Even though I don’t live in New York, and even though I barely watch basketball, I’ve had trouble not hearing about Jeremy Lin. For those who…

Even though I don’t live in New York, and even though I barely watch basketball, I’ve had trouble not hearing about Jeremy Lin. For those who somehow don’t know him, he’s a breakout start on the New York Knicks, who suddenly started playing really well. This wouldn’t be that incredible, but a lot of people are really excited by the fact that he went to Harvard (sports are probably the only arena where this makes someone an underdog), sleeps on his brother’s couch, and – probably most importantly – is Asian. This makes a certain amount of sense to me. Given the billions of people living in Asia, it’s surprising that there aren’t more Asians playing in the NBA. Probabilistically, you’d think that more freaks of nature capable of dunking basketballs over other freaks of nature would be born there. But since there have been so few Asian NBA players, it must be uplifting for NBA fans in Asia to see a countryman succeed. However, I think it’s important to keep perspective on everything. If Lin plays like Lebron, we should give him the respect his play deserves. But if he starts to play like Aaron Gray (there’s a reason you don’t recognize that name) we shouldn’t delude ourselves about his skills, simply because of his race.
– Will