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Will Leitch on Morning Joe: Why Was Jeremy Lin Overlooked?

Our own Will Leitch appeared on Morning Joe today to discuss the Jeremy Lin phenomenon and why his emergence is unlike anything he's ever seen. After all, in less than a month, Lin went from playing in the D-League to making national headlines. (As Leitch explains, for proof that he's exploded beyond a mere local basketball story, look no further than the fact that the Kardashians somehow became part of it.) He also spoke about why Lin — who went undrafted and was let go by two NBA teams before joining the Knicks — was overlooked. Said Leitch: "I don't think it was so much race-related as much as, frankly, Harvard-related."

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