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60 MINUTES [UPDATED]
Air Date: Sunday, April 07, 2013
Time Slot: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: "N/A"
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JEREMY LIN SAYS THE ASIAN STEREOTYPE PROBABLY COST HIM A DIVISION ONE SCHOLARSHIP - "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY

NBA Commissioner David Stern Says Race May Also Have Been at Play When No Pro Team Drafted Lin in 2011

NBA standout Jeremy Lin's failure to get a major college basketball scholarship or a roster spot through the NBA draft probably had to do with his Asian ethnicity, Lin and NBA Commissioner David Stern says. The opinions come to light in a profile of the Houston Rockets player, whose spectacular performances off the bench for the New York Knicks last spring spurred the catchword "Linsanity." Charlie Rose reports Lin's story on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, April 7 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Lin was chosen California's player of the year when he led his Palo Alto High School team to a state championship. Asked by Rose why he didn't get a scholarship to nearby UCLA or Stanford, Lin replies, "Well, the obvious thing in my mind is that I was Asian American which, you know, is a whole different issue but� I think that was a barrier." Watch an excerpt.

Acknowledging that his ethnicity had nothing to do with his athletic ability, Lin says it was more of a perception of Asian Americans. "I mean� it's just a stereotype," he tells Rose. He believes that if he were a black or white player, he would have gotten a scholarship to his dream school, Stanford.

Lin, a brilliant student, went to Harvard instead, where no athletic scholarships are granted, and was a standout in that Division I program. But the six-foot-four-inch guard wasn't drafted by any of the NBA's 32 teams in 2011. Was race involved there, too?

"I think in the true sense the answer to that is yes," says the NBA's Stern. "In terms of looking at somebody�I don't know whether he was discriminated against because he was at Harvard," he says with a laugh, "Or because he was Asian." The bottom line, says Stern, he didn't have the usual background common to a vast majority of professional players.

Lin was forced to enter the NBA the hard way, through a summer league. That experience led him to a few short stints on pro teams and the NBA's minor league, until the New York Knicks signed him for its bench.

What happened next led to a familiar word in New York City and then the world, "Linsanity." Lin substituted for injured stars and played so well, he became a sports phenomenon in the media capital of the world.

Rose also speaks to Lin's parents in this 60 MINUTES profile.

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60 MINUTES (CBS)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/24/68 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (spring 2014)
TIME SLOT:
sundays from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
46 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's 47th) on 3/13/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, March 2014) CBS, America's most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming. The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS's weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs. Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 MINUTES, television's #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday's #1 non-sports program.
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