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Jeremy Lin’s Palo Alto High School Coach and his Paly Jersey Head for New York
Spike Lee in Paly Shirt


All three of my kids went to the local High School, which is affectionately known as “Paly.”  Johnna transferred out, but if I have my dates right Scotty and Kate graduated in 2001 and 2003, two years ahead of Lin, who went on to Harvard and is now the focus of ‘Linmania.”  He could have been a Bay Area player in that the Golden State Warriors signed him and then let him go; local rumor has it that our mistakes go even deeper than that; that he was plum turned down at Stanford.

Now the San Jose Mercury News reports: Peter Diepenbrock, Jeremy Lin's former basketball coach at Palo Alto High School, was on a New York radio station Monday talking about the latest craze in the NBA--Linsanity."

"I told them I was coming out to New York to watch Jeremy play this weekend," Diepenbrock said. "I told them I was on a mission to put Jeremy's old high school jersey on Spike Lee's back."

Lo and behold, the most famous New York Knicks fan, movie director Lee, happened to be listening to the program at the time.

"Lee called the station and said, 'It's a done deal!" Diepenbrock said. "Then a close friend of Spike's called me and said they would bring me out at halftime on Sunday to introduce me at center court. I'm not sure if that's going to happen."

Here’s the link:  http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_19976169


In a separate story, the Merc says his junior-high yearbooks are being sold on Ebay:  http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_19973122