The most famous active NBA point guard in the world is Jeremy Lin–whose Linsanity streak in New York three years ago lit up basketball around the globe. Other NBA point guards like Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker–all arguably a bit better than Lin just now–still can’t match Lin’s worldwide fame. And Lin has demonstrated that he will use his fame for some good while he has it.
Lin wasn’t able to repeat his inimitable New York blitz during his subsequent stop in Houston, but there are big expectations for Lin in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers this year. Lin’s working hard to fulfill them–not unusual since Lin is known as a dedicated player. But Lin’s also known as a conscientious citizen. He has an unusual background for an NBA player. (Lin came through that basketball powerhouse, Harvard, of that notable professional sports farm system–the Ivy League!) And his unique perspective lends the causes he supports some extra gravitas. In the wake of all the NFL’s troubles with domestic abuse cases, it’s refreshing to see Lin’s latest tweet is about speaking out against any form of bullying, especially human trafficking. Lin writes that “it’s time to speak out.” And he encourages people to watch the Jubilee Project’s powerful documentary Save My Seoul, about the brutality and heartbreak of the trafficking trade.
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) September 19, 2014