Jeremy Lin will take over the starting point guard slot for the Brooklyn Nets next season. His former teammate from the Charlotte Hornets, Kemba Walker, admitted in an interview that he’s glad for Lin in his new starting role with a rival team but admitted that he’s disappointed with the Hornets’ losses in the 2016 offseason.
“I hate to see him go, but at the same time I’m definitely happy for him. [Jeremy Lin] deserves to be a starter in this league. He’s such a great player and he proved that last season. There were games where I was off and he carried the team,” Walker said via the Charlotte Observer.
Jeremy Lin earned a three-year $36 million contract in Brooklyn and will try to help the Nets to challenge for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference next season.
Lin had a respectable production in his only season with Walkers’ Hornets. Walker was the starting point guard for the team while Lin primarily came off the bench both in the PG and shooting guard spots.
Lin averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the regular season for the Hornets but he performed better when he had more minutes. Lin started 13 of 78 games played for Charlotte in the 2015-2016 NBA Season.
Lin had limited minutes in Charlotte because he was playing behind Walker, who is the franchise player for the Hornets. Walker has averages of 20.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the Charlotte last season.
Walker also admitted that “it sucks” to lose players in free agency but that he understands that the NBA is still a business. Other free agents who left Charlotte are center Al Jefferson (to the Indiana Pacers) and Courtney Lee (to the New York Knicks).
Jeremy Lin starting for the Brooklyn Nets is something that Kemba Walker is glad to see. But if the Hornets star PG had an option, it looks like he wanted the Asian-American guard to stay with the Charlotte Hornets.
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