Jeremy Lin will begin a new chapter of his young NBA career. But before his seventh season in the league begins, the former Harvard University talked about the lowest points of his six-year NBA career.
Lin, who signed a three-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets last summer, went undrafted in 2010. The 28-year-old said that it was the toughest point of his journey, especially when he went to the NBA D-League and was cut.
But a season after, Lin made his mark with his Linsanity moment with the New York Knicks in 2012. Following his success in New York, the California native admitted that he had another tough season, citing his one-year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“The low point was obviously my rookie year — going to the D-League, getting cut — but I had experienced New York and everything, and I was getting down to another really low point,” Lin said via At The Hive. “And that was tough for me, especially my season in L.A.”
Jeremy Lin Did Not Enjoy Time With Kobe Bryant?
Lin did not give a clear reason why his Lakers stint was one of the toughest years of his career, but fans speculated that it has something to do with Kobe Bryant. Bryant is known for his strong personality. There were several instances where the Lakers legend called out Lin during their 2014-15 NBA season.
“I don’t want chumps, I don’t want pushovers,” Bryant once said when asked about being tough of Lin, USA Today reported. “If you’re a chump and a pushover, I will run over you.”
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Bryant also shouted expletives to Lin during one of their five-on-five scrimmages back then. This incident was just one of the many instances where Bryant might have hurt Lin.
However, it is still unclear whether or not Lin really did not like playing alongside Bryant. He said, though, that when he moved to the Charlotte Hornets, he enjoyed playing basketball again.
“It was just beautiful,” Lin said of his stint with the Hornets, where he averaged 11.7 points on top of 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. “It just brought back everything I thought basketball to be, and I had so much fun with it.”