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Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:14 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 9:09 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver   

Jeremy Lin discussed the bias he faced from talent evaluators during All-Star Weekend (Getty Images)

ORLANDO -- Jeremy Lin knows exactly how much he was overlooked.

"I think ESPN had me as the 467th best player out of 500 or something like that coming into the season," Lin said, speaking in front of a standing room at Amway Center on Friday night.

Lin, a Taiwanese-American, said that he believes that a biased perception of Asian-American athletes was a contributing factor in his being underrated by NBA talent evaluators during the last few years.

"I think it has something to do with it," Lin, who was undrafted out of Harvard in 2010 and cut by both the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets this season, said. "I don't know how much. But I think just being Asian-American, obviously when you look at me, I'm going to have to prove myself more so again and again and again, and some people may not believe it."

Preconceived notions about his race, Lin said, choosing his words carefully, might even have influenced the language used to describe his skillset.

"I know a lot of people say I'm deceptively athletic and deceptively quick, and I'm not sure what's 'deceptive.' But it could be the fact that I'm Asian-American. But I think that's fine. It's something that I embrace, and it gives me a chip on my shoulder." 

The media contingent began arriveing more than a half-hour before Lin's press conference, which was televised live on NBA TV. Unlike the other participants in the Rising Stars Challenge game, Lin did not conduct interviews following Friday morning's practice. Instead, he filled 10 rows of chairs in Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy's Amway Center press conference room, with reporters hugging both walls as well. Eventually, the doors were closed and media members were turned away due to a lack of space.

Lin went on to state that the doubts about his abilities continued into his tenure with the New York Knicks, where he has become a breakout star since moving into the starting point guard role. He confirmed reports that he had attended a group chapel service with a number of fellow NBA players and admitted that he had prayed that he wouldn't be released before cut day, as his contract was not yet guaranteed.

"I went to chapel with Jerome Jordan and Landry Fields and the chaplain asked us to share a prayer request," Lin remembered. "I knew February 10th was right around the corner, so that was what was on my heart. Just that I would be able to continue to stay on the roster and be with the team the rest of the year. So that's kind of what I shared with the group of guys."

The prayer, he said, was the result of feeling as if getting released would put him at a crossroads.

"I really didn't have a Plan B to be honest... I was thinking about three main options: overseas, D-League or to just take a break or give up basketball for awhile. And I just didn't really know. I was just trying not to think about it basically. I just said, if I get cut by the Knicks, then I'll take a look at all that, but until then, I want to make sure I try to stay focused and not think negatively.

That prayer session probably feels like years ago to Lin, who currently ranks in the top-20 in player efficiency in the NBA. Nevertheless, his frugal lifestyle remains the same.

"I'm still a minimum guy," he said quickly when asked if he had "splurged" on anything recently. "That hasn't changed."
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Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:38 am
 

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Nobody(but you) comes here to find a tall lover. 


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Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:33 am
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Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:15 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

The media contingent began arriveing more than a half-hour before Lin's press conference, which was televised live on NBA TV
I hate to be the grammar/spelling police, but come on CBS! Arriveing is not a word. All it takes is one click of a spellcheck to find that out. Professionalism in this country (or at least on this website) seems to mean nothing anymore. I don't know if it was Ben Golliver or the morons at CBS who made the mistake, but either way it is shameful. I don't comment on people's spelling mistakes on their comments (and some are REALLY bad) because they're not professionals, but this is really dumb. It is easy to spellcheck.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:07 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

He was not given a strong shot because he was Asian so lets stop sugar coating it.  He was not 7ft, or exceptionally quick and athletic, or a lights out shooter so everyone missed him.  That being said his talent was at least recognized by some teams.  its not easy to get tryouts for NBA teams.  You cant just walk in off the street and say sign me up.  Anyone that says that they dont have some preconcieved notions regarding race is lying.  We automatically categorize things so are brain can rationalize the world.  If a difference is noted or pointed out then we automatically put the object in a different category.  Even if the difference has nothing to do with the task at hand.




Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:47 am
 

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Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:27 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

Who says "Oriental" anymore? :) You're right in that he was overlooked b/c of his ethnic background. I believe he was overlooked b/c he was an undrafted Ivy League grad as well. Anyway, it's been a great story and only improves the NBA image considering the lockout and the nixed LA/NO trade for Chris Paul.



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:15 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

Wow always race garbage..grow up people!!!



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:07 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

Lets be realistic....for the most part Orientals are not tall, not fast and not athletic enough to compete in the NBA
And when was the last time the NBA had an Oriental player other than Ming?  Pretty sure there has not been one.


So it does make some sort of sense that he was overlooked.  Plus the fact that he was with two other teams and they saw him practice everyday and still cut him would make people wary of his talent.  When success happens it is usually the right place at the right time. Had all those injuries not happened Lin may have been cut by the Knicks as well.

The bottom line is that Lin got his chance and made the most of it.  CONGRATS to him!!



Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:58 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

Hey fish2026 where did you read that Lin makes a few million? Last I checked he was making about $600k.


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