Jeremy Lin's story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back. He's dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn't hack it in the NBA — and that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court. Contrary to what you might read, Jeremy, 23, is no overnight sensation. In fact, he achieved success the old-fashioned way: he earned it. He worked hard and stayed humble. He lives the right way; he plays the right way.Read it in full here.
Thinking Out Loud
I haven't really posted much on Jeremy Lin - just watching and listening to a lot of other people smarter than me put out the good word on all that's surrounding him including everything from R to IST.
But I do wonder - what if Linsanity was a little more Bad Boy? What if he was tatted from head to toe and had an entourage and had some off the court drama even in the short time he was in the spotlight? Would people stay he was still breaking stereotypes? Or does the fact that he is humble, was good off the court - personally and academically - also still fall in line with what people think about Asian Americans? What if next year after he signs a decent contract he goes out and gets a tattoo on his neck and gets some funky ass green hair?