Jeremy Lin: Living the American Dream through the NBA

The Warriors' newest point guard, Jeremy Lin, at a local YMCA event. Image source: Wendy Qi

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. When the Golden State Warriors first signed on Jeremy Lin, Harvard ’10, no one expected the type of public reaction he received. While Lin had been quietly making local and national headlines since his days as a member of the Palo Alto High School basketball team, leading the team to an unexpected state championship his senior year, the Warriors’ latest point guard was propelled into NBA stardom after he officially became the third Asian-American of full Asian descent, and first Taiwanese-American, to make it into the national basketball league.

Warriors management noted that this announcement has generated more buzz and press than any other news item this year, including a change in the team’s management.

Lin’s love for the game comes from his father, Gie-ming Lin, who immigrated to the United States in the 1970s to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. Although he always loved watching basketball, Gie-ming played his first actual game as a graduate student in the U.S. and would share this love with his three sons — Joshua, Jeremy, and Joseph.

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