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Jeremy Lin's hoop dream comes true

07-30-2010 16:27 BJT

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A Chinese-American athlete is taking a giant step in his sports career. Ivy Leaguer Jeremy Lin from Taiwan says he hopes to prove a Harvard-educated Asian American can make it in the NBA.

Point guard Jeremy Lin is 1.88-meters tall, but he went undrafted by the NBA. Then he impressed coaches at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, and finally signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors last week. The 6-foot-3 inch Harvard man arrived in Taiwan to take part in a charity basketball game on Wednesday. He says his next step is to blow away the stereotypes which suggest a player with his type of background can't make it in the NBA.

Jeremy Lin, Golden State Warriors, said, "Coming out of college into the draft, being Asian-American and being from Harvard, that's not going to be an advantage because of stereotypes."

Lin is in Taiwan this week to visit the former home of his mother and father. He says his parents were sometimes criticized for pushing back against Asian-American stereotypes, and encouraging him to pursue both academics and athletics.

Jeremy Lin, Golden State Warriors, said, "My dad was the one who really loved basketball and he was the one that put the basketball in my hands, and my mom was 'Team Mom' of all my teams, I used to play for three or four teams at once and she would just spend her entire afternoon driving me from practice to practice to practice."

But Lin says for him basketball is not the top priority. He told reporters that religion is a major part of his life, and it is in that world that he sees his future.

Jeremy Lin, Golden State Warriors, said, "I still want to be a pastor somewhere down the line, that is something that is definitely on my radar, I have an economics degree with a minor in sociology. The reason I have that is because I want to do a ministry in urban areas and help with underprivileged kids."

But first, Jeremy Lin will pursue his current calling as an NBA pioneer.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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