Prior to joining the Brooklyn Nets Jeremy Lin news of Linsanity had already faded fast. In fact, hoping for the heydays of Linsanity to be revived now that he’s back in New York even seems far-fetched.
Even Jeremy Lin himself feels that the Linsanity brand, although great while it lasted, had become more of a burden to him. In a way it made him lose joy in playing basketball, racing up to stacked expectations, but now he’s re-captured that enthusiasm with the Nets.
Right at the outset, when Jeremy Lin news came that the widely popular guard was going to play for Brooklyn, the Harvard product made it clear that he wants to grow his leadership. Beneath that fashionable haircut is a more mature athlete who’s come to fill in a veteran role.
Seemingly gaffed by inquiries of the long gone streak of Linsanity, in a report by Complex, Carmelo Anthony said, “That was five, six years ago, bro. I forgot about that.”
On Jeremy Lin news of being the new face of the Nets, Carmelo Anthony added, “He is the face of that franchise, believe it or not. He came up, they paid him and now the ball is in his hands. So now he’s one of the franchise players over there. What do you want me to say about that? I’m happy for him, excited for him to see how it’s going to work out.”
Is a rivalry popping up between Jeremy Lin and his former Knick teammate Carmelo Anthony? Former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni recently revealed that he believes Anthony’s jealousy during the Linsanity craze was real.
However, Jeremy Lin didn’t seem bothered about it at all. In a report by News Day he said, “Every time I’ve run into him or had any interaction with him, he’s been really nice to me and really cordial.”
“I’ve never had any personal issues with him; we’ve never gotten into a fight or an argument in person or through texts or anything. I’ve never had anything remotely hostile with him.”
Jeremy Lin also made it clear that his joining the Nets wasn’t much about becoming the face of the franchise.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson also mentioned that when they played against the Knicks, they had long planned not to play Jeremy Lin, to give way to other guys play. It had nothing to do with Anthony.
He downplayed a possible rivalry between Lin and Carmelo saying, “I didn’t interpret it that way. Jeremy is a good player. We’re excited to have him here, but I didn’t interpret [Anthony’s comments] in any negative way.”
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