Do you want to know what is newsworthy?
Being an undrafted player, who is the starting point guard of an NBA team
Currently there are only two other starting point guards in the league who are not first round picks, much less undrafted.Â
There is Mario Chalmers who was drafted fourth in the second round, and Jose Calderon who was signed as an international player.Â
What about setting records?
A player who has scored 109 points in his first four starts, the most ever in NBA history.
Or what about being the first ever player to average 27.3 points and 8.3 assists in his first four starts, once again a first in NBA history.Â
What if the story gets crazier because the player was originally signed to be a player who goes to the game in suit, not a jersey?Â
They were signed to be the back-ups back-up.Â
This same player was planned to be cut in a few days, just before his contract became guaranteed.Â
Had he not come in from the bench and scored 25 points in a comeback victory most people probably wouldnâ€™t even know who he is.Â
Does the story get better when I tell you that he was not only undrafted, but also played collegiate ball after receiving zero scholarship offers?Â
Or would you be surprised if I told you he was able to get to the NBA after playing at Harvard?
Would you be less interested if he had not been cut earlier in the season by the Houston Rockets, claimed by the Knicks and then been assigned to the D-League?
What if in his first ever nationally broadcast start, against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, he scored 38 points and silenced all of his critics under the lights of Madison Square Garden?Â
What if I told you the craziest thing about that is the fact that he had never scored 38 points in college or the D-League?
All of these feats were achieved this past week by Jeremy Lin, an Asian-American ballplayer who went undrafted out of Harvard.
Despite all of the newsworthy headlines that would attract large media attention to any player who would have done any of these things, somehow people want to make this about race.
Floyd Mayweather tweeted that â€śJeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he is Asian.Â Black players do what he does every night and donâ€™t get the same praiseâ€ťÂ
Considering all the â€śfirstsâ€ť that Lin has just done, I think it is fair to disagree with the sentiment that â€śblack players do what he does every nightâ€ť.
Mr. Mayweather, has it donned on you to look past the obviousness of race, and actually look at the background of the story?Â
Maybe take a second to realize that undrafted players donâ€™t lead their teams to five straight wins, get named Player of the Week, and score 38 points and outduel Kobe Bryant on national television?Â
Yes, him being Asian-American adds to the story, especially since he plays a position where we are simply not used to seeing someone who â€ślooks like himâ€ť doing the things that he does.Â
But ultimately the content of the story is unaffected by his race, and more so impacted by his results on the court.Â
To say that the hype surrounding Lin is about his race undermines his skill.Â Personally it doesnâ€™t matter if Lin was white, black, Latino or Asian; his game has brought about my attention in him.Â
I donâ€™t remember seeing an undrafted player who was unheard of, come from nowhere to lead a team to five straight victories and be able to put the team on his back.Â
It will be interesting to see if Linsanity will die down, or just how he will be affected by the returns of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.Â
This also in no way means that I think he is an All-Star, or a future Hall of Famer, but give credit where credit is due.Â
He has already done more in his short span as a starter than several players have done with bigger chances and opportunities.Â
He has shown great flashes of skill and substance, and he may not keep this up at this level, but at worst he will be able to be a solid point guard for a team that was in desperate need for one.Â
So his hype has been brought by what he has proven on the court, not due to his race as Mr. Mayweather claims.Â
So no disrespect to Floyd, but I think you are worrying about the wrong Asian.