The story of Jeremy Lin receiving no scholarship offers from Division I basketball programs was well documented last year during Linsanity phenomenon. Despite leading Palo Alto to a California state title with averages of 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals, Lin ended up at Harvard. Many believe that his race was a factor in his non-recruitment, and you can count Lin among them.
"The obvious thing in my mind is that I was Asian-American, which, you know, is a whole different issue," Lin said on the "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday night.
Lin called it a "barrier" and "a stereotype."
Not exactly an original thought, but it was compelling to hear it coming directly from Lin on the nation's most respected television news program.
NBA commissioner David Stern, who was practically giddy during the segment when asked about Lin's ability to tap into the Asian market, also addressed this issue from the pro perspective. Was race a reason why Lin went undrafted in the NBA?
"I think in the rawest sense, the answer to that is yes," Stern said. "I don’t know whether he was discriminated against because he was at Harvard or because he was Asian."
Here is the complete "60 Minutes" profile: