Lin, 23, played 29 National Basketball Association games as a rookie last season with the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds, and was released by the Warriors on Dec. 9 to clear space under the league’s payroll ceiling.
The 6-foot-3 Lin joins the Knicks two days after rookie Iman Shumpert sprained his right knee in a season-opening win over the Boston Celtics.
Lin played four years at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Harvard. He was a unanimous first-team Ivy League selection as a senior, when he was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard and for the John R. Wooden Award as the national player of the year. He’s one of three former Harvard players who have been in the NBA or American Basketball Association.
Lin is among 41 players from the eight Ivy League schools who have played in the NBA or ABA, according to basketball- reference.com. The most prominent ex-Ivy Leaguers may be Princeton University’s Bill Bradley, who won two NBA titles with the Knicks, and Geoff Petrie, a former rookie of the year who is now the Sacramento Kings’ president of basketball operations.
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