By Josh Kramer
Happy Va’Lin’tine’s Day. A week ago , Jeremy Lin had 114 total points in his NBA career. Since February 4th, he has scored 134 in five games. No matter what happens for the rest of Jeremy Lin’s life, nobody can ever take away his astounding first five “real” games with the New York Knicks (games he actually played significant minutes). This little-known player that went undrafted out of Harvard has truly shaken up the basketball world with a real-life Cinderella story. In doing so, he has opened up the door for hopefully more Asian-Americans to star in the sport of basketball. I thought what Tim Tebow did this past season was insane. Something that truly defied logic. And it was. But what Jeremy Lin has treated NBA fans across the globe to over the past week and a half is truly a miracle.
Let’s take a step back for a minute and fully understand where this guy is coming from. Lin was a high school star who led Palo Alto High School to a state championship in California. This kid willed his team to a victory over nationally renowned Mater Dei High School. Yet he received no division one offers. In addition, not even the Ivy League schools had an interest. After much debate, Harvard eventually caved, and decided to take a chance on Lin. After an outstanding career in which he proved to be one of the best Ivy League players of recent memory, Lin went undrafted. Then Lin was eventually was signed by Golden State. After going back and forth between the D-League, Lin was waived on the first day of training camp following the 2011 Lockout. Houston claimed the former Harvard star off of waivers and then waived him on Christmas Eve. A few days later the New York Knicks took a chance on Lin.
The first couple of months of Lin’s stay with the Knicks were not exactly eventful to say the least. Jeremy was living on his brother’s couch, and recorded a total of 55 minutes through February 3rd (23 games). Continue reading