The Buzz: Linsanity to Heat Up this February

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San Francisco-- Coming Full Circle: Expect the Linsanity to heat up in the Bay Area as California’s
hometown hero faces the Golden State Warriors on February 12th. As fans remember, Jeremy Lin was first signed to his favorite team on July 21, 2010 and turned down higher counter offers so he could play for the Warriors. During his first exhibition game, fans, especially Asians, went nuts and chanted mightily for the first Asian American born NBA player. After an unceremonious start on the “Inactive List,” Lin made his NBA debut during the Warriors Asian Heritage Night. Off and on, Lin improved his overall skills playing in the Warriors D-League.

A disappointed Lin was “waived” or essentially released by the Warriors on December 9, 2011, picked up by the Houston Rockets 3 days later but again “waived” and picked up by the New York Knicks on December 27th. Just when Lin was thinking about giving up on the NBA, the Knicks coach played Lin on Feb 3, 2012 out of “desperation” and Lin unexpectedly led the team’s turnaround. The next night, he surprised his coach again with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Linderella was finally the belle of the ball. Shortly thereafter, The Rockets were back as suitors and offered Lin a three-year $25M deal…not bad considering not one college offered him a basketball scholarship so he paid full board to attend Harvard who guaranteed he would play on their team. Lin’s parents were both born in Taiwan and named him “Shu” which means “book” and “Hao” which means “proud”.

Log onto www.gs-warriors.com to buy tickets and attend a post game Q&A. And for those who believe in Chinese numerology and lucky numbers, Lin was born on 8-23-88.
 

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