Golden State Warriors’ Jeremy Lin, left, looks to pass away from Portland Trail Blazers’ Raymond Sykes during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Oct. 18, in Oakland, Calif. Photo credit: Associated Press.

Rookie point guard Jeremy Lin was named to the Golden State Warriors’ 15-man roster on October 25, reported the Associated Press. Harvard standout Lin has become the first Asian American on an NBA roster since Japanese American Wat Mikasa played for the New York Knicks in the 1947 – 48 season. The 6-3, 200-pound Chinese American was signed as an undrafted free agent to a two-year contract with the Warriors on July 21 after spending time working out with the Mavericks. Lin has said that he has always wanted to play for the Warriors because it was his home team growing up in the Bay Area. Lin is reportedly guaranteed a modest $250,000 per year salary. The enthusiastic response from the heavily Asian San Francisco Bay area has prompted the Warriors to build a marketing campaign around Lin that will include a jersey bearing his name. During the preseason Lin averaged 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. The Warriors began their regular season against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Stadium on October 27.

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