Jeremy Lin -- toast of New York
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Posted by: Ascend Northern California
Wes Hom and I first met Jeremy Lin at an Asia Pacific Fund event in the fall of 2011 in Palo Alto. Our first impressions were: Jeremy is really, really passionate about playing basketball. Even though he is still young and early in his career, Jeremy nevertheless is willing to challenge all obstacles and risks to become successful. Jeremy felt strongly supported by his teammates and his parents, who accompanied him to many public appearances.
[At a recent dinner with the authors of the Ascend Executive Insight Series] ..... Even though we were disappointed with and doubtful about Jeremy being dropped and moved from team to team, nevertheless, we all rooted for him. Glad Jeremy persisted and achieved recent success in New York. There will ALWAYS be ups and downs in anyone's career; thus, we must continue to teach our young professionals and young managers in Ascend to pick up, stand up, and be noticed.
Yesterday, Jeremy led the Knicks to their third consecutive victory by scoring 23 points.
Happy Dragon Year,
"Linsanity” is the word in New York for what undrafted, Harvard-educated, former Development League guard Jeremy Lin – the NBA’s first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent and only the fourth Asian American in league history – is doing to spark the New York Knicks.
Before Saturday night, Lin was a local feel-good story - an undrafted, twice-cut Harvard-product looking for a shot in the NBA. After a combined 76 points and 25 assists in three Knicks victories, quite suddenly Lin is an international and media, social and otherwise, phenomenon. His photo and story have hit countless newsstands and Internet sites.
Lin's Twitter account added nearly 10,000 followers Monday. NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson tweeted, "Congrats to Jeremy Lin, my new favorite player in the NBA." NBA analyst Ric Bucher tweeted that Lin, a devout Christian, is the NBA's counterpart to "Tebowmania."
Lin's mania has been fueled by the fact that he plays at Madison Square Garden, where fans Monday chanted "Je-re-my" and "MVP." It's helped too that the Knicks, with bloated salaries and egos, had been struggling and searching for someone to pull all the talent together. No better person than Lin, 23, who for the past six weeks has been sleeping in his brother Josh's living room while his non-guaranteed contract - reportedly less than $800,000 - got worked out.
Considering he was the first player to record at least 28 points and eight assists in his first NBA start since Isiah Thomas (1981), Lin appears to have saved his job.
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