Raptors' Jeremy Lin makes history as first East Asian-American in NBA Finals

May 31 2019, 3:13 am

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History will be made tonight when the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors tip off the NBA Finals, and not just because it’s the first time happening in Canada.

Palo Alto, California native Jeremy Lin will become the first East Asian-American to dress in an NBA Finals when he suits up for the Raptors this evening.

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Lin, who is the son of Taiwanese parents, shared just what the moment means to him in an Instagram post this week.

“APAHM (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month) is coming to an end soon! Been an HONOR reppin all the Asian Americans,” Lin wrote.

“Foreal I’m veryyy proud to be the first Asian American in the NBA Finals. We need everyone’s support for Game 1 tmrw!!”


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Though Lin refers to himself as the first Asian-American to make it to the Finals, it should be noted that Jordan Clarkson, whose mother is half Filipino, played in the NBA Finals last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lin, 30, has been slowed by injuries in recent years, being forced to sit out nearly an entire season in 2017-18.

The Raptors signed Lin in February, but after an initial run of success, he has found himself out of head coach Nick Nurse’s regular rotation during the playoffs. He has been used sparingly during the postseason, appearing in just seven games for the Raptors.

With 1.7 million followers on Instagram, Lin has a massive following stemming from the ‘Linsanity’ craze in 2011-12, when he took the league by storm as a member of the New York Knicks as a 23-year-old.

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