When Jeremy Lin rose to national prominence last year, the question that was in a lot of people's minds was if he would've gotten the same amount of attention if he wasn't Asian-American. It's a question that's being raised even now, including by Lin himself. The guard led Palo Alto (Calif.) High School to a state championship the year he was averaging 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game, according to ESPN. However, he was still being passed up by many Division-I schools despite his accolades. Lin has a theory to the reason for that.
"Well, I think the obvious thing in my mind is that I was Asian American, which, you know, is a whole different issue but ... I think that was a barrier," Lin told Charlie Rose in a "60 Minutes" interview that will air Sunday night.
"I mean ... it's a stereotype."
Also, why wasn't he drafted even though he made All-Ivy League first team twice? Commissioner David Stern weighed in.
"In terms of looking at somebody ... I don't know whether he was discriminated against because he was at Harvard," Stern said with a laugh, according to CBSNews.com. "Or because he was Asian."
With his three-year, $25.1 million contract, you can't say Lin hasn't overcome this perceived racial barrier.