NBA Season Tips Off with Harvard's Lin as Lone Ivy on Opening Day Rosters
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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin, who starred for the Crimson from 2007-10, is the lone Ivy Leaguer gracing the opening day rosters of the 30 National Basketball Association (NBA) teams for the 2013-14 season.
Lin and his Houston Rockets host the Charlotte Bobcats to open the season on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Lin has made an impact on the NBA, on and off the court, since his breakout game on Feb. 4, 2012, when came off the bench for the New York Knicks with his breakout game of 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists. "Linsanity" was born on that day and propelled the Palo Alto, Calif., native to a three-year deal with the Rockets. Last season as Houston's starting point guard, he averaged 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists starting all 82 games in his third full season.
Lin is the 42nd former Ivy to play for an NBA team and the first
since Penn's Matt Maloney suited up for the
Atlanta Hawks and Yale's Chris Dudley was a member
of the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2002-03 season. Getting
his first career start with the Knicks on Feb. 6, 2012 against the
Utah Jazz, he was the first Ivy Leaguer to earn a start for an NBA
team since Dudley started for Portland on Jan. 11, 2002.
Lin is the first person with Ivy League ties to appear on back-to-back Sports Illustrated covers, gracing the front of the Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, 2012 editions.
The NBA features three assistant coaches with Ivy ties this season -- Princeton's Armond Hill with the Los Angeles Clippers, Penn's Taylor Jenkins with the Atlanta Hawks and Brown's Stephen Silas with the Bobcats.
Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman is the father of former Cornell star Ryan Wittman. Ryan was the 2009-10 Ivy League Player of the Year and a three-time, first-team All-Ivy selection. He led the Big Red to the Sweet 16 of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
In the front office, former Princeton star Steve Mills returned to the Knicks this September as President and General Manager. Mills previously worked with New York for 10 years as president of Madison Square Garden Sports.