In a move to secure cap space for Chris Bosh, the Houston Rockets have decided to trade Jeremy Lin to the LA Lakers. Unfortunately for them, Chris Bosh will be returning to Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract, according to ESPN.
Los Angeles has one of the largest Asian-American populations in America – could this signal a commercial play by the LA Lakers in addition to adding unique talent to the Lakers?
Do you remember two years ago during the peak of Linsanity craze where Jeremy scored 38 points against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in Madison Square Garden? After the game, the young Asian American who graduated from Harvard with a degree in Economics, took the world by storm and Linsanity was formed.
Last season, Lin averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 assists and 1.2 threes per game with the Houston Rockets while shooting 44 percent from the floor. These numbers were slightly down from his previous season with the New York Knicks but that’s because of a reduction in his minutes.
Jeremy Lin’s trade is going to have an impact on the Los Angeles community since LA and its surrounding metropolitan areas have an enormous Asian American population. Most of these Asian Americans are also avid basketball fans. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lin’s jersey outsells Kobe Bryant’s jerseys – especially with huge Lakers supporters coming from Asia as well. The next question is, what number will Lin’s jersey have?
Last week, Houston Rockets posted a large electronic billboard of Carmelo Anthony wearing a No. 7 Rockets jersey, which caused Jeremy Lin to be upset. Why? No. 7 is Jeremy Lin’s number. He took the issue to Twitter, quoting a Bible verse, “If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them”.
This is just the beginning for Lin’s career at LA Lakers and we hope that he will be here to stay. With Lakers having a bad run last season we’re hoping that the addition of Lin will assist Lakers into the championship.
In related news, Miami Heat loses LeBron James to Cleveland Cavaliers.