While your season has ended prematurely, I cannot begin to express how much you mean to so many people and the tremendous impact you have had on the game of basketball in just a few short weeks of national fame.
I want to not only wish you a speedy recovery from knee surgery, but also thank you for bringing true excitement back into NBA basketball. As a long time New York Knick fan, I also want to thank you for personally rejuvenating a team that has struggled to find an identity since the Ewing/Starks/Oakley/Mason years.
It may sound odd that a basketball player would be considered one of the most influential people in the world, but you have definitely been the Asian community’s most valuable player this year. As one of the few Asian-Americans constantly in the mainstream pop culture, your story has started an important discussion on race. For example, I know that no Asian will never be called a “chink” in the news again. And the overwhelming response to the incident from the Asian-American community? That was unprecedented. Perhaps Jay Kang said it best: “Linsanity, and everything ugly that inevitably came with it, has given us cause to clear our throats and expunge what can sometimes feel like a lifetime of silence and compromise”.
Certainly, you have quickly become the face of the Asian-American community and honestly, we could not be prouder to have you- I know the Christian community feels the same way. But, know that your appeal goes well beyond just ethnic or religious lines. As Erin Ninh explains, the most radical thing about your story is that Americans (not just Asian-Americans) are collectively recognizing themselves in your face and body.
Thank you for inspiring millions to never give up and continue to dream big. May you have a speedy recovery so that you may continue to change the world. Or at least, my world.
So Lil Wayne might “not be on the Lin train”, but Young Jeezy is…
Here’s an excerpt from Jeezy’s verse in “Champion”, by Nicki Minaj featuring Jeezy, Nas and Drake.
Straight balling in this bitch, Jeremy Lin; ‘Melo
Tell me one thing you won’t do: Settle
Give me one word for each chain: Yellow
Pocket full of money, black cars; ghetto
“Ballin like Jeremy Lin”…yea, real creative, but we might have to get used to it. A quick search on Rap Genius also reveals Lin’s name popping up in a number of rap songs.
In more serious news, though, I still can’t uncover the mystery behind Lin’s knee injury. I know it has been bothering him on and off this year, but we have yet to get a clear answer from him or the Knicks. The fact that he seems to be avoiding the media only raises more question marks. Hopefully Jeremy will be back in action next week.
So, I’m a little late on this, but Jet Chang ends his college career at BYU-Hawaii as the Pacific West Conference’s Player of the Year. He was also the Preseason pick for the award.
Unfortunately, the Seasiders did not make the NCAA Division II tournament this season.
Via the Honolulu Star Advertiser:
Chang, from Yilan, Taiwan, led the conference in scoring (17.8 ppg) and was fifth in steals (1.6 spg). Earlier this week, Chang was named to the first team of the Daktronics All-West Region squad, the only PacWest player so honored. The All-American was named the most outstanding player of the 2011 NCAA Division II Elite Eight, leading the Seasiders to a second-place national finish.
More to come on Jet Chang on Shaquie Chan in the coming months!
Carmelo Anthony after Monday’s practice:
“I think in the last three games, my focus was to have an energy that I haven’t had so far this season, especially on the defensive end”
We all know Melo is defensively challenged, but here he basically admits that he didn’t even try earlier this season when D’Antoni was coach.
Such a frustrating player. He has the talent to be a true superstar and a winner. But the determination, work ethic and focus? That, I seriously question.
You could probably count the number of Asian Americans playing Division I basketball on one hand. You only need two fingers to count the number of Asian Americans playing in the NCAA tournament. Here they are:
Sabatino Chen is a junior guard for Colorado, who were victorious in a first round upset of UNLV on Thursday night. A transfer from the University of Denver, Chen is a Colorado native majoring in Math and Actuarial Studies. He played sparingly at Denver, but seemed to be efficient in the floor time he got, shooting nearly 50%. After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations, Chen averages 2.1 points and a board in about ten minutes a game, shooting a healthy 53% this season.
The 6-4, 185 pounder logged just two minutes in the Buff’s Round of 64 win.
Jeremy Lin Effect? Commentators proclaimed “Chensanity” when Sabatino checked in for Colorado against Cal in the Pac 12 tournament.
Next up is Jason Brickman, the Filipino American floor general for #16 seed LIU Brooklyn. As a freshman last season, he set a conference record for assists by a first year player and finished the year averaging a solid 6.2 points, 5.5 assists. Jason’s production has continued to improve in his sophomore year, posting just under 10 points and 7.3 helpers a contest. Despite what his name would suggest, Brickman strokes it from downtown at 40% clip. Hopefully we’ll see this young man back in the Big Dance in the future. But…please no “Bricksanity” references.
Enjoy the madness, y’all!
Hours after the Knicks coasted to an easy victory in Mike Woodson’s debut as head coach, Jeremy Lin provided the Twitter entertainment for the night with this response to being called a “chink”.
Probably surprised that Jeremy would a) even respond to him and b) respond with such class, @plummerstash apologized to Lin. BUT, then this dude claimed that his brother hacked his Twitter (Cool story, bro). Eventually, the guy couldn’t take the backlash he was getting from Lin’s tweeps and deleted his account all together.
Lin 1, Ignorance 0.