Former Harvard point guard, 6-3 Jeremy Lin is close to signing a deal with the Golden State Warriors. Lin was born and raised in California and led Palo Alto High School to a Division II championship. That means Lin will be playing for his hometown team next year if the deal goes through.
The contract is rumored to be a 2-year deal with the second year being a team option. The Warriors will guarantee at least half of his potential first year contract of $500,000.
Lin will likely get an immediate chance to play with the Warriors because of their depth at the point guard position. He may back up guards Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry.
On a personal note, because this is a Perspective here on TA.org, I am so happy it’s as if I signed the deal. I grew up playing basketball since I was six years old and I remember my dad and I practicing in the schoolyard until the sun set. I watched Houston Rockets games almost every single night, cheering on my hometown team. I remember I told my dad that when I grow up I want to be a basketball player.
Things didn’t really work out that way in the end. I grew up to be a quite average 5-8, got cut from my middle school basketball team tryouts, finally realizing I would probably never really grow up to be a basketball player in the NBA. I set my goals on other things like hitting the books.
I went on to go to school in the East Coast and now I find myself playing a little less basketball now, but still watching from the sidelines. Basketball has always been a big part of my life and now it just got bigger.
So this is for all the Taiwanese Americans out there playing basketball for their high school or college team. This is for all the Taiwanese Americans studying hard in school, and playing pick up ball on the weekends. Most of all, this is for all the six year old Taiwanese American kids who dream of one day being a basketball player in the NBA. If you work hard enough, it can happen.