Rockets GM Says Jeremy Lin Was Victim of Racial Bias in the 2010 NBA Draft
Jeremy Lin has proven that he is a good player in the NBA and he is currently the starting point guard for the Brooklyn Nets. Fans may forget but Lin went undrafted in 2010 and he was signed as a free agent by the Golden State Warriors.
The Houston Rockets, one of Lin's former team, saw potential in him during the draft and they were thinking of getting him in the first round in 2010. However, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey did not pull the trigger because of Lin's ethnicity.
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As part of Michael Lewis' book titled "The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds" that is about people's judgment, Morey revealed that racial bias played a part in why they did not select Lin in the 2010 draft. He also noted that NBA teams passed on the Asian-American guard because of the same reason.
"He lit up our model. Our model said, take him with, like, the 15th pick in the draft. He's incredibly athletic b ut the reality is that every s*** person, including me, thought he was unathletic. And I can't think of any reason for it other than he was Asian," Morey said, via LorenzoMax of Reddit.
Despite all the assumptions made by Morey and other NBA general managers, Lin proved that he belongs in the NBA. After playing sparingly for the Warriors, he signed with the New York Knicks in 2012 wherein "Linsanity" began.
The Harvard product became world famous due to his play and turning around the Knicks franchise. It was one of the best success stories in the NBA that year but it was cut short by an injury. Nevertheless, Lin was there to stay in the league.
The 28-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Rockets in the summer of 2012 before getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015. He then played for the Charlotte Hornets last season before moving to Brooklyn for a three-year, $36 million contract.