NBA’s Jeremy Lin: A role model for my boys?

Posted: February 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

The NBA has an up and coming star in its midst – his name is Jeremy Lin and he is a Taiwanese-American. In Friday’s game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, Lin scored a career-high 38 points to help the Knicks beat the Lakers. It’s great to see a Taiwanese-American be so successful as an athlete. The Telegraph said today “”Lin-sanity” reigned at Madison Square Garden for another night” as the Knicks won their fourth straight game. I like what the Wall Street Journal blogged about last night’s game against the LA Lakers and Kobe Bryant:

“One quarter into the game, unveiling an amazing ability to penetrate, discombobulate and elevate against the Lakers suddenly Swiss cheese-like defense, Jeremy Lin stood at 10 points, three assists, against future Hall of Fame lock Bryant’s six points, zero assists. Bryant frequently watched stunned as Lin made his teammate Derek Fisher look frankly ridiculous with jellyleg cartoon crossovers and one insane spin move to the basket that became the evening’s signature offensive play. Twitter suddenly boomed with people tweeting: “WHO SAID ASIANS CAN’T DRIVE?” and linking to pics of Lin whipping past a frozen Fish.” – read the full post here at the Wall Street Journal

Normally I would not take such an interest in professional basketball or an athlete. But as a mom to two Taiwanese-American boys, it’s an opportunity for us to talk about his success and the challenges he has apparently had in getting to this point in his basketball career. Despite Lin’s recent success on the court, he has been cut by two other teams this season and only received the opportunity to play for the Knicks when another player was injured. I wonder if the other teams now regret their decisions to cut him so quickly? This Wikipedia article offers more info on Lin and how he got to where he is now.


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