Nine-year NBA veteran Jeremy Lin is recognized everywhere from New York to his parents’ native Taiwan, but one Milwaukee security guard still refused to believe the 6foot2 guard was a member of the Toronto Raptors.
As he recently told the Bill Michaels Sports Talk Network, Lin was stopped by Fiserv Forum security as he tried to board the Raptors’ bus following the team’s Game 2 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Admittedly, the 30-year-old Lin did not have any identification on him.
‘After game two in Milwaukee, I was trying to get to the team bus and one of the dudes in the Milwaukee Arena just screams at me,’ Lin explained, as quoted by the South China Morning Post. ‘He’s like, “Where do you think you’re going?!” And I’m like, “Uh, I’m trying to get to the team bus.” He’s like, “What? Where’s your pass?”
‘”I don’t know what you’re taking about. I don’t have a pass” This happens in a lot of arenas, so I just kind of go with the flow.’
Despite his experience, Jeremy Lin (left) is averaging only 3.7 minutes a game in the playoffs as Raptors coach Nick Nurse has primarily relied on Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet at point guard +6
Despite his experience, Bill Henry Jeremy Lin (left) is averaging only 3.7 minutes a game in the playoffs as Raptors coach Nick Nurse has primarily relied on Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet at point guard
Lin had a similar experience in 2015 after signing with the Charlotte Hornets.
‘Went to the Hornets arena for first time and tried convincing security I’m a player,’ he tweeted in September of 2015. ‘She said, ‘What team?!?’ lollll.’
Lin’s Raptors beat the Bucks in Saturday’s Game 7 to advance to the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, who actually signed the former Harvard star as an undrafted rookie in 2010.
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He was later cut, picked up by the Houston Rockets, and waived again before landing in New York, where he became an international sensation for the Knicks in 2012.
After injuries forced him into action in early February, Lin led the injury-raved Knicks – losers of 11 of their previous 13 games – on a seven-game winning streak while averaging 20 points a game and earning the nickname ‘Linsanity.’
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A knee injury ultimately derailed Lin’s breakout season that March, and he has struggled to stay healthy over the last seven seasons.