Despite having played in the NBA for nearly a decade now, superstar Jeremy Lin still somehow gets treated as if he doesn’t belong in the league.
For years, Lin has experienced numerous incidents in which he was forced to convince people that he is an NBA player. Lin, who currently plays as a point guard for the Toronto Raptors, had to deal with this apparent discrimination just recently at the Eastern Conference finals.
The Asian American athlete shared the story during a recent appearance on the Milwaukee Basketball Hour with Bill Michaels. According to Lin, he was about to board the team bus after Toronto’s 125-103 road loss in Game 2 against the Bucks when he was stopped by a security guard.
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“After Game 2 in Milwaukee, I was trying to get to the team bus and one of the dudes in the Milwaukee arena just screams at me. He’s like, ‘Where do you think you’re going?!’ And I’m like, ‘Uh, I’m trying to get to the team bus.’ He’s like, ‘What?! Where’s your pass?’ I was like, ‘I don’t have a pass. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t have a pass,'” Lin was quoted as saying.
“This happens in a lot of arenas, so I just kind of go with the flow.”
After brilliantly taking the series on Saturday night by overcoming Milwaukee Bucks’ 0-2 series lead, Toronto is now set to make their first NBA Finals appearance, facing the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
Incidentally, Lin was once a member of the Warriors team back in 2010. He started this season with the Atlanta Hawks but was let go in February and eventually got signed with the Raptors.
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