Jeremy Lin is relishing a career renaissance in Charlotte. The fifth-year guard and the Hornets have fit hand and glove.
Lin and the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t part ways on the best of terms. After losing his starting role with the Lakers, Lin missed a bunch of games with an upper respiratory infection. And yet, Jeremy Lin has no complaints about the year gone by. “It was a really tough year and I learned a lot. I can look back and be thankful for the experiences,” a positive Lin told Xinhua during the sidelines of the Raptors-Hornets game few days back.
“I think I grew a lot as a person (in 2015), I learned a lot about myself. I took steps in terms of slowing down and appreciating life instead of being so fixated on what I wanted to accomplish,” added Lin, who is averaging 11.9 points this season.
Lin’s playing time, points per game and usage rate have declined since his years with Houston Rockets and New York Knicks. But Lin, a persistent offensive threat through his career, has improved on other facets of the game such as rebounding and defense.
Of his 130 career blocks, Jeremy Lin has registered 24 blocks from 32 games this season. For a 6’3″ guard, those numbers are impressive. “I’m just taking it one day at a time, that’s just a part of me. Trying to enjoy each day,” said Lin, who is having his best-ever year on the defensive end, averaging a block and a steal per 36 minutes.
Having Fun With The Hairstyle
During Monday night’s game against Golden State Warriors, the Jumbotron at Oracle Arena showed a lady with a Mohawk and compare it to Lin’s hair. It was a hilarious moment that Lin acknowledged lightheartedly. “I’m just having fun with it. A lot of my friends and family have requested that I do something in a certain city or in a certain game,” said Lin, whose unique hairstyle has drawn attention all through the season.
Lin has picked up veteran-like tricks and crunch time calmness that would go a long way in helping the Hornets during the playoffs, if Steve Clifford’s team can return to the postseason after a disappointing 2015. “Of all the final options (I had during free agency), I felt very confident in Charlotte, I’m just happy to be here,” said Jeremy Lin, who became an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career during the offseason. “When the free agency time came around, we had done a lot of homework and research before that to see what the potential best fits were.”
In 2016, Lin intends to grow as both a player and person. “I’m going to keep work at some of the things I want to get better at and enjoy every day for what it’s worth.”
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