Jeremy Lin did not shy away from talk of a racial barrier during a recent interview done for '60 Minutes.'
When asked by Charlie Rose why several PAC-12 schools (at that time, it was still the PAC-10) passed on him, including his hometown school of Stanford, Lin said, "I think the obvious thing is, in my mind, was that I'm Asian American, which is a whole different issue. I think that was a barrier."
Lin led Palo Alto High School to the 2006 California Division II state title over powerhouse Mater Dei. He was named Northern California Division II Player of the Year. Yet, not one Division I collegiate basketball scholarship offer came his way. Lin wound up at Harvard of the Ivy League, where Division I scholarships are not awarded. Lin led Harvard in points and steals in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. He attained national recognition during his senior year when Harvard beat Boston College on the road and nearly did the same in Storrs against UConn. Lin had 25 points in the win over BC. He had 30 on 11-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in the narrow 79-73 loss to UConn.
Lin was not drafted into the NBA. However, he did star with the Mavericks' Summer League team, with a video that went viral of him going against that year's number-one pick, John Wall. That attention helped net him a contract with the Warriors. Lin played in 29 games with Golden State in his rookie year, but the Warriors did not bring him back. Lin came to Rockets training camp in 2011, but with the Rockets well-stocked at point guard with both Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic, Lin was cut. The Knicks gave Lin a chance, signing him to a 10-day contract. Lin made the most of his opportunity with the Knicks hurting, struggling, and looking for a spark. Lin won in his first seven games with extended playing time. Over that stretch, Lin averaged 24.4 points and 9.2 assists. Linsanity was born. Lin appeared on televisions and magazine covers everywhere. His exposure shot through the roof.
During the offseason, Lin signed a three-year, $25-million-dollar deal to come to the Rockets. He has helped lead the Rockets to a 42-33 record heading into Friday's action.
Lin's '60 Minutes' interview airs on Sunday evening.