Jeremy Lin will get his first opportunity to be a full-time starter since his days with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.
And the point guard is excited about leading the Brooklyn Nets into its new era after the exits of former all-stars Joe Johnson and Deron Williams over the last 12 months.
In Houston, Lin started all 82 games in the 2012-13 season before taking a backseat to Patrick Beverley the following season. In 2013-14, Lin started 33 out of a total of 71 games.
Even though Lin got to start 30 out of 74 games for the Los Angeles Lakers, coach Byron Scott never viewed him as a leader.
But after signing a three year, $38 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets this summer, it’s a foregone conclusion that Lin would be a full-time roster for the team, especially since there aren’t any other proven point guards.
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Jeremy Lin: ‘Always wanted to lead’
During the Nets’ media session on Monday, Lin said he’s been yearning for the opportunity to lead a team.
“I always wanted to be a leader. Three months after I joined the Rockets, James Harden was on board so he became the leader.
“The situation with the Lakers wasn’t good either. I just didn’t have the opportunity to prove myself. But I think I have a pretty good chance this time,” the seventh-year guard told ESPN in an interview.
Lin has become the quintessential journeyman in the NBA, having played for five different teams since entering the league in 2010-11. The Nets would be his sixth team and Lin feels it’s a career rebirth.
“This is the first time my team has gone the extra mile to really take care of me both on and off the court. They even care about how well I sleep. They just care about me so much,” said Lin.
Meanwhile, Lin revealed his primary reason for joining the Nets is to play for coach Kenny Atkinson, who was the assistant coach of the New York Knicks during the Linsanity days.
“When you’re around him, you kind of understand there’s something different about him: his energy, his passion, the juice he approaches his work with,” Lin said of Atkinson back in April, giving early indications that he wishes to re-unite with the coach.
Jeremy Lin and the Brooklyn Nets will begin their preseason against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 6.