Lin Breaking Down Stereotypes, Defenses

Lin Breaking Down Stereotypes, Defenses

His given name is Jeremy Shu-How Lin, he graduated from Harvard with a major in economics, a minor in sociology, a 3.3 GPA and a piece of parchment that would land him most any job but the one he craved. He’s as thin as a wisp and as quick as a wink and sometimes when he slashes through the paint you can hear echoes of the most awful racial stereotypes.

What else is there to know about the 23-year-old point guard for the Knicks who has captivated Manhattan and given the rest of the league whiplash? Though Lin is hot off three straight 20-point games, and though he can finally move off his brother’s couch Friday when his contract becomes guaranteed, he admits to being prone to bouts of self-doubt. Getting zero scholarship offers out of high school, going undrafted, being twice cut by NBA teams and shuffling in and out of the D-League can make a guy slightly insecure.

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