Massive Season Ahead for Jeremy Lin

Next season is going to be a massive year for Jeremy Lin. It’ll definitely be his most important one to date since Linsanity. Ever since Linsanity broke out, it hasn’t been plain sailing for Lin. It has been more of a roller coaster journey. By signing with the Brooklyn Nets, Lin will have the opportunity where he can hopefully showcase his skills and flourish under his new coach.

Lin is going into the 2016-17 season as the starting point guard for his new team, a position where he has said he wanted to be in. Lin will have to make his mark quickly; he cannot afford to get off to a slow start. The Brooklyn Nets faithful will expect him to produce the goods fairly soon as he is one of the more experienced players on their roster. Being one of the senior players, he has to show he is a capable leader as well. To achieve this, he has to go out and show how good he can be and perform at a high level. He will have to get the job done and lead by example. By get the job done, I mean he has to demonstrate he can do a bit of everything: defending, facilitating, and scoring.

Being a starter is one of Lin’s career goals and he has achieved this goal in the past, before it was taken away from him. Now, he has to nail down that starter position for years to come, season after season. During his time in Houston, he was a starter in his first season. That didn’t last for long, as he was replaced by Patrick Beverley and was downgraded to the bench, which a lot of people found unfair. This scenario will unlikely happen again, but it all relies heavily on Lin playing up to his coach’s expectations.

Nets’ head coach Kenny Atkinson believes in Lin to succeed as his full-time point guard, unlike his previous coaches, who lacked trust and patience with him. The relationship between Atkinson and Lin will be different to other coaches Lin has had because Lin knows where he stands. This removes any uncertainties and gives Lin a better platform to succeed. Lin stated that “he wouldn’t have considered Brooklyn as a destination if it wasn’t for Kenny Atkinson,” which says a lot about his connection to Atkinson.

At 28 years old, Lin is at an age where he has to find a home. He is going into his peak years, which is when he should be at the top of his game. Throughout his career, Lin has hopped from various teams, and this is not how his career should be now. In his six years in the league, he has played for five different teams. Unable to find a home, Lin has had a lot of settling in to do, which has impacted his consistency as a player. He is constantly learning new roles and systems from different team environments.

Lin mentioned that “he is tired of moving around the country,” trying to find the team that would give him the opportunity to flourish. That opportunity didn’t emerge until this offseason, when the Nets gave Lin a reasonable contract. This may have been somewhat lower than what Lin deserves, comparing to what other players have been offered this offseason. Moving from team to team has become a trend for Lin, and it is now time to find that team that will allow him to play without worrying about him having a few bad games. This is where the relationship between Atkinson and Lin is so important, and Atkinson can take Lin’s game to the next level.

  • Lemonbar808

    Great write up!

    My confidence is so high right now in JLin and also many of his teammates.

    I know he’s not going to let this opportunity slip away, he’s going to seize the moment!

    I feel like the Nets will make some noise this season and it will be the good kind =)

    • Thanks for your kind words. I can’t wait till the season gets going and for Lin to show everyone just how much better he is compared to his Linsanity days.

  • thisissami

    No offense Jason, but this is pretty badly written… To whoever runs the Brook-Lin page – if you guys want this place to be a reputable stopping ground for Nets & Lin fans alike, there’s gotta be way better editing than this. This piece is full of grammatical issues and the flow is supremely lacking. Jason – I hope you take this as a critique, and not as a personal attack. 🙂 For what it’s worth, I stopped reading this halfway through because of the issues I outlined here.

    EDIT: I should note that I completely agree with your content. It’s just unenjoyable to read (for me, anyway) in its current form.

    • K. P. Chan

      thisissami: If that’s your opinion, I can respect it. But I don’t find this piece badly written. The thoughts are free-flowing. So I disagree that the “flow is supremely lacking”. As for grammar, who’s perfect in it? I did spot a few grammatical slips—very few and minor, that have not impaired the tone and essence of the central message.

      But I do undersand you are just offering constructive criticism. 🙂

      • thisissami

        I can respect your opinion too 😉

        To me though, something like this is better fitted for a forum post than being shared front-and-center on a news/editorial outlet. If anything (after more reflection) – this is a critique to, and a request to have a better peer-review editing system in place, since I’m guessing that doesn’t exist right now.

        • Yes, Jason’s story was published without an editor review. Hopefully that won’t happen again. Please let me know if there are further grammatical issues. BTW, the site is, not .net. We are looking for more writer and editor too.

          • thisissami

            Cheers just reread this and a bunch of the run-on sentences and various issues that broke flow are gone. This is much better! 🙂

            Oh whoops – my bad with the TLD.

    • I respect your critique thisisami, I’ll bare this in mind for next time.

      • thisissami

        Cheers man – thanks for not taking it personally!

  • K. P. Chan

    Jason: I think you speak for many Lin fans with your expectations, and frankly, concerns as well. Lin fans’s hopes are high going into this season, for good reasons. He will finally play without having to constantly look over his shoulders, and in a system that can best capitalize on his strengths. But he still needs to deliver, and deliver very quickly.

    But like you, I trust that he will. So I think your assessments are realistic. Great job! I’ve enjoyed reading it.