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    Default Jeremy Lin blames racism for harsh criticm

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    Its because he's asian? I always thought it was just because he looks like a little dork

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    A (big) part of the hype that was called linsanity was because he was asian, so his coments are invalid when it comes to criticism

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    Quote Vykis wrote: View Post
    A (big) part of the hype that was called linsanity was because he was asian, so his coments are invalid when it comes to criticism
    I don't get this. He can't say it's because of racism because he was (at least partly) hyped because he was asian? Maybe I don't get what you mean.

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    I think he's feeling the pressure. Last year he was just some scrub who overperformed and did great things. Now everyone expects that from him, and has the paycheque to go with it. Silly to play the race card though, I don't remember Yao ever complaining

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    Quote Fuchan wrote: View Post
    I think he's feeling the pressure. Last year he was just some scrub who overperformed and did great things. Now everyone expects that from him, and has the paycheque to go with it. Silly to play the race card though, I don't remember Yao ever complaining
    Well, it's pretty obvious, even this forum, that somehow a lot of people are extremely negative about Lin. It's not hard to take this personally. And, as far as I know, there is no reason whatsoever to be so negative about him based on his character or any action he has taken. Not saying it's racism, but not saying there is none involved either. I do think, that when someone is doing very well and getting a lot of attention, there are always a lot of people who want the mighty to fall and to fail. It's not weird for someone who has experienced racism to perceive this as such; most of it probably was due to Knicksism which is completely legal and should even be stimulated.

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    Quote Soft Euro wrote: View Post
    Well, it's pretty obvious, even this forum, that somehow a lot of people are extremely negative about Lin.....
    I never read a single serious word that I thought pointed to race in any discussions about Lin falling to earth eventually. I read a lot of comments that he happened to be a good guard who happened to fall into a perfect situation for his style of play and that even then, 11 assists don't look that great beside 6 turnovers. In fact, for the year (2011-2012) he averaged about .6 TO for every assist. Many, many posters on this forum were pointing to the numbers and saying that he was no super star, just a lucky kid who was going to get a huge contract form somebody who would wind up sorry. He's not the first, and won't be the last. And they come in all colours, races and sizes.

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    Quote Puffer wrote: View Post
    I never read a single serious word that I thought pointed to race in any discussions about Lin falling to earth eventually. I read a lot of comments that he happened to be a good guard who happened to fall into a perfect situation for his style of play and that even then, 11 assists don't look that great beside 6 turnovers. In fact, for the year (2011-2012) he averaged about .6 TO for every assist. Many, many posters on this forum were pointing to the numbers and saying that he was no super star, just a lucky kid who was going to get a huge contract form somebody who would wind up sorry. He's not the first, and won't be the last. And they come in all colours, races and sizes.
    I didn't say the negativity was racism and didn't mean to imply it.

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    I always thought the criticism stemmed from the media build up he got. Personally, I think he's a good player, and his story is remarkable. But in all honesty, there's nothing about him YET that screams all-star, or even above-average starter. But the media hype he got was immense; in part because he was Asian, but mainly due to the fact he was playing for a big market franchise. ESPN really only cares about a few teams, and the influence of the NY media is