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Jeremy Lin: I've Always Been A California Guy

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Jeremy Lin is now a Los Angeles Laker. Lin got the league and the world's attention when he started lighting it up for the New York Knicks and "Linsanity" was born. Now Lin is bringing his game to Hollywood...and will take the court with a guy named Kobe.

Fun facts about Jeremy Lin: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of Harvard University, Lin reached a partially guaranteed contract deal in 2010 with his hometown Golden State Warriors. He seldom played in his rookie season and was assigned to the NBA Development League (D-League) three times. He was waived by the Warriors and the Rockets the following preseason before joining the New York Knicks early in the 2011–12 season. He continued to play sparingly and again spent time in the D-League. In February 2012, he unexpectedly led a winning streak by New York while being promoted to the starting lineup, which generated a global following known as "Linsanity." In the summer of 2012, Lin signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets, for whom he played two seasons before the Lakers acquired him in a trade.

2) Lin is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history, and the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, to play in the league. He is also known for his public expression of his Christianity.

3) Lin sent his résumé and a DVD of highlights of his high-school basketball career to all the Ivy League schools, University of California, Berkeley, and his dream schools Stanford and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The Pac-10 schools wanted him to walk-on, rather than be actively recruited or offered a sports scholarship. Harvard and Brown were the only teams that guaranteed him a spot on their basketball teams, but Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships.

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