Jeremy Lin heading to Brooklyn? Hornets guard praises new Nets coach Kenny Atkinson

Jeremy Lin heading to Brooklyn? Hornets guard praises new Nets coach Kenny Atkinson

When the Brooklyn Nets named Kenny Atkinson its new head coach on Sunday, Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin had some good things to say about him. Atkinson was one of the assistant coaches when “Linsanity” took over the New York Knicks in 2012.

“I mean this guy wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning. I’ll text after a game at midnight, one o’clock when I go home, and I’ll say, ‘Hey, can I look at those turnovers? Can I look at the upcoming team? How they run pick-and-rolls?’ And he’ll have the film ready when I walk into the facility the next morning,” Lin told the New York Post.

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“When I wasn’t playing much, we were working out before practice, and after practice, he was picking apart my game, teaching me what it’s like to play in Coach D’Antoni’s system,” he added.

Those comments fueled the rumors of Jeremy Lin leaving Charlotte and joining the Nets this offseason. As mentioned in a previous report, he is set to become a free agent this offseason if he decides to opt-out of his current deal with the Hornets.

The 27-year-old guard is one of the leading candidates for Sixth Man of the Year as he averages 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season. He will likely get a better deal than his current $2.2 million salary this summer as the NBA salary cap is set to balloon to $92 million.

Jeremy Lin became a world famous figure during his short stint in New York in 2012 when he averaged 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 35 games. A return to Brooklyn, which is part of New York, may help him find his touch again with the help of coach Atkinson.

Before Lin hits free agency this summer, he has the chance to increase his value during the 2016 NBA playoffs. The Hornets are currently trailing the Miami Heat 1-0 in their first round matchup.

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  • Brian

    click-bait! this article is a huge crap.

  • khyberjones

    Lin has emerged with a new rep as one of the toughest, hard nosed players in the NBA who can light you up on any given night. With Atkinson as coach, I think Lin emerges as a possibility for the Nets.

  • plansmaker

    Kemba Walker can score 50 points and Hornets still lose to Miami Heat.


    Hornets need a real PG to get everyone going. That person is none other than Jeremy Lin.

    When Kemba shoot in volumes, it’s like engine fires in one piston and rest pistons are under performing.

    Let’s look at games Lin gets his teammate involved. A win against Lebron James’s Cavaliers, Win against Tim Duncans SA Spurs, Lin rolled the Boston Celtics, and Isiah Thomas in a must win game.

    But Hornets coach Steve Clifford only want Lin as the role player on the bench.

    Sad for Lin but I fully understand the reasons behind the action. It’s called JOB SECURITY by staying with status quo. This makes Steve Clifford part of Hornets problems. A coach who is afraid to take the risks for job security.