Asian American sports fans have been breathlessly watching as Jeremy Lin, a Harvard graduate and the first American player in the NBA of Chinese and Taiwanese descent, was recently traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Houston Rockets. Jeremy was waived by the Golden State Warriors on December 9, the first day of training camp after the NBA lockout, but was picked up by the Houston Rockets three days later.
“I understand it’s a business, but for me I’m just thankful for another opportunity,” said Jeremy in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. “Moving on from there—obviously, it’s home, but I still get to play basketball in the NBA, so I’m very excited about that.”
Lin was a well-liked and solid player in Northern California despite his relative lack of playing time, where he averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists over 29 NBA games. In the 20 games that he played for Reno in the NBA D-League, he averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Jeremy has also used the off-time from the NBA lockout to showcase his comedic chops and personality on his Youtube page, where he co-starred with several famous Asian American Youtube stars such as KevJumba and Nigahiga in his videos. While he lacks the sharp wit of the two YouTube veterans, he has a developed cute sense of humor. My favorite video of his is “How To Get Into Harvard” featuring NigaHiga, where he gives funny “tips” on how to get into the Ivy League school.