Jeremy Lin on Being A Starter, Yao Ming Influence
Jeremy Lin is coming off a redemption year following forgettable stints with the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. After a rebound year with the Charlotte Hornets, the American-Asian star hopes to take the next step, to prove he can be a starter.Advertisement
Following his performance off the bench last year, teams took notice. Multiple teams were linked to Lin’s resurgence, particularly the ones in need of a take-charge guard. The Hornets wanted to keep him but money and opportunity were two things they couldn’t give him.
Lin now gets those chances with the Brooklyn Nets. He returns to a place he calls his home and will be mentored by the same person he credits “Linsanity” too – Kenny Atkinson.
Ready To Step Up
Lin is widely believed to be the new starting point guard of the Nets. He is expected to take over from Jarrett Jack and partner with star center Brook Lopez.
Lin is someone who can play the pick-and-roll well. He has shown he can create situations but the good news is that Lopez can make things happen for him as well. Lopez is a good passer as well, making their tandem an interesting one.
But aside from that, Lin knows he has to lead the team. He understands that he is at the prime of his career and if he is to move up, the time is now.
“Expectations are going to be the same for me. I am going to go in and keep my mind right, keep trying to play for God,” Lin said via ESPN.
The Yao Ming Impact
Yao Ming still stands as the first Chinese player who made waves in the NBA. Lin is aware of that and admits how Yao influenced him.
“No other player, no other person, I would say, has been more impacted by what Yao has done than me because I was kind of the one that came right after him,” said Lin in another ESPN report.
Thus far, no other Asian player has been able to make an impact like Yao. Jeremy Lin hopes to be the second one, which ironically makes his stint in Brooklyn as the possible coming of “Linsanity 2.0.”