Archive for February, 2012

Jeremy Lin – “Hard work and Perseverance”

February 11, 2012

Jeremy Lin sent his tapes to all the Ivy league schools and his dream school UCLA. With Harvard and Brown being the only teams that guaranteed him a spot on their basketball teams, but Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships and he chose to attend Harvard. After going undrafted Lin joined the Dallas Mavericks for mini-camp as well as their NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas. On July 21, 2010, Lin signed a two-year deal with his hometown Warriors, his favorite team growing up. Lin’s deal was partially guaranteed for 2010-11, and the Warriors held a team option for the second season. On December 9, 2011, the Warriors waived Lin on the first day of training camp after the 2011 NBA lockout. On December 12, 2011, Lin was claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets. He was waived by the Rockets before the start of the 2011–12 season on December 24, 2011, so they could sign center Samuel Dalembert. The New York Knicks claimed Lin off waivers on December 27 after an injury to guard Iman Shumpert. Lin had a career night on February 4, 2012, when he scored 25 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists (against only 1 turnover) in a 99-92 Knicks victory over the Nets. The statistics for points, rebounds, and assists were all career highs for Lin. After the game, Knick coach Mike D’Antoni, while being interviewed by the MSG Network, said Lin has a point-guard mentality and “a rhyme and a reason for what he is doing out there.” In the subsequent game against the Utah Jazz, Lin had 28 points and eight assists, new career highs. On February 10, 2012, Lin scored a new career high 38 points and had seven assists, leading the Knicks in their victory over the Los Angeles Lakers with a score of 92–85. He scored 89 points in his first three career starts, the most by any player since the merger between the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the NBA in 1976-77.

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