Jeremy Lin is now an official member of the Brooklyn Nets and many fans are waiting for Linsanity to happen again. However, Lin said in a recent interview that he is over Linsanity and he is just happy with the challenge of being the Nets’ starting point guard.
“I’m pretty far removed from that (Linsanity). I don’t forget about it like it’s a bad memory, but for me, I’m so far past that. We’re obviously in a different situation. We’re definitely in an underdog role. That’s no different than any other situation I’ve been in for the most part,” Lin told the New York Post.
The 27-year-old became famous after an unbelievable run with the New York Knicks in 2012. The Linsanity craze was all over the city, as well as all over the world. It showed how an undrafted rookie out of Harvard became a star in the NBA.
However, Lin has been struggling to found a home for the past several years after leaving the Knicks. He played two seasons with the Houston Rockets before getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015. He then signed with the Charlotte Hornets last season and he showed what he was capable of doing even though he was the sixth man.
Now entering his seventh year in the NBA, Jeremy Lin has now the opportunity to be a starting point guard for the Nets. His new head coach, Kenny Atkinson, thinks that Lin can be a full-time point guard rather than a combo guard.
“He’s got great vision. If you look at his attributes, he can play the point guard position and he can defend the point guard position. I see him leading our team. I see him being a great pick-and-roll combination with Brook (Lopez). That’s part of the reason we got him. We challenged him with that role,” Atkinson told the Post.
According to ESPN, being a full-time starter and a leader will be a difficult task for Lin. The Nets are going to be one of the worst teams in the NBA next season, but the only thing can do is just to keep playing every day with Lin leading them.
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