OT - Former Amaker player at Harvard signs with Warriors

Submitted by jmblue on July 21st, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Jeremy Lin is the first Asian American to enter the NBA in a long time.  Exactly how long, I'm not sure, since the article only says that "He became the first Asian-American player signed by the Warriors since 1947."  (What about the other 29 teams?)

Incidentally, if that 1947 date is correct, then the NBA actually had an Asian player before it had a black player (1950), which is . . .  strange.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-warriors-lin

Comments

BlueNote

July 21st, 2010 at 11:10 PM ^

Although perhaps getting too technical, I'm not sure if Yao is a U.S. citizen and therefore he might not qualify as an "Asian American."  I know he played with China in the Olympics, so he must be a Chinese citizen.  I suppose it is possible for him to have dual citizenship but I find that unlikely between China and the U.S. 

Instead he would probably be classified as an "Asian," for what that's worth.

 

SAvoodoo

July 21st, 2010 at 11:26 PM ^

According to wiki (I know, solid source) Yao was born/raised/still has citizenship in China and no mention of American citizenship at all.  I have to admit that he was the first one I thought of (as well as that guy who played for the bucks) but I have to assume it's the american part that makes the difference.

jmblue

July 22nd, 2010 at 2:22 PM ^

Yao Ming is not an American.  Neither are any of the other Asians who played in the league last season.  Jeremy Lin has a chance to be the first Asian-American to play in the NBA in a long, long time. 

This may seem like nitpicking, but think about it: while athletes from Asian countries (especially China, South Korea and Japan) are increasingly making a splash in international sports, Asian Americans thus far haven't really done so.  It seems to parallel the phenomenon of Europeans being increasingly prominent in the NBA, while white American players are hardly making an impact (and their numbers in the NFL and MLB are also dropping).  There seem to be some kind of sociological factors causing both white and Asian Americans to not participate in elite sports as much as you might expect.

SamGoBlue2

July 21st, 2010 at 11:51 PM ^

Chances are they mean someone who was born here or was adopted at a very young age and has always lived in the US as opposed to emigrating only to play basketball.

Hard Gay

July 21st, 2010 at 11:59 PM ^

Jeremy Lin gives hope to asian americans everywhere.  Maybe I too can put up 30 points vs UConn someday.  But for now, I have to go write some computer programs. 

mdaddio110

July 22nd, 2010 at 10:41 AM ^

I caught one of his summer league games a couple weeks back and this kid was very impressive.  He definitely had the crowd behind him and he showed some And 1-caliber moves (OHH BAYBEE)...