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Robert Swift ex-NBA is a Slob

Whoa. He’s one of the messier 1/4 Asian Americans, but read on, he’s a 7 foot basketball player.

A quote from the Rafu Shimpo from ’09: “Robert Swift, whose father is half Japanese (Okinawan), was the first Asian as well as first Caucasian player to be drafted straight out of high school and was taken with the twelfth overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Seattle Sonics.”
Now, he’s left his foreclosed home a super mess. Food, feces, and guns. A great combo.



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Jeremy Lin Meets and Beats the Knicks

The most watched player by Asian Americans is still Jeremy Lin. The season is long and sometimes we forget about the guy, yet he’s trucking along and played well against his old team. He was a hero last year, this year, he’s quickly becoming status quo which is a great. Why not an Asian American playing well in the NBA? 22pts 8 assists.

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Jenny Hyun, the Linsane: Part Deux

Linsanity may have died down, but one fan still remembers. Earlier this year we wrote about the song writer for K-Pop groups Girl’s Generation and Chocolat, Jenny Hyun. To bring you back up to speed, boxer Floyd Mayweather dismissed Lin’s achievements with what some perceived as racist. Ms. Hyun decided to up the ante with a racist diatribe against Mayweather of her own. Eventually, she dropped off the online stratosphere, claimingthat she was being admitted to a hospital for schizophrenia when the backlash proved too much.

Regardless of what happened, it looks like she’s back on the map. Her website, blog, twitter, and other social networking accounts are online. And from the looks of things, she hasn’t quite learned her lesson either.



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Tracy McGrady to Qingdao Eagles in China

Goodbye NBA, hello Qingdao Eagles in China. Tracy McGrady was an all star level player who teamed up with Yao Ming on the Houston Rockets. Next year, he won’t be in the NBA. He’ll be in China. Largely a non factor these days in the NBA, this transition is both a chance to be a huge star and still play basketball in the world’s largest market. (TMac)



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Jeremy Lin Press Conference with the Rockets

In base you can’t access it from the image, here’s the link.

 



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Jeremy Lin – On Being Traded

“We wanted to keep you, but it couldn’t work out. Tell your family I say hello, and good luck the rest of the way.” (SI – Jeremy Lin)



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Madison Square Garden to Air Chinese Coke Ads

Coca Cola ads in Chinese to run at Madison Square Garden. Yes another Linsanity lifestyle adjustment. Awesome and odd too. Mandarin for sure, and will it sell more soda, or does Coke really need to? Does Lin get a cut of the increased soda sales? (Philly.com – MSG)



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Jeremy Lin With Volvo

Jeremy Lin is going to work with Volvo. A press conference is supposedly happening at 5pm eastern time. Strange, a press conference to announce a corporate sponsorship? Why can’t a signature be put on a contract and then we find out about it with a start of a campaign? This isn’t a draft pick press conference or anything like that, it’s a back room deal that’ll end up as a marketing plan. (WSJ – Jeremy Lin Volvo)



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Jeremy Lin’s Agent Making Money

Yet another Lin story. The agent makes a mark. He gambles on a player who doesn’t get drafted like Jeremy Lin. This means no guarantees unless he gets picked up and Roger Montgomery doesn’t get paid. He has 1 player in the NBA, 2 in Europe and Lin. Check out the terms for agents as seen in the NY Times. “Indeed, for agents with only one or two clients — with income derived from fees of up to 4 percent they receive on player contracts and up to 20 percent on endorsement deals —”

Basically, the reason to post this… now look who’s smiling. (NY Times – Montgomery)



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Jeremy Lin Wants to Meet Obama

Jeremy Lin wants to meet Obama one day soon. It’ll happen. (NY Daily News  - Jeremy Lin)



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Obama is Linsane

BS: Jeremy Lin.

Obama: — doing good. And I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did, because Arne Duncan, my Secretary of Education, was captain of the Harvard team. And so way back when, Arne and I were playing and he said, I’m telling you, we’ve got this terrific guard named Jeremy Lin at Harvard. And then one of my best friends, his son is a freshman at Harvard, and so when he went for a recruiting trip he saw Lin in action. So I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while.

BS: Are you taking credit for “Linsanity”? It kind of feels like you are a little bit.

Obama: I can’t take credit for it, but I’m just saying I was there early.

BS: I’m surprised you didn’t steer him toward the Bulls. [Laughter.] He was floating around and getting waived by teams.

Obama: Well, we’ve got this pretty good point guard on the Bulls as well. So he might not have gotten as much PT as he did.

But look, it’s a great story. And what’s interesting is the fact that somehow folks were missing it in practice. I mean, that’s what’s interesting. Because you got to assume that during scrimmages he was running that pick-and-roll pretty well. And it is a terrific story. He seems like a wonderful young man. And, look, it elevates this great sport all around the world. It can’t hurt ratings for basketball in China.



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Asian American Basketball Leagues on NPR

A short interview with the writer Jamilah King from Colorlines who talks about the leagues.



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Jeremy Lin Mural

Yes, with the dirt lined streets and the roll down door after roll down door, there’s space for murals. Here’s a Jeremy Lin one. (Animal NY – Jeremy Lin)



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Wat Misaka in the News

Fun video of First Asian American NBA’er Wat Misaka is out and shows great video and still images. Of course his story is somewhat known in Asian American circles, it’s still far underground in the mainstream even though Misaka has been getting interviews nearly everywhere. And yes, it’s part of the Jeremy Lin effect that’s changing things just a little bit in the news. (KSL – Wat)

 



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Jeremy Lin Press Conference All Star Weekend

Click here to see the video. It’s about 15 minutes long.



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Asian Americans in Basketball

Asian league basketball through the ages hasn’t produced too many stars on the court. I even played a season in Japanese American league basketball, only to realize that I sucked. In my first season, I scored 1 basket and it happened in the last game. I often wondered why did we have a segregated league, and what happened to the very best players. In the past, most of the best players went to high school and never tried out for the high school team. Instead they were content starring in a league of players – some of who were like me. Now it’s changing, players are taking that step and kicking ass on their own high school teams. It’s happening more with the females who are playing in college and the rare ones making it to the WNBA.

It’s pretty obvious why an article like this is pertinent today. (Colorlines – bball)

 



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Jeremy Lin Skit on SNL

Funny stuff that bends racial issues and touches upon big issues in the end. Showing the differences between African American, Asian and White. Who’s ok to say what and so on… yeah parts are funny.



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Jeremy Lin Fortune Cookie – Racism

Knicks MSG Network makes a graphic and strikes out. Is it ok to include an African American player and watermelon? ribs? fried chicken? White player and cornbread? milkbottles? trailers? Mexican player and sleeping dude at a cactus? C’mon!



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Jeremy Lin Watch is On

Jeremy Lin watch is on. It’s happening by Asian Americans everywhere. Like the photos and imagery of people watching games or huge events at a TV shop showroom window, it happening on iPhones, bars, and everywhere. Last night, the Lakers played the Knicks. In LA, everyone’s a Laker fan, but for this one game, Asian Americans routed for just 1 player over their own local heroes.

Below, I watched part of the game through the barred window at a barber shop in Echo Park. The folks inside routed for the Lakers, us Asian Americans outside, it was for Jeremy Lin. One customer emerged and talked about how the Lakers weren’t playing well, oblivious to the fact that we didn’t care.

 



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Jeremy Lin Scores 28 pts.

Jeremy Lin scores 28pts. All you need to know.



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