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Jeremy Lin turned down Pac-10 school after coach called him ‘Ron Jeremy’

Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin was not exactly a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school, and as we know that lack of respect carried over into the NBA. Teams like Duke, UNC and Michigan State may not have been banging down the doors to offer Lin a full scholarship, but that doesn’t mean he was afraid to turn down offers from schools in major conferences — especially ones with coaches who didn’t know his name.

During a recent joint interview with ESPN the Magazine, Lin and James Harden played a game where they had to answer true and false questions about one another. One question for Harden was whether or not a Pac-10 coach once called Lin by the wrong name.

“True,” Harden correctly responded.

“A coach called me … uh, he called me Ron Jeremy,” Lin added. “I kid you not. I said, I am not coming to this school …”

As Andrew Greif of Dime Magazine pointed out, Stanford was the only Pac-10 school Lin had an official visit with when he was in high school. A New York Times feature about Lin last year talked about how he considered walking on at UCLA and Cal. The question asked if Lin was called “Ron Jeremy” during a recruiting visit, but Lin responded that a coach said it over the phone. That doesn’t really help us hone in on a suspect.

Nevertheless, I doubt the coach who mixed Jeremy up with a pornstar ever thought he would have a strand of marijuana and an ice cream named after him.

Here is the video of ESPN the Magazine’s entertaining interview with Lin and Harden:

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Jeremy Lin admits he’s been exposed this season

Jeremy Lin is getting ready to play the New York Knicks for the first time since leaving them during the offseason to sign with the Houston Rockets. Naturally, he’s facing plenty of questions from the New York media about his time with the team and his departure. His first game against the Knicks also marks a perfect time to reevaluate the Knicks’ decision to let him go, which is looking like a good one so far.

The Knicks are 8-2 and tied for the best record in the league this season. They have Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd as their new point guards, and both are playing pretty well. Lin, on the other hand, is struggling. He’s averaging 10 points per game and has scored in single figures five of Houston’s last seven games. He hasn’t shot over 37.5% from the field in that span.

Houston is 5-7, which isn’t too far off from what they were expected to do. But there’s little doubt that Lin has been disappointing this season. He even admitted that he has been exposed this season.

“I’ve been exposed a lot early on in the season and have a lot to work on,” Lin said, according to the New York Post. “I’m young. I’ve started 30-something games my entire career. It’s something I have to keep in mind. I’ve felt better before but it’s just a process. We have three days off after (tomorrow) and there’s a lot of things I’m going to do for my leg, knee just explosive stuff we’ll work on.”

Lin makes two good points despite his admission. One, he is a young player who has limited experience. Two, he’s still recovering from his knee injury, which he says has cost him explosion this season. Maybe at some point he will start feeling back to full strength and then we will be able to determine how good he is. His shooting was so bad last week that he sat during the overtime against Portland, and he did not play in the fourth quarter of a win over the Bulls on Wednesday. A 33.3 FG% doesn’t cut it as a point guard unless you’re a spectacular playmaker. He needs to break the slump.

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Jeremy Lin: Opponents don’t want to be embarrassed by me because I’m Asian

Jeremy Lin is used to having the odds stacked against him. Aside from the fact that his name was never called on draft day and almost every team he has played for has contemplated releasing him at some point, there is the obvious issue of race. There are very few Asian-Americans who have found success in the NBA, and Lin said that has made him somewhat of a target for opponents.

“I’ve always been a target,” he told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. “Everyone looks me and says, ‘I’m not going to let that Asian kid embarrass me. I’m going to go at him.’ That’s how it’s been my whole life. This has been different, though. Now, I was on the scouting report. People started to pay attention to what I could and couldn’t do.

“But a target? I was used to that. I’m not saying I get everyone’s best shot, but I would say people don’t want to be embarrassed by me because of my skin color.”

Lin’s contract situation created a ton of buzz at the conclusion of last season. Is he worth the money? The Houston Rockets were willing to pay $25 million over three years for Lin — a contract offer that Carmelo Anthony was not shy in criticizing. J.R. Smith, another one of Lin’s former teammates, said the New York Knicks would be offending their other players if they paid Lin that handsomely.

“I was a little surprised, but I wasn’t shocked,” Lin said of the criticism he received as a free agent. “I honestly feel it’s part of the underlying issue of race in American society … of being an Asian-American. I haven’t figured it out. I haven’t wrapped my head around it. But it’s something I’m thinking about.”

It should be noted that Lin quickly came back to earth when Mike D’Antoni resigned and Mike Woodson took over. Many of his critics may simply be skeptical that his magical run with the Knicks had more to do with D’Antoni’s guard-friendly system than Lin’s skill set. That being said, it would be incredibly naive to say race is not a factor in the criticism he faces.

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Jeremy Lin accidentally said farewell to Scott Machado when Jeremy Lamb was traded to Thunder

When Jeremy Lin caught wind that one of his new teammates had been traded from the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he wanted to do the right thing by calling the rookie and wishing him luck in a new city. The only problem is he called the wrong rookie.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Lin accidentally called rookie guard Scott Machado to wish him well with the Thunder. Obviously he should have called rookie Jeremy Lamb, and as a result he gave Machado quite a scare.

“I was like, ‘Hey, it’s Scott, it’s not Jeremy,’” Machado said when describing the conversation. “’Did you hear something about me?’ I was all nervous. He was like, “Oh, I apologize, I apologize.’ It all worked out.”

Machado was unsure if he would make the Rockets’ roster to begin with until Monday when veteran guard Shaun Livingston was waived, so you can understand why Lin’s phone call restarted an emotional roller coaster that he thought had come to a halt. A new team would have meant a new situation where Machado had to prove himself — something he had already spent an offseason doing in Houston on a non-guaranteed contract.

Crisis averted, Scott. You can go back to getting some shut-eye now.

H/T Game On!
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Tyson Chandler: Jeremy Lin wasn’t able to run the Knicks’ offense

When Jeremy Lin first took over for the Knicks last season, things appeared to be going quite well. After struggling mightily to start the year, New York ripped off seven straight wins and became one of the hottest teams in the league when Lin was inserted into the lineup. Despite that success, Tyson Chandler says he didn’t quite have a handle on the offense.

“Baron was hurt and Jeremy was a young point guard who was just learning and figuring out an offense,” Chandler told the NY Post. “It was nothing against them and it was definitely nothing against Baron. Jeremy was a young point guard who was inexperienced, who brought a great light to the organization. But as far as being able to run the offense and putting players in the right position he just wasn’t there. We got some veteran point guards that are capable of doing that.”

Many point guards have succeeded in Mike D’Antoni’s offensive scheme, so perhaps Lin’s high scoring totals and ability to take over games was a direct product of that. He may not have been the best at getting everyone involved, but overall the team seemed to do quite well when he was in the lineup.

In reality, Lin is gone now so Chandler can’t be talking about how much better the team was with him. They have no choice but to move forward, and expressing confidence in the current roster rather than dwelling on the past is probably the right thing to do.

Jeremy Lin asks to sleep on teammate’s couch despite big contract

Jeremy Lin may have signed a three-year, $25.1 million deal with the Houston Rockets, but that doesn’t mean he’s too good to sleep on a couch like he did last season.

Lin must be getting ready to move into a new place in Houston before training camp begins, because he apparently texted teammate Chandler Parsons to ask if he could stay at his buddy’s while waiting for his place to get furnished. Parsons shared the following tweet containing a screengrab of a text from Lin:

Lin famously was living on his brother’s couch in New York before breaking out with the Knicks and ultimately getting added to the team’s roster for the rest of the season. Once he got a guaranteed contract with the Knicks, he moved out and got his own place. And even though he’s now set to make multi-millions guaranteed, he’s still not too cool to live on a couch.

But what was the funniest part about Parsons’ tweet? He shared it with the world before actually responding to Lin!

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Jeremy Lin Skype chats with 5-year-old who cried when he left Knicks (Video)

When Jeremy Lin signed with the Rockets and the Knicks chose to not match his offer sheet, there were plenty of long faces to be seen in the New York area. Very few people were more upset than 5-year-old Naim, whose father recorded him for a few minutes as he cried his eyes out when he found out his favorite player had moved on to Houston. That video can be seen below.

The video above that Angry Asian Man shared with us shows Lin’s response to the young fan. Jeremy took time out of his busy schedule to have a Skype session with the five-year-old, who was understandably shy when he realized he was face-to-face with his idol. I think it’s safe to assume Naim is either the newest addition to the Rockets fan base or one of the most loyal Knicks fans in America if he stays on board.

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