Jeremy Lin is the first Taiwanese-American to play in the NBA and has in the space of weeks become a national hero in Taiwan with a string of dazzling performances at point guard for the New York Knicks.
Born in 1988 in Los Angeles to Taiwanese immigrant parents, Lin began playing basketball at the age of five and later led Palo Alto High School to the Division II state title as a senior. Lin attended Harvard University, where he led its basketball team to a record number of wins as a senior and was a unanimous selection for the All-Ivy League First Team.
Lin graduated from Harvard with an economics degree but was not selected in the 2010 NBA draft. However, he was invited to play in the NBA's Summer League, where his impressive performances led to a contract with his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors. Following a rookie campaign where he was used sparingly, Lin was passed over by the Warriors and then the Houston Rockets before being picked up by the Knicks.
On Feb. 4 Lin recorded a career-high 25 points in a win over the New Jersey Nets, beginning a whirlwind week in which he would be elevated to a starting position at point guard and become the team's fulcrum, leading the Knicks to five consecutive victories and launching the worldwide craze known as "Linsanity."
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