Back in September, when Jeremy Lin had just joined the Hornets, he famously got stopped by arena security when trying to enter Charlotte’s home court at Time Warner Cable Arena. He had to convince them he was actually a player on the team. These days, the security guards in Charlotte know who he is. But at opposing arenas, he says he still gets stopped “all the time” and asked for his ID. “It’s just part of being Asian in the NBA,” he says.
It happens so frequently now that Jeremy Lin doesn’t even bother wasting the energy to get annoyed by it too much these days.
Still, as the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, there are some arenas in which Lin might be better off simply leaving on his game-worn, official No. 7 Charlotte Hornets jersey at all times — from the moment he gets off the team bus until he returns to it after games.
Otherwise, he’s likely to get stopped and carded by some security official.
“It’s one of those things where it literally happens everywhere,” Lin told ESPN.com after Thursday’s practice in Detroit, where the Hornets will play the Pistons on Friday. “At opposing arenas, it happens all the time. Just the other night in Brooklyn, I was trying to leave [Barclays Center] and one of the ladies was like, ‘Hey, I need your credentials for you to pass.’ And then someone else was like, ‘Oh, he’s a player. He’s good.’ I’m used to it by now. It’s just part of being Asian in the NBA.”