With Jeremy Lin, of course race matters

Jeremy Lin holds the ball as the New York Knicks play the Los Angeles Lakers in New York last week.

Editor's note: Rick Quan is the principal at Rick Quan Productionsand a sports anchor at KGO-TV in San Francisco. He has profiled Jeremy Lin previously on his website.
By Rick Quan, Special to CNN
    (CNN) -- In the frenzy over the sudden phenomenal success of Jeremy Lin -- known as "Linsanity" -- there's been some talk of race. Floyd Mayweather Jr., the famed boxer, caused controversy when he said the other day, "Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise."
    Before you get up in arms about Mayweather's comment, first consider the source. Mayweather is known for causing a stir and pushing people's buttons. He's made homophobic and racist comments about sports figures in the past, including champion boxer Manny Pacquiao.
      So anything Mayweather says you might want to ignore. But does he have a valid point? Is Lin getting this much attention only because he's Asian? Absolutely not. Does race play into the equation? Absolutely.