The Brooklyn Nets introduced their new starting point guard, Jeremy Lin, and five other new players in a press conference on Wednesday. Lin spoke about his goals with the Nets and he also revealed that he hates being called a phenomenon.
The 27-year-old point guard signed a three-year, $36 million deal to play in Brooklyn as the opportunity to be a starter presented itself. However, Lin said that he has moved on from the phenomenon known as “Linsanity.”
The Harvard product added that he wants to be a role model in and out of the court. He noted that he wants to help the Nets in their tough road ahead while also influencing people by speaking about the all the bad things that are happening in the world.
“People will always kind of compare me to that (Linsanity with the Knicks). In a lot of ways, not in a negative way or a way that I am offended but it kind of dehumanizes me to refer to me as a phenomenon,” Lin said, via ESPN.
“I have a voice because of basketball to be able to talk and influence (people) and do things that are related to things that are affecting people’s lives and things every day,” he added.
Jeremy Lin and the Nets are in a tough position heading into next season as many expect them to be one of the worst teams in the league. The future will only get brighter in 2019 when they finally have their own first-round pick.
Nevertheless, Lin may very well be on his way to put up the best numbers of his career. He will be a full-time starter and he is going to be the second option on offense just behind All-Star center, Brook Lopez.
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