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Asian Americans remain rare in men Those tags stick to Lin wherever he goes, even as the starting point guard for Harvard's basketball team.
"It's a sport for white and black people," Lin said. Of 4,814 Division I men's basketball players in 2006 07, there were 19 Asian Americans (including Pacific Islanders and ethnically mixed), according to the most recent Players, coaches and sociologists cite stereotypes and cultural factors as reasons that percentage might not kate spade 50 percent off rise very much in the foreseeable future. At the same time, there are players and coaches making inroads to mainstream, high profile basketball, and there's a feeling of pioneer spirit among them. "Especially now that there are lots of Asian Americans growing up and playing, I have to try to hold my own in college," Lin said. "It's definitely motivational and it gives me a chip on my shoulder." Lin, who leads the Crimson (4 4) in points, steals and assists and is second in rebounds, is one of the best Asian American basketball players to come from the Bay Area. After Palo Alto High won the Division II state title in 2006, Lin's senior season, he was named first team All State and II Player of the Year. He was The Chronicle's Metro Player of the Year. Considering those honors and his senior stats 15.1 points, 7.1 assists, 6.2 rebounds and five steals Lin thought he'd get at least a few Division I scholarship offers. "I'm not saying top 5 state automatically gets you offers," Lin said, "but I do think (my ethnicity) kate spade official did affect the way coaches recruited me. I think if I were a different race, I would've been treated differently." At Harvard, the 6 foot 3 junior has faced harsh conditions on the road. "I hear everything: 'Go back to China. Orchestra is on the other side of campus. Open up your eyes,' " Lin said. "They're yelling at me before, during and after. I'm an easy target because I'm Asian. Sometimes it makes me uncomfortable, but it's part of the game." , who transferred from UCLA and now is the starting point guard for UC San Diego, sees it in his everyday encounters with classmates. "No one expects me to be a basketball player," said Kim, who is from Lake Forest (Orange County). Kirk Kim went to Salesian High in Richmond and walked on at Cal in the late '90s. He said, "Automatically, playing especially in the inner city you get no respect being Asian." Thin coaching ranks Coaches face similar hurdles. Seattle Pacific's is considered the only current Asian American Division II head coach. He has 28 years of coaching experience and an 121 59 record in six plus seasons as the Falcons' head coach. As an assistant, he helped them to at least a share of six conference championships and a national semifinal appearance in 2000. Hironaka has interviewed in vain for Division I jobs. "I was told they needed to hire an African American, and another school said they needed to hire a Caucasian," Hironaka said. "I'm not one or the other, so then I'm out. "I understand assistant coaches you have to recruit most (players) are Caucasian so they ask, 'What can you help us do? Recruit Asians?' " Hironaka continued: "You don't want kate spade hours to call it discrimination, but it's a discrimination kind of scenario. Sometimes you have to accept the reality of it. It's a tough barrier to crack." , now in his first season as head coach at, a Japanese American who was conference player of the year at UC Davis in 1996. "We've slowly, steadily grown," said Yoshikawa of Asian Americans breaking into the game. "I would've never seen two (Asian Americans) at USF. I just think that those kinds of things just take place over time. "It's more getting to the point where people are going to hire guys maybe it's because they're getting over the stigmas because they are doing a good job." One case in point is the 's. Spoelstra, who played at the, this year became the first Filipino American head coach in the Though Lin and Kelvin Kim are starting in college, getting to the NBA is a longshot for almost everyone. Given the tiny pool of Asian Americans in the college game, the chance of a player making it to the top is small indeed. A standout at Kansas, Walters, who is hapa (his mother, Yoko, is Japanese and his father, Monte, is Caucasian), was taken 16th in the 1993 NBA draft, one kate spade totes cheap of the first Asian Americans to make it to the pros. He spent eight seasons in the league. Walters not optimistic Now, from his point of view as a recruiter, Walters thinks youth trends are reducing the crop of potential Asian American players.
"I wanted to be a basketball player and I invested all my time into that," Walters said. "It's a totally different thinking now. You see kids spending time playing PlayStation 3 and that's time lost in the gym.
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