Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 4/5/13
Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin says his ethnicity is the reason he was not offered any college scholarships to major colleges and why he was passed over by NBA teams during the draft. Lin tells Charlie Rose — in a "60 Minutes" interview that was excerpted Friday — that not a single Division I school contacted the California Player of the Year after he led his high school in Palo Alto to the California state championship. "Well, the obvious thing in my mind is that I was Asian-American ... I think that was a barrier," he told Rose. The young man who brought "Linsanity" to the NBA for a few fascinating weeks last season believes that if he were black or white he would have gotten a scholarship to schools like UCLA or Stanford.  He ended up going to Harvard, where no athletic scholarships are granted. Lin says ethnicity has no bearing on anyone's performance on the court but believes perceptions about race and athletic ability still exist. "It's just a stereotype," he says. ...
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