Michael Lewis, who is a best-selling author, has an interesting tidbit about Jeremy Lin in his latest book: “The Undoing Project”. I haven’t had a chance to read this book, but my Twitter feed has been lit up with excerpts from the book that has to do with Jeremy Lin:
“He lit up our model,” said Morey. “Our model said take him with, like, the 15th pick in the draft.” The objective measurement of Jeremy Lin didn’t square with what the experts saw when they watched him play; a not terribly athletic Asian kid. Morey hadn’t completely trusted his model – and so had chickened out and not drafted Lin. A year after the Houston Rockets failed to draft Jeremy Lin, they began to measure the speed of a player’s first two steps: Jeremy Lin had the quickest first move of any player measured. He was explosive and was able to change direction far more quickly than most NBA players. “He’s incredibly athletic,” said Morey. “But the reality is that every **** person, including me, thought he was unathletic. And I can’t think of any reason for it other than he was Asian.”
The above excerpt came from a reddit post, which has a lot of comments. Morey, GM of the Houston Rockets, could have bullshitted and said that Lin didn’t fit with what they were looking for, but instead, Morey told the truth and admitted that he, as well as many others in the NBA, was biased against Lin due to Lin being Asian. Of course, this point is obvious to many Lin fans and I’ve written about this ad nauseam here, including in my insanely long article written back in 2012. In my 2012 article, I pointed out that Ed Weiland, another stat head, concluded back in 2010 that Lin was one of the best college players and should have been picked very early in the draft. So it’s not like Michael Lewis uncovered anything particularly insightful, but to me it’s really great to see a best-selling author discuss Jeremy Lin in this manner. Hopefully, this will get some media traction. The more people talk about race the better–especially in the political and social climate in which we find ourselves.
I’ve beaten this horse to death, so there’s no need for me to go on much further about the bias that surrounds Jeremy Lin. My primary reason for posting this is just to alert you to the excerpt in this book in case you haven’t seen it, yet.
When I started this blog back in 2012, I was very passionate about trying to raise awareness about people’s poor preconceptions and misconceptions about Jeremy Lin. It’s heartening to me to see that the tide has turned on Lin and there are now more and more articles that give Jeremy Lin a fair shake. So these days I feel less of a need to write about Jeremy Lin and that’s one of the reasons why you haven’t heard from me on this blog in a while. I’m still watching Lin’s games, but feel less of a need to write about him, because the truth about Lin is coming out more and more these days. I hope this continues and people start to perceive Lin more accurately.