The Time Magazine article, “Harvard Hoops Star is Asian. Why is that a problem?” last week covered an interesting piece about how some people can’t still look past one’s ethnicity. The cruel taunts have been directed at Jeremy Lin, who tops Harvard in points (18.1 per game), rebounds (5.3), assists (4.5) and steals (2.7), has led the team to a 9-3 record, its best start in a quarter-century.
An all-round player, the 6 ft. 3 in. slasher, has speed, leaping ability and passing skills and has reportedly saved his best performances for the toughest opponents: over his past four games against teams from the Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference, two of the country’s most powerful college-basketball leagues, Lin is averaging 24.3 points and shooting nearly 65% from the field.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the NBA one day,” says Tony Shaver in the Time piece, the head coach of William and Mary, which in November lost a triple-overtime game to Harvard, 87-85, after Lin hit a running three-pointer at the buzzer.
Another Ivy League player has reportedly called him a C word that rhymes with ink during a game last season. On Dec. 23, during Harvard’s 86-70 loss to Georgetown in Washington, McNally says, one spectator yelled “Sweet-and-sour pork!” from the stands.
Lin has handled the taunts gracefully and do not mind them anymore. His father is Taiwanese.