Click here to Skip to main content

Warriors sign undrafted free agent Jeremy Lin

Posted Jul 22 2010 7:26AM

OAKLAND (AP) -- Jeremy Lin took a seat in a small room in front of an array of television crews, photographers and print media on Wednesday afternoon. He'd never seen anything like that at Harvard.

"This is unbelievable," Lin said after the Golden State Warriors signed the undrafted free agent guard. "I've never been part of something like this."

He became the first Asian-American player signed by the Warriors since 1947. In an area with a large Asian population, Lin becomes an instant celebrity.

"I consider myself a basketball player more than an Asian-American," said the Bay Area native. "I'm ready to play at this level and I appreciate the support of the Asian community. This is a dream come true. I always wanted to be in the NBA and now I get to do it with the Warriors, the team I grew up watching."

The 21-year-old Lin averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game as a senior at Harvard. The season was highlighted by a 30-point, nine-rebound performance against Connecticut.

Lin is from nearby Palo Alto. He led Palo Alto High School to a state championship in 2006.

"This has not sunk in yet," he said. "I've had a lot to think about the last 12 hours and I still can't get my head around it. Growing up I had my Latrell Sprewell poster and Joe Smith jersey."

Lin became a prospect during his final year with the Crimson and furthered his worth playing with the Dallas Mavericks' summer league team in Las Vegas.

Mavericks president of basketball operations Donn Nelson called Lin before the NBA draft and offered him the opportunity to play in the league. He was originally scheduled to play in the San Francisco Pro-Am League.

"Donn Nelson took care of me," Lin said. "He invited me to July 4th festivities, brought me to Dallas for a 10-day training camp and went out of his way."

Lin became the first Ivy League player to record 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals. He finished his college career as Harvard's all-time leader in games played (115) and fifth in points with 1,483 points.

"I understand there are not many Asians in the NBA and there are not many Ivy Leaguers in the NBA," Lin said. "Maybe I can help break the stereotype."

photoGameTime: Kobe's Farewell Tour
Rick and Brent discuss what it means for Kobe and the Lakers' as he embarks on a farewell tour around the league.
photoPlay of the Day: Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute hits DeAndre Jordan with a beautiful behind-the-back pass for the dunk finish.
photoNovember 30: Top 10
Check out Monday's best from around the Association in the Top 10.
photoTrail Blazers vs. Clippers
Blake Griffin scores 23 points, grabs eight rebounds and hands out six assists to lead the Clippers past the visiting Trail Blazers, 102-87.
photoMavericks vs. Kings
DeMarcus Cousins scores 31 points, grabs nine rebounds and hands out six assists to lead the Kings past the Mavericks, 112-98.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.