PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2011-12 National
Basketball Association (NBA) season opened on Christmas Day with no
Ivy League players on its rosters but that only lasted for two
Former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin was added to the roster of the New York Knicks on Dec. 27, who was waived three days prior by the Houston Rockets. Lin joined the Knicks two days after rookie Iman Shumpert sprained his right knee in a season-opening win over the Boston Celtics.
Lin was cut by the Rockets the day before the season opened to make room for the team to sign Samuel Dalembert. The Rockets claimed Lin off waivers on Dec. 12 from the Golden State Warriors where he spent his rookie season. Lin signed a multi-year, free agent contract with Golden State on July 21, 2010, after playing for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2010 Vegas Summer League. During his rookie season, Lin saw time in 29 games averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He was assigned to the Warriors' D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, three times during his first season but was recalled by the Warriors each time.
Joining Lin on the Rockets' preseason roster was two-time Ivy League Player of the Year and former Penn standout Ibrahim Jaaber. Jaaber spent a portion of training camp with the Rockets before being released on Dec. 19. The 2005-06 and 2006-07 Ivy League Player of the Year has spent time on the summer league teams for the Detroit Pistons (2007) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2010). Jaaber has spent most of his post-Penn career playing overseas for three teams in Greece and Italy.