Lin Strikes Back

As a loyal fan of Jeremy Lin since the Linsanity days, I have become used to the ups and downs that he has gone through in his career. It feels like I have traveled on his journey with him. Linsanity is the highlight of Lin’s career thus far, but it was a difficult road until that point.  It appeared for certain that his future was bright after a great stretch with the Knicks, but things quickly went south after the season. The Knicks did not match the “poison pill” contract that was offered to Lin as a restricted free agent by the Rockets, so he made his way to Houston on a three-year, $25 million contract. It was rather insulting that he was not even offered a contract by the Knicks.  As disappointing as it was to see Lin leave the Knicks, I was hopeful and optimistic that he could be a key player with the Rockets. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.

More disappointment followed afterwards, but Lin never publicly expressed his displeasure towards any team or management. The phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” suits Lin well, and he has matured both as a player and person due to the trials he has faced.  There is no question that his faith in God and the support of his family have been a source of strength throughout his time in the NBA.  Lin has always been a private person, but he seems to be opening up more now. This was evident by a recent interview he did in China for CCTV-5’s NBA Frontline Primetime.  This change is refreshing because there were numerous times in the past when I thought that he could have been more vocal about his circumstances and how he was unfairly treated.  It is safe to say that many other Lin fans were frustrated as well, and I was happy that his interview with CCTV revealed a lot about him. Also, it could be that Lin felt at ease with the Chinese media and perhaps felt that he had more freedom to be honest than with interviews in English.

Nothing has come easy for Lin in his career, and he said he was not sure that he would even make the NBA during the interview.  He stated, “When I first got to Harvard, a lot of students didn’t even know we had a basketball team.”  His parents were always supportive and they told him, “If you love basketball this much, then keep playing.”  For his senior year, he said “I didn’t apply for any job, no interviews, nothing… only enter the NBA draft.”  As an Asian-American basketball player, Lin already had the odds against him, and the scenario played out in the NBA when he worked out for teams.  He stated, “The entire NBA combine, John Wall and I were the fastest/quickest. They had the measurements.  They saw that I was an Asian, (they said) Oh, he must be able to shoot, but he has no athleticism.  So I would get mad back then. 

I remember how upset I got at the time when the media as well as many basketball fans dismissed Lin’s athletic ability. This perception is still present even though he is entering his seventh season in the league.  For the life of me, I just don’t see how Lin could be considered non-athletic when you see him regularly blow by guys on his drives to the basket. He can even stay with quick guards on defense and block shots.   Stereotypes die hard, unfortunately, and this is an ignorant statement from his haters.  Lin will turn a lot of heads with his play and have a breakout season since he will now have freedom to play his game.

  • Il|

    “nice” can get annoying, we’re not running for ms. congeniality here! Aggressive!

  • Tracy

    Bring Lin On!!

  • p452833

    Great writing, thanks FC.
    No doubt that Nets will surprise a lot of people this coming season. Can’t wait to see.

  • Lemonbar808

    Watching Lin’s growth as a player and as a person has been tremendous for me as a fan as well.

    Shout out to Charlotte! Charlotte was good for Jeremy and Jeremy was good for Charlotte.

    They helped each other shine and now we are here. Brooklyn

    The whole team gives me good vibes

    Bring It On!

    FC: Great article Bro!!! =) A+++++++ (You get my special eBay rating)

  • K. P. Chan

    Lin will turn all that disrespect towards him into positive energy and motivation. He will play with a chip on his shoulder, not in a negative or vindictive sense, but in his words, “with purpose, passion, and peace”. Godspeed, Jeremy! Let’s roll!

    And great job, FC!

  • erguy

    great job FC!
    can’t wait for the games to start!

  • Jlin fan from San Jose CA

    Great research.. I like the Star Wars title reference.

  • QuietLinFan

    Great article, although brought back painful memories of Lin’s past teams. So mistreated! Really looking forward to this year with the Nets! Lin fans unite!

  • Sperrybird

    Even as a Lakers fan, I knew Scott was tanking it to get a top lottery draft. Even in games where Lin was totally dominating the offense and Scott would take him out. It was weird to watch.

    • Enbeay Tahk

      Byron Scott will never coach again in the NBA due to his style and tanking. But hey, they got D’Angelo, Ingram, and Julius Randle. The KOBE charade proved how dumb LA fans are.

  • norah mackenzie

    the concept of “tanking” was so obvious with the lakers it made me angry tbh that lin had been in another tough situation esp with scott and kobe being themselves. somehow there were so many games they cd have won if they played true team ball even with lesser players –

  • Jane

    A fantastic article, FC. So happy to see Jeremy being more open to the media. It is quite a healthy change for Jeremy and for us Lin fans as well. It has been too long that Jeremy bottled up most of his frustrations. Keep on writing!

  • Enbeay Tahk

    No doubt, if you are white or asian, you are not athletic. JLin has helped break down the racism barrier in NBA bball. It’s not just a black man’s sport anymore.