Jeremy Lin is back in New York, although this time, he’ll be playing in Brooklyn. But the impact that he made in the area still makes for a great story.
In a recent Q&A with NY Post Columnist Steve Serby, newly acquired Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin took time to answer a few questions about his career, racism, and gave his thoughts on some NBA players he played with.
He was asked what he felt when he found out that his days with the New York Knicks were about to end. Lin shared his feelings and what he really wanted to happen if everything was up to him that time.
“I was really, really sad. I was sad the way everything went down, ’cause nothing happened the way I thought it was going to. I had wished that they had offered me a contract just in the beginning, and that didn’t even happen. And then, when I found out that they weren’t gonna match, I was even more sad, ’cause honestly, I wanted to finish my career there.”
And when asked why:
“I wanted to play for those fans who rallied behind that city, that came behind us and gave me that experience. I felt like I owed it to them.”
The Ivy League point guard had his best performances as a pro during his stint with the Knicks, and during a seven-game winning streak in February 2012, Linsanity was at an all-time high and his popularity rose through the roof. The team’s fans were hopeful that the success their team was getting would last and their hero will be part of the organization’s plans in the long run.
Since parting ways with them four years ago, the former Harvard standout has bounced back in the NBA, playing for three different teams, the Lakers, Rockets, and Hornets. He never found the right fit for him and did not produce the same numbers he did in New York. He added:
“I haven’t been able to find a situation that I feel like is perfect for me. And because I’ve been in situations I didn’t want to be in, I’ve created and negotiated in terms of free agency a lot of shorter deals that give me the flexibility to leave if I’m not happy with the way things are going.”
Now that he is back in New York, Lin is determined to give his best for his new team. A lot of people may view his move as part two of the Linsanity fever, but he doesn’t. This for him is just the next chapter, and that’s what’s he’s focus on.
Whether or not he’ll find the same success as he had before will be something a lot will want to find out, but not more than Jeremy Lin, himself.
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