NEW YORK (PIX11)—The Knicks picked up guard Jeremy Lin off waivers Tuesday, after the Rockets released him.
Lin, a Harvard graduate from the San Francisco-Bay Area, was a crowd favorite for the Golden State Warriors, the team that first called him into the NBA at the beginning of last season. He was released to clear cap space while the Warriors tried unsuccessfully to lure DeAndre Jordan away from the Los Angeles Clippers with a $43 million contract.
The 6'3" Lin was a standout at Harvard, finishing as the all-time leader in games played (115), fifth in assists (404) and second in steals (225). More recently, Lin averaged 18 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the development league during the 2010-11 season for the Reno Bighorns.
Lin's athleticism and point skills are sorely needed with Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert out with a knee injury and Baron Davis still sidelined with a sore back.
Jeremy Lin is the first Asian-American to play in the NBA since Raymond Townsend, a UCLA product who played for the Warriors and Indiana Pacers from 1978-1982. Before Townsend, the first Asian-American player was University of Utah guard Wataru Misaka, who broke the color barrier when he was signed by the New York Knicks in the 1947-48 season.