Jeremy Lin decided to join the Brooklyn Nets in free agency and it is kind of a homecoming since he became famous playing in New York. In a recent appearance at the World Economic Forum in China, Lin said that his main purpose in free agency is to see how great he can be.
The 27-year-old started his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors in 2010 as an undrafted rookie out of Harvard. He was waived by the Warriors and Rockets the next season before signing with the New York Knicks wherein “Linsanity” was born.
Jeremy Lin captivated the NBA and the world in a span of two weeks with his brilliant play. His hard work was rewarded by the Rockets in 2012 but he never got the chance to recapture the magic of “Linsanity.”
He ended up signing with the Charlotte Hornets last season after a very disappointing stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. In his lone season in Charlotte, Lin proved that he is a valuable player as he helped the Hornets to their first-ever playoff win.
“I’m 27 and an athlete’s prime, at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27 to 30. That when you kind of peak, physically, mentally, and that’s when most players perform their best. So I’m going into my prime. I want to see how great I can be as a player and that’s my purpose in free agency,” Lin said at the Forum, via Nets Daily.
The Harvard product got what he wanted: a chance to know how great he can be. He is going to be the starter the Nets and help the franchise become competitive. He will be one of the main options in offense in Brooklyn, as well as the perfect pick-and-roll partner for center Brook Lopez.
Lin is already one of the best in attacking the rim and drawing fouls, but his outside shooting needs improvement. He has been working on his jump shot since the Hornets were eliminated from the playoffs. Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson also knows how to maximize Lin’s potential as he was a Knicks assistant in 2012.
The Nets are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA next season, but they have no choice but to play and remain competitive. Nonetheless, Jeremy Lin is ready to be great again and “Linsanity” is ready to break out in Brooklyn.
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