Nets apologize to Jeremy Lin for snubbing him on Twitter
It looks as though the Brooklyn Nets have already forgotten about Jeremy Lin, as they forgot to mention him when promoting their time in his native China. The Nets snubbed their former employee, bizarrely forgetting to shout out the point guard in the Hoops For Hope event he had a hand in. Spencer Dinwiddie, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Nets minority owner Joe Tsai all participated in the event.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 7, 2018
Lin called Brooklyn home for two brief seasons, where he struggled to stay healthy and stay on the floor. When he did suit up, Lin was a shining light for an otherwise underwhelming roster that endured two losing seasons in a row while he was in their locker room.
Even though he couldn’t stay healthy, it only seems right that the franchise should have tagged him in their tweet in China, and the Nets later acknowledged Lin and thanked him for his connection to what they are doing abroad.
Apologies for not calling out @JLin7 by handle. As you pointed out, our guys were in China to support Jeremy's philanthropic efforts there. We're thankful for him including our players/ownership; it was a great event.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 12, 2018
The 29-year-old was just traded to the Atlanta Hawks this summer, and he will now team up with No. 5 overall pick Trae Young and be a mentor for the rookie. Lin’s arrival did spell the end for Dennis Schroder, who was shipped off to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Lin will likely back up Young in their attempts to propel the Hawks back into relevancy and playoff contention in the future. Lin’s best days may be behind him, but he can still be a useful combo guard in the league when deployed in the correct system.
The Hawks now enter a new era under the reigns of head coach Lloyd Pierce, and the fresh start could breathe life into Lin, who could use this new beginning to rise his value again.
Lin first burst onto the scene with the New York Knicks back in 2011, when he took the world by storm during the incredible “Linsanity” run. He never quite continued along that upward spiral, but has been a steady servant in the league when healthy.
Lin averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists in his last meaningful competitive basketball in 2017, and will look to stay on the court and contribute to his new organization as the new season begins.