DALLAS -- The kid Donnie Nelson and the Dallas Mavericks helped put on the NBA map by adding him to their Summer League team makes his first visit back as a member of his hometown Golden State Warriors.
Jeremy Lin, the 6-3 Harvard point guard, outshined Roddy Beaubois on the Mavs' summer team in Las Vegas, and Nelson had designs on signing Lin and having him start for Nancy Lieberman on the NBDL Texas Legends in Frisco.
Turns out Lin was able to get much closer to the other 'Frisco, his hometown of San Francisco, where he grew up crossing the bridge to Oakland to attend Warriors games. While the Mavs were the lone NBA team to offer Lin a spot on their summer squad, the point guard's head-turning play in Vegas got several teams interested, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Warriors.
Lin plays behind a couple of pretty good guards in Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. He's made appearances in 13 games, averaging 2.4 points and 1 assist. He's quickly learning that getting your shot off in the NBA is a bit more difficult than in the Ivy League or Summer League. He's shooting just 32.4 percent.
Another Warriors rookie won't be making his return to Texas. Forward Ekpe Udoh, Golden State's sixth overall pick out of Baylor, had surgery on his left wrist in July. He participated in 5-on-5 drills for the first time over the weekend, but it remains unclear when he will make his NBA debut.
The 6-10 Udoh led Baylor to its first Elite Eight last season.