts to talk about this issue because he is definitely gonna be criticized by many people. However this actually helps other minority trying to get into the league, not only for Asians but for other race as well

April 7, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Stereotypes Are Made To Be Broken, Bro.

April 7, 2013  09:36 AM ET

It's nice that he's shedding light on the subject. I can appreciate the guts that it took to do it. There was a time when African americans just wanted to play and they were also shunned. Probably ridiculed for such a 'crazy opionion' too. So for the ignorant people out there about to criticise Lin's point if view, don't act like it didn't happen because it did. And it was real.

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April 7, 2013  10:35 AM ET

Being Asian made him rich!! No?

April 7, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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I only got to go to Harvard on scholarship. I'm a victim, bro!

Here we go again. He's not talking academically. He's merely stating that if ten guys are in a room with similar basketball skills, the 6 foot Asian guy is the one who does not fit the standard model, so he goes un-noticed. I think he has a point. How many 7 foot corpses litter college and pros solely on the basis of 84 inches of height, but without the most rudimentary of skills. Scouts and player development people are lazy. Who wants to go see some brainy Asian kid when we can just tap into the Rucker pipeline and be home in time for supper.

April 7, 2013  11:17 AM ET
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Here we go again. He's not talking academically. He's merely stating that if ten guys are in a room with similar basketball skills, the 6 foot Asian guy is the one who does not fit the standard model, so he goes un-noticed. I think he has a point. How many 7 foot corpses litter college and pros solely on the basis of 84 inches of height, but without the most rudimentary of skills. Scouts and player development people are lazy. Who wants to go see some brainy Asian kid when we can just tap into the Rucker pipeline and be home in time for supper.

You're correct. Excellent point.

April 7, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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Here we go again. He's not talking academically. He's merely stating that if ten guys are in a room with similar basketball skills, the 6 foot Asian guy is the one who does not fit the standard model, so he goes un-noticed. I think he has a point. How many 7 foot corpses litter college and pros solely on the basis of 84 inches of height, but without the most rudimentary of skills. Scouts and player development people are lazy. Who wants to go see some brainy Asian kid when we can just tap into the Rucker pipeline and be home in time for supper.

Let me tell you, if you put 10 guys in a room, and the shortest one is 6', the 6' person--whatever their race--will be the last one the scouts consider. If Jeremy Lin wanted to really speak truth, he might have mentioned his HEIGHT being a barrier. I mean, come on, the NBA had no problem recruiting Yao Ming. Who would YOU pick, a 7' person, or a 6' person? Which person would you stake your college coaching career on?

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April 7, 2013  12:00 PM ET
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but you are talking about after college-the issue is why didn't the california POY get a better college scholarship offer

Maybe wikipedia has the answer:

"In his senior year in 2005???2006, Lin captained Palo Alto High School to a 32???1 record and upset nationally ranked Mater Dei, 51???47, for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division II state title.[17][18] He was named first-team All-State and Northern California Division II Player of the Year, ending his senior year averaging 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals."

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April 7, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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but you are talking about after college-the issue is why didn't the california POY get a better college scholarship offer

Maybe wikipedia has the answer:

"In his senior year . . . Lin captained Palo Alto High School to a 32 and 1 record and upset nationally ranked Mater Dei, 51 to 47, for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division II state title. He was named first-team All-State and Northern California Division II Player of the Year, ending his senior year averaging 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals."

Sorry, apparently they don't like dashes.

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