WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to White Plains’ Jeremy Shu-How Lin!
Jeremy Shu-How Lin, a White Plains resident, turns 26 on Saturday.
Lin, a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association was born Aug. 23, 1988, in Torrance, Calif. After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of Harvard University, Lin reached a partially guaranteed contract deal in 2010 with the Golden State Warriors. He seldom played in his rookie season and was assigned to the NBA Development League (D-League) three times. He was waived by the Warriors and the Rockets the following preseason before joining the New York Knicks early in the 2011–12 season. He continued to play sparingly and again spent time in the D-League. In February 2012, he unexpectedly led a winning streak by New York while being promoted to the starting lineup, which generated a global following known as "Linsanity." In the summer of 2012, Lin signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets, for whom he played two seasons before the Lakers acquired him in a trade.
Lin is one of the few Asian-Americans in NBA history, and the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, to play in the league. He is also known for his public expression of his Christianity.