Originally posted on Beer Mug Sports  |  Last updated 2/14/12

 

Floyd Mayweather went on twitter last night and claimed that the only reason why NY Knicks PG is getting hyped is because he is asian (and not the fact that he has the most points in the first 4 games of his career than anyone in history).  "Jeremy Lin is a good player," Mayweather tweeted  "but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise."

How many black players outscore Kobe Bryant every night? How many black players go undrafted then  rack up at least 20 points and 7 assists in each of their first four career starts? How many black players go from the  D-League to leading the Knicks to five straight wins?

Yes, Lin being Asian is a big part of the story. He's the first American-born player of Chinese descent to play in the NBA. That's why it's a big story.  There would probably also be a lot of hype if, say, a black golfer came out of Stanford and started winning and dominating golf. Or if  hypothetically, two black sisters from Compton, CA and dominated the world of tennis.

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