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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."
Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:54 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

I wish he hadn't said anything, there's never a good way to address this. I also wish he'd stop saying "Asian-American" since he is American, and adding that qualifier in front can actually promote the differences rather than creating acceptance.

When kids play with each other they have no idea about race or anything else. They're just kids, they just know it's someone to play with and that they're friends with. Then society makes sure to drill in those differences, classify by race and ethnicity and then afterwards society tries to pretend that humans are naturally racially aware and have some underlying racism. It's such a load of crock, it's all culturally and socially programmed in.

I do like Lin, and yes some of these things are concerns for him, but I don't think putting it out in the media can help him, only hurt him. I also don't actually think Lin is a top PG right now, nor do I think it's fair to hold him to that type of standard. He's a good, young, rising star though.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:43 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

Poor guy only makes a few million a year.  He should keep his mouth shut- -another sterotype is that people from Ivy League Schools such as  Lin are as smart as those from Berkeley or Michigan. Keep talking lin ..lol



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:41 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

What did whitetrash17 say regarding race?  You're the one that brought up race.  Maybe you're the one that's got issues.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:36 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

KYKId your just as bad as the media with those tired perceptions



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:30 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

While there is no denying that there is racism in America, including the sports world you can hardly accuse the NBA of this. Minorities make up a large part of every team's roster. I can't give you a number but I am sure that its true. Maybe Lin was just cut because he hadn't developed enough at the time. He said that he has had to prove himself again and again. I think all pro athletes have to prove themselves again and again. This is not new. What is new is that he is Asian-American and he has entered the big stage of New York City.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:38 am
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

>>>>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 and Houston 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."<<

I'd sure like to have heard the actual question he was asked. Did someone actually say, "Do you think racism had anything to do with you getting cut?"





kongkingok
Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:13 pm
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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:04 pm
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

Why has no one from the mental illness camp voiced outrage or at least displeasure with the "Linsanity" term?  Who missed their shot at 15 minutes of fame on that one?Surprised



Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:38 pm
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

Whitetrash 17 does not even deserve the right to be called "Whitetrash". That is an insult to that fine class of people who enjoy all sports and beating there wife on sunday when they are out of beer.

  Lin is a good player not "great" not "out of this world" not even "O my goodness did you see that" just a good player wanting to play basketball and get a pay check like all the other guys in the NBA. It just so happens he comes with alot less baggage as some of the others and I think that is what scares alot of them.

 Jeremy just play the game avoid the media they will suck the life right out of you and your true love of the sport. Always be honest with yourself and let the rest worry how it comes out in the print. 



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:03 pm
 

Jeremy Lin: Bias provides 'chip on shoulder'

Whitetrash17, your screen name says it all.


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