Jeremy Lin reported on Saturday June 2 on his Facebook page that his knee is healthy and he's ready to start training again. His Facebook page shows a happy Lin holding a freshly caught marlin, which he caught and released on a vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Photo credit: Jeremy Lin's Facebook page
TRANSCENDING - THE WAT MISAKA STORY tells the story of Wat Misaka, the first Asian American pro basketball player.
The Basketball Hall of Fame has an entire case devoted to "Diversity in the NBA", but the first Asian American pro basketball player Wat Misaka, is nowhere to be found.
Not only was he the first Asian American pro basketball player, he was the very first draft pick of the New York Knicks in 1947. The first non-white person to be drafted into professional basketball.
Award winning filmmakers Bruce Alan Johnson and Christine Toy Johnson set out to correct this disgraceful omission with a new documentary TRANSCENDING - THE WAT MISAKA STORY. The documentary profiles Wat Misaka, a Nissei born and raised and still living in Utah.
TRANSCENDING - THE WAT MISAKA STORY, includes in depth interviews with Wat and his family, teammates from his championship teams (including All-American star Arnie Ferrin of the Minneapolis Lakers) sports authorities (including Knicks Historian Dennis D'Agostino and ubiquitous New York sportscaster Spencer Ross), and many who continue to look up to him as both a role model and personal hero.
The film also has video clips from his 1944 and 1947 college games, rare footage from a visit to the Topaz Internment Camp, and countless photos of his triumphant career.
Overcoming the national political climate during World War II, Wat was a star player for the University of Utah 1944 and 1947 championship teams, taking 2 years off in between to...
June 12, 2012
TV late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel sent NBA stars Jeremy Lin and Roy Hibbert on an in-home scavenger hunt via Skype. During the contest Lin confirmed his knee was "good to go" confirming his successful recovering from knee surgery. Click here to view the video excerpt from the Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show.
July 17, 2012
Goodbye New York, Hello Houston!
After weeks of speculation, Tuesday night the New York Knicks announced it would not match the Houston Rockets' offer.
Emotions have been running high with Knicks fans. To quote writer Ian O'Connor at ESPNNewYork.com, "Jim Dolan just made one of the dumbest moves of his basketball life"...
Meanwhile, Lin remains a gentleman, thanking the Knicks and showing enthusiasm for Houston.
Twitter comments: (@JLin7)"Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!! #RedNation" "Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year...easily the best year of my life #ForeverGrateful"
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July 5, 2012
This afternoon Jeremy Lin agreed to a multi-million dollar offer sheet by the Houston Rockets. Numerous sources say that the Houston Rockets' offer is reportedly a four year $28.8 million deal with Lin. The contract cannot be signed until after the NBA moratorium ends next Wednesday, July 11, 2012, then the New York Knicks have three days to match the Rockets' offer or let him go.
This story is evolving day by day, and in some cases hour by hour.
(Video image by Suzanne Kai was taken at a press interview with Jeremy Lin in the New York Knicks locker room at Madison Square Garden March 11, 2012)
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"I think the advantage of being an Asian basketball player in America is that no one expects anything from you, and no one thinks you are going to be good," Lin told a press conference in Taipei. Give it to Lin to say it how it is. And good luck on the next chapter of your amazing career, Jeremy.
And if you are not one of the thousands of viewers of Jeremy Lin's Skype chat this week with a 5 year old named Naim and his family check the link out below. Naim was reportedly devastated by the Knicks decision to not match the Houston Rockets offer.
When time came for the Skype chat with Jeremy, young Naim was nearly speechless. Most telling is Lin's attention and patience to chatting with Naim and his family. With the awkward silence waiting for 5 year old Naim to chat with Jeremy (Naim barely made a peep), and with Naim's parents filling in the silence with chatter, a typical phony-baloney big-headed basketball star would have said thanks and good bye. But Lin seemed to be sincerely interested in having a conversation with young Naim and his parents and gave the family quality time. Kudos to Lin for being a class act.
Here's a link to Jeremy's chat with Naim and his family. (click on the full story headline for the link to activate).