Jeremy Lin still unrecognized, ‘Part of being Asian in the NBA’

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While NBA rumors of Jeremy Lin possibly moving to other teams is widespread on the internet, it seems like some people in the league are not familiar of the rumor or even with the player being rumored about. The incident of Lin being stopped by security officials for the lack of recognition that he is an NBA player has become almost usual based on Lin’s statement.

“It’s one of those things where it literally happens everywhere,” Lin said via ESPN.

Even with Lin’s recent Linsanity performance over the San Antonio Spurs where he scored 29 points leading to a huge comeback win, it seems like some security guards in most basketball arenas are still unfamiliar of the NBA star who once became an instant global phenomenon during his stint with the New York Knicks.

In a recent interview with Lin by ESPN, the Charlotte Hornets point guard shared his experience with security officials of opposing arenas where he went unrecognized.

“At opposing arenas, it happens all the time. Just the other night in Brooklyn, I was trying to leave [Barclays Center] and one of the ladies was like, ‘Hey, I need your credentials for you to pass.’ And then someone else was like, ‘Oh, he’s a player. He’s good,'” Lin shared.

This particular incident is not new to Lin, as he mentioned, “it happens all the time.” Even a home court security guard was not able to recognize Jeremy Lin on his first visit to the Hornets arena September last year. As a reaction, Lin just jokingly tweeted the incident stating that:

“Went to the Hornets arena for 1st time and tried convincing security im a player. She said, “what team?!?” lollll #everywhereigo #literally”

If such incident would have happened to other players, who knows what might be the reaction. But for Lin, situations wherein security officials were unable to recognize him as an NBA player, he got used to it.

“It’s just part of being Asian in the NBA,” Lin highlighted.

Photo Courtesy: Instagram/jlin7

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