On 60 Minutes, Jeremy Lin reflected on Linsanity and his path to the NBA. He talked some about how being an Asian-American basketball player impacted the perception of him and his game, but he also admitted he wasn't actually sure he could make it in the NBA.
"When I left Harvard, I theoretically thought I could play in the NBA, but there was a lot more convincing that had to be done in my mind," Lin said. "I would say I didn't fully, fully believe it until midway through my rookie year."
That you could do it?
"Not that I could do it, but that I could last," he said.
Lin listed two major challenges in transitioning to the NBA: 1) going from a shooting guard in college to point in the NBA and 2) the speed and athleticism of the league.
What's funny about that is Lin is a pretty incredible athlete himself. Said Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on 60 Minutes: "He's actually the most explosive, accelerating athlete we've ever measured."
"Jeremy Lin is way more explosive than anyone would ever know and the most we've had, since we've had the measurement system in the last three or four years."
Jeremy Lin: still shattering perceptions and assumptions.