At first when assigned this assignment, I had no idea who I would look into as an inspiration in the career path I plan to pursue. There are so many people that have came from the bottom and worked hard to be where they are on top. I must say though that it was hard finding someone who really intrigued me to their life story. I searched the Internet and read a variety of articles but one person kept sticking out in my mind, Jeremy Lin. Yes! I am part of the Linsanity movement. I know it might sound silly cause he is a basketball player but what I am most inspired by is the fact that he was the under dog. He was considered the 12th to 15th guy on the roster. He is the only Asian descent in the league and still he was unnoticed all this time and was given a chance for whatever reason, he took this opportunity and ran with it. I love the energy he brings to his team and the humble attitude he has with his sudden fame. I feel that he continues to inspire many people; the fans and above all his team. They are feeding off of him and working together to play better. He continues to learn and practice to improve his skills. He might have a turnover but doesn’t seem to let that get him down and continues to try hard.
Of course, I do not want to be a basketball player but what I look forward to is to continue to learn and grow; eventually getting an opportunity to just show the world what I can do. I would like to be that energy to bring people up and inspire them to do better, just as he does with his team.
Jeremy Lin was born and raised in California. He played basketball all through high school and was named first-team All-State and Northern California Division II Player of the year. Although he did well in high school, he was not a player that people looked out for. Lin wanted to go on and play ball in college but their was no one recruiting him. He sent out his resume and DVD highlight real to college, specifically IVY League schools but most schools wanted him to walk on and try out. Harvard and Brown were the only teams that guaranteed him a spot on their teams. Coaches were not initially impressed with Lin’s on-court abilities, and considered him a “Division III player”. He was good but nothing really stood out about him but Harvard gave him a chance anyway. He did well in Harvard and was named All-Ivy League Second Team, his sophomore year. His senior year he was again a unanimous selection for All-Ivy League First Team. He was one of 30 mid season candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award.[ He was also invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Fran Fraschilla of ESPN picked Lin among the 12 most versatile players in college basketball.
Lin went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft, even though he was invited by eight teams, to the pre draft workouts. He later joined the Dallas Mavericks mini-camp and summer league. He played well and received offers to play with them and also the Lakers and the GoldenState Warriors. Growing up the Warriors was his favorite team so Lin decided to sign with them although the other offers were offering more money. He played very little and was placed on the inactive list on opening day of the 2010-2011 season. Three times during the season, Lin was assigned to the Warriors’ D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.
In September 2011, Lin played a few games for the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) club Dongguan Leopards at the ABA Club Championship in Guangzhou, China, where he was named the MVP of the tournament. The Warriors waived Lin on the first day of training camp. On December 12, 2011, Lin was claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets and on the 24th, before the start of the season, the Rockets waived Lin to clear payroll to sign center. Then the New York Knicks claimed Lin off waivers on December 27 to be a backup point guard and the rest is history, especially because the Knicks need a good point guard.
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