At one stage, Jeremy Lin was one of, if not the hottest NBA player in terms of popularity back in the 2012 season, as New York City and pretty much the entirety of America were getting behind the out-of-nowhere Asian-American who was lighting up teams all of a sudden playing for the Knicks.
Since then, Lin has had a rollercoaster career, playing for the Rockets, Lakers, Hornets and now Nets, his season coming to a depressing conclusion in the season opener against the Indiana Pacers, where Lin ruptured his patella tendon, sidelining him for the entire season.
When compared to the way Lin actually got into the NBA though, the past few years of his career are like a walk in the park.
Jeremy Lin was a superstar for his high school team of Palo Alto in California. Lin averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals a game for his H.S squad, which led to him making the All-State First Team in California, an accolade which was also given to Ryan Anderson and James Harden the same year, giving you an insight to the type of player Lin was at the time.
Palo Alto managed to make the State final, competing against nationally ranked high school team Mater Dei — a school known for their elite basketball talent — who had won their previous 23 games. Palo Alto took out the championship behind Lin’s leadership, which led to Lin being named the North California Division 2 player of the year.
On top of his impressive performances on the basketball court, Lin was a star student inside the classroom, finishing with a 4.2 GPA. With an extremely successful high school basketball resume and the intellect to match, Lin would have had all the D1 schools lining up to offer him a scholarship right? Well, you’d be wrong. Jeremy received zero athletic scholarships, even after sending footage to schools such as UCLA and Arizona State.
Thankfully for Lin, due to his high Grade Point Average, he was accepted into Harvard, but even that was a hindrance to his basketball aspirations.
Harvard’s basketball coach was hesitant to give Lin a spot on the team even after seeing footage of Jeremy playing in high school, wanting to see him play in person to make his assessment.
Lin impressed fortunately, and after limited minutes in his freshman year, took on a bigger role as he stayed with the team, averaging 16.4 points a game his senior season for Harvard, being nominated for both the John Wooden award and Bob Cousy Award for his play.
Still, even after everything Lin had achieved in high school and college, he continually faced adversity as he tried to reach the NBA, as Lin went undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, another setback in his career. As proven before though, Jeremy wasn’t one to give up, and manged to sign with the Golden State Warriors in 2010, where he played in limited minutes.
After being in and out of the D-League for most of the season, Lin was waived by the Warriors, and was eventually signed by the Knicks in December of 2011. The rest, is history.
That 2 month period in February and March of 2012 with the Knicks ultimately saved Lin’s career, as he finally had a chance to prove what he was worth with the opportunity then-Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni gave him.
Nets’ fans, and NBA fans in general can only hope Lin can return to a competitive level next season when he eventually heals from his knee injury.