PROFILE OF JEREMY LIN
Jeremy Shu-How Lin is an American professional basketball player, who currently plays for the Houston Rockets in the NBA. In the beginning of 2012, Lin led an unexpected winning streak for New York. This set off a popular following that was termed as “Linsanity.” The recognition of Lin’s talent soon found him signing a 3-year contract with Houston Rockets.
Born on August 23, 1988 in Los Angeles, Lin was raised in San Francisco Bay Area city in Palo Alto. Jeremy was born to Shirley Lin and Lin Gie-Ming, emigrants from Taiwan, who first settled in Virginia and then moved to Indiana. Even though, Lin demonstrated his skills on the court, he was unable to get a basketball scholarship. He started attending Harvard University and become one of the leading players in their team. Here, Jeremy played 115 games with an average of 12.9 points. During his final 2 years, he was added to the All-Ivy League First Team for his performance.
Lin has two brothers in the family, with his younger brother playing basketball for Hamilton College and the elder brother being a dental student at the New York University. Lin is around 6’3” tall and weighs 200 pounds. An interesting part of Lin’s game is his unique pre-game ritual with teammate Landry Fields. It consists of pretending to be reading and then taking off their glasses.
EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN FAITH
Jeremy Lin was one of the leaders in Asian American Christian Fellowship at Harvard. He is a devout evangelical Christian, and he sees his future as a pastor. He has also expressed his interest in working for communities for helping the underprivileged.
FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH
During his 5 Summer League games with Dallas Mavericks, Lin played both guard positions and averaged around 9.8 points and his shot was more than 54% from the floor, the best in the team. He went on to outplay John Wall, who was in fact the first pick in the team. Wall may have been receiving the biggest cheer at the beginning of the game, but by the end of the game, it was Lin that received most of the cheers. Post summer league, Lin started getting offers from Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and even from a team from the Eastern Conference.
During the 2011 off-season, Lin suffered from an injury during the NBA lockout and worked for improving his jump shot. He also worked on increasing his strength and his weight. Because of the lockout, he was unable to get an opportunity to work for Mark Jackson, the Warriors coach. However, Lin was waived by the Warriors at the training camp. Even though, he was Lacob’s favorite, the Warriors had other plans for DeAndre Jordan.
Lin played his first game for New York Knicks at the end of 2011. The Knicks claimed the talented player off waivers, but placed him for backup after Iman Shumpert was injured. The lockout coaches didn’t get much of a chance to look at his play and he was placed 4th on the point guard chart. Lin didn’t get disappointed by arrived first for practice and worked hard with the coaches for improving his judgment and footwork.
While the Knicks were encouraging Lin to look for other offers, there were speculations that Knicks could match an offer. However, soon Houston Rockets mad an offer of $28.5 million for 4 years with a commitment of $19.5 million of 3 years. When the Knicks matched it, the Rockets raised the 3-year offer to $25 million. According to specialists, Lin would cost the Knicks at around $43 million in 2014. That they failed to match Rockets’ offer was a big surprise for everyone, as the team already had some of the highest payrolls in history. If they were to sign Jeremy, he would have been only the 4th highest-paid player for the team.
The Houston Rockets began their season with 5-7 record. While Lin averaged 10 points, he had trouble with his shooting. This was because he was doing less of handling as he was doing with the Knicks. It was James Harden, his Houston teammate, who was doing most of the handling, while Lin remained on the wing. In November 2012, Lin faced the New York Knicks for the first time. Even though, the Knicks made a good entry at 8-2, the Rockets beat them at 131-103 at home. Lin made 13 points, 3 assists and 7 rebounds in the game.
Jeremy shot 6 for 12 and made 50% of his shorts in 8 games, the first time he ever did this. He went on to break his own 5-game lack without getting a 3-pointer. On December 10, Harden had to sit out due to injury. Lin went on to score 38 points in the 134-126 game against San Antonio Spurs. This performance reminded everyone of his game during Linsanity. The talented player put in a performance with 9 to 16 jump shots at 56.2%. When he entered the contest, his jump shots made only 26.1% of the time. A year ago, he was only 40.2%.
The figures through the 2012 season soon proved that Lin and Harden were more useful if they played independently. Before Knick went against the Knicks in the first game in New York, he said that he was not at his best and was playing poorly. However, at the end of the game, the Houston Rockets beat the Knicks at 109-96, the first time in 11 games that Knicks lost at home. Jeremy Lin scored 22 points against his former team. Even though he was cheered at the introductions, the local fans started booing him as they saw their team going down, with a former free agent scoring most of the points against them. Today, Jeremy Lin is a talented professional player, who is expected to become a bigger ‘brand’ in near future.