103.9 FM WDKX
Your #1 Radio for R&B
What's Playing Now
What Played Earlier Today
103.9 WDKX Live
REQUEST A SONG!
Request A Song
Jeremy Lin Says Colleges And NBA Scouts Snubbed Him Because He Is Asain
Former New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin says his ethnicity is to blame for why he was not offered scholarships to major colleges and why he was passed over during the NBA draft.
In a �60 Minutes� interview that was excerpted Friday, the Houston Rockets point guard was asked why he didn�t get a free ride to play hoops at UCLA or Stanford after he led his high school team in Palo Alto, Calif., to a state championship.
�Well, the obvious thing in my mind is that I was Asian-American � I think that was a barrier,� Lin told interviewer Charlie Rose.
CBS will air the full interview on Sunday. It explores his meteoric rise to fame after he came off the Knicks bench last spring as a relative unknown and created the phenomenon known as �Linsanity� with his remarkable play.
Ethnicity has no bearing on athletic skill, Lin says. But he acknowledges that outdated perceptions about race still exist.
�It�s just a stereotype,� he said.
Lin said he believes that if he were white or black he would have gotten a scholarship to his dream school, Stanford. He went to Harvard, where no athletic scholarships are granted.
The fact is, Jeremy is probably right. Hell, even in a pick-up game at the park he�d more than likely get picked last. That said, we bet that 3-year, $25 million contract is keeping him very warm at night.