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Hunter: Jeremy Lin could wind up on NBPA executive committee

Feb 18, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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Jeremy Lin has been at the forefront of the positive things to help lead the NBA out of lockout hell. And it turns out, he could be at the forefront of what winds up leading us back into it in six to ten years. Billy Hunter recently told Bloomberg that Lin is likely to wind up as the player’s representative to the NBPA and could get a spot on the executive committee. From Bloomberg:

Jeremy Lin probably will be the next player representative for the New York Knicks and might win a spot on the union’s executive committee, the head of the National Basketball Association players union said.

Billy Hunter said Lin, the second-year point guard with an economics degree from Harvard University who has led the Knicks on a seven-game winning streak and sparked what’s become dubbed “Linsanity,” expressed an interest to be more involved in the National Basketball Players Association.“

At the least he’d be the player representative for the Knicks,” Hunter said in a telephone interview. “If not something higher.”

via Knicks’ Lin May Utilize Harvard More Than Hoops as NBA Union Rep – Bloomberg.

See, because he’s wicked smaht.

I’m torn on this one, because at one level, Lin shouldn’t have to be treated any differently from any other NBA player just because he happens to have a higher IQ or series of test scores than the average player, nor should his expectations for being some sort of genius exist just because he went to Harvard. Lots of people went to Harvard. (I did not go to Harvard. They would not let me go to Harvard.)

But on the other, Lin’s sudden explosion is affording him opportunities, and let’s face it, the more brains the NBPA can get on the exec committee the better. Which isn’t to say the committee isn’t comprised of smart individuals, “How U” to the contrary. But they did run out of options and inventive solutions during the beatdown throughout the lockout (though, all things considered, they came out pretty well. This is complicated. And giving me flashbacks. I hate you, lockout.)

It’s another opportunity Lin is playing his way into. Which is nice for him, really.

  1. glink123 - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    You’re a bigger fool that I already think you are, if you seriously think Lin isn’t *significantly* more qualified to represent the NBPA than any other player in the league. “Lots of people went to Harvard”? Yes, they did. And an overwhelming majority of them have gone on to become Presidents, Senators, Fortune 500 CEOs, and other positions that require God-given leadership skills and intellect. You see, Matt, unlike the NBA, acceptance into Harvard requires more than just potential. It requires demonstrated academic perfection, over a span of 12 years. Even then, out of nearly 35,000 requests for admission this past year, only 2,000 were accepted. That’s barely 6 percent. Don’t be such a fool, man.

    • franbotel - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      You the Fool not Matt, Its much difficult to get into the nba. Over 2000 Div 1 players are eligible for the draft not including international players but only 60 are drafted thats less than 3%. Its not all potential if its was MJ would not be considered the greatest(he as cut in high school). Players also have to work on their skills on every level even after you get to the NBA. Am sure you have read about Kobe, lebron and others going to Olajuwon for training. Statistics wise its more difficult to last 5 years in the nba than to be a neurosurgeon. Sometimes our prejudices blind us from facts.

      • anhdazman - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:44 PM

        So Lin went to Harvard and is also an NBA player. How often has that happened?

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    If he wanted (and if he was older), he could beat Romney for the Republican nomination.

  3. areyesrn - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    He had a 3.1 GPA…which is an Asian “F”

  4. glink123 - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    For a Harvard student, yes, a 3.1 GPA is below average. But for a Harvard student-athlete, it’s not, when you consider the amount of study time lost due to ball practice, games, travel for road games, weight-room training, etc.

  5. seanb20124 - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    The closer you get to Cambridge Square, the less impressed you get with Harvard students

  6. losangelasbasketball - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    So this is why Jeremy lin is getting all this media hype….the Players union is looking for d fishers replacement… It all makes sense now… I was scratching my head, thinking linsanity was a marketing ploy to get mello to take 15 shots a game instead of 20.

  7. rob0527 - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    A player rep, before last week he was barely a player.

  8. asublimeday - Feb 19, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    The average nba player is much, much less intelligent than Jeremy Lin.

  9. dirkified - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Matt is 100% correct. We need LeBron to be the next NBPA rep with his 1th grade education. Who the heck does Lin think he is .. going to Harvard and majoring in Economics. LeBron would be a better choice laying”up” out a 10yr plan economic plan.

  10. dirkified - Feb 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    11th grade education.. its early still.. coffee time!

  11. isujames - Feb 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    because he is a Harvard grad.

  12. dexterismyhero - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    @franbotel:
    You the Fool not Matt, Its much difficult to get into the nba.
    ===============================================
    Hey franny, you are such an idiot…………………………………

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