Jeremy Lin sat down with New Yorker writer Vinson Cunningham at the magazine’s annual Live Festival Sunday afternoon and talked about life, basketball, and, of course, soup. For Lin fans, at least one of whom flew into New York from China, it was a chance to ask questions of the Nets point guard.
According to tweets by the New Yorker Live festival, Jo Ling Kent, a correspondent for NBC News, and other fans, Lin spoke about a range of topics, but the one that got the most attention was his aversion to soup —- and other hot liquids. Lin had told GQ the way he feels a week or so ago, but he doubled down on Sunday, as this video by Vivien Hueng, one of his biggest fans, attests.
He even admitted that he doesn’t like the increasingly popular pho, a Vietnamese soup, and isn’t crazy about ramen either.
And of course what’s a Lin discussion with mention of his hair, increasingly tied in a bun.
One topic he would not touch, predictions on the Nets win-loss record, saying, “We have been warned not to answer these kinds of questions." Warned? By who? Sounds like a Marksist dictate to us. He did predict the Warriors will win 70 again.
Here’s a sampling of Lin’s other thoughts from Kent who reports for the network and NBC News Asian American ... many of them about growing up Asian-American.
Jeremy Lin's mom took $ out of her 401K to get him thru NBA draft to make sure he had enough to eat, after she & dad were laid off. #TNYfest— Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) October 9, 2016
When asked if he felt he was overlooked in high school or college by scouts because of his race? Jeremy Lin says, "Definitely." #TNYfest— Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) October 9, 2016
Jeremy Lin's favorite player of all time is Michael Jordan "because he won all the time." Admires his shoe game off court as well. #TNYfest— Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) October 9, 2016
Jeremy Lin on his legacy in say 50 years. "I want to be known as somebody who played and lived the right way." #TNYfest— Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) October 9, 2016
Kid asks Jeremy Lin what he eats before games: "You always want a lil bit of carbs, a lot of protein, NOT SOUP!" #TNYfest— Jo Ling Kent (@jolingkent) October 9, 2016
We assume Campbell’s won’t be pursuing an endorsement deal with Lin anytime soon.
Here are more clips, also courtesy of Vivien Huang...
Meanwhile, NBC News Asian American spoke with Asian and Asian-American Nets fans, wondering how they feel about Lin’s social activism. Almost unanimously, they supported it.