Why Jeremy Lin is an Inspiration to Asians Everywhere

Jeremy Lin is a inspiration to the entire Asian community and not just because he’s Asian — it’s also because he’s the ultimate underdog story.

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He fell in love with basketball after his father introduced it to him.

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Despite being looked down upon because of his race, his skills on the court earned the respect of his teammates.

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Despite being one of the best players in California, he didn’t earn a single Division 1 scholarship offer.

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Despite being a star player at Harvard, he wasn’t drafted by a single NBA team until the Golden State Warriors signed him in 2010.

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He barely got any playing time and was released after just one season. The Houston Rockets then took him in, but released him before the season even began.

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The New York Knicks then brought him on. He was pretty much a bench player until something special happened on February 4, 2012.

While playing against the Brooklyn Nets, Lin surprised everyone and scored 25 points — giving his team a much needed win.

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From then on he led his team to seven consecutive wins, sparking “Linsanity”.

He helps to break the stereotype that Asian men are unattractive and undesirable.

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He has the coolest handshakes ever.

When the haters doubted him…

…He silenced them on the court.

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He has the most awesome hairdos.

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Eh…

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Sorta?

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The legends praise him.

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His fans adore him.

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Even today, he deals with BS on the court because of his race…

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But he doesn’t let it get to him.

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When shit hits the fan and he gets injured, he doesn’t mope around like a pansy.

He doesn’t flop on the court like some people we know.

He makes himself useful to his team no matter what.

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He makes Asians believe that anything is possible and to not let society’s perceptions of them hold them back.

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Thank you for all you do Jeremy Lin.

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