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On the evening of February 4, 2012, I was attending my niece’s fifth birthday party in New Jersey. After a successful night of watching five year olds tumble through various gym obstacles, my cell phone exploded with texts of “Yo are you watching this?” and “your boy is blowing up!” Frantically, I open my ESPN app and see that Jeremy Lin had 25 points in a close Knicks defeat of the New Jersey Nets. I had to blink twice and close and reopen the app to make sure I was reading this correctly. Could this be true? The player I’ve been following since college had finally gotten his chance and exploded for 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists? Prior to this day, I would gloat to all my friends if Jeremy collected 10 points in garbage time or had one nice move that would display his basketball ability (his crossover on Tayshaun Prince during garbage time of a Warriors-Pistons game comes to memory). Flabbergasted, I check MSG and see if they are replaying the game later that night and indeed they were at midnight. Back then, I could not justify paying for cable TV yet so I notified a neighbor that I would be invading her apartment and using her TV between the hours of 12-3am to watch what I have been waiting three years to see.

Many people ask me why I am so obsessed with Jeremy Lin. The reasons are simple. Ever since I was a kid shooting hoops on my driveway, sometimes so late into the night that I couldn’t even see the ball anymore, I would daydream about one day being the first Asian to make it into the NBA (back then I had no idea who Wat Misaka was). When Yao Ming joined the league in 2002, I was happy, but at the same time there is not much an Asian American can relate to with a 7’6″, Chinese government bred basketball player from Shanghai who barely speaks any English. Thus, when the Golden State Warriors signed Jeremy Lin, I was elated that one of “us” had made it to the NBA. On top of that, the list of similarities between Jeremy and I is not short. We are both …

  1. Taiwanese-American, with familial roots coming from China. His parents also shared similar stories of coming over to America from Taiwan as graduate students like mine did
  2. The same height (see below picture for proof)
  3. Share a love for basketball (though he is a bit better at it than I am)
  4. Christians (though he is better at this than I am as well)
  5. Able to eat exorbitant amounts of food

These similarities, combined with my yearning to see Jeremy make it to the NBA propelled me to become the Jeremy Lin super fan that I am today. I remember the first time I trekked up to Columbia to attend a Harvard vs. Columbia basketball game during Jeremy’s senior year. There were barely any empty seats as many New York City Asian Americans flocked uptown to see what the hype about this kid from Harvard was all about. That night, Jeremy had a solid game of 14 points on 5-6 shooting in a nearly 30 point rout of the Columbia Lions. Though it was a blow out game, I distinctly remember thinking that Jeremy possessed high on court IQ and did not force anything, but at the same time was able to get good shots and set his teammates up with lucrative opportunities to score. A few months later, I traveled down to Princeton with my family to watch Jeremy play in Harvard’s last regular season game (and deciding factor of who would take 1st place in the Ivy league and accordingly a birth into the NCAA March Madness tournament) against Princeton. The outcome of this game was different as Harvard lost by 3 and Jeremy finished with only 8 points on 1-8 shooting, including a missed potential game-tying contested layup in crunch time. Many of the friends and family that I went to the game with lost hope in Jeremy’s NBA chances that night. I noticed that Jeremy deferred to his teammates a little too much this game and could’ve been more aggressive and/or realized that he was the one who had to take over and lead his team to victory. After the game, my sister, Carol, and I somehow ventured our way to outside of the Harvard locker room and caught Jeremy as he was coming out. After seeing that he was willing to take pictures with another group of fans that had the same intentions, I approached him (my sister was too star struck to move at this point) and said something along the lines of “Hey tough loss, you guys played hard man. I know you’ll make it to the NBA next year. We’ll be rooting for you. Can we get a picture please?” I also may or may not have slipped in a comment about being Facebook friends with him. Jeremy was clearly bummed about the loss and didn’t say much back other than “thanks, I appreciate it” but the outcome of that conversation were the 2 pictures below.



Days to weeks after that game, I received a lot of doubt and criticism from my friends and coworkers who all tried to say that I had hyped him up for no reason and that he was never going to make it to the NBA. Especially when Harvard got blown out by Appalachian State the following game in the first round of the CIT tournament, Jeremy’s future seemed bleak. Fast forward a few months and it is now summertime in July of 2010 and Jeremy Lin somehow secured a spot on the roster of the Dallas Mavericks summer league team.  I’ll admit I had missed all of his previous summer league games but made sure to tune into his match up against the Washington Wizards, with highly heralded number one draft pick, John Wall. In my wildest fantasies, I was imagining Jeremy Lin somehow getting subbed into the game, matching up with Wall and outplaying him, showing everyone that he should’ve been given a look in the draft. Little did I know, my fantasies would come true that night. Due to an injury from starter Roddy Beaubois, Lin was able to enter the game and maximized his playing time by out playing Wall and even got the crowd to cheer against the number 1 draft pick by the end of the game. Lin finished with an efficient 13 points on 6-12 shooting in 28 minutes of playing time and also forced Wall to throw up a couple of bricks from his stifling defense. Because of this performance, Lin received offers from multiple NBA teams and as you may know, he signed a partially guaranteed 2 year deal with the Golden State Warriors later that month.

Flashback to Feb 4th, 2012, I am sitting in the pitch dark of my neighbor’s apartment while she was sleeping, watching the TV at low volume and waiting for the replay of the Knicks vs Nets game to start. I helped myself to a bottle of Merlot and some of her junk food and before I know it, I’m ¾ of a bottle of wine deep and it’s the 4th quarter and Lin is just having his way with Deron Williams and the Nets. I remember being so happy at that moment that I was taking pictures of the TV with my phone so that I would never forget that moment. That night, I slept with a smile on my face and to this day, I am grinning just as hard re-watching and re-living that fateful game.


It amazes me to see how bi-polar New Yorkers can be, especially when it comes to sports. To his credit, Mitch Lawrence has been hating on Lin even during his short-lived tenure as a Knick, but there really was no reason to take this cheap shot at a kid who doesn’t even play for a team that you cover.

I mean, I expected this from Mitch Lawrence but Tyson too?

Jeremy had an abysmal game Sun night against the Spurs (1-10 FG, 1 ast. in 25 min), which was reminiscent of his game last year against Miami, but these games are going to be expected coming from someone who has only started 20 some odd games in the NBA. Luckily, one of these games was during the preseason. Call it growing pains if you will. Nonetheless, I am very excited for what this season has to bring for Lin as the face of the Houston Rockets franchise. If you haven’t already, order your NBA League Pass while it’s still in its introductory pricing so you don’t miss a game!

If that picture doesn’t get you excited for the upcoming season, here’s a video of legendary coach Mike Fratello explaining how Jeremy effectively utilizes the P&R.



This might be the only time you’ll see this logo on

Back in May, I wished for Jet Chang to get an invite to this year’s NBA Summer League to see what he’s made of and lo and behold, the Minnesota Timberwolves invited him to play for them. I mean, is that really a surprise? is blowing up right now, as we are the 7th website that comes up on Google when you search for “Jet Chang.” Looks like someone in Minnesota did their research! You’re welcome.

All jokes aside, below is the TV schedule for the Timberwolves on NBAtv. Try and catch a game because you never know what can happen in this league where everyone is desperately fighting for a coveted spot on an NBA roster. Last time I tuned into NBA Summer League on NBAtv, a no-name Taiwanese kid from Harvard got some playing time because Roddy Beaubois sprained his ankle and ended up showing up the #1 Draft Pick, John Wall.

Monday, July 16
10 p.m. ET – LA Clippers vs. Minnesota

Tuesday, July 17
10:30 p.m. ET – Minnesota vs. Charlotte

Thursday, July 19
8 p.m. ET – Cleveland vs. Minnesota

Saturday, July 21
8 p.m. ET – NBA D-League vs. Minnesota

Sunday, July 22
8 p.m. ET – Memphis vs. Minnesota


Based on summer league so far, Jared Sullinger is the second-best offensive post player the Celtics have had since Al Jefferson (only Shaq was better than Sully; KG is a different kind of player).


The Celtics pick #20 and #21.  I’m hoping that they pick at least one of the following three sophomores.

Terrence Jones (6’10″ PF, Kentucky, projected by Chad Ford to go #17)
Will Barton (6’6″ SG, Memphis, projected to go #29)
Jared Sullinger, (6’9″ PF, Ohio St., projected to #19)

With two picks, the Celtics can afford to take a chance on Sullinger, who has been red-flagged with a bad back.


Charlotte receives
Ben Gordon (28-yr, 2013 projected WARP 0.0, -0.3 ORAPM, -0.8 DRAPM, 2yr, $26mm)
Protected 1st round pick

Detroit receives
Corey Maggette (32-yr, 2013 projected WARP -0.3, ORAPM -1.5, -1.9 DRAPM, 1 yr, $11mm)

I like this trade for Detroit. Both Maggette and Gordon are near or below replacement value, so the trade is essentially a protected first round pick for $15mm. Only the top 4 picks in the draft are worth that much.  Charlotte is overpaying for the pick.


If the Cs get this lineup through trades or s&t’s, I’d be ecstatic, especially if they can somehow also keep Pierce and Stiemsma:

Rajon Rondo, Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala, Joakim Noah, Avery Bradley


Congrats to LeBron James who won his first championship at the same age that Michael Jordanwon his first.  Five more to match Michael.

LeBron James, MIA (2.315 SWARP, 30.3-9.7-5.6, 1.9 stl, 0.7 blk, 3.5 tov, 0.5/0.259/0.739)
Rajon Rondo, BOS (1.375 SWARP, 17.3-6.7-11.9, 2.4 stl, 0.1 blk, 3.8 tov, 0.468/0.267/0.696)
Kevin Durant, OKC (1.31 SWARP, 28.5-7.4-3.7, 1.5 stl, 1.2 blk, 3.2 tov, 0.517/0.373/0.864)
Russell Westbrook, OKC (1.19 SWARP, 23.1-5.5-5.9, 1.6 stl, 0.4 blk, 2.3 tov, 0.435/0.277/0.802)
Dwyane Wade, MIA (1.187 SWARP, 22.8-5.2-4.3, 1.7 stl, 1.3 blk, 3 tov, 0.462/0.294/0.729)
Tim Duncan, SAS (1.019 SWARP, 17.4-9.4-2.8, 0.7 stl, 2.1 blk, 1.5 tov, 0.495/0/0.707)
Kevin Garnett, BOS (0.757 SWARP, 19.2-10.3-1.5, 1.2 stl, 1.5 blk, 2.2 tov, 0.497/0.25/0.813)
Serge Ibaka, OKC (0.582 SWARP, 9.8-5.8-0.6, 0.6 stl, 3 blk, 0.6 tov, 0.528/0.25/0.722)
James Harden, OKC (0.582 SWARP, 16.3-5.1-3.4, 1.6 stl, 0.1 blk, 2.1 tov, 0.435/0.41/0.857)
Kobe Bryant, LAL (0.538 SWARP, 30-4.8-4.3, 1.3 stl, 0.2 blk, 2.8 tov, 0.439/0.283/0.832)
Andrew Bynum, LAL (0.513 SWARP, 16.7-11.1-1.5, 0.4 stl, 3.1 blk, 1.3 tov, 0.477/0/0.783)
Darren Collison, IND (0.484 SWARP, 8.7-1.3-3, 1.3 stl, 0 blk, 1 tov, 0.514/0.364/0.87)
Blake Griffin, LAC (0.475 SWARP, 20.2-7.2-2.7, 1.8 stl, 0.8 blk, 2.3 tov, 0.516/0/0.635)
Jrue Holiday, PHI (0.455 SWARP, 15.8-4.7-5.2, 1.5 stl, 0.6 blk, 2 tov, 0.413/0.408/0.864)
Tony Parker, SAS (0.446 SWARP, 20.1-3.6-6.8, 0.9 stl, 0 blk, 3.1 tov, 0.453/0.333/0.807)
Chris Paul, LAC (0.413 SWARP, 17.5-4.7-8.3, 2.8 stl, 0.1 blk, 3.8 tov, 0.429/0.364/0.86)
Roy Hibbert, IND (0.394 SWARP, 11.7-11.2-1.1, 0.4 stl, 3.1 blk, 2 tov, 0.5/1/0.667)
Carmelo Anthony, NYK (0.321 SWARP, 27.8-8.2-2.2, 1.2 stl, 0.2 blk, 2.8 tov, 0.419/0.222/0.756)
Marc Gasol, MEM (0.315 SWARP, 14.5-7-3.3, 0.3 stl, 1.7 blk, 1.7 tov, 0.517/0/0.794)
Paul Pierce, BOS (0.314 SWARP, 18.9-6.1-3.1, 1.5 stl, 0.9 blk, 2.8 tov, 0.386/0.31/0.894)
Al Jefferson, UTA (0.305 SWARP, 18.3-8.5-2.5, 1.3 stl, 0.8 blk, 1.3 tov, 0.529/0/0.25)
Pau Gasol, LAL (0.283 SWARP, 12.5-9.5-3.7, 0.5 stl, 2.1 blk, 1.7 tov, 0.434/0.4/0.828)
David West, IND (0.282 SWARP, 15.3-8.5-2, 0.7 stl, 0.5 blk, 1.5 tov, 0.446/0/0.818)
Joakim Noah, CHI (0.279 SWARP, 15-9.3-3, 0.7 stl, 1.3 blk, 0.3 tov, 0.731/0/0.636)
Evan Turner, PHI (-0.242 SWARP, 11.2-7.5-2.5, 0.9 stl, 0.5 blk, 2.3 tov, 0.364/0/0.688)
Steve Blake, LAL (-0.242 SWARP, 6.3-2.8-2.3, 0.7 stl, 0.2 blk, 1.3 tov, 0.419/0.419/0.714)
Jason Collins, ATL (-0.255 SWARP, 2.4-2.4-0, 0.2 stl, 0 blk, 2 tov, 0.545/0/0)
Udonis Haslem, MIA (-0.281 SWARP, 4.8-6.4-0.6, 0.2 stl, 0.3 blk, 0.9 tov, 0.455/0/0.743)
Caron Butler, LAC (-0.308 SWARP, 8.7-2.8-1.1, 0.6 stl, 0.2 blk, 1.6 tov, 0.375/0.286/0.833)
Mickael Pietrus, BOS (-0.326 SWARP, 3.5-2.1-0.1, 0.7 stl, 0.3 blk, 0.5 tov, 0.329/0.222/0.563)
Ramon Sessions, LAL (-0.401 SWARP, 9.7-3-3.6, 0.3 stl, 0.1 blk, 1.8 tov, 0.377/0.16/0.743)
Kendrick Perkins, OKC (-0.597 SWARP, 4.7-6.2-0.7, 0.4 stl, 1.3 blk, 1.5 tov, 0.416/0/0.8)


New Orleans receives

Rashard Lewis (32-yr, 2013 projected WARP 1.1, ORAPM -0.7, 0.9 DRAPM, 1 yr, $24mm)
Second round draft pick

Washington receives
Emeka Okafor (29-yr, 2013 projected WARP 1.4, ORAPM -1.2, 1.6 DRAPM, 2 yr, $28mm)
Trevor Ariza (26-yr, 2013 projected WARP 3.9, ORAPM -1.3, -0.4 DRAPM 2 yr, $15mm)

I like this trade for the Hornets, who are expected to buy out Rashard Lewis’ contract for $14mm. In essence, they got rid of Okafor and Ariza for a net savings of $29mm over two years. Those two players are not worth that amount of money, so the Hornets were wise to exchange them for a second round draft pick. The trade frees up cap space so that the Hornets will be well positioned to build around Anthony Davis.


Best Performances

Lebron James (0.197 WARP, 26-11-13, 2 blk, 1 stl, 6 tov)
Chris Bosh (0.202 WARP, 24-7-0, 1 stl, 2 blk)

In a rather anti-climactic fashion, the Heat dominated the Thunder last night to win the 2012 NBA Championship series 4-1. Lebron (and Shane Battier, Chris Bosh, Juwan Howard, and …. Eddy Curry) finally have their first championship rings. While Lebron James led his team to the championship in a triple-double fashion, Mike Miller reincarnated the phrase “Miller Time” and was a ridiculous 7-8 from three-point land last night. Russell Westbrook went back to his usual ways and shot 4-20 from the field. Kevin Durant scored 32 points but was plagued by 7 turnovers, but give him credit for continuing to play hard even when the Thunder were down 20 and the outlook was bleak. Overall, this was a team effort by the Heat as all of their starters scored in double digits. Though I’m happy to see Lebron get his ring, I am sad that this very entertaining finals series and tumultuous lockout season is over. Now onto the offseason free agent moves…