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.
"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.
With his three-year, $25.1 million contract, you can't say Lin hasn't overcome this perceived racial barrier.