During a Q & A session at this year’s New Yorker Festival, Lin talked about the time he was finishing school in Harvard and about to go through the NBA Draft. He recounted how his parents got laid off from their jobs and he didn’t have enough money for food.
His mother then asked him what he wanted to do after graduation, to which he replied, “I want to go to try to play basketball.”
Then, his mother did something not many immigrant families would do. She agreed to support Lin for two years. After two years, if things don’t work out, Lin would be on his own.
However, at the time, Lin didn't know where his mother was getting the money. Turns out, she took money out of her 401K to make sure Lin had enough money to go through the NBA draft.