How Jeremy Lin became a sensation
Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has been the talk of the town this February with his electric style of play. Here's the road Lin has travelled to become the Big Apple's newest sensation.
Compiled by Jim Mancari
Aug. 23, 1988
Jeremy Shu-How Lin was born in Palo Alto, Calif., to Gie-Ming and Shirley Lin. Lin’s parents immigrated to California from Taiwan in the mid-1970s. Even though both his parents are 5-foot-6, Lin grew to be 6-foot-3.
March 17, 2006
Lin, the captain of Palo Alto High School’s basketball team, led his team to a 51-47 upset over nationally-ranked Santa Ana Mater Dei for the California Interscholastic Federation Division II title. During his senior season, Lin averaged 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and five steals, helping Palo Alto go 32-1. Lin was named first-team All-State and was also selected as the Northern California Division II Player of the Year.
Sept. 6, 2006
Lin experienced his first day of class at Harvard University. After sending a resume and highlight DVD to Stanford, the University of California (Berkeley), UCLA (his dream school) and all the Ivy League schools, Lin chose Harvard, even though Ivy League schools do no offer athletic scholarships. However, he was guaranteed a spot on the team’s roster, which none of the other universities except Brown offered.
Nov. 14, 2009
Lin was featured in SlamOnline Magazine due to his increasing popularity at Harvard. He was named to the All-Ivy League Second Team after his sophomore year. During his junior season (2008-2009), he was the only NCAA Division I men’s basketball player who ranked in the top-10 in his conference for scoring (17.8), rebounds (5.5), assists (4.3), steals (2.4) and blocks (0.6). He was selected to the All-Ivy League First Team.
Dec. 6, 2009
Lin scored 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds in Harvard’s nationally televised 79-73 loss to the No. 12 University of Connecticut Huskies. The 30 points tied Lin’s career-high. He averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks during his senior campaign—once again earning him All-Ivy League First Team honors. Lin became the first player in Ivy League history to record at least 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals.
July 15, 2010
Lin, playing for Dallas' summer team, stood out even against 2010's No. 1 overall pick, Washington's John Wall. The two matched up in a Las Vegas Summer League game. Though Wall outscored Lin 21 to 13, Lin finished the game 6-of-12 from the field, compared to Wall’s 4-of-13. Lin played five summer league games and averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals.
July 21, 2010
Lin signed a two-year deal with his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors. The first year was partially guaranteed and valued close to $500,000, and the Warriors held a team option on Lin for the second year. He received more lucrative offers from three others teams but said he wanted to come home to play for his favorite team.
Oct. 29, 2010
After earning a spot on the Opening Day roster, Lin made his NBA debut in the fourth quarter of a 109-91 Warriors home win over the Los Angeles Clippers—the Warriors’ second game of the season. He became the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. Ironically, Lin’s first career game came on Asian Heritage Night at ORACLE Arena. He was greeted to a standing ovation by the 17,408 fans. However, Lin was sent down to the Warriors’ D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, three times during his first season.
Dec. 9, 2011
Following the NBA lockout, Lin was waived by the Warriors on the first day of training camp. The Warriors drafted Hofstra University standout Charles Jenkins in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, and the organization thought Lin would have a difficult time beating out Jenkins for a roster spot. Lin was claimed off waivers by Houston on Dec. 12 but was waived by the team on Dec. 24 to create room to sign center Samuel Dalembert.
Dec. 27, 2011
The Knicks claimed Lin when rookie guard Iman Shumpert sprained his MCL. Lin played one minute in his Knicks debut the next day at ORACLE Arena against his former team, the Warriors. Lin was assigned to the Erie BayHawks of the D-League on Jan. 17, 2012. He recorded a triple-double (28 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists) on Jan. 20 and was recalled to the Knicks on Jan. 23.
Feb. 4, 2012
Lin enjoyed a breakout game for the Knicks, with 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists. He finished 10-of-19 shooting in 36 minutes off the bench. The Knicks defeated New Jersey 99-92.
Feb. 6, 2012
In his first NBA start, Lin scored a career-high 28 points to go along with eight assists in a Knicks 99-88 win over Utah. He became the first NBA player in over 30 years to score at least 28 points with eight assists in his first start (Isiah Thomas, October 1981).
Feb. 8, 2012
“Lin-Sanity” continued as Lin earned his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 assists in a Knicks road win against the Wizards. Through his first two NBA starts, Lin scored 51 total points. LeBron James only tallied 46 points through his first two starts.